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Mahnomen County

Mahnomen County is named after the Ojibway word for wild rice whose root word is “mano” or “spirit”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Polk County

E – Clearwater County

S – Becker County

W – Norman County


Created:  December 27, 1906                Map of Minnesota highlighting Mahnomen County

County Seat:

Mahnomen  1906 – present


County Courthouse – Mahnomen


Location:  311 North Main Street / Washington Avenue

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  F W Kenney of Kenney & Halden of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Carl Nelson and J O Schlind of Mahnomen


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Mahnomen.  The building is trimmed with limestone. The front side is three bays wide. The center forms a pavilion set out by brick pilasters that rise to a classic pediment. A cornice defines the top of the second story with a plain parapet rising above it. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the second story of the addition. The building houses the County District Court of the 9th Judicial District. In 1975, the building was remodeled and the original arched windows on the second floor were eliminated. An addition was also built on the west side in 1975. The architect was Genesis Architecture of Willmar.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Mahnomen County Courthouse


See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Aitkin County, Beltrami County, Cass County, Clearwater CountyCrow Wing CountyHubbard CountyItasca CountyKittson CountyKoochiching CountyLake of the Woods CountyMahnomen County, Marshall CountyNorman CountyPennington CountyPolk County, Red Lake County and Roseau County.


History: The county was created in 1906 and Mahnomen was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910 at a cost of $9,763. The cost for the construction of the addition in 1975 was $800,000.



County Courthouse – Mahnomen

















County District Court courtroom





Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2017