The community has much to offer whether you stop for an hour or a day. Many motorists don’t realize there is more to the town than what is seen from the highway. Kenmare was organized as a city in 1897. With today’s population of nearly 1200, Kenmare offers affordable homes, variety of jobs, clean air, and a success-inspiring atmosphere for all ages.
Children in Kenmare can get a great education at Kenmare Public Schools. Students in Kenmare thrive in the small town environment, with 300 students enrolled in the 2015-16 school year.
Kenmare High Schools offers many courses, including some that can be used as a college credit. Kenmare is also known for its extracurricular programs, such as volleyball, music, FFA, and basketball.
Kenmare Elementary School is led by principal Janis Gerding. Grades K-2 are at the elementary building, with grades 3-6 at the high school.
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Parks and Recreation
Danish Mill and Park on the Square
The founders of Kenmare built the city around a park. This park now has beautiful trees, flowers, and benches to enjoy a summer day. Located in the center of this park is the Danish Mill. The Danish Mill was built in 1902 on a homestead, 11 miles north of Kenmare. It was used by area farmers for grinding grains into flour.
In 1959, the Mill was moved into the City of Kenmare and its restoration was completed in 1961. In 1965 the mill was moved to the city park and given a face lift in 1996.
Originally built to celebrate North Dakota’s Centennial, the park features a goose sculpture representing Kenmare’s title as the “Goose Capital of North Dakota.” It is easily visible from Highway 52. With its proximity to the high school and the sports field, the sculpture is also a nice complement to the school’s “Honker” mascot.
Mouse River Park
This unique little riverside park has been attracting visitors since the early 1900’s. Along with 56 campsites, there are additional primitive and electric sites throughout the park.
Mouse River Park is located about 5 miles north of Tolley. The park offers fishing, volleyball, softball diamonds, shower facilities, children’s playground, and a beautiful public gazebo. Special events and entertainment are often scheduled during the summer season. Don’t forget to check out the suspended walking bridge that crosses over the Mouse River, and stop by the renovated Country Mouse Bar for an ice cream treat.
There are 47.38 miles from Minot to Kenmare in northwest direction and 53 miles (85.30 kilometers) by car, following the US-52 route.
Minot and Kenmare are 1 hour 15 mins far apart, if you drive non-stop.