Tordenskjold Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

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Tordenskjold Township, Minnesota
Tordenskjold Township, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Tordenskjold Township, Minnesota
Tordenskjold Township, Minnesota
Location within the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°14′4″N 95°50′28″W / 46.23444°N 95.84111°W / 46.23444; -95.84111Coordinates: 46°14′4″N 95°50′28″W / 46.23444°N 95.84111°W / 46.23444; -95.84111
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Otter Tail
 • Total 36.0 sq mi (93.3 km2)
 • Land 30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)
 • Water 5.6 sq mi (14.4 km2)
Elevation 1,335 ft (407 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 550
 • Density 18.1/sq mi (7.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 27-65218[1]
GNIS feature ID 0665798[2]

Tordenskjold Township is a township in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 550 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93.3 km²), of which 30.5 square miles (78.9 km²) of it is land and 5.6 square miles (14.4 km²) of it (15.44%) is water.


Tordenskjold Township was originally called Blooming Grove Township, and under the latter name was organized in 1869. The present name, adopted in 1870, is after Vice-Admiral Peter Tordenskjold, a Danish-Norwegian naval hero during the Great Northern War.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 550 people, 217 households, and 170 families residing in the township. The population density was 18.1 people per square mile (7.0/km²). There were 373 housing units at an average density of 12.2/sq mi (4.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.73% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

There were 217 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $37,981, and the median income for a family was $41,944. Males had a median income of $28,438 versus $21,071 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,229. About 3.3% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 3.7% 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. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 398.