History at the Murray County Fair

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Murray County Agricultural Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
April 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2011 Laws of Minnesota, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivison 10
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to county agricultural societies to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. The grants shall be in addition to the aid distributed to county agricultural societies under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02. The commissioner shall award grants as follows: (2) $700,000 each year for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-County Fairs. The commissioner shall award grants for the development or enhancement of county fair facilities or other projects or programs that provide access to the arts, arts education, or agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage programs, including but not limited to agricultural education centers, arts buildings, and performance stages.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Recipient Board Members
Stan Larson
Dave Herrit
Glenn Kluis
Ron Robbins
Bob Moline
Kevin Vickerman
Gerald Magnus
John Giese
Bill Sauer
Jan Kluis
Ron Holinka
Scott Kleve
Dennis Opdahl
Bob Ossefoort
Project Overview

To offer a series of free, historical presentations at the Murray County Fair. Topics covered will include: the Sweetman Colony of Murray County; the role of women during the early settlement of Murray County; the Dakota Conflict of 1862; and a presentation on the history of the Murray County Fair. Based on the research presented on the history of the fair, a book will be published.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Murray County Agricultural Society
Street Address
3048 Broadway Ave.
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school band director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2006 Blue Earth Area Teacher of the Year.
Jamey Flannery: Project Manager at Flannery Construction. Has full range of general contracting experience, from new construction to remodeling to improving historical structures.
Dan Grunhovd: Former president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.
Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed