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Luverne Minnesota Community Guide

  Location of Luverne, Minnesota

 Luverne (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 4,703 4,568 4,382 4,617 4,593 235 5.36
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.10 2.25 2.40 3.40 -- 1.00 41.86
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,239.5 2,030.2 1,825.8 1,356.1 -- -469.77 -25.73
Housing Units 1,696 1,976 1,994 2,161 -- 167 8.38
Households -- 1,891 1,902 1,968 2,010 66 3.47
Persons Per Household -- 2.38 2.25 2.25 2.20 -0.00 -0.20


Luverne is a city in Rock County, Minnesota, along the Rock River. It is the county seat of Rock County. Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 75 are two of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km˛), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.8 km˛) of it is land and 0.29% is water. The elevation is 1,467 ft (447 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 4,617 people, 1,968 households, and 1,247 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,356.1 people per square mile (524.3/km˛). There were 2,161 housing units at an average density of 634.7/sq mi (245.4/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 97.27% White, 0.67% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 1,968 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males The median income for a household in the city was $36,271, and the median income for a family was $46,745. Males had a median income of $30,549 versus $22,660 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,692. About 5.7% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

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LUVERNE, a city in Luverne Township and the county seat, first settled in 1867-68, platted as a village in 1870, was incorporated by a legislative act February 14, 1877, and by vote of its people November 12, 1878. Nearly 26 years later, on September 7, 1904, it was organized as a city. This name was adopted for the post office begun in the winter of 1868, being in honor of Eva Luverne Hawes, the eldest daughter of the first settler here, Philo Hawes; Hawes's step-brother, Edward McKenzie, was postmaster. She was born at Cannon Falls in Goodhue County, November 14, 1857; accompanied her parents to the Rock River home in 1868; was married to P. F. Kelley, September 5, 1876; and died in Luverne, June 9, 1881. In the early years the name was spelled as two words, Lu Verne, "but the style was gradually replaced by the present form." The personal name was found in a novel or romance, then probably a new book or published in a magazine, which was read by Philo Hawes's cousin Lucy Cotter, of Red Wing, at whose request the baby Luverne was so named.

As her father and mother are also honored by the name of the village and city, this notice may desirably add that he was born in Danby, N.Y., December 18, 1830, and died at Luverne, August 10, 1908. He came to Minnesota in 1853; served as second lieutenant in the Eleventh Minnesota Regiment in the Civil War; was a mail carrier in 1867 between Blue Earth, Minn., and Yankton, Dakota Territory; settled on the site of Luverne in March 1868; was chairman of the board of county commissioners, 1871-73; was postmaster of Luverne, 1871-74 and 1888-93; and engaged in real estate and insurance business.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Luverne City Hall
305 E Luverne Street
PO Box 659
Luverne, MN 56156-0659
Phone: (507) 449-2388
Mayor Andy Steensma
607 E Dodge Street
Luverne, MN 56156
(507) 283-2581
City Administrator John Call
305 E Luverne Street
PO Box 659
Luverne, MN 56156-0659
(507) 449-5025
Council Member - North Ward Pat Baustian
101 E Barck Street
Luverne, MN 56156
(507) 283-4180
Council Member - North Ward Esther Spease Frakes
201 Cashin Drive
Luverne, MN 56156
(507) 283-8464
Council Member - South Ward Maynard Lafrenz
211 E Fletcher Street
Luverne, MN 56156
(507) 920-9388
Council Member - South Ward Jody Reisch
305 N Freeman Avenue
Luverne, MN 56156
(507) 283-9289

Post Office:
US Post Office
407 E Lincoln Street
Luverne, MN
(507) 283-2186
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 283-4952
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
           9:15 am - 11:15 pm  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:15 pm
Saturday                4:15 pm

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Luverne Municipal Utilities (507) 449-2388
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Luverne Municipal Utilities (507) 449-2388
Water Luverne Municipal Utilities (507) 449-2388
Telephone Knology (800) 872-4658
Cable TV Mediacom (507) 283-9578

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Sanford Hospital General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 220
Luverne Public Schools Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools 214
Minnesota Veterans Home Nursing Care Facilities 155
Gold'n Plump Poultry Animal Slaughtering & Processing 150
Mary Jane Brown Home Nursing Care Facilities 110
Continental Western - Tri-State Ins. Insurance Carriers 108
Rock, County of Comm. Food & Hsg. & Emerg. & Other Relief Svcs. 107
Luverne, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 58
Total Card Inc. Credit Card Issuing 54
Papik Motors Used Merchandise Stores 46
Berkley Information Services Computer Systems Design & Related Services 45
Luverne Medical Center Offices of Physicians 45
Hills Stainless Steel Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 35


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