Henderson, Minnesota

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Henderson, Minnesota
Henderson, Minnesota 5.jpg
Location of Hendersonwithin Sibley County, Minnesota
Location of Henderson
within Sibley County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°31′44″N 93°54′28″W / 44.52889°N 93.90778°W / 44.52889; -93.90778
Country  United States
State  Minnesota
County Sibley
 • Type Mayor – Council
 • Mayor Paul Menne
 • Total 1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 755 ft (230 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 886
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 878
 • Density 835.8/sq mi (322.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56044
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-28394[4]
GNIS feature ID 0644862[5]
Website www.henderson-mn.com

Henderson is a city in Sibley County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 886 at the 2010 census.[6]


Henderson was founded in August 1852 by Joseph R. Brown, and was named for his mother's maiden name.[7]

By 1855, Henderson had become a fast growing city as it already harbored more 60 buildings including a hotel, a warehouse, a steam sawmill, as well as Brown's house which functioned as a boarding house, a store and a residence for the Brown family. Henderson quickly became a major distribution center for the inland settlement surrounding the Minnesota River Valley in the following years.

By the mid-60's Henderson had two major brickyards, The Mattei and Schwartz Brickyard, who both contributed heavily to the early 1900s brick-style buildings still present in Henderson today.

After much debate between Henderson and Gaylord over who should hold the county seat of Sibley County. The county was eventually changed to Gaylord in 1915 from a county-wide vote which cause major population loss to Henderson. Throughout the 50 years after this population loss, Henderson's economy became increasingly more centered on agriculture that largely sustain the downtown after the loss of the county seat. It's success in changing support has brought rise to the Sauerkraut Days celebrated today.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2); 1.06 square miles (2.75 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

Minnesota State Highways 19 and 93 are two of the main routes in the community. U.S. Highway 169 is nearby.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 706
1880 964 36.5%
1890 909 −5.7%
1900 904 −0.6%
1910 753 −16.7%
1920 766 1.7%
1930 672 −12.3%
1940 820 22.0%
1950 762 −7.1%
1960 728 −4.5%
1970 730 0.3%
1980 739 1.2%
1990 746 0.9%
2000 910 22.0%
2010 886 −2.6%
Est. 2015 874 [9] −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $43,125, and the median income for a family was $49,091. Males had a median income of $31,736 versus $25,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,544. About 4.7% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 886 people, 377 households, and 236 families residing in the city. The population density was 835.8 inhabitants per square mile (322.7/km2). There were 405 housing units at an average density of 382.1 per square mile (147.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.2% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 377 households of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 39.5 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Sauerkraut Days[edit]

Henderson, Minnesota is home to Sauerkraut Days, a three-day event that takes place during the last full weekend of June. Events include a Kraut Car Cruise, 5K Kraut Run, tractor ride, kiddie parade, grand parade, Minnesota State Arm Wrestling Championships, car show, Miss Henderson Coronation, Sauerkraut Idol, and the World Champion Sauerkraut Eating Contest.[11]

In 2006, Sam Delzer of Henderson devoured 2 pounds of kraut in 1 minute 37 seconds in front of over 400 spectators during Henderson's Sauerkraut Days. Delzer repeated as champion in 2007 with a time of 1:47. Brian Schneedwind was the Kraut King in 2008. He finished his two pounds of kraut in one minute flat. Schneedwind was also the 2005 champion.

Notable people[edit]

  • Joseph R. Brown - Minnesota and Wisconsin Territorial Legislator
  • Jerry Dempsey - Minnesota State Legislator (1993-2006)
  • Terry Dempsey - Minnesota State Legislator (1978–1992); State District Court Judge (1992–2002)


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°31′42″N 93°54′28″W / 44.52833°N 93.90778°W / 44.52833; -93.90778