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Pine County

Pine County is named for the abundance of pine trees growing in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carlton County

E – Douglas County, Wisconsin and Burnett County, Wisconsin

S – Burnett County, Wisconsin and Chisago County

W – Kanabec County and Aitkin County


Created:  March 1, 1856                         Map of Minnesota highlighting Pine County

County Seat:

Pine City  1872 – present


County Courthouse – Pine City


Location:  635 Northridge Drive NW ( west side )

Built:  2007 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  BKV Group of Minneapolis

Contractor:  3D/I Construction Inc. of Minneapolis


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story glass, concrete and steel structure sitting atop a low rise on the north side of Pine City. The east front portico is supported by four steel columns rising to the top of the second story. Under the portico is a glass entrance way with two entrance doorways. Behind the protruding glass walls is the concrete section of the building. In the interior, the hallways run north-south along the east glass wall and open stairs ascend to the second story. The County District Court courtrooms are located on the second story of the south wing. The building houses the County District Court of the 10th Judicial District.


 Old County Courthouse – Pine City 



Location:  315 Main Street South / 4th Avenue SW

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco / Modern

Architect:  Thomas J Shefchik

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a plain yellow colored brick, two-story rectangular structure. The building was originally built to be the City Hall and the words are still carved above the door on the long side of the building as it turns into Main Street. The words “courthouse” are carved over the north entrance. The building has marble wainscoting and terrazzo floors. In 2009, the building was remodeled. The architect was BKV Group of Minneapolis and the contractor was Arnold & O’Sheridan Inc. of Brookfield, Wisconsin and Parsons of Minneapolis. The City now leases part of the building as a City Hall.


See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Anoka County, Chisago CountyIsanti CountyKanabec CountySherburne County, Washington County and Wright County.


History:  The county was created in 1872 and Pine City was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built by John F Stone and James Hurley as the Pine City Hall in 1886. The second courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1940 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 2007 to 2008.



County Courthouse – Pine City















County District Court courtroom









Old County Courthouse – Pine City









Photos taken 2007, 2011 and 2019