There are 14 cities and 33 townships in Pine County. The Pine County Township Officer’s Association represents approximately 165 township officers. We are a county chapter of the Minnesota Association of Townships.
Pine County is located in the east central part of the state covering 1411 square miles. As of the census of 2000, Pine County has 26,530 people, 9,939 households, and 6,917 families residing in the county. We are conveniently located midway between the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports. Pine County enjoys easy access to big city amenities via Interstate 35 and numerous smaller roads while maintaining our charming, small towns atmosphere.
Pine County was organized on March 1, 1856, with Chisago County being its primary parent county. Other portions of the original Pine County originated from Ramsey County. The original county seat was Chengwatana.
In 1857, Buchanan County in full and southern portions of Aitkin and Carlton counties were formed from the original Pine County, with Kanabec County organized a year later. In 1861, Buchanan County was dissolved and folded into Pine County. Pine County was re-organized in 1872, with Pine City becoming the new county seat.
Pine County offers an abundance of scenic and recreational activities with many lakes and rivers to make up over 23 square miles of water. The Chengwatana State Forest, General Andrews State Forest, Banning State Park, St. Croix State Park and the Nemadji State Forest boast miles of hiking, ATV, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails. Whether you are visiting or planning to spend more time here, you will find Pine County full of enjoyable activities for everyone.
Pine County is governed by the County Board, which consists of five County Commissioners, each elected official represents one of the five districts.