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On Saturday, August 23, 2014, in Morton City Park, over 70 individuals met to dedicate the three panels honoring our settler ancestors. The group was welcomed by David Torgelson, chair of the Renville County Historical Society board. This was followed by a talk by Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann. A bus tour, picnic, and a talk by Dan Munson followed. Later the group gathered at Loyal Indian and Birch Coulee Monuments and Fort Ridgely.
On Sunday, August 25, 2013, the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force sponsored an event at Fort Ridgely to remember the soldiers and settlers lost in the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.
On Saturday, August 17, 2013, approximately 50 descendants of Flora and Beaver Creek families affected by the Dakota attacks on August 18, 1862, gathered at the Renville County Historical Society grounds to dedicate two markers to their ancestors who perished, were injured, captured, or somehow affected by the Dakota War. Most of our ancestors never returned to these areas and now 150 years later their descendants came to honor their memory and place in Minnesota history.
On Saturday, August 18, 2012, approximately 150 descendants of Birch Coulee and Beaver Creek families affected by the Dakota attacks on August 18, 1862, gathered at the Renville County Historical Society grounds to dedicate a Birch Coulie marker.