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The City of Jackson is located in Jackson County, Southwest Minnesota, just off Interstate 90 exit 73.  The population of Jackson is approximately 3,501 residents.  Jackson is primarily an agricultural based economy that is experiencing steady growth in a number of economic sectors.  We are home to a 230-acre Industrial Park, and home to several primary private-industrial employers, providing nearly 1,300 jobs to local and area residents.  Jackson also has a strong retail and service-based business community.

 Jackson (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 3,550 3,797 3,559 3,501 3,299 -202 -5.77
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.20 3.19 3.48 3.80 4.60 +0.80 +21.05
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,613.6 1,190.3 1,022.7 921.7 720.3 -201.4 -21.85
Housing Units 1,289 1,607 1,613 1,659 1,635 -24 -1.45
Households -- 1,527 1,484 1,487 1,489 +2 +0.13
Persons Per Household -- 2.42 2.32 2.24 2.22 -0.02 -0.89


Jackson is a city in and county seat of Jackson County, Minnesota. Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 71 are two of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.60 square miles (11.91 km²), of which, 4.58 square miles (11.86 km²) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km²) of it is water. The elevation is 1,316 ft (401 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 3,299 people, 1,489 households, and 856 families residing in the city. The population density was 720.3 inhabitants per square mile (278.1 /km2). There were 1,635 housing units at an average density of 357.0 per square mile (137.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 1,489 households of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.5% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 40.8 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

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JACKSON, a city in Des Moines Township, sections 23-26, and the county seat, is on the site of the earliest white settlement within the area of this county, founded and named Springfield in the summer of 1856. It consisted of a log store building on the west side of the Des Moines River and a few cabins, quite scattered, on the east side. Several of its settlers were killed, March 26, 1857, by a band of Dakota under the leadership of Inkpaduta, coming from their skirmish with many settlers at Spirit Lake, Iowa. Soon afterward the site of Springfield was renamed Jackson, and on May 23 of that year it was designated to be the county seat by the act establishing this county. But the financial panic of 1857 checked immigration, the Civil War followed, and the village was not platted until the fall of 1866. It was incorporated April 19, 1881. The origin of this name, which was adopted for the county, is discussed at the beginning of this chapter. The post office was established in 1857 as Pisa, Brown County, and changed to Jackson there before being transferred to Jackson County in 1858; it had a station of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in Wisconsin Township, section 19.

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Jackson City Hall
80 W Ashley Street
Jackson MN 56143  
Phone: (507) 847-4410
Fax: (507) 847-5586

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.

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City Hall, Jackson Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Wayne Walter
88 Becky Drive
Jackson MN 56143  
Email (507) 847-4477
City Administrator appointed Matt Skaret
80 W Ashley Street
Jackson MN 56143 
Email (507) 847-4410
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2022 Dave Cushman
1135 South Highway
Jackson MN 56143  
Email (507) 841-3045
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2022 Larry Anderson
102 Pond Drive
Jackson MN 56143  
Email (507) 847-4739
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2022 Jeffrey Gay
145 3rd Avenue
Jackson MN 56143  
  (507) 933-4576
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2024 Matt Madden
118 Emily Street
Jackson MN 56143  
Email (507) 847-3520
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2024 Marcus Polz
134 Northridge Drive
Jackson MN 56143  
Email (507) 841-2348
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2024 Brandon Finck
252 North Pond Drive
Jackson MN 56143  
Email (507) 841-2216

Post Office:
US Post Office
211 2nd Street
Jackson, MN
(507) 847-2810
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Federated Rural Electric Assn (800) 321-3520
Electricity Jackson Municipal (507) 847-4410
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp   (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Jackson Municipal (507) 847-4410
Water Jackson Municipal (507) 847-4410
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 603-6000
Cable TV City of Jackson (507) 847-4410

