Blue Earth, Minnesota
Blue Earth is a city in Faribault County, Minnesota, at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Blue Earth River. The population was 3,353 at the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Faribault County. It is home to a statue of the Jolly Green Giant. Additionally, Interstate Highway 90 is centered on Blue Earth, as the east and west construction teams met here in 1978; as a tribute, there is a golden stripe of concrete on the interstate near Blue Earth. This draws a parallel to the golden spike set in the first transcontinental railroad. Blue Earth was platted in 1856; the city took its name from the Blue Earth River. The river was given the Dakota name "Mahka-to" for the blue-black clay found in the river banks. A post office has been in operation at Blue Earth since 1856; the Jolly Green Giant statue attracts over 10,000 visitors a year. In July 2007, the Blue Earth City Council approved space for a Green Giant memorabilia museum. Lowell Steen, of Blue Earth, has collected thousands of Green Giant items and will permanently loan them to the museum.
Steinberg Nature Park is a 33-acre park located east of Blue Earth on County Road 16. Visitors are provided with the opportunity to enjoy nature and scenery; the park has a picnic shelter. Prior to Football Play-offs the Minneapolis Star Tribune had a Coaches Poll who voted each week for the Best Football Team in the State. In 1964, 65 & 66 Blue Earth Bucs were Rated #1 for 3 consecutive years holding many of their opponents to -Negative Total Yards. In the 1972 Football Team 9-1 lost. On November 24, 2012, the 2012 Football team won the division 3A championship by defeating Rochester Lourdes by a score of 30-7. Buc Wrestling has the second most Individual State Champions on record in Minnesota with 50. On Sept. 10-12, 1999, The Order of the Arrow, a group within the Boy Scouts of America, held its Section C-1A Conclave in Blue Earth. Seven OA Lodges, representing councils from Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota, attended the event. Blue Earth is home to many examples of Midwestern architecture, including: Faribault County Courthouse – completed in December 1892 at a cost of over $70,000.
The architect for the courthouse was C. A. Dunham of Burlington and the contractor was S. J. Hoban from St. Paul; the style of the courthouse is Richardsonian Romanesque. Stone used in the construction of the courthouse was transported from Kasota, Minnesota to Blue Earth by horse and wagon and rail. Most of the sand used in the mortar was from the Blue Earth river bottom and washed; the pillars on the front of the building are of polished granite. There are ledges on all four sides of the tower that are of solid stone of unknown weights of several ton each. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd – 1872 First Presbyterian Church — constructed in 1897 at a cost of $12,622.75. Designed by Kinney and Orth, architects from Austin, Minnesota; the architecture is Romanesque Revival in the arched windows, Gothic Revival in the steeples and gables, medieval in the towers. Salem Evangelical Church – This English country Gothic structure was completed in 1942. Designed by Bard & Vanderbilt of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.36 square miles, of which 3.27 square miles is land and 0.09 square miles is water. Interstate Highway 90 and U. S. Highway 169 are two of the main routes in the city; as of the census of 2010, there were 3,353 people, 1,453 households, 888 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,025.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,638 housing units at an average density of 500.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.1% from other races, 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population. There were 1,453 households of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 38.9% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age in the city was 46.4 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,621 people, 1,535 households, 925 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,137.0 people per square mile. There were 1,666 housing units at an average density of 523.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.85% White, 0.17% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.14% of the population. There were 1,535 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.7% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.92. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 21.9%
Hennepin County, Minnesota
Hennepin County is a county in the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census the population was 1,152,425, it is the 35th-most populous county in the United States. Its county seat is the state's most populous city; the county is named in honor of the 17th-century explorer Father Louis Hennepin. Hennepin County is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area; the center of population of Minnesota is in the city of Minneapolis. Hennepin County was created in 1852 by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature. Father Louis Hennepin's name was chosen because he named St. Anthony Falls and recorded some of the earliest accounts of the area for the Western world. Hennepin County's early history is linked to the establishment of the cities of Minneapolis and St. Anthony; the history of Hennepin County is cataloged at the Hennepin History Museum, located in Minneapolis. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 607 square miles, of which 554 square miles is land and 53 square miles is water.
