Images of America: Sauk Rapids and Benton County, Minnesota by Ronald Christopher Zurek - ISBN 073851960X, 128 pages. New title from Arcadia, America's leading publisher of local and regional history. Sauk Rapids and Benton County tells the rich and interesting story of one of the oldest counties in the state of Minnesota. Author Ronald Christopher Zurek takes you on a one hundred year journey from a primitive wilderness of the 1850s to a modern community of the 1950s featuring nearly 200 vintage photographs. "James J. Hill's influence and the tiny saloon that was to become Coborn's Superstore are just some of the highlights. Group portraits dominate the book, capturing the lifestyles of granite workers, young men leaving for World War II and operators connecting telephone conversations at the turn of the century. And we can't forget the Prohibition era federal officers reveling in their moonshine bust." ---Tom Horgen, St Cloud Times. Your may order the book from the publisher, Arcadia Publishing.
The History of Foley by Dennis Lewandowski - ISBN 0967680905. Foley, Minnesota had its Centennial Celebration in the Year 2000. The History of Foley covers the period from the Indian era until 2000. Over 550 pages and 60 photos and images. Order from Graffic Traffic, 3804 Zenith Ave. North, Robbinsdale, MN 55422. The book can also be purchased at the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 218 First St., North, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. For more information on the book please click here.
History of Sartell, Minnesota. The book is 8-1/2 x 11" in size, hard cover, 260 pages, published by the City of Sartell, Minnesota with lots of input from Thomas Sartell. Tom has written a lot of short stories of the early days in Sartell from all aspects that were unpublished . His son, Jeff, is one of the writers. Jeff gave permission to write the stories since his Dad's passing. Current authors built on his stories and added up-to-date material. There are about 300 photos and the book is available from the Sartell City Hall, P.O. Box 140, Sartell, MN 56377. The cost is $35 and the Web site for further information is at http://www.sartellmn.com
Polish Roots by Rosemary A. Chorzempa. 1993. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 10001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Paper $17.95. Also available through Jonathan Sheppard Books, Box 2020 Empire State Plaza Station, Albany, NY. or www.amazon.com. This pioneering work on Polish family history is designed to provide the American researcher with enough information in language, religion, geography, and history for successful research. A national director of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, Ms. Chorzempa offers the benefit of her experience in the US and in Poland. An enthusiastic genealogist for over 25 years, she has traced some branches of her Polish family back to the early 1700's. She conducts classes and workshops and has written books for beginners, an introduction to heraldry, and a genetic survey of Americans of Polish descent.
Park Genealogical Books - Genealogy and local history specialists for Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the surrounding area.
|Name||Township / City||Global Positioning System (GPS) Latitude/Longitude||Driving Directions|
|Fairview (German Baptist) Cemetery||Alberta/Ramey||Lat -45 48 58.69N Lon -93 56 13.96W||16996 110th Ave., NE|
|Polish National Catholic Cemetery (Sacred Heart of Jesus)||Alberta||Lat -45 46 52.21N Lon -93 56 46.59W||14615 105th Ave., NE|
|St. Elizabeth Cemetery||Alberta||Lat -45 48 30.41N Lon -93 54 15.01W||16426 125th Ave., NE|
|St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery||Alberta||Lat -45 44 07.89N Lon -93 56 38.67W||10495 Golden Spike Rd.|
