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Sabin, Minnesota is in Clay County, in western Minnesota. The city was named for Dwight M. Sabin, a US Senator from Minnesota.

The area was settled by immigrants and others who came to farm the fertile Red River Valley soil, and who were offered land through the Homestead Act of 1862.

When the Lake Superior Puget Sound Railroad extended its line through Sabin in 1880, businesses were opened. By 1881, the railroad was owned by the Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad Company.

Early businesses included a hardware store, a general store, a blacksmith shop, harness shop, lumber company, and a hotel. A school was established early on, and a post office was established in 1881.

Many of the early settlers abandoned their homes and farms due to crop failures, swarms of grasshoppers, and blizzards. Some stayed, while others came to take the place of those who left.

Before long, Sabin had a bank. As the settlement grew, elevators and warehouses were needed to store and market produce from the farms. New roads, streets, and a water tower were constructed, churches opened, and a community hall was erected.

Sabin was platted on land owned by Mr. Almy, who had named the area Elmwood for its large number of elm trees. However, the village was named Sabin for the US Senator from Minnesota. A village plat was filed in late June of 1881.

Sabin's streets were named for early property owners, Mr. Almy, A.H. Halloway, L. Osbom, and the township supervisor, Mr. Larcom.

By 1920, Sabin had become a shipping point for local potato growers, and had three general stores, a hardware store, meat market, bank, two elevators, four potato houses, a blacksmith shop, lumberyard, harness shop, shoe shop, candy store, barber shop, school, and two hotels.

Sabin was part of Elmwood Township until 1929 when it was incorporated as a village. In 1973, the Minnesota legislature passed a law making all incorporated villages in the state cities, so Sabin became a city. Although its population remains well under a thousand, it has grown every census year except for 2000, when it decreased by almost fifteen percent.

Old Highway 52 passes through the center of town. Baker is about six miles southeast of Sabin, while Finkle is about six miles northwest of the city. Moorhead is nine miles northwest, Dilworth is ten miles north-northwest, and Glyndon is ten miles north-northwest.

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