— The City of Fairfax was founded in 1882 by the President of the railroad, Mr. Ryder.
— Fairfax is located in Renville County near the Minnesota River valley on Highways 19 and 4. Fort Ridgely State Park is also near Fairfax.
— The original name given to the new town by Railroad President Ryder was “Cairo” — but another town already had that name. It was renamed Fairfax after the county seat in Virginia where Ryder lived.
— Fairfax is near the sites of key battles in the 1862 Sioux Uprising. These include the Fort Ridgely and Birch Coulee battlefields.
— A famous Fairfax native is Dana Kiecker, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox. In 1990 he was the starting pitcher in game 2 of the American League Championship series.
— Another famous baseball player from Fairfax is Charles “Lefty” Johnson, who had a legendary career with many Minnesota teams from the 1930’s to the 50’s.
–The Mayor of Fairfax is Lois Gilles with the City Council comprised by Brad Bastian, Josh Bunkers, and Rick Timm.
–The Police Chief is Scott Froehlich.
–The GFW 2018 Homecoming King and Queen were Matt Lavrenz and Madison Hoffmann.
–The Fairfax KNUJ Farm Families include: Bert and Deloris Bleick (1985) and Blair and Louise Anderson (2005)