- The City of Morgan was founded in the year 1878 by the railroad.
- The City of Franklin was founded in the year 1869 by Ronald Degner.
- Morgan is in Redwood County on Highways 68 and 67.
- Franklin is in Renville County on Highway 19. It is located on the banks of the Minnesota River.
- The Township of Morgan was platted in 1878. It was originally called Brookville, but was later changed to Morgan. It was called Holland for a period of 5 years as well.
- The 1st Post Master of Morgan was TG Holland, a section boss for the railroad. The post office opened on October 21st, 1878, but due to lack of business it closed on January 23rd, 1880. A year later, Holland was still struggling for business until the village suddenly doubled in business population with the opening of the General Store by George Knudson, of Sleepy Eye. The post office returned on February 10th, 1881, under the name of Holland, with Knudson as Post Master. The name was changed back to Morgan on February 10th, 1886.
- In 1882 Morgan was home to a grain elevator, general store, hotel, and blacksmith.
- Morgan was incorporated on February 21st, 1889. It had a population of 230 people at the time.
- The newspaper for the Morgan and Franklin area, The Morgan Messenger, was founded in 1889.
- Morgan is the hometown of several well-known people. They include: State Senator Dennis Fredrickson; State Representative Marty Seifert; the former Head Clerk for the Minnesota House of Representatives, Albin Mathiowetz; Guy Forbrook, who runs the Outlaw Circuit; Kent Meyers, and author of many notable works; and Steven Hoffbeck, also a writer as well as a History Professor at MSU.
- Morgan and Franklin consolidated their school districts in July 1995 to form Cedar Mountain. They are the Cougars.
- Morgan is home to a highly respected nursing home, Gil-Mor Manor.
- Morgan’s 2 major businesses highlight the agricultural nature of the area. Harvestland Co-Op and Morgan Green Co-Op serve the needs of their patrons efficiently.
- The small town of Franklin has its own clinic: The Franklin Health Care Center.
- Franklin has its own telephone company: the Minnesota Valley Telephone Company.
- In 2010, the Gil-Mor Manor nursing home in Morgan underwent a 9,000 square foot expansion project. Work included the construction of a new 10-unit housing-with-services addition. The project also included new office space for the expanded facility.
- Fieldstone Vineyards in rural Morgan came away with 4 awards in the 2009 Indy International Wine Competition. Fieldstone was awarded one silver and three bronze medals. Out of over 3,000 wines from 10 countries, Fieldstone Vineyards received a silver for its Frontenac Gris, a semi-sweet white; a bronze for Frontenac Rose, a semi-sweet rose; LaCresent, a semi-sweet white; and Debauchery, which is a dessert port.
Festivals & Events
- Morgan’s big celebration of the year is City and Country Days. It is always held on the weekend of Father’s Day in June, and features food, dancing, sports tournaments and much more.
- Every year on September 11th the Morgan fire Department and Ambulance Association holds an Appreciation Day to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001.
- Franklin’s big summer celebration is Catfish Days, which is held the 4th weekend of July. Catfish Days features all sorts of fun, including live music, lots of food, and fishing. There is even a “Kiss The Catfish Contest.” Pucker up!
- The City of Morgan has a population of around 900 people and the Mayor is Robert Fischer, who is also the former Chief of Police for the City of Morgan.
- The City of Franklin has the population of about 500 people and the Mayor is Ronald Degner.
- The Cedar Mountain High School FFA Chapter was ranked among the top 10 chapters in the state during the State FFA Convention in April of 2012.
- The students of Cedar Mountain High School crowned new Homecoming Royalty in October of 2012. Named Homecoming King was Zac Kerkhoff, and Erin Christensen was crowned Homecoming Queen.
- KNUJ’s Hometown Hero for December 2012 was Rick Maurer of Morgan. Rick was instrumental in raising the money and organizing the help to rebuild the Cedar Mountain Football field, and put in a sprinkler system and new scoreboard. He has also contributed countless hours to the Cedar Mountain Booster Club and other organizations in the community.
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02 Jan 17