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More About Central Minnesota

Review the information below to learn more about the cities and towns that make up the Central Minnesota.

To help detail each community's location, please refer to the map below. View a larger version of this map.

CentraCare Locations

St. Cloud Area (St. Cloud/Rice/Sartell/Sauk Rapids/St. Augusta/St. Joseph/Waite Park)

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River 60 minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Community Highlights

  • Family-oriented, mini-metro of 129,000 people
  • Healthcare is the number one industry
  • Numerous four season recreational activities
  • Theatre and arts
  • Excellent public and private school options
  • Four local colleges
  • Lakes area

It is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. You can take advantage of the events in Minneapolis/St. Paul, but live in low stress and relaxing community.

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Becker

  • 40 minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • 20 minutes from St. Cloud
  • Population of 8,846
  • Service area of 145,500

Becker has excellent schools, a popular and modern community center, golf course and the world’s largest furniture store! A great community to raise a family!

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Long Prairie

Community Highlights

  • A town of 3,400 people
  • County Seat of Todd County
  • 55 miles from St. Cloud
  • 120 miles northwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • Less than 20 minutes to I-94

This area offers a wide variety of businesses, an abundance of recreational and leisure activities, and excellent school systems. Long Prairie has built a diverse agriculture and manufacturing base around one of the most productive and loyal workforces in the state.

Long Prairie serves as the major retail center for most of Todd County. A well balanced variety of stores has helped the retailers of the community withstand the difficulties of other rural areas.

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Melrose

Community Highlights

  • Melrose is located in between Alexandria and St. Cloud. It is just a half hour to either city.
  • The population is approximately 3,600
  • Melrose has three parks, two churches, and a lively downtown
  • Excellent public and private elementary and high school system

Melrose is a beautiful place to live with Big and Little Birch Lakes, and other nearby lakes. Melrose sits on the banks of the Sauk River and the Lake Wobegon Trail system and the Interstate 94 corridor.

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Monticello

Community Highlights

  • 30 minutes west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • 13,000+ population
  • On the Mississippi River
  • Majestic trumpeter swans
  • Parks, trails, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, nature-watching

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Paynesville

Community Highlights

  • Community of 2,500; Area over 25,000
  • Four-season recreation
  • Live on a lake, the country or in town
  • Family-friendly
  • Diverse economic base
  • 45 minutes from St. Cloud
  • 90 minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul

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Sauk Centre

Community Highlights

  • The City of Sauk Centre is located in the heart of Minnesota, midway between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and Fargo
  • Take advantage of the four-season recreational opportunities
  • Excellent schools in this family-friendly community of 4,300 people
  • Sauk Centre is 45 minutes from St. Cloud and 100 miles from the Twin Cities
  • Sauk Centre is on the west end of the Lake Wobegon Trail.
  • Home to the first Nobel Prize winning author Sinclair Lewis.

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