ST. CLOUD -- A central Minnesota county was given a high honor this week.

Stearns County was named the 2019 recipient of the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust's (MCIT) County of the Year award.

Every December the trust selects one county from the state that has set the standard in risk management and loss control for that year.

According to the board, Stearns County stood out because of active involvement from all of its county departments.