Gilman, Benton County, MN
The City of Gilman in Benton County, MN is a small town gem perfect for growing families. Located just 20 minutes from St. Cloud and an hour from the Twin Cities, we enjoy open spaces while being close to an airport and amenities. The living here is easy: compared to the rest of the country, Gilman's cost of living is 13.0% lower than the U.S. average. Many of Gilman’s residents are college educated and work in sectors like hospitality and finance and insurance. Learn more about Gilman in Benton County below....Learn More »
Foley, Benton County, MN
The City of Foley in Benton County, MN — located about an hour north of Minneapolis and just 18 minutes north of St. Cloud — offers families and retirees an opportunity to own a home for less than nearby major metros like the Twin Cities. Our median home value is just $171,296 — well below the national average. Compared to the rest of the country, Foley's cost of living is 13.6% lower than the U.S. average. Foley has a strong economic base and many of Foley's residents have a college education and work in sectors like public administration and healthcare. Learn more about Foley in Benton County below....Learn More »
Rice, Benton County, MN
The City of Rice in Benton County, MN is 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis–St. Paul along the upper Mississippi. Families and retirees can enjoy the great outdoors at Little Rock Lake and Bend in the River Regional Park. Compared to the rest of the country, Rice's cost of living is 7.1% lower than the U.S. average. Our median income in Rice, MN is $68,672 and the median home value is $182,160 — well below the national average. Many of Rice’s residents are college educated and work in sectors like science and technology, manufacturing, and construction. Learn more about the City of Rice below....Learn More »
Sartell, Benton County, MN
The City of Sartell in Benton County, MN has “small town charm with big opportunities.” We are located in central Minnesota, 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis–St. Paul along the upper Mississippi. Compared to the rest of the country, Sartell's cost of living is 6.3% lower than the U.S. average. The median home value is also below the national average at $220,901. We enjoy boating, fishing, golf courses, miles of trails, and spacious parks. Many of Sartell’s residents are college educated and work in healthcare, retail, and manufacturing. Learn more about the City of Sartell below....Learn More »
Sauk Rapids, Benton County, MN
Sauk Rapids in Benton County, MN is a thriving central Minnesota City along the upper Mississippi River — located an hour north of the Twin Cities and just three miles from St. Cloud. Compared to the rest of the country, Sauk Rapids's cost of living is 11.3% lower than the U.S. average. Families and retirees can find the perfect home for less when compared to nearby major metros, while enjoying room to spread out and the great outdoors. Our median home value is just $179,397 — well below the national average. Many of Sauk Rapids’ residents are college educated and work in manufacturing, education, and healthcare. Learn more about Sauk Rapids below....Learn More »
St. Cloud, Benton County, MN
St. Cloud in Benton, MN is a vibrant small city in central Minnesota along the upper Mississippi River. In fact, it is the largest population center in central Minnesota. Compared to the rest of the country, St. Cloud's cost of living is 16.2% lower than the U.S. average. You can own a home for less in St. Cloud. Our median home values are $167,049 — well below the national average. Downtown St. Cloud offers local shopping experiences, a wide variety of drinking and dining experiences, and an art scene that was recently voted a top 20 in the nation. Many of St. Cloud’s residents are college educated and work in healthcare, retail, and science and technology. Learn more about St. Cloud below....Learn More »
Thank you very much for the generous grant money for my practice. COVID has really put a burden on us and we are seeing prices of PPE skyrocket! The money is very much appreciated, will be put to good use, and will help tremendously. Thank you again!
– Erika T.
This grant from BEP will enable us to continue to provide our [video, audio and live event production] services. On behalf of me and my wife Gini, at Kalton Communications, please accept our sincere gratitude for this funding. We are very thankful that due to receiving this grant from BEP, our company will be able to move forward in providing our services.
This morning I was pondering how I could pay the lease payment and insurance payments that are due and then your email arrived! This shutdown has affected us much more than last spring so this is much needed and appreciated. It has been slow since the weather turned cold and we no longer had the outside seating. Thank you again for all your help!
– May Kay Buhs
I want to thank you once again for your help in securing our grant from the Benton County Economic Partnership. As a small business, it means a lot to have that expression of encouragement and support from Benton County - especially right now! I appreciate you and Ross taking time to deliver the check personally, and particularly enjoyed meeting you, and our conversation very much.
– S.A. Mahon
This is a personal thank you to you - you have been a light in a very unsure time - you’re not just doing your job - you do it with great care, support and understanding. Thank you so much for all you do. It reminds me that there are wonderful people and you are one of them! You are amazing. Thank you so much!
- Tammy Molitor
Thank you so much for the grant check. I am very thankful to receive it. It will help so much with expenses in a year gone upside down. I look forward to meeting the board and other members. Thank you again.
- Cindy Batteson
I want to extend my greatest thanks for your help and patience getting us through the application process of this grant. We are very grateful and appreciative for the grant that Benton County gave us based on your approval. As everybody knows, it is a tough time for small businesses, and the money is greatly needed to maintain our current staff. Our staff have worked tirelessly to create delicious products and to deliver them to businesses around central Minnesota safely. We hope our work can make this rough patch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic just a little bit better with our homemade sweet treats. We made a huge investment in moving to Sauk Rapids a year ago, and to everyone’s surprise this pandemic has made everything difficult, so we are grateful and recognize that much of this good work would not be possible without your support.
- Jeff Muntifering
I can’t tell you how grateful Ron and I are to all of you. It’s hard to put this into words what it means to us to have the support and care of your actions. You went way beyond doing “your job” in order to show care and concern. We are so appreciative to live in a county with people as yourselves. You are making a difference in our lives. We will work hard at our business to take care of the families as well that support us. Thank you all!
- Tammy and Ron
Thank you so much for the grant funding for the CARE Program. We are so blessed you see the value of our program and how we fill a need throughout Benton County. Our goal continues to provide service to assist seniors live well at home with dignity and the respect they deserve. Thanks again!