Melrose Township, settled in 1857 and organized in 1866, was either named by first settlers Warren and Napoleon Adley and Robert Wheeler, all from Scotland, for the city of Melrose in Scotland, having ruins of an ancient abbey, near the home of Sir Walter Scott, or by Warren Adley, in honor of Melissa (or Melvina) and Rose, who were his daughters or were other near kindred or friends. The city of Melrose in Millwood and Grove Townships, platted in December 1871 by Edwin and William H. Clark, brothers, was the terminus of the railroad from November 18, 1872, until 1878, was first incorporated in 1881 and in 1896 as a city and received a city charter in 1898. Edwin Clark, considered the "father of Melrose" came in 1871, built a general store and mill, and encouraged development of the community. The post office began in 1859; it had a station of the Great Northern Railway.
Melrose is a beautiful place to live with Big and Little Birch Lakes, Lake Sylvia, and other surrounding lakes. Melrose sits on the banks of the Sauk River, the Lake Wobegon Trail system, and the I-94 corridor. Melrose is centrally located between Alexandria and St. Cloud, MN.Melrose has three parks, two churches, and a
lively downtown. We have an excellent K - 12 public school
system as well as an excellent K - 6 private school system. Our state of the art hospital and medical
clinic, along with our other medical services such as a
pharmacy, dentist, orthodontist, chiropractor, optometrist and
assisted living facilities, are second to none.We have a very active Historical Society and
Arts and Theater in the High School and community.