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Grasshoppers, blizzards, creameries, drought, country schools, and churches are a few of the subjects covered in a new book written by Carolyn Mankell Sowinski, a Kandiyohi County native. Four Farms: Life in Lake Andrew Township, 1864-1964 explores the lives of the families living at four farms along one mile in Lake Andrew Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. While this book captures the lives of the families (owners and renters) on these farms, this mile was one of many, so this becomes a story about a vibrant Scandinavian farming community. During these 100 years, the families and their neighbors encountered hardships, worked to better their lives, interacted with families at other farms, cared for their spiritual growth and educational needs, experienced the joy and sadness of life, and found themselves impacted by inventions and events outside the Township.

The Four Farms book is available at Lakeside Press and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society .

"Almost Saved, But Lost: The January 1873 Blizzard in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota" tells the stories of the 12 people who died in my home county: who they were, their immigrant experiences, where they lived, their journeys and deaths in the storm, and the families who mourned. Here is the Table of Contents and the first chapter which provides an overview of the 3 day event and the victims.

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A book "Niederasphe to Norway Lake" based on information from this website is now available for $30.00, plus postage. If you would like one or more copies, please contact Carolyn Mankell Sowinski via email ( In your email, please include your name, mailing address, and number of copies you want to order. Here is the TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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Last updated: June 6, 2017