Cormorant Township, Becker County, Minnesota

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Cormorant Township, Minnesota
Motto: "The Heart of the Cormorant Lake Area"
Cormorant Township is located in Minnesota
Cormorant Township
Cormorant Township
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°45′46″N 96°6′21″W / 46.76278°N 96.10583°W / 46.76278; -96.10583Coordinates: 46°45′46″N 96°6′21″W / 46.76278°N 96.10583°W / 46.76278; -96.10583
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Becker
 • Type Mayoral, Council
 • Mayor of Cormorant Duke (the dog)
 • Total 36.3 sq mi (93.9 km2)
 • Land 26.3 sq mi (68.2 km2)
 • Water 9.9 sq mi (25.7 km2)
Elevation 1,358 ft (414 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,039
 • Density 39/sq mi (15.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 27-13294[1]
GNIS feature ID 0663873[2]

Cormorant Township is a township in Becker County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,039 as of the 2010 census.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.3 square miles (93.9 km2), of which 26.3 square miles (68.2 km2) is land and 9.9 square miles (25.7 km2), or 27.40%, is water.[3]


  • Bergerson Lake
  • Big Cormorant Lake (west three-quarters)
  • Cuba Lake
  • Dahlberg Lake (southwest quarter)
  • Fig Lake
  • Larson Lake
  • Leaf Lake (west quarter)
  • Lake Ida
  • Long Lake
  • Middle Cormorant Lake
  • Mollar Lake
  • Nelson Lake
  • Rose Lake
  • Rossman Lake
  • Severson Lake
  • Tub Lake
  • Turtle Lake
  • Upper Cormorant Lake

Adjacent townships[edit]


The township contains Cormorant Lutheran Cemetery.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 965 people, 422 households, and 316 families residing in the township. The population density was 36.6 people per square mile (14.1/km²). There were 977 housing units at an average density of 37.1/sq mi (14.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.86% White, 0.21% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.31% Asian, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 422 households out of which 20.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the township the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 106.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,560, and the median income for a family was $54,444. Males had a median income of $41,635 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,016. About 1.6% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.

Media attention[edit]

In 2014, a Great Pyrenees dog named Duke won an election for ceremonial mayorship of Cormorant. Twelve votes were cast.[4] Duke was re-elected in August 2016, for his third consecutive term. Since Cormorant has mayoral elections annually, he was up for re-election again in 2017. In May 2017, he won once again.[5]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Cormorant township, Becker County, Minnesota". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sarah Figalora (13 August 2014). "Would-Be Mayor Gracious After Losing to Dog". Good Morning America. ABC News. 
  5. ^ Filley, Ty. "Mutt turns mayor in small town Minnesota," WDAY/WDAZ News, August 20, 2016. Accessed August 24, 2016.

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