Nessel Township, Chisago County, Minnesota

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Nessel Township, Minnesota
Nessel Township is located in Minnesota
Nessel Township
Nessel Township
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°41′11″N 93°4′16″W / 45.68639°N 93.07111°W / 45.68639; -93.07111Coordinates: 45°41′11″N 93°4′16″W / 45.68639°N 93.07111°W / 45.68639; -93.07111
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Chisago
 • Total 42.7 sq mi (110.6 km2)
 • Land 37.4 sq mi (96.8 km2)
 • Water 5.3 sq mi (13.8 km2)
Elevation 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,951
 • Density 52/sq mi (20.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 27-45250[1]
GNIS feature ID 0665081[2]

Nessel Township is a township in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,951 at the 2010 census.[3]


Nessel Township is located in the northwest corner of Chisago County and is bordered by Isanti County to the west and Pine County to the north. Rush City lies on the eastern border of the township. The unincorporated community of Rush Point is in the southwest part of the township.

Interstate 35 closely follows the eastern boundary line of the township, leading north to Rock Creek and Pine City, and south to Harris and North Branch. Access to the township is from County 1 exit in Rush City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 42.7 square miles (110.6 km2), of which 37.4 square miles (96.8 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (13.8 km2), or 12.45%, is water.[3] Rush Lake is a large two-basin water body in the center of the township.


Nessel Township bears the name of its earliest pioneer farmer, Robert Nessel, who was born in Germany in 1834, came to the United States in 1847 and to Minnesota in 1854, and settled here in 1856. The township was organized in 1870.[4]

Rush Lake, and the soil, attracted people to settle in the township, and many of the farms are still owned by the descendants of the early settlers. When Mr. Nessel filed for a homestead of his place, he found that many native Americans occupied the land, with whom he had to bargain. He reportedly paid $150.00 for the initial 160 acres (0.65 km2) to Alexis LaPrairie. This was a great camping place for the native people, as the lower lake was full of wild rice which they gathered. The narrows between the two lakes was a gathering place for the native people during rice harvesting time.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,765 people, 668 households, and 509 families residing in the township. The population density was 46.3 people per square mile (17.9/km²). There were 921 housing units at an average density of 24.2/sq mi (9.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.75% White, 0.06% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 668 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $47,578, and the median income for a family was $52,443. Males had a median income of $39,712 versus $27,100 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,953. About 1.8% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 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): Nessel township, Chisago County, Minnesota". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 108. 

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