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Alpha Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Alpha Minnesota population sign Location of Alpha, Minnesota

Population: 
 Alpha (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2010-2020 Change
Actual Percent
Population 179 180 105 126 116 97 -19 -16.38
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.30 0.17 0.18 0.18 0.17 0.17 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 596.67 1,058.82 583.33 711.46 682.35 570.59 -111.76 -16.38
Housing Units 70 75 58 61 58 59 +1 +1.72
Households -- 72 50 52 47 48 +1 +2.13
Persons Per Household -- 2.50 2.10 2.42 2.47 2.47 0 0.00

Geography:

Alpha is a city in Jackson County, Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2), all land. The elevation is 1,388 ft (423 m). County Roads 29 and 34 are main highway in the city, Interstate 90 is nearby.

From The US Census Bureau


Demographics:

As of the census of 2020, there were 97 people, 79 households, and 38 families residing in the city. The population density was 570.59 inhabitants per square mile. There were 59 housing units at an average density of 347.1per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 1.0% Asian, 0% black or African American, 1.0% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.


There were 48 households of which xx% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.9% were non-families. 47.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% 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 2.75.

The median age in the city was 60.2 years. 15.5% of residents were under the age of 18; xx% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 29.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.6% male and 47.4% female.

The median household income was $135.638 The poverty rate was 1.8%. 54.5% of residents had a bachelors degree or higher. The median rent was $870 and 91.1% owned their homes. The average value of a housing unit was $61,757.
 

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History:  

ALPHA, a city in Wisconsin Township, sections 11-14, platted in 1895 and incorporated July 3, 1899, bears the name of our letter A in the Greek alphabet, which word is formed from the first and second Greek letters. It is also the name of villages in Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, and other states. The post office was established in 1895; it had a station of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in section 13.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Main Street, Alpha Minnesota, 1920
Main Street, Alpha Minnesota, 1920
Courtesy Jackson County Historical Society - click image to enlarge

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Government:
Alpha City Hall
145 Main Street
PO Box 97
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-3557

Regular Business Hours:
Monday , Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm


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City Hall, Alpha Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2026 Timothy Cain
235 White Avenue E
Alpha, MN 56111
  (507) 847-5757
(507) 841-0326
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Linda York
PO Box 97
Alpha, MN 56111
Email (507) 847-3557
Council Member 12/31/2026 Jeff Kauffman
215 Palmer Street N
Alpha, MN 56111
  (507) 383-1892
Council Member 12/31/2026 Krystal Preus
130 Palmer Street N
Alpha, MN 56111
  (507) 847-5975
Council Member 12/31/2024 David Doppenberg
115 N Palmer Street
Alpha, MN 56111
  (507) 841-0769
Council Member 12/31/2024 Chris Cain
130 S Palmer Street
Alpha, MN 56111
  (507) 847-5757

Post Office:
US Post Office
115 Main Street N
Alpha, MN
56111-4003
Phone: (507) 847-2942
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days         8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday           10:30 am - 11:30 am

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US Post Office
Post Office, Alpha Minnesota

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity City of Alpha (507) 847-3557
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater City of Alpha (507) 847-3557
Water City of Alpha (507) 847-3557
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 603-6000
Cable TV Midcontinent Communications (800) 888-1300

Broadband Internet Providers:
Provider Technology Max DL Speed Max UL Speed Installations
Federated Broadband Fixed Wireless 40 mbps 3 mbps 134
LTD Broadband Fixed Wireless 35 mbps 35 mbps 53
Midcontinent Communications Fixed Wireless 100 mbps 20 mbps 20
MVTV Wireless Fixed Wireless 50 mbps 10 mbps 99
T-Mobile Fixed Wireless 25 mbps 3 mbps 1
AT&T Mobility Mobile - 5G-NR n/a n/a n/a
T-Mobile Mobile - 5G-NR n/a n/a n/a
Verizon Wireless Mobile - 4G LTE n/a n/a n/a
HughesNet Satellite n/a n/a n/a
Starlink Satellite n/a n/a n/a
Viasat, Inc. Satellite n/a n/a n/a
Data from Minnesota Office of Broadband Development 10/31/2023

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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Weather:

ALPHA WEATHER


Map:

Minnesota State Highway Map of the Alpha Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Alpha Minnesota area


Events:

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Health Care:
Sanford Jackson Medical Center
1430 North Highway
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2420
Fax: (507) 847-3728
Web: www.sanfordhealth.org

Our 20-bed hospital offers professional medical staff trained in the latest protocols for medical and surgical care, as well as a highly trained emergency staff available 24 hours per day. Jackson and Lakefield ambulance professionals serve the area and our on-site heliport offers airlift service for transporting critically ill patients when needed. As a member of Sanford Health, our patients are assured that when it is necessary they will be transferred to our tertiary care facility, Sanford USD Medical Center. 

