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Sauk Centre
The "Original Main Street" in downtown Sauk Centre
The "Original Main Street" in downtown Sauk Centre
"A View Of The Past- Vision Of The Future"
Location of Sauk Centrewithin Stearns County, Minnesota
Location of Sauk Centre
within Stearns County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Stearns
 • Total 4.15 sq mi (10.74 km2)
 • Land 4.14 sq mi (10.73 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
1,250 ft (381 m)
 • Total 4,317
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,087.38/sq mi (419.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-58648
GNIS feature ID 0651233

Sauk Centre is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,317 at the 2010 census. Sauk Centre is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Sauk Centre is the birthplace of Sinclair Lewis, a novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. It inspired his fictional Gopher Prairie, the setting of Lewis's 1920 novel Main Street.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.25 square miles (11.01 km2); 3.99 square miles (10.33 km2) is land and 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) is water.

Sauk Centre is located along Interstate 94, U.S. Highway 71, and Minnesota State Highway 28. It is approximately 100 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area.

The city is considered to be in the middle of the state. Sauk Lake and Sauk River are the most notable water features of the area. Fairy Lake and Lily Lake are located just outside of the city limits.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,201
1890 1,695 41.1%
1900 2,220 31.0%
1910 2,154 −3.0%
1920 2,699 25.3%
1930 2,716 0.6%
1940 3,016 11.0%
1950 3,140 4.1%
1960 3,573 13.8%
1970 3,750 5.0%
1980 3,709 −1.1%
1990 3,581 −3.5%
2000 3,930 9.7%
2010 4,317 9.8%
2019 (est.) 4,505 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,317 people, 1,851 households, and 1,174 families living in the city. The population density was 1,082.0 inhabitants per square mile (417.8/km2). There were 1,994 housing units at an average density of 499.7 per square mile (192.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 1,851 households, of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 21.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

Naming the city

When the community was voting on names for the town, the name Sauk Centre was suggested by Alexander Moore. The town was located on Sauk Lake with the roads centering on the lake. Therefore, the town was named Sauk Centre.


A violent local incident in 1996, where the elderly Paul Crawford shot and killed four members of the neighboring Schloegl family over a property dispute, was featured in the episode "Lake of Madness" on the Investigation Discovery series "Fear Thy Neighbor." The episode aired on April 20, 2015.


There are two schools in the town: Holy Family and Sauk Centre Public School. Holy Family is a Catholic private school; it enrolls students from kindergarten to 6th grade. Sauk Centre Public School has two departments: elementary (kindergarten to 6th grade) and secondary school (7th to 12th grade). The mascot of Sauk Centre Public Schools is the Mainstreeters, in honor of Lewis' novel.

Notable people

  • Joshua Harrison Bruce - farmer and Minnesota legislator
  • Benjamin F. DuBois — banker and Minnesota legislator
  • Ody J. Fish — Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin
  • Rachael Ellering — professional wrestler
  • Sinclair Lewis — American novelist and playwright, 1930 Nobel Prize winner in Literature
  • Joseph T. Niehaus, Sr. - farmer, businessman, beekeeper, and Minnesota legislator
  • Sylvester Uphus — farmer and Minnesota legislator
  • Harry C. Van Norman - businessman and Illinois legislator
  • Cory Undlin - NFL Coach
Main Street Sauk Centre sign
A sign in front of the library discusses Sinclair Lewis's Main Street

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