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Location of Buhl, Minnesota

Located high on the Laurentian Divide and midway across the historic Mesabi Range. Families will enjoy Buhl's and abundant recreational facilities and city infrastructure. The Mesabi TrailSM winds through Buhl offering visitors a panoramic view of the historic Grant Iron Mine. Along the trail is the Stubler beach, which offers a pavilion, swimming area with lifeguards and two fishing docks. The City of Buhl also features a scenic walking trail which winds around Stubler and Judson Lakes. Burton Park features three bocce ball courts, playground equipment, a pavilion, two baseball fields, a basketball court, restrooms facilities and a first class skateboard facility, in the near future. A campground offers eight rustic campsites with fire pits, elevated tent pads and picnic areas. Make sure to stop and sample Buhl's famous water, named, "The finest drinking water in America", which is taken from an underground glacial river 700 feet below the surface. BUHL water is absolutely refreshing. Stubler and Judson Lake are also stocked for trout fishing and you'll find remote portage in lakes just north of the city. We invite you and your family to visit Buhl and find out why the Iron Range is a Great Way to Getaway!

Courtesy Iron Range Tourism Bureau

Buhl (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,303 1,284 915 983 1,000 +17 +1.73
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.50 3.00 3.08 3.29 3.56 +0.27 +8.21
Density (persons per sq. mile) 521.20 428.00 297.08 299.01 298.51 -0.50 -0.17
Housing Units 420 510 422 432 496 +64 +14.81
Households -- 477 383 405 430 +25 +1.23
Persons Per Household -- 2.63 2.32 2.21 2.21 0 0.00


Buhl is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota. U.S. Highway 169 serves as a main arterial route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.56 square miles (9.22 km2); 3.35 square miles (8.68 km2) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) is water. The elevation is 1,526 ft (465 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 1,000 people, 430 households, and 228 families residing in the city. The population density was 298.5 inhabitants per square mile (115.3/km2). There were 496 housing units at an average density of 148.1 per square mile (57.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 1.7% African American, 2.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 430 households of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.0% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 42 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.8% male and 47.2% female.

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Buhl, a city in sections 20 and 21 of Great Scott Township (T. 58N, R. 19W), on the Mesabi Range, incorporated on February 25, 1901, was named in honor of Frank H. Buhl, of Sharon, Pa., president of the Sharon Ore Company, which corporation opened the first mines in this locality in the spring of 1900 (history of the county, 1910, p. 727). The post office began in 1900.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Buhl is another Mesabi Range town that had its beginnings when lumber interests moved into the area in 1898 and established a camp. By 1900, lumber companies employing thousands of men, had cut over seven million feet of lumber here.

Buhl's population reached its peak in 1920 with 2,007 people. Since that year, until recently, its population has declined with the decrease in local mining activity. Its future is directly connected, like that of many other communities on the ranges, to taconite production.

Simultaneously, mining companies were exploring, and in 1900, the Sharon Ore Company, while preparing for mining, platted a forty acre townsite and named it Buhl, for Frank H. Buhl, then president of the ore company. The town occupied a six block area that is Buhl's shopping district today.

Mining forged ahead as the chief industry. Men from many countries came to work in the eight open pit mines that eventually surrounded the town.

In 1900 there was no hotel or restaurant. Meals were served at a logging camp in a tent with "walls" of brush and trees. The train depot was a boxcar.

Yet the population boomed. From lumberjacks and explorers in 1900, the town grew to a population of 800 in 1903 (with only 50 women).

Buhl's largest mine, the Wabigon, held the record for low cost operation. In just three seasons, from 1920-1923, it was stripped of overburden and 500,000 tons of ore by electric drag lines, with an average daily crew of five men, each handling approximately 250 tons of ore per day. This was the first open pit on the Mesabi to be electrified, and its shovel, with a dipper capacity of fourteen tons, was the largest ever used to that date in an open pit.

