Economic Development

Mille Lacs County, located in east central Minnesota, is a vibrant region with a diverse economic base, quality educational systems, and unparalleled natural beauty and recreational opportunities.


Our location is extraordinary. Located just an hour north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, a half hour east of St. Cloud, and two hours south of Duluth, residents and businesses have quick access to major metropolitan areas, as well as transportation and shipping hubs. U.S. Highway 169 runs north and south through the County, with the following Minnesota Highways running east and west:

  • Highway 18
  • Highway 23
  • Highway 27
  • Highway 47
  • Highway 95

Our southern border is less than 30 miles from the interstate, and manufacturers can ship to surrounding states and Canada in 4.5 hours or less!

Mille Lacs Lake

Mille Lacs Lake, the second largest in Minnesota, comprises two-thirds of the northern boundary of the County. It serves as the head-waters to the Rum River, one of Minnesota’s six protected Wild and Scenic rivers. The Rum River, a recreational jewel, runs the full length of the County from north to south, passing through several of our communities.

Although this area is famous for Mille Lacs Lake, also known as the “Big Lake,” and its walleye fishing and tourism, there is more substance and depth to the area than that. Health care, manufacturing and hospitality lead the list of our industry sectors.


The County consists of 685 square miles (354,472.95 acres), of which 102 square miles are water. The County is divided into 17 townships, and there are eight cities/towns within the County as well as the Trust Lands of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians:


From Princeton on our southern border, to the towns located around Mille Lacs Lake on the northern end of the County, our unique communities have fostered a lifestyle that is unequaled! With rich histories, distinctive downtowns, and friendly hospitality, you will soon discover why over 26,000 people call this area home.

Make Mille Lacs County your destination to live, work, and play!

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic DevelopmentFind Qualified Workers

Having trouble finding qualified workers, or running into hard-to-fill positions? Contact a Business Service Representative with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Services are available at no fee!