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Extension County Fair SignEstablished in 1895, Roseau County is one of 87 Counties in the state of Minnesota. Located in Northwestern Minnesota bordering Kittson County to the West, Marshall and Beltrami Counties to the South, Lake of the Woods County to the East, and Canada to the North, Roseau County is the 6th largest county in the state. It encompasses nearly 1,800 square miles and has a population of 16,201. Over 7,500 residents live within a ten mile radius of the city of Roseau, our county seat. Other cities within the county include to the east, Warroad (located on Lake of the Woods), Roosevelt, and to the west Badger, Greenbush and Strathcona. 

Roseau County is a young and growing region with a median age of 31 years and ranks 10th in growth in Minnesota. Unlike many other smaller communities, Roseau County has continued to flourish in recent years due to its strong manufacturing and agricultural economy. Polaris Industries, of Roseau, Marvin Windows and Heatmor of Warroad, and Central Broiler of Greenbush, continue to thrive promoting unprecedented growth in the region. Adding to the economic health of this region’s economy is a strong agricultural community. Grass seed production is the primary agricultural enterprise providing 80% of the Timothy and 15% of the Kentucky Blue Grass that is marketed in the United States.

Roseau County offers many wonderful opportunities for enjoying a high quality of life. The area is teeming with wildlife and the outdoor enthusiast will find plenty of excitement. Lake of the Woods with its nearly 14,000 islands provides extensive recreational opportunities including camping, fishing, and boating.

Located in Roseau, Lake of The Woods, and Beltrami counties. Beltrami Island State Forest (BISF) encompasses over 738,000 acres. Canoeing, fishing, hunting, berry picking, picnicking are some popular activities. Additionally, hiking, horseback riding trails, and cross country ski trails are found throughout the forest. There are 120 miles of snowmobile trails and over 50 miles of ATV and OHM trails.

Hayes Lake State Park is located within the Beltrami Island State Forrest and provides 2,950 acres of wilderness to enjoy. Man made Hayes Lake offers a beautiful sandy beach, fishing and canoeing. There are 66 camping sites and two camper cabin offering as many or as few amenities as you prefer.

Truly, when you live in Roseau County, all your recreational needs are right in your backyard.

Despite its rural location, Roseau County offers a wide variety of distinctive art and cultural events and activities. We have two museums, an active arts council as well as a number of quality theater opportunities including the Warroad Summer Theater. The Northern Lights Concert Series brings professional musical and dance groups from across the country to perform during the winter months. In addition, there are many special events scheduled throughout the year including a thriving county fair.

Roseau County is known for its outstanding school systems excelling in both academics and extracurricular activities, earning statewide recognition. Our size makes it possible for any student with an interest and a willingness to work hard to make the team.

Whether you are looking for a quaint rural community to live and raise your family, or want to be closer to your favorite choice of recreation, Roseau County is a good place to be.

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