|St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery||Duelm||Lat -45 34 23.64N Lon -93 56 06.70W||10915 Duelm Rd., NE|
|Gustavus Adolphus Cemetery||Foley||Lat -45 41 04.36N Lon -9352 07.05W||14293 80th St., NE|
|St. John's Catholic Cemetery||Foley||Lat -45 39 59.81N Lon -93 54 01.47W||1012 Grand St.|
|St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery||Foley||Lat -45 39 59.81N Lon -93 54 01.47W||1012 Grand St.|
|Glendorado Lutheran Cemetery||Glendorado||Lat -45 34 54.38N Lon -93 46 42.06W||1100 186th Ave., NE|
|St. Francis River Cemetery||Glendorado/Santiago||Lat -45 34 02.73N Lon -93 51 08.34W||192 Ronneby Rd., SE|
|Immaculate Conception Cemetery||Langola||Lat -45 45 14.13N Lon -94 12 57.46W||No address, City of Rice|
|Rice Cemetery (AKA Langola Cemetery)||Langola/Little Rock||Lat -45 46 59.13N Lon -94 13 42.02W||City of Rice off US 10|
|Royalton/Riverside/ Cemetery||Langola/Royalton||Lat -45 49 20.43N Lon -94 16 59.15W||17475 55th Ave., NW|
Further information: Sherry Duevel, Caretaker
|Graham United Methodist Cemetery||Mayhew Lake/Little Rock||Lat -45 45 01.10N Lon -94 06 45.32W||2441 125th St., NE|
|St. John's Lutheran Cemetery||Mayhew Lake||Lat -45 39 58.74N Lon -94 01 19.42W||6855 Golden Spike Rd., (Church)|
|St. Mary Cemetery||Mayhew Lake||Lat -45 42 47.11N Lon -94 06 45.91W||9985 Mayhew Lake Rd., (Church)|
|Pioneer Creek Cemetery||Mayhew Lake||Lat -45 40 35.31N Lon -94 00 40.40W||7368 75th NE|
|Maywood Cemetery||Maywood/Ronneby||Lat -45 39 19.85N Lon -93 49 00.40W||16792 60th St., NE|
|Elwell Cemetery (AKA Mound Cemetery)||Maywood/Ronneby||Lat -45 44 07.68N Lon -93 50 02.66W||16004 115th St., NE|
|Riverside Cemetery||Maywood/Ronneby||Lat -45 41 04.36N Lon -93 52 07.05W||14292 80th St., NE|
|St. Patrick Cemetery||Minden||Lat -45 34 58.05N Lon -94 00 43.08W||7286 Duelm Rd NE, Sauk Rapids - S of Highway 95 W of County Rd|
|United Church of Christ Cemetery||Minden||Lat -45 37 56.59N Lon -94 02 57.20W||5575 45th St., NE|
|Original Benton County Cemetery||Sauk Rapids||Lat -45 35 17.23N Lon -94 09 02.61W||1000 4th St., South, Sauk Rapids|
|Pioneer Benton County Cemetery||Sauk Rapids||Lat -45 35 05.21N Lon -94 09 14.95W||901 5th St., So., Sauk Rapids|
|Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery (just West of Benton County/Trinity Entrance)||Sauk Rapids||Lat -45 35 17.23N Lon -94 09 02.61W||1000 4th St., South, Sauk Rapids|
|Trinity Lutheran Cemetery||Sauk Rapids||Lat -45 35 17.23N Lon -94 09 02.61W||1000 4th St., South, Sauk Rapids|
|Church of Annunciation||Mayhew Lake, MN||Rev. Francis Britz, Pastor|
|Church of the Sacred Heart||216 S. 3rd Ave., Sauk Rapids, MN||Eugene Doyle, Pastor|
|Crossroads Church Foursquare Gospel||Sartell Intermediate School, Sartell, MN||Rocky Woods, Pastor|
|Estes Brook Evangelical Free Church||16937 80th St., Oak Park, MN||Wesley A. Macy, Pastor (320) 968-6946|
|First Baptist Church||1230 Hwy. 23 SE, St. Cloud, MN||Bill Christy, Pastor|
|First Church of Christ Scientist||9th Ave. S., at 4th St., St. Cloud, MN|
|First Presbyterian Church||373 S. 4th Ave., St. Cloud, MN||Associate Pastor: Stacey Steck - 320-251-8277|
|First Presbyterian Church||306 Norway Dr., Foley, MN||Pastor Allen Jergenson - 320-968-7928|
|Gethsemane Lutheran Church||16826 90th St. NE, Oak Park, MN 56357||Rev. Barbara Peterson, Pastor - 320-983-5002|
|Glendorado Evangelical Country Church||1100-186th Ave., NE, Princeton, MN||Pastor Paul DeVall - 763-662-2341|
|Glendorado Good Shepherd Lutheran Church||1100-186th Ave., NE, Princeton, MN||Pastor Bruce Falksen - 763-662-2341|
|God's Greater Glory Parish
Glendorado Lutheran Church
|1100-186th Ave. NE, Princeton, MN 55371||Barbara Peterson, Pastor (763) 662-2241|
