Minnesota’s Cannon Valley Mills

Well before 1860, industrious Cannon Valley millers had established the state's first flour milling center. 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 millers, 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 process decent … [Read More...]

Historic Mills of the Cannon Valley

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Cannon Valley Milling History