Welcome to Kandiyohi County

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County Information

Founded March 20, 1858
Seat: Willmar
Largest city: Willmar

The county name derives from the Dakota term translated as "where the buffalo fish come"

Kandiyohi County was organized in 1858 with its county seat in Kandiyohi, which was then called Kandiyohi Station, and was just a railroad stop.The original county occupied only the southern half of its current area. Development was slow, however, and in 1870 the state legislature called for Monongalia County to merge with Kandiyohi and make one, larger county. It took until November 21, 1871 to agree on a county seat, and the centrally located Willmar was chosen.

Online Data

Church Histories / Records

Death Records

Family Bibles

County History

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Feb. 2014: Bios: Arctander, Brown, Hilscher, Thorpe - transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Jan. 2014: Obits: Englund, Fjellman, Garvey, Hanscom, Hardy, Harris, Johnson
Marriages: Bergquist - Malmquist; DeMots - McLaughlin; Dougherty - Lambert; Goddard - Kempker; Jones - Stern; Nicholson - Lundin; Sweeney - Kelly
Bios: Aaker, Almen

July 2013: 1883 Pensioners on the Roll; Obit: Jenness
Jan. 2013: Obits: Frost, Richie, Sheagreen
Marriages: Anderson - Nickerson; Feig - Ditmarson; Frye - Backlund; Larson - Hedin; Lesterberg - Norman; Nelson - Thimell; Olson - Amundson; Olstad - Mathias; Steberg - Nelson; Storm - Swenson

Nov. 2012: Obit: Nelson
August 2012: Obit: Hanson
July 2012: Bio: Castberg
June 2012: Obits: Beck, Parsons
May 2012: Bios: Anderson, Archibald, Arctander
Apr. 2012: Bios: Egge, Foland, Johnson
Mar. 2012: Bio: Hagen; Marriage: Serruier-Bowen
Feb. 2012: Bios: Almen, Branton, Johnson, Railson

Dec 2011: MATTSON death notice; Drowning victims recovered: BIRCH, CRAMER, TELSTAD; List of cemeteries

Previous Updates:
Obit for SWANSON; Fire Wardens, 1895; News Article--Iowans Relocating to Kandiyohi County in 1915


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