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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

Watonwan County, Minnesota

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Watonwan County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 11,211. Its county seat is St. James. The county was organized in 1860, two years after Minnesota was granted statehood.

Etymology - Origin of Watonwan County Name

Received its name from the Watonwan River. Translation of the Dakota word watanwan meaning "where fish bait bounds".


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Watonwan County History

Watonwan County was created on November 6, 1860 (Organized in 1871) from Brown County. The county was named for the Watonwan River. Translation of the Dakota word watanwan meaning "where fish bait The County Seat is located in St. James

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 440 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.1%) is water. The county is drained by the Watonwan River and its tributaries; the river flows eastwardly through the northern part of the county

 Neighboring Counties:

  • Brown County (north)
  • Blue Earth County (east)
  • Martin County (south)
  • Jackson County (southwest)
  • Cottonwood County (west)


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