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St. Peter Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Welcome to Saint Peter Minnesota!  Location of St. Peter Minnesota

Population: 
 St. Peter (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 8,339 9,056 9,421 9,747 11,196 +1,449 +14.87
Land Area (sq. mile) 3.10 4.06 5.05 5.42 5.42 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,690.0 2,230.5 1,865.5 1,797.3 2,065.7 +268.38 +14.87
Housing Units 2,054 2,705 2,869 3,129 3,697 +568 +18.15
Households -- 2,583 2,767 2,978 3,491 +513 +17.23
Persons Per Household -- 2.52 2.48 2.46 3.21 +0.75 +30.49

Geography:

St. Peter is a city in and the county seat of Nicollet County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highways 22 and 99 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.77 square miles (14.94 km2), of which, 5.59 square miles (14.48 km2) of it is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) of it (2.52%) is water.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,196 people, 3,491 households, and 2,150 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,002.9 inhabitants per square mile (773.3/km2). There were 3,697 housing units at an average density of 661.4 per square mile (255.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 3.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

There were 3,491 households of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 27.5 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 27.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 19.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,747 people, 2,978 households, and 1,843 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,797.3 people per square mile (694.3/km2). There were 3,129 housing units at an average density of 577.0/sq mi (222.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.17% White, 1.57% African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.04% of the population.

There were 2,978 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 30.6% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 16.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,344, and the median income for a family was $51,157. Males had a median income of $33,618 versus $25,789 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,634. About 4.2% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

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History:  

St. Peter was founded in 1853 by Captain William Bigelow Dodd, who claimed 150 acres (0.61 km2) north of what is now Broadway Avenue. He named the new settlement Rock Bend because of the rock formation at the bend of the Minnesota River. The town site was platted and surveyed in 1854 by Daniel L. Turpin. In 1855 a group of St. Paul businessmen interested in promoting the town formed the Saint Peter Company, and the town was renamed St. Peter. The president of the Company was Willis A. Gorman, Territorial Governor of Minnesota. Many of the streets in St. Peter were named after streets in New York City; Park Row, Chatham, Broadway, Nassau, Union for example. Captain Dodd was originally from Bloomfield, New Jersey, his second wife Harriett Newell Jones, a native of Cabot, Vermont was living in New York at the time of their marriage at the Church of the Holy Communion in New York City, that church helped fund the church in St. Peter which shares the same name.

In 1857 an attempt was made to move the capitol from St. Paul to St. Peter. Gov. Gorman owned the land on which the bill's sponsors wanted to build the new capitol building, and at one point had been heard saying, "If the capitol remains in Saint Paul, the territory is worth millions and I have nothing." At the time, St. Peter - a city in the central region of the territory - was seen as more accessible to the far-flung territorial legislators than St. Paul, which was in the extreme eastern portion of the territory, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. A bill was passed in both houses of the Territorial Legislature and was awaiting Governor Gorman's signature. A member of the Territorial Council (Senate) Joseph J. Rolette of Pembina (now in North Dakota), the son of a Canadian fur trapper and chairman of the enrollment committee, took the bill and hid in a St. Paul Hotel, drinking and playing cards with some friends as the City Police looked fruitlessly for him, until the end of the legislative session, too late for the bill to be signed. Rolette came into the chamber just as the session ended. One might say that the bill was an attempt to "rob Paul to pay Peter". Today, St. Paul is the second largest city in the state (second only to neighboring Minneapolis), while St. Peter is a relatively small rural town.

In 1851 the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed between the Sioux (Dakota) and the U. S. Government just one mile (1.6 km) north of St. Peter. The Nicollet County Historical Society—Treaty Site History Center is located near the site of the treaty signing. The promises of the treaty were not kept. The Dakota became angered and the Dakota War of 1862 began in Cottonwood County. In August 1862 the Dakota attacked the German settlement of New Ulm. A company of volunteers from St. Peter, headed by Captain William B. Dodd, St. Peter's founder, went to the defense of New Ulm. Captain Dodd was killed on August 23, 1862, and was briefly buried in New Ulm. On November 11, 1862, Captain Dodd was buried with high military honors in St. Peter on the grounds of the Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), on land he donated to the church. Captain Dodd, his wife Harriet and two children are buried behind the present stone church built in 1869-70 at 118 North Minnesota Avenue.

