Lake City, Minnesota
Lake City is a city in Goodhue and Wabasha counties in the U. S. state of Minnesota. It lies along a wide portion of the Mississippi River; the population was 5,063 at the 2010 census. Most of Lake City is located within Wabasha County with only a small portion in Goodhue County; the city of Lake City is located 65 miles southeast of the Twin Cities at the intersection of U. S. Highways 61 and 63 on the Mississippi River at Lake Pepin. Lac de Pleurs was the name given to Lake Pepin by Father Louis Hennepin, who camped on the shore of the lake in 1680, he christened the large body of water Lac de Pleurs after observing his Sioux captors weeping near the lake over the death of a chief's son. The war party of Isanti Sioux had captured Hennepin and his two companions several miles south along the Mississippi and were camping near the lake on their return north to their Sioux villages near present-day Mille Lacs; the first known settler was Jacob Boody, who arrived in 1853. In the years to follow, several explorers passed through this area.
The town was platted in 1855. The town supervisors were given special powers by the State Legislature in 1864 to create a port market for grain. At Lake City the waters of Lake Pepin were deep enough to allow for such a port. Soon the town became noted as a profitable market with the volume of trade for the year 1866 bringing in a little over a million and a half dollars; the city of Lake City became incorporated in 1872 and since has continued to thrive in its location on beautiful Lake Pepin. It is known for its attractive surroundings and bountiful fishing for every fresh water species. Lake City was the home of the inventor of waterskiing, Ralph Samuelson, is thus known as "The Birthplace of Waterskiing." The Sea Wing disaster occurred on July 13, 1890 when a strong squall line overturned the excursion vessel Sea Wing on Lake Pepin near Lake City. Over 200 people were aboard the vessel when it was overturned, as a result 98 people drowned. Lake City has three properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1872 James C. and Agnes M. Stout House, the 1899 Lake City City Hall, the 1910 Williamson–Russell–Rahilly House.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.56 square miles. U. S. Highways 61 and 63 are two of the main routes in the community; as of the census of 2010, there were 5,063 people, 2,238 households, 1,428 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,125.1 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,687 housing units at an average density of 597.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 99.3% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population. There were 2,238 households of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 36.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.72.
The median age in the city was 46.2 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,950 people, 2,131 households, 1,402 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,166.9 people per square mile. There were 2,347 housing units at an average density of 553.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.81% White, 0.63% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.28% from other races, 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population. There were 2,131 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.2% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $40,637, the median income for a family was $47,146. Males had a median income of $35,321 versus $24,799 for females; the per capita income for the city was $20,944. About 3.2% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over. Lake City is the home of Bluffview Elementary, a K–6 public elementary school, Lincoln High School for grades 7–12, St. John's, a K–8 Lutheran School; the town was home to a Catholic School named St. Mary's. Lake City Public Library is a public library in the town, it is a member of the SE Minnesota library region. Randy Breuer, NBA basketball player Fritz Cronin, NFL football player John Kobs, college coach Mark McKenzie, Movie Composer Ralph Samuelson, inventor of water skiing Laura Ingalls Wilder, author Jerry Snyder, Varsity Basketbal
Rice County, Minnesota
Rice County is a county in the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,142, its county seat is Faribault. Rice County comprises the Faribault-Northfield, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI Combined Statistical Area. Rice County was founded on March 5, 1853, it was named for Henry Mower Rice, a fur trader who became instrumental in creation of the Minnesota Territory and its subsequent growth and development. The Cannon River flows northeasterly through the center of the county, on its way to discharge into the Mississippi River at Red Wing; the Straight River flows northerly into the county from Steele County to its discharge point into the Cannon River at Faribault. The North Fork of the Zumbro River rises in south-central Rice County, flows eastward into Goodhue County on its way to discharge into the Mississippi east of Kellogg; the county terrain consists of low, rolling hills devoted to agriculture, dotted with lakes.