Hennepin is one of 17 Minnesota counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils, is one of only two Minnesota counties with more than 75% of its area in savanna soils. The highest waterfall on the Mississippi River, the Saint Anthony Falls is in Hennepin County next to downtown Minneapolis, but in the 19th century, the falls were converted to a series of dams. Barges and boats now pass through locks to move between the parts of the river above and below the dams. Anoka County Ramsey County Dakota County Scott County Carver County Wright County Sherburne County Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Mississippi National River and Recreation Area As of the 2010 Census, there were 1,152,425 people, 475,913 households, 272,885 families residing in the county; the racial makeup of the county was 74.4% White, 11.8% Black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 6.2% Asian, 3.4% from other races, 3.2% from two or more races. 6.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
According to the 2010–2015 American Community Survey, the largest ancestry groups were German, Norwegian and Swedish. At the 2000 Census, there were 1,116,200 people, 456,129 households, 267,291 families residing in the county; the population density was 774/km². There were 468,824 housing units at an average density of 325/km²; the racial makeup of the county was 80.53% White, 8.95% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 4.80% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.06% from other races, 2.60% from two or more races. 4.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 456,129 households out of which 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.40% were non-families. 31.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.07. In the county 24.00% of the population was under the age of 18, 9.70% was between 18 and 24, 33.70% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, 11.00% were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $51,711, the median income for a family was $65,985 Accounting for inflation, these figures rise again to $76,202.87 for individuals, $92,353.46 for households, adjusted for 2014 dollars. Males had a median income of $42,466 versus $32,400 for females; the per capita income for the county was $28,789. About 5.00% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over. Hennepin County is the wealthiest county in Minnesota and one of the 100 highest-income counties in the United States. Besides English, languages with significant numbers of speakers in Hennepin County include Arabic, Khmer, Russian, Somali and Vietnamese. Like all counties in Minnesota, Hennepin is governed by an elected and nonpartisan board of commissioners.
In Minnesota, county commissions have five members, but Hennepin, Dakota, Anoka and St Louis counties have seven members. Each commissioner represents a district of equal population. In Hennepin the county commission appoints the medical examiner, county auditor-treasurer and county recorder; the sheriff and county attorney are elected on a nonpartisan ticket. The county government's headquarters are in downtown Minneapolis in the Hennepin County Government Center; the county oversees the Hennepin County Library system, Hennepin County Medical Center. The county commission elects a chair. Commissioners as of January 7, 2019 Hennepin County's normal operations are coordinated by the County Administrator David Hough, Deputy County Administrator for Health and Human Services Jennifer DeCubellis, Assistant County Administrator for Operations Chester Cooper, Acting Assistant County Administrator for Public Works Chris Sagsveen, Assistant County Administrator for Public Safety Mark Thompson. Under Administrator H
U.S. Route 14
U. S. Route 14, an east–west route, is one of the original United States highways of 1926, it has a length of 1,398 miles, but it had a peak length of 1,429 miles. For much of its length, it runs parallel to Interstate 90; as of 2004, the highway's eastern terminus is in Chicago, Illinois. Its western terminus is the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, with the western terminus of U. S. Route 16 and the western terminus of the eastern segment of U. S. Route 20. U. S. 14 begins at the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, along with U. S. 16 and the eastern segment of U. S. 20. It travels through the Shoshone National Forest to Cody, where U. S. 14A splits off to the north. Both routes traverse the dry Bighorn Basin, followed by a steep ascent up the Big Horn Mountains and through the Bighorn National Forest, where they rejoin at Burgess Junction; the highway descends the eastern slope of the Bighorns between Burgess Junction and Dayton. U. S. 14 follows I-90 south from Ranchester to Sheridan.
The highway turns east and south to again join I-90 near Gillette. It splits off for a short time to Carlile rejoins I-90 which it follows to the state line; the South Dakota section of U. S. 14, other than a concurrency with Interstate 90, is defined in the South Dakota Codified Laws. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway incorporates U. S. 14 from South Dakota in the west to Rochester, Minnesota, in the east, where the historic roadway continues on U. S. 63. The author moved to De Smet, SD from Walnut Grove, MN via the Chicago and Northwestern, which parallels the highway from the Black Hills to La Crosse, WI. In South Dakota and Minnesota, the road parallels the Rapid City and Eastern Railroad the Dakota and Eastern Railroad. US 14 and US 83 are the only national routes serving Pierre, South Dakota, one of only four state capitals not on the Interstate Highway System. U. S. 14 enters the state from South Dakota west of Lake Benton. It goes east through several small towns such as Balaton, Revere, Lamberton and Sleepy Eye, on a two-lane road until New Ulm, where it is a divided highway.
