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Currie Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Currie Minnesota population sign Location of Currie, Minnesota

Population: 
 Currie (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 368 359 303 225 233 +8 +3.56
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.60 0.60 0.57 0.57 0.57 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 613.33 598.33 531.58 393.05 408.77 +15.72 +4.00
Housing Units 152 158 148 127 125 -2 -1.57
Households -- 140 128 109 114 +5 +4.59
Persons Per Household -- 2.56 2.37 2.06 2.04 -0.02 -0.97

Geography:

Currie is a city in Murray County, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highway 30 serves as a main route in the community. U.S. Route 59 is nearby. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,496 ft (456 m).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 225 people, 109 households, and 67 families residing in the city. The population density was 393.0 people per square mile (152.4/km˛). There were 127 housing units at an average density of 221.9/sq mi (86.0/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 99.56% White, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 109 households out of which 18.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 18.7% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,857, and the median income for a family was $34,821. Males had a median income of $22,500 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,767. About 7.3% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 8.3% of those sixty five or over.

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History:  

Put yourself back in history to about 1869. Due to the Dakota Conflict episode at Lake Shetek in 1862 and the Civil War there were only a few settlers in Murray County. In 1872 Archibald and Neil Currie walked into what was to become the village of Currie. They were Scotsmen whose Scottish ancestors had immigrated to Canada and then south to Minnesota.

Irish families also came to Currie. Many left their beloved Ireland because of the potato family in the 1840’s. John Ireland came to Minnesota in 1848 with his family. He studied for the priesthood and served as a chaplain to the Catholics in the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1876 he set up the Catholic Colonization Bureau of St. Paul in an effort to bring Catholic settlers to Minnesota. John Sweetman, an Irishman, organized the Irish American Colonization Company in Ireland in 1880, following his trip to Minnesota where he purchased tracts of land from the Winona and St. Peter Railroad Company. (The rest of the paragraph can remain but delete the last sentence about Bishop Ireland founding St. Thomas Seminary.)

Some of the Irish names familiar to Currie are Gorman, Phelan, Neilan, Cummiskey, O'Brien, Donahue, Leonard, Malone, Sweetman, Galvin, and more.
Some names from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland are Larson, Anderson, Peterson, Hanson, Johnson, Carlson, Aanenson, Everson, Olson, Peltola, Sanderson, Torkelson, and more.

From France came the Boudreaus, the Pommiers, the Gervais, the LeClaires, the St. Pierres, the Deslauriers and many more.

Some of the Austrian, German, Luxembourg names remembered in Currie are Koppi, Andert, Kosak, Silvernale, Ruppert, and many more. Farmers and businessmen, they added their knowledge, and stayed through the good and the difficult years in early Currie.

When Murray County was platted in 1872, the nearest place to mill wheat into flour and buy supplies was New Ulm. Caravans traveled from this area once or twice a year by ox-drawn wagon to New Ulm, with the 75 mile trip taking about a week.
At this time Archibald Currie and his son Neil built a flour mill on the bank of the Des Moines River. It was located approximately where Schreier Construction is now. In the 1880's up to 20 teams would be hitched around the mill at a time. Farmers would come from as far as 30 miles away and often stay overnight. The Curries also built a little red store by the mill and stocked a line of general merchandise as well as a supply of medicines and drugs. The original building is currently located in the End-O-Line Park. The mill was later purchased by F.H. Silvernale and the store sold to Henry Paal and John O'Shea. O'Shea sold out to Paal in 1914. The first newspaper in Murray County was established by a Mr. Bromwich on January 1, 1878 and later purchases by J. A. Maxwell. Called the "Murray County Pioneer," the paper moved to Slayton when the county seat was relocated in 1889.

The first hotel in the village was called "The Farmer's Hotel," and was operated by Lon Cole. Another was started by Mr. Finch and operated by W. W. Caulkins. A fire in this hotel in 1884 was responsible for the creation of the Fire Department in town. Lewis Fling operated "Fling's Hotel" which was one of eight businesses lost when the county seat was moved. Fling dismantled the building and shipped most of the lumber to Stansberry, MO.

