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Steele County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 36,576. Its county seat is
Owatonna. The county was named for Franklin Steele, a prominent early resident of the state.
Steele County comprises the Owatonna, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Named for Franklin Steele, prominent Minneapolis pioneer and businessman; member of first board of regents of the University of Minnesota.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Steele County was created on February 20, 1855 (Organized in 1856) from Blue Earth County, Le Sueur County and Rice County. The county was named in honor of Franklin Steele (1813-1880), prominent Minneapolis pioneer and businessman; member of first board of regents of the University of Minnesota. The County Seat is located in Owatonna
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 432 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 430 square miles (1,100 km2) is
land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.6%) is water.
The Straight River flows northwardly through the county, and the Le Sueur River flows through its southwestern corner. The Middle Fork of the Zumbro River has its headwaters in the northeastern part of the county.
Bordering counties are as follows: