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Founded in 1873, Richland County was named after Morgan T. Rich. With some rolling land in the southwestern portion and along river areas, the geography of Richland County is mostly level. Wahpeton, the largest city in Richland County, is the County Seat and is located in the middle of the county and borders the state of Minnesota. The 13 additional cities located in Richland County are Walcott, Colfax, Christine, & Abercrombie in the north, Dwight, Mooreton, Barney, & Wyndmere in the middle, and Lidgerwood, Hankinson, Mantador, Great Bend and Fairmount in the south.

Quick Stats

County Seat Wahpeton
Population (2022) 16,580
Area 1,436.7 Square Miles
Acres 673,733.71
Population Density 11.4 square miles
Number of Cities 14
Number of Townships 36
Coordinates 46°16′N 96°57′W
Lakes 11

City & Township Officers

Each city and township has officers that represent their entity.  We have included this list of township officers as a courtesy, and we have updated it to the best of our ability.  Click here for the current listing.

Townships

  • Abercrombie East
  • Abercrombie West
  • Antelope
  • Barney
  • Barrie
  • Belford
  • Brandenburg
  • Brightwood
  • Center East
  • Center West
  • Colfax East
  • Colfax West
  • Danton
  • Devillo
  • Dexter
  • Duerr East
  • Duerr West
  • Dwight East
  • Dwight West
  • Eagle North
  • Eagle South
  • Elma
  • Fairmount North
  • Fairmount South
  • Freeman
  • Garborg
  • Grant
  • Greendale
  • Grove
  • Helendale
  • Homestead
  • Ibsen
  • LaMars
  • Liberty
  • Mooreton
  • Moran
  • Nansen
  • Sheyenne
  • Summit East
  • Summit West
  • Viking
  • Walcott East
  • Walcott West
  • Waldo
  • West End
  • Wyndmere

Townships

  • Abercrombie East
  • Abercrombie West
  • Antelope
  • Barney
  • Barrie
  • Belford
  • Brandenburg
  • Brightwood
  • Center East
  • Center West
  • Colfax East
  • Colfax West
  • Danton
  • Devillo
  • Dexter
  • Duerr East
  • Duerr West
  • Dwight East
  • Dwight West
  • Eagle North
  • Eagle South
  • Elma
  • Fairmount North
  • Fairmount South
  • Freeman
  • Garborg
  • Grant
  • Greendale
  • Grove
  • Helendale
  • Homestead
  • Ibsen
  • LaMars
  • Liberty
  • Mooreton
  • Moran
  • Nansen
  • Sheyenne
  • Summit East
  • Summit West
  • Viking
  • Walcott East
  • Walcott West
  • Waldo
  • West End
  • Wyndmere

Cities

Each of these Richland cities has more to explore. Click to learn more and go to each individual city’s website.

The county seat offers the Chahinkapa Zoo, Richland County Historical Museum, and The World’s Largest Catfish.

Whether it’s winning big at Dakota Magic Casino, playing a round of golf, or celebrating Oktoberfest, there’s something for everyone here.

Stop in for some history at Lidgerwood Community Museum, walking in one of the parks, or hunting and fishing.

Relax at Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery, dive into the pool, or visit Crooked Lane Farm Folk School.

This city allows you to spend time at the Wyndmere Rock Garden County Park, go camping in the summer, and snowmobile in the winter.

Come visit for delicious eats, wondrous views, and historical buildings.