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County Information
Founded March 6, 1871
Parent County: Redwood
Named for Yellow Medicine River
Seat: Granite Falls
Largest city: Granite Falls

The Upper Sioux Indian Reservation is entirely within the county.

The county name is based on an Indian name for the bitter root of the Moon­seed plant, which they used for medicinal purposes. (source: wikipedia)



Burton Township
Echo Township
Florida Township
Fortier Township
Friendship Township
Hammer Township
Hazel Run Township
Lisbon Township
Minnesota Falls Township
Norman Township
Normania Township

Omro Township
Oshkosh Township
Posen Township
Sandnes Township
Sioux Agency Township
Stony Run Township
Swede Prairie Township
Tyro Township
Wergeland Township
Wood Lake Township

Granite Falls (part)
Hanley Falls
Hazel Run
St. Leo
Wood Lake

A small part of Granite Falls extends into Chippewa County

Online Data


Family Bibles

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:

APRIL 2015
VISIT & TRAVEL NEWS: Ed Jensen, Mrs. Geo. Schlosser, Andrew Gilruth
BIOS: E. W. Messer, Charles Mooney, Ole Nelson, J. S. Newell, F. T. O'Donnell, S. Olander, H. L. Olson, C. S. Orwoll, John G. Olson, Wentworth Paine, B. F. Pillsbury, W. W. Pinney, A. L. Poole, Gorham Powers, J. L. Putnam

BIOS: C. E. Clark, William Dodge, J. D. Dodsworth, Andrew Eckman, Joseph Fortier, O. J. Foss, H. T. Goodnough, M. O. Hall, T. O. Hall, Henry Hill, R. R. Hotchkiss, J. F. Ireland, Lewis Jenson, B. Johnson, L. H. Kramer, Hans Larson, Ole O. Lende, C. D. Lewis, G. W. Lewis, J. A. Lewis, A. J. Luce
HISTORY: Early County History
BUSINESSES: Early Business People of Granite Falls

BIOS: S. Anderson, W. R. Barnes, Charles A. Bennett, Henry Bordewich
CHURCHES: Church History
OBITS: Henry Warnke

BIOS: Dowling - transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Prior Updates

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