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Litchfield Minnesota Community Guide


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Population: 
 Litchfield (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 5,262 5,904 6,041 6,562 6,726 +164 +2.50
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.50 3.81 3.59 3.75 4.43 +0.68 +18.13
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,104.8 1,549.6 1,682.7 1,748.4 1,518.3 -230.1 -13.16
Housing Units 1,882 2,387 2,519 2,741 2,930 +189 +6.90
Households -- 2,283 2,406 2,624 2,747 +123 +4.69
Persons Per Household -- 2.49 2.42 2.38 2.37 -0.01 -0.42

Geography:

Litchfield is a city in and the county seat of Meeker County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 12 and Minnesota State Highways 22 and 24 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.40 square miles (13.99 km2), of which 4.43 square miles (11.47 km2) is land and 0.97 square miles (2.51 km2) is water. The elevation is 1,129 ft (344 m) above sea level.

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Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,726 people, 2,747 households, and 1,749 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,518.3 inhabitants per square mile (586.2/km2). There were 2,930 housing units at an average density of 661.4 per square mile (255.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 2.6% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.2% of the population.

There were 2,747 households of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

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History:  

LITCHFIELD Township, organized April 5, 1858, was at first named Ripley for the lake in the township and then Ness in honor of Ole Halvorson Ness, one of its original party of Norwegian settlers, who came in July 1856. It continued to bear that name until its village was platted in 1869 on the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, then being built. By petition of its citizens, the township received the village name, Litchfield, in honor of a family who prominently aided in the construction and financing of the railway, including three brothers, Egbert S., Edwin C., and E. Darwin Litchfield. They were the contractors by whom the line from St. Paul to St. Cloud and Watab was built in 1862 to 1864, and later they aided to provide the means for building this more southern line through Meeker County to Breckenridge (Life of James J. Hill, by J. G. Pyle, 1917, 2 vols.). Partly in appreciation of the honor of the name given to the village and township, generous donations to the Episcopal church here were received from Mrs. E. Darwin Litchfield in London. Another of this family, William B. Litchfield, was in 1869 the general manager of this railroad, and his son, Electus D. Litchfield, was the architect, in 1915-17, of the new building of the St. Paul Public Library and the Hill Reference Library. Litchfield village was established and platted in 1869 when the Great Northern Railway came through and succeeded Forest City as the county seat in the fall of 1869; the townsite was owned by George B. Waller and was incorporated February 29, 1872; the post office began in 1869 with John A. C. Waller, postmaster.

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Main Street, Litchfield Minnesota, 1907
Main Street, Litchfield Minnesota, 1907
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Government:
Litchfield City Hall
126 Marshall Avenue N
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-7201
Fax: (320) 693-9134

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30 pm


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City Hall, Litchfield Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Keith Johnson
626 Turnberry Lane
Litchfield, MN 55355
  (320) 693-
City Administrator appointed Dave Cziok
126 Marshall Avenue N
Litchfield, MN 55355
Email (320) 693-7201
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2022 Eric L Mathwig
931 Cottonwood Avenue N
Litchfield, MN 55355
  (320) 593-6274
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2020 Darlene Kotelnicki
425 N Gorman Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Email (320) 693-6472
Council Member - Ward 3 12/31/2022 Betty J. Allen
803 S Armstrong
Litchfield, MN 55355
  (320) 693-8997
Council Member - Ward 4 12/31/2020 Vernon Loch, Jr.
605 Turnberry Lane
Litchfield, MN 55355
  (320) 593-7428
Council Member - Ward 5 12/31/2022 Sara Miller
206 W 9th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
  (320) 241-5649
Council Member - At Large 12/31/2020 Ron Dingmann
808 S Marshall Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Email (320) 693-2009

Post Office:
US Post Office
35 E 2nd Street
Litchfield, MN
55355-2101
Phone:
(320) 693-6252
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 10:30 pm

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US Post Office, Litchfield Minnesota

