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Appleton
Appleton's Old City Hall
Appleton's Old City Hall
Nickname(s): 
"Home of Honored Veterans"
Location of Appletonwithin Swift County, Minnesota
Location of Appleton
within Swift County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°12′5″N 96°1′11″W / 45.20139°N 96.01972°W / 45.20139; -96.01972
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Swift
Area
 • Total 1.93 sq mi (5.01 km2)
 • Land 1.88 sq mi (4.87 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
1,007 ft (307 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,412
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,325
 • Density 704.04/sq mi (271.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56208
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-01864
GNIS feature ID 0639416
Website www.appletonmn.com

Appleton is a city in Swift County, Minnesota, United States. Its population was 1,412 at the 2010 census. The town is home to a vacant medium-security prison, the Prairie Correctional Facility, which is wholly owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. Appleton also includes a plant-protein factory operated by Eat Just, Inc.

Elmer A. Benson, who served as a United States Senator and as governor of Minnesota, was born in Appleton on September 22, 1895. Appleton is also home to many retirees and military veterans. All of its twenty-odd streets, except Minnesota Street, are named for local veterans who died in combat.

History

Appleton was laid out in 1872, and named after Appleton, Wisconsin. A post office has been in operation at Appleton since 1873. Appleton was incorporated in 1881.

Gethsemane Episcopal Church on North Hering Street at Snelling Avenue was built in 1879 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.04 square miles (5.28 km2); 1.97 square miles (5.10 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water. The Pomme de Terre River flows through the city and continues 10 miles to the west and south into Marsh Lake on the Minnesota River.

U.S. Highway 59 and Minnesota State Highways 7 and 119 are three of the main routes in the city.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 400
1890 994 148.5%
1900 1,184 19.1%
1910 1,221 3.1%
1920 1,579 29.3%
1930 1,625 2.9%
1940 1,877 15.5%
1950 2,256 20.2%
1960 2,172 −3.7%
1970 1,789 −17.6%
1980 1,842 3.0%
1990 1,552 −15.7%
2000 2,871 85.0%
2010 1,412 −50.8%
2019 (est.) 1,325 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, 1,412 people, 677 households, and 342 families were living in the city. The population density was 716.8 inhabitants per square mile (276.8/km2). The 851 housing units averaged 432.0/sq mi (166.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.8% White, 1.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.2% of the population.

Of the 677 households, 22.3% had children under 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.5% were not families. About 44.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.00, and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 48.5 years; 20% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Education

Appleton Public Schools are part of the Lac Qui Parle Valley School District. Schools in the district include MMN Elementary School, Appleton Elementary School, LqPV Middle School and Lac Qui Parle Valley High School.

Appleton Elementary School is located in Appleton.

Ranae Tostenson is the superintendent of schools.

Notable people

  • Elmer Austin Benson (September 22, 1895 – March 13, 1985) was an American lawyer and politician from Appleton, Minnesota. In 1935, Elmer Benson was appointed to the U.S. Senate following the death of Thomas Schall and in 1936 he was elected as Governor of Minnesota (1937 – 1939).
  • Charles Peter “Chuck” Brown (April 3, 1951 – August 14, 2003) - politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1985 – 1996)
  • Jerry Koosman - former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Martin J. McGowan, Jr. (10/28/1920 – 8/13/2009) - editor, publisher of the Appleton Press, (1942 - 1964), and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1959 – 1966)
  • Clinton Sundberg - Hollywood actor
  • Herbert A. Winkelmann - pioneering rubber chemist at B.F. Goodrich
  • Edward T. Young (October 27, 1858 – September 19, 1940) - Minnesota Attorney General (1905 - 1909), Minnesota House of Representatives (1889 - 1890 and 1893 - 1894) and Minnesota Senate (1895 - 1902)
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