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Argyle is a city in Marshall Countymarker, Minnesotamarker, United Statesmarker, along the Middle River. According to the 2000 U.S. census, the population was 656. Old Mill State Parkmarker is nearby.


Before James J. Hill bought the Great Northern Railway in 1879 and accepted the task of completing the line from Crookston to the Canadian border, a French-Canadian man founded a town named Louisa, after the French king, in the path of the railroad. However, Hill's company located the new railroad town just south of the Louisa property line and named it Argyle. The early settlement included many French-Canadians. Other settlers included immigrants from England, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Scotland, and Germany. The early townspeople and businessmen were always anxious to make Argyle an attractive community to the region. Today the community still boasts of several businesses, which draw customers from the regional area. Because of threats of flooding, a dike was built on the Red River in 1988. Argyle is also the home of the Rapacz brothers, Cory and Nic, as well as the Stoltman twins, Bartt and Brett. The singer-songwriter Laura LaBine was raised in Argyle.

The Argyle school was organized on March 16, 1880. The first school was started in May 1880. The 1st teacher was Miss Mary Dion and there were 18 people in that school. The new brick school was built and opened in 1905. Elementary wing and library was added in 1969. In 1974 a special election was held to get bonds for the construction and equipment for a new physical education facility.

Argyle and Stephen began to share faculty in the early 1980s. The positions of Counselor, Learning Disabled Instructor and Speech were the first positions to be shared. Many more positions were shared. In the 1989-90 school year the school boards of both districts began meeting. Two public meetings in both communities were held in 1990 to begin the discussion of sharing the school districts. Ever since the meeting on January 30, 1996, the Stephen Tiger and the Argyle Eagle became united as one creating the Stephen/Argyle Central STORM


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land. The city is conveniently located 40 miles from both Grand Forks, North Dakotamarker and Thief River Falls, Minnesotamarker. Argyle is also located 130 miles from Winnipeg, Manitobamarker and 360 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker. The relatively flat area around Argyle is good for farming.


Due to its location in the Great Plainsmarker and its distance from both mountains and oceans, the city has an extreme continental climate. This type of climate is distinguished by four very distinct seasons and great variation in temperatures over very short periods of time. As there are no nearby mountain ranges or bodies of water to ameliorate the climatic conditions, Argyle lies exposed to numerous weather systems including bitterly cold Arctic high pressure systems. The city is known for its long, cold, and snowy winters. In sharp contrast, summers are warm to hot and often quite humid with frequent thunderstorms.


As of the census of 2000, there were 656 people, 255 households, and 179 families residing in the city. The population density was 424.9 people per square mile (164.5/km²). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 184.0/sq mi (71.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.27% White, 0.15% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 3.20% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.57% of the population.

There were 255 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,154, and the median income for a family was $42,361. Males had a median income of $31,985 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,974. About 13.6% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.


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