Sartell Historical Society


The Sartell Historical Society was incorporated in 2007. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization holding an institutional membership with the Minnesota Historical Society.

The Sartell Historical Society is collecting; photos, scrapbooks, yearbooks and artifacts, go to the donation page for further information on how to donate.

We would like to develop a Heritage Center for the city of Sartell.

Joseph B. Sartell, founder of Sartell

One of the first settlers of the community was Joseph B. Sartell who arrived in 1854.

He worked as a millwright at a local sawmill. In 1877 Mr. Sartell opened a flour mill on the Watab River, near the present day Watab Creek Park, and in 1884 he and his sons started the Sartell Brothers Lumber Company.


We welcome people to join our group. We meet at the Sartell Community Center in the first room on the right. Meetings are currently held the third Monday of every month at 5:15pm and will last one hour. Come when you can. If you would like to join and the time doesn't work let us know.

June 11, 2022

On the tenth anniversary of the Paper Mill explosion and fire, a get together will be held at the Sartell Community Center from 1:00-4:00pm