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Location of Shevlin, Minnesota
Location of Shevlin, Minnesota
Coordinates: 47°31′46″N 95°15′39″W / 47.52944°N 95.26083°W / 47.52944; -95.26083
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Clearwater
 • Total 0.81 sq mi (2.08 km2)
 • Land 0.81 sq mi (2.08 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,453 ft (443 m)
 • Total 176
 • Estimate 
 • Density 217.39/sq mi (83.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-59782
GNIS feature ID 0659763

Shevlin is a city in Clearwater County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 176 at the 2010 census.


Shevlin was founded as a logging camp in the late 19th century. The town was named after Thomas H. Shevlin, a lumber baron. Shevlin resides in Clearwater County which seceded from Beltrami County. Shortly after Shevlin made a bid to be the county seat for the new county but the town’s folk were defeated in the general election and the county seat went Bagley. Boasting a robust economy the streets of Shevlin were lined with shops, blacksmiths, saloons, hotels, casinos and livery stables, a fire claimed most of these buildings in 1904 and again in 1911. Other businesses have made Shevlin their base of operations as well. They include Shevlin cooperative creamery, the locker plant, a saw mill, The co-op oil station, a box factory, several general, hardware and drug stores, three saloons a couple of restaurants, a newspaper, a millinery, barbershop, and doctors' offices.

Present day

In the early 1990s Shevlin School was closed down and the students bussed to Bagley. The history museum now occupies the old school building. Shevlin today holds two churches, two bars, mini storage and numerous other home based enterprises.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 172
1910 172 0.0%
1920 184 7.0%
1930 228 23.9%
1940 226 −0.9%
1950 242 7.1%
1960 203 −16.1%
1970 185 −8.9%
1980 193 4.3%
1990 157 −18.7%
2000 160 1.9%
2010 176 10.0%
2019 (est.) 175 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 176 people, 71 households, and 44 families residing in the city. The population density was 220.0 inhabitants per square mile (84.9/km2). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 102.5 per square mile (39.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.8% White, 2.3% Native American, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 71 households, of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 11.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. Of all households 32.4% were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the city was 39 years. 27.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 9.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.8% male and 47.2% female.


Shevlin was the home of the Minnesota’s Logging Championships held during a festival known as Sawdust Dayz. The competition pitted both amateur and professional loggers against one another in logging events that included log toss, log rolling, axe throw, bow saw, speed cutting, stock saw, standing block chop, two man bucking saw, power saw and the Jack and Jill Crosscut competition. Part of the Sawdust Dayz celebration included parades, bed races, the nickel pick, a variety of kids games, horseshoe competition, and a battle of area fire departments. Sawdust Dayz began in 1987 a project of SCIP (Shevlin Community Improvement Project).

  • From the Past to the Present: The Story of Clearwater County. Deb Harmon, compiler. No place of publication: 2008.

Notable People

These people were born in or lived in Shevlin.

  • William "Jack" Jackson, author of North Country Jack's Almanac, the Dakota Mysteries and Oddities series of eight books, and the Dakota Mysteries and Oddities documentary which aired on Prairie Public Television, and producer of the North Country Jack and his Almanac radio program heard in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, lived in rural Shevlin from 1976 until the early 1980s.
  • Carl Swanson of Shevlin walked a one-ton bull more than 2,000 miles from International Falls, Minnesota to Galveston, Texas in order to draw attention to the needs of American beef farmers.
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