Welcome to Renville County

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County Information

Created 1855

Named for Joseph Renville, son of a French father and Indian mother, who worked as a trader and interpreter

Renville County was the site of several hostile engagements in the Sioux Uprising of 1862.

County Seat



Bandon Township
Beaver Falls Township
Birch Cooley Township
Bird Island Township
Boon Lake Township
Brookfield Township
Cairo Township
Camp Township
Crooks Township
Emmet Township
Ericson Township
Flora Township
Hawk Creek Township
Hector Township

Henryville Township
Kingman Township
Martinsburg Township
Melville Township
Norfolk Township
Osceola Township
Palmyra Township
Preston Lake Township
Sacred Heart Township
Troy Township
Wang Township
Wellington Township
Winfield Township

Bird Island
Buffalo Lake
Redwood Falls (part)
Sacred Heart

Online Data


County Records


Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Aug. 2013: 1883 Pensioners on the Roll
Marriage Certificate: Tout - Byington

June 2013: St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church - History (1896-1986) and Confirmations

May 2013: Obits: Becherer, Bruske, Dallman, Dodge, Kirwan, Mesick, Olson, Palmund, Renville, Ziegenhagen
Marriages: Albrecht – Schiel; Gullickson - Johnson; Larson - Lideen; Lee - Docken

Mar. 2013: Church Records: St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Renville) Baptisms, Funerals & Marriages (1886-1986)

May 2012: Obits: Brown, Dallmann; Bio: Allen
Apr. 2012: Bios: Effertz, Peterson
Mar. 2012: Death Index 1908-1910; History: Early Settlements (1916) Bios: Crassweller, Hall
Feb. 2012: WW2 Army Honor List; History: County Commissioners & County Officers; Bios: Coffin, Dowling, Eggert, Harrier, Hodgdon, McEwen, Okins, Richards, Sheppard
Jan 2012: Marr. Ann for NELLERMOE-HOUGH; County History and description

Previous Updates:
Obituaries of Mr. & Mrs. Wm Hershberger
; Misc. News Story for BAKER; 1860 Federal Census


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