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 Clearwater (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 282 379 597 858 1,735 +877 +102.21
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.00 0.58 1.06 1.09 1.09 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) -- 653.45 563.21 787.82 1,591.7 +803.9 +102.04
Housing Units 103 156 237 355 762 +407 +114.65
Households -- 142 218 327 680 +353 +107.95
Persons Per Household -- 2.67 2.74 2.62 2.55 -0.07 -2.67


Clearwater is a city in Stearns and Wright counties. Most of the city lies in Wright County, with only a small part of the city's area extending into Stearns County. Interstate 94 and Minnesota State Highway 24 are two of the main routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.70 square miles (4.40 km2); 1.56 square miles (4.04 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water. The elevation is 965 feet (294 m).

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As of the census of 2010, there were 1,735 people, 680 households, and 445 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,112.2 inhabitants per square mile (429.4/km2). There were 762 housing units at an average density of 488.5 per square mile (188.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 1.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 680 households of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.6% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 29.5 years. 28.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 35.7% were from 25 to 44; 17.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

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CLEARWATER Township, settled in 1854, organized May 11, 1858, and its earlier city in section 35, platted in the spring of 1856, received this name from the Clearwater Lake and River, there tributary to the Mississippi. The city was incorporated as a village on February 26, 1857. A typical New England village, it was settled by Old-Stock Americans; it was platted in 1855 and 1856 for the owners, Simon Stevens, Jonah Talbot, and William Fellows. The Burbank Stage Company came in 1856; the post office began in 1856 with Simon Stevens as postmaster; also known as Clearwater Lake.

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Around Clearwater (Images of America)

Around Clearwater (Images of America)
Burrowed below bluffs overlooking the Mississippi and Clearwater Rivers, Clearwater's houses, its churches, and most of its original businesses resemble those that settlers had left behind in the East. With its arch-like trees sheltering Oak and Main Streets, the community remained home to many who lived and died there and those who had moved on, only to return for yearly Old Settlers' gatherings. The sense of community allowed Clearwater to thrive. Flour and pulp mills lined the shores of the Clearwater River. Mercantile, hardware, jewelry, and drug stores cropped up, providing the products for a growing community. Trade once powered by steamboats on the Mississippi was taken over by James Hill's Great Northern Railroad. While the village and surroundings have changed over time, the original charm is still there, ready to be explored again.
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Clearwater City Hall
605 County Road 75
PO Box 9
Clearwater, MN  55320
Phone: (320) 558-2428 
Fax: (320) 558-2794

Regular Business Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 pm

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Clearwater City Hall, Clearwater Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Andrea Lawrence-Wheeler
955 Kelsey Avenue
Clearwater, MN  55320 
Email (320) 493-0687
City Administrator appointed Annita Smythe
605 County Road 75
Clearwater, MN  55320 
Email (320) 558-2428
Council Member 12/31/2022 Wayne Kruchten
850 Main Street
Clearwater, MN  55320 
Email (320) 309-4773
Council Member 12/31/2022 Kris Crandall
700 Main Street
Clearwater, MN  55320 
Email (320) 420-4288
Council Member 12/31/2024 Richard W. Petty
1370 Sunrise Court
Clearwater, MN  55320 
Email (320) 493-5886
Council Member 12/31/2024 Lindsey Luhmann
105 Bluff Street
Clearwater, MN  55320 
(320) 423-0665

Post Office:
US Post Office
625 Smith Street
Clearwater, MN
(320) 558-2405
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:45 am - 11:30 am
                        1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 9:30 am  

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Wright Hennepin Cooperative (763) 477-3000
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Wastewater City of Clearwater (320) 558-2428
Water City of Clearwater (320) 558-2428
Telephone Frontier Communications (800) 435-1504
Cable TV Midco Communications (800) 888-1300

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Clearwater Travel Plaza Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores 200
T. O. Plastics Industrial Mold Mfg. 178
Coborn's Supermarkets & Other Grocery (exc. Convenience) Stores 155
The Kettle Restaurant Full-Service Restaurants 36
Burger King Limited-Service Restaurants 33
Clearwater Truck Center General Auto Repair 25
Dairy Queen Limited-Service Restaurants 21
American Legion Post 323 Civic & Social Org. 17
Holiday Station Store Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores 17
Subway Limited-Service Restaurants 15

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Health Care:
Clearwater Medical Clinic
615 Nelson Drive
Clearwater, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 558-2293

Saint Cloud Area School District
Independent School District #742

1000 44th Avenue N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: (320) 253-9333
Fax: (320) 529-4343

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  9,549

St. Cloud Technical High School
233 12th Avenue S
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: (320) 252-2231
Fax: (320) 529-4328

Grades:  9-12
Students:  1,146

South Junior High School
1120 15th Avenue S
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: (320) 251-1322
Fax: (320) 529-4331

Grades:  6-8
Students:  822

Clearview Elementary School
7310 Highway 24 NE
Clear Lake, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 743-2241
Fax: (320) 529-4233

Grades:  K-6
Students:  540


Rejoice Lutheran Church
1155 County Road 75
Clearwater, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 558-6851

Pastor:  Scott Gjevre
Sunday Worship:  8:30 am and 10:30 am

Saint Luke's Catholic Church
17545 Huber Avenue
Clearwater, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 558-2124

Pastor:  Fr. Steven Hoffman
Saturday Mass:  5:00 pm
Sunday Mass:  8:00 am and 10:00 am 

Tri County Alliance Church
8464 160th Street NW
Clearwater, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 558-2750

Pastor:  Anthony Stanley
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

United Methodist Church
405 Main Street
Clearwater, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 493-4489

Pastor:  Ken Felska
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am


Clearwater Tribune
29 Lake Street S
PO Box 276
Big Lake MN 55309
Phone: (320) 558-2037
Fax: (320) 263-8458

Weekly newspaper published on Saturdays with a circulation of 4,972


Americas Best Value Inn
945 State Highway 24
Clearwater, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 558-2221

Come visit the Americas Best Value Inn of Clearwater, Minnesota. Our two story facility features 29 spacious, recently renovated guest rooms, including one jacuzzi suite and one ADA compliant guest room. All our guest rooms offer complimentary high speed internet, microwave, mini-fridge, cable television with HBO, and complimentary local calls. We have a bar/lounge on-site, an indoor heated pool, and an indoor whirlpool to help you relax. We have copy and fax facilities, and a guest laundromat on-site.

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St. Cloud / Clearwater RV Park
2454 County Road 143
Clearwater, MN 55320
Phone: (320) 558-2876

A family oriented campground a mile from the Mississippi River on the Great River Road at this country getaway with big oaks. You're a mile from Warner Lake County Park - with hiking/biking trails, a swimming beach and a fishing pier. The area boasts several golf courses. Located 1 hour from Minneapolis/St Paul attractions. Easy access to I-94 and Highway 10.

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