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The Whiskey War
Tuesday, May 8 ** 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
SeniorPlace, 500 Dunnell Drive, Owatonna MN
COST: $5/person (non-member); $3/person (member)
In the early days of World War I, "patriotism" became a powerful political weapon, legitimized by the creation by the Minnesota Legislature of the Commission of Public Safety, whose excessive jurisdictional latitude allowed for unbounded control and trampling of civil rights. These civil rights seemingly came under attack in Steele County in 1918, based largely on the imposed embargo on liquor sales in the region. The stories—fact or fiction—have been told and retold over the generations, with significant mention of the Blooming Prairie saloonkeepers’ fight with the Commission. This is NOT your typical prohibition story.
This is an interesting - and often hilarious - period in local WWI history.
Join presenter Dean Ulland as we reflect back on the spirits trade of the early 1900s; there will also be time for participants to share their own stories of the “Blooming Prairie whiskey runners”.
The Four Way Race for President in 1912
May 17, 2012
6:30 to 8 PM
Fee: $5
Austin West, Room A238
Registration Deadline: May 14, 2012

With election season well underway, an examination of the Presidential Election of 1912 is sure to intrigue any history buff. The election featured a rare four way race to become President and was the first election in which all 48 continental states were able to vote. Incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft fought his way through his party’s convention against former President Theodore Roosevelt. Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson survived 46 ballots at his party’s convention to become the nominee. Roosevelt formed his own party and the Socialist Party nominated Eugene Debs. The election season’s ebb and flow continued after the nominating conventions right up to the election. This election was probably the most intriguing election of the 20th Century. Instructor: Dustin Heckman

About the Instructor: Dustin Heckman is the Executive Director of the Mower County Historical Society. Heckman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science from Minnesota State University – Mankato. He is a professional historian mainly focusing on the Colonial and Revolution Periods (1600-1820) in American History but has interests in political, religious, Russian, and Northern European history.

**Cancelled** Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery Class, Tour & Tasting
Tuesday, May 1
Depart Austin:  10:15 a.m.
Return to Austin:  3:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline:  April 26
Join us for a Signature Tour and Wine Tasting at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery in Spring Valley, Minnesota.   This event will take you on the path of the grape...from vineyard, to cellar, to finished wine,  and will conclude with a seated educational wine tasting.  Learn to read wine labels, pair food with wine, and taste the elements of a quality product.   Enjoy an “on your own”    gourmet lunch of your choice of Artisan Pizza, a select cheese board, or any one of the many plated meals offered at the       Winery. You won’t want to miss out on a lazy day of learning, lunching and shopping at the Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery.
Participants will meet at Riverland’s East building parking lot near the Frank Bridges Theatre; the bus will depart at 10:15 a.m.  Participants will lunch at approx. 12:30; you will then be on your own to munch and shop until 2:30, when the bus will load and depart for A ustin, arriving at Riverland Community College at approx. 3:30 p.m.  We must remind you—please drink responsibly.
Cost:  $43/person (includes Coach bus, class, tour & tasting);
payment required by April 26.  Space is limited.



For More Information
Peggy Young
Riverland Training and Development Representative/Office of Extended Learning Project Specialist