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Minnehaha County, created in 1862, is a political subdivision of the State of South Dakota encompassing 810 square miles. Minnehaha County is the largest county in the state in terms of population. The 2010 Census recorded a population of 169,468. The 2012 estimated population is 171,889. Minnehaha County is governed by ten elected officials - 5 part-time Commissioners, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a State's Attorney, Register of Deeds and Sheriff. Daily operations are managed by 19 full-time Department Heads.
The County, employing 524 full-time employees, provides such services as: law enforcement, jail administration, highway construction/maintenance, property valuation, planning/zoning, emergency management, poor relief, juvenile detention services, election administration, official recording of deeds and documents, vehicle tax and licensing and property tax collection and administration.
The County also maintains two rural parks. In conjunction with the City of Sioux Falls, the County maintains the Siouxland Library system, the Siouxland Heritage Museum system and dispatches police, fire and medical personnel through the Metro Communications 911 Center.