Information Updated March 2020
Loretto, originally a Soo Line railway village, was founded in 1886, and settled by German and Dutch immigrants. Loretto was named for a Roman Catholic mission for refugees of the Huron Indians near Quebec, Canada, called Lorette, and for the village of Loretto, KY, where a society of Catholic “Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross” was founded in 1812. The original source of the name is Loreto, a small town in Italy, which has a noted shrine of pilgrimage.
Some of the early businesses included Koch’s Meat Market, Van Beusekom’s General Store, The Dutch Mill Dairy, Weidner’s Saloon, Loretto Feed and Seed Company, Pettit’s Bar, Murphy’s Blacksmith, Fullerton Lumber, and the State Bank of Loretto. The old State Bank of Loretto building, built in 1910, now houses a landscaping business. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, built in 1903, is still in use and its former convent now serves as an area Eucharistic Perpetual Adoration Chapel.
The city was incorporated in 1940. The first mayor was Albert Van Beusekom. The Loretto Volunteer Fire Department started in 1948, and still proudly serves the city and surrounding area. Town team baseball, started in the 1940s, and the Loretto Lions Club, established in 1969, both continue to be active parts of the Loretto community.
The City of Loretto has a population of about 650 residents who enjoy quiet, small town living while being only a short drive from the conveniences of the metro area. For such a small town, Loretto has excellent restaurants, including the Choo Choo, Pig on the Porch (formerly Axel’s Tavern), Detour 19, and Warren’s (new in 2019). On many spring and summer nights, you’ll find a good crowd at the Arnold Klaers Baseball Field cheering on their favorite youth or amateur baseball team.
Loretto City Hall is located at 279 North Medina Street, Suite 260.
Mailing address: PO Box 207, Loretto, MN 55357
Phone: (763) 479-4305
Civic Events: Loretto Fun Fest, held each year on the second Saturday of September, and the Holiday Train, held in December, date announced in October by Canadian Pacific Railway
Office open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
City council meetings are conducted the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Loretto City Hall.
The city council consists of Mayor Kent Koch and council members Brenda Daniels, Melissa Markham, Eric Riley, and Brian Sevigny.