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Balaton Minnesota Community Guide


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Balaton Minnesota population sign Location of Balaton, Minnesota

Balaton is a small community with big goals. Join us in enjoying the picturesque views and variety of businesses, services and celebrations that Balaton has to offer. Lake Yankton, located along Highway 14 on the north edge of town, is a popular place year-round. The summer months offer swimming, boating, fishing and areas for family gatherings, while the winter months also provide some good ice fishing. Lakeside Park is the center point of the kickoff of our annual FunFest celebration which takes place on the weekend nearest the 4th of July each year. This year's festivities will be held on July 1st through 3rd, and offer something for everyone.

Two Developments on the east edge of town offer rural living with conveniences of city services. Eastbay offers large building lots around an executive par-3 golf course. Grandview offers some lakeside lots on Lake Yankton. Both developments have paved streets and city water and sewer already installed.

Lions Park is located right downtown and a large athletic field featuring a lighted softball field is located on the west side of town. Both are popular with kids of all ages.

Balaton offers a nice downtown shopping area that will meet most needs. Dental and medical clinics are also available right in town as well as Lakeview Senior Apartments and the Colonial Manor Nursing Home. Various civic organizations offer opportunities to be involved in many areas of interest. And the Balaton Area Community Foundation (BACF) provides an avenue to give back, knowing all donations will remain in the local area.

Courtesy City of Balaton


Population: 
 Balaton (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 649 752 737 637 643 +6 +0.94
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.90 1.49 1.36 1.36 -- -- --
Density (persons per sq. mile) 721.11 504.70 541.91 468.91 -- -- --
Housing Units 264 312 298 296 307 +11 +3.72
Households -- 298 287 276 273 -3 -1.09
Persons Per Household -- 2.30 2.30 2.31 2.36 +0.05 --

Geography:

Balaton is a city in Lyon County, Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 kmē), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 kmē) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 kmē) of it (8.72%) is water. The elevation is 1,542 feet above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 637 people, 276 households, and 186 families residing in the city. The population density was 468.9 people per square mile (180.8/kmē). There were 296 housing units at an average density of 217.9/sq mi (84.0/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 99.22% White, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 276 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,442, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $30,156 versus $21,528 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,167. About 3.2% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

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History:  

BALATON, a city in sections 22 and 23 of Rock Lake Township, platted in July 1879 and incorporated on December 12, 1892, was named for the large and picturesque Lake Balaton in western Hungary. Other versions of the name's origin include that it was named for a Chicago and North Western Railway stockholder named Balaton, that the name is a corruption of Belltown for David Bell, store owner and first merchant, and that indecision about choosing a name required a "ballot-on" situation. The city had a station of the Chicago and North Western Railway, and the post office began in 1879 with hotel owner Ralph E. Town as postmaster.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Birds eye view, Balaton Minnesota, 1910
Birds eye view, Balaton Minnesota, 1910
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Government:
Balaton City Hall
134 3rd Street
PO Box 388
Balaton MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4711
Fax: (507) 734-2316
Web: www.balatonmn.com

Office hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am to Noon.

City Council meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month

 
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2018 Wayne Steffes
340 Mound Avenue
Balaton MN 56115
(507) 530-3667
Clerk appointed Roberta Joehnck
PO Box 388
Balaton MN 56115
(507) 734-4711
Council Member 12/31/2020 Greg Erickson
2000 Eastbay Avenue
Balaton MN 56115
(507) 828-1143
Council Member 12/31/2020 Scott Wood
131 5th Street
Balaton MN 56115
(507) 828-8261
Council Member 12/31/2018 Carmen Villa
560 Mound Avenue
Balaton MN 56115
(507) 734-6781
Council Member 12/31/2018 Curtis Paradis
190 Main Street N
Balaton MN 56115
(507) 734-4424

Post Office:
US Post Office
120 3rd Street
Balaton, MN
Phone:
(507) 734-3721
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 11:30 am
                       
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday          
8:30 am - 9:30 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            3:45 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone Frontier Communications (800) 435-1504
Cable TV Midcontinent (800) 888-1300

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Balaton Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Balaton Minnesota area


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Attractions:
Fred Swanson Memorial Nature Trail

The Fred Swanson Memorial Trail was established in 1998. The land is owned by the DNR. The trail begins behind the Colonial Manor Nursing Home. The trail winds along Breenings Slough and Spink Lake and ends where it begins after widening along highway 14 and Lake Yankton. The trail is home to an abundance of wildlife, plants and flowers. It is open to hunting and trapping during all state regulated seasons.

 

Recreation:
East Bay Golf Course
1021 Spink Lake Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
United States
Phone: (507) 734-471

The 18-hole "East Bay" course at the East Bay 9 Golf Course facility in Balaton, Minnesota features 2,220 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 27 . East Bay golf course opened in 2007.

