Cass County

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Cass County is named for Lewis Cass, who explored the upper Mississippi River to Cass Lake in 1820, was governor of the Michigan Territory in 1813 to 1831, was United States Secretary of War from 1831 to 1836, was a United States Senator from Michigan from 1845 to 1857 and was United States Secretary of State from 1857 to 1860.

 

Created:  September 1, 1851

County Seat:

West Brainerd ( Crow Wing )  1851 – 1897

Walker                                     1897 – present

 

County Courthouse – Walker

 

Location:  303   Minnesota Avenue / 4th Street South

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  Italian Renaissance or Beaux Arts

Architect:  R W Kinney of Kinney and Detwiler of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Schmidt Brothers of West Superior, Wisconsin

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building has lighter stone trim marking the corners and triple windows. The east center section projects from the main building. The top floor was added in 1961, requiring the removal of the originals cornice, roof, dome and lantern. The two story center atrium was closed and windows were bricked in. New windows and exterior doors were also installed. The interior was plastered. In 1961, the building was remodeled and the architect was Kerr Johnson, Inc. of Minneapolis. In 1976, a brick addition was added on the north side. The architect was Koehnlein / Lightowler / Johnson Associates Inc. of Fargo, North Dakota and the contractor was Acton Construction Company Inc. of Minneapolis.

 

See:  The architect and contractor also designed and constructed the courthouse in  Beltrami County

 

Note:  From 1851 to 1902, court was held in Crow Wing County. The present courthouse is the first courthouse built and the cost of construction was $29,500.

 

Tribal Justice Center – Cass Lake

 

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Location:  190 Salistar Drive NW / Maple Avenue NW

Built:  2015 – 2016

Style:  Modern

Architect:  BKV Group Inc. of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Shingobee Builders

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story cream and red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a central entrance with red colored brick, over hanging roof and recessed glass doors. On the east side the roof rises and slopes east. The windows are horizontal. On the west side the roof line is flat. The building contains two courtrooms. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Beltrami County and Itasca County

E – Itasca County, Aitkin County and Crow Wing County

S – Crow Wing County, Morrison County and Todd County

W – Wadena County and Hubbard County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Tribal Justice Center

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2019