Minnesota’s Cannon Valley Mills

The state of Minnesota's first flour milling center was established in the Cannon River Valley by 1855. It all began with an abundance of natural resources - fertile black soil, rapidly flowing rivers, Big Woods timber, and plenty of native limestone. When these assets were utilized by the Cannon Valley's first settlers, the outcome changed history. In the early 1860’s, Edmund and Nicholas LaCroix built a Middling Purifier prototype which would single-handedly revolutionize the world’s flour milling industry by creating a demand for local wheat which was notoriously difficult to make decent … [Read More...]

Historic Mills of the Cannon Valley

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History of Milling in the Cannon River Valley