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County Information
The county of Blue Earth was created after a division of the Minnesota Territory on March 5, 1853 from portions of Dakota County and free territory. It was named after the Blue Earth River.

County Seat: Mankato
Largest city: Mankato

The area of Blue Earth County was once known as the "Big Woods" and was occupied by the Dakota Indians. It was started by a French explorer, Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, who was one of the first white people in the area, arriving at the point where the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers meet. There, he made an unsuccessful attempt to mine copper from the blue earth found in the area. The area remained under French control until 1803, when it passed to the United States by the Louisiana Purchase.
In 1850 the first steamboat trip, starting in St. Paul, traveled on the Minnesota River and came to the Blue Earth River. The first white settlers, P.K. Johnson and Henry Jackson came off the boat and settled in present day Mankato. The ratification of the Mendota and Traverse des Sioux Treaties in 1851 effectively forced the Dakota to leave the area for nearby reservations. Unfulfilled treaty promises and starvation on the Indian reservation led to the Dakota War of 1862, which resulted in Dakota defeat and the largest mass execution in US history in Mankato.
[source: wikipedia]

Townships

Cities

Beauford Township
Butternut Valley Township
Cambria Township
Ceresco Township
Danville Township
Decoria Township
Garden City Township
Jamestown Township
Judson Township
Le Ray Township
Lime Township

Lincoln Township
Lyra Township
Mankato Township
Mapleton Township
McPherson Township
Medo Township
Pleasant Mound Township
Rapidan Township
Shelby Township
South Bend Township
Sterling Township
Vernon Center Township

Amboy
Eagle Lake
Good Thunder
Lake Crystal
Madison Lake
Mankato
Mapleton
Minnesota Lake
North Mankato
Pemberton
Skyline
St. Clair
Vernon Center





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Website Updates:
Feb. 2014: Bios: Hunt, Stackpole, Weaver, Wise - transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Oct. 2013: Obits: Ward (2)
Sept. 2013: Obit Abstract: Specht
Obits: Baker, Bennett-Tenney, Bradley, Freeman, Hinckley, Lester, Linder, McMickle, Neff, Shepard, Shields, Winslow
Marriages: Ballard - Blake; Brandup - Hopkins; Dresser - Carter; Egerstoffer - Walport; Griffing - Black; Herzberg - Bowles; Hilger - Albert; Moyer - Rosine; Peterson - Smith; Rouch - Kittridge; Wigley - Ellis; Zastrow - Runge
Bios: Eberhardt, Parsons
July 2013: Obit: Dickinson
May 2013: Disaster News: Though Mangled, Man Saves 200.

Sept. 2012: Obits: Day, Durkee, Grubb, Hubbard, Olson, Palmer, Virgel
Marriages: Barclay-Stewart; Murphy-Gamble; Schweim-Baruth; Stevenson-Noble; Stewart-Mickelson
Anniversary:
Busch (50th)
Bios:
Fancher, Serumgard
Local News:
Mankato (22 Apr. 1898 and 2 June 1899)
August 2012: Obit: Tuller; Bio: Collins; Marriage: White - Conroy; Birth Announcement: Collins
May 2012: Bio: Andrews, Austin; Marriage: Gilmore-Cadwell
Apr. 2012:
Bios: Farmer, Fletcher, Gates, Gaylord, Geddes, Germo
Mar. 2012: 1870 Mortality Index
Feb. 2012: fire at Dr. Harrington residence; WW2 Army Honor List; Obit: Christensen; Bios: Beach, Bishman, Bissenbach, Brett, Dailey, Davies, Davis, Diamond

Dec 2011: obit for WATERS; Fatal fire news story for RILEY; Court news item for LESHER; Gossip news for SLAABAKEN, MICHAEL; military news for BUSZ; Marriage announcements for GOSEWHICH-ZASTROW, RANTHALL-MALLORY; SACKETT-MAINE

Previous Updates:
Bio for Aaron N. Dukes; Abner BAUSMAN; BECKER/WHITE; OLSON/TORGERSON marriage announcements; RUTHENBECK obit; 1908 Deaths





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