Minnesota: Sherburne County

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.

Orono Lake, Elk River

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.

It opened in 2009.

Becker (pop. 4,538) has Xcel Energy’s Sherburne County Generating Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in Minnesota.

Opened in 1976

At Becker High School, Dwight Lundeen has been coaching the football team since 1970; he has more than 300 victories.

Dwight Lundeen and Becker Bulldogs

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 22-foot rock wall was built by prisoners.

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.

Whitetail deer at the refuge

Sand Dunes State Forest is also in Sherburne County.

The sandy soils were not hospitable for farming.


One comment on “Minnesota: Sherburne County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    The commuter train — great! Wish we had one from Hood River to Portland! Many happy memories of visiting Cousin Isla in Princeton. I wonder if she was named to honor the multitudinous islands in Minnesota?

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