|Motto: Little City With A Big Heart|
Location of Randall, Minnesota
|• Mayor||Robert Riitters|
|• Council member||Jerry Carter|
|• Council member||Charley Andres|
|• Council member||Rick Turner|
|• Council member / City Clerk||Gerald Adamski|
|• Total||2.05 sq mi (5.31 km2)|
|• Land||2.05 sq mi (5.31 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,191 ft (363 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||641|
|• Density||317.1/sq mi (122.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0655054|
The village of Randall is located on the banks of the Little Elk River, about 5 miles (8.0 km) from its confluence with the Mississippi River. The area of rolling hills and wide river valleys is situated at the southwestern edge of the Brainerd Lakes area. The largest lake in the area, Lake Alexander, is famous for its crystal clear waters and excellent fishing. Numerous smaller lakes in the area, including Little Round Lake, Green Prairie Fish Lake, Fish Trap Lake, Round Lake, and Lake Shamineau, provide abundant recreation opportunities year-round.
The community was established in the 1890s and was named for John H. Randall, a railroad official. The town is bisected by a main line of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad.
The first Europeans to settle the Randall area came from Northern Europe. To this day, the majority of the population claims German, Polish, Norwegian, or Swedish ancestry.
The Great Flood of 1972
In the Great Flash Flood of July 21–22, 1972, the Little Elk poured over its banks, flooding the entire downtown and making the area impassable to vehicle traffic for several weeks. Local citizens reported that Randall received over 13 inches (330 mm) of rain in a single day during the deluge, although official precipitation data for the town do not exist. However, the National Weather Service station in the nearby settlement of Ft. Ripley received 10.84 inches (275 mm) of rain in 24 hours during the flood, which is the second greatest one day rainfall ever recorded in Minnesota (15.10 inches was officially recorded in Hokah, in southeast Minnesota, on August 18, 2007).
The damage from the deluge was exacerbated by its timing. The rains came just 12 days after a storm had dumped up to 7 inches (180 mm) of rain in the region, setting off an outbreak of flash floods in neighboring communities to the west of town. With the exception of Interstate 35, every major highway in the northern half of the state was closed from Alexandria, MN to the Wisconsin border.
As of the census of 2010, there were 650 people, 264 households, and 174 families residing in the city. The population density was 317.1 inhabitants per square mile (122.4 /km2). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 146.8 per square mile (56.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 264 households of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.90.
The median age in the city was 33.9 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 20.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 535 people, 217 households, and 144 families residing in the city. The population density was 256.9 people per square mile (99.3/km²). There were 229 housing units at an average density of 110.0 per square mile (42.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.64% White, 1.12% Native American, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.19% of the population.
There were 217 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,000, and the median income for a family was $40,750. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $21,058 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,792. About 16.2% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.4% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.
Randall has one elementary school. The Dr. S G Knight elementary school is part of the Little Falls School District. It serves students from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
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