Itasca County is taken from the Latin words for “truth” and ”head” as the Mississippi River passes through the county from Lake Itasca.
Created: October 27, 1849
Grand Rapids 1849 – present
County Courthouse – Grand Rapids
Location: 123 NE 4th Street / NE 1st Avenue
Built: 1950 – 1951
Architect: Jyring & Jurenes from Hibbing and A G Wahlberg
Contractor: H L Stavin Inc. of Hibbing
Description: The building faces south and is a rectangular block structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the east side of the center of the city. The building is made from cream-colored Mankato stone neatly trimmed with Cold Spring rainbow granite. The building has three horizontal rows of windows. A central slightly recessed entrance is built with glass reaching three stories. A floor was added in 1969 to the west end and two additional floors were built in 1978. Construction of a Law Enforcement Center and the remodeling of the existing jail, all connected to the courthouse, began in 1982. In 1984, the east wing was constructed. The architect was Architecture Resources, Inc. of Duluth and the contractor of Phase I was Building Constructors, Inc. of Minnetonka and Phase II was David N Volkman Construction, Inc. of Circle Pine.
See: The architect Jyring and Jurenes of Hibbing also designed the courthouse in Saint Louis County – Hibbing.
Note: The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1892. In 1894, the second courthouse was designed by Wangenstein & Baile and was built by George R King & Company at a cost of $46,704. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $840,000.
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Picture 1894 Courthouse
Photos taken 2008, 2010 and 2019