The city of Sartell began in the 1850s as a small lumber and paper town along the Mississippi River. Sartell’s namesake, Joseph B. Sartell, was one of the town’s first settlers, and in 1884 he, along with his sons, began the Sartell Brothers Lumber Company. The city was incorporated in 1907, and today has a population of nearly 16,000.
Like many other Minnesotan cities, Sartell is known for its economic developments and expansive natural parks and landscapes. Its 34 parks are connected by a 48-mile trail system, and the Mississippi and Watab rivers flow through the city’s boundaries. Several annual events are scattered throughout the year, including a summerfest, a circus and a holiday variety show.
Sartell’s government consists of an elected mayor and four elected city council members. The council appoints a city administrator to serve as chief administrative officer. City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. in City Hall, located at 125 Pine Cone Road.
The two major courthouses for Sartell are the Stearns County Courthouse, at 725 Courthouse Square in St. Cloud, and the Benton County Court Administration, at 615 Highway 23 in Foley.