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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.

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 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. The Des Moines River flows through Windom and serves as a gentle, rapid-free canoeing spot. Windom is located on the Coteau des Prairies, a ridge extending from South Dakota to Iowa separating Cottonwood County into two watersheds. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.33 square miles (11.21 km²). 4.16 square miles (10.77 km²) of it is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km²) of it is water. The elevation is 1,362 ft (415 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 4,646 people, 1,994 households, and 1,201 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,116.8 inhabitants per square mile (431.2/km2). There were 2,171 housing units at an average density of 521.9 per square mile (201.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.1% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 3.7% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.0% of the population.

There were 1,994 households of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.8% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% 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 2.91.

The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

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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.

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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

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

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City Hall, Windom Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Dominic Jones
1575 17th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Email (507) 831-5122
City Administrator appointed Steven Nasby
444 9th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Email (507) 831-6129
Council Member - At-Large 12/31/2022 Jayesun Sherman
736 4th Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Email (507) 832-8313
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2022 Jenny Quade
861 19th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Email (507) 822-0928
Council Member - Ward 1 12/31/2024 Marvin Grunig
2121 17th Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Email (507) 822-3378
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2022 James L. Nelson
123 13th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Email (507) 236-0605
Council Member - Ward 2 12/31/2024 Jacqueline Schmidt
2150 Cottonwood Lake Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Email (507) 227-5604
MN House - District 22B 12/31/2022  Rod Hamilton (R)
277 State Office Building 
St. Paul, MN 55155  
(651) 296-5373
MN Senate - District 22 12/31/2024  Bill Weber (R)
Minnesota Senate Bldg. Rm 2109
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-5650
MN Governor  12/31/2022  Governor Tim Walz
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
St. Paul, MN 55155  
(651) 201-3400
(800) 657-3717 
US House - District 7 12/31/2022  Michelle Fischbach (R)
1237 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2165 
US Senate 12/31/2022   Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
425 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510  
(202) 224-3244 
US Senate 12/31/2022   Tina Smith (DFL)  
720 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
 Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5641  
US President  12/31/2024  Joe Biden (D)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
not available 

Post Office:
US Post Office
445 9th Street
Windom, MN
(507) 831-2595
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (507) 831-2206

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 10:30 am  

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Windom Municipal Utilities (507) 831-6151
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Windom Municipal Utilities (507) 831-6138
Water Windom Municipal Utilities (507) 831-6138
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
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

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Windom Area Chamber of Commerce
303 9th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-2752

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Windom State Theatre
926 4th Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-1641

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Health Care:
Avera Medical Group Windom
820 2nd Avenue N
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-1703

By providing state-of-the-art medical care right here in our community, we work to improve the health and quality of life of the people in and around Windom, MN. Through Avera Health, we offer access to the region’s largest and most comprehensive health care network, for additional depth, expertise and cost savings.

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Sanford Health Windom Clinic
591 Second Avenue N
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-2233

Windom Area Health entered a management relationship with Sanford Health (formerly Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System) in 1989. With the relationship, Windom Area Health cooperates with Sanford Health in areas of physician recruitment, specialty clinic outreach recruiting, shared diagnostic resources, and managed care contract assistance. 

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Windom Area Health
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-2400

Windom Area Health is a Critical Access Hospital. We provide 24-hour comprehensive general medical, surgical, obstetrical and emergency healthcare services. Windom Area Health is owned by the City of Windom, and has been managed by Sanford Health.

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Windom Public Schools
Independent School District #177

1400 17th Street
PO Box 177
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-6901
Fax: (507) 831-6919

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  1,055

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Windom Middle and High School
1400 17th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-6910
Fax: (507) 831-6919

Grades:  4-12
Students:  730

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Windom Middle and High School, Windom Minnesota
Windom Area Elementary School
1200 17th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-6925
Fax: (507) 831-6932

Grades:  K-3
Students:  340

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Windom Area Elementary School, Windom Minnesota
Early Learning Center
1012 5th Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-6940

Grades:  PK
Students:  n/a

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American Lutheran Church - ELCA
906 Prospect Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-1794

Pastor:  Sarah Larsen Tade
Sunday Service:  9:00 am

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American Lutheran Church, Windom Minnesota
Assembly of God
41445 US Highway 71
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-5683

Pastor:  Jayesun Sherman
Sunday Service:  10:00 am

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Assembly of God, Windom Minnesota
Church of God Prophecy
580 Cindy Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 822-5964

Pastor:  Moises Macario
Sunday Service:   n/a

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Evangelical Free Church
440 10th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3713

Pastor:  Dan Van Loon
Sunday Service:  10:15 am

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Evangelical Free Church, Windom Minnesota
First Baptist Church
450 3rd Avenue
PO Box 158
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3811

Pastor:  Gary Wiens
Sunday Service:  10:30 am

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First Baptist Church, Windom Minnesota
First United Methodist Church
974 6th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3284

Pastor:  Mike McInnis
Sunday Service:  10:30 am

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First United Presbyterian Church
336 11th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-2532

Pastor:  Rev. Bonnie Roys
Sunday Service:  9:30 am (10:30 am summers)

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First United Presbyterian Church, Windom Minnesota
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
453 10th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3713

Pastor:  Father John Robertson
Sunday Service:  10:00 am

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Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Windom Minnesota
Our Savior Lutheran Church - LCMS
1157 3rd Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-2532

Pastor:  Rev. Paul Sajban
Sunday Service:  9:00 am

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Our Savior Lutheran Church, Windom Minnesota
Seventh Day Adventist Church
41519 US Highway 71
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-5566

Pastor:  Kenneth Mayberry
Saturday Service:   11:00 am

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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
532 17th Street
PO Box 39
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-1985

Pastor:  Pratap Reddy Saliblindla
Sunday Mass:  10:00 am and 11:45 am (Spanish)

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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Windom Minnesota

Cottonwood County Citizen
260 10th Street
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3455
Fax: (507) 831-3740

Weekly newspaper published on Wednesdays with a circulation of 3,128

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KDOM-FM 94.3
1450 N Highway 60/71
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3908
Fax: (507) 831-3913

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KDOM-AM 1580
1450 N Highway 60/71
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-3908
Fax: (507) 831-3913

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2270 State Highway 60 E
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 832-8300

We’re minutes from the charming downtown area, Des Moines River activities, and plenty of beautiful parks. Plus, you can easily reach Windom Arena and Mountain Lake Heritage Village. If you’re in town for work, take advantage of our business center and proximity to local headquarters such as Comfrey Farm Prime Pork and The Toro Company. Throughout your stay, enjoy free WiFi, daily breakfast, and our indoor pool and hot tub.

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Guardian Inn
1955 1st Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-1809

The Guardian Inn Motel of Windom, MN is unique in that most of the rooms include an attached garage. We also offer drive-up registration, a breakfast bar, in-room coffee makers, TV/HBO, microwave, refrigerator and high-speed internet in all rooms.

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Guardian Inn, Windom Minnesota
Red Carpet Inn
222 3rd Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: (507) 831-1120

The Red Carpet Inn Windom is pleased to offer free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, fridge and coffee maker in all rooms. Cable TV and HBO movie channel is also available, along with 24 hour front desk, free parking and vending machines. The rooms are spacious and decorated with wood furniture and warm accents. The Red Carpet Inn offers great clean rooms and exceptional friendly service at reasonable prices.

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Red Carpet Inn, Windom Minnesota




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