Itasca County

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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

County Seat:

Grand Rapids  1849 – present


County Courthouse – Grand Rapids


Location:  123 NE 4th Street / NE 1st Avenue

Built:  1950 – 1951

Style:  Modern

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.


See:  The architect Jyring and Jurenes of Hibbing also designed the courthouse in Saint Louis County – Hibbing.


Note:  The first courthouse was 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.



N – Koochiching County

E – Saint Louis County

S – Aitkin County

W – Cass County and Beltrami County 





County Courthouse




























Photos taken 2008 and 2010