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Small town living with big city access.
Location in Minnesota
Location in Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Marshall
Incorporated 1883
 • Total 1.51 sq mi (3.91 km2)
 • Land 1.51 sq mi (3.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
846 ft (258 m)
 • Total 639
 • Estimate 
 • Density 425.73/sq mi (164.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-02134
GNIS feature ID 0639435

Argyle is a city in Marshall County, Minnesota, United States, along the Middle River. The population was 639 at the 2010 census. Old Mill State Park is nearby.


Before James J. Hill bought the Great Northern Railway in 1879 and accepted the task of completing the line from Crookston to the Canada–US border, a French-Canadian man founded a town named Louisa, after the French king, in the path of the railroad. However, Hill's company located the new railroad town just south of the Louisa property line and named it Argyle. The early settlement included many French-Canadians. Other settlers included immigrants from England, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Scotland, and Germany. The early townspeople and businessmen were always anxious to make Argyle an attractive community to the region. Today the community still boasts of several businesses, which draw customers from the regional area. Because of threats of flooding, a dike was built on the Middle River which is a branch of the Red River in 1988.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land. The city is conveniently located 40 miles from both Grand Forks, North Dakota and Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Argyle is also located 130 miles from Winnipeg, Manitoba and 360 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The relatively flat area around Argyle is good for farming.


Due to its location in the Great Plains and its distance from both mountains and oceans, the city has an extreme continental climate. This type of climate is distinguished by four very distinct seasons and great variation in temperatures over very short periods of time. As there are no nearby mountain ranges or bodies of water to ameliorate the climatic conditions, Argyle lies exposed to numerous weather systems including bitterly cold Arctic high pressure systems. The city is known for its long, cold, and snowy winters. In sharp contrast, summers are warm to hot and often quite humid with frequent thunderstorms.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 306
1900 829 170.9%
1910 744 −10.3%
1920 956 28.5%
1930 700 −26.8%
1940 857 22.4%
1950 846 −1.3%
1960 789 −6.7%
1970 739 −6.3%
1980 741 0.3%
1990 636 −14.2%
2000 656 3.1%
2010 639 −2.6%
2019 (est.) 642 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 639 people, 261 households, and 175 families residing in the city. The population density was 639.0 inhabitants per square mile (246.7/km2). There were 282 housing units at an average density of 282.0 per square mile (108.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.3% Native American, 2.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 261 households, of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 42.3 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 19.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.


The Argyle school was organized on March 16, 1880. The first school was started in May 1880. The first teacher was Miss Mary Dion and there were 18 people in that school. The new brick school was built and opened in 1905. Elementary wing and library was added in 1969. In 1974 a special election was held to get bonds for the construction and equipment for a new physical education facility.

The schools in Argyle and nearby Stephen began to share faculty in the early 1980s. The positions of Counselor, Learning Disabled Instructor and Speech were the first positions to be shared. Many more positions were shared. In the 1989–90 school year the school boards of both districts began meeting. Two public meetings in both communities were held in 1990 to begin the discussion of sharing the school districts. Ever since the meeting on January 30, 1996, the Stephen Tiger and the Argyle Eagle became united as one creating the Stephen/Argyle Central STORM. Stephen/Argyle is widely known for its high school football program, which won its first state championship in 1999 then 5 State Championships in a row from years 2003-2007 and again in 2009.

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