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"The Lonely Pine"
Location of the city of Rutledgewithin Pine County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Rutledge
within Pine County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Pine
Incorporated February 17, 1893
 • Total 3.02 sq mi (7.81 km2)
 • Land 2.95 sq mi (7.63 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
1,030 ft (314 m)
 • Total 229
 • Estimate 
 • Density 75.02/sq mi (28.96/km2)
 • Demonym
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
(North of Pine River)
(South of Pine River)
Area code(s) 218 (North of Pine River)
320 (South of Pine River)
FIPS code 27-56518
GNIS feature ID 0650434

Rutledge is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States, at the confluence of the Kettle and Pine Rivers. The population was 229 at the 2010 census.

Pine County 61 serves as a main route in the community. The Willard Munger Bicycle / Snowmobile Trail also passes through Rutledge.


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 five miles downstream. The Government Road between St. Paul, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin passed 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, at which 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, 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 whether 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 local lumberman Edward Rutledge, who had built several mills in the area. James D. McCormack served as the first Mayor of 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 363
1910 89 −75.5%
1920 90 1.1%
1930 95 5.6%
1940 161 69.5%
1950 163 1.2%
1960 146 −10.4%
1970 123 −15.8%
1980 185 50.4%
1990 152 −17.8%
2000 196 28.9%
2010 229 16.8%
2019 (est.) 221 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 229 people, 94 households, and 65 families living 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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