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Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

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Sarah Thorson Little

Kandiyohi County was established in 1858. Originally, the northern half of today's county was Monongalia County and the southern half Kandiyohi County, each county consisted of 12 townships. Then in 1870 the two counties were consolidated under one name..Kandiyohi.  The name Kandiyohi is taken from the Native American words meaning Where-The-Buffalo-Fish-Come...Kandi meaning buffalo-fish and ohi meaning in. The name refers to the abundance of fish found in the county's lakes.

Kandiyohi County has several historic sites. One is the Guri Endreson log house which was built in 1858 and was the home of Guri Endreson and her family. During the Dakota Conflict, Guri saved three men, despite the fact that her husband and son were killed and her daughters kidnapped. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public during the summer months. The house is located NW of Willmar, off Highway 12 and County Road 5.

Another interesting site is the Oscar Erickson cabin. Oscar Erickson and Solomon Foot were wounded and at least one Dakota Native American was killed at the Erickson cabin during the Dakota Conflict. Erickson and Foot were two of the first settlers in Willmar Township. The Erickson cabin still stands and is located west of Willmar off U.S. Highway 71.

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A Minnesota Map locating Kandiyohi Co.     Kandiyohi Co. Photos

Where to find Naturalization Records ..... What Newspapers are available and where to find them

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History of Some Early Pioneers in Kandiyohi County
(arranged by township)

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* Source: Illustrated History and Descriptive and Biographical Review of Kandiyohi County Minnesota. Published by Victor E. Lawson, and J. Emil Nelson, Publishers of the Willmar Tribune, Willmar, Minn. Compiled and arranged under the direction of Victor E. Lawson and Martin E. Tew, St. Paul, Minn., The Pioneer Press Manufacturing Depts., 1905.

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society has an index of names of those individuals found in the above book. Click on their name and send them an e-mail for additional information

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This page last updated April 25, 2019
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