Belgrade is a small town with a big heart. We are located in Central Minnesota, in the county of Stearns, nestled in the heart of the lakes regions you will find us at the crossroads of State Highway 55 and US Highway 71.
Belgrade, a city in sections 18 and 19 of Crow River Township, has the name of the capital of Serbia, of a township and its village in Maine, and of villages in Missouri, Nebraska, and Montana. It was platted in 1887 by the Pacific Land Company and incorporated as a village on March 19, 1888; the post office began as Crow Lake in 1871, changing to Belgrade in 1886. When the railroad came in 1886, there already were a number of businesses; it had a station of the Minneapolis and Pacific Railroad.
Belgrade was incorporated as a Village in 1888. The new village of Belgrade became one of the little oases strung along the railroad tracks from Minneapolis, visible across the prairie because of its towering railroad grain elevators.
Belgrade is a little town with lots to offer. There is a hometown bakery that offers all of your sweet tooth needs. A new Mexican family restaurant that recently in 2019 opened their doors. We also have a hardware store, 2 churches in town and 2 out of town. And of course, Kensington Bank has a home in the community, right on Washburn Ave.
Perched atop a cement pedestal in Minnesota’s Belgrade Centennial Memorial Park is a giant, ominous black bird that currently holds the undisputed title of Largest Crow in the World. Created in 1988 to honor the state centennial, the big bird stands over 40 feet tall from the base of the structure to the top of the bird’s head. The giant metal and fiberglass crow itself is 18 feet tall and stands on a 30 foot replica twig, possibly symbolizing the animal’s unique ability to use tools.A huge crow may seem a strange way to honor Minnesota, but there is a method to the madness, although it doesn’t have anything to do with any special population of the birds. The monument is located near the Crow River, which in turn feeds into Crow Lake, neither of which was named after the black birds either, but instead they get their names from Sioux warrior, Chief Little Crow. Given the number of crow-named landmarks in the area, it just seemed like a natural fit.
The base beneath the crow’s concrete pedestal also holds a little museum where visitors can learn, not about crows, but about the celebration of the Minnesota centennial. For a landmark with such a large corvidae, it sure doesn’t seem to want to crow about the bird itself very much.
Located approximately 0.21 miles from the South entrance to Belgrade, the Crow is visible on the left side of Highway 71.
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