Shakopee is a city in and the county seat of Scott County, Minnesota. It is located southwest of downtown Minneapolis. Sited on the south bank bend of the Minnesota River and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 3.3 million people. The population of Shakopee was 37,076 at the 2010 census; the river bank's Shakopee Historic District contains burial mounds built by prehistoric cultures. In the 18th century, Chief Shakopee of the Mdewakanton Dakota established his village on the east end of this area near the water. Trading led to the city's establishment in the 19th century. Shakopee boomed as a commerce exchange site between rail at Murphy's Landing. Once an isolated city in the Minnesota River Valley, by the 1960s the economy of Shakopee was tied to that of the expanding metropolitan area. Significant growth as a bedroom community occurred after U. S. Highway 169 was realigned in 1996 toward the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge.
The city is known for the Canterbury Park racetrack. Burial mounds along the Minnesota River bluff, located within the present-day Veterans Memorial Park, have been dated between 500 and 2,000 years old. Following the Dakota migration from Mille Lacs Lake in the 17th century, several bands of Mdewakanton Dakota settled along the Minnesota River, they continued the mound building tradition. One of these bands was led in the 18th century by the first Chief Shakopee; the original Shakopee acquired his name when his wife, White Buffalo Woman, gave birth to sextuplet boys. Shakopee means "the six." The Ojibwa nation began pushing into Dakota territory and Shakopee's band skirmished in 1768 and 1775. Shakopee died in 1827 at Fort Snelling; the second man to be given the name Chief Shakopee was his adopted Ojibwa son, Eaglehead, a twin son born to Ozaawindib, or "Yellowhead." Ozaawindib gave this son to the Dakota. Explorer Joseph Nicollet recorded that Eaglehead had been chosen in 1838 to lead the band and assume his father's name.
By this time, Nicollet referred to the "Village of the Six," a permanent Dakota village south of the river, as acting as a boundary to the Ojibwa. However, historians have since situated it east of the present downtown, he noted the village and locality was called the "village of the prairie". The Shakopee band lived in summer bark lodges and winter tipis, they followed the changes of the season. By the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, the Sioux tribe ceded land in 1851 and many relocated to Chief Shakopee II's village; the latter people had moved south to what was assigned to them as the current Shakopee-Mdewakanton Indian Reservation in nearby Prior Lake. The band swelled to 400 people, its leadership passed to Shakopee II's son Eatoka. He was called Shakpedan at the death of his father. During the Dakota War of 1862, his warriors killed about 800 European-American settlers in an effort to regain their lands. Shakpedan was hanged at Fort Snelling in 1865 for his role in the rebellion. Descendants of the Mdewakanton Dakota placed 572 acres of Shakopee land into tribal land trust with the Department of Interior in 2003.
Meanwhile, in 1851, Thomas A. Holmes established a trading post west of the Dakota and platted Shakopee Village in 1854, named after Chief Shakopee II; the city grew, incorporating in 1857. It surrendered its charter in 1861 due to conflicts in the Dakota War; as tensions lifted, the city incorporated again in 1870. The western end was left in township status and was renamed as Jackson Township, Minnesota in 1861 after President Andrew Jackson. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.32 square miles. U. S. Highway 169 and County Highway 101 are two of the main routes in Shakopee. Highway 169 and nearby State Highway 13 connect Shakopee to the rest of the Minneapolis – Saint Paul region. County Highway 101 serves as a major east–west connector route of historic downtown Shakopee; as of the census of 2010, there were 37,076 people, 12,772 households, 9,275 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,323.7 inhabitants per square mile. There were 13,339 housing units at an average density of 476.2 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 77.0% White, 4.3% African American, 1.2% Native American, 10.3% Asian, 4.5% from other races, 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.8% of the population. There were 12,772 households of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, 27.4% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.31. The median age in the city was 32.2 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2 % female. At the 2000 census, there were 20,568 people, 7,540 households and 5,360 families residing in the city; the population density was 761.7 per square mile. There were 7,805 housing units at an average density of 289.0 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 91.61% White, 1.33% Afr
Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2017, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 45th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 422,331; the Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, suburbs which altogether contain about 3.6 million people, is the third-largest economic center in the Midwest. Minneapolis lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital; the city is abundantly rich in water, with 13 lakes, the Mississippi River and waterfalls. It was once a hub for timber; the city and surrounding region is the primary business center between Seattle. In 2011, Minneapolis proper was home to the fifth-highest number of Fortune 500 headquarters in the United States; as an integral link to the global economy, Minneapolis is categorized as a global city.
