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There are eighty-seven Counties in Minnesota. On October 27, 1849 nine large Minnesota Counties were created. Among them were Benton, Dahkotah, Itasca, Ramsey, Mahkahta, Pembina, Wabashaw, Washington, and Wahnata. Of those Benton, Dakota, Itasca, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington still exist as their original name. With the creation of Kittson County on March 9, 1878, Pembina County no longer existed. When Minnesota was organized as a state, 57 of the present 87 Counties were established. The last county to be created was Lake of the Woods County in 1923

Sibley County, Minnesota

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Sibley County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,226. Its county seat is Gaylord. Sibley County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Sibley County Name

Named for General Henry Hastings Sibley, delegate to Congress from Minnesota Territory, 1849-53; first governor of Minnesota, 1858-60.


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Sibley County History

Sibley County was created on March 5, 1853 (Organized in 1854) from Dakota County. The county was named in honor of General Henry Hastings Sibley (1811-1891), delegate to Congress from Minnesota Territory, 1849-53; first governor of Minnesota, 1858-60. The County Seat is located in Gaylord

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 601 square miles (1,560 km2), of which 589 square miles (1,530 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.0%) is water.

Most of the Rush River's watershed is located in Sibley County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • McLeod County (north)
  • Carver County (northeast)
  • Scott County (east)
  • Le Sueur County (southeast)
  • Nicollet County (south)
  • Renville County (west)


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