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Karri Thorsten

Karri Thorsten


531 Dewey Street, P.O. Box 129, Foley, MN 56329
Phone: (320) 968-5006 :: Fax: (320) 968-5337

Position/Mission Statement

The County Auditor-Treasurer is an elected position serving a four year term. The Auditor-Treasurer and staff are dedicated to serving the citizens of Benton County by offering the best possible service in all statutory and assigned duties.

Overview of Duties

The Auditor/Treasurer:

  • Collects all county funds owed to the county, much of which are Real Estate and Personal Property taxes.
  • Creates reports for the county, state and federal government.
  • Performs tax administration including land transfers, name and address maintenance, splits and combines of property, tax calculation, tax increment finance, and special assessments and settlements.
  • Administers sale of licenses of Liquor, 3.2 Malt Liquor, auctioneers and more.
  • Collects Aggregate Tax.


In addition to the above duties, the Auditor/Treasurer is also the Chief Election Officer of the county, responsible for voter registration, ballot layout and absentee voting. Election duties are performed for both state and county.

Note: Benton County does NOT accept credit cards for payment at the counter.
  • Property Tax Administration
  • Parcel Information
  • License Center
  • Auctioneer
  • Driver's License, renewals and duplicates
  • Liquor and 3.2 Malt Liquor
  • State ID Cards
  • Tobacco
  • Elections
  • Banking and Collections