|Lake Wobegon in Holdingford|
|Nickname(s): Gateway to Lake Wobegon|
|Motto: "Most Scenic Part Of The Lake Wobegon Trail"|
|• Total||0.85 sq mi (2.20 km2)|
|• Land||0.85 sq mi (2.20 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,181 ft (360 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||705|
|• Density||832.9/sq mi (321.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0645075|
Holdingford is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 708 at the 2010 census. It claims to be "The Gateway to Lake Wobegon", the fictional central Minnesota town created by Garrison Keillor.
Holdingford was named after pioneer Randolph Holding. During prohibition, Stearns County became a large producer of moonshine with a majority of the farmers in the area distilling spirits. Stearns County spirits made their way to Minneapolis, St. Paul, Chicago and Canada. The product was nicknamed "Minnesota 13" after the seed corn it was made from. During prohibition, many say Holdingford was the unofficial moonshine capital of Minnesota. "I think it was because we made the best moonshine, so there was more of a demand for it, so more was made" said Elmer Ebnet, 67, of Holdingford. "It seems that almost everyone around here was making it." Prohibition officially started Jan. 16, 1920, and Holdingford was a community that pulled together to break the law.
As of the census of 2010, there were 708 people, 306 households, and 190 families residing in the city. The population density was 832.9 inhabitants per square mile (321.6 /km2). There were 330 housing units at an average density of 388.2 per square mile (149.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 306 households of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.9% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.92.
The median age in the city was 37.3 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 736 people, 286 households, and 197 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,182.1 people per square mile (458.3/km²). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 477.0 per square mile (185.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.18% White, 0.54% Asian, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.14% of the population.
There were 286 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,000, and the median income for a family was $42,788. Males had a median income of $31,053 versus $21,141 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,410. About 6.2% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.
Holdingford Public Schools are part of the Holdingford Public School District. Schools in the district include Holdingford Elementary School and Holdingford High School. Holdingford Elementary is from Presschool to 6th grade, and Holdingford High School is from 7th-12th grade. The Holdingford Huskers are expanding in the sports area. They have baseball/softball,volleyball,football,tennis,swimming,track,wrestling,and cheerleading.
Stearns County Road 9 (4th Street), Stearns County Road 17 (River Street), and Main Street are three of the main routes in the community.
- Kenny Benkowski, better known as "Sodbuster" Kenny Jay, was born March 27, 1937 in Holdingford, Minnesota. He was a professional wrestler who competed primarily in the American Wrestling Association.
- Joseph Brinkman (born April 9, 1944 in Little Falls, Minnesota) was raised in Holdingford, Minnesota and graduated from Holdingford High School. He is a former umpire in Major League Baseball Umpire who worked in the American League from 1973 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues from 2000 until his retirement during the 2006 season.
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3a St. Cloud Times March-29-1996- Prohibition in Stearns County Produced a Different Cash Crop-Jerry L. Carter
3b St. Cloud Times March-29-1996- Holdingford stayed 'wet' during dry spell-Jerry L. Carter
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