Established in 1849, Benton is one of the original nine Minnesota counties.
Area: 408 Square Miles
Congressional District: 6
US Census Population (2010): 38,451
County Seat: Foley
Largest City: Sauk Rapids
Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.
12/02/2013 - On Monday, December 2, the CSAH 6 bridge in Ronneby will be closed for approximately one and half weeks as it undergoes construction.
11/26/2013 - The Benton County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on December 17, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Benton County Boardroom, 531 Dewey Street, Foley, for the purpose of taking public testimony on possible changes to the Benton County fee schedule.
In just one year the Benton County Government Center was able to dramatically reduce its energy use, thanks to new fluorescent lamps and a new control system and variable frequency drives for its air handling system. Read More >>
Located in Central Minnesota, Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area. Benton County is one hour north of the Twin Cities and one hour south of premier lake and resort areas.
The largest city is Sauk Rapids, which has over 12,000 residents. The part of St. Cloud that is located in Benton County includes about 6,400 residents. Sartell's Benton County section includes over 2,000 people. Rice, with a population of over 1200, is located on the northwestern edge of the County.