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Pipestone Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Pipestone Minnesota population sign Location of Pipestone, Minnesota

Population: 
Pipestone (city)  1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 5,328 4,887 4,554 4,280 4,317 +37 +0.86
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.80 3.65 4.57 3.92 3.92 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,902.9 1,338.9   996.5 1,090.8 1,101.3 +10.48 +0.86
Housing Units 1,885 2,156 2,055 2,097 2,134 +37 +17.64
Households -- 2,005 1,915 1,900 1,923 +23 +1.21
Persons Per Household -- 2.36 2.28 2.22 2.25 +0.03 +1.35

Geography:

Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 75 and Minnesota State Highways 23 and 30 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,736 ft (529 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,317 people, 1,923 households, and 1,084 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,032.8 inhabitants per square mile (398.8/km2). There were 2,134 housing units at an average density of 510.5 per square mile (197.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.2% White, 0.9% African American, 1.9% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 3.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.

There were 1,923 households of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 40.8 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,280 people, 1,900 households, and 1,138 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,090.8 people per square mile (421.6/km˛). There were 2,097 housing units at an average density of 534.4/sq mi (206.5/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 94.23% White, 0.28% African American, 2.94% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There were 1,900 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,412, and the median income for a family was $40,194. Males had a median income of $28,180 versus $21,349 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,253. About 8.3% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

Less than a mile north of the city of Pipestone lies a pipestone quarry, described in Native American legends as a square-cut jewel lying upon folds of shimmering green velvet. This is an accurate depiction of the red quartzite almost hidden by the vast prairie grasses. Designated a national monument by the United States in 1937, the quarry is as rich in Native American history as it is in the red stone for which it is named.

Although he never visited the site, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inspired to write of the area in his well known poem, "Song of Hiawatha." The Song of Hiawatha Pageant spins out Henry Longfellow's vision of wade and logan, the Native American Indians, and has played in Pipestone for 60 years. The pageant is held at a small quarry lake on a natural amphitheater with a cast of 200 principals, chieftains, warriors, and dancers in their colorful costumes. Summer of 2008 was the last year for the pageant.

The city of Pipestone was founded in 1876 by Charles Bennett and Daniel Sweet. Bennett was intrigued by the prospect of visiting the site he had read about in Longfellow's poem. Despite blizzards, prairie fires, droughts and grasshoppers, the young village survived. In 1879, 22 businesses were operating in Pipestone, and by the following year that number had grown to 53. Pipestone was incorporated as a village in 1881 and for the next 20 years was a real "boom town." By 1890, Pipestone had train service on four different rail lines and had become a travel and business center hub for southwestern Minnesota.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

PIPESTONE, the county seat, at first named Pipestone City, platted in October 1876, was incorporated as a village February 10, 1881, and as a city July 23, 1901. Its area was mostly in section 12 of Sweet Township, adjoining the south border of the quarry, before noted at the beginning of this chapter, which is mostly comprised in section 1.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
Indians quarrying pipestone at pipestone quarries, Pipestone Minnesota, 1908
Indians quarrying pipestone at pipestone quarries, Pipestone Minnesota, 1908
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Government:
Pipestone City Hall
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-3324
Fax: (507) 825-5353
Web:
www.progressivepipestone.com

City Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

 
Title Term Ends Name  and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2018 Myron Koets
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
City Administrator appointed Jeffrey Jones
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
City Clerk appointed Deb Nelson
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
Council Member 12/31/2018 Jim Stout
610 5th Street NW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-4467
Council Member 12/31/2020 Dan Delaney
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
Council Member 12/31/2020 Justin Schroyer
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
Council Member 12/31/2018 Rodger Smidt
710 Fairway Drive
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3565

Post Office:
US Post Office
202 S Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN
56164-1879
Phone:
(507) 825-2400
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web:
www.usps.com
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday          
9:00 am - 11:00 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:15 pm
Saturday                4:15 pm


Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 967-3530
Wastewater City of Pipestone (507) 825-3324
Water City of Pipestone (507) 825-3324
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Pipestone System Veterinary Services 305
Pipestone Area Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 245
Pipestone County Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 205
Good Samaritan Village Nursing Care Facilities 154
J & B Group Animal Slaughtering & Processing 146
Pipestone County Government 100
Hank's Foods Grocery Stores 60
Coborn's Inc Grocery Stores 50
Minnesota West Technical and Community College Education 45
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co Beverage Manufacturing 35
First Bank & Trust Banking 30
City of Pipestone Government 28
Pipestone Publishing Co Newspaper, Periodical, Book, & Directory Publishers 27
Shopko Department Stores 27
Amdahl Motors Automotive 26
First Farmers & Merchants Bank Banking 24


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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Pipestone Minnesota area
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Events:
Pipestone Civil War Days

As one of the most enduring and respected events of its type in the upper Midwest, Pipestone Civil War Days is a tribute to our past. Set in a beautiful historic setting visitors are invited to interact with civilian and military reenactors to share some of the flavor of the 1860's with them. Reenactors, or living historians, from around our nation, recreate scenes of daily life from the home to religion to education to military camps. Events throughout the weekend include educational programs, etiquette and ballroom dance lessons, camp tours, children's games, Sunday morning church services, a Grand Ball and much more! The roar of the cannon, the smell of gun powder, and the work of our reenactors, performers, and other participants make a full immersion in the 1860s possible.
Southern troops fight for their lives. Photo provided by Craig Grantz in 2012.