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
AGCO Corporation Farm Machinery & Equip. Mfg. 1,000
Jackson County Central Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 175
Technical Services for Electronics Medical Equipment & Supplies Manufacturing 135
Accent Insurance Recovery Solutions Insurance Carriers 100
Good Samaritan Ctr Nursing Care Facilities 100
Jackson Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 75
Farmers Co-op Assn Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 65
Erickson Trucks 'n Parts Motor Vehicle Body & Trailer Manufacturing 60
Hitch Doc Precision Turned Prod. Mfg. 50
USF Holland General Freight Trucking 50
Vet's Oil Company Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores 37
Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l Soybean Processing 35
Ag Forte, LLC Poultry & Egg Production 32
Livewire Printing Co Printing & Related Support Activities 30
New Fashion Pork Hog and Pig Farming 30

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Historic Fort Belmont
Belmont Lane
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-6672

Stop by Fort Belmont in Jackson, Minnesota, and explore a unique re-creation of Fort Belmont built by settlers living in Belmont township of Jackson County in the early 1860s. Fort Belmont hosts several items of interest including: Replica 1860’s log cabin and stockade Blacksmith shop Hand-built prairie sod house 40-foot tower overlooking the Des Moines River Valley 1/3 replica working grist mill 1873 Lysgard farmhouse & summer kitchen 1902 Delafield Church Museum and trading post
Historic State Theatre
600 Second Street
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-4630

Built in the 1920s the Historic State Theatre is located in Historic Downtown Jackson MN,  and is an "Art Deco" classic single silver screen cinema. We feature Digital Cinema movies and Real D 3D for 3D movies.
Historic State Theatre, Jackson Minnesota
Jackson County Courthouse
405 4th Street
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-4182

The Jackson County Courthouse consists of a Bedford limestone Beaux Arts courthouse featuring a high, segmented dome adorned with a cast statue of Lady Justice, columns supporting a gable overhang, a shield pediment, and symmetrical pavilions The imposing structure is topped by a two-plus-story dome with stained glass windows. This sits over an octagonal atrium with terrazzo floors, marbled plaster walls, and a second-floor courtroom painted by immigrants with extensive murals; they depict scenes such as a frontier cabin, a railroad, Romans engaged in engineering and construction, and three women (justice, liberty, and equality) guarding a judge's bench.
Jackson County Fairgrounds
78748 550th Avenue
PO Box 175
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 849-7222

The 2014 Jackson County Fair has something for everyone ... new events, new attractions, new contests, new vendors!   Make sure to check out the Grandstand Events and the Attractions and Free Stage pages and make your plans to join us at the Fair!
Jackson Speedway
PO Box 43
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 841-1957

Des Moines River State Canoe Route

The Des Moines River is between 50 and 200 feet wide. It flows through a flat iron-shaped plateau, called the "Coteau de Prairies" by early French explorers. . The river has few rapids, none more difficult than Class I. About rapids classes.
Jackson Golf Club
951 Highway 71 North
PO Box 82
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2660

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

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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Minnesota West Community and Technical College
401 West Street
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3320
Fax: (507) 847-5389 

Minnesota West Community & Technical College is a comprehensive community and technical college with five southwestern Minnesota campuses: Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, and Worthington and centers in Fairmont, Luverne, Marshall, and Redwood Falls. Students have the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate in more than 60 disciplines.
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

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  1,107

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Jackson County Central High School
1128 North Highway
PO Box 119
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5310
Fax: (507) 847-3078

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

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

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

Grades:  PK-3
Students:  382

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Riverside Elementary School, Jackson, Minnesota

Belmont Lutheran Church
83971 510th Avenue
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3861

Pastor:   Eric Hullstrom
Sunday Worship:  8:30 am
Bethany Lutheran - ELCA
53521 890th Street
Bergen, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3724

Pastor:  Ron Letnes and Terry Frovik
Sunday Worship: 
First Baptist Church
921 Hills Avenue
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2369

Pastor:  Steve DeKok
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am
First Baptist Church, Jackson Minnesota
First Presbyterian Church
601 4th Street
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-4722

Pastor:  Christopher Drew
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson Minnesota
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
311 N Sverdrup Avenue
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3419

Pastor:  Father Larry Brixius
Sunday Worship: 
Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Jackson Minnesota
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church - LCMS
101 Kimball Avenue
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3693

