Wells, Minnesota

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Wells, Minnesota
City
Location of Wells, Minnesota
Location of Wells, Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°44′33″N 93°43′40″W / 43.74250°N 93.72778°W / 43.74250; -93.72778
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Faribault
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
 • Mayor Ron Gaines
Area[1]
 • Total 1.99 sq mi (5.15 km2)
 • Land 1.99 sq mi (5.15 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,158 ft (353 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,343
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,289
 • Density 1,177.4/sq mi (454.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56097
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-69106[4]
GNIS feature ID 0653904[5]
Website www.CityOfWells.net

Wells is a city in Faribault County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,343 at the 2010 census.[6]

History[edit]

The city was named for the J.W. Wells, father in law of Clark W. Thompson.[7] It is also the home of the former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Depot and Lunchroom which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.99 square miles (5.15 km2), all of it land.[1]

Minnesota State Highways 22 and 109 are two of the main routes in the city. Interstate 90 is located 6 miles south of Wells on Highway 22.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 661
1890 1,208 82.8%
1900 2,017 67.0%
1910 1,755 −13.0%
1920 1,894 7.9%
1930 1,795 −5.2%
1940 2,127 18.5%
1950 2,475 16.4%
1960 2,897 17.1%
1970 2,791 −3.7%
1980 2,777 −0.5%
1990 2,465 −11.2%
2000 2,494 1.2%
2010 2,343 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Wells, Minnesota is the home of the United South Central Rebels. The High School and Elementary Buildings are in Wells and approximately 700 students total attend the two schools. The grades in the Elementary are Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. The High School grades are 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade. Grades 5-8 were in Kiester, MN but at a school board meeting they decided to move the Middle school to Wells and put 5th and 6th grades in the Elementary and 7th and 8th grades in the High school. In a sense, they got rid of the Middle School. Also, the St. Casimir's School is in Wells. About 180 kids attend St. Casimir's, which has a K-8th grade student body.

The town also has a grocery store, Wells Marketplace Foods. Restaurants include Dairy Queen, Jake's Pizza, Wildcats Bar and Grill, and Subway. Wells has three banks: Wells Federal Bank, Paragon Bank, and People's State Bank. Hair salons are Shear Artistry and Ultimate Design Salon Day Spa and Tanning. Wells lone theater is the "Flame Theater." Wells has a Landromat, Di's Wash and Dry. Other businesses include True Value Hardware, USA Window Depot, and Lamperts Lumber.

Wells is the home of "Wells Kernel Days", held every year in late August. Wells also has their own Fire Department, Community Ambulance Service, and Police Department. Wells Concrete Products (WCP) is in Wells, MN, Forks, and Albany, MN. All three specialize in beams made of prestressed concrete. Cemstone a the new ready mix company in Wells, MN, Blue Earth, MN, Mapleton, MN, Mankato, MN, and Medford, MN. Cemstone bought out the ready mix divison of Wells Concrete Products. The current mayor of Wells is Ron Gaines.

Cen===2010 census=== As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,343 people, 1,013 households, and 635 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,177.4 inhabitants per square mile (454.6 /km2). There were 1,133 housing units at an average density of 569.3 per square mile (219.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.

There were 1,013 households of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.3% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 45.3 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.6% were from 45 to 64; and 22.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,494 people, 1,032 households, and 665 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,846.5 people per square mile (713.3/km²). There were 1,097 housing units at an average density of 812.2 per square mile (313.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.31% White, 0.04% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 2.17% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 4.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,032 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 32.2% 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 2.33 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,463, and the median income for a family was $38,523. Males had a median income of $27,969 versus $19,873 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,614. 9.8% of the population and 5.9% of families were below the poverty line. 7.4% of those under the age of 18 and 15.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Notable people[edit]

  • Larry Buendorf, US Secret Service. On the morning of September 5, 1975, Fromme went to Sacramento's Capitol Park (reportedly to plead with President Gerald Ford about the plight of the California redwoods) dressed in a nun-like red robe and armed with a Colt M1911 .45 semi-automatic pistol that she pointed at Ford. The pistol's magazine was loaded with four rounds, but there was no bullet in the firing chamber. She was immediately restrained by Larry Buendorf, a Secret Service agent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b [httpfactfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml "American FactFinder"] Check |url= scheme (help). UnitedStates Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Wells, Minnesota". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  8. ^ "RIDDICK, Carl Wood, (1872 - 1960)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°44′46″N 93°43′44″W / 43.74611°N 93.72889°W / 43.74611; -93.72889