Any county in Minnesota with a population of more than 100,000 has the option to have seven commissioners (instead of the standard five). St. Louis County’s population is approximately 200,000, so each commissioner represents about 28,500 people.
St. Louis County provides services to its citizens such as road and bridge construction and maintenance, 911
emergency dispatch coverage, crime prevention and prosecution, public records and property transactions
recording, property assessment, immunizations, veterans services, planning and community development,
environmental services, and support and protection for children, the elderly, and the vulnerable. Many of the services performed by
these departments are both mandated and underfunded by the federal government and the State of Minnesota.
For additional details, visit our online interactive tool, Budget Explorer.