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.

Currently, the Sartell Historical Society is collecting memorabilia, photos, and documenting peoples stories and memories of Sartell.

We are working toward regular newsletters and ultimately would like to have a Heritage Center with a museum and research center.

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.