Sherburne County (pop. 88,499) is northeast of Wright County, on the other side of the Mississippi River.
The county seat is Elk River (pop. 22,944), located where the Elk River joins the Mississippi.
The town of Big Lake (pop. 10,060) is the northern end of the 40-mile Northstar commuter rail line, which runs to downtown Minneapolis.
Becker (pop. 4,538) has Xcel Energy’s Sherburne County Generating Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in Minnesota.
At Becker High School, Dwight Lundeen has been coaching the football team since 1970; he has more than 300 victories.
The oldest sections of St. Cloud’s Minnesota Correctional Facility (in the part of St. Cloud that’s in Sherburne County) date from 1889.
The 30,000-acre Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge has some 230 species of birds, 58 species of mammals, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Sand Dunes State Forest is also in Sherburne County.