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.
Annual Pet Vaccination Clinic
Wednesday, May 15th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the City Maintenance Shop.
Abby Johnson - Coming to Fertile!
Monday, May 20, 2013
7 PM at the Fertile-Beltrami School - Old Gym
City Wide Garage Sale Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th.
Polk County Fair
2013 Polk County Fair is July 10th through the 14th
History Book Now!
Order your copy of the new book of the history of Fertile "These Our Roots - Volume 2." This book will have over 450 pages of photos, family histories, and histories of area business and organizations. The book will also include 20 pages of photos from the 125th celebration. To reserve your copy, click on the link below to fill out your order form. The cost of the book is $50 and needs to be paid at the time of ordering. Books can also be shipped for an added cost of $8 shipping and handling.
A limited number of books will be published so order yours today. Order forms will also be available at Encore, Mill Street Mercantile and the Book and Bible Shoppe.
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.