|Good Shepherd Lutheran||12352-55th St., Princeton, MN 55371||Barbara Peterson, Pastor (763) 389-4842|
|Grace Baptist Fellowship||1197 Pinecone Rd., Sartell, MN||Tracy Pennock, Pastor|
|Graham United Methodist Church||2265 135th St., RE, Rice, MN||Pastor Ronald Suntken, Sr.|
|Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church||640 N. Broadway, Box 545, Foley, MN 56329||Pastor Timothy Wittwer - 320-968-7107|
|Hope Presbyterian||901 1st St. S., Sauk Rapids, MN||Rev. Jerry Dirks, Pastor|
|Immaculate Conception Church||Rice, MN||Rev. David Maciej|
|Living Waters Lutheran (ELCA)||1911 4th Ave. N., Sauk Rapids, MN||Rev. Larry Strenge, Pastor - 320-255-1135|
|Maywood Covenant Church||6823 135th Ave. NE, Foley, MN||Pastor Al Monson - 320-968-7652|
|Messiah Lutheran (LC-MS)||320 4th Ave., N., Sartell, MN||Rev. John E. Beck|
|New Horizons United Methodist Church||4836 City Rd. 134, St. Cloud, MN||Pastor Brad Herman|
|New Life Church||231 4th Ave., Foley, MN||Pastors: Jim Von Wald; Shiloh Morris - Kids & Youth - 320-968-7796|
|Petra Evangelical Lutheran Church||1049 1st Ave., N., Sauk Rapids, MN||William Leerssen, Pastor|
|River of Life Church of Nazarene||Services at SRRHS, Sauk Rapids, MN||Barb Christenson, Pastor|
|Riverside Presbyterian||405 Riverside Ave., N., Sartell, MN||Rev. Robert Springer|
|Ronneby Road Christian Church||Ronneby Rd. & Hwy. 23, Ronneby, MN||Pastor Jeff Loewen|
|St. Cloud Seventh Day Aventist Church||Box 323 Benton Cty Rd. 45, Sauk Rapids, MN|
|St. Francis Zavier Church||Sartell, MN||Rev. Lauren Gremann|
|St. John's Lutheran Church||Missouri Synod, Popple Creek||Rev. Kenneth Kothe - 320-968-6400|
|St. Paul's Lutheran Church||Missouri Synod, Foley, MN||Rev. Tim Rehwaldt - 320-968-6400|
|St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church||Brennyville, MN||Rev. Daniel Walz|
|St. John's Catholic Church||Foley, MN||Fr. Bob Kieffer - 320-968-7913|
|St. John's Lutheran Church||6855 Golden Spike Rd., Sauk Rapids, MN||Rev. Tim Rehwaldt (320) 387-2433|
|St. Joseph's Catholic Church||Morrill, MN||Fr. Daniel Walz|
|St. Lawrence Catholic Church||10915 Duelm Rd., NE, Foley, MN||Fr. Bernard Kahlhamer|
|St. Patrick's Catholic Church||Minden Township, Sauk Rapids, MN||Fr. Bernard Kahlhamer|
|SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church||Gilman, MN||Rev. Daniel Walz|
|Salem Lutheran (ELCA)||90 Riverside Dr, SE, St. Cloud, MN||Rev. Paul S. Johansson - 320-252-1625|
|Sauk Rapids Alliance||1702 W. Highview Dr., Sauk Rapids, MN||Patrick Misener, Pastor|
|Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church||Missouri Synod - 1950 125th St., NW, Rice, MN||Rev. Bob Trinklein - 320-393-5295|
|Trinity Lutheran Church||2163 Mayhew Lake Rd., Sauk Rapids, MN||Pastor Paul Cloeter|
Father James Tennis of the Diocese of St. Cloud has handwritten copies of church records for many of the churches in the St. Cloud Diocese and he has always been very helpful when called upon for early records of churches in Benton County. Father Tennis can be reached at (320) 251-2340.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools - District #47 covers the southwest corner of the county. Sauk Rapids and Rice both lay on the upper Mississippi valley, and are about 80 miles from Minneapolis/Saint Paul: Schools - Early Childhood Center (00-00), Hillside Elementary (04-05), Pleasant View Elementary (PK-03), Rice Elementary (PK-05), Sauk Rapids Middle (06-08), Sauk Rapids Senior (09-12). On WWW site: District Information Services, Activities & Events, Community Education, Early Education, Art Gallery, Alumni Pages, Drumline, and Visitor Information. District Office: P.O. Box 520, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379-0520 (612) 253-4703.