The county slopes to the north. The county has an area of 516 square miles, of which 496 square miles is land and 20 square miles is water; the Cannon River flows northeastwardly through the county, collecting the Straight River in Faribault. The North Fork of the Zumbro River has its headwaters in the county's southeastern part. Rice is one of 17 Minnesota savanna counties with more savanna soils than either prairie or forest soils; as of the 2000 United States Census, there were 56,665 people, 18,888 households, 13,353 families in the county. The population density was 114/sqmi. There were 20,061 housing units at an average density of 40.4/sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 93.59% White, 1.31% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.46% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.87% from other races, 1.30% from two or more races. 5.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.1 % were of 7.2 % Irish and 5.3 % Czech ancestry. There were 18,888 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.30% were non-families.
23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14. The county population contained 25.30% under the age of 18, 15.80% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was $48,651, the median income for a family was $56,407. Males had a median income of $36,771 versus $26,151 for females; the per capita income for the county was $19,695. About 4.00% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over. Dennison Dundas Faribault Lonsdale Morristown Nerstrand Northfield Warsaw Rice County voters are traditionally Democratic. In 90% of national elections since 1980 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.
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Minnesota State Highway 247
Minnesota State Highway 247 is a highway in southeast Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with U. S. Highway 63 in Farmington Township, north of Rochester. Highway 247 is 13 miles in length. Highway 247 serves as an east–west route between Farmington Township, the unincorporated community of Potsdam, the city of Plainview. In the city of Plainview, Highway 247 follows West Broadway, the main street of Plainview; the route is defined as Route 247 in the Minnesota Statutes. Highway 247 was authorized on July 1, 1949. At the time it was marked, the highway was only paved in Plainview; the remainder of the route was paved in the mid-1950s. Media related to Minnesota State Highway 247 at Wikimedia Commons Highway 247 at the Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page
Goodhue County, Minnesota
Goodhue County is a county in the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,183, its county seat is Red Wing. Nearly all of Prairie Island Indian Community is within the county. Goodhue County comprises the Red Wing, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI Combined Statistical Area; the county was created on March 1853, with territory partitioned from Wabasha County. It was named for James Madison Goodhue, who published the first newspaper in the territory, The Minnesota Pioneer; the county was settled by "Yankee" settlers, meaning that they both came to Goodhue County either directly from the six New England states or from upstate New York, where they were born to parents who had moved to that region from the six New England states in the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution, that they were descended from the English Puritans who emigrated to North America during the early 1600s. Because of the prevalence of New Englanders and New England transplants from upstate New York the county was said to have a "distinctly New England character".
While this was true of many neighboring counties it was considered exceptionally true of Goodhue County. The New Englanders brought with them many of their New England values, including a love of education and fervent support of the abolitionist movement; when the New Englanders arrived, they laid out farms, established post routes, built schools and government buildings out of locally available materials. The New Englanders and their descendants made up the great majority of Goodhue County's inhabitants until the late 19th and early 20th century, when immigrants from Germany and Norway began arriving in the Minnesota-Wisconsin border region in large numbers. There were small numbers of immigrants from Germany and Sweden during the first several decades of Goodhue County's history as well. Hamline University, Minnesota's first college of higher learning, was started in Red Wing in 1854, it closed during the Civil War, reopened in 1869 in Saint Paul. The county was a leading producer of wheat during the mid-19th century, for several years the county boasted the highest wheat production in the country.
Fires at two of Red Wing's mills in the 1880s and developing railroad routes across Minnesota encouraged farmers from neighboring counties to begin sending their wheat to Minneapolis mills, reducing the county's importance in the wheat trade around the start of the 20th century. The first municipal swimming pool in the state was built in Goodhue County. In October 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the county for a bridge dedication ceremony; the Hiawatha Bridge had been built to replace the Old High Bridge that spanned the Mississippi River since 1895. This visit drew 20,000 people. Eisenhower hoped his visit would help in the elections, swaying Minnesota voters to vote for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election in the coming month, but John F. Kennedy carried the state on his way to being elected the next president. Goodhue County lies on Minnesota's border with Wisconsin; the Cannon River flows eastward through the northern part of the county on its way to discharge into Lake Pepin.