In 1866 the Legislature established the first "Minnesota Asylum for the Insane" in St. Peter. Later it was known as the St. Peter State Hospital and now as St. Peter Regional Treatment Center.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

ST. PETER, the county seat, located in Traverse and Oshawa Townships, first settled in the fall of 1853 by Capt. William B. Dodd, platted in June 1854, was incorporated as a borough March 2, 1865, and as a city January 7, 1873. It was named for the St. Pierre or St. Peter River, as the Minnesota River was called by the early French and English explorers and fur traders, probably in honor of Pierre Charles Le Sueur, whose surname is borne by the adjoining county on the east side of this river. In early years it was also known as Rock Bend and Rocky Point. The city had a station of the Chicago and North Western Railway, and the post office was established in 1856. The city is the site of Gustavus Adolphus College, which was first founded in Red Wing in 1862, moved to East Union, Carver County, in 1863, at which time it was called St. Ansgar's Academy, and moved to St. Peter in 1876 and was renamed. The Minnesota Hospital for Insane was established here in 1866.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Avenue looking north, St. Peter Minnesota, 1910
Minnesota Avenue looking north, St. Peter Minnesota, 1910
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Government:
St. Peter City Hall
227 S Front Street
St. Peter, MN 56082-2538
Phone: (507) 934-4840
Fax: (507) 934-4917
Web:www.saintpetermn.gov
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Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2017 Chuck Zieman
1407 Rockbend Parkway
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 934-2107
City Administrator appointed Todd Prafke
227 S Front Street
St. Peter, MN 56082
(507) 934-0663
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2017 Susan Carlin
327 West Broadway Avenue
St. Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 382-5162
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2019 Jeff Brand
227 South Front Street
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 380-0510
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2017 Roger Parras
227 South Front Street
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 235-8979
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2019 John Kvamme
402 South Washington Avenue
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 931-3761
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2019 Jerry Pfeifer
1201 Rockbend Parkway
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 382-7247
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2017 Stephen C. Grams
420 South Washington Avenue
Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082
(507) 934-0176


Post Office:
US Post Office
300 S 3rd Street
St. Peter, MN
56082-2023
Phone:
(507) 931-1950
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 931-2500
Web:
www.usps.com
US Post Office, St. Peter 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. Peter Municipal Utilities (507) 934-0670
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater St. Peter Municipal Utilities (507) 934-0670
Water St. Peter Municipal Utilities (507) 934-0670
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV MediaCom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
St Peter Regional Treatment Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals 830
Gustavus Adolphus College Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools 680
St. Peter Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 270
River's Edge Hospital & Clinic General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 262
Nicollet County Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 250
Scholarship America Technical & Trade Schools 150
Alumacraft Boat Co Ship & Boat Building 137
City of St. Peter Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 132
Family Fresh Market Grocery Stores 100
Taytronics Inc Semiconductor & Other Electronic Component Mfg. 100


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Events:
For St. Peter area events see the St. Peter Chamber Events Page 

Attractions:
Arts Center of Saint Peter
315 S Minnesota Avenue
St Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-3630
Web: www.artscentersp.org

"The Arts Center offers wheelchair-accessible gallery and performance space, as well as space for arts group meetings and art classes. The Arts Center is also the home of Southern Minnesota’s premier Clay Center, with studio space for 14 renters, classes for students of all ages and ability levels, and monthly open studio experiences (second Sunday of the month 5-7 p.m., free instruction provided; children must be accompanied by participating adults).
Arts Center of Saint Peter
Cox House Museum
500 N Washington Avenue
St Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-2160
Web:  www.nchsmn.org/sites/e-st-julien-cox-house

The E. St. Julien Cox House was the home of one of the earliest settlers of St. Peter. Eugene Cox was an attorney, St. Peter’s first Mayor, and a representative to the State House and Senate. The Home, built in 1871, is one of the few fully restored Italianate homes in Minnesota.
Cox House Panoramic
Treaty Site History Center
1851 North Minnesota Avenue
St Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 93
4-0172
Web: www.nchsmn.org/sites/treaty-site-history-center

The Treaty Site History Center is the headquarters of the Nicollet County Historical Society. A county museum and more, the site’s exhibits explore the fascinating history of Nicollet County and Minnesota’s territorial expansion. During your visit to the Treaty Site History Center, you will explore the stories of Nicollet County’s first inhabitants- the Dakota people, explorers, traders, and settlers. The interaction between these people laid the historical groundwork for the signing of the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, signed here in July of 1851, that ceded 24 million acres of Dakota land to the U.S. government and opened the land to new settlers and westward expansion.
Treaty Site History Center

Recreation:
Riverside Park
207 S Front Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-1550
Web:  www.saintpetermn.gov/camping

The park contains nearly 2,000 feet of frontage on the Minnesota River and its related backwaters. A designated state canoe route, the Minnesota River is known for its large walleyes and catfish. Riverside Park accesses miles of hiking, biking, cross country ski and snowmobile trails. Other amenities include a river access boat landing, playground, picnic shelters, picnic tables, volleyball courts, restroom/shower facilities and a two-acre fishing pond for use by youth under the age of 16 and senior citizens.


