Steele County, North Dakota

A great place to live, work and play, Steele County is full of many opportunities. 

Visit our city websites for more information: Both sites now have a community calendar to keep you updated with events happening.


Welcome to Steele County!


Steele County is located between Traill and Griggs counties in Eastern North Dakota. We are centrally located within 75 miles of Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Valley City.

A great place to work and raise a family, Steele County offers a rural lifestyle with an excellent school district, abundant job opportunities, and affordable housing. Although a predominantly agricultural community, we also facilitate economic growth through entrepreneurship. Many incentives are offered to promote growth in the communities and welcome new residents and businesses.


Link: Steele County Job Application 


Steele County Mitigation Planning Meeting

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2017

Ben Gates, the Steele County Emergency Manager is inviting Steele County residents, city and county officials, and first responder agency representatives to participate in a Steele County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Meeting.    The meeting will be held June 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Hope American Legion Hall.  The purpose of the meeting is to define Hazard Mitigation Measures for Steele County and its residents.  Heartland Consultants, the contractor completing the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, will be on hand to conduct the meeting.

Meeting participants will review the results of the April 19th Planning Meeting.  The second phase of the meeting will be a wrap up of the last 2 planning meetings with final recommendations for hazard mitigation measures for each of the hazards identified within the cities of Hope, Finley, Sharon, Luverne, and Steele County.  Hazards that will be discussed include Severe Summer and Winter Weather, Hazardous Materials, Transportation Accidents, Floods, Wildland and Urban Fires, Homeland Security, Communicable Disease, Dam Failure, Drought, Windstorms, and Geologic Hazards.

 “An important part of emergency preparedness is Hazard Mitigation planning”, according to Ben Gates.  “Citizens see what happens during various events such as flooding, rural fires, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills and other events, therefore it is important we have a broad range of participation for good input at this meeting”, added Ben. 

Through the hazard mitigation planning process, Steele County and its communities can identify hazard mitigation measures.  Counties with an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan become eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grants which provide funding for sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risks from hazards. 

For more information or to get answers to questions, please contact Ben Gates at the Steele County Courthouse at 701-524-2442 or on his cell at 701-270-1738.

At their February 2017 meeting, the Steele County Commissioners voted to formally adopt the Steele County Building Permit Ordinance and Regulations. A copy of this document can be found on the County website, with any of the Township Clerks/Treas., or at the Steele County Tax Director’s Office. If there are any questions, please contact the Steele County Tax Director at 701-270-1738 or 701-524-2442.


Steele County Building Permit Ordinance PDF


Steele County Building Permit Application PDF


**Steele County Calendar **
Steele County now has an online calendar! 
View upcoming Steele County meetings and events.
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