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Sherwood, North Dakota
Location of Sherwood, North Dakota
Location of Sherwood, North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°57′41″N 101°37′55″W / 48.96139°N 101.63194°W / 48.96139; -101.63194Coordinates: 48°57′41″N 101°37′55″W / 48.96139°N 101.63194°W / 48.96139; -101.63194
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Renville
Founded 1904
Incorporated 1916
 • Total 0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)
 • Land 0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,644 ft (501 m)
 • Total 242
 • Estimate 
 • Density 715.19/sq mi (276.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-72540
GNIS feature ID 1032053

Sherwood is a city in Renville County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 194 as of the 2020 census. It is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area. It was founded in 1904 and named after Sherwood H. Sleeper, a Mohall banker who had owned land in the area.

Sherwood's weather station has one of the lowest (if not the lowest) yearly precipitation levels in North Dakota, with an annual normal of 13.13 inches (1971–2000).

Sherwood is designated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency as a port of entry between the United States and Canada.


Sherwood is located at 48°57′41″N 101°37′55″W / 48.96139°N 101.63194°W / 48.96139; -101.63194 (48.961469, -101.631889).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 328
1920 423 29.0%
1930 455 7.6%
1940 390 −14.3%
1950 421 7.9%
1960 360 −14.5%
1970 369 2.5%
1980 294 −20.3%
1990 286 −2.7%
2000 255 −10.8%
2010 242 −5.1%
2020 194 −19.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 242 people, 110 households, and 70 families residing in the city. The population density was 780.6 inhabitants per square mile (301.4/km2). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 429.0 per square mile (165.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.2% White and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 110 households, of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city was 42.3 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


The town site of Sherwood was homesteaded by Bert C. Loomis. Loomis deeded to the land to Sherwood H. Sleeper, who subsequently deeded the land to the Northern Town and Land Company or Corporation, who surveyed it into lots.

A site for a town was purchased by Sherwood H. Sleeper in the summer of 1904 on the NE quarter of Section 12, Range 85, Township 163. On August 4, 1904, the surveying and platting was begun and the town site plat was filed in Imperial Ward County on September 6, 1904. The town was named Sherwood.

The earliest post office of Colquhoun was located on the west side of the township, five miles from the present site of Sherwood, on what was the Maurice Walsh farm. This was known as the “Nina” Post Office. The late C. A. Verry of Minot was instrumental in getting the “Nina” Post Office located in Calquhoun. The postmaster at the Nina Post Office was O. H. Moon. There was also a post office in Eden Valley township called the “Bolacker” Post Office. Mrs. Alexander was the postmistress there. Later, both the Nina and Bolacker Post Offices were moved to the present site of Sherwood with Mrs. Alexander as postmistress.

Rural free delivery was established in the fall of 1904 with Fred Cool, Charlie King and Henry Hurdelbrink as mail carriers.

Sherwood was organized as a village in April 1905. The first village officers were: C.H. Ennis, Chairman; F.L. Denneson, Trustee; K.T. Roble, Trustee; W.H. Walker, Trustee; H.W. Conway, Marshal; E.O. Keene, Justice; J.G. Connole, Treasurer; and R.L. Young, Clerk.

Education history

Brother Charles Gauber started a small school called the Simon Olson Shack before the town was incorporated. The town grade school opened under Miss Lelah Conkey and Lily Traux. Members of the board were: N. Nelson, President; P.A. Conkey; Simon Olson; and T.R. McFarlane, Clerk. In 1908 a high school was added and in 1912, five teachers were employed.

In 1916, a separate high school building east of the grade school was built. The first graduation class from the high school were: Esther Stenzel, Cora Knutson, Paul Goheen, and Glenn Sansburn. The Beckedahl School was moved in and used as a classroom in 1922. Children were brought in by buses. All recreation, even basketball, was outdoors.

Modern history

In 2015, after Failing to turn Leith into an all white community, Craig Cobb Moved to Sherwood. Craig has expressed a desire to turn the town into a white nationalist community.


Sherwood is served by the Mohall Lansford Sherwood School District. Sherwood Elementary School educates children in grades K–6. Sherwood High School closed its doors in 2005. The nickname for the school was the Wildcats.

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