Minneapolis has one of the largest LGBT populations in the U. S. proportional to its overall population. Noted for its strong music and performing arts scenes, Minneapolis is home to both the award-winning Guthrie Theater and the historic First Avenue nightclub. Reflecting the region's status as an epicenter of folk and alternative rock music, the city served as the launching pad for several of the 20th century's most influential musicians, including Bob Dylan and Prince. Minneapolis has become noted for its underground and independent hip-hop and rap scenes, producing artists such as Brother Ali and Dessa; the name Minneapolis is attributed to Charles Hoag, the city's first schoolmaster, who combined mni, a Dakota Sioux word for water, polis, the Greek word for city. Descendants of first peoples, Dakota Sioux were the region's sole residents when French explorers arrived in 1680. For a time, amicable relations were based on fur trading. More European-American settlers arrived, competing for game and other resources with the Native Americans.
After the Revolutionary War, Great Britain granted the land east of the Mississippi to the United States. In the early 19th century, the United States acquired land to the west from France in the Louisiana Purchase. Fort Snelling, just south of present-day Minneapolis, was built in 1819 by the United States Army, it attracted traders and merchants, spurring growth in the area. The United States government pressed the Mdewakanton band of the Dakota to sell their land, allowing people arriving from the East to settle there. Preoccupied with the Civil War, the United States government reneged on its promises of cash payments to the Dakota, resulting in hunger, the Dakota War of 1862, internment and hardship; the Minnesota Territorial Legislature authorized Minneapolis as a town in 1856, on the Mississippi's west bank. Minneapolis incorporated as a city in 1867, the year rail service began between Minneapolis and Chicago, it joined with the east-bank city of St. Anthony in 1872. Minneapolis developed around Saint Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on the Mississippi River and a source of power for its early industry.
Forests in northern Minnesota were a valuable resource for the lumber industry, which operated seventeen sawmills on power from the waterfall. By 1871, the west river bank had twenty-three businesses, including flour mills, woolen mills, iron works, a railroad machine shop, mills for cotton, paper and planing wood. Due to the occupational hazards of milling, six local sources of artificial limbs were competing in the prosthetics business by the 1890s; the farmers of the Great Plains grew grain, shipped by rail to the city's 34 flour mills. Millers have used hydropower elsewhere since the 1st century B. C. but the results in Minneapolis between 1880 and 1930 were so remarkable the city has been described as "the greatest direct-drive waterpower center the world has seen." A father of modern milling in America and founder of what became General Mills, Cadwallader C. Washburn converted his business from gristmills to revolutionary technology, including "gradual reduction" processing by steel and porcelain roller mills capable of producing premium-quality pure white flour quickly.
Some ideas were developed by William Dixon Gray and some acquired through industrial espionage from Hungary by William de la Barre. Charles A. Pillsbury and the C. A. Pillsbury Company across the river were a step behind, hiring Washburn employees to use the new methods; the hard red spring wheat that grows in Minnesota became valuable, Minnesota "patent" flour was recognized at the time as the best in the world. Not until did consumers discover the value in the bran that "... Minneapolis flour millers dumped" into the Mississippi. After 1883, a Minneapolis miller started a new industry when he began to sell bran byproduct as animal feed. Millers cultivated relationships with academic scientists at the University of Minnesota; those scientists backed them politically on many issues, such as in the early 20th century when health advocates in the nascent field of nutrition criticized the flour "bleaching" process. At peak production, a single mill at Washburn-Crosby made enough flour for 12 million loaves of bread each day.
Further, by 1895, through the efforts of silent partner William Hood Dunwoody, Washburn-Crosby exported four
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Eden Prairie is an edge city 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County, the 12th-largest city in the State of Minnesota. It is the 7th-largest suburb in the Twin Cities, with a population of 60,797 at the 2010 census; the city is on the north bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi River. Eden Prairie is an affluent suburb with a mixed-income city model, it is home to 7,213 firms and regional parks, conservation areas and recreational facilities. There are walking trails around Purgatory Creek and Staring Lake, the Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail; the city has more than 170 miles of multi-use trails, 2,250 acres of parks, 1,300 acres of open space. It is home to the headquarters of SuperValu, C. H. Robinson Worldwide, SABIS, MTS Systems Corporation, it contains the Eden Prairie Center and is the hub for SouthWest Transit, providing public transportation to three adjacent suburbs. KMSP and WFTC are based in Eden Prairie. Eden Prairie and nearby suburbs form the southwest portion of Minneapolis–Saint Paul, the 15th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.6 million residents.
