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Location of Walnut Grove, Minnesota
Walnut Grove, MN is located in the Southwest corner of Redwood County, Minnesota. We are situated in a thriving agriculture area with plenty of recreational opportunities with many lakes, parks, golf courses, bike trails, camping, and museums. Walnut Grove is known nationwide today as the childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder and visitors can learn all about this famous author and her history here in Walnut Grove.

 Walnut Grove (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 756 753 625 599 871 +272 +45.41
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.90 0.92 1.04 1.04 1.04 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 840.0 818.5 601.0 577.7 837.5 +259.80 +44.97
Housing Units 321 369 361 341 367 +26 +7.62
Households -- 342 316 291 313 +22 +7.56
Persons Per Household -- 2.20 1.98 2.06 2.78 +0.72 +34.95


Walnut Grove is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota lying along U.S. Route 14, which connects it with Tracy to the west and Revere to the east. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,217 ft (371 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 599 people, 291 households, and 178 families residing in the city. The population density was 577.7 people per square mile (222.4/km˛). There were 341 housing units at an average density of 328.9/sq mi (126.6/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 97.66% White, 0.67% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 1.17% Pacific Islander, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 291 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 28.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,013, and the median income for a family was $34,167. Males had a median income of $24,750 versus $20,192 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,637. About 5.0% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

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WALNUT GROVE, a city in North Hero and Springdale Townships, platted in April 1874, incorporated March 3, 1879, and separated from the townships on March 30, 1891, was named for a grove of about 100 acres, including many black walnut trees, on Plum Creek in the southeast corner of Springdale, from one to two miles southwest of this village. It is at the northern limit of the geographic range of this tree. The first postmaster, Lafayette Bedal, a native of Canada, built a shanty near the Chicago and North Western Railway right-of-way called Walnut Station in 1872 in what became North Hero Township, across the line from Springdale Township; Bedal's brother, Elias, transferred his grain-buying business from Eyota to the new settlement and filed the plat on September 10, 1874, naming it Walnut Grove. With Gustave Sunwall, Lafayette Bedal built a store, and when the village was incorporated in 1879, Bedal was the first president of its council; Charles Ingalls, father of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was elected the first justice. The post office was first called Walnut Station, 1873-81, and then became Walnut Grove.

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Walnut Grove City Hall
311 6th Street
PO Box 335
Walnut Grove, MN 56180
Phone: (507) 859-2135
Fax: (507) 859-2202
Mayor Greg Hansen n/a
Clerk/Treasurer Paula McGarvey (507) 859-2135
Council Member Leonard McLaughlin n/a
Council Member Jeff Harnack n/a
Council Member Todd Harrington n/a
Council Member Xiong Yang n/a

Post Office:
US Post Office
610 Main Street
Walnut Grove, MN
(507) 859-2463
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 859-3032
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:00 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 9:30 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:15 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Alliant Energy (800) 255-4268
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater People Service   (507) 859-2015
Water People Service   (507) 859-2015
Telephone Redwood County Telephone (507) 641-8000
Cable TV Walnut Grove Cable TV (507) 831-4938

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Walnut Grove School Elementary & Secondary Schools 28
Hoyt's Oil & Convenience Store Convenience Stores 10
M&K Bridge Construction Site Prep. Contractors 7
Bubai Foods Supermarkets & Other Grocery (exc. Convenience) Stores 5
Country View Senior Living Community Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 5
D&M Trucking & Repair General Freight Trucking 5
Fond Memories Gift, Novelty, & Souvenir Stores 5
Integrity Bank Plus Comm. Banking 5
Walnut Grove Bar & Grill Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 5
Koblegard Auto Used Car Dealers 4
MeadowLand Farmers Co-op Farm Prod. Warehousing & Storage 4
Nellie's Cafe Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Oleson's Mercantile Gift, Novelty, & Souvenir Stores 4
Benson & Sons All Other Misc. Store Retailers (exc. Tobacco Stores) 3
Bruce's Service General Auto Repair 3


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