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Saint Cloud is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the major population center in the state's central region.
As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,107.
It is the county seat of Stearns County.
Though mostly in Stearns County, the city also extends into Benton County and Sherburne County.
It is surrounded by a small metropolitan area, with Waite Park, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, St. Joseph and
St. Augusta directly bordering the city, and Kimball, Clearwater, Clear Lake, Rockville, and Cold Spring nearby.
St. Cloud is located 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis-St. Paul along
Interstate 94, U.S. Route 10, and Minnesota State Highway 23.
The St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is made up of Stearns and Benton Counties.
The city was included in a newly defined Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud Combined Statistical Area (CSA) in 2000,
even though commuting criteria did not require mandatory inclusion. St. Cloud has never been part of the 13-county
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington-WI "Metropolitan Statistical Area," a more commonly used
definition of large urban areas.
The boundary between the two government designated areas is confusing because a small portion of the city
extends into Sherburne County, but that entire county is considered part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The Mississippi River flows through the city, breaking into a series of channels just downstream from the
St. Cloud dam, a city-owned structure featuring hydroelectric generators that can produce up to 9 megawatts
The Mississippi's 30 "Beaver Islands" lie at the southern end of the city.
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