Tenney (Minnesota)

Wilkin County


Tenney is a former town and current Unincorporated community in Wilkin County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It lies within the Campbell Township in western Minnesota, near the border with North Dakota. Tenney had in the census of 2010, five residents at this time was the smallest city in Minnesota.


Tenney is on the Grundmoränenebene on the basis of the historic Agassiz, a former glacial lake at the end of the last ice age.

The city is centrally located on the Minnesota State Route 55 in western Minnesota. About three kilometers west of U.S. Highway 75 crosses this about ten kilometers west of the city, Fairmount, North Dakota and 100 kilometers north Moorhead. The Soo Line Railroad operates the railway line and the freight station in the south of the city. In the silo the delivered from the surrounding grain is stored and transported by rail.


Tenney was named after the former owner of the present city area and loggers John P. Tenney, who presented in 1885 land for the railroad, which was built through the region. On November 30, 1901 Tenney was given city rights. Since 1914, the city is connected to the power grid. After about 100 inhabitants lived in the 1920s there, the population declined steadily in the following years. This was accompanied by an increasing decay of the urban infrastructure. After 2000, the lowest number of inhabitants was measured with two residents, but again rose to six later. In 2011, the majority of residents decided to give up its status as an independent municipality and to place themselves under the administration of the Campbell Township.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Tenney five people in two households. The population density was 95.9 inhabitants per square kilometer. In the two households lived statistically 2.5 persons each.

All the residents were white. Three residents were between 18 and 64 and two aged 65 or older. Two residents were women.