The iconic animated characters of Rocky and Bullwinkle were created by Minnesota native Jay Ward in the 1950s.

Mahnomen County is located in the northwestern part of Minnesota and is named after the Ojibwe word for "wild rice." The area that is now Mahnomen County was originally inhabited by the Ojibwe people who relied on the abundant wild rice beds for sustenance. In the 19th century, European settlers arrived in the area, attracted by the fertile land and timber resources. They established small farms and started logging operations.

The county was officially organized in 1906, with the town of Mahnomen serving as its county seat. Agriculture played a significant role in the early development of the county, with farmers growing wheat, potatoes, and other crops. The arrival of the railroad in the early 20th century further facilitated trade and economic growth.

During the Prohibition era in the 1920s, Mahnomen County gained notoriety as a hotbed for bootlegging and illegal alcohol production. The remote location and dense forests made it a prime location for clandestine operations. Many local residents participated in the illegal trade, which brought both wealth and criminal activities to the area.

In more recent years, the economy of Mahnomen County has diversified. Besides agriculture, the county has seen growth in industries such as tourism, gaming, and manufacturing. The White Earth Indian Reservation, located partly in the county, is home to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and its casinos have become major economic drivers. Overall, Mahnomen County is a blend of rich Native American heritage, agricultural traditions, and modern industries.

  • 1866 - Mahnomen County established.
  • 1872 - First sawmill in the county built.
  • 1875 - First courthouse constructed.
  • 1882 - First schoolhouse in the county opened.
  • 1896 - First railroad line extended into the county.
  • 1902 - Second courthouse built.
  • 1916 - Mahnomen became home to Mahnomen County Historical Society.
  • 1931 - State Highway 200 paved in the county.
  • 1957 - Current Mahnomen County courthouse built.
  • 1970 - Shooting Star Casino established on the White Earth Indian Reservation.