Argyle, Minnesota

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Argyle is a city in Marshall County, Minnesota, United States, along the Middle River. According to the 2000 U.S. census, the population was 656. Old Mill State Park is nearby.



Before James J. Hill bought the Great Northern Railway in 1879 and accepted the task of completing the line from Crookston to the Canadian border, a French-Canadian man founded a town named Louisa, after the French king, in the path of the railroad. However, Hill's company located the new railroad town just south of the Louisa property line and named it Argyle. The early settlement included many French-Canadians. Other settlers included immigrants from England, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Scotland, and Germany. The early townspeople and businessmen were always anxious to make Argyle an attractive community to the region. Today the community still boasts of several businesses, which draw customers from the regional area. Because of threats of flooding, a dike was built on the Red River in 1988.

The Argyle school was organized on March 16, 1880. The first school was started in May 1880. The 1st teacher was Miss Mary Dion and there were 18 people in that school. The new brick school was built and opened in 1905. Elementary wing and library was added in 1969. In 1974 a special election was held to get bonds for the construction and equipment for a new physical education facility.

Argyle and Stephen began to share faculty in the early 1980s. The positions of Counselor, Learning Disabled Instructor and Speech were the first positions to be shared. Many more positions were shared. In the 1989-90 school year the school boards of both districts began meeting. Two public meetings in both communities were held in 1990 to begin the discussion of sharing the school districts. Ever since the meeting on January 30, 1996, the Stephen Tiger and the Argyle Eagle became united as one creating the Stephen/Argyle Central STORM. Stephen/Argyle is widely known for its high school football program, which won 5 State Championships in a row from years 2003-2007. They also won it again in 2009.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 kmĀ²), all of it land. The city is conveniently located 40 miles from both Grand Forks, North Dakota and Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Argyle is also located 130 miles from Winnipeg, Manitoba and 360 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The relatively flat area around Argyle is good for farming.


Due to its location in the Great Plains and its distance from both mountains and oceans, the city has an extreme continental climate. This type of climate is distinguished by four very distinct seasons and great variation in temperatures over very short periods of time. As there are no nearby mountain ranges or bodies of water to ameliorate the climatic conditions, Argyle lies exposed to numerous weather systems including bitterly cold Arctic high pressure systems. The city is known for its long, cold, and snowy winters. In sharp contrast, summers are warm to hot and often quite humid with frequent thunderstorms.

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