Excerpt From: Iron Range Country A Historical Travelogue of Minnesota's Iron Ranges
Published by: The IRRRB 1979

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Birdseye view of Buhl Minnesota, 1910
Birdseye view of Buhl Minnesota, 1910
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Buhl City Hall
300 Jones Avenue
PO Box 704
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3226
Fax: (218) 258-3796

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

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Buhl City Hall, Buhl Minnesota, 2005
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone:
Mayor 12/31/2022 John Klarich
18 President Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Email (218) 274-4066
Administrator/Clerk appointed Jennifer Sterbenz
PO Box 704
Buhl, MN 55713
Email (218) 258-3226
Council Member 12/31/2022 Stuart Lehman
418 Whiteside Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
  (218) 780-1156
Council Member 12/31/2022 Jim Milich
211 Franklin Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Email (218) 258-3766
Council Member 12/31/2024 Brandin Carter
315 Jones Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
(218) 780-7434
Council Member 12/31/2024 Paul Kuechle
305 Mueller Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Email (218) 780-3736

Post Office:
US Post Office
221 State Street
Buhl, MN 55713-5000
Phone: (218) 258-3402
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       9:00 am - 11:30 am
                        12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday           Closed

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US Post Office, Buhl Minnesota

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Buhl Public Utilities (218) 258-3226
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Buhl Public Utilities (218) 258-3226
Water Buhl Public Utilities (218) 258-3226
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 936-1426

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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Buhl Minnesota area
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Buhl Community Center Curling Club
2 Jones Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3169
Mesabi Trail

The Taconite State Trail stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely and intersects with the Arrowhead State Trail just west of Lake Vermillion. Portions are paved for biking and in-line skating. The remainder of the natural surface trail is used primarily for snowmobiling in the winter. The trail goes through a few areas that have standing water in the summer, however portions of the trail are suitable for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

The Taconite Trail winds through forests of birch and aspen intertwined with pine, leading the visitor by many isolated lakes and streams. From Grand Rapids heading north, you see the impact of the taconite and iron mining industry. The northern portion of the trail terrain is rolling and tree covered as it winds through state and national forest land.

Eight trail waysides and picnic facilities offer scenic vistas of the hills, lakes and rivers of this area. The trail also links three state parks: Bear Head Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, and McCarthy Beach. The landscape in and around Bear Head Lake State Park is very rolling and rocky.

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Health Care:
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Mountain Iron - Buhl School District #712
5720 Marble Avenue
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
Phone: (218) 735-8271
Mountain Iron-Buhl High School
5720 Marble Avenue
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
Phone: (218) 735-8216

Grades:  7-12
Students:  228

Mountain Iron-Buhl High School
Merritt Elementary School
5529 Emerald Avenue
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
Phone: (218) 741-4809

Grades:  PK-6
Students:  301

Merritt Elementary School, Mountain Iron Minnesota
Mesabi Academy School
200 Wanless Street
PO Box 686
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-2388
Fax: (218) 258-3268

Grades:  5-12
Students:  67

First Lutheran Church - ELCA
Pennsylvania Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3876

Pastor:  Judy Peliska
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
118 Pennsylvania Avenue
PO Box 27
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3279

Pastor:  Rev. Fredrick Method
Sunday Mass:  8:00 am

Catholic and Methodist Episcopal Churches, Buhl Minnesota, 1910
Catholic and Methodist Episcopal Churches, Buhl Minnesota, 1910
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society








Business Directory:
All Spray Insulation & Coatings
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone:(218) 929-2861
Appliance Professor LLC
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone:(218) 929-3213 ‎

Appliance Professor, LLC is a company that provides residential appliance repair services in the area of Hibbing, MN. We provide services to Lake Vermilion, Grand Rapids, and Ely. Our locally owned and operated company with 30 years of experience.
Arrowhead Battery Company
10082 Highway 169
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3655
Aultman Development
PO Box 615
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3546
Baker Fire Equipment Company
10082 Highway 169
Buhl,  MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-8936
Billy's Bar & Cafe
124 State Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3689
Billy's Bar & Cafe, Buhl Minnesota
Buhl Community Center and Curling Club
2 Jones Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3169
Buhl Community Center Curling Club
Buhl - Kinney Senior Center
Frantz & Mercer
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3978
Buhl Public Library
400 Jones Avenue
PO Box 664
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3391

We can take you to the past, present and future! The real and the unreal! Let your imagination go WILD! Expand your world at the library! You can search the entire regional web catalog (or limit it to only items at Buhl by selecting our library in the "Limits" box) by going here. If you can't find what you need in our region, you can search in other parts of Minnesota by going to the MnLink Gateway website.

