19.08.03 Welcome to Grenville, South Dakota!

By Scott Shephard

Grenville, SD (population 54), is one of those rural communities in our state that continues to hold on, though its population has been shrinking ever since it reached its high in 1940 (population 260). I’m not sure if there was some industry or enterprise that once existed here but today it would seem that Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church and a few businesses that serve hunters and fishermen are the mainstays of this town.

This town is only a few miles east of the photo I posted yesterday and, like the many fields in this region of the Glacial Lakes, is surrounded on most sides by water. The church occupies about 1/2 of the area of the town and is exceptionally well cared for.

Here are a few more of the church:

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