Warroad, Minnesota

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Warroad
City
Nickname(s): Hockeytown, USA[1]
Location of Warroadwithin Roseau County and state of Minnesota
Location of Warroad
within Roseau County and state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 48°54′25″N 95°19′15″W / 48.90694°N 95.32083°W / 48.90694; -95.32083
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Roseau
Area[2]
 • Total 2.90 sq mi (7.51 km2)
 • Land 2.79 sq mi (7.23 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
Elevation 1,066 ft (325 m)
Population (2013)[3]
 • Total 1,800
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 1,770
 • Density 638.4/sq mi (246.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56763
Area code(s) 218
FIPS code 27-68224[5]
GNIS feature ID 0653790[6]

Warroad is a city in Roseau County, Minnesota, United States, at the southwest corner of Lake of the Woods. The population was 1,781 at the 2010 census.[7]

Minnesota State Highways 11 and 313 are two of the main routes in the community.

History[edit]

The name Warroad seems to come from the practice of Indian tribes using the location, which is now the town, as a route to war upon each other. In the 20th century, the town had a strong commercial fishing industry, which gradually turned to sport fishing and tourism. For many years, commercial boats provided regular service to the islands and to Kenora, Ontario at the north end of Lake of the Woods. Several flying services carried sport fishermen and tourists to lodges and fishing camps in Lake of the Woods until economics and increasing regulations drove them out of business. Warroad is known for the great fishing on Lake of the Woods.

Warroad, called "Hockeytown USA",[1] is also noted for its strong hockey tradition. Its high school program has earned four men's state championship titles ('94, '96, '03, '05) and two women's ('10, '11) in the past 20 years, and has produced NHL and Olympic players. No U.S. Hockey team has won a gold medal without a player from Warroad on the roster.[8] Another important piece of Warroad hockey history is the Warroad Lakers amateur team that existed from 1947 to 1997.

Father Aulneau[edit]

Warroad is the site of St. Mary's Church, also called the Father Aulneau Memorial Church, which commemorates a French Catholic priest who accompanied French explorers and soldiers in their search for the Northwest Passage and was killed along with several other people, presumably by Native Americans. The Aulneau Peninsula in Lake of the Woods is named after Father Aulneau.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.90 square miles (7.51 km2); 2.79 square miles (7.23 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.[2] The Warroad River flows through town.

Warroad is located along the southwest shore of Lake of the Woods at Muskeg Bay. Warroad is east of Roseau and west of Baudette.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 927
1920 1,211 30.6%
1930 1,184 −2.2%
1940 1,309 10.6%
1950 1,276 −2.5%
1960 1,309 2.6%
1970 1,086 −17.0%
1980 1,216 12.0%
1990 1,679 38.1%
2000 1,722 2.6%
2010 1,781 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,781 people, 764 households, and 452 families residing in the city. The population density was 638.4 inhabitants per square mile (246.5 /km2). There were 839 housing units at an average density of 300.7 per square mile (116.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.3% White, 0.1% African American, 5.7% Native American, 8.5% Asian, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 764 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,722 people, 657 households, and 419 families residing in the city. The population density was 254.7 /km2 (660 /sq mi). There were 766 housing units at an average density of 113.3 /km2 (293 /sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 81.65% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 7.38% Native American, 9.18% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. 0.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The town reportedly has the highest percentage of Laotian Americans in the country.[9]

There were 657 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size is 3.22.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,948, and the median income for a family was $44,667. Males had a median income of $27,123 versus $22,465 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,412. 8.8% of the population and 7.3% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.7% of those under the age of 18 and 7.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Local media[edit]

Newspaper

Warroad Pioneer

Radio
  • KKWQ-FM 92.5 and KRWB (AM) 1410, both owned by Border Broadcasting in Warroad
  • KCAJ FM 102.1, operated by North Country Media in Roseau.

Notable people[edit]

  • Henry Boucha,[1] former NHL player and 1972 Winter Olympic Silver Medalist, hockey. Born and raised in Warroad. Member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Bill Christian,[1] 1960 Winter Olympian, Gold Medalist, hockey. Member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and the IIHF Hall of Fame.
  • Dave Christian,[1][10] former NHL player and 1980 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist, hockey. Member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Gordon Christian,[1] 1956 Winter Olympian, Silver Medalist, hockey.
  • Roger Christian,[1] 1960 Winter Olympian, Gold Medalist, hockey. Member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Alan Hangsleben, former NHL player born in Warroad.
  • Gisele Marvin,[1] member of the U.S. national women's ice hockey team. Marvin won a silver medal at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Her grandfather is Cal Marvin, the coach of the 1958 United States Men's National Ice Hockey Team.
  • Brock Nelson, NHL player (New York Islanders)
  • T. J. Oshie,[1] NHL player (St. Louis Blues), helped Warroad's high school hockey team win the state championship. Scored winning goal in eighth round of shootout in 2014 Winter Olympics for the U.S., beating Team Russia in a preliminary game.
  • Sheila Terry, actress, 1910–1957

Popular culture[edit]

In the television show The West Wing, character Donna Moss claims to be from Warroad in the episode "Dead Irish Writers". In the episode, she becomes classified as a non-U.S. citizen when the Canadian border is moved south such that Warroad is in Canada.

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