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Dane County Information

Dane County was formed in 1836 as a territorial county and organized in 1839. It was named after Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to the Congress of the Confederation who helped carve Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory. Dane County was first settled in the 1840s by settlers from New England.

Dane County is governed by a county executive and a County Board of Supervisors. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote. The Board of Supervisors consists of 37 members, each elected from single member districts. As the policy-making body of the county government, the Board of Supervisors enacts county ordinances, levies taxes, and appropriates money for services.


Dane County Websites
GovernmentThe official Website of Dane County Government.
LibraryThe Website of the Dane County Library Service
Sheriffs DepartmentThe official Website of the Dane County Sheriffs Department
Humane Society Dane County Humane Society Serving Southern Wisconsin including Dane County
Public HealthPublic Health of Madison and Dane County
AirportDane County Airport serving Madison, Dane County and South Central Wisconsin
Public Safety CommunicationsDane County Public Safety Communications Website
FairThe Website of the Dane County Fair


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