Sherburne County

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Sherburne County is named for Moses Sherburne, who was an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court.


Created:  February 25, 1856

County Seat:

Big Lake   1856 – 1872

Elk River   1872 – present


County Courthouse – Elk River


Location:  13880 Highway 10 / Waco Street NW

Built:  1980 – 1981

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fred Wemlinger of St. Cloud

Contractor:  Loeffel-Engstrand Company of Hopkins


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick and glass structure. The building has smooth brick diagonals, large triangular windows and wide sweep of horizontal glass. The complex is located on a 10 acre site and called the Sherburne County Government Complex.

To the west is the Government Centre which building was completed in 1994. The architect was KKE Associates of Minneapolis and the contractor was Haymaker Construction of Minneapolis.


Old County Courthouse – Elk River




Location:  327 King Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1970 – 1971

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fred Wemlinger of St. Cloud

Contractor:  Erection and Maintenance Company of Hopkins ( Harold E Pederson – President )


Description:  The building faces west and is a low two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is built into the side of the hill. The roof line is flat. The building is now the Elk River School District 728 Offices. 


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by W C Warner and built by Horatio Houlton in 1877. The building was enlarged in 1887 and 1900 and remodeled in 1939.



N – Benton County and Mille Lacs County

E – Isanti County and Anoka County

S – Henepin County and Wright County

W – Stearns County 




















Photos taken 2008 and 2010