New housing development revitalizes Glyndon community


GLYNDON – Longtime Glyndon resident Kelly Richards knew “something had to change” when he realized that a new house had not been built in the community for 12 years.

So the real estate agent and owner of the bus company bought 40 acres in the southwest of the city and three years ago launched a real estate complex called Southview.

The 83 lot addition, which features a U-shaped pond in the middle with lighted fountains and a surrounding walking path, really took off last year as there are only 35 lots left, he said.

Currently, 12 homes are under construction and three more are expected to start this fall.

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The selling points, he said, are the lots that average 90 feet by 140 feet, the special appraisals under $ 32,000 and the quick commute from the dorm community to Fargo-Moorhead.

“You can be in West Acres (mall) in 15 minutes,” he said on a tour of the area. To do this, residents drive southwest on paved county roads for three miles and then find themselves on Interstate 94.

In addition to those selling points, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle and High School undergoing a major transformation are just three blocks away.

This is where Mayor Tracy Tollefson works as Director of Community Education and Public Relations.


Glyndon Mayor Tracy Tollefson, who took office last January, sits in the city council chamber in the town office building about 11 miles east of Moorhead on US Highway 10.  Barry Amundson / The Forum

Glyndon Mayor Tracy Tollefson, who took office last January, sits in the City Council Chamber in the town office building about 11 miles east of Moorhead on US Highway 10. Barry Amundson / The Forum

She has nothing but praise for Richards and his company.

“The need for more housing was very obvious,” said Tollefson.

Although the town’s population dropped in the last census from 1,394 in 2010 to 1,308 in 2020, it has no doubt that the number of residents has already increased with the 48 new homes in Southview.

Once the development fills up, as Tollefson and Richards believe, they estimate there will be 250 additional residents in the community. Tollefson said Glyndon is mostly made up of families and retirees, many of whom have lived in the city their entire lives.

The mayor believes Southview will also increase the school district’s enrollment, which has remained fairly stable in recent years with the latest tally of 738 elementary students and around 860 other middle and high school students.

Principal Margaux Hylla, who runs Glyndon Elementary School of 314 students, will move to Dilworth next fall when renovations are complete.

Once construction is complete, Kindergarten to Grade 4 students will go to Dilworth School, and Grade 5 to Secondary students will be at Glyndon School, which has been expanded to two blocks.


Principal Margaux Hylla stands in the new competition gymnasium where rafters have been installed as part of the expansion and renovation of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle and High School in Glyndon.  The gymnasium is almost fully enclosed and work will continue on the structure over the winter, with the project scheduled to be completed by next fall.  The effort also includes a new library, performing arts hall, science labs as well as renovating other areas of the school.  Hylla is an elementary school principal and will move to Dilworth School when the lower grades move there next fall.  Barry Amundson / The Forum

Principal Margaux Hylla stands in the new competition gymnasium where rafters have been installed as part of the expansion and renovation of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle and High School in Glyndon. The gymnasium is almost fully enclosed and work will continue on the structure over the winter, with the project scheduled to be completed by next fall. The effort also includes a new library, performing arts hall, science labs as well as renovating other areas of the school. Hylla is an elementary school principal and will move to Dilworth School when the lower grades move there next fall. Barry Amundson / The Forum

Hylla explained that the renovated Glyndon facility, with its “grand entrance” switched from the east to the west side, will include a new performing arts hall, science labs, library, competition gymnasium, locker rooms, a community hall, dining room or commons, security upgrades and upgraded classrooms.

The manager is excited about the increased natural light that will come in through all of the new windows.

As the school grows, Tollefson said the city is progressing in other ways as well.

The new Parke Avenue which runs alongside the school with its wider sidewalks spanning several blocks was a major improvement, she said, along with a new level crossing upgrade that provides a quiet area in the middle of the city.

On the business side, she said, a 20-lot industrial and commercial park called Stockwood along US Highway 10 on the east side of town now has only four lots available.

The park has attracted a Dollar general store as well as several new small business operations centers.

Tollefson said she was also proud of the city’s public works team who operate the water treatment plant and sewer operations in a professional manner, as well as Police Chief Justin Vogel and his three other full-time agents.

She said officers often mingle with the city’s youth at school activities, special gatherings in the summer and at the ice rink and warm-up house in the winter.

“Officers are probably the friendliest people you can meet,” she said.

Richards describes the city as a “nice and quiet” bedroom community option for residents who prefer a small town to large metropolitan cities.

Tollefson added that it was also a tight-knit community.

“You know, here you can feel safe bringing your kids up to town to buy ice cream. And it’s a place you almost everyone know,” she said. “We are so blessed.”

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