Eden Prairie has been one of Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" in America since 2006. In 2017, eleven Eden Prairie students scored perfect ACT test scores. For most of its existence, Eden Prairie has been a slow-growing, pastoral village on the far southwest fringes of the Twin Cities. Between 1880 and 1960, Eden Prairie’s population only grew from about 739 to 2,000. Native Americans were the first to live in the area; the land was part of the Great Dakota Nation, but when the Ojibwa arrived from the Great Lakes region, the tribes began to clash over the land. The Ojibwa were armed with knives and guns traded to them by white settlers and fur traders, after years of bloody warfare the Ojibwa had forced the Dakota to give up all their land east of the Mississippi River, north of the Crow Wing River, land which did not include what is now Eden Prairie. On May 25, 1858, a battle was fought between the Dakota and the Ojibwa in the southern part of Eden Prairie, just north of the Minnesota River, an area referred to as Murphy's Ferry.
The Ojibwa people wished to "avenge the murder" of one of their people committed the previous fall by the Dakota. The Ojibwa had 200 warriors, the Dakota somewhere between 60 and 70, but the Dakota proved victorious, wounding the young Chief of the Ojibwa tribe; the tribes continued to fight over territory well into the 1860s after the "Sioux Uprising" of 1862, when most of the Dakota people were removed from Minnesota. Among the notable Native Americans who lived in the Eden Prairie area was Chief Shoto. Born into the band of Chief Wabash, he went on to be the chief of the Red Wing Dakota tribe for 15 years, leaving them and becoming Chief of the "Little Six" band of Dakota until the uprising in 1862, during which he became a scout for Governor Sibley from 1862 to 1870, returning to the Little Six band in 1872, he died in 1899 at the age of 99 at his home in Eden Prairie. In 1851, a treaty opened land west of the Mississippi River to settlement allowing pioneers to settle in what is now Eden Prairie.
Many early farmhouses are left in the town, can be found on the National Register of Historic Places. One of these early settlers was John Cummins, an Irish-born immigrant who built what is now referred to as the "Cummins-Phipps-Grill House" with his wife Mattie in 1880. Manuscripts indicate that John Cummins was an avid and respected horticulturist and farmer; the Cummins family sold this property to the Phipps family 1908. Eden Prairie's town board held its first meeting in a log schoolhouse on May 11, 1858, the same day Minnesota became a state. Eden Prairie's farming community grew over the years. Flying Cloud Airport was the first sign of big development in 1946; the 1960s and 1970s were decades of growth for the city's parks and recreation system. In the mid-1970s, the community gained a higher profile with the addition of Interstate Highway 494 and the Eden Prairie Shopping Center. Eden Prairie became a village in 1962, a statutory city in 1974. A popular lake in Eden Prairie is Staring Lake, named for Jonas Staring, who built the first house by the lake.
Named "Eden" in 1853 by a Mrs. Elliot, she chose this name because of her admiration of the "beautiful prairie" that occupies the southern portion of the town. Eden Prairie is 11 miles southwest of Minneapolis along the northern side of the Minnesota River. Interstate 494, U. S. Highways 169 and 212, Minnesota State Highway 5 are four of the city's main routes. Eden Prairie's land consists of rolling hills and bluffs overlooking the Minnesota River, with zones of prairie and mixed forests. Eden Prairie has great parks such as Staring Lake Park and Bryant Lakes Regional Park with trails for running & biking. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.19 square miles, of which 32.45 square miles is land and 2.74 square miles is water. Eden Prairie "attracts a diverse crowd" from many income groups. Eden Prairie is the home of the affluent gated community Bearpath, yet the community vibe of citizens in Eden Prairie is a sense of working, community-minded residents with kids together in the schools and afterschool activities, such as the Youth Sports Program.
Minnesotans in general have a Midwest sense of middle class community and have never embraced ga
Prairies are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, a composition of grasses and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type. Temperate grassland regions include the Pampas of Argentina and Uruguay, the steppe of Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Lands referred to as "prairie" tend to be in North America; the term encompasses the area referred to as the Interior Lowlands of Canada, the United States, Mexico, which includes all of the Great Plains as well as the wetter, hillier land to the east. In the U. S. the area is constituted by most or all of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma, sizable parts of the states of Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and western and southern Minnesota. The Palouse of Washington and the Central Valley of California are prairies; the Canadian Prairies occupy vast areas of Manitoba and Alberta. According to Theodore Roosevelt: Prairie is the French word for meadow.
