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Return to Tenney: A Town No More

Return to Tenney: A Town No More

Tenney was featured in several regional newspapers in summer of 2011, when the town’s residents voted to dissolve and shed their status as an incorporated town.  Although the sign at the edge of town read “Population 6,” by the time the vote was taken, there were only three residents left, and they voted 2 to 1 to dissolve.  We visited the town to take photographs shortly thereafter.

We returned to Tenney exactly 364 days later and it was immediately apparent that Tenney had not only dissolved its legal status as a town, it was quickly losing its physical status as a town.

Tenney, Minnesota

Tenney, Minnesota

The former school and church, which both stood onsite in 2011, were both gone, leaving only one large building onsite (above), and several vacant houses and trailer homes. There appeared to be perhaps one or two inhabited homes, and the grain business in Tenney was still quite active.

Tenney, Minnesota

Even the sign declaring Tenney a town with a population of 6 had been removed from the roadside.

Tenney, Minnesota

A story like Tenney’s happens on occasion. A shrinking town votes to dissolve for any number of reasons… taxes, practical matters and whatnot. Fifty years from now, who will remember the town called Tenney, Minnesota?

Tenney, Minnesota



Tenney, Minnesota

Tenney, Minnesota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2012 Sonic Tremor Media

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Last Days in Tenney

Last Days in Tenney

Tenney, in southern Wilkin county near the tri-state North Dakota/South Dakota/Minnesota junction, came to my attention when I saw a story on the news about how they had voted to dissolve, officially shedding the “town” designation.  I took a short trip one day to catch a few photos and see this vanishing place for myself.

Tenney, Minnesota



Tenney, Minnesota

These photos were taken in 2011. Purely by coincidence, we found ourselves in Tenney again 364 days later and the buildings shown directly above and below were both gone. No idea what happened to them. Even the highway sign “Tenney Pop 6” had been taken down.

Tenney, Minnesota

Tenney, Minnesota

The sign said population 6, but it was soon to be zero.

Tenney, Minnesota

Read more on Tenney in the Star Tribune.

Photos by Troy Larson, Copyright © Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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