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Welcome to Ghent Minnesota!  Location of Ghent, Minnesota

 Ghent (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 301 356 316 315 370 +55 +17.46
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.20 0.30 0.27 0.27 0.27 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,505.00 1,186.67 1,170.37 1,172.96 1,370.37 +197.41 +16.83
Housing Units 96 134 126 131 164 +33 +25.19
Households -- 128 121 128 155 +27 +21.09
Persons Per Household -- 2.78 2.61 2.46 2.39 -0.07 -2.85


Ghent is a city in Lyon County, Minnesota. Minnesota Highway 68 and County Roads 5 and 8 are main routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.88 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,171 ft (357 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 370 people, 155 households, and 108 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,088.2 inhabitants per square mile (420.2/km2). There were 164 housing units at an average density of 482.4 per square mile (186.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races.

There were 155 households of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 32 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

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GHENT, a city in section 15 of Grandview, platted in June 1878 by the Winona and St. Peter Railroad and incorporated May 15, 1899, at first bore the name of the township but was renamed in September 1881 for the ancient city of Ghent in Belgium, in compliment to Belgian colonists coming in 1880-81, who were led by Bishop John Ireland to settle in this part of the county. The post office was established as Grandview in 1874; however, in 1882 a residents' petition requesting the name be changed to Ghent was granted, the railroad changing the name of the station as well.       More Ghent history

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Street scene, Ghent Minnesota, 1909
Street scene, Ghent Minnesota, 1909
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Ghent City Hall
107 N Chapman Street
PO Box 97
Ghent MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3214
Fax: (507) 428-3544

Office Hours:
Monday -Thursday 9:30 am -4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm

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City Hall, Ghent Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Ronald Sussner
210 W McQuestion Street
Ghent MN 56239
  (507) 828-1115
(507) 429-3299
City Clerk appointed Dawn Vlaminck
PO Box 97
Ghent MN 56239
Email (507) 428-3214
Council Member 12/31/2022 Adam DeRoode
114 E Burlingame Street
Ghent MN 56239
  (507) 530-0657
(507) 428-3436
Council Member 12/31/2022 Jeffrey Gruhot
208 N Collins Street
Ghent MN 56239
Email (507) 428-3488
(507) 829-1626
Council Member 12/31/2024 Tim Van Keulen
204 S Chapman
Ghent MN 56239
  (507) 829-5498
Council Member 12/31/2024 Ross Williams
207 S Collins Street
Ghent MN 56239
  (507) 428-3404
(507) 828-0233

Post Office:
US Post Office
104 W Burlingame Street
Ghent, MN
(507) 428-3405
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday           10:15 am - 12:00 pm

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone

Otter Tail Power Company

(507) 872-6196
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone Frontier Communications (800) 435-1504
Cable TV Midco (800) 888-1300

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Belgium American Days

Even if you're not Belgian, you'll have a great time in Ghent, MN during Belgian American Days (the first weekend in August). Our mission is to celebrate the heritage of the Belgian Americans who settled here many years ago. Today, while Ghent is made up of many different heritages, the community celebrates together the first weekend of August each year. Everyone is Belgian during Belgian American Days!

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St. Eloi Catholic Church
306 W Mcquestion Avenue
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3285

Pastor:  Father Craig Timmerman
Sunday Mass:  10:30 am

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Farmers Co-op Association
101 E Burlingame Street
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-2450

Our C-Store in Ghent offers a full selection of convenience store products along with high quality Cenex fuels that available 24 hours a day with pay at the pump. Additional offerings at Ghent include: •Dine-in Seating Available •Lottery •Separate Diesel Island with #2

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Four Seasons Organic Farms
1741 330 Street
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (605) 380-2908

As a small family, we understand that living healthy in todays world is not the easiest or most convenient choice to make. Not only are the prices of organic goods much higher than the alternative, but the process that goes into the growing and transportation of those goods take a large toll on the earth. At Four Seasons Organic Farms we strive to change that! Our goal is to provide local customers with a viable alternative to their produce purchases. No hassle, no additives, no worries. Give us a try, we guarantee your body will thank you for it.

Four Seasons Organic Farms, Ghent Minnesota
Ghent City Office
PO Box 97
Ghent MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3214
Fax: (507) 428-3544
City Hall, Ghent Minnesota
Johannsson Sales and Service
2681 180th Avenue
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 401-1360

Johannsson Sales and Service, Ghent Minnesota
KB's Bar & Grill
100 E Burlingame Street
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3217
KB's Bar and Grill, Ghent Minnesota
Laleman's Septic Pumping Service
1879 County Road 8
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3555

Need expert sewer and drain cleaning services? Call Laleman's Septic & Drain Cleaning of Ghent, MN today. Our septic and drain cleaning specialists provide quality drain jetting service, septic tank plumbing, and televised sewer inspections. You can rely on the skilled staff of Laleman's Septic & Drain Cleaning for professional services every time.
Drain Cleaning - Ghent, MN - Laleman's Septic & Drain Cleaning
Lyon County Farm Service
113 W Burlingame Street
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3287

Agronomy is Our Business, Service is Part of Our Name. These are a few of the many Services offered by Lyon County Farm Service J.V. :     -CustomFertilizer Spreading    -Custom Spraying Post and Pre-emergence    -Custom Anhydrous Application (Fall Season)   -Liquid Fertilizer Available    -Custom Chemical Impregnated Fertilizer    -Airflow Seeding of Alfalfa and Soybeans with Fertilizer    -Custom Fertilizer Blends    -Full Line of Crop Protection Products    -Crop Monitoring and Scouting 
Mike's Diesel Repair
1932 330th Street
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3486

Mike's Diesel Repair is part of the NAPA AutoCare network of trusted, locally owned repair facilities. ASE certified technicians, nationwide warranty.
Roberts Machine Tool
208 Burlingame Street
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 428-3836
Roberts Machine Tool, Ghent Minnesota
Rogge Excavating
3065 170th Avenue
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 872-5922

Headed by Lawrence Rogge, the company president, Rogge Excavating offers commercial and residential excavation services to Ghent, MN. Established in 1995, we make sure to provide quality results to ensure your satisfaction.

Rogge Excavating, Ghent Minnesota
Swede Steel Works
1673 County Road 8
Ghent, MN 56239
Phone: (507) 829-7754

Designer and Welder, Chris Swedzinski, began welding while growing up on his family's farm. After designing and welding gifts for friends and family throughout high school and college, Chris began selling some of his work. His specialties include various tree designs, crosses, candle holders sculpture and yard decor. He also finds unique ways to repurpose materials to make stand-out pieces for your home. Please visit the photo gallery for samples of his work. Chris is available to do custom work for YOUR unique spaces! Chris's unique work is the perfect fit for your cabin, condo, church or where ever you call home. ​
US Post Office
104 W Burlingame Street
Ghent, MN
(507) 428-3405
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
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