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Location of Windom, Minnesota
Windom, a lively, growing city, is the county seat of Cottonwood County. A transportation hub for the region, Windom is served by U.S. Highway 71 and Minnesota Highway 60. The city has a diverse economy including manufacturing, agriculture, medical, technology and adult care facilities.

Windom's historic courthouse square is the focal point for a variety of successful retail businesses. Windom is one of the few communities nationally with a Fiber to the Premise Technology.

Courtesy City of Windom

 Windom (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 3,952 4,666 4,283 4,490 4,646 +156 +3.47
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.50 3.15 2.93 3.55 3.55 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,634.7 1,481.3 1,461.8 1,263.6 1,308.7 +45.13 +3.57
Housing Units 1,410 1,885 1,922 2,089 2,171 +182 +8.71
Households -- 1,817 1,793 1,910 1,994 +84 +4.40
Persons Per Household -- 2.48 2.30 2.25 2.33 +0.08 +3.56


Windom is a city in and the county seat of Cottonwood County, Minnesota. U.S. Highway 71, Minnesota Highway 60, and Minnesota Highway 62 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 km˛ (3.7 mi˛). 9.2 km˛ (3.5 mi˛) of it is land and 0.5 km˛ (0.2 mi˛) of it (5.08%) is water. The elevation is 1,362 ft (415 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 4,490 people, 1,910 households, and 1,195 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,263.6 people per square mile (488.3/km˛). There were 2,089 housing units at an average density of 587.9/sq mi (227.2/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 97.15% White, 0.24% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population.

There were 1,910 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% 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 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,744, and the median income for a family was $43,350. Males had a median income of $30,053 versus $21,270 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,155. About 5.7% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

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WINDOM, the county seat, was platted June 20, 1871, about a dozen lots at $100 each being sold the first day. By August of that year a number of stores were open for business, all buildings of wooden frame construction: a hardware store, a saloon, two bakeries, a grocery, two dry goods stores, a meat market, a print shop, a hotel, and a general store, a number of them owned by women; the post office began in 1871 with Samuel M. Espey, postmaster. It was incorporated as a village in the spring of 1875, the first ordinance of the village council being passed April 15, and was reincorporated September 9, 1884. It was named by Gen. Judson W. Bishop of St. Paul, chief engineer for construction of the railway, in honor of the distinguished statesman, William Windom of Winona. He was born in Belmont County, Ohio, May 10, 1827, and died in New York City, January 29, 1891. He received an academic education and studied law; came to Winona, Minn., in 1855; was a representative in Congress, 1859-69, and U.S. senator, 1871-81; was a member of the cabinet of President Garfield, in 1881, as secretary of the treasury but retired on the accession of President Arthur; was again U.S. senator, 1881-83. On the inauguration of President Harrison, in 1889, Windom was reappointed secretary of the treasury and held the office till his death, which was very sudden, from heart failure, just after making an address at a banquet of the New York Board of Trade. A volume titled Memorial Tributes to the Character and Public Services of William Windom, Together with His Last Address (161 pp.) was printed in 1891.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Windom City Hall
444 9th Street
PO Box 38
Windom, MN 56101-0038
Phone: (507) 831-6129
Toll-Free: (800) 494-6366
Fax: (507) 831-6127

Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 pm

Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2012 Kirby Kruse n/a
City Administrator appointed Steven Nasby (507) 831-6129
Council Member 12/31/2010 Brad Powers n/a
Council Member 12/31/2010 Jean Fast n/a
Council Member 12/31/2010 Robert Messer n/a
Council Member 12/31/2012 Corey Maricle n/a
Council Member 12/31/2012 JoAnn Ray n/a

Post Office:
US Post Office
445 9th Street
Windom, MN
(507) 831-2595
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 831-2206
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 10:30 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            6:30 pm
Saturday                6:30 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Windom Municipal Utilities (507) 831-6129
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Windom Municipal Utilities (507) 831-6129
Water Windom Municipal Utilities (507) 831-6129
Telephone WindomNet (507) 831-6129
Cable TV WindomNet (507) 831-6129

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Toro Company Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 660
PM Windom Animal Slaughtering & Processing 504
Windom Public Schools-ISD #177 Elementary & Secondary Schools 182
Sogge Memorial Good Samaritan Nursing Care Facilities 171
Windom Area Hospital General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 104
Fortune Transportation General Freight Trucking 82
Gordy's Foods Grocery Stores 65
MN Dept of Transportation Admin. of Economic Programs 65
McDonalds Full-Service Restaurants 50
Hy-Vee Food Stores Grocery Stores 48
Windom, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 46
Cottonwood-Jackson Health Svc Admin. of Human Resource Programs 34
Towler Town Motor Co Automobile Dealers 27
Cottonwood County DAC Comm. Food & Hsg. & Emerg. & Other Relief Svcs. 25
Pamida Discount Center Department Stores 25


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