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Location of Osakis, Minnesota
|• Total||2.07 sq mi (5.36 km2)|
|• Land||1.95 sq mi (5.05 km2)|
|• Water||0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)|
|Elevation||1,355 ft (413 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,717|
|• Density||892.3/sq mi (344.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0649011|
Osakis (// oh-SAY-kiss) is a city in Douglas and Todd counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 1,740 at the 2010 census. Osakis was founded in 1857. The town takes its name from the lake on which the town is located. The name Osakis is thought to mean place of the Sauk and commemorates a small group of Sauk Indians who lived near the lake in the early 19th century.
The main part of Osakis is in Douglas County; only a small part of the city extends into Todd County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.07 square miles (5.36 km2); 1.95 square miles (5.05 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water. The ice-out records for Lake Osakis go back to 1870; this is the longest time series of any lake in Minnesota.
- The "Sauk Valley Man" (or "Sauk Valley Skeleton") found a few miles outside Osakis is an important Archaic Period archeological find and has been dated to approximately 2300 B.C..
- Gar Wood, inventor of the hydraulic-lift dump truck, boat designer, boat racer, and world water speed record holder was raised in Osakis, and it was a steamboat race on Lake Osakis that got him into racing.
- Peter Rutten, born in the Netherlands in 1880, founded the Osakis Silo Company in 1922. He designed and patented a new kind of silo roof and in 1953 founded the Railoc Company in Plainfield Illinois to manufacture it.
- Tommy Gibbons and his brother Mike Gibbons, members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, had a summer home on Osakis Lake. Tommy gave money from his last fight to build Osakis's Church of the Immaculate Conception.
- John Tax of Osakis (1894–1967) is famous for his handmade fish and duck decoys, one of which has sold for over $100,000. He has been called "The Last of the Prairie Carvers".
- Ron Weinhold's River Glen Gardens, a 75-acre (300,000 m2) arboretum he developed over the period of six decades, is well known to horticulturists throughout Minnesota.
- Bill Peterson, Washington Post political reporter and author of several books, including CoalTown Revisited, grew up in Osakis.
- William Fezler, PhD, author of The Good Girl Syndrome, Creative Imagery, and other books on psychology, graduated from Osakis H.S. in 1963.
- Leif Enger, author of the best-selling novel Peace Like a River was born and raised in Osakis.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,740 people, 743 households, and 440 families residing in the city. The population density was 892.3 inhabitants per square mile (344.5 /km2). There were 942 housing units at an average density of 483.1 per square mile (186.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 743 households of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% 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 2.90.
The median age in the city was 42.2 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.3% were from 45 to 64; and 25.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,567 people, 661 households, and 405 families residing in the city. The population density was 779.4 people per square mile (301.0/km²). There were 760 housing units at an average density of 378.0 per square mile (146.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.15% White, 0.13% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.70% Asian, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.
There were 661 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 29.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,833, and the median income for a family was $38,864. Males had a median income of $28,819 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,212. About 5.6% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011.