Sebeka Visitor Information
The Sebeka Community: Sebeka, MN is a small town located where US Hwy 71 and Co Rd 12 (formally known as State Hwy 227) cross. It has a heritage of being the town that is “small enough to know you, large enough to serve you.”
Sebeka was incorporated as a town in 1898, during a time when logging around the area was very popular. Its name comes from the Native American Ojibwe word meaning “town by the water.”
Today, Sebeka is considered a rural community with many agricultural areas. It is located close to vast pine forests and lakes, in an area ideal for camping and experiencing the great outdoors.
Important places within the community include a K-12 Public School, nine different churches, a bank, a grocery store, a city park, a post office, gas stations, fire department, police department, medical clinic, campgrounds and parks, and many other notable businesses and sites. For more information, you can check out http://www.sebeka.com/.
Sebeka Pool: The Sebeka Swimming Pool is a pool that offers both swimming for the public and swimming lessons for children. It is open in the months of June, July, and August, and is a popular place to cool down from the summer heat. The pool is owned by the City of Sebeka, which hires qualified lifeguards that work throughout the summer months. The pool includes showers and a changing room, a pool with a roped off deep end, a kiddie pool, and two water slides.
In order to register a child for swimming lessons, you must sign up at the Sebeka City Hall. These lessons range in times from 7:45 am to 12:00 pm. The pool is then open to the public from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with daily admission at a low rate of $2, monthly passes costing $45, and season passes costing $85. During open hours, there will always be at least two lifeguards on duty to ensure safety at this pool. For more information, you can check out the city website.
Sebeka Skate Park: This fairly new facility was finished in 2009 as a place where people of all ages can brush up on their skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, and roller skating skills. It is open and free to the public during all times of the day, and is a great way to get some physical fitness. It offers railings, 2 medium-sized ramps, and one smaller ramp. It is conveniently located by the Sebeka water tower.
Disc Golf Course: The Sebeka Disc Golf Course, located in the Sebeka Park, is a great way for people of all ages to have family friendly fun. The course was established in 2012 by the City of Sebeka. The course provides 9 holes/baskets, and is surrounded by beautiful park scenery. Since its development, it has given people from all over the area a chance to enjoy this new and trending sport, free-of-charge.
Sebeka City Park: The Sebeka City Park, located on the east side of US Hwy 71, has many different entertainment options. It is open to the general public, where RV camping is welcomed. The campsite includes free Wi-Fi, electric, water, sewer, toilets, showers, and sanitary garbage cans. Pets are allowed on your camping trips as well. Not only does the park provide camping, but it also has picnic buildings available for rent. These buildings are ideal for family reunions, graduation parties, birthday parties, class reunions, and much more!
Other popular attractions within the park include historic city museum buildings, a playground, a disc golf course, horseshoe stakes, and a beautiful bridge overlooking the Redeye River.
Sebeka Ice Rink: This new addition to Sebeka recreation offers free-of-charge ice skating during the winter months. It includes a warming house, and is located on the northwest side of the Sebeka Public School next to the playground.
Sebeka Town Square: The Sebeka Town Square is a beautiful little corner of the town located on Main Street by Ted's Hardware and Ernie's Market. It includes a rock pond, benches, shaded trees, and flowers planted by the Master Gardener’s club.
Sebeka Municipal Liquor Store: Sebeka Liquor is both an on-sale and off-sale store located on Main Street. It is a popular destination for entertainment all year long. Open hours MondayThursday are 12:00 pm-11:00 pm, and hours Friday-Saturday are 9:00 am- 1:00 am. It is owned by the City of Sebeka, and hosts Texas Hold’em every Thursday night.
Sebeka Fitness Center: The Sebeka Fitness Center is located on Main Street. It is open from 6:00 am to 12:00 am. It offers a full range of equipment that is available for public use.
Men’s Amateur Baseball: The Sebeka Stingers and Red Eye Country Boys are part of the Lake & Pine Men’s Amateur Baseball League. Both teams play ball throughout the summer months, with most games held on the weekends. The Sebeka Stingers share their ball park with the Sebeka High School Trojan’s baseball team. They are a part of the South Division of Lake & Pine. For more information, you can check out mnbaseball.org.
The Red Eye Country Boys are also located within the area of Sebeka. Their ball park is located in Red Eye Township, where they are part of the North Division of Lake & Pine. For more information, you can check out mnbaseball.org.
Red Eye River: The scenic Red Eye River flows through the town of Sebeka. Starting in Wolf Lake, it travels south into Leaf River, which eventually connects to the Crow Wing River. The Redeye was uniquely named by the Native Americans of the area, who described many redeyed fish in the water.
Sebeka Senior Citizens Center: The Sebeka Senior Citizens Center is a great place where seniors can gather and have a hot meal. It serves lunches, and in the summer months serves supper every second and fourth Thursday of the month. These lunches are free for citizens over the age of 60. There is bingo every Wednesday after lunch and games and cards every Tuesday. The center also provides blood pressure checks every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and a Health Clinic every second Friday of the month. The building is available for rent and is perfect for holding reunions, graduation parties, anniversaries, rummage sales, showers, and many more events. For more information, you can check out the city website.
