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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Baudette, Roosevelt (small part), Williams
Angle Inlet, Arnesen, Birch Beach, Carp, Clementson, Faunce, Graceton, Hackett, Lude, Long Point, Oak Island, Penasse, Pitt, Sandy Beach, Wheeler's Point
As of 2001, there were no township governments.
All the townships were officially part of unorganized territory.
Angle, Baudette, Beaver Dam, Boone, Chilgren, Cloverdale, Eugene, Forest Area, Gudrid, Hiwood, Kiel, Lakewood, McDougald, Meadowland, Myhre, Norris, Noyes, Park, Pioneer, Potamo, Prosper, Rapid River, Rulien, Spooner, Swiftwater, Township 157-30, Township 158-30, Victory, Wabanica, Walhalla, Wheeler, Zippel
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OBITS: Hans B. Larson
HISTORY: The northernmost spot
NEWS-CRIME: Tony Reamer, George and Robert Miller
OFFICIALS: Listings-1922 County officers named
FOREST FIRES: Baudette Lumber Fire
PEOPLE: Baby Lillian
NEWS-VISIT/RELOCATE: Peter Oseth
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
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