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Sanford Jackson Medical Center and Clinic
 
Schools:
Jackson County Central Schools
Independent School District #2895

1128 North Highway
PO Box 119
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3608
Fax: (507) 847-3078
Web: www.jccschools.com 

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  1,107

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Jackson County Central Schools, Jackson, Minnesota
Jackson County Central High School
1128 North Highway
PO Box 119
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5310
Fax: (507) 847-3078
Web: www.jccschools.com/highschool


Grades:  9-12
Students:  350

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Jackson County Central High School, Jackson, Minnesota
Jackson County Central Middle School
703 Mill Road E
PO Box 338
Lakefield, MN 56150
Phone: (507) 662-6625
Fax: (507) 662-5063
Web: www.jccschools.com/middleschool

Grades:  6-8
Students:  234

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Jackson County Central Middle School, Lakefield, Minnesota
Pleasantview Elementary School
703 Mill Road E
PO Box 754
Lakefield, MN 56150
Phone: (507) 662-6625
Fax: (507) 662-5063
Web: www.jccschools.com/pleasantviewelementary


Grades:  4-5
Students:  156

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Jackson County Central Middle School, Lakefield, Minnesota
Riverside Elementary School
820 Park Street
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5963
Fax: (507) 847-4398
Web: www.jccschools.com/riversideelementary

Grades:  PK-3
Students:  382

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Riverside Elementary School, Jackson, Minnesota

Churches:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
88954 600th Avenue
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 639-5645

Pastor:  Rick Bremseth
Sunday Worship:  8:30 am

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Trinity Lutheran Church
225 S Main Street
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-4708

Pastor:  Rick Bremseth
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

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Media:
Jackson County Pilot
310 2nd Street
PO Box 208
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3771
Web:  www.jacksoncountypilot.com

Weekly newspaper published on Thursdays with a circulation of 2.067.

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KKOJ/KRAQ Radio
77271 US Highway 71
PO Box 29
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5400
Web: www.kkoj.com

1190 KKOJ AM and 97.7 FM has a "Hot Country" music format. We offer complete local news, weather, sports and ag information, and are the only source of daily information in Jackson County.

105.7 KRAQ first hit the local airwaves at noon on April 25, 1994, and has been entertaining listeners in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa with great '60s tunes, along with a blast of '50s rock and roll and from the early '70s ever since.

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Motels:

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Resorts:

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Campgrounds:

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Businesses:
Alpha Hair Design
215 Palmer Street N
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-4110
Web:  not available


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Alpha Hair Design, Alpha, Minnesota
Alpha Radiator Repair
105 Main Street
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-3527
Web:  not available

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Alpha Radiator Repair, Alpha Minnesota
Chuck Wheets Trucking Inc
120 N Main Street
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-4934
Web:  not available

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Farmers & Merchants State Bank
210 Main Street N
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-3620
Web:  www.famstatebankofalpha.com

The Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Alpha is a full service locally owned family bank. The Farmers and Merchants State Bank is proud to offer the services of a modern financial institution while maintaining the integrity of a community bank where decisions are made locally.

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Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Alpha Minnesota, 2014
New Vision Coop
120 Keisel Avenue W
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-4162
Web: www.newvision.coop/locations/alpha/

Get All of Your Ag Business Needs with New Vision Co-op New Vision Co-op is a fully operational ag business featuring agronomy, grain, feed and accounting. Founded by farmers and based on member ownership, our primary focus has always been the success of our producers.

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Cargill, Alpha Minnesota
US Post Office
115 Main Street N
Alpha, MN
56111-4003
Phone: (507) 847-2942
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days         8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday           10:30 am - 11:30 am

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US Post Office, Alpha Minnesota
Weseman Engineering
147 110th Street
Alpha, MN 56111
Phone: (507) 847-4702
Web:  not available

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Topographic Map:   [click map to enlarge, zoom in or zoom out]

Topographic map of the Alpha Minnesota area
Topographic map is courtesy of the Minnesota DNR - click map to zoom or enlarge

 

 
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