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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, feed mills sprung up around the state as more farmers arrived in Minnesota. Farmers needed a way to grind and sell their grain and corn before transporting it by railroad to urban areas. Soon, the local feed mill became a local gathering place and store for all of their farm needs, selling seed, livestock feed, medicine, tools, and fertilizers.

As farmers became more prosperous selling their excess grain to help feed urban families, they were able to buy their families luxuries they had never had before like wringer washers, record players, and radios.