Renville County Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Renville County Celebrated 150th Anniversary of County – 1866-2016 and
Renville County Public Health Celebrated 100th Anniversary - 1916-2016
The celebration events were kicked off on August 9th with the County Commissioners holding part of a County Board meeting in the former County Commissioner room located in the Courthouse at the Morton granite table used for Commissioners meetings from 1903 to 1980.
On a beautiful summer day, August 20th, citizens participated in one of two guided bus tours of the County’s historical sites. The narrated East Loop Tour started in Olivia at the Courthouse and traveled east along Highway 212 with stops at the new County Hospital, the Hector Airport, Hector History Center, a drive around Lake Allie, then south with lunch and a tour of Swedlanda Lutheran Church, followed with stops at the Fairfax Railroad Depot, the Birch Coulee Battlefield, and the Renville County Museum in Morton.
A grand celebration commemorating the two anniversaries was held on Sunday, September 11th. It began with employee guided tours of the Courthouse, a program was presented outside on the porch of the Courthouse. The program started with Advancing the Colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and Posting of the Colors. A moment of silence was then held to remember Patriot Day, 9/11, and all those who have served our Country. Bob Fox, Renville County Board Chairman, introduced special guests. Then the entertainment part of the program commenced with a medley of patriotic music sung by the Woodbury Singers of Renville County. Followed by patriotic and fiddle music performed by violinist, Dan Knapper. The program was closed with a retirement of the colors. The celebration continued on with a display of the past 100 years of Public Health Service’s work in the county. A video was shown from interviews conducted of citizens from every part of Renville County from ages 14 to 95 telling their stories of life here in the past, present and future predictions
On October 1st, the narrated West Loop Tour began in Olivia at the Courthouse parking lot and traveled west on highway 212 with stops at the Danube Depot, Renville Museum, Sacred Heart Museum, then south to Skalbekken County Park, and many sites along the Minnesota river scenic byway with lunch at Vicksburg County Park, Beaver Falls County Park and Bechyn.