Wilkin County, MN

County in Northwest MN

Wilkin County was organized March 18, 1858 as TOOMBS County.  In 1862 the people petitioned the Legislature and asked for the name to be changed to ANDY JOHNSON County.  In 1868 people again petitioned for a name change to WILKIN County.

County Government in Wilkin County began in 1872 when the first officials were elected to office.  From 1872 to 1879 commissioners held meetings in their own homes.  From July 1879 to January 1, 1884, county offices were housed in a building, leased for $250 per year.  On that date the building burned and a few records were lost.  The new Court House, however, was near completion.

January 1, 1884 to April 8, 1922, the Court House in Wilkin County resembled a German castle on the Rhine.  It cost $40,000.  The lower floor was the Sheriff's residence and jail.  Second floor contained the various official's offices.  Third floor was used solely for court purposes.  On April 8, 1922, the Court House was totally destroyed by fire, but no records were lost.  August 8, 1927, a contract was let for a new Court House and construction began.  The cornerstone was laid in1928.  From April8, 1922, to April 1929, county offices were housed in Fraternity Hall in downtown Breckenridge.  April 1929 to present, county government has been located in the present Court House which was constructed, decorated and furnished for $205,753.51.  Wilkin County was the first county in the State of Minnesota to pay for such a venture without a bonding issue.

Sponsors of Wilkin County, MN

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Towns of Wilkin County, MN

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Businesses of Wilkin County, MN

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