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  Location of Lake Benton, Minnesota

 Lake Benton (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 759 869 693 703 670 10 1.44
Land Area (sq. mile) 3.60 4.19 3.59 3.82 -- 0.23 6.54
Density (persons per sq. mile) 210.83 207.40 193.04 183.81 -- -9.23 -4.78
Housing Units 306 377 353 365 -- 12 3.40
Households -- 362 324 334 330 10 3.09
Persons Per Household -- 2.40 2.14 2.09 2.01 -0.05 -2.29


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 4.7 square miles (12.0 km˛), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.9 km˛) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km˛) of it (17.63%) is water. The elevation is 1,762 ft (537 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 703 people, 334 households, and 196 families residing in the city. The population density was 183.8 people per square mile (71.1/km˛). There were 365 housing units at an average density of 95.4/sq mi (36.9/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 97.72% White, 1.00% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 334 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 28.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,583, and the median income for a family was $36,750. Males had a median income of $29,125 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,922. None of the families and 5.7% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 12.2% of those over 64.

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

Hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday

City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 PM in the Heritage Center/ City Office

Mayor Michael W. Carpenter --
Clerk/Treasurer Rosemary DeZeeuw (507) 368-4641
Council Member Al Lindemann --
Council Member Lyle "Duff" Trautman --
Council Member Don Hughes --
Council Member Carl Burk --

Post Office:
US Post Office
126 E Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN
(507) 368-4229
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:00 am - 11:00 am
                        12:15 pm - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:00 pm
Saturday                4:00 pm

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
Veire's Farm & Home Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 20
Country House Full-Service Restaurants 18
Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water Water, Sewage & Other Systems 11
Presbyterian Family Foundation, Inc. Outpatient Care Centers 11
City of Lake Benton Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 10
Lake Benton Farmers Elevator Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 10
Zond Maintenance Corp. Waste Collection 10
Journal Printing Co. Printing & Related Support Activities 7
First Security Bank Depository Credit Intermediation 6


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