Civil Municipal - April 2024

AJEWEL TOOFFER S et against the meandering waters of the Buffalo River in Clay County, Minnesota, Hawley is a true example of friendly small-town charm combined with a progressive and enduring legacy. Although it took six name changes, the town found its permanent identity in 1872, honoring Thomas Hawley Canfield of the Northern Pacific Railway. Boasting an enviable geographic location, described by Mayor Sean Mork as being “right smack dab in the middle of Fargo-Moorhead and Detroit Lakes,” Hawley offers a quiet and welcoming refuge for commuters, with proximity to ample recreational opportunities.“It’s a perfect town with this small town feeling, but we still have a lot of amenities of a bigger community,” Mork adds. 90 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 5, ISSUE 04