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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
Biography Index
Births Cemeteries
Church Histories / Records
Families / Coat of Arms
Newspaper Data
Sioux Uprising
Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:

BIO'S: Bartlet Quigley, Levi A. Raitz, George J. Saffert, John Anderson, Christopher Thompson, William Ulrick, Herman J. Voeks, Jacob C. Wagner, Herman Bethke, Christ Betelsen, Albert W. Barfknecht, James H. Armstrong, Joseph Bauman Sr., Amalia M. Bengson, Rev. Andrew Bengtson, Edward Berg, Delbert G. Avery, Edmund Behrns

DECEMBER 1, 2017

History/Pioneer Experiences: O. T. Ramsland, Charles Kenning, James Drake, Michael Holden, A. D. Corey, Joseph A. Feeter, Frank Wallner, W. H. Jewell, A. D. Smith, Oscar Miller, Herman Stark, B. C. McEwen, A Blizzard Experience.

BIO'S: Edward James Carrigan, Amund Dahl, John H. Elstad, Emil A. Enger, Albert L. Farrar, Iver Gerald, Lewis Hable, John Oscar Isaacson, Louis Savela, Carl Savela, Mathias E. Kelly, Leon E. Lambert, Charles Lammers, Neil J. McCall, Andrew J. Anderson, C. O. Narvestad, Olson Brothers, Martin W. Paar, August B. Anderson

Wedding Announcements: Paul Albrecht/Mathilda Grams

Newspapers/Advertisements: Gustav Grabow

Obituaries:  Iver Barnall


NOVEMBER 1, 2017

Biography: Christina (Wichman) Dorothea Homeier, John W. Scheffler, Anna (Anderson), Erickson, John Fischer, Henry John Braun, Charles O. Anderson, Frank H. Amtsbauer, Charles Bird

Obituaries:  Jesse Skinner, Henry Ahrens, James Brown II, Andrew Lyon, Watters Frank

Birth Announcements:  Steinhouse-girl, W. Galvin-daughter, Edison Comstack-daughter

Newspaper Data/Misc. News:  Louis Andre new Ford, Rodney Hanson, Gustav Buttenhof

Newspaper Data/Visiting News:  Mrs. Mooney

History/Pioneer Experiences-Gunderus Peterson, E. J. Butler, Charles H. Hopkins


October 1, 2017

Obituaries:  Maurer (Bender), Louisa E.,  Rudolph Maurer, Reinke (Duena), Bertha Wilhelmina, Reinke, Herman Albert , Terrance Brazil, Steffer (Piehl), Mary, Siegfried, Martin, Evenson, Ole O.
News:  Check Forger Napped Tuesday (1930)

Births: updated







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