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Wyanett Township

Wyanett is the only township in the county with an Indian name. It is Ojibway for beautiful.

The township was established in 1875. While it is a standard township with 36 sections, its southern boundary was often thought to stretch into Spencer Brook Township to include those sections which are north of the Rum River.

Green Lake, Spectacle Lake and a portion of Lower Stanchfield Lake are found in Wyanett Township. A brook flowing out of Green Lake meets the Rum River at the extreme southeast corner of the township.

An Indian mound, measuring 100 feet in diameter and 17 feet high-one of the largest in the state-was surveyed in 1890 on Sections 26 and 27 near Green Lake.

Some of the early settlers in Wyanett were Dan Murray, I. F. Mudgett, Avery and Phineas Gates, Ole Petterson, Eric Flink, Andrew Roadstrom, Anders Gustaf Moller, Calvin Howard and Eric Ericson.

School Districts:

  • No. 32-Gates, 8
  • No. 33-Karmel, 12
  • No. 42-Pioneer, 21

Churches and Cemeteries:

  • Swedish Mission Church and Cemetery, 2 (Karmel Covenant)
  • Cemetery, 12


  • Wyanett Post Office, 13
  • Blacksmith Shop, 24
  • Carpenter Shop, 25
  • Store, 11

The historical comments regarding each township is taken from Minerva Hixson’s Yesterdays as well as from other documents and records at the Isanti County Historical Society.