The formation of the North American Prairies started with the uplift of the Rocky Mountains near Alberta. The mountains created a rain shadow; the parent material of most prairie soil was distributed during the last glacial advance that began about 110,000 years ago. The glaciers expanding southward scraped the landscape, picking up geologic material and leveling the terrain; as the glaciers retreated about 10,000 years ago, it deposited this material in the form of till. Wind based loess deposits form an important parent material for prairie soils. Tallgrass prairie evolved over tens of thousands of years with the disturbances of fire. Native ungulates such as bison and white-tailed deer, roamed the expansive, diverse grasslands before European colonization of the Americas. For 10,000-20,000 years, native people used fire annually as a tool to assist in hunting and safety. Evidence of ignition sources of fire in the tallgrass prairie are overwhelmingly human as opposed to lightning. Humans, grazing animals, were active participants in the process of prairie formation and the establishment of the diversity of graminoid and forbs species.
Fire has the effect on prairies of removing trees, clearing dead plant matter, changing the availability of certain nutrients in the soil from the ash produced. Fire kills the vascular tissue of trees, but not prairie species, as up to 75% of the total plant biomass is below the soil surface and will re-grow from its deep roots. Without disturbance, trees will encroach on a grassland and cast shade, which suppresses the understory. Prairie and spaced oak trees evolved to coexist in the oak savanna ecosystem. In spite of long recurrent droughts and occasional torrential rains, the grasslands of the Great Plains were not subject to great soil erosion; the root systems of native prairie grasses held the soil in place to prevent run-off of soil. When the plant died, the fungi, bacteria returned its nutrients to the soil; these deep roots help native prairie plants reach water in the driest conditions. Native grasses suffer much less damage from dry conditions than many farm crops grown. Prairie in North America is split into three groups: wet and dry.
They are characterized by tallgrass prairie, mixed, or shortgrass prairie, depending on the quality of soil and rainfall. In wet prairies, the soil is very moist, including during most of the growing season, because of poor water drainage; the resulting stagnant water is conducive to the formation of fens. Wet prairies have excellent farming soil; the average precipitation is 10–30 inches a year. Mesic prairie good soil during the growing season; this type of prairie is the most converted for agricultural usage. Dry prairie has somewhat wet to dry soil during the growing season because of good drainage in the soil; this prairie can be found on uplands or slopes. Dry soil doesn't get much vegetation due to lack of rain; this is the dominant biome in the Southern Canadian agricultural and climatic region known as Palliser's Triangle. Once thought to be unarable, the Triangle is now one of the most important agricultural regions in Canada thanks to advances in irrigation technology. In addition to its high local importance to Canada, Palliser's Triangle is now one of the most important sources of wheat in the world as a result of these improved methods of watering wheat fields.
Despite these advances in farming technology, the area is still prone to extended periods of drought, which can be disastrous for the industry if it is prolonged. An infamous example of this is the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, which hit much of the United States great plains ecoregion - contributing to the Great Depression. Nomadic hunting has been the main human activity on the prairies for the majority of the archaeological record; this once included many now-extinct species of megafauna. After the other extinction, the main hunted animal on the prairies was the plains bison. Using loud noises and waving large signals, Native peoples would drive bison in fenced pens called to be killed with bows and arrows or spears, or drive them off a cliff, to kill or injure the bison en masse. Th
Fort Snelling State Park
Fort Snelling State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Its most notable feature is the historic Fort Snelling, which dates from 1820; the fort itself is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society and requires a separate entrance fee. The bulk of the state park preserves the bottomland forest and backwater lakes below the river bluffs; the park was opened in 1962. Both the State Park and Historic Fort are part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a National Park Service site; as of 2005, the park hosts 400,000 visitors annually and contains the restored fort, a visitor center, 18 miles of cross-country skiing trails, 18 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of biking trails. These trails connect the park to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Minnehaha Park, regional trail systems like the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and the Big Rivers Regional Trail. Minnesota State Highway 55 crosses over the park on the Mendota Bridge, many jets taking off and landing at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport fly directly over the park.
Today the bottomlands of the river confluence boast a floodplain forest of cottonwood, silver maple, green ash, wood nettle and willow. There are marshes, backwater lakes, wet meadows. Abundant wildlife includes white-tailed deer, woodchuck, skunk and coyote. Reptiles include the snapping turtle, painted turtle, soft-shelled turtle, the non-venomous western fox snake. In 1864 a railroad was built through the area. At the beginning of historical times, Mdewakanton Dakota lived in this area; the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers was to them the center of the world. In 1805 Lieutenant Zebulon Pike met with the Mdewakanton on the island between the two rivers and negotiated the purchase of land along the blufftops; the treaty site is now known as Pike Island. Details of Fort Snelling, built between 1820 and 1825 on the land Pike acquired, are contained in its own entry; the soldiers from Fort Snelling had gardens, livestock and boat storage sheds in the low river valley. After the Dakota War of 1862, over 1600 Dakota men and children were forcibly confined in a camp in this area through the winter of 1862–1863, before being expelled to Nebraska.
