Roseau County

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Roseau came from the French traders who termed the river through the area, a river of “rushes and reeds”.


Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Manitoba, Canada

E – Lake of the Woods County

S – Beltrami County and Marshall County

W – Kittson County


Created:  December 31, 1894                Map of Minnesota highlighting Roseau County

County Seat:

Roseau  1895 – present


County Courthouse – Roseau


Location:  606 5th Avenue SW / 6th Street SW

Built:  1995 – 1996

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas & Vecchi of Duluth

Contractor:  Kraus-Anderson Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the south side of the center of Roseau. The central west entrance has large columns. The building incorporates several elements from the old courthouse including the cast-iron ionic columns that frame the main entrance. In the main lobby is a lighted domed ceiling. On the center of the roof is a square cupola with black colored dome and clock. The roof line is flat. The new addition for the jail and law enforcement center was built by Industrial Contract Services.


Old County Courthouse – Roseau




Location:   216 Center Street West / 3rd Avenue SW

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Second Renaissance

Architect:  Lignell and Loebeck of Duluth

Contractor:  H Fawcett


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story brown colored brick over poured concrete structure. The building sits on landscaped grounds in the center of Rosseau. The north front has a central entrance with extended one story porch with fan light. The building has double windows. The roof is hipped. The building houses offices. To the east is the old Webster Hotel which served as the first courthouse.


History:  The county was created in 1894 and Roseau became the county seat in 1895. The first courthouse was the two story Webster Hotel in Roseau which was purchased for $1300 remodeled in 1894. The building still stands at 205 Center Street and 2nd Avenue. The second courthouse was built in 1913 to 1914 and cost $21,139. The third courthouse was constructed in 1995 to 1996.




County Courthouse – Roseau




























Old County Courthouse – Roseau
















Photos taken 2006, 2007 and 2010