With the kegs safely hidden under hay mounds up in the barn, she told the kids it was a little misunderstanding about a fur taken out of season.
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Wally Sentyrz, a third-generation Minneapolis grocer, remembers hearing how his then-teenage uncle would be sent out on a delivery run and not return, too wasted to drive after cash-poor customers would tip him with shots of homemade hooch. But in those so-called dry years of to , plenty of very wet lore was being brewed up right here in the land of 10, backwoods stills.
Rural Stearns County and its primo Minnesota 13 distilled corn liquor — coveted nationwide — was a primary reason. Davis, a business professor at St. During her research, she found that nearly percent of residents in some pockets of the county had at least one hand dipped in the illegal-alcohol trade — hundreds were booked at the county jail, and dozens spent time in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan.
The ingredients in the smooth whiskey known as Minnesota 13 varied from cook to cook — some used Juicy Fruit gum to make it sweeter. It became famous nationwide and even beyond for its resemblance to Canadian Club. Farmers used ingenuity and country know-how to speed up the aging, hanging barrels from trees over bonfires, or covering them with canvas and manure to create compost-style heat.
Many of the Stearns County moonshiners were just trying to save the family farm. After World War I ended, the demand for corn and rye plummeted, and farms became worth less than they were mortgaged for. They let the barns sit empty, put up false walls and started cooking moon. A lot of the little kids helped out, pulling sacks of sugar out on sleds into the woods.
Those kids are in their 90s now. At the St. Minneapolis author Sarah Stonich, whose family hailed from the Iron Range, said the Lake Vermilion mail boat used to stop at resorts with more than letters in tow.
In the Twin Cities, false basements with hidden booby-hatch entrances were used to store kegs and serve as after-hours speakeasies. In North St. The basements of some private homes in northeast Minneapolis were converted into private social clubs, where the vestiges of shuffleboard courts still remain. Many homeowners kept booze secreted behind false walls. Even after Prohibition was repealed, not all moonshiners broke the habit. The last big raid in Stearns County was in , and another took place outside Faribault in the mids.
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