Crow Wing County

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Crow Wing County is named for the Crow Wing River and is a loose translation of the Kagiwigwa or Ojibway name for the river meaning “raven feather”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cass County

E – Aitkin County and Mille Lacs County

S – Morrison County

W – Morrison County and Cass County

 

Created:  May 23, 1857                          Map of Minnesota highlighting Crow Wing County

County Seat:

Brainerd  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Brainerd

 

Location:  326   Laurel Street / South 4th Street

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Classical Revival style

Architect:  Alden and Harris of Saint Paul

Contractor:  J & W A Elliot Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story stone and concrete structure.The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Brainerd.  Built of smooth cut gray colored stone, the building is 130 feet by 90 feet. Above a high rough cut stone basement on the first floor are piers and columns which reach to the third story cornice. A medallion and flagpole anchor the centre of the building’s classically symmetrical features. The double glass doors with transom and sidelights are highlighted by an arch and cast iron lamp posts. The interior has polished marble floors and walls, and a balconied rotunda. A coloured glass skylight dominates the dome, from which a fine brass elecytolier with white colored glass fittings hangs above wide stairways. The courtroom which now houses the Commissioners is located on the east side of the third story. On the west side of the building is the old Sheriff Residence.

                                      

County Judicial Center – Brainerd

 

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Location:   213 Laurel Street / South 4th Street

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wold Architects & Engineers

Contractor:  Construction Analysis & Management

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Brainerd to the northwest of the courthouse. The building has glass paneled walls with the main entrance on the first story of the east front. The roof line is flat.

 

History:  The county was created in 1857 and Brainerd was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a Romanesque structure built in 1872 at a cost of $30,000. The cost of construction of the second and present courthouse in 1919 to 1920 was $279,398. The Judicial Center was constructed in 2004 to 2006.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Brainerd

 

 

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Old Sheriff Residence – Brainerd

 

 

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County Judicial Center – Brainerd

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2019