About Sartell

The City of Sartell, nestled along the Mississippi River in central Minnesota, is a growing community that is “Alive and Growing!”. Between 1980 and 2000, Sartell experienced a 181% increase in population.

Sartell is known for its extensive parks system and progressive economic development programs.

Incorporated in 1907, Sartell began as a small river town relying on lumber and a paper company for its existence. The present site of the City of Sartell was first known as "The Third Rapids", this name was given by the French fur traders because it was the third "rapids" they would encounter as they traveled north up the Mississippi River from St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis

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Have You Ever Wondered Where Sartell Got Its Name?

The City of Sartell was named for Joseph B. Sartell, who arrived in 1854 who worked as a millwright at a local sawmill. In 1877 Joseph B. Sartell opened a flour mill on the Watab River, near the present day Watab Creek Park, and in 1884 he and his sons started the Sartell Brothers Lumber Company.