There are eighty-seven Counties in Minnesota. On October 27, 1849 nine large Minnesota Counties were
created. Among them were Benton, Dahkotah, Itasca, Ramsey, Mahkahta, Pembina, Wabashaw, Washington, and Wahnata.
Of those Benton, Dakota, Itasca, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington still exist as their original name. With the
creation of Kittson County on March 9, 1878, Pembina County no longer existed. When Minnesota was organized as a
state, 57 of the present 87 Counties were established. The last county to be created was Lake of the Woods
County in 1923
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Chippewa County, Minnesota was established, in1862, and organized, in 1868, from a portion of Renville County. In
1870, a portion of northern Chippewa County was taken to form Swift County. The county was named for the Chippewa River. River so named by the
Dakotas because of heavy use by Ojibway war parties to access the Minnesota River valley.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 588 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 581 square miles (1,500 km2) is
land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (1.1%) is water.