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Wilkin County, Minnesota

US county information
NameWilkin County
StateMinnesota
SeatBreckenridge
Largest cityBreckenridge
US Area
Total Area751.63 sq mi (1946.7 km2)
Land Area751.43 sq mi (1946.2 km2)
Water Area0.20 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Population6576 (2010)
Density3.9/km2 (10/sq mi)
Named forColonel Alexander Wilkin, a lawyer who served as Minnesota’s U.S. marshal and was later killed in the Civil War. He is represented by a statue at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Wilkin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was originally established as Toombs County on March 8, 1858, named after Robert Toombs (1810 85) of Georgia, who had been a member of Congress, 1845 53, and was U.S. senator, 1853-61. Mr. Toombs became a leading disunionist, then a Confederate secretary of state in 1861, and later was a Confederate general. In 1863, the county was renamed Andy Johnson County after President Andrew Johnson and to disassociate with Mr. Toombs. The county again changed its name to Wilkin County on March 6, 1868.

Toombs County was formed from Pembina County. It is the parental county for Traverse County, and now are parts of Clay, Otter Tail, Grant, Stevens, Douglas and Pope Counties. As of 2010, the population of Wilkin County was 6,576. Its county seat is Breckenridge .

Wilkin County is part of the Wahpeton, ND - MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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