Some more evidence for or against WHO J P Sand was...and isn't THAT nebulous? These are Morrison Co. censuses from 1885, 1900 and 1905 (yes, Minnesota took a count halfway thru the ten-year interval in Federal censuses. Larry says it was because they wanted a count of eligible men). This first one has John P and Magdalena Sand with three kids--Peter, Margaret and Frank. They lived in Buckman.
Wow, here's John P. Sand, divorced, and living in a boarding house at 181 Broadway in Little Falls, in 1900. We're almost sure this guy was the deputy sheriff 15 years earlier, but was he ours? He most likely wasn't the same guy as above.
...and 20 years later, this one says John Sand's dad was born in Ireland and his mom in Germany. SOMEONE was goofing off. This was Buckman, for heavens sake.
OK, this was grandma's brother John M Sand, son of Louisa and Mike Sand. Born in 1879 and died in 1946. Gotta remember which ones ARE ours!