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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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Benton County Vision:

Benton County strives to deliver efficient and effective services that will improve the lives of our residents, doing so in a fiscally responsible way.

Benton County Mission:

  • Provide excellent service
  • Make Benton County a great place to live and work, a great place to call home
  • Help our business community prosper
  • Keep the cost of government down through innovation, collaboration and technology

  • March 15, 2016


Tri-CAP Community Needs Assessment Survey

10/26/2016 -

As a Community Action Agency, Tri-CAP conducts a Community Needs Assessment in Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns county every three years. The purpose of the assessment is to gather current, local, information about the greatest needs and challenges facing low-income residents of Central Minnesota. Primarily, our assessment process includes focus groups and surveys of consumers and service providers. New in 2016, Tri-CAP is adding a community survey where Tri-CAP is asking for input from community members about their observations of the needs facing their communities. Thank you for helping Tri-CAP by completing our community survey.

Winter Maintenance Policy

10/06/2016 -

The purpose of the Benton County Winter Maintenance Policy is to provide the priorities and procedures used to remove snow and ice on Benton County roads and highways. The goal of this policy is to create safe and passable roads within a reasonable period of time after a snow event ceases to have accumulating precipitation. Each winter storm has its unique characteristics and factors such as storm intensity and duration, wind, temperature and moisture content affect the total amount of snow and/or ice accumulation. This policy also serves as a guide to the County Engineer and Maintenance Superintendent to make decisions as to when to deploy snow removal equipment.



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.