Beltrami Island Project

The Beltrami Island Project was a pioneering land program of the New Deal enacted across hundreds of thousands of acres in northern Minnesota. Federal and state governments worked side by side to move residents off of poor farmland as well as to restore forest across areas of the cutover region.

Black and white image of Charles A. Lindbergh featured on the cover of The Nonpartisan Leader, the NPL's official publication, 1918.

Charles A. Lindbergh, Farmer-Labor Candidate for Governor of Minnesota

Charles A. Lindbergh featured on the cover of The Nonpartisan Leader, the NPL's official publication, 1918.

Black and white photograph of effigy of Charles A. Lindbergh hanging in Stanton, c.1918.

Effigy of Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. hanging from a telephone pole in Stanton

Effigy of Charles A. Lindbergh hanging in Stanton, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of people gathering for a Nonpartisan League meeting in Echo, c.1918.

Cars and people gather for a Nonpartisan League meeting in Echo

People gather for a Nonpartisan League meeting in Echo, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of Nonpartisan League meeting in Carver County, 1918.

Nonpartisan League meeting at Carver County

Nonpartisan League meeting in Carver County, 1918.

Black and white photograph of Arthur C. Townley, founder of the Nonpartisan League, c.1915.

Arthur C. Townley, founder and President of the Nonpartisan League

Arthur C. Townley, founder of the Nonpartisan League, c.1915.

Black and white photograph of Nonpartisan League member Theodore G. Mattson, c.1918.

Theodore G. Mattson and his Nonpartisan League wagon box, Little Falls

Nonpartisan League member Theodore G. Mattson, c.1918.

The Nonpartisan League

Exploited by powerful corporate and political interests in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Midwestern farmers banded together in the early twentieth century to fight for their political and economic rights. Farmers formed the Nonpartisan League (NPL) and wrote a significant chapter of Minnesota Progressive Era history.

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