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History of McLeod County
Comprising townships taken from Carver and two from Sibley, but without the coveted six mile strip from Renville, McLeod County was created by the territorial legislature March 1, 1856, and was organized March 11, 1856. It was named for Martin McLeod, a Scotsman, who was one of the first settlers to locate in this area. He was described as "a man of Nobel Form", commanding presence, culture, intellect, dignity and eloquence. J.H. Stevens, and perhaps a dozen others, founded a settlement thirty miles from the nearest white neighbors and called it Glencoe. Glencoe was made the county seat as it still is today.
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