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‘Farming in Newport’ to feature early pioneers

Historian Robert Vogel will present “Farming in the shadow of the Twin Cities: A brief history of agriculture in Newport” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Newport Public Library and Community Center, 405 Seventh Ave., Newport.

Vogel, who has served as the city’s historic preservation consultant since 1993, is a professional historian specializing in the heritage of rural and suburban communities.

Among the prominent pioneer farmers to be featured in his talk are Lucy Irish, who is credited with operating the first commercial dairy in Minnesota (in 1852); J.V. Bailey, founder of Bailey Nurseries; Joseph R. Brown and John Holton, the first farmers to settle at Red Rock Prairie; and William Fowler, a founder of the Washington County Agricultural Society.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Newport Heritage Preservation Commission. For details, email Vogel at