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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.

Ramsey County, North Dakota

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Ramsey County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 11,451. Its county seat is Devils Lake. The county was created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and organized on January 25, 1883. It was named for Alexander Ramsey, a US Senator from Minnesota

Etymology - Origin of Ramsey County Name

Named for Alexander Ramsey of St. Paul (1815-1903), U. S. Senator from Minnesota at that time.


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Ramsey County History

Created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named for Alexander Ramsey of St. Paul (1815-1903), U. S. Senator from Minnesota at that time. Government organized: January 25, 1883. County Seat: Devils Lake, 1883-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,301 square miles (3,370 km2), of which 1,187 square miles (3,070 km2) is land and 114 square miles (300 km2) (8.8%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Cavalier County (north)
  • Walsh County (east)
  • Nelson County (southeast)
  • Benson County (southwest)
  • Towner County (northwest)


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