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Counties in Minnesota

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There are 87 counties in Minnesota.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Minnesota consists of 87 counties, 854 cities, and 1,785 townships. There are also 569 special districts and 338 independent school districts.[2]

Further classifications:

Counties may be:

  • General law: of which there are 86
  • Home rule charter: of which there is 1 (Ramsey County)

Cities may be:

  • Statutory (general law): of which there are 747
  • Home rule charter: of which there are 107[3]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Minnesota

Charter cities have a mandated initiative process for citizens to petition for and vote on charter amendments. Charter cities also have authority to allow initiative for ordinances. Some have granted this power to citizens, others have not. The information for the top 10 most populated cities in Minnesota, 8 of which operate under a charter, is provided below.

Citizens in general law cities do not have broad initiative power to propose ordinances, but there are specific state statutes that grant a petition process for limited subject matter.[4].

Ramsey County, as the only charter county, permits initiative for charter amendments and county measures.[5][6]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Minnesota county websites

As of 2009:

  • Only 23 of the 87 counties posted their county budgets online.
  • 64 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 73 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 47 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 34 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • 11 of the counties put information on their websites about external audits.
  • Nine counties gave information about their contracts with county vendors.
  • One county website disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • Four counties provided information on how to request public records using the Minnesota Data Practices Act.
  • 32 county websites provided some information about county taxes.
  • Annual summaries of Budgeted Revenues and Expenditures and Summary Budget Information for Minnesota's counties can be found on the Office of the State Auditor website.

Counties without websites

As of February 2011, one of Minnesota's 87 counties had no website.

Counties

County County seat
Aitkin County, Minnesota Aitkin
Anoka County, Minnesota Anoka
Becker County, Minnesota Detroit Lakes
Beltrami County, Minnesota Bemidji
Benton County, Minnesota Foley
Big Stone County, Minnesota Ortonville
Blue Earth County, Minnesota Mankato, Minnesota
Brown County, Minnesota New Ulm
Carlton County, Minnesota Carlton
Carver County, Minnesota Chaska
Cass County, Minnesota Walker
Chippewa County, Minnesota Montevideo
Chisago County, Minnesota Center City
Clay County, Minnesota Moorhead
Clearwater County, Minnesota Bagley
Cook County, Minnesota Grand Marais
Cottonwood County, Minnesota Windom
Crow Wing County, Minnesota Brainerd
Dakota County, Minnesota Hastings
Dodge County, Minnesota Mantorville
Douglas County, Minnesota Alexandria
Faribault County, Minnesota Blue Earth
Fillmore County, Minnesota Preston
Freeborn County, Minnesota Albert Lea
Goodhue County, Minnesota Red Wing
Grant County, Minnesota Elbow Lake
Hennepin County, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota
Houston County, Minnesota Caledonia
Hubbard County, Minnesota Park Rapids
Isanti County, Minnesota Cambridge
Itasca County, Minnesota Grand Rapids
Jackson County, Minnesota Jackson
Kanabec County, Minnesota Mora
Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Willmar
Kittson County, Minnesota Hallock
Koochiching County, Minnesota International Falls
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota Madison
Lake County, Minnesota Two Harbors
Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota Baudette
Le Sueur County, Minnesota Le Center
Lincoln County, Minnesota Ivanhoe
Lyon County, Minnesota Marshall
Mahnomen County, Minnesota Mahnomen
Marshall County, Minnesota Warren
Martin County, Minnesota Fairmont
McLeod County, Minnesota Glencoe
Meeker County, Minnesota Litchfield
Mille Lacs County, Minnesota Milaca
Morrison County, Minnesota Little Falls
Mower County, Minnesota Austin
Murray County, Minnesota Slayton
Nicollet County, Minnesota Saint Peter
Nobles County, Minnesota Worthington
Norman County, Minnesota Ada
Olmsted County, Minnesota Rochester, Minnesota
Otter Tail County, Minnesota Fergus Falls
Pennington County, Minnesota Thief River Falls
Pine County, Minnesota Pine City
Pipestone County, Minnesota Pipestone
Polk County, Minnesota Crookston
Pope County, Minnesota Glenwood
Ramsey County, Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota
Red Lake County, Minnesota Red Lake Falls
Redwood County, Minnesota Redwood Falls
Renville County, Minnesota Olivia
Rice County, Minnesota Faribault
Rock County, Minnesota Luverne, Minnesota
Roseau County, Minnesota Roseau
Scott County, Minnesota Shakopee
Sherburne County, Minnesota Elk River
Sibley County, Minnesota Gaylord
St. Louis County, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota
Stearns County, Minnesota Saint Cloud
Steele County, Minnesota Owatonna
Stevens County, Minnesota Morris
Swift County, Minnesota Benson
Todd County, Minnesota Long Prairie
Traverse County, Minnesota Wheaton
Wabasha County, Minnesota Wabasha
Wadena County, Minnesota Wadena
Waseca County, Minnesota Waseca
Washington County, Minnesota Stillwater
Watonwan County, Minnesota Saint James
Wilkin County, Minnesota Breckenridge
Winona County, Minnesota Winona
Wright County, Minnesota Buffalo
Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota Granite Falls

References

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