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North Dakota Counties

There are fifty-three counties in the state of North Dakota. Pembina County was created by the 1866-1867 Dakota territorial legislature, and was organized on August 12, 1867. The city of Pembina, the oldest European-American settlement in the state, was the county seat from 1867 to 1911. The seat was relocated to Cavalier.

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Nelson County, North Dakota

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Nelson County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 3,126. Its county seat is Lakota. The county was founded in 1883

Etymology - Origin of Nelson County Name

Named for Nelson E. Nelson of Pembina (1830-1913), legislator during that session.

Demographics:

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Nelson County History

Created by the 1883 territorial legislature and named for Nelson E. Nelson of Pembina (1830-1913), legislator during that session. Government organized: June 9, 1883. County Seat: Lakota, 1883-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,009 square miles (2,610 km2), of which 982 square miles (2,540 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (2.7%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Walsh County (north)
  • Grand Forks County (east)
  • Steele County (southeast)
  • Griggs County (south)\
  • Eddy County (southwest)
  • Benson County (west)
  • Ramsey County (northwest)

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