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Karlstad, Minnesota


Population: 864

According to "Our Northwest Corner" history book,Karlstad, the second largest city in Kittson County, is located on Hwy 59,north of Thief River Falls. The city boasts many businesses, wildlife area,golf course and schools.


Around 1883, a Swede named Anthony Carlson moved into thecountry west of Twin Lakes, and established a homestead. In 1904, the SooLine built its track through Carlson's farm and bought a townsite from him.The new town needed a name. Some suggested Klingville, then Clayton, finallyKarlstad, honoring both Mr. Carlson and the city of Karlstad in Sweden.

Pelan, a village to the east, busy during the stagecoachdays, moved its buildings to Karlstad. Among the early businesseswere: RaierOlson's blacksmith shop; Nordin's Hotel; managed by the Wicklund Bros.;Ole Harstad's livery barn; Peter Lofgren's general store; Turnwall Mercantile;The Commercial Hotel owned by Jonas Anderson; L. E. Anderson livery barn;a lumber mill; flour mill; and an elevator. The Knute Hodne store buildingwas moved in from Fir, about three miles southwest of Karlstad. The firstbusiness actually built in Karlstad was the Pearson Hotel.

Source: Visitors Guide to Kittson County, Published May19, 1999 by the Kittson County Enterprise based on information compiledfrom Kittson County History Book.