Sebeka Murals: “The Sebeka Centennial Mural: A Historical Vision,” was first started in 1998. The murals tell a story about Sebeka’s past through stages in our local history.
The first mural depicts wild ricing in the 1880’s. The Ojibwe-Anishinabe people were the Native American people of the area. Wild ricing was an important part of the Native people because of the swampy landscape that allowed for such harvesting. This mural was completed in 1999 and was funded by Five Wings Art Council and the Sebeka Centennial Committee.
The second mural shown was actually the first mural to be completed and depicts Logging in the 1900’s. Logging was a very important factor in the transition of Sebeka from being a small village to a booming town. This mural was funded by the MN State Arts Board.
The next mural depicts farming in the 1920’s, another important industry of early Sebeka. Immigrants from Finland, Germany, and Scandinavia are shown working the fields. This mural was completed in 2000 and was funded by the MN State Arts Board, Security State Bank of Sebeka, and Anderson Homes of Sebeka.
The last mural shown depicts what the town of Sebeka was like in the 1940’s. Notable places shown include the Sebeka Creamery (which is no longer in use, but the towering brick chimney is still on the northeast side of Sebeka), the Sebeka Band, and the old railroad depot (also no longer in use, but areas of tracks make great snowmobile trails). This mural was completed in 2001, and wrapped up the mural project. It was funded by Five Wings Art Council and Lutheran Brotherhood.
Snowmobile Trails: Around Sebeka, there are miles of snowmobile trails that are perfect for winter recreation. These trails connect to the trails of Wadena, Menahga, Verndale, and Staples. All of these trails eventually connect to a network of trails that travel throughout the whole state of Minnesota.
Tim’s Trail: Tim’s Trail is a beautiful area of Sebeka where walking, cross country skiing, biking, and jogging are welcomed. It is located on the southeast corner of Sebeka by Our Saviour's Church. It opened in 2004 with the main goal of providing more walking trails for area residents. There are paths ranging from .5 miles to 1.5 miles. Highlights of the trail include a daisy field, a fern forest, and an overlook dock.
Red Eye River Days: Every summer in June, Sebeka holds its annual Red Eye River Days. Activities within the weekend include the Miss and Little Miss Sebeka Pageant, Red Eye River 5K Walk/Run, Kiddie Parade, Parade, Beer Garden, Pig Races, and much more!
St. Hubert's Catholic Church is part of the St. Cloud Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. It is located in the unincorporated town of Bluegrass, between Sebeka and Verndale on County Road 23. Mass times are 8:30 am on Sundays and 9:00 am on Wednesdays. Mass times switch seasonally with St. Frederick’s in Verndale and Assumption of Our Lady in Menahga. Father Arlie Sowada is the current priest of St. Hubert’s, St. Frederick’s, and Assumption of Our Lady. St. Hubert’s is the location of the local catechism building, where the three parishes hold religious education. Religious Education is at 6:30 on Wednesdays in September through April. For more information, you can check out vbmcatholic.org.
Our Saviours Lutheran Church is a part of the ELCA. Worship is led by Pastor Rachel Stout. It has worship at 9:00 am on Sundays, with the exception of the first Sunday of each month at 11:00. It also has services at 7:00 pm on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. For more information, you can contact 218-837-5831.
The Sebeka United Methodist Church has worship on Sundays at 10:15 am and Sunday School from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, and is part of the UMC. Worship services are led by Pastor Steven Koehne, who is also the pastor at the Menahga United Methodist Church. For more information, you can check out umc.org.
The Old Country Church is a full Gospel, non-denominational church. It is located a mile and a half east of the Leaf River Town Hall, between Sebeka and Wadena. Services are 10:00 am on Sundays. If you would like more information, you can contact Pastor Jerry Miller at 218-837-5690.
Blowers Chapel is a non-denominational/Bible church. It has Sunday school on Sundays at 9:00am, with worship at 10:00 am. Youth Group meets every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, along with AWANA clubs. Worship is led by Pastor John O’Keefe. For more information, you can check out sebeka.com.
Grace Lutheran Church is part of the Missouri Synod Lutheran denomination, and is located on Wells Avenue North in Sebeka. It holds Sunday school September through May. Worship is led by Pastor Mark Hesse, and is held at 10:30 am on Sundays. Grace is affiliated with the Nimrod Lutheran Church. After September 1, Grace will switch worship times with Nimrod and hold it at 9:00 am. For more information, you can check out sebeka.com.
Bethany Free Lutheran Church is a part of the AFLC. It is located in the unincorporated town of Bluegrass, by Sebeka. It holds worship every Sunday at 8:30 am. Worship is led by Pastor Adam Osier.
Zion Free Lutheran Church is located on County Road 23 in North Germany Township, by Sebeka. It holds Bible Study every Sunday at 9:30 am, and worship is at 10:30. Worship is led by Pastor Ray Hendrickson. August 8th, 2013 will be Zion's 120th Anniversary Celebration. For more information, you can check out sebeka.com.
The Sebeka Apostolic Lutheran Church is located on Jefferson Avenue in Sebeka. It has worship at 10:30 am on Sundays, and Bible Class at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays. Worship is led by Pastor Arthur Skoog. For more information, you can check out the church’s Facebook page.