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DATE: March 18, 2020

The City of Elbow Lake has been working with local, county, and state partners to help protect the health and wellness of both the community and employees during the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As transmission has changed in Minnesota from travel-related to community spread, the city is making the following changes while still ensuring it can provide essential services to residents.

All city facilities closing to the public on March 18-30, 2020.

*Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and continuing through March 30, 2020, ALL city facilities will close to the public. This includes City Hall, the City Utilities Shop, Community Building, Senior Center, and Public Library.

*City staff will continue to work in all facilities in a limited capacity to provide essential city services. To connect with city staff please call 218-685-4483 or e-mail cityhall@runestone.net

*Utility payments can be made in the following ways:

(1) Payment of your bill by check must either be mailed (PO Box 1079, Elbow Lake, MN 56531) OR placed in a sealed envelope and put in the dropbox outside of the city office located at the north end of the Community Building – 117 Central Ave N.

(2) If paying by cash, please get a bank’s cashier’s check or a money order from the Post Office and place this in a sealed envelope and put in the dropbox outside of the city office located at the north end of the Community Building – 117 Central Ave N.

(3) If you currently use Bill Pay thru your bank, please continue to do so. If you want more information on this option contact your bank directly.

*Thorson Memorial Library – To request and pick up items, call 218-685-6850. Staff will get your items ready for you. Park in the designated and marked spots on the south-west side of the Community Building. Call when you arrive, and staff will come out and place your items near your car for you to grab. The book return will remain open. Please return items there and not at the curbside. WIFI will still be available near the building. All items will check out for 8 weeks. All items that were due between 3/17/20 and 4/6/20 have been renewed to 5/12/20. Overdrive and hoopla will be extending the number of checkouts per month. Watch for additional details.

* All City of Elbow Lake Committee and Board Meetings are canceled as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. If meetings are necessary, they will be conducted via teleconference in accordance with MN Statute 13D.021 MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS.

* City Council will meet as necessary via teleconference in accordance with MN Statute 13D.021 MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS.

Facility Closures will be re-evaluated by the Mayor and City Council prior to March 30,2020

Questions about COVID-19?

*Call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline, 7 am– 7 pm, at 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

* Find information about coronavirus at:

– The Minnesota Department of Health website https://www.health.state.mn.us/#coronavirus

– Centers for Disease Control website https://www.cdc.gov/


A welcome from the Mayor of Elbow Lake …   

Welcome to our city’s website! As you explore this website, you will see that Elbow Lake offers an excellent quality of life for people of all ages. Whether you are looking for a place to live or a place to visit, you will discover what makes Elbow Lake a unique and wonderful place! We are a city on the move with a variety of new construction happening in 2018 and a main street reconstruct in 2019!
Elbow Lake is a small city of 1,156 people, located only 12 miles west of Interstate 94 at the junction of State Highways 55, 59, and 79 in west central Minnesota. We have our own Municipal Power, have broadband services, and a solid city infrastructure to meet the needs of our residents and businesses. Our community has everything you’d expect to find in a thriving small city: three banks, retail stores including a pharmacy, a grocery store with deli and bakery, two convenience stores, three gas stations, a terrific thrift store, a discount/variety store, a hardware store, a lumberyard, floral shops, insurance agencies, hair salons, a boutique, barber shop, newspaper office, computer store, a flooring store, bottled water delivery, automotive supplies, eating and drinking establishments, fitness center, laundromat, car repair, plumbers, electricians, builders and a motel. With our agri-business-based economy we have a cooperative grain and fertilizer association, a cooperative oil, two agri-machinery dealers with repair services. For more details about these businesses, check out the Elbow Lake Area Chamber link. We indeed have small-town living at its best, while being conveniently located near several regional hubs, as well as post-secondary training and education institutions.
As the county seat, we host the Grant County Courthouse. This stately building was built in 1905 and sits at the head of our city’s main street. It is one of two buildings in Elbow Lake listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The second building is the Scofield Building. This is the location for the Elbow Lake City Offices, the recently renovated Thorson Memorial Library, the Senior Center, and Senior Dining. Elbow Lake is also the site for the stunning Grant County Veterans’ Memorial, situated next to the Prairie Ridge Hospital.
You will find a wide range of professional services here in our city, including health care and emergency services at the Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Care campus, Chiropractors, Dentist, Lawyers, Financial Advisors, and CPAs. We have an excellent ambulance crew, well-trained volunteer fireman, and law enforcement provided by Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Along with the county offices, Elbow Lake conveniently hosts several regional, state, and federal offices. Our airport, “Pride of the Prairie” has an excellent reputation and serves as a Seaplane Base.
Whether you are young or old, Elbow Lake has much to offer for arts and music, volunteer opportunities, and outdoor activities. Check out all that our city parks have to offer, as well as the 200+ acre Tipsinah Mounds Campground just outside of town. The 18-hole Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course is a hidden gem. The area surrounding Elbow Lake is excellent for hunting and fishing. The 112-mile Central Lakes Bike Trail is close by.
Elbow Lake is part of the progressive West Central Area School District and hosts the WCA North Elementary School. WCA North has classrooms for pre-school through grade 4. Older students catch busses to attend grades 5-12 at the WCA Secondary Building in Barrett-just a few miles down the road. Our city has wonderful child care providers, an excellent Head Start program, and a strong Children’s Program at the Library. There are eight faith congregations located within in our city limits.
We extend a special invitation to visit during our annual town celebration: “Flekkefest—a Norwegian Troll Fest.” It is held the first full weekend in August with lots of fun, community-wide activities, including a parade on Saturday.
This festival celebrates our sister-city relationship with Flekkefjord, Norway.
Thanks for checking out our City’s website and discovering all that the Elbow Lake area has to offer. Hope to see you around town soon – as a visitor or as a new community member!

Deb Hengel, Mayor