From New Ulm to Mankato, the highway lies north of the Minnesota River. Shortly before coming to the Mankato/North Mankato area, U. S. 14 becomes a freeway bypass, which becomes an expressway east of Mankato. This section is part of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway as it passes through Walnut Grove, it continues east south of Waseca and at Owatonna, it crosses Interstate 35. It heads east towards Rochester, with an expressway segment beginning at Minnesota State Highway 56 and continuing east into Rochester. Once it enters Rochester, it has a concurrency with U. S. Route 52. After the concurrency, it continues through Rochester as a divided highway. After Rochester, the highway parallels Interstate 90 until Winona, where U. S. 14 gets picked up by U. S. Route 61; the two highways run concurrently the rest of the way in Minnesota, cross the Mississippi River at La Crescent over the La Crosse West Channel Bridge. U. S. 14 was extended to a full, limited-access freeway from three miles west of Janesville to Interstate 35 at Owatonna.
Most of the new route is located south of the existing alignment so as to avoid overlapping Interstate 35. The expansion was opened to traffic on August 31, 2012, creating a continuous 4-lane route from North Mankato to Owatonna; the section from Waseca to Janesville has yet to be upgraded to freeway standards. The Minnesota section of U. S. 14 is defined as part of Constitutional Route 7 and Trunk Highways 121 and 122 in the Minnesota Statutes. U. S. 14 enters the state of Wisconsin along with U. S. Route 61 across the Mississippi River into La Crosse. Running through rural southern Wisconsin, the route passes through Madison and the village square of Walworth. U. S. 14 exits into Illinois at Big Foot Prairie. In the state of Illinois, U. S. 14 runs southeast from north of Harvard to Chicago via Woodstock and the northwest suburbs. Southeast of Route 47, U. S. 14 has four lanes. Continuing southeastward from just after the overpass above Route 31, U. S. 14 passes beneath and closely parallels the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad's Harvard Subdivision.
Through the northwest suburbs of Chicago, this route is referred to as "Northwest Highway" and is a busy thoroughfare. East of Des Plaines, U. S. 14 becomes Dempster Street until its intersection with Waukegan Road. From here, U. S. 14 follows Waukegan Road, Caldwell Avenue, Peterson Avenue, Ridge Avenue to its eastern end, at the corner of Broadway and U. S. 41. At an earlier point, U. S. 14 extended south on Lake Shore Drive onto Michigan Avenue. U. S. 14 was the "Black and Yellow Trail", so named as it connected Minnesota with the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park. In Chicago's Northwest Suburbs, it is known as Northwest Highway due to its direction as well as it paralleling the old Chicago and North Western railroad It was called the Northwest Highway from Chicago to New Ulm and some street signs in New Ulm and towns in between still show the old designation. From Ucross west to Sheridan, Wyoming, US 14 was designated U. S. Route 116 in 1926. US 116 was extended west to Cody in 1933, absorbing the Deaver-Cody US 420.
The next year, US 116 became an extension of US 14. Part of this extension, including all of US 420, is now US 14A. Wyoming US 16 / US 20 at the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, southeast of Pahaska Tepee; the highways travel concurrently to Greybull. US 310 west-northwest of Greybull I‑90 / US 87 northe
Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Blue Earth County is a county in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 64,013, its county seat is Mankato. The county is named for the Blue Earth River and for the deposits of blue-green clay once evident along the banks of the Blue Earth River. Blue Earth County is part of the Mankato-North Mankato metropolitan area; the area of Blue Earth County was once known as the "Big Woods". French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur was an early explorer in this area, arriving where the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers meet, he made an unsuccessful attempt to mine copper from the blue earth. The area remained under French control until 1803 when it passed to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase; when Minnesota became a territory in 1849, the territorial government became interested in settling the river valley. In 1850 the first steamboat trip, starting in St. Paul, traveled on the Minnesota River and came to the Blue Earth River; the first white settlers, P. K. Johnson and Henry Jackson and settled in present-day Mankato.
The ratification of the Mendota and Traverse des Sioux treaties in 1851 forced the Dakota to leave the area for nearby reservations. The county of Blue Earth was created after a division of the Minnesota Territory on March 5, 1853, from portions of Dakota County and free territory, it was named for the Blue Earth River. The first government officials were appointed by the territorial governor; that October the first election was held, with 22 ballots being taken. Unfulfilled treaty promises and starvation on the reservation led to the Dakota War of 1862, which resulted in Dakota defeat and the largest mass execution in US history in Mankato. In 1868 the railroads' arrival helped with the growth and development of many areas, including Blue Earth; the railroads allowed immigrants and Yankee settlers into the area. The Minnesota River flows southeasterly along the western part of the county's north boundary line, it is joined by the Blue Earth River which flows northerly through the western central part of the county.
