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Location: Barrett is located in Grant County in West Central Minnesota, centrally located 25 miles from Fergus Falls, Morris, and Alexandria.
Population 2000 Census: 355
Barrett is home to West Central Area Secondary school that includes grades 5 through 12. It is an excellent school with an average graduating class of about 60 students. The sports program is part of the Heart of Lakes conference. They have numerous extra curricular activities such as band, choir, one act play, mock trial, knowledge bowl, school musical, FFA, FCCLA. The elementary grades K-6 are taught in WCA North Elementary in Elbow Lake, a seven minute drive.
Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) is located at 218 Church Street, Barrett. Lincoln Lutheran Church (ELCA) is located 6 miles southeast of Barrett in Elk Lake Township.
Barrett has several employment opportunities within the community. It has two machine shops, a commercial painting business, a care center that employs over seventy people, and WCA schools that have many support staff and maintenance positions.
Barrett Lake is located within the City limits of Barrett. It is a 550 acre lake that is known for excellent walleye fishing year round. There also are dozens of other lakes within a half-hour drive of Barrett.
Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course is an excellent 18 hole golf course located just 9 miles north of Barrett on Pomme De Terre Lake. Reasonable rates and forgiving layout makes it a great place for the recreational golfer. Red Rock Golf Course is located about 12 miles southeast of Barrett. It is a very well groomed 9 hole golf course with some of the best views in West Central Minnesota.
Grant County has excellent deer, duck and goose hunting. It also has seasons for pheasants, and turkey hunting is becoming quite good.
Grant County has Low Plains Drifters that sponsor many miles of trails in and around Grant County. It also connects to Douglas and Otter Tail County trails.
Barrett offers several theatre productions during the year from the Prairie Wind Players, a local theatre group that has been in existence since 1979. The local Roosevelt Hall is also home annually to a week long children’s theatre camp that is put on by Prairie Fire Theatre.
Barrett is home to the historic Barrett Pavilion, which is one of the few remaining lakeside dancehall pavilions, and is host to many dances and other summer gatherings and events throughout the months of May through October.
Barrett hosts the annual Old Settlers Reunion. This annual small town event runs Friday thru Sunday and is held on the weekend closest to June 24th of each year.