Pastor:  John Schuetz
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Jackson Minnesota
Our Savior's Lutheran Church - ELCA
614 Logan Avenue
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2856

Pastor:  Lance Issacson and Bryan Simmons
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Jackson Minnesota
Salem Lutheran Church - ELCA
500 North Highway
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3861

Pastor:  Eric Hullstrom
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am
Salem Lutheran Church, Jackson Minnesota
Union State Line Lutheran Church
72014 Petersburg Road
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2068

Pastor:  Kristina Waters
Sunday Worship: 
United Methodist Church
900 North Highway
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-2681

Pastor:  David Brown
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am
United Methodist Church, Jackson Minnesota

Jackson County Pilot
310 2nd Street
PO Box 208
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-3771

Weekly newspaper published on Thursdays with a circulation of 2.067.

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77271 US Highway 71
PO Box 29
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5400

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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AmericInn Lodge & Suites Jackson
110 Belmont Street
Jackson, MN 56143  
Phone: (507) 847-2444
Toll Free: (800) 634-3444

We know there’s no place like home, but with our newly updated furnishings, room décor, flat screen TV’s and cozy Serta® Perfect Sleeper beds, the AmericInn Jackson will feel like your home away from home. Our Jackson hotel offers a variety of room types including suites with microwave, refrigerator and whirlpools. Wake up each morning to our free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and stay connected with free, hotel-wide, high-speed internet. 
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Earth Inn Motel
1051 US Highway 71
Jackson, MN 56143 
Phone: (507) 847-5603
Toll Free: n/a

At the Earth Inn Motel in Jackson Minnesota we are dedicated to making you feel at home.  All of our  rooms are being remodeled this year.  You will not believe all you get for the dollar.  If you don't  need a pool or sauna then why pay for it?  Our rooms are as nice as any in the area and CLEAN is our trademark.   At the Earth Inn in Jackson we were green before it was in. Built half underground we use less energy and that is good for everyone.
Earth Inn Motel, Jackson Minnesota
Econo Lodge
2007 US Highway 71
Jackson, MN 56143  
Phone: (507) 847-3110
Toll Free: 800-4CHOICE

The pet-friendly Econo Lodge® hotel is north of Interstate 90, close to the Jackson-Evers International Airport and the Jackson Speedway.  All rooms have 32-inch flat-screen televisions with cable, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Non-smoking rooms are available.
Econolodge, Jackson Minnesota
Prairie Winds Motel
950 US Highway 71 N
Jackson, MN 56143  
Phone: (507) 847-2021
Toll Free: (800) BUD-HOST
Web:  n/a 

The Prairie Winds Motel is conveniently located close to downtown Jackson, across from the Jackson Golf Course along Highway 71, only 1/3 of a mile south of Interstate 90.  We're a 2-star AAA-Approved motel with reasonable prices and children under 12 stay free!
Prairie Winds Motel, Jackson Minnesota
Super 8 Jackson
2025 US Highway 71
Jackson, MN 56143  
Phone: (507) 847-3498
Toll Free: (800) 454-3213

Super 8 Jackson MN hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 90, about midway between Minneapolis and Sioux Falls. Relax and recharge at our hotel near Jackson Municipal Airport with handy perks to help you save time, like free high-speed Internet, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour shuttle service, and free parking for any size vehicle.
Super 8 Motel, Jackson Minnesota


KOA Kampground
2035 Highway 71 North
Jackson, MN 56143
Phone: (507) 847-5670
Toll Free: (800) 562-5670

With easy access to I-90, this KOA makes a perfect stopping point, halfway between Chicago and Mount Rushmore and only a half-day's drive to the Badlands or Wisconsin Dells. Choose a tent area with grills, a one- or two-room Camping Cabin or a long, level pull thru site. There's even a corral for your horse. LP gas is available. Enjoy seasonal veggies in the camp store, the pavilion and free wireless Internet. The heated pool, volleyball, horseshoe pits, playground and mini golf keep campers entertained - along with hayrides and ice cream socials.
KOA Kampground, Jackson Minnesota


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