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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Mahnomen County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 5,413. Its county seat is
The entire county is part of the White Earth Indian Reservation. It is the only county in Minnesota entirely within an Indian reservation. The
county, along with East Polk and Becker County, are one of the biggest cattle-raising areas in the northwestern part of Minnesota.
Etymology - Origin of Mahnomen County Name
Mahnomen or manomin is the Ojibway word for wild rice.
Mahnomen County was created on December 27, 1906 from Norman County. The county was named for Mahnomen or manomin
is the Ojibway word for wild Rice. The County Seat is located in Mahnomen
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 583 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 558 square miles (1,450 km2) is
land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (4.3%) is water. Mahnomen is one of 17 Minnesota savanna region counties with more savanna soils than either
prairie or forest soils.