The Top Reasons People Choose Hawley

#1)     Location -- Hawley has over 2,200 residents and is conveniently located in between Moorhead and Detroit Lakes along US Highway 10. Just 20 minutes to either city, Hawley provides a short commute to the regional centers of Fargo-Moorhead or Detroit Lakes.  Hawley retains its smalltown roots, hometown identity, and friendly neighborhood atmosphere.   Hawley has new unique lots ready for development in Autumn View Addition, Prairie Hills Estates, and Maple Ridge.  Rolling hills and green space allow for walk-out basements and picturesque views.

#2)     School Welcome to Nugget Country! We invite you to become part of the Hawley community and school district.  We know that you will be impressed with the opportunities that are provided to our students. Hawley Public Schools are home to 990 students in grades K-12.  Our school buildings are the best in the area.  Great facilities, small class sizes and a variety of course offerings make us an excellent choice for your son/daughter's educational setting. A dedicated staff takes pride in the quality of the school district and in the services we provide to families and students. Check out the various community education summer programs offered through the Hawley Public Schools

#3)     Safe Community – Public Safety The Hawley Police Department is made up of 5 Full-Time Police Officers and a volunteer Reserve Unit. The Police Department strives to focus on community-oriented policing, by having its members be involved with community events and perform many duties that keep Hawley citizens safe.   The Hawley Area Fire District has 26 trained Fire Fighters and top-notch equipment to keep our lives and property safe.  The Hawley Emergency Response Team is on-call to respond when needed to assist and stabilize patients until the ambulance arrives. 

#4)     Strong Business Community – Access to Everything You Need  Hawleybusinesses provide everything you need: auto sales and service, barber and beauty shops, two banks, construction and manufacturing, convenience stores, daycares, Super Valu Grocery, two pharmacies, florist, four restaurants, Sanford Medical center, two dental offices, photography and video production, insurance and financial planning, AmericInn, airport, ag services, variety store, and more. Recent additions that have stimulated residential and economic growth are: Hefty Seeds, Davis Tire, Hartford Street Apartments, AmericInn, Forterra Concrete Products, Dollar General, Living Good Pharmacy, RDO Equipment, and Historic Garrick Theater.

#5)    Career Opportunities – Work Close to Home!  Many career opportunities are available in Hawley with several of our businesses employing 30 or more people: Hawley Public Schools; Rapat Corporation; Sellin Brothers; Forterra Concrete Products; Tony’s Super Valu; RDO Equipment; Hawley Senior Living; Apple Tree Dental; Dairy Queen and many more. We are a short commute on US Hwy 10 to Fargo-Moorhead or Detroit Lakes.

#6)     Golf Course, Parks The Hawley Golf and Country Club is open to the public and is well known in the area as an affordable, enjoyable and friendly place to play golf. With its mature trees, rolling hills, and proximity to the Buffalo River, the 18 hole course is suitable for all skill level golfers. Hawley has 11 Parks which provide for a wide variety of outdoor activities:  disc golf course, quad diamonds softball & baseball field, Prairie Nature Center, Hawley Pool, Asp Park, Brekken Park, Riverbend Park, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, playground structures, Westgate Park, walking path, Community Kids Park, picnic shelter, Hawley Schools playgrounds, Rodeo grounds, and an ice rink & warming house in the winter.  Hawley has the highest percentage of park land in City limits of all communities in our region.

#7)     Strong Faith Communities – Volunteer Opportunities  Hawley has 6 Churches that have facilities with the City limits. The churches have active congregations and have recently remodeled their facilities.  Hawley’s active volunteer groups provide for many events that enhance the quality of life for all members of the community.  Our groups include: Women of Today, Jaycees, Lions, American Legion & Auxiliary, Community Club, 4-H, Golden Riders, Scouts, Police Reserves, church groups, and more.  It is easy to join like-minded people and work together to make our community a better place.

#8)     City Services – A real person answers the telephone when you call.  The City of Hawley is your Community-Owned Utility, proudly serving the City of Hawley since 1909 with Municipal Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer, Garbage, Airport, Off-Sale Liquor Store, and Motor Vehicle Deputy Registrar Office for vehicle and DNR work.   We are working to provide dependable service, upgrades to the system and to keep Hawley’s rates as reasonable as possible.  Hawley has worked to bury the electrical distribution lines and to make continuous upgrades to the electrical system.  Hawley’s iron removal plant provides clear and great tasting water for our residents.  Hawley’s infrastructure has been well maintained and upgraded to include: wells, water treatment plant, sewage ponds, gas plant, and electrical substation. 

#9)     The People – Neighbors Who Know You In addition to the amenities above, Hawley is home to friendly residents who take pride in and keep well-maintained homes and lawns, watch out for their neighbors, and support our school. Take a walk around Hawley, visit a community park, and/or come on out to Rodeo Fest Events to meet new people. 

#10)   Growing Community  For those looking to move into the area, Hawley offers housing incentives for newly constructed homes including a two-year tax abatement, a $500 utility credit, and boulevard trees to begin landscaping the area.

For More Information on the City of Hawley and its many opportunities call City Hall at (218) 483-3331.