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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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Towner County, North Dakota

Towner County Education, Geography, and HistoryTowner County, North Dakota Courthouse

Towner County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population is 2,246. Its county seat is Cando. It is south from the Canadian border of Manitoba. The county was founded in 1883 by territorial legislation and organized in 1884. It was named after Oscar M. Towner (1842-1897), a businessman and member of the 15th territorial legislature.

Etymology - Origin of Towner County Name

Named for Oscar M. Towner (1842-1897) of Larimore, founder of the Elk Valley bonanza farm in Grand Forks County and a member of the House of Representatives during that session.

Demographics:

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Towner County History

Created by the 1883 territorial legislature and named for Oscar M. Towner (1842-1897) of Larimore, founder of the Elk Valley bonanza farm in Grand Forks County and a member of the House of Representatives during that session. Government organized: January 24, 1884. County Seat: Cando, 1884-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,041 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 1,025 square miles (2,650 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (1.6%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain Manitoba (north)
  • Rural Municipality of Roblin, Manitoba (north)
  • Rural Municipality of Louise, Manitoba (north)
  • Cavalier County (east)
  • Ramsey County (southeast)
  • Benson County (south)
  • Pierce County (southwest)
  • Rolette County (west)

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