McLeod County, MN

County in Southern MN

Comprising townships taken from Carver and two from Sibley, but without the coveted six mile strip from Renville, McLeod County was created by the territorial legislature March 1, 1856, and was organized March 11, 1856.

It was named for Martin McLeod, a Scotsman, who was one of the first settlers to locate in this area. He was described as "a man of Nobel Form", commanding presence, culture, intellect, dignity and eloquence. J.H. Stevens, and perhaps a dozen others, founded a settlement thirty miles from the nearest white neighbors and called it Glencoe. Glencoe was made the county seat as it still is today.

The first session of the then called "Commissioner's Court" was held in the Office of Bell (attorney at law) and Chapman in Glencoe. John McLeod, James Phillips and W.B. Wilson were the first board members of the Commissioner's Court. Other Officers were: Honorable Lewis Branson; Judge A.J. Snyder as the first clerk of Court; Sheriff L.G. Simon as Probate Judge; A.J. Bell, District Attorney; and J.B. McKean, Coroner.

The first action of the county board was to lay out a school district to be called the Glencoe School District No. 1.

The next order of business was the establishment of three election precincts. One was the Glencoe Precinct; two the Hutchinson Precinct; and the third was called the Lake Addie Precinct.

McLeod County today has an area of 311,388 acres and contains 503 square miles, having 460 miles of township roads, 405 miles of county roads and 95 miles of state trunk highways. It is comprised of 14 townships and 9 cities and a total population of 34,898.

The first court was held February 27, 1860. The first Courthouse was erected in 1896 at a cost of $9,967.18. In 1900, the first addition was made at a cost of $39,778.00 with a remodeling cost of $13,255.00 in 1910. The third addition was made in 1936 at a cost of $447,484.35. The original building site was acquired by a gift from the city of Glencoe and additional land was purchased later.

Sponsors of McLeod County, MN

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Towns of McLeod County, MN

The small towns of the Midwest are rich in history and a great way of life! Below you can visit and learn about the small towns we call home! Towns that have their name highlighted have become FEATURED TOWNS. Businesses/organizations from these towns have stepped forward as SPONSORS enabling us to include (or will include as acquired) stories and website links to ALL their community organizations (chambers, groups and departments, etc.), stories and website links to ALL their points of interest, annual festivals/events and stories done about their citizens, veterans and faith community. To learn how to become a featured town CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of McLeod County, MN

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Events of McLeod County, MN

The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of McLeod County, MN

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Veterans of McLeod County, MN

Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!