 
Knudson-Bosly Memorial Park

On the shores of Lake Yankton. Gazebo, picnic shelter equipped with tables and electricity, handicap accessible fishing pier, boat ramps, bathrooms, grill sites, swimming, new playground equipment, sheltered picnic tables and sand volleyball court.

 


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Yankton 401 n/a

Health Care:
Balaton Medical Clinic
551 US Highway 14
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3456
Web: www.balatoncarecenter.com

The clinic offices are conveniently located in an attached wing of the Colonial Manor Nursing Home. Close proximity makes access to health care convenient for nursing home residents, Lakeview Senior Housing residents and persons throughout the entire Balaton area. Services include comprehensive physicals, immunizations, wellness programs, disease management and education and women's health programs.

Balaton Medical Clinic, Balaton Minnesota

Schools:

Tracy Area Public Schools
Independent School District #2904

934 Pine Street
Tracy, MN 56175
Phone: (507) 629-5500
Web:
www.tracy.k12.mn.us

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  765

 
Tracy High School
934 Pine Street
Tracy, MN 56175
Phone: (507) 629-5500

Grades:  7-12
Students:  420

 
Tracy Elementary School
700 S 4th Street
Tracy, MN 56175
Phone: (507) 629-5518

Grades:  PK-6
Students:  345

 
Balaton Public School
330 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5601

Grades:  K-6
Students:  55

 
St. Peter Lutheran School
630 St Peters Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6621

Grades:  PK-7
Students:  n/a

 
Yankton Country Charter School
113 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2677

Grades:  912
Students:  10

 

Churches:
Balaton United Methodist Church
222 1st Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4811
Web: balatonumc.shutterfly.com

Pastor:  Lori VonHoltum
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

Balaton United Methodist Church, Balaton Minnesota
Sillerud Lutheran Church - ELCA
620 221st Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4931

Pastor:  Rev. Daryl Thul
Sunday Worship: 

 
Skandia Evangelical Free Church
722 221st Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4944
Web: www.skandiaefree.org

Pastor:  Ryan Petersen
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

Skandia Evangelical Free Church, Balaton Minnesota
St. Peter Lutheran Church - WELS
260 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6691

Pastor:  Mark Zander
Sunday Worship: 

 
Trinity Lutheran Church - ELCA
500 Summit Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5171

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Victory Christian Church
1010 Lake Yankton Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2771
Web: www.vccbalaton.org

Pastor:  Mike Nelson
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

Victory Christian Church, Balaton Minnesota

Media:
Press Tribune
220 Central Avenue S
PO Box 310
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5421
Fax: (507) 734-5457

Weekly newspaper published on Wednesdays with a circulation of 454.

 
 
Bed & Breakfasts
Balaton House Bed & Breakfast
231 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3398

A variety of comfortable accommodations in several adjacent historic restorations. You will feel at home in an interesting and stimulation environment with nearby amenities: cafes, bars, lakes and rivers, protected wetlands, biking and walking.

 

Motels:

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Resorts:

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Campgrounds:

Eastbay Camping

Four new campsites with full hookups are available in the Eastbay 9 Golf Course area north of the Colonial Manor. Camp Fees $20.00 per night. For further information and reservations call 507-734-4711 or 507-734-4653.

 

Businesses:
Almlie Funeral Home
140 2nd Street W
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6411
 
Arnie's Standard Station
300 Central Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5811
 
Balaton Apartments
102 2nd Avenue W # 207
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6799
 
Balaton Auto Salvage
1160 County Road 63
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6381
 
Balaton Construction
859 211th Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6981
 
Balaton Dental Clinic
123 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2251
Web: www.balatondentalclinic.com

Balaton Dental Clinic offers dental surgery in Balaton, MN. We, along with Dr. Richard W. Brown, offer quality and friendly dental care. We also have a calm and friendly atmosphere for your convenience.

Balaton Dental Clinic
Balaton Fire Department
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3111
 
Balaton Food Center
116 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4261
 
Balaton Fuel Service
221 Lake Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4123
 
Balaton House
231 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3398
 
Balaton Janitorial Service
401 Central Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6471
 
Balaton Library
134 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2034
 
Balaton Medical Clinic
551 US Highway 14
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3456
 
Balaton Municipal Liquor Store
240 Central Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4411
 
Balaton Police Department
341 Central Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2068
 
Balaton Publishing Company
220 Central Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5421
 
Balaton Seed Company
135 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2676
 
Balaton Specialties & Hardware
105 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5444

Floral Department: Floral designs for all occasions Hardware Dept: Paint, Plumbing, Tools, Electrical Housewares, Lawn & Garden Greenhouse - Seasonal Gifts & Greeting Cards

