Benton County's Location in Minnesota

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.

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County Departments


Administration and direction of all policies, budgets, programs, functions and staff of county government under the control of the Board of Commissioners.

Administer and establish a fair and equitable valuation and tax assessment in accordance with the Minnesota State Laws and Regulations.

Responsible for the prosecution of all felony-level crimes that occur within Benton County, as well as all petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses occurring in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Provides tax administration and collection, election duties, administers sale of licenses of liquor, auctioneers and more.

Court Administration
Manages the daily administrative and support operations of the court and for processing the various cases that are filed in Benton County.

Department Of Development (Planning & Zoning)
Provides services related to the use and development of land as guided by the County’s goals and objectives within the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Economic Development
Provides premier economic development assistance to communities and businesses in Benton County in order to increase and enhance community resources and provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for residence.

Emergency Management
Responsible for working towards hazard mitigation, preparing for, responding to and recovering from all disasters and emergencies in the county.

Extension Services
Is an "extension" of the University of Minnesota - providing research based education and information in areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, Food and Nutrition, Youth & 4H, Home and Family, the Environment, and Community Development.

Provides and maintains data including parcels, roads, zoning, addressing, etc. for use in online mapping applications and provides mapping services to county departments.

Human Services
Services include adult services, family and child services, child support, child foster care, daycare information, financial services, and more.

Information Technology
Provides hardware, software, and network support for the County government.

Develops, maintain and manages County parks, trails and open space systems to meet the needs of the community.

Provides supervision to juvenile and adult misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenders.

Public Health (Human Services)
Promotes health as well as prevents disease, injury, and disability of Benton County residents.

Public Works/Highway
Provides support of the economic growth of Benton County by development and maintenance of a safe, efficient transportation system in partnership with the needs of our residents, our communities and the environment.

Recorder's Office
Responsible for recording, indexing, maintaining and displaying records of legal documents for all real estate records in Benton County.

Responsible for all law enforcement activities to include but not limited to: investigation of felonies committed within the county, transportation of prisoners through the court system, apprehension and confinement of all mental and chemical dependent patients, housing and maintaining prisoners in the county jail, search and rescue operations within the county, serving all civil actions and notices, collection of delinquent taxes and other processes as required by law to be served or posted on behalf of the state or county.

Veterans Services
Provides assistance and guidance to the veterans, their survivors and dependants for benefits provided by the state of Minnesota and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Non-county services that are either provided in county facilities or in cooperation with other agencies or jurisdictions: