Welcome to Ray!
New to town? Welcome to Ray, North Dakota! We are a growing and welcoming community in the heart of North Dakota. We understand that moving to a new community can be difficult and overwhelming. We want to make your lives here as easy and smooth as possible. This page is created to help you ease into your life here with as little complications as possible.
Ray is known as The Grain Palace City but there’s so much more here to enjoy and love. We want you to love Ray just as much as we do and enjoy everything Ray has to offer. Whether you’re here for work, school, or it’s just where life took you, we want you to live your best life here.
Our city has a population of 796, all who are so excited to meet you and welcome you in! You are also welcome in by Ray Public Schools, a pre-k – 12 school. We prioritize you and your well-being with 4 different medical centers and clinics.
Throughout the year, there are many amazing events including our annual Grain Palace Days, Gnarly Barley, so many golf tournaments, and all the fun events hosted by our schools’ students. We hope this page helps you feel right at home in Ray and welcome to our community! We are so excited to have you.

Ray offers excellent educational opportunities for students of all ages. The Ray Elementary School serves students k - 6 providing a strong foundation for academic success. The school offers a wide range of programs to help students excel, including gifted and talented programs, special education services and more.
For students 7 – 12, Ray High School offers a rigorous academic curriculum, as well as a variety of extracurricular activities to help students develop and find their talents and interests. Ray Public Schools has a huge team of staff that are there to help your child feel safe and welcome and to succeed in all aspects. They are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and life skills they need to get through college and life.
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Health and Wellness
Ray is home to 3 amazing health care settings. Tioga Medical Center has a location in the Ray Mall located right off of highway 2. We are very lucky to have such supportive and friendly neighboring towns! The highly trained and caring medical professionals at Tioga Medical Center provide compassionate and personalized care to each patient, ensuring their physical and mental well-being.
In addition to Tioga Medical Center, several other healthcare providers reside in Ray. This includes Ray Family Medical Center. They offer a personalized approach to family healthcare focusing on prevention, wellness, and treatment for the whole family. They offer a variety of specialized and general visits, office procedures, and overall health evaluations to keep you & your family’s health on track.
And lastly Northland Health Center. Northland Health Center is committed to delivering patient centered, accessible, quality-driven, medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare, to all generations to strengthen the health status in the communities they serve, regardless of the ability to pay.

Setting Up Water and Sewer Services
Welcome to Ray! If you are a new resident, you’ll need to set up water and sewer services with the city. Here’s what you need to know.

  • City Hall is open Monday – Thursday (9-3) and Friday (9-12). To start your process, you can visit City Hall at 101 Main St. Ray, ND.
  • To set up new services, you’ll need to pay a $50 account setup fee. You can pay by cash, check, or credit/debit card at city hall.
  • You’ll also need to provide a copy of your photo ID to verify your identity.
  • Once you’ve set up your account, you’ll receive monthly water and sewer services bills. Payments are due around the 15th of each month. You can pay your bill by mail, in person at city hall, after hours there is a drop box, or online through the city’s website.
  • Residential garbage is picked up on the following days – Tuesdays.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your water or sewer services, don’t hesitate to contact the city.

We hope this information helps you get started with your water and sewer services in Ray. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need further assistance.

Do you need a Post Office Box?
In Ray, mail delivery methods can vary depending on the location of your home. While some residents have their mail conveniently delivered directly to their houses, others are required to obtain a Post Office Box (PO Box). It’s important to note that the distribution of mailboxes and the requirement for a PO Box can be somewhat scattered throughout the town.

To determine whether you need to set up a PO Box, a helpful indicator is the presence of a mailbox in front of your house. If your residence already has a mailbox at your residence, it is likely that you’ll need to establish a PO Box to receive your mail.
To set up a PO Box, you can visit the Ray Post Office located at 6 Main St. Ray, ND. The friendly staff will assist you in selecting an appropriate box size and guide you through the registration process. Remember to bring along two valid forms of identification.
If you have any specific questions or concerns about mail delivery in Ray, we recommend reaching out to the Ray Post Office directly (800)275-877.

Post Office Hours
Monday – Friday (8:00 – 12:30, 1:30 – 3:00)
Saturday (9:00 – 10:00)

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Registering your dogs
We know how much you love your furry friends, and we want to make sure they’re safe and accounted for in our city. It’s part of our city ordinance that all pups are registered with our Ray City Hall.
If you have questions about banned dogs, rules, or even just questions look at our city ordinance handbook. (Linked here)
Don’t worry, it’s easy as chasing your tail! Just bring a copy of up-to-date rabies vaccination and distemper paperwork from your vet to the City Hall office during normal business hours. We do have a small fee of $5.00 for each animal. In return, you’ll receive an ID tag that will ensure a quick return home if your pup ever goes on a little adventure. Let’s keep your furry friends safe and register your animals!

Landfill and Metal Bin
Ray takes environmental responsibility seriously and is proud to offer a few options for trash. We have a metal and landfill bin both located on the south end of Comfort St. in Ray, ND. If you have any questions regarding these bins just call up City Hall!

Local Churches
Ray is home to several welcoming churches, where you can connect with others and deepen your faith. Ray has two churches in our community: Ray Lutheran Church and St. Michaels Catholic Church. Whichever religion you stand by you are supported and welcomed into our community.
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Shop Local
Ray is home to many small businesses opened and ran by members of our community. We support them every step of the way, and you should too! There’s a small business for everything including food, coffee, shops, etc. Click here for a list of our local businesses.