Message from Mayor, Gene Prim
Welcome to Barnesville, a thriving community of just under 2600 located on Interstate 94 in one of the most productive agricultural regions of the country. Barnesville is uniquely situated about 30 minutes from the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and about 30 minutes from Minnesota Lakes Country with all its recreational opportunities.
Barnesville has experienced a great deal of housing growth in the last decade and is attractive to families who are looking for a strong, progressive school system for their children to attend. In the 2012 school year, every student in the system was assigned an IPad to assist their educational experience.
The community has a strong parks system with Blue Eagle Lake and its surrounding park as the crown jewel of the system. The City also operates the nine-hole Willow Creek Golf Course, just east of town.
Barnesville has made investments in its infrastructure to prepare the community for the future. Within the last decade, a new water tower and waste water lagoons have been constructed to meet the community’s needs well into the future. In 2011, the main business corridor in the community was reconstructed and given a “face-lift” through the beautification efforts of the Main St. organization.
In 2014, the City reached an agreement with Xcel Energy to provide natural gas to our residents – we are excited to be able to offer that option to our residents and businesses. In early 2015, the City will be completing their $4.5 million “Fiber to the Premise” project which will offer internet speeds up to 100 MB to every home and business in the community, providing increased flexibility to folks who choose to work from home.
Business development and redevelopment continues to occur throughout the community both in the downtown and in the commercial park with a couple of significant building projects have taken place recently.
While we are in a region that struggles with seasonal flooding issues, Barnesville’s elevation is high enough in relation to the area’s rivers that we are able to avoid the disruptions that come with seasonal flooding.
And don’t forget to come visit us the last weekend in August of every year for Potato Days, a community-wide celebration of the connection with the potato growing industry, an important part of the community’s past, present and future.