Polk County (pop. 31,600) may be the most oddly shaped county in Minnesota; it is located west, south, and east of Red Lake County.
Polk County is officially in the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Metropolitan Statistical Area – the 346th largest metro area (out of 366) in the country, with 98,054 people.
East Grand Forks (pop. 8,601), across the Red River from Grand Forks, is the largest city in Polk County. The entire city was evacuated in the devastating 1997 Red River flood.
The county seat of Polk County is Crookston (pop. 7,891). The downtown buildings of the Crookston Commercial Historic District are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The former Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1912) in Crookston has been vacant since 1990.
Crookston’s Grand Theatre (originally the Grand Opera House, 1911), claims to have been showing movies longer than any other theater in the country.
One of the University of Minnesota’s five campuses is in Crookston.
The town of Erskine (pop. 842) has the world’s largest northern pike, on the shores of Cameron Lake.
The town of Fertile (pop. 842) has the second highest percentage of residents of Norwegian ancestry (54.4 percent) of any town in the U.S.
Fosston (pop. 1,527) was the mythical home of the lumberjack Cordwood Pete, the younger and smaller brother of Paul Bunyan.
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