Kittson County is the northwestern-most county in the State of Minnesota. The
county seat is Hallock, located along the Red River of the North.
The western part o f the County, which is part of the fertile Red River Valley, produces bountiful crops of wheat, barley, sugarbeets, sunflowers, canola, and soybeans. The eastern part of the
county is known for its abundant wildlife population. Agricultural endeavors in this part of the
county consist of ranching, hay land and small grains.
The county is named after Norman W. Kittson, an
early fur trader & partner of the American Fur Company. He increased the fur
trading traffic significantly by increasing the use of oxcarts. He was also
responsible for the pioneering of the steamboat in the Red River and was active
in the development of the railroad. His contributions played an important role
in the settlement of the county. The county was officially organized on February 25,
1879, having been part of the Pembina District prior to that time. The county
also included the western portion of what is now Roseau County until 1894.
Colleen, the county coordinator for Kittson County. If you have
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