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An Overview of Minnesota Counties

County Date Parent County County Seat
Aitkin 1857 Cass, Itasca Aitkin
Andy Johnson Changed from Toombs 1858 to Wilkin 1868
Anoka 1857 Ramsey Anoka
Becker 1858 Indian Lands Detroit Lakes
Beltrami 1866 Unorganized Territory. Bemidji
Benton 1849 Original County Foley
Big Stone 1862 Pierce Ortonville
Blue Earth 1853 Unorganized Territory Mankato
Breckenridge   See Clay, Toombs & Wilkin  
Brown 1855 Nicollett, Blue Earth New Ulm
Buchanan   Discontinued  
Carlton 1857 Pine, St. Louis Carlton
Carver 1855 Hennepin Chaska
Cass 1851 Original County Walker
Chippewa 1862 Pierce Montevideo
Chisago 1851 Washington Center City
Clay 1862 Formerly Breckenridge Moorhead
Clearwater 1902 Beltrami Bagley
Cook 1874 Lake Grand Marais
Cottonwood 1857 Brown Windom
Crow Wing 1857 Cass, Aitkin Brainerd
Dakota 1849 Original county Hastings
Dodge 1855 Olmsted Mantorville
Douglas 1858 Todd Alexandria
Doty   See St. Louis & Lake  
Faribault 1855 Blue Earth Blue Earth
Fillmore 1853 Wabasha Preston
Freeborn 1855 Wabasha Albert Lea
Goodhue 1853 Wabasha Red Wing
Grant 1868 Stearns Elbow Lake
Hennepin 1852 Dakota Minneapolis
Houston 1854 Fillmore Caledonia
Hubbard 1883 Cass Park Rapids
Isanti 1857 Anoka Cambridge
Itasca 1849 Original County Grand Rapids
Jackson 1857 Unorg. Terr Jackson
Johnson   See Wilkin  
Kanabec 1858 Pine Mora
Kandiyohi 1858 Meeker Willmar
Kittson 1878 Unorg. Terr. - formerly Pembina Hallock
Koochiching 1906 Itasca International Falls
Lac Qui Parle 1871 Brown, Redwood Madison
Lake 1856 Formerly Doty Two Harbors
Lake of the Woods 1922 Beltrami Baudette
Le Sueur 1853 Unorg. Terr. Le Center
Lincoln 1873 Lyon Ivanhoe
Lyon 1868 Redwood Marshall
McLeod 1856 Carver Glencoe
Mahnomen 1906 Becker, Norman Mahnomen
Mankahta   Discontinued  
Marshall 1879 Kittson Warren
Martin 1857 Faribault, Brown Fairmont
Meeker 1856 Wright, Stearns Litchfield
Mille Lacs 1857 Kanabec Milaca
Monongalia   Discontinued. See Kandiyohi  
Morrison 1856 Benton, Stearns Little Falls
Mower 1855 Fillmore, Freeborn Austin
Murray 1857 Lyon Slayton
Nicollet 1853 Unorg. territory St. Peter
Nobles 1857 Jackson Worthington
Norman 1881 Polk Ada
Olmsted 1855 Unorg. Territory Rochester
Otter Tail 1858 Pembina, Cass Fergus Falls
Pembina   Changed to Kittson, 1878  
Pennington 1910 Red Lake Thief River Falls
Pierce   Disorganized  
Pine 1856 Unorg. Lands Pine City
Pipestone 1857 Murray Pipestone
Polk 1858 Indian Lands Crookston
Pope 1862 Pierce Glenwood
Ramsey 1849 Original county St. Paul
Red Lake 1896 Polk Red Lake Falls
Redwood 1862 Brown Redwood Falls
Renville 1855 Unorg. Territory Olivia
Rice 1853 Original County Faribault
Rock 1857 Nobles as Unorg. Co. Brown Luverne
Roseau 1894 Kittson Roseau
St. Louis 1855 Doty (now Lake) Duluth
Scott 1853 Dakota Shakopee
Sherburne 1856 Benton Elk River
Sibley 1853 Unorg. Territory Gaylord
Stearns 1855 Indian Lands St. Cloud
Steele 1855 Unorg. Terr., Dodge Owatonna
Stevens 1862 Pierce, Big Stone Morris
Superior   Changed to St. Louis 1855  
Swift 1870 Chippewa, Unorg. Lands Benson
Todd 1855 Stearns Long Prairie
Toombs   Changed to Andy Johnson 1858, Wilkin 1868  
Traverse 1862 Toombs Wheaton
Wabasha 1849 Original county Wabasha
Wadena 1858 Cass, Todd Wadena
Wahnata   Disorganized  
Waseca 1857 Steele Waseca
Washington 1849 Original county Stillwater
Watonwan 1860 Brown St. James
Wilkin 1868 Cass, Toombs, Johnson Breckenridge
Winona 1854 Unorg. Territory Winona
Wright 1855 Hennepin Buffalo
Yellow Medicine 1871 Redwood Granite Falls

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