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Facts & Figures

Steele County, Minnesota, was organized in 1855 and originally included what is now known as Waseca County. Re-organization in 1856 established the boundaries we recognize today. The new county was named in honor of Franklin Steele, a St. Anthony governmental contractor and a man of prominence.

The first county building, built in 1874 at a cost of $5,000, was a one-story brick building which has since been demolished. The historic Steele County Courthouse was built in 1891 for $50,000. It has been remodeled several times and is used solely by the courts. Two courtrooms and one hearing room are available, as well as meeting rooms and office space.

Demographics:

  • Population: 36,792 (from 2009 population estimates)
  • Households: 14,398
  • Persons per Household: 2.52
  • Census Detail

More Info: http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us

Geography:

  • Number of Townships: 13
    • Aurora
    • Berlin
    • Blooming Prairie
    • Clinton Falls
    • Deerfield
    • Havana
    • Lemond
    • Medford
    • Meriden
    • Merton
    • Owatonna
    • Somerset
    • Summit
  • Number of Cities: 4
    • Blooming Prairie
    • Ellendale
    • Medford
    • Owatonna
  • Square Miles: 432 (24 miles long x 18 miles wide)

Main Rivers and Lakes:

  • Straight River
  • Beaver Lake
  • Rice Lake
  • Oak Glen Lake

State Park: Rice Lake State Park

Number of Farms (2011): 816

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