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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Isanti County was created on February 13, 1857 (Organized in 1871) from Ramsey County. The county was named in honor
of a division of the Dakotas known as the Izatys, which may be translated to mean "dwell at Knife Lake", where they resided.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,170 km2), of which 436 square miles (1,130 km2) is
land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (3.5%) is water.