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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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Free Immunization Clinic for 7th-12 Graders

07/23/2014 - On Monday, August 11th from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Benton County Public Health will be offering two immunizations (Tdap & Meningococcal) free of charge.

Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River

06/05/2014 - On Saturday, August 2nd, you and your family are invited to take a day off on the Mississippi River at Stearns County Mississippi River Park. The event will take place from 10am to 4pm rain or shine. Free admission and hands-on activities. View the full brochure for more information or visit



Benton County, MNLocated 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 center of the County is the City of Foley, the County Seat. Most of the County''s larger communities (St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, and Rice) are located on its western edge.

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.