Carver County

Carver County, founded in 1855, is home to the Minnesota and Crow Rivers, along with 125 lakes. Located southwest of the Twin Cities, it is part of the seven-county metro area.

Cleansers wash off the soybean oil and fuel oil, but also remove the ducks' natural oil which keeps them buoyant in water. A few ducks got away from their rescuers after being cleaned, and drowned quickly after reaching the water. The ducks must be kept in captivity until summer, when they will molt and develop new feathers.

Cleansers wash off the soybean oil and fuel oil, but also remove the ducks' natural oil which keeps them buoyant in water.

Cleansers wash off the soybean oil and fuel oil, but also remove the ducks' natural oil which keeps them buoyant in water. A few ducks got away from their rescuers after being cleaned, and drowned quickly after reaching the water. The ducks must be kept in captivity until summer, when they will molt and develop new feathers.

Image from the Hastings Gazette Weekly, April 4, 1963, p. 2. Digitized with permission from the Hastings Star Gazette.

Volunteers Answer "Bird" Call - Newspaper photograph of a man washing off a duck

Volunteers Answer "Bird" Call

"Volunteers Answer 'Bird' Call," image from the Hastings Gazette Weekly, April 11, 1963, p. 3. Digitized with permission from the Hastings Star Gazette.

Mississippi River Oil Spill, 1962–1963

In 1962 and 1963, industrial accidents spilled 3.5 million gallons of oil into the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. The oil covered the Mississippi River from St. Paul to Lake Pepin, creating an ecological disaster and a demand to control water pollution.

Dam, Coon Rapids.

Dam, Coon Rapids.

Coon Rapids Dam in 1920

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam.

Construction of the power plant at the north end of the Coon Rapids Dam in 1914

Coon Rapids Hydroelectric Dam

Between 1913 and 1914 the Coon Rapids hydroelectric dam was constructed with the intent to provide power to Anoka County. The dam was shut down in 1966 after becoming too expensive to operate. It later became part of Minnesota’s environmental control program.

Sandy Lake Dam near McGregor, Aitkin County.

Sandy Lake Dam near McGregor, Aitkin County.

Sandy Lake dam in the mid-20th century

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