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.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Beltrami County and Itasca County

E – Itasca CountyAitkin County and Crow Wing County

S – Crow Wing CountyMorrison County and Todd County

W – Wadena County and Hubbard County


Created:  September 1, 1851                 Map of Minnesota highlighting Cass County

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 Walker. 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


History:  The county was created in 1851. From 1851 to 1897, court was held in Crow Wing County. From 1897 until the completion of the Cass County Courthouse, court took place in rented or makeshift space in the county. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1903 at a cost $29,500.



Tribal Justice Center – Cass Lake




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 Cass Lake. 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. 




County Courthouse – Walker

























Tribal Justice Center – Cass Lake















Photos taken 2007 and 2019