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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Created by the 1883 territorial
legislature and named for Homer E. Sargent, general manager of the Northern
Pacific Railroad Co. at the time. Government organized: October 8, 1883. County
Seat: Milnor, 1883-1886; Forman, 1886-present.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 867 square miles (2,250 km2), of which 859 square miles (2,220 km2) is
land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) (1.0%) is water.