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Township Meetings 2023

Lac qui Parle Village Township Meeting – Tuesday, June 20th, 7pm.

Baxter, Camp Release, Cerro Gordo, Hantho, and Lac qui Parle Townships – Then and Now 

Come to the Lac qui Parle Village Town Hall on Tuesday, June 20th, at 7pm to remember what life was like in Baxter, Camp Release, Cerro Gordo, Hantho, and Lac qui Parle townships starting in 1871! Bring your stories, pictures, and anything else you can remember about then and now; all ages are welcome!

Let’s talk about where you grew up, went to school, had a family and worked in this area of LQP County.

The country schools include:

Baxter Township – District 3, 5, 8, 17, 30;

Camp Release Township – District 10, 15, 16, 21;

Cerro Gordo Township – District 6, 12, 13, 34, 43, 48;

Hantho Township – District 23, 29, 36, 104;

Lac qui Parle Township – District 1 – LqP Village School, 2, 4, 7, 11.

If you just want to enjoy history, please come to the Lac qui Parle Village Town Hall.  Coffee and treats will be provided, and a chance to win door prizes too! Everyone of all ages is welcome to visit the Lac qui Parle County Historical Museum all year long, the history is kept here!


  • In 1915, there were 108 school districts in Lac qui Parle County
  • In 1967, there were only three remaining rural school districts in Lac qui Parle County

Melvin Wroolie was the County Superintendent of Schools from 1928 – 1967

2023 Events

May 1June 18 – World War I Traveling Display

June 11 – LqP County Historical Society Bridal Show; Museum (1-3pm), VFW bridal show (4pm)

June 20 – Area Township Meeting in LqP Village at 7 p.m. – includes Lac qui Parle, Camp Release, Baxter, Cerro Gordo, and Hantho Townships

July 30 – Heritage Day – History of the LqP County Fair

September 7 – 10 – LqP County Fair — September 9 – 4-H Reunion – 5:00 p.m.

November 5 – Annual Board Meeting and Volunteer Brunch

December 3 – Christmas at the Museum

World War I Traveling Exhibit

May 1st through June 18th, we will display the West Central Minnesota Historical Association World War I Traveling Exhibit.  The display tells the personal stories of World War I veterans from the ten surrounding counties, including several from Lac qui Parle County. World War I began July 28, 1914, and ended June 28, 1919. By the war’s end, both sides had used colossal amounts of chemical weapons, causing an estimated 1,300,000 casualties, including 91,000 fatalities. We have many personal items from veterans in Lac qui Parle County.

Historical Bridal Show

The Bridal Fashion Show on Sunday, June 11th, 4pm at the VFW, will feature 30 bridal dresses, as well as bridesmaid, flower girl, and mother of the bride dresses being modeled on the runway. Following the show, the lunch at the VFW will be a meal that was typical a few years back at wedding receptions – sandwiches, salad, nuts and mints, coffee, punch and wedding cake. The Museum will be open 1-3pm. The display at the museum will feature many of the wedding clothes that are property of the Historical Society as well as clothing borrowed from area residents. We plan on having wedding dresses in every township booth as well as in other museum areas.

Heritage Day

This year, Sunday, July 30th, we will be sharing the history of the LqP County Fair and 4-H. Heritage Day will give you a preview of what we will be celebrating in September. In the Ethel Melum Addition, we will have begun to organize and present the wonderful accomplishments of the 4-H members and their families from the past. The 150th Anniversary of the Lac qui Parle Agricultural Society, otherwise known as the Lac qui Parle County Fair, will also be part of the displays in the Ethel Melum Addition.

In the past, we have had veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War share their stories. Also featured were experiences of Native American life in the early 1800’s, river stories, 100 years of history of Roth Bottling founded in 1917, the story of Robert Bly, and Stone soup and salad.

Lac qui Parle County Fair – September 7-10, with 4-H Reunion at 5 p.m. on September 9th.

Annual Board Meeting and Volunteer Brunch – November 5th.

Christmas at the Museum – December 3rd.