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Saint Cloud is located in the central part of the state of Minnesota and a city and seat of Stearns County. It sits along the Mississippi and Sauk rivers junction and is considered to be a grain and dairy-farming region that lies along the northwestern part of Minneapolis. Its area extends across going east of Mississippi, which includes some pieces of Benton and Sherburne counties. The present-day area of Saint Cloud was first settled in 1851 and was laid out in 1854 and was named after the French city Saint-Cloud. In 1862, the Sioux Native Americans started an uprising, and the settlement has served as a refuge for the homesteaders who flew. At present, the city is known for its granite quarries, which have been worked on since 1868. It is located in the state's highest agricultural region, which produces dairy products, oats, barley, rye, and other crops.