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Yellow Medicine County

Yellow Medicine, or Pejuhutazizi in the Dakota language, is the name of the bitter root of the moonseed plant used by the Native Americans for medicinal purposes, and the source of this 758-square-mile county’s name. In addition to the area’s Indian heritage, early settlers included mostly English, Scandinavian, German, Irish, Scottish, and Bohemian immigrants. The Minnesota River cuts through what is now the eastern boundary of Yellow Medicine County. Enjoy the granite waterfalls, rolling hills, and meandering streams that accompany this major river. Members of the Dakota Nation found the prairie and the Minnesota River bottoms a bountiful place to live, making this entire area rich in the history of Dakota culture.

From the riverbank, today’s visitors can fish for walleye, northern, catfish, bullhead, and carp. Watch for white pelicans and great blue herons along edges of shallow pools. Spotted sandpipers, killdeer, and other shore birds frequently hunt for insects on the gravel bars and mudflats along the river. Red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and white pelicans catch the air currents above the valley. Bald eagles winter in the Minnesota River Valley.

Minnesota West Technical College

Minnesota West Community & Technical College provides dynamic, responsive, creative, and quality education to a diverse population in an ever-changing educational, business and cultural environment. One of the important goals is to provide students with access to learning and information through electronic education and technology in addition to traditional methods of instruction.  A second goal is to position students with transferable credit, employment skills and the ability to access lifelong learning.  Minnesota West wants to be a regional partner with agencies, other educational institutions, businesses and industries.

Yellow Medicine County

Yellow Medicine County

Address: 180 8th Avenue, Granite Falls, MN 56241
Phone: (320).564.5841
Fax: (320).564.0927