The Watonwan River flows northwesterly through the NE part of the county, discharging into the Blue Earth. The Little Cobb River flows northwesterly through the SE part of the county, meeting with the Cobb River which flows northerly through the lower part of the county into the Blue Earth River; the Le Sueur River flows west-northwesterly through the SE part of the county, discharging into the Blue Earth River. The county terrain consists with the area devoted to agriculture; the terrain slopes to the north and east, with its highest point near its SW corner, at 1,086' ASL. The county has an area of 766 square miles, of which 748 square miles is land and 18 square miles is water; the Blue Earth River and Le Sueur River flow through a part of the county. The land surface is flat with over 30 lakes in the county. There are many "closed forest savannas"; the rivers that flow out of the northeast are surrounded by these big woods. Most of the county is grassland prairie but scattered parts are wet prairie.
Some spots that surround the rivers are barren brushland. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Mankato have ranged from a low of 5 °F in January to a high of 83 °F in July, although a record low of −35 °F was recorded in February 1996 and a record high of 107 °F was recorded in August 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.78 inches in February to 5.09 inches in June. As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 55,941 people, 21,062 households, 12,616 families residing in the county; the population density was 74.8/sqmi. There were 21,971 housing units at an average density of 29.4/sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 94.96% White, 1.19% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, 1.03% from two or more races. 1.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.6 % were of 13.6 % Norwegian and 6.5 % Irish ancestry. There were 21,062 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.60% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.10% were non-families.
27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99. The county population contained 21.40% under the age of 18, 22.10% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 18.80% from 45 to 64, 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $38,940, the median income for a family was $50,257. Males had a median income of $32,087 versus $22,527 for females; the per capita income for the county was $18,712. About 6.10% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over. Garden City Cambria Marysburg Smiths Mill Blue Earth County has voted for the winning candidate for president in 12 of the last 14 elections, the exceptions being in 1988 and 2004.
Since 1988 it has tilted toward the Democratic Party, but in 2000 and 2016 it voted for the Republican candidates. National Register of Historic Places listings in Blue Earth County, Minnesota Blue Earth County Government’s website
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Itasca County. The city of Grand Rapids is named for the 3.5-mile long local rapids in the Mississippi River, the uppermost limit of practical steamboat travel during the late 19th century. Today, those rapids are hidden below the dam of the Blandin Paper Mill. Grand Rapids was founded as a logging town, as the Mississippi River provided an optimal method of log shipment to population centers; the predecessor of the Blandin paper mill opened in 1902. The town was the childhood home of Judy Garland; the Forest History Center is a State Historic Site and a living history museum that recreates life as it was in a turn of the 20th century logging camp. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through a recreated circa 1890s logging camp to educate the public on the history of white pine logging and its relevance to today's economy. Miles of nature trails, educational naturalist programming, an interpretive museum are located on the site.
Old Central School, located in downtown Grand Rapids, was built in 1895 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture. The three story building served as an elementary school from 1895 to 1972. A community effort restored the building in 1984 and it now serves as a location for commerce and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.44 square miles, of which 22.56 square miles is land and 1.88 square miles is water. Grand Rapids is the county seat of a county that contains over 1000 lakes; the city of Grand Rapids sits at the junction of U. S. Highways 2 and 169. U. S. Highway 2 runs east towards Duluth. U. S. Highway 169 heads south to Hill City, towards the city of Minneapolis. In the other direction, U. S. Highway 169 heads up the Mesabi Range until it reaches the city of Virginia, passing through Hibbing and several other smaller towns along the way. Grand Rapids is the starting point of State Highway 38, running 47 miles north along the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway towards Effie.
State Highway 38 has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the United States Department of Transportation. The following routes are located within the city of Grand Rapids. U. S. Highway 2 U. S. Highway 169 Minnesota State Highway 38 – Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway The city of Grand Rapids has a Humid continental climate with warm summers and long, cold winters, typical of its location on the Mesabi Iron Range; as of the census of 2010, there were 10,869 people, 4,615 households, 2,633 families residing in the city. The population density was 481.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 4,910 housing units at an average density of 217.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.6% White, 0.6% African American, 1.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population. There were 4,615 households of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, 42.9% were non-families.
36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age in the city was 42 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 7,764 people, 3,446 households, 1,943 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,057.8 people per square mile. There were 3,621 housing units at an average density of 493.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.53% White, 0.28% African American, 1.93% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population. There were 3,446 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 43.6% were non-families.
