Hennepin County, Minnesota

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Hennepin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, named in honor of the 17th-century explorer Father Louis Hennepin, a Belgian, working for the King of France. As of 2000 the population was 1,116,200; in 2009 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population to be 1,156,212.[1] Its county seat is Minneapolis. It is by far the most populous county in Minnesota; more than one in five Minnesotans lives in Hennepin County. The center of population of Minnesota is located in Hennepin County, in the city of Rogers.[2]



Hennepin County was created in 1852 by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature. Father Louis Hennepin's name was chosen because he originally named St. Anthony Falls and recorded some of the earliest accounts of the area for the Western world. Hennepin County's early history is closely linked to the establishment of the cities of Minneapolis and St. Anthony.[3]

Law and government

Like all counties in Minnesota, Hennepin is governed by an elected and nonpartisan board of commissioners. In Minnesota, county commissions usually have five members, but Hennepin, Ramsey, and St Louis counties have seven members. Each commissioner represents a district of equal population. In Hennepin the county commission appoints the medical examiner, county auditor-treasurer and county recorder. The sheriff and county attorney are also elected on a nonpartisan ticket. The county government's headquarters are in downtown Minneapolis in the Hennepin County Government Center. The county oversees the Hennepin County Library system, which merged with the Minneapolis Public Library system in 2008 and Hennepin County Medical Center.

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