Cottonwood County

Cottonwood County is located in Southwestern Minnesota and was established on May 23, 1857 by the Territorial Legislature. It was organized on July 29, 1870. Cottonwood County is named after the Cottonwood River which has many cottonwood trees alongside it. Windom is the county seat. Sources: Cottonwood County website. Minnesota Geographic Names, by Warren Upham (Minnesota Historical Society, 1969).

Notable candidates from Cottonwood County include:

  • Carl Halverson (born, resident): State Representative (1933-1937) and Farmer-Labor State Treasurer (1937-1939)
  • George Mann (resident): Liberal Caucus/DFL State Representative (1959-1967, 1969-1984)


Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Legislative Districts

Congressional Districts
Starting Ending Districts
1858 1863 At-Large
1863 1883 CD 01
1883 1933 CD 02
1933 1935 At-Large
1935 1973 CD 02
1973 1983 CD 06
1983 2003 CD 02
2003 2013 CD 01
2013 2023 CD 01, 07
2023 2033 CD 07
Senate Districts
Starting Ending Districts
1861 1872 SD 20
1872 1882 SD 38
1882 1899 SD 08
1899 1915 SD 14
1915 1963 SD 10
1963 1973 SD 18
1973 1983 SD 27, 28
1983 1993 SD 23, 28
1993 2023 SD 22
2023 2033 SD 21
House Districts
Starting Ending Districts
1861 1872 HD 20
1872 1882 HD 38
1882 1899 HD 08
1899 1915 HD 14
1915 1963 HD 10
1963 1967 HD 18
1967 1973 HD 18A, 18B
1973 1983 HD 27A, 28A, 28B
1983 1993 HD 23A, 28A, 28B
1993 2003 HD 22A, 22B
2003 2013 HD 22B
2023 2033 HD 21A, 21B

Candidates

Candidate Birth county Residence county Elections
Abild, Donald L. (Don) Out of state Cottonwood 1998, State House, District 22B, General (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Lost)
1998, State House, District 22B, Primary (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Won)
Ahl, Harold W. Watonwan Cottonwood 1936, U.S. House, District 02, Primary (Democrat, Lost)
Anderson, Nels Out of state Cottonwood 1920, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
Anderson, Robert C. Out of state Cottonwood 1990, State House, District 28A, Primary (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Lost)
Anderson, Christopher Henry (C.H.) Out of state Cottonwood 1914, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1912, State House, District 14, Primary (Republican, Lost)
Blackmun, Silas Out of state Cottonwood 1890, State House, District 08, General (Republican, Lost)
Bondhus, Thomas Out of state Cottonwood 1950, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1948, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1946, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1944, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1942, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1940, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1938, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
1936, State House, District 10, General (Nonpartisan, Won)
Brandt, Alfred P. Cottonwood Cottonwood 1966, State Senate, District 18, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
1966, State Senate, District 18, Primary (Nonpartisan, Won)
1962, State Senate, District 18, General (Nonpartisan, Lost)
Bretzman, Brian Cottonwood Redwood 2006, State Senate, District 21, General (Independence, Lost)
Copp, William Out of state Olmsted Cottonwood 1884, U.S. House, District 02, General (Prohibition, Lost)
1878, Clerk of the Supreme Court, General (Prohibition, Lost)