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City of Delano

Delano is a small city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,464 at the 2010 census. The city is known for its small-town feel. It is in the outskirts of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Delano was platted in 1868, and named after Francis Roach Delano, a railroad official. A post office has been in operation at Delano since 1870. Delano was incorporated in 1876. Three buildings in the town are on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1880s Eagle Newspaper Office, the 1888 Delano Village Hall, and the 1893 Simon Weldele House.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 4.05 square miles (10.49 km2), all land. U.S. Highway 12 serves as a main route in the community. Other routes include County Roads 6 and 11 (from Minneapolis), 16, 17, and 30.

Delano is located at 45.04 degrees north, 93.78 degrees west, along the South Fork of the Crow River. The ZIP code is 55328.

Delano is known for its strong public school system. In 2013, Forbes selected Delano over every other town in the United States as the “Best School for Your Housing buck.” Delano schools produce exceptionally high test scores that complement its top-of-the-line athletic facilities. Delano also has parochial schools, including St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School and Mt. Olive Lutheran School.

Delano is home to Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration. The first known Fourth of July celebration was held in 1857 near Fountain Lake. The celebration lasts at least four days, and includes various entertainment and activities. It begins with local baseball and softball tournaments, the arrival of the carnival in Central Park, and the coronation of Delano Royalty. The Fourth of July parade begins at 10:30 am, and the evening closes with a fireworks display.

The films A Simple Plan and Grumpy Old Men were filmed in Delano.

Delano is home to the bimonthly newspaper Kurier Polski, the sole Polish/American newspaper in the Midwest, with a distribution of 1,500.

Notable People

  • Tom Emmer – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011, and the Republican nominee for governor in 2010. On June 5, 2013, he announced he would seek the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Michele Bachmann. Elected in 2014, he took office in January 2015.
  • Robert O. McEachern – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1992. McEachern grew up in Delano.


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