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Stearns County, Minnesota

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  • Lester William VandenHoek, US Navy WWII (1922 - 2018)
    Lester VandenHoek, age 96, of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Johanna (Dielman) VandenHoek; his first wife, Ethel (P...
  • Henry Christopher Lenarz, Sr. (1844 - 1932)
    ALBANY PIONEER DIES TODAY: HOLD RITES SATURDAYHenry Lenarz, Sr. 88, Leaves 122 Descendants-Born in Ohio Henry Lenarz, Sr, one of the oldest residents of Albany, died, at 8:15 a. m., today at the home o...
  • Joseph Frederich Weitzel (1856 - 1939)
    Obituary: St. Cloud Times, St Cloud, Minnesota, 21 June 1939 Joseph Weitzel, Sr., of Melrose, a pioneer of Stearns county, died here early today at the age of 83 years. He was born in New Bedford, Ind...
  • Barbara Weitzel (1861 - 1930)
    Obituary: Albany Enterprise, Albany, Minnesota, 1 May 1930 Mrs. Joseph Weitzel, aged 69 years, and a former resident of Albany for many years, died at her home at Melrose at 1:45 a.m. Saturday, April ...
  • Anna Marie Auer (1830 - 1909)
    Obituary: Norstern Newspaper, Stearns County, Minnesota, 10 June 1909At the home of her living son John Auer 2 miles north of here, on Thursday evening last week Frau John Auer one of the first female ...

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The Stearns County area was formerly occupied by numerous indigenous tribes, such as the Sioux (Dakota), Chippewa (Ojibwe) and Winnebago (Ho-chunk). The first large immigration was of German Catholics in the 1850s. Early arrivals also came from eastern states.

The county was founded in 1855. It was originally named for Isaac Ingalls Stevens, then renamed for Charles Thomas Stearns.

For a complete list of Townships & Communities, please see Wikipedia.

Adjacent Counties


  • Albany
  • Avon
  • Belgrade
  • Brooten (part)
  • Clearwater (part)
  • Cold Spring
  • Eden Valley (part)
  • Elrosa
  • Freeport
  • Greenwald
  • Holdingford
  • Kimball
  • Lake Henry
  • Meire Grove
  • Melrose
  • New Munich
  • Paynesville
  • Richmond
  • Rockville
  • Roscoe
  • Saint Anthony
  • Saint Augusta
  • Saint Cloud (County Seat, part)
  • Saint Joseph
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Rosa
  • Saint Stephen
  • Sartell (part)
  • Sauk Centre
  • Spring Hill
  • Waite Park



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Stearns History Museum