This story features part one of a two-part program with St. Cloud State professor and author of the book Minnesota 13, Elaine Davis. Elaine was gracious enough to allow DigElog ROCORI to record her presentation to the Cold Spring Area Historical Society about her new book in 2007, which chronicles Stearns Countys involvement in producing moonshine during the prohibition era. Stay tuned to DigElog ROCORI for the final installment of this fascinating story.
"Minnesota 13" is a historical overview of the years from 1920-1933, when moonshine production dominated the county while the 18th Amendment was in effect. The skill of the local moonshiners -- combined with the perfect strain of corn -- produced some the best whiskey in the United States. It was bootlegged and sold in speakeasies from New York to San Francisco and competed successfully with the best alcohol rumrunners could provide.
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