Pepin (town), Wisconsin

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Pepin, Wisconsin
Location of Pepin, Wisconsin
Location of Pepin, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°28′42″N 92°8′26″W / 44.47833°N 92.14056°W / 44.47833; -92.14056Coordinates: 44°28′42″N 92°8′26″W / 44.47833°N 92.14056°W / 44.47833; -92.14056
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Pepin
 • Total 52.6 sq mi (136.1 km2)
 • Land 45.4 sq mi (117.7 km2)
 • Water 7.1 sq mi (18.4 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,083 ft (330 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 580
 • Density 12.8/sq mi (4.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-61950[2]
GNIS feature ID 1583909[1]

Pepin is a town in Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 580 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Barry Corner, Devils Corners, Hawkins Corners, and Lakeport are located in the town. The unincorporated community of Lund is also partially located within the town.


Laura Ingalls Wilder[edit]

The Little House Wayside, the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is in the town of Pepin, one mile southeast of Lund. Laura Ingalls Wilder was born here on February 7, 1867.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 52.6 square miles (136.1 km²), of which, 45.4 square miles (117.7 km²) of it is land and 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²) of it (13.55%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 580 people, 232 households, and 168 families residing in the town. The population density was 12.8 people per square mile (4.9/km²). There were 273 housing units at an average density of 6.0 per square mile (2.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.14% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, and 0.17% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 232 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,444, and the median income for a family was $51,053. Males had a median income of $29,722 versus $17,361 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,902. About 4.1% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


Town Board[4][edit]

  • Chairman- Kevin Kosok
  • Supervisor 1: Bruce T. Johnson
  • Supervisor 2: Joseph Komisar
  • Supervisor 3: Gary Samuelson
  • Supervisor 4: Dennis Wolfe
  • Treasurer/Clerk: Nancy Wolfe
  • Assessor: Lisa L. Meyer

In the Spring 2012 elections, two more seats were added to the Board of Supervisors, and both Gary Samuelson and Dennis Wolfe were elected unopposed.

Local Elections[edit]

Town Assessor is appointed position.

2011 All incumbents were re-elected on April 5, 2011, except for Supervisor Mark R. Johnson, who was defeated by Mike Fetzer.

Elected Defeated
Town Chair Bob Bjerstedt (inc.) 127 Dennis Westberg 94
Supervisor 1 Michael T. Fetzer 126 Mark R. Johnson (inc.) 91
Supervisor 2 Bruce A. Peterson (inc.) 126 Don Milliren 84
Treasurer/Clerk Nancy Wolfe (inc.) 132 Sara Cedarblade 84

2013 All incumbents were re-elected April 2, 2013. Supervisor Mike Fetzer did not run for a second term, and was replaced by Bruce Johnson. Chairman Bob Bjerstedt was originally not going to run again, but mounted a write-in campaign when the only person that was running to replace him dropped out and endorsed him.

Elected Defeated
Town Chair Bob Bjerstedt (inc.) (Write-in) 59 Other write-in 2
Supervisor 1 Bruce T. Johnson 87 unopposed
Supervisor 2 Bruce A. Peterson (inc.) 87 Write-in 2
Treasurer/Clerk Nancy Wolfe (inc.) 92 Write-in 3

2014 Both incumbent supervisors, Gary Samuelson and Dennis Wolfe, were re-elected unopposed.

2015 All incumbents were re-elected April 7, 2015, except for Supervisor Bruce A. Peterson, who was defeated by Joseph A. Komisar. Chairman Bob Bjerstedt retired, and was replaced by Kevin Kosok.

Elected Defeated
Town Chair Kevin Kosok unopposed
Supervisor 1 Bruce T. Johnson (inc.) unopposed
Supervisor 2 Joseph Komisar 74 Bruce A. Peterson (inc.) 68
Treasurer/Clerk Nancy Wolfe (inc.) unopposed


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
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