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Todd County is a county in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 24,895. Its county seat is Long Prairie. The county was formed in 1855 and organized in 1867. It is named after John Blair Smith Todd, who was a delegate from Dakota Territory to the United States House of Representatives, and general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Named for John Blair Smith Todd, commander of Ft. Ripley, 1849-56; general in the Civil War; delegate in Congress from Dakota Territory, 1861 and 1863-65; governor of Dakota Territory, 1869-71.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Todd County was established by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature in February of 1856. It extended east to the
Mississippi River. Fort Ripley was in the original county. Young John Baines Smith Todd was in command of the Fort at that time. In keeping
with the custom of the times, counties were named for prominent people, and Captain Todd lent his name to the county.
When Minnesota became a state in 1858, the county lines were changed with the land west of a line straight south of the junction of the Crow Wing and Long Prairie Rivers remaining in Todd County. The land east of that line became Morrison County. By 1867, the county was fully organized and those boundaries have remained as such for 125 years.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 980 square miles (2,500 km2), of which 945 square miles (2,450 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (3.5%) is water
Bordering counties are as follows: