There are eighty-seven Counties in Minnesota. On October 27, 1849 nine large Minnesota Counties were
created. Among them were Benton, Dahkotah, Itasca, Ramsey, Mahkahta, Pembina, Wabashaw, Washington, and Wahnata.
Of those Benton, Dakota, Itasca, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington still exist as their original name. With the
creation of Kittson County on March 9, 1878, Pembina County no longer existed. When Minnesota was organized as a
state, 57 of the present 87 Counties were established. The last county to be created was Lake of the Woods
County in 1923
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Renville County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,730. Its county seat is
Olivia. The county was formed in 1855 and organized in 1866.
Etymology - Origin of Renville County Name
Named for Joseph Renville, captain in the British Army who led
the Dakotas in attacks on the American frontier during the War of 1812; served
as interpreter in Long Expedition to Red River and Lake Winnipeg in 1823; later
employed as a trader for the American Fur Company.
Renville County was created on February 20, 1855 (Organized in 1866) from Nicollet County and Pierce County and Sibley County. The county
was named in honor of Joseph Renville (1779-1846), captain in the British Army who led the Dakotas in attacks on the American frontier during
the War of 1812; served as interpreter in Long Expedition to Red River and Lake Winnipeg in 1823; later employed as a trader for the American
Fur Company. The County Seat is located in Olivia
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 987 square miles (2,560 km2), of which 983 square miles (2,550 km2) is
land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.4%) is water.