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St. James Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
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Population: 
 St. James (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 4,027 4,346 4,364 4,695 4,605 -90 -1.92
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.30 1.99 2.02 2.29 2.29 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 3,097.7 2,183.9 2,160.4 2,050.3 2,010.9 -39.4 -1.92
Housing Units 1,502 1,820 1,881 2,006 2,039 +33 +1.65
Households -- 1,734 1,760 1,845 1,839 -6 -0.33
Persons Per Household -- 2.46 2.43 2.50 2.50 0 0.00

Geography:

St. James is a city in and the county seat of Watonwan County, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highways 4, 30, and 60 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km≤), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km≤) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km≤) of it (0.87%) is water. The elevation is 1,079 ft (329 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,605 people, 1,839 households, and 1,145 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,918.8 inhabitants per square mile (740.9/km2). There were 2,039 housing units at an average density of 849.6 per square mile (328.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.8% White, 0.7% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 14.9% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.0% of the population.

There were 1,839 households of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,695 people, 1,845 households, and 1,186 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,050.3 people per square mile (791.6/km≤). There were 2,006 housing units at an average density of 876.0/sq mi (338.2/km≤). The racial makeup of the city was 83.24% White, 0.40% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 14.27% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.77% of the population.

There were 1,845 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,196, and the median income for a family was $40,993. Males had a median income of $30,036 versus $19,391 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,336. About 9.0% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

ST. JAMES Township, first settled in the spring of 1869, organized in March 1870, received the name of its city in sections 13 and 24, which was platted July 13, 1870. It was planned by the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad in 1867, although it was not until 1870 that the first lot was purchased. Its post office was established in 1870. The St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad was so far constructed in 1870 that its first passenger train arrived here on November 22, bringing an excursion party from St. Paul, which included Gen. Henry H. Sibley, one of the directors of the railway, and Hon. Elias F. Drake, its president. The name had been selected for the village about three years previously, when it was designated to be the end of the first division of the railroad. Drake then requested Sibley to name the proposed division point, for which Sibley accordingly recommended a long Dakota name. On the next day, however, neither of them could remember the proposed name, and Sibley said that he would consult papers at his home, "which will help me to think of it again."

" 'Never mind, General, never mind,' said the President, 'we will have a name for that town that we can think of. I propose that we call it St. James.' Whereupon, by common consent, the point was called St. James by the railroad men some three years before it had any local existence" (Andreas's Atlas of Minnesota, 1874, p. 229).

Another version of the name origin says that Drake named the site for James Farrington, the first settler. The village was incorporated in 1871, succeeded Madelia as the county seat in 1878, and received a city charter April 27, 1899. It is the largest place of this name, surpassing villages so named in eight other states.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Birds eye view, St. James Minnesota, 1900's
Birds eye view, St. James Minnesota, 1900's
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Government:
St. James City Hall
124 Armstrong Boulevard S
PO Box 70
Saint James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3241
Fax: (507) 375-4376
Web: http://stjames.govoffice.com
City Hall, St. James Minnesota, 2014
Title Term Ends Name and Address

Phone

Mayor 12/31/2018 Gary Sturm
124 Sunset Drive
Saint James, MN 56081
(507) 375-5467
City Manager appointed Joe McCabe
124 Armstrong Boulevard S
Saint James, MN 56081
(507) 375-5090
Council Member Ward 1 12/31/2018 Kathleen Hanson
821 6th Street N
Saint James, MN 56081
(507) 995-3354
Council Member Ward 1 12/31/2020 Don Mackey
302 Weston Avenue N
Saint James, MN 56081
(507) 227-5162
Council Member Ward 2 12/31/2020 Ray Hahnfeldt
1009 12th Avenue N
Saint James, MN 56081
(507) 913-3481
Council Member Ward 2 12/31/2018 Don Halverson
1110 9th Street N
Saint James, MN 56081
(507) 621-9100
Council Member at large 12/31/2018 Paul Harris
n/a
Saint James, MN 56081
(507) 375-7281

Post Office:
US Post Office
6 Armstrong Blvd. S
St. James, MN
56081-1863
Phone:
(507) 375-5271
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 375-1347
Web:
www.usps.com


       US Post Office
Post Office, St. James Minnesota
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:00 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm


Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity St. James Light & Water Dept (507) 375-3241
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy n/a
Wastewater St. James Light & Water Dept (507) 375-3241
Water St. James Light & Water Dept (507) 375-3241
Telephone Sprint (952) 745-7227
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Amour Eckrich Animal Slaughtering & Processing 275
St. James Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 235
Watonwan County Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 165
Good Samaritan Society Nursing Care Facilities 130
St. James Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 110
S-T Industries Machine Shops; Turned Prod.;& Screw, Nut & Bolt Mfg. 70
Tony Downs Foods CO Fruit & Vegetable Preserving & Spec. Food Mfg. 55
St. James, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 36
United Parcel Service Couriers 35
Watonwan Farm Services Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 35
Wilcon Construction New Multifamily Housing Const. (exc. Operative Builders) 34
GM Runge Inc General Freight Trucking 20
Industrial Construction Services Indus. Building Const. 20
Runge Trucking General Freight Trucking 20
St. James Publishing Company Newspaper, Periodical, Book, & Directory Publishers 19


