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Ransom County Courthouse

204 5th Avenue West
PO Box 668
Lisbon, ND 58054



Open Monday – Friday  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In the event of inclement  weather please call to be assured the building is open for business.


Events and Announcements

Regular Commission meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 9 am.

Next meeting June 18, 2024

Ransom County no longer does Game and Fish. Effective immediately. Please refer to the Game and Fish Website. Thank you.

Upcoming Courthouse Closure Dates:

Independence Day- Thursday July 4, 2024 and Friday July 5, 2024

2024 Commissioner Candidate Questions:

Sye Olson
Tim Jordan
Greg Schwab
Collin Greenley
Todd Anderson
Scott Johnson

Brief history of Ransom County North Dakota.

The Dakota Territory legislature created Ransom County on January 4, 1873 and it was organized on April 4, 1881. It is located in the southeastern part of the state.  It was named for Fort Ransom, which in turn was named for General Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom (1834-1864) who died for the Union in the Civil War.  

The county seat, Lisbon, was founded on September 25, 1880 by Joseph Colton, who was the first to homestead the area. Colton named the town Lisbon, after Lisbon, New York.

The Sheyenne River meanders through the county.  The county terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds in its western part.  The area is largely devoted to agriculture. The county has a total area of 864 square miles of which 862 square miles is land with 1.4 square miles being water.

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