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County Date Formed Parent County County Seat Contact
Adams 1907 Hettinger Hettinger, 1907 - present Adopt Me!
Barnes 1873 as Burbank, named changed to Barnes in 1875 Cass Valley City, 1879 - present
Benson 1879 Ramsey Minnewaukan, 1884 - present Colleen
Billings 1879 Unorganized territory Medora, 1886 - present Adopt Me!
Bottineau 1873 Unorganized territory Bottineau, 1884 - present Christina Palmer and Jane Colmenares
Bowman 1883 Billings Bowman, 1907 - present Adopt Me!
Burke 1910 Ward Bowbells, 1910 - present Robert Hill
Burleigh  1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Bismarck, 1873 - present Adopt Me!
Cass 1873 Original County Fargo, 1883 - present Michelle Savre
Cavalier 1873 Pembina Langdon, 1884 - present Roger Olson
Dickey 1881 LaMoure, Ransom, and unorganized territory Ellendale, 1882 - present Char Kibbie
Divide 1910 Williams Crosby, 1910 - present Robert Hill
Dunn 1883
annexed to Stark in 1897
reformed in 1908
1883 - Howard (Discontinued)
1908 - Stark, Mercer
Manning, 1908 - present Terri Godlevsky
Eddy 1885 Foster New Rockford, 1885 - present
Emmons 1879 Unorganized territory Williamsport, 1883-1899
Linton, 1899 - present
Mike Peterson
Foster 1873 Pembina Carrington, 1883 - present
Golden Valley 1912 Billings Beach, 1912 - present Allison Wyrick
Grand Forks 1873 Pembina Grand Forks, 1875 - present
Tom Williams
Adopt Me!
Grant 1916 Morton Carson, 1916 - present Beth Rau
Griggs 1881 Foster, Burbank, Traill Hope, 1882
Cooperstown, 1882 - present
Sandi Bohle
Hettinger 1883 Stark Mott, 1881 - present Adopt Me!
Kidder 1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Steele, 1881 - present
La Moure 1873 Pembina Grand Rapids, 1881 - 1886
La Moure, 1886 - present
Char Kibbie
Adopt Me!
Logan 1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Napolean, 1884-1889
King, 1889
Napolean, 1899 - present
Char Kibbie
Adopt Me!
McHenry 1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Villard, 1884-1885
Scriptown, 1885-1886
Towner1886 - present
Michael P. Borchardt
Adopt Me!
McIntosh 1883 Logan Hoskins, 1884-1888
Ashley, 1888 - present
Joy Fisher
McKenzie 1883
eliminated 1891
present county formed 1905
1883 - Howard (Discontinued)
1905 - Billings, Stark (comprising the unorganized counties of Allred, Old McKenzie & Wallace)
Alexander, 1905-1907
Schafer, 1907-1941
Watford City, 1941 - present
Philip J. Smith
McLean 1883 Stevens Washburn, 1883 - present
Vivian Merkel
Mercer 1875 Original territory Stanton, 1884 - present Linda Ziemann
Morton 1873 Original territory Lincoln, 1878-1879
Mandan, 1881 - present
Justin Greywolf
Mountrail 1873
eliminated 1891
re-established 1909
Ward Stanley, 1909 - present
Adopt Me!
Nelson 1883 Foster, Grand Forks Lakota, 1883 - present Mary Lindbo
Oliver 1885 Mercer Sanger (Raymond), 1885 - 1902
Center, 1902 - present
Linda Ziemann
Pembina 1867 Indian Lands (Dakota) Pembina, 1867-1911
Cavalier, 1911-present
Pam Furstenau
Pierce 1887   Rugby, 1889 - present Adopt Me!
Ramsey 1873 Pembina Devil's Lake, 1883 - present ">
Adopt Me!
Ransom 1873 Pembina Lisbon, 1881 - present Michelle Savre
Renville 1873
eliminated in 1891
1910
1873 - Buffalo, Dakota Territory
1910 - Ward
Mohall, 1910 - present subject=Renville Co.">Adopt Me!
Richland 1873 Original county Wahpeton (Chahinkapa), 1873 - present Pat Maas
Rolette  1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Dunseith, 1884-1885
St. John, 1885-1889
Rolla, 1889 - present
Mary Lindbo
Sargent 1883 Ransom Milnor, 1883-1886
Forman, 1886 - present
Char Kibbie
Sheridan 1908 McLean McClusky, 1908 - present Ted Poppke
Sioux 1914 Standing Rock Reservation Fort Yates, 1914 - present Adopt Me!
Slope 1915 Billings Amidon, 1915 - present Allison Wyrick
Stark 1879 Unorganized territory Dickinson, 1883 - present
Theresa Ragsdale
Steele 1883 Griggs, Traill Hope, 1883-1885
Sherbrooke, 1885-1919
Finley, 1919 - present
Kathleen Castillo
Stutsman 1873 Pembina Jamestown, 1873 - present Donna Bennett
Towner 1883 Rolette, Cavalier Cando, 1884 - present Mary Lindbo
Traill 1875 Grand Forks, Burbank, Cass Caledonia, 1875 - 1891
Hillsboro, 1891 - present
Mike Peterson
Walsh 1881 Grand Forks Grafton, 1881 - present Larry Reski
Ward 1885 Renville Burlington, 1885-1888
Minot, 1888 - present

Cindy Duhamel
Adopt Me!
Wells 1873 (as Gingras (Jennegra), named changed to Wells in 1881) Sheridan Sykeston, 1884-1894
Fessenden, 1894 - present
Donna Bennett
Williams 1891 Buford, Flannery Williston, 1891 - present Frank Lysy


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Information verified on the DiscoverND -- County History page, from data provided by Holly Timm from Everton's Handy Book, and from the CCs for the counties.


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