While the relocation of the county seat causes a decline in Currie's economy for a period, the building of a branch line from Bingham Lake into the village gave the community a real boost. By the early 1900's there were about 33 businesses bringing new prosperity to the area. Among the businesses at this time were the First State Bank with Floyd Silvernale as president. Other businesses were the depot, the post office, the Nickel Plate Restaurant, hardware store, undertaking parlor, two millinery shops, furniture store, drug store, implements and machinery company, meat market, two general stores, livery and dray, two hotels, a veterinary and a doctor.
Improvements that followed in 1909 were electric lights and power and the Woodgate Telephone Company. This point was probably the economic high point for the community.

In 1928, the oncoming depression forced the closure of the First State Bank. The Farmers and Merchants followed in May 1930. By February 1931, Henry Eiselein and a number of Currie businessmen started the Currie State Bank, which is still in operation today.

Many other businesses have come and gone in our community, including the Rex Theater, implement dealers, lumber yard, grocery stores, confectionery shop, livestock shippers, and more.

Courtesy of Murray County

CURRIE, a city in sections 16, 17, and 20 of Murray Township, was founded in 1872, when Neil Currie and his father, Archibald Currie, built a flour mill there, using waterpower of the Des Moines River about a mile below the mouth of Lake Shetek. Archibald Currie was born in Argyllshire, Scotland, November 13, 1816; came with his parents to America when five years old and to Minnesota in 1862; was a merchant in Winona County until 1874; then removed to Currie, where he engaged in merchandising and milling; was treasurer of this county, 1879-83; died July 15, 1904. This village, which was the first county seat, from 1872 to 1889, being succeeded by Slayton, was named in honor of him and of Neil Currie, who was born in Canada, December 15, 1842. He built the first store here in 1872 and aided in organizing the Murray County Bank in 1874; was postmaster of Currie, 1872-90, and clerk of the court, 1874-87; resided here as a merchant until 1905, when he removed to St. Paul.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government:
Currie City Hall
801 3rd Street
Currie, MN
56123
Phone: (507) 763-3234

Currie City Council
Meeting Date: 2nd Tuesday
Meeting: 7:30 P.M.
Meeting Location: Municipal Building

 
Mayor James Jens
1010 1st Street
Currie, MN 56123
(507) 763-3108
Clerk Mary James
PO Box 169
Currie, MN 56123
(507) 763-1540
Council Member Ken Bassett
501 Olive
Currie, MN 56123
(507) 763-3522
Council Member Robin Leonard
320 Main Street
Currie, MN 56123
(507) 763-3883
Council Member Louise Gorman
250 Church Street
Currie, MN 56123
(507) 763-3108
Council Member Melvin Ruppert
400 Everett
Currie, MN 56123
(507) 763-3528

Post Office:
US Post Office
121 Mill Street N
Currie, MN
56123-1002
Phone:
(507) 763-3662
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
7:45 am - 11:30 am
                       
12:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday           7:45 am - 8:45 am
 
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:00 pm
Saturday                3:45 pm


Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity n/a --
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone n/a --
Cable TV n/a --

Major Employers:
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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Currie Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Currie Minnesota area


Events:

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Attractions:
End-O-Line Railroad Park

The End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum evokes the spirit of a small frontier railroad town. The section foreman’s house, train depot, engine house, two unique cabooses, large steam engines, a gristmill, county school house, church, courthouse, country store, and other buildings to bring this “town” to life! The End-O-Line is a fun and educational destination for large group tours as well as quaint family gatherings. You will be surprised by what you find at this beautiful park!
End-O-Line Railroad Park, Currie Minnesota

Recreation:
Lake Shetek State Park

The word "Shetek" is Ojibwe for "pelican," a bird which visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall.The park contains the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota, which forms the headwaters of the Des Moines River. Expect great fishing for walleye, northern, crappie, and bullheads. Loon Island, a 45-acre island on Lake Shetek, is accessible on foot via a causeway and includes an interpretive trail. Visit the Koch Cabin and monument memorializing pioneer settlers. The park includes a swimming beach, boat launch, campgrounds and a scenic six-mile loop bicycle trail into the town of Currie. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are available.

