Bena (ˈbiːnə ) is a city in Cass County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 116 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.
A post office called Bena has been in operation since 1898. Bena is a type of bird mentioned in the poem The Song of Hiawatha. The Ojibwe word bina' is the word for partridge, a very common bird in this area.
Late in World War II, a logging camp manned by prisoners of war was located at the site of an old CCC camp near Bena. Two German POWs escaped from the camp in 1944 for a short period.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all land. Bena is located along U.S. Highway 2 and Cass County Road 8.
As of the census of 2010, there were 116 people, 43 households, and 24 families living in the city. The population density was . There were 60 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of t