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.
Benton County Privacy/Security Statement
Benton County reserves the right to amend this policy at any time without notice.
The Collection and Use of Information/Traffic Analysis
If you only browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. Only the following information is automatically collected and stored about your visit:
- The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
- The type of web browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit;
- If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website;
We use this information to help us make the site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.
Personal Information and Choice / Electronic Government
You may choose to provide us with personal information, by sending us an e-mail message containing your comments or questions or by filling out a form with your personal information. We use this information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Your message may be forwarded, as e-mail, to other Benton County agencies and employees who may be better able to help you. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Benton County does not use personal data you provide for commercial marketing.
Public Access Information & Disclosure of Information to Third Parties
Several state and federal laws protect the privacy of the information we collect about you. Benton County does not disclose personally identifiable information you provide online unless authorized by State, federal law or with your (written) permission.
You may decline to participate in any activity that asks for information (for example, surveys or emails). Your choice to not participate will have no effect on your ability to access information on the County's Web sites.
To better serve you, we occasionally use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser when you first visit a Web site. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the Web sites. Cookies are used to identify a web user and may also be used to track a user's browsing habits. Web browsers normally accept cookies, unless the user has specifically turned the capability off.
Online Services - Electronic Government
The County strives to make conducting County business as convenient as possible. Online payment transactions for Benton County are handled by third party websites. Some of these third party sites require you to provide personally identifiable information such as your name and/or mailing address. These third party sites may also require credit card or bank account information for payment purposes. While the third party websites may collect or store your credit care or bank account information, Benton County does not collect or store credit card or bank account information. Benton County assumes no liability for how the third party website utilizes your information.
Benton County shall not be liable to any person or entity for any loss or injury arising, directly or indirectly, out of or caused in whole or in part by Benton County’s errors, acts, or omissions in procuring, compiling, collecting, interpreting, reporting, communicating, delivering, or assembling the information, data, or records displayed on this Web site.
The information contained in this Web site was accurate and complete for the purposes for which it was collected at the time of publication. Nonetheless, due to human error, computer error, delays, and omissions, the County does not guarantee the information on the Site is always complete and accurate.
Therefore, use this site for informational purposes only. Do not use it as a substitute for legal or professional advice on any subject. Seek the advice of a qualified professional on any personal decision. If you rely upon the accuracy of information contained on this site in making a decision, you do so at your own risk.
Benton County and its officials, employees, affiliates, agents, and licensors cannot and do not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, currentness, non-infringement, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose of the information available through this Website. The data and information contained in or attached to any part of the Benton County Website are not official documents or transactions of Benton County. Benton County, its officials, employees, affiliates, agents and licensors, shall not be liable to you or anyone else for any loss, injury, or personal injury resulting directly or indirectly from use of the Benton County Website, caused in whole or in part by its negligence or contingencies beyond its control in procuring, compiling, interpreting, reporting or delivering any information through the Benton County Website. In no event will Benton County and its officials, employees, affiliates, agents, and licensors, be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information. Benton County and its officials, employees, affiliates, agents, and licensors shall not be liable to you or anyone else for any damages, including, without limitation, consequential, special, incidental, indirect, or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
Benton County reserves the right to make changes and improvements at any time and without notice and assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions, discrepancies, unauthorized modification of electronic data, errors in transmission, Web browser incompatibilities, and other aspects of electronic communications that are beyond our control.
The Benton County Web site has many links to other Web sites that relate to the operation and services provided by Benton County including links to Web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. Inclusion of a Web site implies no endorsement or claim of its accuracy.
Benton County in no way endorses the opinions, statements, or accuracy of information contained in linked sites. Information from linked sites may be misleading, inaccurate, or incomplete. Rely upon the information at your own risk. Neither Benton County, nor any of its agents, officers, or employees warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published on other Websites. It does not endorse any content, viewpoints, products, or services on other Websites. Benton County, its agents, officers, and employees shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of information on other Websites. In addition, Benton County in no way guarantees the security of any linked site. You assume the risk of any damage the link may cause to your system, as well as the risk of disclosed personal information to third parties.
Unauthorized Access / Site Security
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this Web site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
531 Dewey Street
Foley, MN 56329
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