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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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The Benton County Government Center will be closed on Thursday, November 26th, and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Notice of Public Hearing

11/24/2015 -

The Benton County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on December 15, 2015 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. 

Public Meeting on the Proposed 2016 Budget and Levy

11/17/2015 -

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public meeting on the proposed 2016 budget and levy at 7:00 p.m., December 2, 2015 in the board room in Foley.  Information on the proposed budget and levy can be found here.  If you are not able to attend the meeting, please send comments or questions to County Administrator Montgomery Headley at, or call 320.968.5004.

The Regional Active Transportation Plan

11/05/2015 -

The Public Health Departments of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright Counties, working together under the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), are developing a Regional Active Transportation Plan that identifies a set of strategies that can be implemented by SHIP staff and community partners in the region.

Benton County Sheriffs Office Press Release

10/29/2015 -


The Benton County Sheriff’s Office along with the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association is seeking input from Benton County citizens to help shape law enforcement services in the 21st century. Ensuring that the public is provided with the highest level of service and protection is a key goal of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association. Because of this, we are leading an effort to assure that Minnesota law enforcement continues to provide excellent service for, and with, the public.  To that end, we have undertaken an initiative to develop and articulate a vision for Minnesota Law Enforcement in this century. Members of the public are invited to participate in an on-line survey to provide their thoughts and input on this topic to help shape this vision. The survey may be accessed at:

Additional information concerning this initiative and survey may be found at the Benton County website, Anyone with additional thoughts or questions on this subject is invited to contact Sheriff Troy Heck by telephone at 320-968-7201 or by email at

Click Here for Additional Information on this initiative

Salary Compliance Notice

09/30/2015 -