Roseau County, Minnesota

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Roseau County, Minnesota

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This county was established December 31, 1894, and received an addition from Beltrami county, February 10, 1896. It is named from the Roseau lake and river, of which the former appears, with this name, on Verendrye's map (1737). The river is shown on Thompson's map (1814), with the name Reed river, translated from this French name, which is in turn a translation of the OJibway name. Gilfillan wrote it, "Ga-shash-agunushkokawi-sibi or the-place-of-rushes-river, or briefly, Rush river." It is more accurately called Reed-grass river on Long's map (1823) and on Pope's map (1849). The very coarse grass, or reed, referred to is Phragmites communis, which is common or frequent in the shallow edges of lakes throughout the prairie region of Minnesota and Manitoba. During a canoe trip around all the shore of Red lake in September, 1885, this species was observed in great abundance at many places, growing 8 to 12 feet in height.[1]

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Maps and Boundaries

  • Rural Municipality of Stuartburn Manitoba (northwest)
  • Rural Municipality of Piney Manitoba (north)
  • Lake of the Woods County (east)
  • Beltrami County (southeast)
  • Marshall County (south)
  • Kittson County (west)



Roosevelt (partly in Lake of the Woods County)
Roseau (county seat)


Barnett Township
Barto Township
Beaver Township
Cedarbend Township
Deer Township
Dewey Township
Dieter Township
Enstrom Township
Falun Township
Golden Valley Township
Grimstad Township
Hereim Township
Huss Township
Jadis Township
Lake Township
Laona Township
Lind Township
Malung Township
Mickinock Township
Moose Township
Moranville Township
Nereson Township
Palmville Township
Pohlitz Township
Polonia Township
Poplar Grove Township
Reine Township
Ross Township
Skagen Township
Soler Township
Spruce Township
Stafford Township
Stokes Township

Records and Resources


  1. "Roseau County, Minnesota." Genealogy Trails. Accessed October 07, 2018.

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