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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Kandiyohi County is named after a Dakota word meaning "where the buffalo fish come." Kandiyohi County was
organized in 1858 with its county seat in Kandiyohi, which was then called Kandiyohi Station and was just a railroad stop. The original county
occupied only the southern half of its current area. Development was slow, and in 1870 the state legislature called for Monongalia County to
merge with Kandiyohi and make one larger county. It took until November 21, 1871 to agree on the centrally located Willmar as the county seat.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 862 square miles (2,230 km2), of which 797 square miles (2,060 km2) are
land and 66 square miles (170 km2) (7.6%) are covered by water. Kandiyohi County is one of seven southern Minnesota counties that have no
forest soils; only prairie ecosystems of savannas and prairies exist.