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Health Care:
South Central VA Clinic
1212 Heckman Court
St. James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-9670
Web: www.minneapolis.va.gov
Our mission is to provide Veterans readily accessible healthcare by providing primary care, mental health care and specialty care close to their home. We will offer these services with courtesy, compassion, friendliness and concern for you and your family by following Veterans Affairs Customer Service Standards.
 
St. James Hospital and Clinic
Mayo Health System

1101 Moulton and Parsons Drive
St. James, MN 56081
Appointments: (507) 375-3261
Urgent Care: (507) 375-3391
Web:  mayoclinichealthsystem.org/locations/st-james

Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James is a community-based health care provider that brings the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic to St. James and surrounding areas. As part of a system of more than 60 sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Georgia, the local medical center serves the community through routine and specialized care services, as well as on- and off-site wellness support and community engagement.
Mayo Health System, St. James Minnesota

Schools:
St. James Public Schools
Independent School District 840

500 3rd Avenue S
PO Box 509
St. James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-5974
Web:  www.stjames.k12.mn.us
 

St. James High School
1001 10th Avenue North
PO Box 509
St. James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3381
Fax: (507) 375-5438

Grades:  6-12
Students:  555

High School, St. James Minnesota

Northside Elementary School
1273 10th Aveue N
St. James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3325

Grades:  1-5
Students:  354

 
Armstrong Elementary School
600 Armstrong Blvd S
St James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3321

Grades:  PK-K
Students:  66
Armstrong School, St. James Minnesota
St. Paul's Lutheran School
315 9th Street S
St James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3089

Grades:  PK-8
Students:  39
 

Churches:
Albion Lutheran Church
10454 250th Avenue
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-5044


Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 
 

Augustana Lutheran Church
603 Armstrong Blvd N
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-4792
Web:  www.augustanachurch.org

Pastor:  Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner
Sunday Worship:  8:30 am

Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James Minnesota

Crossroads Church
721 Weston Avenue N
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-5920

Pastor:  Rev. David Ciske
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

Crossroads Church, St. James Minnesota

First Lutheran Church - ELCA
719 6th Avenue S
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3472
Web:  flcstj.weebly.com

Pastor:  Bob Stover
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

First Lutheran Church, St. James Minnesota

First Presbyterian Church
706 3rd Avenue S
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3432

Pastor:  Rev. Dr. Leah Elrod
Sunday Worship:  10:15 am  (summer 9:30 am)

First Presbyterian Church, St. James Minnesota

Highland Park Baptist Church
1300 10th Ave N
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-4025

Pastor:  Larry Smetak
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Highland Park Baptist Church, St. James Minnesota

Hosanna Free Lutheran Church
1176 11th Street S
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-4029
Web: www.hosannafreelutheran.com

Pastor:  Joe Faldet
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am (10:00 am summer)

Hosanna Free Lutheran Church, St. James Minnesota

Igelisa La Roca
921 9th Street N
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-5520

Pastor:  Jose Cruz Carreon
Sunday Worship: 10:00 am

Igelisa La Roca, St. James Minnesota

Ingelisa de Cristo Shalom
410 Armstrong Blvd N
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 621-0423

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

 

Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall
121 7th Avenue N
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3163

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: n/a

 

St. James Catholic Church
707 4th Street S
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3542

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

St. James Catholic Church, St. James Minnesota

St. Paulís Lutheran Church - WELS
315 9th Street S
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3636
Web:  www.stpaulsstjames.com

Pastor:  Rev. Martin Lopas
Sunday Worship:  n/a

 

Tabernaclo de Alabanza
600 Armstrong Blvd N
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 621-2886

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: n/a 

 

United Methodist Church
225 Armstrong Blvd S
St. James MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-4383
Web: stjamesumcmn.org

Pastor:  Reverend Clint Firstbrook III
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

United Methodist Church, St. James Minnesota

Media:
St. James Plaindealer
604 1st Avenue S
PO Box 67
St. James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-3161
Web:  www.stjamesnews.com
 
 
Motels:
Super 8 St. James
1210 Heckman Court
St. James, MN 56081
Phone: (507) 375-4708
Web:  www.wyndhamhotels.com

Our award winning Super 8 St. James hotel is located off Highway 60, just minutes from the downtown area. Enjoy close proximity to area attractions and activities, including swimming, fishing, golfing, and biking. Our 100% non-smoking hotel was designed with your comfort in mind, and we feature thoughtful amenities to brighten your stay.
 
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