Barnesville, Minnesota

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Barnesville is a city in Clay County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,173 at the 2000 census. It is considered a [bedroom community] to the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Barnesville Potato Days is held there annually in August.

Interstate 94 and Minnesota State Highways 9, 52, and 34 are four of the main arterial routes in the city.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.94%) is water.


Barnesville Potato Days is held each year during the end of August, and draws approximately 14,000 people each year.

This top potato-growing region, the Red River Valley, touts its taters at potato-peeling and picking contests and food booths serving potato pancakes, dumplings and sausage. The festival also includes a parade, car show, and street dances.[3]

Barnesville also hosts the Clay County Fair in mid-July. The fair features rides, 4-H displays and other local attractions.[4]

School System

Barnesville is the center of ISD 146. Atkinson Elementary is for students grades K-6. Barnesville High is grades 7-12. There is about 820 students that are in the school system. Roughly 370 students enroll in the high school, and around 450 in the elementary. The superintendent is Scott Loeslie. Barnesville's team mascot are Trojans and Lady Trojans. [5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,173 people, 865 households, and 569 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,032.8 people per square mile (399.5/km²). There were 923 housing units at an average density of 438.7/sq mi (169.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.40% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

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