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Litchfield Public Utilities Commission (320) 693-7201
Electricity Meeker Cooperative Light & Power   (320) 693-3231
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 245-2377
Wastewater Litchfield Municipal   (320) 693-3321
Water Litchfield Public Utilities Commission (320) 593-4400
Telephone Nuvera (320) 587-2323
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Litchfield Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 376
Meeker Manor Nursing Care Facilities 250
Meeker County Memorial Hospital General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 191
Bobcat Company Const. Machinery Mfg. 180
Meeker County Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 175
Towmaster Trailers, Inc. Motor Vehicle Body & Trailer Manufacturing 175
First District Association Dairy Product Manufacturing 172
Minnesota Rubber & Plastics Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 170
Custom Products of Litchfield Architectural & Structural Metals Manufacturing 110
Sparboe Companies Poultry & Egg Production 100
Anderson Chemical Company Chemical & Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 63
North Star Processing Farm & Garden Machinery & Equip. Merch. Whole. 50
Tech Etch Metal Coating, Engraving (exc. Jewelry & Silverware), & Allied Svc 33


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Attractions:
Meeker County Historical Society Museum
308 N Marshall Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-8911

Our Mission: To enhance , archive, and preserve the Meeker County Museum and Civil War Building Complex and it's growing collection of artifacts of local historical and genealogical significance and to provide educational programming and other means for dissemination of local historical and genealogical information to present and future generations.

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Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Greenleaf 238  
Minnie Belle 597  
Ripley - east portion 130    
Ripley - west portion 614    
Round 266  
Star 553  
Stone 26      
Willie 192  

Health Care:
Affiliated Community Medical Center
520 S Sibley Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3233

ACMC-Litchfield has two clinics which staff 16 multispecialty physicians and advanced practice providers in the areas of family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, psychology and general surgery. The Meeker Memorial Hospital, a 38-bed facility, provides a full range of primary and emergency care services, as well as many support programs. Both clinics are accessible by wheelchair. The entrance ramp is located at the main entrance to both clinics.

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Meeker Memorial Hospital
612 S Sibley Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-4500
Fax: (320) 693-4567

At Meeker Memorial Hospital and Clinic, we know your familyís health care needs change. Thatís why our expanded hospital facility does include a new enhanced Emergency Room, Radiology and Surgery, private patient rooms and combined rehabilitation space. We continue to offer you experts you can count on. And, we are backed by the regionís best specialists through Meeker Memorial Specialty Clinics.

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Meeker Memorial Hospital, Litchfield Minnesota

Schools:
Litchfield Public Schools
Independent School District #465

307 E 6th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2444
Fax: (320) 693-6528

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  1,705


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Litchfield Public Schools
Litchfield High School
901 N Gilman Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2441
Fax: (320) 593-3308

Grades:  9-12
Students:  474


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Litchfield High School
Litchfield Middle School
340 E 10th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2444
Fax: (320) 593-3485


Grades:  5-8
Students:  489


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Lake Ripley Elementary
100 W Pleasure Drive
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2436
Fax: (320) 593-0227


Grades:  K-4
Students:  578


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Wagner Education Building
307 E 6th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2444
Fax: (320) 693-6528


Grades:  PK
Students:  n/a


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Churches:
Beckville Lutheran Church - ELCA
20521 600th Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 221-4840

Pastor:  Mindy Czycalla
Sunday Service:  10:45 am


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Beckville Lutheran Church, Litchfield Minnesota
Christian Church of Litchfield
312 N Marshall Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 593-3635

Pastor:  Tim Ogle
Sunday Service:  8:30 am and 10:15 am


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Christian Church of Litchfield Minnesota
Church of God
501 S Ramsey Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-6391

Pastor:  Darrell Cardwell
Sunday Service:  10:00 am


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Church of God, Litchfield Minnesota
Church of the Nazarene
422 N Ramsey Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-8108

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  9:30 am


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Church of the Nazarene, Litchfield Minnesota
Cornerstone Church
205 County Road 34
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 593-7971