 
Balaton United Methodist Church
222 1st Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4811
 
Benson's By The Lake
451 US Highway 14
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5877

Full Menu: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Catering: Meetings - Banquets - Weddings-Funerals Also Offer: 24 hr. pay at the pump, Grab & Go Food, Lottery, Dock Side Delivery, Bait & Tackle

 
Birch Lawn Farms Inc
1889 50th Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 658-3538
 
Bob's Auto Body
2147 140th Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3623
 
C & M Farms
1884 50th Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 658-3853
 
Colonial Manor of Balaton
551 US Highway 14
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3511
Web: www.balatoncarecenter.com/manor.php

Colonial Manor is a non-profit skilled care facility that provides 24-hour nursing care and seven days per week rehabilitative services. The facility is owned by the city of Balaton and managed by Ecumen, The facility is able to serve 33 residents and is conveniently located on the east side of town overlooking beautiful Lake Yankton. Services: Daily activities, beauty shop, church service, dietary services, maintenance, laundry, housekeeping and social service.

Balaton Medical Clinic, Balaton Minnesota
Dave Moore Electric
250 2nd Street W
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2281
 
Enviro Pump-Plus
1018 County Road 63
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4661
 
First Independent Bank
108 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2100
Web: www.fibmn.com

In the summer of 2003, First Independent Bank celebrated their 100th anniversary as a real community bank serving Russell and the surrounding areas. To recognize one hundred years of First Independent Bank's success, they had a celebration that included the reenactment of the 1933 bank robbery, a picnic and much more.

First Independent Bank, Balaton Minnesota
Gary's Country Repair
1848 120th Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4034
 
Gifford Inc Trucking
521 Lake Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3161
 
Heartland Mechanical Contractors
2088 130th Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6321
 
Kim's Korner Kut
400 Mound Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2363
 
KirPatricks Pub and Grill
142 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3663
Web: www.balatonpub.com

Be sure to stop in and try our famous WINGS and HAMBURGERS. Our burgers and steaks are fresh never frozen choice cuts. We know there is no other place that has taken these simple foods and perfected them as well as we have!

KirPatricks Pub and Grill, Balaton Minnesota
Lakeview Senior Housing
651 US Highway 14 E
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6828
Web: www.balatoncarecenter.com/lakeview.php

Lakeview Senior Housing is a 16 unit facility that overlooks Lake Yankton. The are studio, one or 2 bedroom apartments available, furnished with a stove, refrigerator and air conditioner. Amenities include: all utilities (except phone), noon meal, 1/2 hr housekeeping per week, maintenance, basic cable package, use of washer & dryer free of charge. Each apartment is equipped with a 24 hour emergency response system. Kitchen & dining are available for family gatherings. A la carte support services are provided for those who need help with medications, personal care and laundry.

Balaton Medical Clinic, Balaton Minnesota
Leversedge Realty & Auction
450 Washington Avenue S
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2350
 
Miller Farm
921 181st Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3053
 
Nicki Swan Massage Therapist
551 US Highway 14
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6833
 
Northern Plains Natural Gas
1516 County Road 5
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2260
 
One Glenn Service Center LLC
141 2nd Street W
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4181
 
Onken Backhoe Service
1047 County Road 63
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3150
 
Pam's Boutique
143 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4884
 
S & D Railroad Contractors
2206 140th Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3261
 
Sanderson Mechanical Inc
1320 Jill Lane
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2176
 
Sillerud Lutheran Church - ELCA
620 221st Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4931
 
Skandia Evangelical Free Church
722 221st Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-4944
 
Southwest Insurance Service
146 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2244
Web: www.southwestins.com

Southwest Insurance Services has often been referred to as the home of the creative approach to insurance. We would like to introduce YOU to our organization. Our relationship with our clients is that of employer / employee Ours is a service business We make no products We have no inventory on the shelves Our stock in trade is the knowledge, experience, talent and energy of our staff.

Southwest Insurance Service, Balaton Minnesota
St. Peter Lutheran Church
260 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-6691
 
Trinity Lutheran Church - ELCA
500 Summit Avenue
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-5171
 
US Post Office
120 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3721
 
Victory Christian Church
1010 Lake Yankton...
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-2771
 
Western Mutual Fire Insurance Company
125 3rd Street
Balaton, MN 56115
Phone: (507) 734-3541

Western Mutual is a state-wide insurance company that underwrites property coverage's for homes and farms throughout Minnesota. Western currently is represented by 45 different independent insurance agencies and writes business in 74 of Minnesota's 87 counties. Western Mutual is Balaton's oldest continuous operating business having been incorporated on June 1, 1894.

 

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