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Health Care:
River's Edge Hospital
1900 N Sunrise Drive
St Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-2200
Web: www.riversedgehealth.org

River’s Edge has delivered over seventy years of quality care including family medicine, pediatrics, emergency room and much more to the residents of St. Peter and the surrounding communities. River’s Edge has been nationally recognized as a progressive leader in quality and patient safety initiatives and has been designated as a mentor hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
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Schools:
St. Peter School District
100 Lincoln Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-5703
Web: www.stpeterschools.org

Grades: PK-12
Students: 
St. Peter High School
100 Lincoln Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-4210
Web: www.stpeterschools.org/high.htm

Grades: 9-12
Students:  523
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St. Peter Middle School
100 Lincoln Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-4210
Web:  www.stpeterschools.org/middle-high.htm

Grades: 5-8
Students:  305
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North Elementary School
815 North 9th Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-3260
Web:  www.stpeterschools.org/north.htm

Grades: 2-4
Students:  625
 
South Elementary School
1405 S 7th Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-2754
Web:  www.stpeterschools.org/south.htm

Grades: PK-1
Students:  446
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Churches:
Calvary Baptist Church
516 W Jefferson Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-4567
Web:  www.saintpetercalvarybaptistchurch.org 

Pastor:  Dave Johnson
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

 
Church of St. Peter
1801 W Broadway
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-1628
Fax: (507) 931-2977
Web: www.churchofstpeter.org

Pastor:  Father Phil Schotzko
Saturday Mass:  5:00 pm
Sunday Mass:  10:00 am 

Church of St. Peter, St. Pater Minnesota
First Lutheran Church - ELCA
1114 W Traverse Road
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-3060
Web: www.flcstp.org 

Pastor:  Ted Kunze
Sunday Worship:  8:15am and 10:30am

First Lutheran Church, St. Peter Minnesota
Holy Communion Episcopal Church
118 N Minnesota Avenue
PO Box 176
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-2542
Web: www.holycommunionstpeter.org
 

Pastor:  Rev. Tom Harries
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

Jesus Assembly of God
722 Sunrise Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-1468
Web: n/a

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

 
Living Truth Fellowship
1400 N Washington Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-4325
Web: www.ltfellowship.org

Pastor:  Greg Emley
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am (Summer 10:00 am)

 
Norseland Lutheran Church
37777 State Highway 22
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 246-5140
Web: n/a

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

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River of Life Lutheran Church - LCMS
830 Sunrise Drive
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 519-1204
Web:  www.riveroflifelutheran.com

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

 
St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church - WELS
427 W Mulberry Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-1866
Web: www.saintpeterlutheran.org

Pastor:  Rev. Charles Degner
Sunday Worship:  8:00 am and 10:30 am

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Peter Minnesota
Scandian Grove Lutheran Church - ELCA
42869 County Road 52
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 246-5222
Web: www.scandiangrovelutheranchurch.org

Pastor:  Kay Rohloff
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

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Trinity Lutheran Church - ELCA
511 S 5th Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-4786
Web:  www.trinitystpeter.org
 

Pastor:  Joy G. Ekstedt
Sunday Worship:  8:00am and 9:30am

Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter Minnesota
Union Presbyterian Church
730 S 3rd Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 934-4602
Web:  www.spupc.org


Pastor:  Andrew Davis
Sunday Worship:  10:15 am (Summer 9:30 am)
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Media:
St. Peter Herald
311 S Minnesota Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-4520

Weekly newspaper published on Thursdays
Circulation 2,213
 
 
Motels:
AmericInn Hotel & Suites
700 N Minnesota Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-6554
Web: www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/stpeter

Our St. Peter hotel offers a variety of room types, each featuring 32” LCD flat screen TVs, and suites with a whirlpool and fireplace. Wake up each morning to our free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and stay connected with free, hotel-wide, high-speed internet. Guests also enjoy our inviting, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. The AmericInn St. Peter hotel is conveniently located on Highway 169 on the North end of St. Peter near Gustavus Adolphus College, Julian Cox House, Treaty Site History Center and the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. St. Peter is one of Minnesota's most historic cities, home of 5 former Governors of Minnesota and several other historic buildings. St. Peter is a great destination for history buffs and families looking for beautiful scenery.
 
St. Peter Motel
221 W Union Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-3100
Web: www.saintpetermotel.com

The St. Peter Motel is a well established motel in St. Peter's north end, 1/2 block off Highway 169 conveniently located next to Dairy Queen The Motel has 13 rooms and is set in a quiet neighborhood with parking right outside the rooms for convenience and security. Each room has a mini-refrigerator, microwave, Cable TV and wireless internet access.
 
Viking Jr. Motel
216 Martin Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-3081
Web: www.vikingjrmotel.com

For over 15 years, Viking Jr. Motel has offered high-quality lodging options at affordable prices to the people and visitors of the St. Peter, MN area. All of our rooms include specific accommodations and helpful features for your convenience and we are located near several local area attractions. Call 800-221-6406 today with any questions or to make your reservation with a member of our professional staff!
 
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Campgrounds:
Riverside Municipal Campground
207 S Front Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (507) 931-1550
Web:  www.saintpetermn.gov/camping

Sites with camper/electric hook-ups are $26.72 (includes tax) per night, and tent/non-electric sites are $16.03 (includes tax) per night. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis and are restricted to one vehicle per site, with no more than 6 people per site unless as a single family unit.

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