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.
03/07/2014 - Sealed bid proposals will be received until 10:00 AM on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Benton County Public Works Building, 7752 Hwy 25 NE Foley, MN 56329 by Karri Thorsten, County Auditor/Treasurer of Benton County, for the Bend in the River Regional Park - Park Improvements located along CR 55 (River Road NE) approximately 0.3 miles N of 105th St NW.
01/10/2014 - Minnesota Statutes §471.701 requires cities or counties with a population of more than 15,000 people to annually publish the position titles and base salaries of their three highest paid employees (does not include Elected Officials).
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.