Litchfield, MN

Town in Meeker County, MN

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Sponsors of Litchfield, MN

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About Litchfield, MN

Large enough to serve you; small enough to know you!

Resting near the shores of beautiful Lake Ripley, Litchfield, Minnesota serves as the county seat for Meeker County. Located 60 miles west of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Litchfield is among the largest of a series of “whistle-stop” towns that were built in the 1800s as the railway was expanding from Minneapolis. When the town was organized in 1858, it was originally called Ness, in honor of Ole Halvorson Ness who was one of the first Norwegian settlers in the area. In 1862, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Co. investors—the brothers Electus, Egbert and Edwin Litchfield—plotted a rail track through Ness on its way from Breckenridge to Minneapolis. In 1869, Ness Township residents petitioned to have Ness renamed Litchfield to honor those enterprising railway developers.

With a population today nearing 6,800, Litchfield’s small-town flavor is enhanced by community life that boasts a strong education system, fiscally responsible government, high-quality medical services, a strong faith community, and a wide variety of employment opportunities set in an area that offers many recreational opportunities. Visitors can take a walk around serene Lake Ripley, play on Litchfield’s 18-hole golf course, enjoy fine dining locations, and participate in one of many festivals and events throughout the year. Litchfield’s annual July “Watercade” festival is the city’s biggest celebration. Activities include a golf tournament, parade, Art in the Park exhibition, four-mile run, fishing contest, kiddie parade, fireworks display, Little Crow water-skiing show, and the popular Miss Litchfield queen coronation ceremony. Downtown Litchfield has been designated a Commercial Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places with more than 40 structures dating back to as early as 1882.

Businesses of Litchfield, MN

The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of Litchfield, MN

Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Litchfield, 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!

Faith Organizations of Litchfield, MN

Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Litchfield, MN

The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Meeker County, MN

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Meeker County, MN page.

Veterans of Meeker 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!