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Askov, Minnesota; July 2007
Askov, Minnesota; July 2007
Location of the city of Askovwithin Pine County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Askov
within Pine County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Pine
Incorporated April 25, 1918
 • Total 1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)
 • Land 1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,168 ft (356 m)
 • Total 364
 • Estimate 
 • Density 280.60/sq mi (108.37/km2)
 • Demonym
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-02548
GNIS feature ID 0639478

Askov is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 364 at the 2010 census.

Minnesota State Highway 23 serves as a main route in the community, and Interstate 35 is nearby.


Originally the Village of Partridge, it was a Great Northern Railway stop; its post office began as Partridge, 1889–1909, before changing to Askov. Most of the village was destroyed in the 1894 Hinckley fire. In the re-building, the new village was founded by the Danish Peoples Society in 1906. The name "Askov" means "ash forest" and is the name of Denmark's largest folk high school. The new village was incorporated on April 25, 1918, and officially separated from the township as the City of Askov on April 8, 1921. Consequently, nearly all the streets in Askov have Danish names.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.26 square miles (3.26 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 242
1930 298 23.1%
1940 312 4.7%
1950 387 24.0%
1960 331 −14.5%
1970 287 −13.3%
1980 350 22.0%
1990 343 −2.0%
2000 368 7.3%
2010 364 −1.1%
2019 (est.) 353 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 364 people, 171 households, and 88 families living in the village. The population density was 288.9 inhabitants per square mile (111.5/km2). There were 188 housing units at an average density of 149.2 per square mile (57.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.3% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 171 households, of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.5% were non-families. 41.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the village was 41 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.


Askov is the former "Rutabaga Capitol of the World" and was a hub of rutabaga cultivation until A. Henriksen's rutabaga warehouse operation burned in the 1970s. The city of Askov is currently home of the annual Askov Fair and Rutabaga Festival, held during the fourth weekend of August.


The local school district is East Central Schools.

Notable people

Askov is also the hometown of Minneapolis Lakers star and NBA Hall of Famer Vern Mikkelsen and was the residence of former Minnesota governor Hjalmar Petersen. L. C. Pedersen, businessman and politician, also lived in Askov.

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