Appleton is a city in Swift County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,412 at the 2010 census. The town is home to a vacant, medium-security prison, the Prairie Correctional Facility, which is wholly owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. With the closing of the prison in 2010, the town of Appleton took a huge hit to its local economy.
Elmer A. Benson, who served as a United States Senator and as Governor of Minnesota, was born in Appleton on 23 Sept. 1895. Notably, Appleton is also home to many retirees and military veterans. Appleton has named all of its twenty-some streets, except Minnesota Street, for local veterans who died in combat. It appears if any more Appleton veterans die in combat, there are no streets left to be used as a memorial.