Over the winter 300 died due to malnutrition and exposure. During the 1950s, the state government had planned to build a freeway interchange and bridge over the site of the fort, prompting concerned locals and Russell W. Fridley, director of the Minnesota Historical Society, to call a meeting to examine how to preserve the fort; the state agreed to build a tunnel underneath the fort, thus preserving the old structures. In 1960, A. R. Nichols, a landscape architect, submitted plans for a 2,400-acre park on the site. Based on a much earlier plan, this design would become the basis for the final form of the park; this caught the interest of Thomas C. Savage who wrote State Parks director U. W. Hella. Hella urged Savage to form an association of interested citizens which became the Fort Snelling State Park Association, putting money and public relations effort into the promotion of the park's establishment. While there was widespread support for preserving the old fortifications, some local landowners were not enthused about plans to purchase additional lands, claiming that the price the government proposed to pay was not adequate.
In response, the Park Association began to raise funds to buy out at least some of the owners. A second consideration was whether or not the federal government would grant the actual fort property to the state as surplus land. On the last day of the 1961 legislative session, a $65,000 appropriation was made and the park's boundaries were set so as to acquire the federal land. On October 29, the federal government donated 320 acres of land, including portions of the fort, to the State of Minnesota under the 1944 Surplus Property Act; the park was opened on June 3, 1962. The restoration of the fort had begun as early as 1957, with the establishment of the park, such efforts received new momentum. Old plans were found in the National Archives and the state legislature granted regular appropriations to fund the project until 1979. Limestone to match the original building material was taken from lands owned by the City of Saint Paul and the Webb Publishing Company; the remaining half of the fort, occupied by the Department of Veterans Affairs was donated to the park and restoration of the entire fort could proceed.
Structures including walls, the round tower, the commandant's house, magazine and others were either restored or rebuilt to 19th-century condition. Workers went so far as to recreate the rough trowel tuckpointing of the original stone blocks. Controversially, WPA murals from the 1930s were removed from the interior of the tower. In 1970 a swimming beach was opened in the park and visitation increased 75%. An interpretive center was opened in 1974, the first year-round interpretive center in the Minnesota state park system. Without a campground, this is the most visited state park in Minnesota most years. Bicycling: 5 miles of paved trail, connecting to regional paved trails. 10 miles of gravel trails. Boating: Public boat ramp on Minnesota River by picnic area. Canoe access to lakes and rivers. Cross-country skiing: 12 miles of groomed ski trails in the park. Fishing: Lake and river fishing. Fishing pier on Snelling Lake. Hiking: 18 miles of hiking trails in the park. Interpretation
Sibley County, Minnesota
Sibley County is a county in the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 15,226, its county seat is Gaylord. Sibley County is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area; the county was created on 5 March 1853. It was named for Henry Hastings Sibley,The county seat was first established at Henderson. A courthouse was built there and placed into service in 1879, it was used in that capacity until 1915. Now designated'Henderson Community Building', the original courthouse presently houses Henderson City offices; the Minnesota River flows northeastward along the east border of Sibley County. It is fed by the Rush River, whose three branches drain the lower part of the county before merging and meeting the Minnesota below Henderson; the Bevens Creek drains the upper part of the county. The county terrain consists of rolling hills etched with drainages and dotted with lakes and ponds, with the area devoted to agriculture; the terrain slopes to the east and north, with its highest point near its NW corner at 1,083' ASL.
The county has an area of 601 square miles, of which 589 square miles is land and 12 square miles is water. Most of the Rush River's watershed is in Sibley County; as of the 2000 United States Census, there were 15,356 people, 5,772 households, 4,086 families in the county. The population density was 26.1/sqmi. There were 6,024 housing units at an average density of 10.2/sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 95.57% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 3.09% from other races, 0.62% from two or more races. 5.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 65.7% were of German and 6.3% Norwegian ancestry. There were 5,772 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.20% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.14.
The county population contained 27.70% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $41,458, the median income for a family was $48,923. Males had a median income of $31,002 versus $22,527 for females; the per capita income for the county was $18,004. About 5.10% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over. Assumption New Rome Rush River Sibley County votes Republican. In only two national elections since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate. National Register of Historic Places listings in Sibley County, Minnesota Sibley County government website