The Steele County Historical Society is giving you the chance to be a part of jury in deciding an attempted murder case. It's all part of a new series being launched titled "History Uncorked" at the Steele County History Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Steele County history while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.

The first offering, "Jealousy, Love and Poison," will focus on an attempted murder that took place in Steele County in 1905.

In a nutshell, a single, 32-year-old farm woman was charged with pouring rat poison in a neighbor's well. It appears she had a thing for a local farmer, but the feeling wasn't mutual as he was dating a 26-year-old teacher. There will be some familiar names in this offering. Incidentally this teacher later moved to my hometown of Amery, Wis. In fact, one of her daughters died there in 1990 and I see that years ago I entered her obituary on the Newspaper Abstract website. Small world. Perhaps one of my family members crossed paths with her?

The Steele County Historical Society is launching a new series.

You, the audience, will act as jury and offer your thoughts before the final outcome is revealed. Was there a murder attempt?

The first History Uncorked will be Thursday, February 4, at the Steele County History Center. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers and includes one beverage of your choice. Additional wine and beer will be available for purchase. You must be 21 or older to attend.