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County Information

Founded February 20, 1855
Named for Charles Thomas Stearns
County Seat: Saint Cloud

The area that is currently defined as Stearns County was once occupied by several indigenous tribes, such as the Sioux (Dakota), Chippewa (Ojibwe) and Winnebago (Ho-chunk). The first large immigration was of German Catholics in the 1850s. Early arrivals also came from eastern states.

Originally, the county was to be named Stevens County to honor Governor Isaac Ingalls Stevens who conducted an area expedition in 1853. However, due to a clerical error, the county was named after Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council.
(wikipedia)

Townships

Cities

Albany Township
Ashley Township
Avon Township
Brockway Township
Collegeville Township
Crow Lake Township
Crow River Township
Eden Lake Township
Fair Haven Township
Farming Township
Getty Township
Grove Township
Holding Township
Krain Township
Lake George Township
Lake Henry Township
Le Sauk Township
Luxemburg Township

Lynden Township
Maine Prairie Township
Melrose Township
Millwood Township
Munson Township
North Fork Township
Oak Township
Paynesville Township
Raymond Township
Rockville Township
Sauk Centre Township
Spring Hill Township
St. Augusta Township
St. Joseph Township
St. Martin Township
St. Wendel Township
Wakefield Township
Zion Township

Albany
Avon
Belgrade
Brooten (part)
Clearwater (part)
Cold Spring
Eden Valley (part)
Elrosa
Freeport
Greenwald
Holdingford
Kimball
Lake Henry
Meire Grove
Melrose

New Munich Paynesville
Pleasant Lake
Richmond
Rockville
Roscoe
Sartell (part)
Sauk Centre
Spring Hill
St. Anthony
St. Cloud (part)
St. Joseph
St. Martin
St. Rosa
St. Stephen
Waite Park



Online Data

Births

Church Histories / Records

County Records

Family Bibles

County History

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Feb. 2014: Bios: Kleeberger, MacDonald, Miner, Mitchell, Searle - transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Aug. 2013: 1883 Pensioners on the Roll
July 2013: Obits: Eastman, Gilman, Parochka, Pike
June 2013: Obits: Beumer, Bridgman, Davies, Gates, Handrohan, Harvey, Linnemann, Marschall, Pelocnik, Schneider, Smith, Stockinger
Marriages: Allress – Myers; Cook - Johnson; Berchek - Garrett; Bethel - Leither; Bueckers - Eickoff; Cannon - Flannery; Darling - Preston; Harris - Robertson;
Marti - Zabel; Messing - Strobel; Morehouse - Krebsbach; Schneider - Pfleffer; Sperl - Woheltz
Court News: Bowing Divorce

August 2012: Obits: Parr, Rosenberger, Snider
July 2012: Bios: Bronson, Brower, Bruener
June 2012: Obits: Becker, Theisen
May 2012: Bios: Anderson, Atwood, Barton
Apr. 2012: Bios: Bruckart, Eaton, Ehlert, Gale, Gorman, Miller, Smith, Stewart
Mar. 2012: Obits: Boobar, Elmquist, Ulrich, Weber; Bios: Coolidge, Courtney, Evans, Grinols, Gross, Hall, Hansen, Hardy, Haskamp; Marriage: Wood-Lampert
Feb. 2012: bios: Collins, Dietrich, Donahue, Mitchell, local news item (1881) obits: Bartoe, Porter, Shattuck, Whittemore; Marriages: Keeler-Orrock, Sauftenburg-Lambert; military news re Clearwater Guards: News: Blacksmith Shop Fire
Jan 2012: Obit for HEMINGWAY, ROSENBERGER, PARKER; Death certificates for BELOW, LANGE, MILLER, SEPPELT

Previous Updates:
Calvary Cemetery Burials; MILLER birth/death info; 1860 Mortality Schedule; Bios for COLLINS & COOPER; News Article - KUEHN Death





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