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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Pine County was organized on March 1, 1856, with Chisago County being its primary parent county. Other portions of the
original Pine County originated from Ramsey County. The original county seat was Chengwatana.
In 1857, Buchanan County in full and southern portions of Aitkin and Carlton counties were formed from the original Pine County, with Kanabec
County organized a year later. In 1861, Buchanan County was dissolved and folded into Pine County. Pine County was re-organized in 1872, with
Pine City becoming the new county seat.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,435 square miles (3,720 km2), of which 1,411 square miles (3,650 km2)
is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (1.6%) is water.