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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Goodhue County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 46,183. Its county seat is Red
Wing. Nearly all of Prairie Island Indian Community is within the county.
Goodhue County comprises the Red Wing, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI Combined
Etymology - Origin of Goodhue County Name
Named for James Madison Goodhue, first printer and editor in
Minnesota. Printed first issue of the Minnesota Pioneer on April 28, 1849
The county was formed from territory within Wabasha County on March 5, 1853. County boundaries were defined in 1854
and further refined again in 1855.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 780 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 757 square miles (1,960 km2) is
land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (3.0%) is water. Goodhue is one of 17 Minnesota counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or