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Lake Benton Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
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Population: 
 Lake Benton (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 759 869 693 703 683 -20 -2.84
Land Area (sq. mile) 3.60 4.19 3.59 3.82 3.78 -0.04 -1.05
Density (persons per sq. mile) 210.83 207.40 193.04 183.81 180.69 -2.92 -1.59
Housing Units 306 377 353 365 383 +18 +4.93
Households -- 362 324 334 338 +4 +1.20
Persons Per Household -- 2.40 2.14 2.09 2.02 -0.07 -3.35

Geography:

Lake Benton is a city in Lincoln County, Minnesota. U.S. Routes 14 and 75 are two of the main routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.62 square miles (11.97 km2), of which 3.78 square miles (9.79 km2) is land and 0.84 square miles (2.18 km2) is water.  The elevation is 1,762 ft (537 m) above sea level.

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Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 683 people, 338 households, and 177 families residing in the city. The population density was 180.7 inhabitants per square mile (69.8/km2). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 101.3 per square mile (39.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.1% African American, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 338 households of which 20.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.6% were non-families. 44.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 26% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the city was 48.8 years. 21.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 24.8% were from 45 to 64; and 28.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

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History:  

LAKE BENTON Township, the first organized in the area of Lincoln County, and its village, which was the county seat for 20 years, 1882-1902, succeeding Marshfield, bear the name given to the lake on Joseph N. Nicollet's map, published in 1843. In his journey to the Pipestone Quarry and to this lake in the summer of 1838, Nicollet was accompanied by John C. Frémont, then a young man, who afterward was known as "the Path Finder," for his explorations of the Rocky Mountains, and who in 1856 was the presidential candidate of the newly organized Republican Party. Lake Benton was named by Frémont and Nicollet for Sen. Benton, whose daughter Jessie was married to Frémont in 1841; and a lake in North Dakota was named Lake Jessie in honor of her on this map. Thomas Hart Benton was born near Hillsborough, N.C., March 14, 1782, and died in Washington, D.C., April 10, 1858. He was U.S. senator from Missouri during 30 years, 1821-51.

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Birds eye view, Lake Benton Minnesota, 1910
Birds eye view, Lake Benton Minnesota, 1910
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Government:
Lake Benton City Hall
106 S Center Street
PO Box 206
Lake Benton, MN 56149-0206
Phone: (507) 368-4641
Fax: (507) 368-4806

Office Hours
Monday -Friday  8:00 am to 4:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30 PM in the Heritage Center/ City Office

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City Hall and Heritage Center, Lake Benton Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2020 Bob Worth
408 S Fremont Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
  (507) 530-2541
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Eileen Christensen
106 S Center Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Email (507) 368-4641
Council Member 12/31/2022 Mark Dunn
875 W Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
  (507) 820-0851
Council Member 12/31/2022 Daryl Schlapkohl
302 S Garfield Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
  (507) 368-4800
Council Member 12/31/2020 David Enke
203 Fremont Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
  (507) 368-4817
Council Member 12/31/2020 Rosie DeZeeuw
109 S Morton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
  (507) 368-4624

Post Office:
US Post Office
126 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN
56149-1309
Phone:
(507) 368-4229
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:00 am - 12:30 pm
                        1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Post Office, Lake Benton Minnesota

Utilities:
Utility TypeUtility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Otter Tail Power Co.   (507) 368-7214
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater City of Lake Benton (507) 368-4641
Water City of Lake Benton (507) 368-4641
Telephone Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative (605) 874-2181
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 422-1473

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Lake Benton Public School Elementary & Secondary Schools 45
Country House Full-Service Restaurants 18
Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water Water, Sewage & Other Systems 11
City of Lake Benton Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 10


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Attractions:
Heritage Center
108 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9577

The Heritage Center, featuring a Victorian-style front, is operated and managed by the Lake Benton Area Historical Society. It includes a visitors center and musuem, as well as a wind power learning center. The Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge about the history of the Lake Benton area and to relate that history to its visitors.

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Heritage and Wind Power Learning Center of Southwest Minnesota
Lake Benton Opera House
118 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4620

Built in the 19th Century, the Lake Benton Opera House has seen many changes over the decades, but it still stands as vibrant and relevant here in the 21st Century as it did when the last brick was laid back in 1895. In 1970, the building was scheduled for demolition after years of sitting empty and falling into a state of disrepair. Due to the diligence of a group of passionate citizens, our amazing facility was saved from the wrecking ball. With the help of a lot of hard work and many financial contributions, the theatre was restored. In 1976, the Opera House was incorporated as a non-profit organization and continues to thrive today. We are dedicated to bringing quality theatre to southwestern Minnesota and the surrounding region, as well as serving as the cultural center of our community.

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Health Care:
Lake Benton Medical Clinic
109 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4323
 

Schools:
Lake Benton Schools
Independent School District #404

101 S Garfield Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone: (507) 368-4235
 

Churches:
First Baptist Church
504 US Highway 75
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4319

Pastor:  Rich Riley
Sunday Service:  10:45 am


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First Baptist Church, Lake Benton Minnesota
Grace Lutheran Church - ELCA
101 S Sherman Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4243

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  n/a


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Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
US Highway 14 E
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9365

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  10:00 am


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Lighthouse Assembly of God Church
1966 County Road 124
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9303

Pastor:  Rev. Jon Olson
Sunday Service:  10:30 am


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St. Genevieve Catholic Church
119 S Sherman Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4232

Pastor:  Father Ronald Huberty
Sunday Mass:  8:15 am


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St. John's Lutheran Church - WELS
113 Garfield Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4656

Pastor:  Rev. Dave Furno
Sunday Service:  9:00 am


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St. John's Lutheran Church, Lake Benton Minnesota
United Methodist Church
102 Bluff Street E
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9395

Pastor:  Daren Junker
Sunday Service:  9:00 am


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Media:
Lake Benton News
128 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-3604
 

Motels:
   
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Resorts:
   

Campgrounds:
Hole in the Mountain Park

Hole in the Mountain park is located within the western city limits of Lake Benton just off Highway #14. The park has 33 campsites with electricity and water and 30 electrical sites located in a separate area which is reserved for those campers who bring their horses. The park is approximately 800 acres of woodland and prairie land and throughout the park you will find historical sites along five miles of hiking/horse trails. Two picnic areas are included in the park along with a Chalet which includes shower facilities. The Chalet can be rented for family reunions, graduation parties and other functions. Cost is $100.00 per day.
 