Attractions:
Pipestone National Monument
36 Reservation Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5464
Web: www.nps.gov/pipe


For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe's smoke carries one's prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.
 

Recreation:
Split Rock Creek State Park
336 50th Avenue
Jasper , MN 56144
Phone: (507) 348-7908
Web:
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/split_rock_creek

Swim, fish, or boat the waters of Split Rock Lake, the largest body of water in Pipestone County. The lake is the predominant feature of this park. Stop by the Beach Side Trail Center for an excellent vista and to discover more about the area. Seven miles north of the park is the famous Pipestone National Monument.
Split Rock Creek State Park


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Split Rock Lake  

Health Care:
Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic
916 4th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5811
Web: www.avera.org/locations/profile/?id=245
Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera

Schools:
   

Churches:
Christ the King Lutheran Church
804 8th Avenue NE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5958
Web: www.ctkpipestone.com 

Pastor:  Tim Johnson
Sunday Worship:  10:30am
 
Christian Reformed Church
800 2nd Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5660
Web: www.pipestonecrc.com

Pastor:  Tim Ouwinga
Sunday Worship:  10:00am and 6:30pm
Christian Reformed Church, Pipestone, MN
Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
510 7th Street SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5299
Web: www.cornerstonefreechurch.net

Pastor:  Pastor Steve
Sunday Worship:  10:00am
 
Faith Community Church
207 6th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-2211
Web: www.fccpipestone.com

Pastor:  Jennings Wallace
Sunday Worship:  8:30am and 11:00am
 
First Lutheran Church - ELCA
401 7th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5837
Web: www.firstlutheranpipestone.org

Pastor:  Joyce Tollefson-Capp
Sunday Worship:  9:30am
 
First Presbyterian Church
301 2nd Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5433
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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
711 5th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 562-5555
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Jehovah's Witnesses
320 3rd Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-2431
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church
1102 7th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4124
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Peace United Methodist Church
500 7th Street SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4348
Web: www.peacemethodist.com

Pastor:  Judy Miller-Qualley
Sunday Worship:  10:30am
Peace United Methodist Church, Pipestone Minnesota
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
831 8th Street SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4604
Web: pipestonemn.adventistchurch.org

Pastor:  Kenneth Mayberry
Saturday Worship: 11:00 am
 
St. Paul Lutheran Church
621 W Main Street
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5271
Web: www.stpaulpipestone.com

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a
 
St. Leo's Catholic Church
415 S Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-3152
Web: www.triparishmn.org

Pastor:  Reverend Monsignor Gerald C. Kosse
Sunday Worship:  n/a
 

Media:
Christensen Broadcasting
West Highway 30
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4282
Link: www.klohradio.com
KLOH Radio, Pipestone Minnesota
Pipestone Publishing
115 2nd Street NE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-3333
Web: www.pipestonestar.com 
 
 
Motels:
Americas Best Value Inn
605 8th Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 690-0091
Web: www.vantagehotels.com


Americas Best Value Inn Pipestone offers the most value for your money when staying for business, pleasure, family visits, or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms, 24-hour front desk, business services, a free daily continental breakfast, and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. All guest rooms include mini-fridges, hairdryers, and cable TV. Microwaves and coffeemakers are available upon request. We are a smoke free property.
Americas Best Value Inn - Hotel in Pipestone
Crossings by GrandStay Inn & Suites
915 7th Street SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 562-1100
Web: www.grandstayhospitality.com

We offer a range of suites for leisure, business trips, or any other occasion. Our specialty whirlpool suites make for a relaxing evening or romantic getaway, and our 1-bedroom king suites come equipped with full kitchens, perfect for family trips and extended stays. We also have a great range of amenities for all our guests. These include a complimentary Grand Start® Breakfast served daily, on-site laundry, free Wi-Fi access throughout our property, and a large indoor pool with whirlpool.
Crossings by GrandStay Inn and Suites, Pipestone Minnesota
Historic Calumet Inn
104 West Main Street
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5871
Web: www.calumetinn.com


 
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Resorts:
none in the immediate area

Campgrounds:
Pipestone RV Campground
919 North Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-2455
 
Split Rock Creek State Park
336 50th Avenue
Jasper, MN 56144
Phone: (507).348-7908 
 

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