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Renville County History
The county was originally created in 1873 but not organized until 1910.
It was named after Joseph Renville
The first Renville County was created by the 1872-73 Dakota Territory legislature, but was dissolved because of too little settlement. The name was then brought back in the 1908 general election under a proposal to divide Ward County. Though defeated on election day, the matter went to court, which led to the creation of the present-day Renville County in 1910.
The county government was first organized on July 23, 1910, with Mohall as the county seat.
The county's name honors Joseph Renville, an important figure who acted as interpreter and translator in dealings between white men and the Sioux.
Birds eye view of Mohall, June 15, 1919
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Glenburn * Grano * Loraine * Mohall (county seat) * Sherwood * Tolley
Chola * Greene * Grover * Norma * Rockford * White Ash
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