Bricelyn at first named Brice

Published 9:00 am Sunday, March 1, 2020

Named for John Brice, a businessman from Mason City who helped establish the rail lines in the area, Bricelyn was incorporated in July 1903 and separated from the township in March 1912.

According to the Faribault County website, the town was at first named Brice. Postmaster K.O. Sandum suggested Brice’s wife’s name, which he thought to be Evelyn. It was later discovered her name was Minnie.

The website states Brice later moved back to Mason City, but the town of Bricelyn continued to grow.

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An auction of town lots was held Sept. 27, 1899.

The city’s population was 365 at the 2010 census.


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