The Little Cannon River flows northward through the west-central part of the county, discharging into the Cannon River at Cannon Falls. The North Fork of the Zumbro River flows eastward through the lower part of the county; the county terrain consists of rolling hills, etched with drainages and gullies, with high bluffs against the river valleys. The terrain slopes to the north; the county has a total area of 780 square miles, of which 757 square miles is land and 24 square miles is water. Goodhue is one of 17 Minnesota counties with more savanna soils than either forest soils; as of the 2000 United States Census, there were 44,127 people, 16,983 households, 11,905 families in the county. The population density was 58.3/sqmi. There were 17,879 housing units at an average density of 23.6/sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 96.57% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, 0.69% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 16,983 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.90% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.04. The county population contained 26.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $46,972, the median income for a family was $55,689. Males had a median income of $36,282 versus $25,442 for females; the per capita income for the county was $21,934. About 3.70% of families and 5.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.20% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
Frontenac Thoten/Belvidere Goodhue County voters lean Republican. In 78% of national elections since 1980, the county selected the Republican Party candidate. List of County Roads in Goodhue County, Minnesota National Register of Historic Places listings in Goodhue County, Minnesota G
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a 240,000-acre, 261-mile long National Wildlife Refuge located in and along the Upper Mississippi River. It runs from Wabasha, Minnesota in the north to Illinois in the south. In its northern portion, it is in the Driftless Area, a region of North America that remained free from ice during the last ice age. Certain parcels contained within the refuge were transferred to the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge; the refuge is an important element of the Mississippi Flyway. It has many wooded islands and hardwood forests; the wildlife found here include the canvasback duck, tundra swan, white-tailed deer, muskrat. Recreational activities include boating, hunting and swimming. Refuge Headquarters are located in Winona, with district offices located in La Crosse, Prairie du Chien and Thomson, Illinois; the refuge is one of only two. As of 30 September 2007 the area per state was: Wisconsin: 89,637.54 acres, Iowa: 51,147.78 acres, Minnesota: 33,868.64 acres, Illinois: 33,489.57 acres.
The following counties border on or have land within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. In each state, the counties are listed from north to south; the lakes and rivers within the refuge area of each county are listed. Wabasha County Cross Lake Half Moon Lake Maloney Lake McCarthy Lake Peterson Lake Robinson Lake Zumbro River Winona County Houston County Blue Lake Hayshore Lake Lawrence Lake Root River Target Lake Buffalo County Trempealeau County La Crosse County Vernon County Crawford County Grant County Allamakee County Clayton County Dubuque County Jackson County Clinton County Scott County Jo Daviess County Carroll County Whiteside County Rock Island County Izaak Walton League List of National Wildlife Refuges Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Upper Mississippi River Locks and Dams This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Olmsted County, Minnesota
Olmsted County is a county in the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 144,248, has an estimated population of 154,930 as of 2017, its county seat and largest city is Rochester. The county was founded in 1855 and named for David Olmsted, a member of the first territorial council and the first mayor of St. Paul. Olmsted County is part of the Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 655 square miles, of which 653 square miles is land and 1.5 square miles is water. It is one of four counties in Minnesota. Though Olmsted County does not have any natural lakes, it does have six reservoirs created by dams. Chester Lake: Eyota Township Lake Florence: High Forest Township Lake George: Rochester Township Mayowood Lake: Rochester Township Silver Lake: Haverhill Township and Cascade Township Lake Zumbro: Oronoco Township Wabasha County Winona County Fillmore County Mower County Dodge County Goodhue County As of the 2000 census, there were 124,277 people, 47,807 households, 32,317 families residing in the county.
The population density was 190 people per square mile. There were 49,422 housing units at an average density of 76 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 90.33% White, 2.68% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 4.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, 1.51% from two or more races. 2.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 47,807 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.40% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.09. In the county, the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 32.20% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years.
For every 100 females, there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males. The median income for a household in the county was $51,316, the median income for a family was $61,610. Males had a median income of $40,196 versus $29,994 for females; the per capita income for the county was $24,939. About 3.80% of families and 6.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.70% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over. Olmsted is a Republican county. Rapid population growth in Rochester, has been turning the county more competitive in the last several decades. National Register of Historic Places listings in Olmsted County, Minnesota County website
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