38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.82. In the city, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $28,991, the median income for a family was $39,468. Males had a median income of $36,035 versus $20,759 for females; the per capita income for the city was $17,223. About 9.2% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over. Churches in Grand Rapids include the Grand Rapids Alliance Church, the Grand Rapids Evangelical Free Church, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Saint Louis Park is a city in Hennepin County, United States. The population was 45,250 at the 2010 census, it is a first-ring suburb west of Minneapolis. Other adjacent cities include Edina, Golden Valley, Minnetonka and Hopkins. St. Louis Park is the birthplace or childhood home of movie directors Joel and Ethan Coen, musician Peter Himmelman, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Senator Al Franken, songwriter Dan Israel, guitarist Sharon Isbin, writer Pete Hautman, football coach Marc Trestman, film director Joe Nussbaum. Baseball announcer Halsey Hall lived there; the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, which has a major collection of antique radio and television equipment, is in the city. Items range from radios produced by local manufacturers to the Vitaphone system used to cut discs carrying audio for the first "talkie", The Jazz Singer; the Coen brothers set their 2009 film A Serious Man in St. Louis Park circa 1967, it was important to the Coens to find a neighborhood of original-looking suburban rambler homes as they would have appeared in St. Louis Park in the mid-1960s, after careful scouting they opted to film scenes in a neighborhood of nearby Bloomington, as well as at St. Louis Park's B'nai Emet Synagogue, sold and converted into a school.
The 1860s village that became St. Louis Park was known as Elmwood, which today is a neighborhood inside the city. In August 1886, 31 people signed a petition asking county commissioners to incorporate the Village of St. Louis Park; the petition was registered on November 19, 1886. The name "St. Louis Park" was derived from the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway that ran through the area. In 1892, lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker and a group of wealthy Minneapolis industrialists incorporated the Minneapolis Land and Investment Company to focus industrial development in Minneapolis. Walker's company began developing St. Louis Park for industrial and residential use. Development progressed outward from the original village center at the intersection of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway with Wooddale Avenue, but Minneapolis soon expanded as far west as France Avenue, its boundary may have continued to move westward had it not been for St. Louis Park's 1886 incorporation. By 1893, St. Louis Park's downtown had three hotels, many newly arrived companies surrounded downtown.
Around 1890, the village had more than 600 industrial jobs associated with agriculture implement manufacturing. The financial panic of 1893 put a damper on the village's growth. Walker left St. Louis Park to pursue other business ventures. In 1899, St. Louis Park became the home to the Peavey–Haglin Experimental Concrete Grain Elevator, the world's first concrete, tubular grain elevator, which provided an alternative to combustible wooden elevators. Despite being nicknamed "Peavey's Folly" and dire predictions that the elevator would burst like a balloon when the grain was drawn off, the experiment worked and concrete elevators have been used since. At the end of World War I, only seven scattered retail stores operated in St. Louis Park because streetcars provided easy access to shopping in Minneapolis. Between 1920 and 1930, the population doubled from 2,281 to 4,710. Vigorous homebuilding occurred in the late 1930s to accommodate the pent-up need created during the Depression. With America's involvement in World War II, all development came to a halt.
Explosive growth came after World War II. In 1940, 7,737 people lived in St. Louis Park. By 1955, more than 30,000 new residents had joined them. From 1940 to 1955, growth averaged 6.9 persons moving into St. Louis Park every day. Sixty percent of St. Louis Park's homes were built in a single burst of construction from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. Residential development was followed by commercial developers eager to bring goods and services to these new households. In the late 1940s, Minnesota's first shopping center — the 30,000-square-foot Lilac Way — was constructed on the northeast corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Highway 100. Miracle Mile shopping center, built in 1950, Knollwood Mall, which opened in 1956, remain open today. In the late 1940s, a group of 11 former army doctors opened the St. Louis Park Medical Center in a small building on Excelsior Boulevard; the medical center merged with Methodist Hospital and today is Park Nicollet Health Services, part of HealthPartners, the second-largest medical clinic in Minnesota.
During the period between 1950 and 1956, 66 new subdivisions were recorded to make room for 2,700 new homes. In 1953 and 1954, the final two parcels — Kilmer and Shelard Park — were annexed; these parcels came to St. Louis Park because of their ability to provide water service. In 1954, voters approved a home rule charter that gave an overwhelmed St. Louis Park the status of a city; that enabled the city to hire a city manager to assume some of the duties handled by the part-time city council. Several bridges built during that time are now being razed. In those days, the primary concerns were the physical planning of St. Louis Park, updating zoning and construction codes, expanding sewer and water systems, paving streets, acquiring park land and building schools. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.86 square miles, of which 10.64 square miles is land and 0.22 square miles is water. Interstate 394, U. S. Highway 169, Minnesota State Hi
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