Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

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Mille Lacs County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, founded in 1857[2]. As of 2000, the population was 22,330. Its county seat is Milaca[3]. A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in the county.

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Name

The name Mille Lacs, meaning "thousand lakes" in French, comes from Mille Lacs Lake (French: Grand lac du Pays des Mille Lacs), largest lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area as the area was called "Region of Thousand Lakes" (Pays des Mille Lacs) in French.[4]

History

Mille Lacs County was organized on May 23, 1857 cleaving off the eastern-most portion of Benton County, Minnesota. The original Mille Lacs County consisted of the portion of the contemporary Mille Lacs County east of the west branch of the Rum River and two townships now part of Isanti County, adjacent to Mille Lacs County. In 1858, the 12 townships forming the contemporary southern 10 townships of Mille Lacs County and the 2 northwestern townships in Isanti County were organized apart from either Benton or Mille Lacs County to form Monroe County, leaving the northern "Square Top-knot" as the Mille Lacs County. In 1860, Monroe and Mille Lacs Counties merged. Shortly thereafter, the two southeastern townships were transferred to Isanti County, forming the contemporary boundaries for the county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 682 square miles (1,766 km²), of which 574 square miles (1,488 km²) is land and 107 square miles (278 km²) (15.74%) is water.

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