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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Roseau County was once the home of many Chippewa, Sioux, and Mandan tribes. Archeologists have found artifacts within
the county belonging to these tribes that date back 7,200 years ago
Roseau County was created on February 28, 1894 (Organized in 1897) from Beltrami County and Kittson County. The county was named for Roseau
Lake and River. Roseau is the French translation of the Ojibway name ga-shash-agunushkokawi-sibi, meaning "place of the rushes". The County
Seat is located in Roseau
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,678 square miles (4,350 km2), of which 1,672 square miles (4,330 km2)
is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (0.4%) is water. Roseau is one of 17 Minnesota savanna counties with more savanna soils than either
prairie or forest soils.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Rural Municipality of Stuartburn Manitoba (northwest)