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Ortonville Minnesota Community Guide

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Ortonville (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 2,655 2,550 2,205 2,158 1,916 -242 -11.21
Land Area (sq. mile) -- -- -- 3.39 3.39 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) -- -- -- 635.8 565.2 -70.61 -11.21
Housing Units -- -- -- 1,125 1,090 -35 -3.11
Households -- -- -- 923 884 -39 -4.23
Persons Per Household -- -- -- 2.25 2.17 -0.08 -3.56


Ortonville is a city in Big Stone county in the state of Minnesota at the southern tip of Big Stone Lake, along the border with South Dakota.  It is the county seat of Big Stone County.  U.S. Routes 12 and 75 and Minnesota State Highway 7 are three of the main routes in the city.  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (8.9 kmē), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 kmē) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 kmē) (1.45%) is water.  The elevation is 1,017 ft (310 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 2,158 people, 923 households, and 594 families residing in the city. The population density was 635.8 people per square mile (245.8/kmē). There were 1,125 housing units at an average density of 331.4/sq mi (128.1/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 97.68% White, 0.42% African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 923 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% 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 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,614, and the median income for a family was $39,375. Males had a median income of $30,590 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,132. About 7.2% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

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ORTONVILLE Township received its first settlers in 1871, and in September of the next year its village was platted by Cornelius Knute Orton, for whom the village and township were named. He was of Norwegian descent and was born in Dane County, Wis., in 1846, came to Minnesota in 1857, settled on a land claim here in 1871, engaged in real estate business, and was a banker, merchant, and a member of the board of county commissioners. He died in Ortonville, December 24, 1890. The village was established as the county seat of the as yet unorganized county and was organized as a city on January 28, 1881.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Ortonville City Hall
217 NW Third Street, Suite 101
Ortonville, MN  56278
Phone: (320) 839-3428
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 1/1/2010 Blair Johnson
233 NW Second Street
Ortonville, MN  56278
(320) 839-3459
City Clerk Administrator appointed David Lang
217 NW Third Street
Ortonville, MN  56278
(320) (320) 839-3428
Council Member 1/1/2010 Nicholas A. Anderson
123 Rita Road
Ortonville, MN  56278
(320) 839-3720
Council Member 1/1/2011 Mike Dorry
216 South Third
Ortonville, MN  56278
(320) 839-3048
Council Member 1/1/2010 William Powell
address not available
Council Member 1/1/2011 Steve Berkner
40 Spring Drive
Ortonville, MN  56278
(320) 839-3914
Council Member 1/1/2010 Robert Meyers
444 Park Avenue East
Ortonville, MN  56278
(320) 839-2364
Council Member 1/1/2011 Craig Randleman
325 Stephens Avenue
Ortonville, MN  56278
(320) 839-2357

Post Office:
US Post Office
104 Jackson Avenue
Ortonville, MN
(320) 839-2883
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:00 pm
Saturday                10:00 am

Utility TypeUtility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Ortonville Light & Water Dept (320) 839-3428
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Ortonville Light & Water Dept (320) 839-3780
Water Ortonville Light & Water Dept (320) 839-3780
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 603-6000
Cable TV TCI (605) 432-6776

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Ortonville Public School Dist #62 Elementary & Secondary Schools 214
Ortonville Area Health Services General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 180
Ortonville, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 96
Big Stone County Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 65
Hasslen Construction Co Residential Building Construction 60
Pepsi-Cola Beverage Manufacturing 31
Bill's SuperValue Plus Grocery Stores 30
Minnwest Bank Ortonville Depository Credit Intermediation 21
Dallas Hanson Construction Residential Building Construction 18
Northside Medical Center Insurance Carriers 17
Econolodge Traveler Accommodation 15
Pizza Ranch Full-Service Restaurants 15
Ortonville Stone Company Nonmetallic Mineral Mining & Quarrying 14
US Post Office Postal Service 10
CenBank Depository Credit Intermediation 8


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