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  9:00 am and 10:30 am


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Cornerstone Church, Litchfield Minnesota
First Evangelical Lutheran Church - ELCA
703 S Sibley Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2487

Pastor:  Tom Evenson
Sunday Service:  8:30 am and 10:45 am


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First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Litchfield Minnesota
First Presbyterian Church
225 N Holcombe Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3548

Pastor:  Gordy Pennertz, CLP
Sunday Service:  10:00 am


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First Presbyterian Church, Litchfield Minnesota
Harvest Community Church
303 S Gorman Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 221-1817

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  n/a


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Immanuel Lutheran Church - LCMS
175 W 11th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-6155

Pastor:  Samuel Morsching
Sunday Service:  9:00 am


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Immanuel Lutheran Church, Litchfield Minnesota
Jehovah's Witnesses
61475 US Highway 12
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2998

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  n/a


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Lighthouse Assembly of God Church
28164 State Highway 22
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 593-2202

Pastor:  Neil and Kim Dezelske
Sunday Service:  10:00 am


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Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, Litchfield Minnesota
Litchfield Seventh Day Adventist Church
313 N Miller Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-6910

Pastor:  Bill Nixon
Saturday Service:  11:15 am


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Litchfield Seventh Day Adventist Church
Ness Church
24040 580th Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-8905

Pastor:  none
Sunday Service:  none

The church membership disbanded in 1968. However, the church is still used for reunions, weddings and other celebrations.


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Ness Church, Litchfield Minnesota
St. Gertrude's Catholic Church
31608 650th Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-7801

Pastor:  Fr. Jeffrey Horejsi
Sunday Mass:  none

Merged with St. Philip's Church in Litchfield in May 2017. Mass is no longer celebrated at St. Gertrude


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St. Gertrude's Catholic Church, Litchfield Minnesota
St. Matthews United Church of Christ
31415 County Road 2
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3848

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  10:30 am


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St. Matthews United Church of Christ, Litchfield Minnesota
St. Paul Lutheran Church - WELS
227 S Ramsey Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 593-6324

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  8:15 am and 10:45 am


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St. Paul Lutheran Church, Litchfield Minnesota
St. Philip Catholic Church
821 E 5th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3313

Pastor:  Fr. Jeffrey Horejsi
Sunday Mass:  8:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 pm (Spanish)


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St. Philip Catholic Church, Litchfield Minnesota
Trinity Episcopal Church
3 E 4th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-6035

Pastor:  Rev. Robert Miller
Sunday Service:  10:30 am


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Trinity Episcopal Church, Litchfield Minnesota
United Methodist Church
1000 S Sibley Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3409

Pastor:   Bill Kerr
Sunday Service:  n/a


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United Methodist Church, Litchfield Minnesota
Zion Lutheran Church - ELCA
504 N Gilman Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3207

Pastor:  Christian Muellerleile
Sunday Service:  8:30 am and 10:45 am


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Media:
KLFD Radio
234 N Sibley Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3281

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Litchfield Independent Review
217 N Sibley Avenue
PO Box 307
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3266

Weekly newspaper published every Thursday with a circulation of 10,941

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Motels:
Americinn
1525 E US Highway 12
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-1600

Enjoy a comfortable stay at Americinn Lodge & Suites Litchfield. Conveniently located off Route 12 in the historic town of Litchfield, our hotel is minutes from Meeker Memorial Hospital as well as local businesses such as Anderson Chemical, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, First District Association, and more. Nearby Lake Ripley offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing and camping.

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Knights Inn
1017 E Frontage Road
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2496

Enjoy excellent rates and valuable amenities when you book your room at our Knights Inn Litchfield MN hotel, near Lake Ripley. With a convenient location off Route 12 and Highway 22, visiting popular local destinations is easy.

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Campgrounds:
Lake Ripley Campground

Lake Ripley Campground is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Ripley. Amenities include 32 shore front sites, 20 sites with electric and water, 12 sites with elecvtric water and sewer, an on-site dump station, bath house and a fish cleaning house.
 

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