Buhl Public Library, Buhl Minnesota
Buhl Water Company
400 Pennsylvania Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3258

Buhl water comes from a glacial aquifer located 700 feet deep, encased in 300 feet of solid granite. Tests prove the natural purity and cleanliness of the water. It is bacteriologically free – no treating is done to the water – contains no chlorination as chlorine is one of the most prevalent carcinogens known to man. We believe that we have one of the only water supplies in the world that does not require any type of treatment or chlorination prior to human consumption.
Buhl Water Company, Buhl Minnesota
10119 Whiteside Road
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3461
Cornerstone Villa
1000 Forest Street
Buhl,  MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3253
First National Bank of Buhl
121 State Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3213

First National Bank of Buhl is a full service, locally owned bank serving the surrounding communities of Mountain Iron and Buhl, Minnesota. Our site is full of information about the products and services we offer to make your life easier.

First National Bank of Buhl Minnesota
Frahm & Associates JF Realty
702 Seville Avenue
PO Box 565
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 262-5561

Located in Buhl, MN, we specialize in Lakeshore & Recreational Properties, Residential, Rural, Commercial & Investment Properties Our market covers Side Lake, and the cities of Hibbing, Chisholm, Mt.Iron/Buhl, Nashwauk, Keewatin, Pengilly, Cook, Cherry and the surrounding rural communities.
Great Scott Custom Meat Processing
Holmes Road
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-2239

Great Scott Custom Meat Processing has been serving Buhl, MN since 1979. Our company is a locally owned and operated business that offers custom meat processing and products.
Hacks Motorsports
410 Pennsylvania Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-2200
Hacks Motorsports, Buhl Minnesota
Hog Doctors
402 Forest Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-2200

Hog Doctors located in Buhl, MN is a motorcycle repair shop. We specialize in Harley Davidson. We also provide motorcycle and motor scooter supplies, parts, and accessories.

Hog Doctors, Buhl Minnesota
205 State Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3759
Hydeaway, Buhl Minnesota
Iron Country Construction
403 Memorial Drive
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-8969
KidsPeace Mesabi Academy
200 Wanless Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-2274

KidsPeace Mesabi Academy, a subsidiary of KidsPeace, is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections and is a member of the Minnesota Counsel of Child Caring Agencies (MCCCA). We offer services for delinquent and non-delinquent males ages 10–18, as well as Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction youth to age 21. KidsPeace Mesabi Academy offers a full continuum of services, which is based on the utilization of validated assessment tools such as the Youth Level of Service-Case Management Inventory (YLS-CMI), as well as evidence-based programming.

KidsPeace Mesabi Academy, Buhl Minnesota
Lisa's Sewing Room
228 State Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3157
NHS Forest
321 Forest Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3122
Northland Tractor Repair
10115 Whiteside Road
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3108
Northland Village
500 Monroe Drive
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-8681

At Northland Village, older adults will discover a wonderful assisted living community, one that provides help with daily tasks, preserves dignity and privacy, encourages independence, and offers residents the chance to live life to the fullest among friends who care. Northland Village – with locations in McGregor and Buhl, and a third now open in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota – is a place where residents are valued as individuals and enjoy excellent personal and medical care, healthy social interaction, and comfortable, home-like surroundings.

Northland Village, Buhl Minnesota
Oberfoell Auctioneers
701 Seville Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-8507
OCD, Inc.
100 Industrial Park Road South
PO Box 668
Buhl, MN 55713-0668

Established in 1971, ODC creates job opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other employment barriers. This is accomplished in a couple of different ways.
R Car Repair
700 Seville Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-4330
Range Association of Municipalities
121 State Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3216
Shirley's Beauty Shop
512 Roberts Street
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3571
Styles by Sandy
409 Mueller Avenue
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-2205
5205 Highway 25
Buhl, MN 55768-8125
Phone: (218) 741-3301
Ziegler Inc.
10081 E Highway 169
Buhl, MN 55713
Phone: (218) 258-3232

Ziegler Cat® is one of the largest and most successful Caterpillar® dealers in the U.S., representing the full line of industry-leading Cat equipment, generators, and truck engines in Minnesota and Iowa. We also sell and support Challenger®, LEXION®, Ag-Chem™, Sunflower®, and White Planters® agricultural equipment in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Ziegler Inc.

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