Lake of the Woods County was organized on November 28, 1922 when a vote by area residents separated the northern townships from Beltrami County. On January 1, 1923, the county officially began operations at its county seat in Baudette.
The county contains the Northwest Angle, the northernmost point of the Lower 48 States, and includes the U.S. portion of Lake of the Woods, shared with Canada. The county also includes the exclave of Elm Point.
In 1885 the region of Lake of the Woods got its first settler, Wilhem Zippel, who was a German immigrant and a fisherman. He settled on the south shore of the lake in a place now called Zippel Bay. Shortly after, Alonzo Wheeler settled on a point on the southwest side of the lake which is now called Wheeler's Point.
A terrible wildfire, which has come to be known as the Baudette Fire of 1910, broke out in October of that year, burning 300,000 acres and destroying the towns of Spooner, Baudette, Graceton, Pitt, Williams, and Cedar Spur
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OFFICIALS: Listings-1906-Baudette Election, 1920-Baudette Election
OFFICIALS: News-C. R. Midleton, Bill Noonan, Matt Gannon
MILITARY: WWI Casualty News-Fred Smithson, Robert Ranced
MILITARY: Soldiers-W. A. Chase, Walter Egan, Charles Johnston, Thomas Tracy, George Brand, Fred M. Johnston
OBITS: Sarah Helgensen
NEWS-ILLNESS: Bubbhtz Baby
PEOPLE: Helen M. Arnold, Pete Klimek, George Lore
FOREST FIRES: 1917 Baudette Forest Fire - 4 articles
FOREST FIRES: 1910 Forest Fire - 16 articles of Fire, Property Loss, Known Victims
FOREST FIRES: 1910 Forest Fire - 11 articles of Donations, Company K Support, Trains to Safety, Fundraisers
FOREST FIRES: 1910 Forest Fire - 7 articles of Survival Stories, Rescues, and Rebuilding
OBITS: Otto Boyd, Cecilia Clementson
NEWS-MILITARY: World War I - Harry Trout
NEWS-VISIT/RELOCATE: Tom H. Tait, Monroe Brown
NEWS-FIRES: 1910-Towns Destroyed by Fire
NEWS-VISIT/RELOCATE: Murdered Child
PEOPLE: H. V. Jepson
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