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Oliver Powell, one of River Falls' first settlers. Submitted photo

Days Gone By (May 12)

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The History of the Growth of River Falls

Note to readers: This week's column and photo were provided by River Falls historian Dan Geister. Look for more history in next week's River Falls Journal.

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Education has been always important. In 1855, a school district was officially organized. The Academy, the area's only college prep school was opened in 1856. In 1865 the school district bought the Academy for $1,500 to use as the public school.

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