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Posted on: June 1, 2022

WATCH: Learn about the last 50 years of public service

A watermarked image of the historic Faribault City Hall.

This year marks an important anniversary for Faribault. 150 years ago, in 1872, the citizens of Faribault received their city charter. After several decades of white settlement, the community formed their official city government - a government of, for, and by the people. Faribault Heritage Days partnered with Faribault Community Television to celebrate this milestone and promote civic engagement. 

Over the past year, interviews were held with people who have served Faribault in various capacities; as city staff, elected officials, appointed volunteer commissioners, and as community organizers. They all have worked to fulfill the mandate set forth in 1872: a local government, run and elected by the people. 

We opened up interviews for anyone to sign up - we encouraged anyone who had served the Faribault community to get involved and tell their story.

In all, we interviewed the following people: Pat Rice, Jonathan Wood, Dean Purdie, Chuck Ackman, Roger Steinkamp, Pat Gustafson, Jeanette Hammond, Dave Albers, Pete Johnson, Ann Vohs, Karl Vohs, Dave Wanberg, Kari Casper, Delon Musselman, Tim Madigan, Brendan Kennedy, and Tim Murray. 

Their interviews were used to form a series of short documentaries and vignettes on the history of Faribault’s city government. They exemplify why we choose to celebrate the anniversary of the city charter, for all it represents and everything it has enabled. 

Watch these vignettes to learn more about the last fifty years of public service under the Faribault City Charter; and visit a special exhibit at Faribault Heritage Days (June 15 - 18)  to discover the legacy of these civil servants and how their work is carried on today. 

Thank you for watching and learning about celebrating 150 years of civic engagement in Faribault.

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