Delivering Quality Service and Products for Over 129 Years

Company History

Five Generations of Family Business on the Level

Stenerson Bros. Lumber Co. was founded in 1889 by Norwegian immigrants, Sven, Gunder, and Knute Stenerson. The Stenerson brothers purchased forty acres of wooded land near Pelican Rapids, MN. While cutting wood for heating and cooking, they discovered that many of the trees were large enough for processing into lumber, which they soon started selling to their neighbors. This is when our first lumberyard was born.

As the business grew, we expanded our trade into nearby towns. Stenerson Bros. Lumber Company has had lumberyards in many local communities in Minnesota including Pelican Rapids, Erskine, Mentor, Felton, Borup, Halstad, Hendrum, Erhard, Averill, Gonvick, Fertile, Morris, and Crosby/Deerwood.  In North Dakota, the family has held lumberyards in Kermit, Columbus, and Wahpeton.  In the early years, Stenerson Lumber followed the railroads into each region, setting up shop in these growing towns.  Eventually, as motorized vehicles increased hauling distances and the railroad took a back seat in transportation; the smaller yards closed, giving way to the larger stores operating today.  At present, Stenerson Lumber operates yards in Moorhead, Fergus Falls, and Detroit Lakes – all in Minnesota, serving a regional area well into the eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota.

We celebrate the same commitment to quality that has been important at Stenerson Lumber since Day One.   From our first generation to today’s fifth generation, the Stenerson family has been active in the communities it serves and encourages their employees to do so as well.  See our Community Involvement page for more on this.

Assisting professional contractors, home remodelers, commercial accounts, and do-it-yourselfers, Stenerson Lumber offers over a century of growth, stability, service, and experience you can count on.  Through competency, character, consistency, and care, we are committed to Business on Level.

1889
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Sven, Knute, and Gunder’s lumberyard partnership begins in Pelican Rapids, MN.

1893
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Stenerson Lumber begins expansion to outlying areas with a new lumberyard in Erskine, MN.  Yards are typically run by two employees, a Manager and a Second Man with added help during the summer months.

1908
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Stenerson Bros. Lumber Company is incorporated in the State of MN.

1912
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Stenerson Lumber’s General Office is moved to Felton for its central location.

1920
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Corporate Offices were moved to downtown Moorhead’s Gletne Building on 4th Street and Center Avenue.

1935
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Fire destroys the lumberyard in Erhard. The store remained open and the the lumber shed rebuilt soon after.

1938
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The original Stenerson Lumber lumberyard in Pelican Rapids is sold to Crane Johnson Lumber Company.

1946
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Moorhead yard is built on the corner of 17th Street & 1st Ave N. A new lumberyard is opened and the General Office is moved to the upstairs office quarters.

1956
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Stenerson Lumber offers a company-wide profit sharing plan and health coverage to its employees.

1959
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Stenerson Bros. Lumber Co. hits the million-dollar sales mark for the first time.

1966
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Foss Lumber Company was purchased and a new building erected on the south edge of Moorhead.

1971
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Stenerson Lumber began operations in Fergus Falls in a small building where the Fergus Falls library is now located.  The yard moved to its current location in 1980.

1975
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A Detroit Lakes store is opened downtown.  The yard was later moved to its current location on State Highway 59 in 1992.

1982
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Computers are installed to aid salespeople in preparing estimates and drawing house plans.

1994
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Foss Lumber (South Yard) merges with North Moorhead yard.

1998
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Siding, window, and door installation is now offered through Stenerson Lumber’s Exteriors Unlimited division which remained in operation for over 15 years.

2007
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Pro-Builder Lending, LLC begins to offer loans to contractors for projects.

2017
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Stenerson Lumber wins Design & Living magazine’s People’s Choice Award for Best Lumberyard.