Lake Shetek State Park, Currie Minnesota


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Shetek 3,371

Health Care:

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Schools:

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Churches:
Currie Presbyterian Church
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: n/a

Pastor:  Dave Erickson
Sunday Worship:  11:00 am

 
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
510 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3545
Web: cfwtriparish.webs.com/ihmpage.htm

Pastor:  Fr. Jeff Dobbs
Sunday Worship:  9:45 am

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Currie Minnesota

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Campgrounds:
Schrier's on Shetek Campground
35 Resort Road
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3817
Web: www.schreiersonshetek.com

Schreier's on Shetek Campground is located on the shores of Lake Shetek, the largest lake in southwest Minnesota. 'Shetek,' which means pelican, is home to these as well as many other wild birds. The headwaters of the Des Moines River originate from the lake. Lake Shetek is well know for its walleye fishing and stocks other game fish as well as tasty panfish such as perch, bullheads and crappies. The large lake lends itself to hosting a variety of activities - whatever your pleasure - from quiet fishing, personal watercraft, pontoon boats, paddle boats, water skiing to riding a cruise boat around the lake.

Schrier's on Shetek Campground, Currie Minnesota

Businesses:
American Legion
121 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3831
 
Anthony Iverson Construction
2243 121st Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3879
 
Bassett Refrigeration & Heating
419 4th Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3522
 
Busswitz Roofing
1578 250th Avenue
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 274-5444
 
Currie Blacksmith
530 1st Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3898
 
Currie Bowling Alley
109 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 395-3884
 
Currie Cuts & Curls
124 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3379
 
Currie Hardware
110 Mill Street N
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3740
 
Currie State Bank
141 Mill Street N
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3262
 
Danneman Trucking
430 Main Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3163
 
End-O-Line Railroad Park
440 Mill Street N
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3708
 
Hacker Hauling
411 Main Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3762
 
Hanson Trucking
461 1st Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3977
 
Ken's Repair
110 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3253
 
Lakeside Apartment
305 Main Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3550
 
Lakeside Grill Pins & Pool
109 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3833
 
Lakeside Hideaway
101 Mill Street N
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3338
Web: www.lakesidehideawaymn.com

Lakeside Hideaway in downtown Currie offers a premiere dining experience for the people of southwest Minnesota. At Lakeside Hideaway we pride ourselves on our one of a kind chef inspired menu options, great beer and wine selections, in-house signature drinks, and a unique atmosphere hard to find anywhere else. Lakeside Hideaway offers great food and drink specials 5 nights a week. Open Sunday, Monday & Thursday 5 to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10pm.

Lakeside Hideaway, Currie Minnesota
Lindberg Construction
2275 151st Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3151
 
Lindberg Sign Company
2266 151st Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3751
 
Mill Street Gallery
103 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3393
 
Murrayland Insurance, Realty & Travel
141 Mill Street N
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3700
Web: www.murraylandagencyinc.com
 
Radke Wheel Service
630 1st Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3129
 
Rooster's Liquors
201 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 395-1555
 
Ruppert Oil Company
Highway 30
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3776
 
Schapp Sanitation
561 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3391
 
Schmitz Grain Inc.
795 State Highway 30
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3817
 
Schrier's on Shetek Campground
35 Resort Road
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3817
Web: www.schreiersonshetek.com

Schreier's on Shetek Campground is located on the shores of Lake Shetek, the largest lake in southwest Minnesota. 'Shetek,' which means pelican, is home to these as well as many other wild birds. The headwaters of the Des Moines River originate from the lake. Lake Shetek is well know for its walleye fishing and stocks other game fish as well as tasty panfish such as perch, bullheads and crappies. The large lake lends itself to hosting a variety of activities - whatever your pleasure - from quiet fishing, personal watercraft, pontoon boats, paddle boats, water skiing to riding a cruise boat around the lake.

Schrier's on Shetek Campground, Currie Minnesota
Shetek Plumbing & Heating
15 Valhalla Road
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-1588
 
Sweets, Treats and More
101 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 395-2000
 
Sweetman Sand & Gravel
105 Mill Street
Currie, MN 56123
Phone: (507) 763-3143
 
US Post Office
121 Mill Street N
Currie, MN
56123-1002
Phone:
(507) 763-3662
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
 

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