Paynesville, MN

Town in Stearns County, MN

Sponsors of Paynesville, MN


Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

About Paynesville, MN


An Area for All Seasons

Nestled in the heart of central Minnesota in Stearns County along the north fork of the Crow River and near Lake Koronis, Paynesville attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy a myriad of recreational opportunities. Three lakes are the core of the local tourist trade, particularly during the summer. Rice Lake and Lake Koronis are linked by the north fork of the Crow River. Lake Koronis—covering 3,014 acres—is just a mile south of Paynesville. Rice Lake is located several miles to the northeast, and further upstream from Koronis is Long Lake, located seven miles west of town just south of Highway 23. The site of Paynesville first appeared officially on area maps in 1857 when Edwin E. Payne formed a post office there. Thirty years later when the Soo Line Railroad arrived in the area, a second post office was opened right near the tracks. A new separate village called New Paynesville developed at this site. The settlements of Paynesville and New Paynesville merged into a single “Paynesville” in January 1905.

These days, more and more people are lured to Paynesville by the great opportunities the area offers. In addition to the scenic beauty of the lakes, a wealth of outdoor and indoor activities are enjoyed by residents that include fishing, hiking, hunting, golfing, sporting activities, antique browsing, movie- and museum-going, and shopping. Paynesville’s retail shops run the gamut from florists to car dealerships, and boat showrooms to antique dealers. With a population of about 2,500, Paynesville’s agriculturally related businesses, modern health care system, manufacturing base and retail businesses offer citizens a diverse economy in which to thrive. Visitors are encouraged to visit and explore Paynesville… and are invited to remain for a lifetime!

Businesses of Paynesville, MN


The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of Paynesville, MN


Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Paynesville, MN


The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Organizations of Paynesville, MN


Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Paynesville, MN


The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Stearns County, MN


Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Stearns County, MN page.

Veterans of Stearns County, MN


Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!