Exactly when the first settlers arrived in Valhalla is not known but the Federal survey was recorded in St. Paul in 1880 for township 55-17 and 1881 for township 55-16.
Valhalla was loosely a meaning for townships 55-16 and 55-17. In 1914 a petition was circulated in these two townships asking the state of Minnesota for the right to form a township government unit. Almost every eligible voter signed the petition. Those two townships were incorporated into the Township of Ellsburg on July 7, 1914.
History books for Ellsburg Township can be purchased from the Melrude Community Club for $10.00. The book is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the history of Valhalla-Ellsburg-Melrude, most of which is told through the eyes of the people that lived it! The book includes pictures gathered from area residents, many of which show the hardships the early settlers had to endure.
TO PURCHASE A BOOK Call the Melrude Community Club at 218.393.3749 or Ellsburg Town Clerk at 218.482.3407