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Lac Qui Parle County

Lac Qui Parle County is the French name meaning the “lake that talks”, a translation of the Dakota name for the lake “Mdeiyedan”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Big Stone County and Swift County

E – Chippewa County and Yellow Medicine County

S – Yellow Medicine County

W – Deuel County, South Dakota and Grant County, South Dakota


Created:  March 6, 1871                         Map of Minnesota highlighting Lac qui Parle County

County Seat:

Lac Qui Parle  1871 – 1889

Madison          1889 – present


County Courthouse – Madison


Location:  600   6th Street West / 6th Avenue

Built:  1898 –  1899

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Buechner and Jacobson of Saint Paul

Contractor:  Olaf Swenson of Saint Paul


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Madison. The walls are built of red colored brick trimmed with sandstone above a high basement of river boulders. The building is 59 feet by 134 feet and is centered by a high central tower with an open arcade. In the interior, the stairs have marble treads and there is quarry tile in the hallways and tongue-and-grove hardwood on the other floors. The open stairway has square oak newel posts and turned balusters. There are original oak stairs, banisters, wainscoting and doors. The County District Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 8th Judicial District. On the west side id the County Jail


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lac Qui Parle County Courthouse


See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Big Stone CountyChippewa CountyGrant County, Kandiyohi CountyMeeker County, Pope CountyRenville County, Stevens CountySwift CountyTraverse County, Wilkin County and Yellow Medicine County.


History:  The county was created in 1871 and Lac Qui Parle was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in Lac Qui Parle in 1870. In 1886, the courthouse was moved to Madison and in 1889 the county seat was moved to Madison. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1898 to 1899 at a cost of $30,689.



County Courthouse – Madison























County District Court courtroom











Picture 1870 County Courthouse





County Jail – Madison

Photos taken 2007, 2017 and 2024