Leal, North Dakota

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Leal is a city in Barnes County in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The population was 36 at the 2000 census.[4] Leal was founded in 1892. The name comes from the Scottish word "faithful," which is often used to represent Heaven.[6]



Scottish-English emigrants from Ontario, Canada, originally settled in this area in 1883. The townsite of Leal was platted in 1892, and a post office established December 28, 1892. Officials with the Soo Line Railroad established a station here in 1902.[7][6]

Leal incorporated as a village in 1917 from part of Edna Township.[8] It became a city in 1967, after the North Dakota Legislature eliminated incorporation titles for villages and towns. As a result, all incorporated municipalities in North Dakota automatically adopted a city form of government.[9]


Leal is located in Edna Township in the northeastern part of Barnes County. It is 73 miles (117 km) west of Fargo, and the nearest city is Rogers.[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.[3]


Due to its location in the Great Plains and its distance from both mountains and oceans, the city has an extreme continental climate, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −37 °F (−38 °C) on December 23, 1983, and the highest temperature ever recorded was 106 °F (41 °C) on July 30, 2006.[11]

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