Mille Lacs County

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Mille Lacs County is named for the French words meaning “thousand lakes”.

 

Created:  May 23, 1857

County Seat:

Milaca  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Milaca

 

Location:  525 2nd Street SE / 5th Avenue SE

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Croft & Boener Inc. of Minneapolis

Contractor:  J A MacDonald Construction of Minneapolis

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building has a projecting center section with doorway on the first story. Above the doorway is a small iron balcony and large window. The roof line is flat. The interior has black colored banded terrazzo floors and prairie school geometrics in the leaded glass of the skylight above the octagonal atrium. Iron grillwork, in which the initials “ML” have been cast, covers the glass entry door. The monogram is repeated in the decorative iron railing of the marble steps that rise from the front door to the first level and continue, reversing their angle to the second story. Red wood paneling and other woodwork is used throughout the building.  The old courtroom is located on the east side of the second story. The building was renovated in 1978. The architect was Johnson – Forberg Associates of Minneapolis and the contractor was Lunn Construction Company of Milaca.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Mille Lacs County Courthouse

 

Note:  The first courthouse was designed by H R Hamilton and built by W F Chadbourn in Princeton in 1888 at a cost of $10,000. The cost of construction of the present and second courthouse was $150,000.

 

County Justice Center – Milaca

 

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Location:  525 2nd Street SE / 5th Avenue SE

Built:  2008 – 2010

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Vetter Johnson Architects of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Contegrity Group Inc. of Little Falls

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story gray colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city on the south side of the courthouse. The west front has an entrance with glass panel section rising to the flat roof line. On the south side is a two story rectangular section. The courtrooms are located on the second story. 

 

Courthouses: 

N –  Aitkin County

E – Kanabec County and Isanti County 

S – Sherburne County

W – Benton County, Morrison County and Crow Wing County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2019