Welcome to the
City of Fertile!
In 1879 the first settlers to come to the Fertile area were Knute Nelson and his brother Einar Nelson, together with their uncle Lars A. Bolstad. These men had emigrated from Evanger, Voss, Norway. After a short sojourn in southern Minnesota, they arrived in Polk County on May 13, 1879. These pioneers went directly to Crookston’s U.S. Land Office and returned to their claims on May 17, 1879. A few days later in June, Askeld Olsen Morvig and his brother Anders Olsen Morvig, together with Jacob Hanson Aldal, also from Voss and Bergen, arrived at the Fertile area and took homesteads next to one another, just slightly east of Jacob Aldal’s claim and Knute Nelson’s homestead.
From June 1879 well into 1880, people began to quickly take up homesteads in and around the
Fertile area. One of the early settlers was Thomas Johnson Lensegrav and his family, who took a
homestead near the Sandhill River. Another of the early settlers was Otto Kankel, a miller by
profession, who had begun flour and grist mills at Fergus Falls, Elizabeth and Faith. He finally
purchased some property on the Sandhill River just south of present day Fertile, where he built a
flour and grist mill and later a grand home next to his mill. He had purchased this land from
Thomas Johnson Lensegrav.
Wild West Hoe Down
September 12, 2015
Contact: Linda Widrig. 218-945-6786
October 16, 17, 23, 24, and 31.
Pick up your copy of the new book of the history of Fertile “These Our Roots – Volume 2.” This book has over 450 pages of photos, family histories and histories of area businesses and organizations. The book also includes 20 pages of photos from the 125th Celebration.
A limited number of books are available so pick up your copy today. The cost of the book is $45 and books are available at Encore, Mill Street Mercantile, and the City Office.
Books can also be ordered and shipped directly to you. The cost of shipping is an additional $8 and must be paid at the time of ordering. Please click on the link below for an order form.
The City Council meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 PM and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. Click here to view the minutes of our previous meeting.
- Brian Nephew, Mayor
- Reid Jensrud
- Todd Wise
- Linda Widrig
- Dennis Hasler
- Lisa Liden, City Administrator
- Terry Baumgartner, Billing Clerk
- Kevin Nephew, Director of Public Works
- Dana Knutson, Public Works