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Location of Rutledge, Minnesota

 Rutledge (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population -- -- 152 196 229 +33 +16.84
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.00 0.00 2.95 2.95 2.95 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) -- -- 51.53 66.47 77.63 +11.16 +16.84
Housing Units 0 0 95 110 130 +20 +18.18
Households -- 0 61 78 94 +16 +20.51
Persons Per Household -- -- 2.49 2.51 2.44 -.07 -2.79


Rutledge is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States, at the confluence of the Kettle and Pine Rivers. County 61 serves as a main route in the community. The Willard Munger Bicycle/Snowmobile Trail passes through Rutledge. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.03 square miles (7.85 km2), of which 2.96 square miles (7.67 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water. The elevation is 1,030 ft (314 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 229 people, 94 households, and 65 families residing in the city. The population density was 77.4 inhabitants per square mile (29.9/km2). There were 130 housing units at an average density of 43.9 per square mile (16.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 1.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 94 households of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.9% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% 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 2.89.

The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.4% were from 25 to 44; 31.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.1% male and 48.9% female.

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Long before it ever became an incorporated village, a group of Native Indians lived along the banks of the Kettle River from where the community is today to a point about 5 miles downstream. The Government Road between St. Paul, MN and Superior, WI came through that area in the 1860s. A bridge was constructed across the Kettle River at what was called the Rock Dam. On the south side of the river a station was built. There stagecoaches stopped to change horses and allow passengers to get out and stretch their legs and have a lunch. It was at this location where the first Europeans settled. In 1870 the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad was completed in this region. A depot was built about two and one half miles upstream from the Rock Dam. The depot was named Kettle River Station. The community began to grow near the railroad station. On February 14, 1893 an election was held at the school house to decide if the settlement should be incorporated as a village. A total of 22 votes were cast, 19 favoring incorporation. The Village of Rutledge was named after a local lumberman Edward Rutledge who had built several mills in the area. James D. McCormack served as the first Mayor.

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RUTLEDGE, a city in sections 28, 33, and 34 of Kettle River Township, was incorporated as a village on February 17, 1893. It was first called Kettle River when the post office opened in 1881, changing to Rutledge in 1892. Located on the Kettle River, it had a sawmill by 1870 and a station of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

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Rutledge City Hall
PO Box 124
Rutledge, MN 55795
Phone: (218) 380-2970

Regular Business Hours:

City Council Meetings:
1st Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm

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Rutledge City Hall, Rutledge Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name  and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Jeff Kiminski
2671 County Road 39
Rutledge, MN 55795
  (218) 372-4331
(218) 565-0736
Clerk 12/31/2022 Lynette Hischer
7246 Rock Dam Road
Willow River, MN 55795
Email (218) 380-2970
Treasurer 12/31/2020 Amie Johnson
7322 2nd Street
Rutledge, MN 55795
  (218) 380-9072
Council Member 12/31/2022 Darryl Herzog
8045 Park Drive
Rutledge, MN 55795
  not available
Council Member 12/31/2024 Timothy M. Johnson
2602 W 2nd Avenue
Rutledge, MN 55795
  (218) 372-3760
Council Member 12/31/2024 Angela Eckerman
7283 County Highway 61
Willow River, MN 55795
  (218) 355-8892

Post Office:   Rutledge is served by the Willow River Post Office:
US Post Office
3002 Main Street
Willow River, MN 55795-5000
Phone: (218) 372-3595
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days     7:00 am - 11:00 am
                      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday         8:00 am - 9:45 am

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Minnesota Power (218) 722-2641
Electricity East Central Energy (800) 254-7944
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater n/a n/a
Water n/a n/a
Telephone Frontier Communications (888) 241-2548
Cable TV n/a n/a

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Rutledge School, Rutledge Minnesota, 1937
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Rutledge Community Church
Rutledge, MN 55795 
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Downtown Rutledge Minnesota on Highway 61, 2007
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DWR Investments
7333 County Highway 61 
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Phone: (218) 372-4481 
End Zone Bar & Grill
7333 County Highway 61 
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Phone: (218) 372-4481 
End Zone Bar & Grill, Rutledge Minnesota
Hair Shoppe On Main
7359 Main Street 
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Phone: (218) 372-3093 
M & S Automotive
7326 County Highway 61 
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Phone: (218) 372-3803 
Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe
Misizahga'igani Anishinahbay Language and Cultural Grounds

7201 County Highway 61 
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Phone: (320) 233-6169 
Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe, Misizahga'igani Anishinahbay Language and Cultural Grounds, Rutledge Minnesota
Pine Creek Saddle Club
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Pine Creek Saddle Club, Rutledge Minnesota
Riverside Service
7326 County Highway 61 
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Phone: (218) 372-3400 
Riverside Service, Rutledge Minnesota
U-Haul Company
7326 County Highway 61 
Rutledge, MN 55795 
Phone: (218) 372-4420 

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