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A century ago, the Petrell family members were big shots up in the Fairbanks-Brimson area of St. Louis County.

Edwin Petrell was a bricklayer in Duluth who homesteaded in the area, local historians say. In 1912, he sold the three-acre Town Hall site to the township for $3. The Petrells also ran the Petrell Post Office from 1909 to 1920. There's Petrell Road in Section 2 of Fairbanks Township. And a log school that ran from 1908-1920 was called the Petrell School.

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