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Steele County
Steele County Courthouse in Owatonna
Map of Minnesota highlighting Steele County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
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Minnesota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Minnesota
Founded February 20, 1855
Named for Franklin Steele
Seat Owatonna
Largest city Owatonna
Area
 • Total 432 sq mi (1,120 km2)
 • Land 430 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water 2.7 sq mi (7 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 37,406
 • Density 87.0/sq mi (33.6/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Steele County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 37,406. Its county seat is Owatonna.

Steele County comprises the Owatonna, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 432 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 430 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information
Somerset WMA Area New Wiki Version
Soils of Somerset WMA area

The Straight River flows northward through the county, and the Le Sueur River flows through its southwestern corner. The Middle Fork of the Zumbro River has its headwaters in the county's northeast.

Lakes

  • Beaver Lake: in Berlin Township
  • Fosilen Lake: in Berlin Township
  • Lake Kohlmeier: in Owatonna, Owatonna Township
  • Lonergan Lake: in Berlin Township
  • Oak Glen Lake: in Blooming Prairie Township
  • Rice Lake: mostly in Havana Township, but the far eastern edge extends into Dodge County
  • Rickert Lake: in Blooming Prairie Township
  • Swan Lake: in Deerfield Township

Major highways

  • I-35.svg Interstate 35
  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 218 (MN).svg U.S. Highway 218
  • MN-30.svg Minnesota State Highway 30

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,863
1870 8,271 188.9%
1880 12,400 49.9%
1890 13,232 6.7%
1900 16,524 24.9%
1910 16,146 −2.3%
1920 18,061 11.9%
1930 18,475 2.3%
1940 19,749 6.9%
1950 21,155 7.1%
1960 25,029 18.3%
1970 26,931 7.6%
1980 30,328 12.6%
1990 30,729 1.3%
2000 33,680 9.6%
2010 36,576 8.6%
2020 37,406 2.3%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Aurora Township
  • Berlin Township
  • Blooming Prairie Township
  • Clinton Falls Township
  • Deerfield Township
  • Havana Township
  • Lemond Township
  • Medford Township
  • Meriden Township
  • Merton Township
  • Owatonna Township
  • Somerset Township
  • Summit Township

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

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