Norwegian Creek Park

Norwegian Creek park is located one mile north and one mile east of the City of Lake Benton. The park consumes 128 acres and is located on the western shores of Lake Benton lake. There are 92 campsites with electricity and water.  Facilities include two picnic shelters, a bathhouse with showers, a fish-cleaning shed, RV dump station, a swimming beach and two boat launches.
 
Picnic Point County Park Picnic

Point is located eight miles north, three miles west, and one mile north of Lake Benton. The park is 43 acres located on the southern side of Lake Shaokatan. Picnic Point offers 30 campsites with electricity and water. It also has numerous sites without electricity. Also, Picnic Point has one picnic shelter, a swimming beach, two boat launches, a floating T-doc, a fish cleaning shed, and a RV dump station.
 

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Businesses:
A & C Excavating
2118 County Road 13
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 530-2282
 
AES Alternative Energy
1740 US Highway 14
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9222
 
Appel Electric
1967 County Road 15
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9467
 
Becker's Resort
325 Lake Shore Drive
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4399
 
Benton Valley Manor
106 Bluff Street W
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4600
 
Beth's Day Care
306 Prospect Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4594
 
Blondie's Hair Studio
103 W Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4441
 
Buffalo Ridge State Agency
107 Center Street N
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-6693
 
Busselman Valley Lumber
117 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9620
 
C S Natural Health Center
101 W US Highway 14
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9224
 
Carpenter Auction and Realty Company
101 Grant Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4307
 
Clocker Drywall
105 Bluff Street W
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 215-7617
 
Construction Partners LLC
124 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-2310
 
Country Side Nursery
1186 County Road 118
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9622
 
Country Supper Club
405 E US Highway 14
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4223
 
D & M Masonry LLC
105 Cottage Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-2020
 
Dandy Lions
407 Fremont Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4511
 
Dezeeuw Field Complex
606 Mork Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4641
 
Eldridge Stuefen Farms
2088 US Highway 75
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4611
 
First Security Bank of Canby
107 Center Street N
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4261
 
Gary Nordmeyer Construction
110 Parkview Drive
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4654
 
Gilbert Farms
1893 US Highway 75
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9244
 
Hartquist Funeral Home
102 Fremont Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9385
 
Heartland Hutterian Brethren
2171 100th Avenue
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4601
 
Heritage Center
108 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9577
 
Homestead CMSC
501 Mork Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4250
 
IPS
1876 160th Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4015
 
Jakland Farms Inc.
2029 180th Avenue
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9291
 
Johansen Repairs
109 W Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4390
 
Kinner and Company Ltd.
104 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-2711
 
Kjergaard Sports
1951 200th Avenue
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4696
 
Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce
106 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9577
 
Lake Benton Bar
114 Center Street N
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4507
 
Lake Benton City Hall
106 S Center Street
PO Box 206
Lake Benton, MN 56149-0206
Phone: (507) 368-4641
Fax: (507) 368-4806

Office Hours
Monday -Friday  8:00 am to 4:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30 PM in the Heritage Center/ City Office

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Lake Benton Medical Clinic
109 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4323
 
Lake Benton News
128 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4604
 
Lake Benton Opera House
118 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4620
 
Lake Benton Parts House
101 N Center Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9526
 
Lake Benton Police Department
110 W Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4830
 
Lake Benton Storage
507 Lakeview Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9300
 
Lake Benton Valley Journal
120 Center Street N
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4604
 
Lakeside Landscaping LLC
2317 150th Avenue
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 275-6999
 
Leah's Massage and Body Works
110 Center Street N
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9552
 
Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water
415 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4248
 
Lunch Box
116 Center Street N
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-3400
 
Mary's Shoppe
107 Center Street N
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9530
 
Park Farms
1771 130th Avenue
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-2045
 
Petersen Gravel
109 Parkview Drive
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4672
 
Power Lift Hydraulic Doors
1482 200th Avenue
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9500
 
Prairie Rose Antique Gallery
102 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9576
 
Ray Sportel Trucking Inc.
112 Morton Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4200
 
Rethwisch and Son LLC
101 N Center Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4283
 
Rick's Welding and Repair
1482 200th Avenue
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9500
 
S & E Auto Clinic
108 W Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9288
 
Showboat Pavilion
114 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-3010
 
Supreme Pork Inc.
1307 County Road 12
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4209
 
Thomas Electric Inc.
112 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4265
 
US Post Office
126 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN
56149-1309
Phone:
(507) 368-4229
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:00 am - 12:30 pm
                        1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Valley Lumber
117 Center Street S
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-9620
 
Veire BP Station and Mini Mart
117 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4204
 
Weber Farm Inc.
1978 County Road 13
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 828-1182
 
Western Veterinary Clinic
1966 130th Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 234-3098
 
Wooden Diamond Bed and Breakfast
1593 Shady Shore Drive
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone:
(507) 368-4305
 


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