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Brief History
Stevens County was established on February 20, 1862. It is named after statesman Isaac Ingalls Stevens, who had this county named for him seven years after a legislative clerical error denied him that honor in 1855 for Stearns County. A Board of five elected County Commissioners, represents the citizens of the county as its governing body. This central governing authority is responsible for the plans and functions of all Stevens County Departments. The 2000 population of Stevens County was 10,053.

Other entities located within the Courthouse are the courtrooms, judges chambers and administrative staff of the Stevens County District Court. While housed here, it is a unit funded completely by the State of Minnesota and is part of the 8th Judicial District Court.


Significant Dates

1993

Summer floods and an earthquake 

1975

Morris experienced an earthquake

1969

The last Rural School District No. 2167 closed 

1960

University of Minnesota Morris opened

1956

KMRS Radio station on air

1941

Morris Airport opened

1929

The first combine to be used in Stevens County 

1918

Severe Influenza epidemic at Stevens County

1910

West Central School of Agriculture opened

1878

City of Morris Incorporated

1876

Release of the first newspaper "Frontier Business"

1872

Stevens County organized

1871

Stevens Railroad opened