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Wilkin County, Minnesota
Visitors are encouraged to sign the guest register in the Church when visiting the City. The Tenney Church, Social Hall, & Fire Hall are open to all, 24 hours, every day.
The city of Tenney is host to the Wheaton-Dumont Cooperative Elevator's primary shipping terminal, the largest grain shipping terminal in the region. Last year 20 million bushels, approximately 100 million dollars, of grain were trucked into Tenney from other elevators as far as 70 miles, and shipped out by rail. It is estimated that 32 million bushels of grain will pass through our city this year. During the past year we have endured a 3 million dollar expansion to the grain elevator's facilities, and installed a 1000 foot municipal storm-drain system. Although our tax capacity has doubled in the last year, our annual levy remains at $ 1508. That figure is 1/20th of the figure the Minnesota Governor's Office recommends, but we feel our financial position is very secure, and see no need for an increase at this time.
Residential city lots sell for $ 100 each, but land in the City of Tenney is not easy to come by because there is so little of it left. Taxes on a parcel of property run between 4 & 5 dollars annually. The landmass of the entire town covers 10.41 acres. This consists of 66 lots, divided among 16 property owners. Tradition in Tenney is that the Mayor is responsible for lawn care and snow removal on all properties within city limits, public and private. These services have been provided without compensation or special assessments by me, and my predecessors, for over 25 years. My annual Mayoral salary is $ 96. Annual salaries for council positions and clerk are $ 48.
The Tenney Fire Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. The rear of the 14 x 26 building housed the city's jail, and the front housed two hand drawn fire engines. One of the engines is now housed at the Wilkin County Museum in Breckenridge, MN for safe-keeping. The Tenney Fire Hall and Engine #2 are scheduled for restoration in the summer of 2004.
Both church buildings in town were purchased by the city, from the United Methodist Council, at a cost of $ 11 in 1999. Although both buildings are functional, remodeling of the west church will occur in the fall of 2003 to accommodate the city's official meetings and secure document storage for the city's records. We encourage all visitors to sign the guest register in the church when visiting the City of Tenney; it is open to the public anytime.
Currently, the number of housing units in the City of Tenney is six. Negotiations for a property transfer, consisting of 8 lots are in progress and another housing unit will be added by fall. Our population will increase back to 6 persons at that time. To my knowledge, we are the smallest statutory city in the United States. During the summer of 2002 we were in danger of dissolution proceedings being brought against the city due to lack of population. To circumvent the proceedings, housing was offered to Donald Guenther, who became Councilmember after his residency was established. We are currently reviewing options to construct low-income single family or multi-family housing through a variety of resources.
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City officials as of 7-2003:
Brad Johnson was elected Mayor in 2000, and took office in 2001. Lorraine Church is the City's Clerk/Treasurer, and Donald "Oscar" Guenther serves as Council. The City is currently running with a Council vacancy. Tenney
Miscellany The population of Tenney was:
1990 - 9
2000 - 6
2002 - 3