Foley Funeral Home - 221 2nd Avenue, P.O. Box 307, Foley, MN 56329 (320) 968-7111 - Greg M. Wenner, Owner-Director, Joseph T. Furey, Director.
Minnesota Local History <-> Genealogy - A resource page by professional historical genealogist Ann Mensch. Includes information which will help online researchers locate records via postal mail as well as including information and links to online resources.
My name is Carol-Jean Boevers and I hire out for genealogical research in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. I can obtain records and information at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, including census, newspaper, histories, and some county records (naturalizations, for example). My Web site is http://www.minnesotaresearch.homestead.com/. All information about my fees is there, as well as some information I've collected about resources in various counties.
Research at the U.S. National Archives, Washington, DC. I would like to be of assistance to anyone who would like material pertaining to their family genealogy. While engaging in my own personal genealogical research, I realize what an asset it is to be located near the primary National Archive that has original information no other archives have in the U.S. - I have obtained documents and information about members of my family tree from military records of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War, as well as a host of other primary sources at the National Archives like the Census of Minnesota Territory of 1849. Please check out my website at http://www.impactvr.com/DCResearch or write me Michael O. Anderson.
Professional help to find your Swedish roots. Elizabeth's Genealogical Services offering the following searches: church records, court records and proceedings, emigration records, estate inventories/deeds, hospital journals, military records, parish catechetical meetings. Elizabeth Lagnetoft has traced people back to the year 1535 in Swedish and British military records and will help you trace descendants of your ancestors into modern times and supply information about their local community.
Research into Scottish ancestry from statutory and parish registers, census returns and other record sources conducted by an experienced professional genealogist. Scotland is fortunate in having a wide variety of record sources rich in genealogical information. These records provide a great deal of information about your ancestors. A comprehensive research service is offered to those who want their Scottish ancestry researched by a professional genealogist. Check out the Scottish Genealogy home page.
City of Gilman - City Offices: 10371 Golden Spike Road., Gilman, MN (320) 968-6293.
City of Sartell Web Site - Sartell began as a small river town relying on lumber and a paper company for its existence. One of the first settlers of the community was Joseph B. Sartell who arrived in 1854 who worked as a millwright at a local sawmill. In 1877 Joseph B. Sartell opened a flour mill on the Watab River, near the present day Watab Creek Park, and in 1884 he and his sons started the Sartell Brothers Lumber Company.
City of St. Cloud Web Site - Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, just 60 minutes northwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The name "St. Cloud" was chosen to reflect the area's French heritage, being named after a suburb of Paris, France. Today, the area is a center for education and retail, and is one of the state's popular destinations for recreation and tourism.
City of Sauk Rapids - City Offices: 115 2nd Avenue North, Sauk Rapids, MN (320) 251-1103.
Great River Regional Library - 1300 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301 (320) 650-2500. Serving the residents of Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wright Counties and the City of St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Foley Branch - 251 N. 4th Ave., P.O. Box 340, Foley, MN 56329-9732 (320) 968-6612.
Minnesota Geneological Society Library, 5768 Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55) in Golden Valley. The location is on the service road on the north side of Highway 55 and just west of Highway 100. Library hours are: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3 pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The library's phone number is (612) 595-9347. Polish collection is here. Polish night is the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. One of our exprienced genealogists is there to assist you with your research problems on these nights. Come and make use of this service and check out the library's new facilities.
Minnesota Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Highway 298, P.O. Box 68, Faribault, MN 55021-0068, Catherine Durivage, Director (507) 333-4828, Fax: (507) 332-4832
Biographes from Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota (Chicago, Geo. A Ogle & Co., 1904). Courtesy of Tim Stowell, Wilkin County CC.
ZAWACKI-L, a free mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the ZAWACKI surname. Your host is Ron Zurek [firstname.lastname@example.org] great-grandson of Edmund ZAWACKI b. March 12, 1847 d. January 2, 1916 and Mary Frost b. September 12, 1851 d. September 19, 1919 from Gilman, Benton County, Minnesota. To subscribe send the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the ONLY text in the body of a message to ZAWACKI-Lemail@example.com. Please make sure your signature files are turned off during the subscription process.
