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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

Isanti County, Minnesota

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Isanti County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 37,816. Its county seat is Cambridge. Isanti is derived from a Sioux name meaning "knife".

Isanti County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Isanti County Name

Named for a division of the Dakotas known as the Izatys, which may be translated to mean "dwell at Knife Lake", where they resided.


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Isanti County History

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Kanabec County (north)
  • Pine County (northeast)
  • Chisago County (east)
  • Anoka County (south)
  • Sherburne County (southwest)
  • Mille Lacs County (northwest)


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