Tri-County Broadcasting, Inc. 1010 2nd Street North, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 (320) 252-9367.
Other holdings include census on microfilm both Federal and state, Benton County Veterans Census, Benton County Naturalization Records. Newspapers: "Benton County Independent" (1901-1933), "Benton County News" (1945-1984), "Benton County Review" [Rice] (1908-1911), "St. Cloud Democrat" (1856-1866), "St. Cloud Journal" (1873-1869), "St. Cloud Journal Press" (1876-1918), "Sauk Rapids Frontiersman" (1855-1859), "Sauk Rapids Sentinel Free Press" (1903-1930), "Sauk Rapids Sentinel" (1871-1932), "Sauk Rapids Free Press" (1890-1910), "Sauk Rapid Herald" (1940-1984) and the "Watab Revielle" (Jan-Feb 1851).
Original books and documents include city directories: St. Cloud / Sauk Rapids (1912-1976 most copies), probate records, Minnesota atlas and maps, Benton County plat maps (1903-1999), scrap books, high school year books for Foley and Sauk Rapids, and Benton County church histories. There are newspaper clippings with obituaries, weddings, births, and anniversaries. Also available gravestone registrations of all county cemeteries up to 1977, family photograph albums, audio history tapes of Benton County, and family history books.
Other historical items include Benton County Ojibway and Sioux history summary, World War II military items, Vietnam War items, first Benton County school bus, wooden farm implements, pictures of the cyclone of 1886 from Sauk Rapids, and pictures of early Benton County settlers.
Anyone is welcome to come and look at the materials we have available. There is no charge for admission, however there is a change for research by staff of $10.00 per hour, $0.10 per copy, plus cost of postage. Workers are volunteers and we would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer sometime. We would also welcome any donations of work on family history that you may have done and would like to make available.
The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and open the second Saturday of the month between September 1st and March 31st. Our address is 218 1st Street North in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota and the phone number is (320) 253-9614. Mary Ostby is the Executive Director. Please call in advance to verify hours the museum is open. Special appointments can be requested.
Stearns History Museum - The museum houses an extensive research library and archives specializing in German and Luxembourg immigration. Call for current listing of exhibits and programs. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m-4 p.m.; Sun., 12-4 p.m. Closed holidays. Adults, $4; Children $2; Families, $10. 235 33rd Ave. South, St. Cloud (320) 253-8424.
Sartell Newsleader - Sartell
St. Cloud Times - St. Cloud - Online weather, obituaries, directories, specials reports and other links.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader - Sauk Rapids
Minnesota Genealogical Society - When requesting information from MGS, include a business size (No. 10), self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Requests should be brief and specific. MGS cannot go research for individuals, but will provide a list of researchers upon request. Classes on genealogical research are held at the society's office and library. Located at 5768 Olson Memorial Hwy., Golden Valley, MN 55422 (763) 595-9347. Open: Tues., 6:30-9:30 p.m., Wed., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call for the holiday schedule or to verify that a volunteer is on duty.
Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota, a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, 5768 Olson Memorial Hwy., Golden Valley, MN 55422 (763) 595-9347 http://www.rootsweb.com/~mnpolgs/pgs-mn.html.
Polish Genealogical Society of the Northeast - 8 Lyle Road, New Britain, CT 06053. Jonathan D. Shea, archivist, will do translations and has written directories of Roman Catholic Parishes and a Translation Manual for Genealogists.
St. Cloud Area Genealogists, Inc. - P.O. Box 213, St. Cloud, MN 56302-0213. Organized October 16, 1973 and has published many interesting items for genealogical research. Of most interest to Benton County researchers is the "Index to Gravestones of Stearns, Benton & Sherburne Counties." Information about the society and publications offered are on this site.
Zaklad Onomastyki Polskiej, Instytutu Jezyka Polskiego Pan, u1 Straszewskiego 25, 31-113 Kracow, Poland (write here for meaning of and background on your surname).
Joe Meyer of Germania Tours, Ltd. has established a network of connections in Germany, Austria, and Hungary. He also has a close friend in Warsaw, who has done translation-tour guide work for him in Poland. Joe can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (507) 359-2660.
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