Long Prairie, Minnesota

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Long Prairie is a city in Todd County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,040 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Todd County[3].



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.88%) is water. The Long Prairie River flows through the city.[4]

U.S. Route 71 and Minnesota State Highways 27 and 287 are three of the main routes in the city.


Long Prairie's history dates back to the first white settlement within Todd County. Prior to it being the first settlement the land was roamed by the Dakota and Ojibwe Indian tribes. In 1845 the government selected the location known as Long Prairie as a site for an Indian agency. To satisfy treaty requirements, displaced Winnebago Indians from the "Neutral Ground" in what is now northern Iowa and southern Minnesota were brought to Long Prairie by the U.S. government under Henry Mower Rice. It was assumed that they would buffer the conflict between the Dakota and the Ojibwe. The total population of Long Prairie in 1849 was close to 3000 people. Annuity payments were made here under the Indian Agency supervision and there were farming projects and a school. Discontented with their lot, the Winnebago agreed to a second treaty and were removed back to southern Minnesota at Blue Earth after 1855, leaving behind lands which whites quickly acquired, including cleared fields. The first hotel in Todd County was built in 1869 by Ignatius Reichert. The present Reichert Hotel building has been renovated into apartments.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,040 people, 1,229 households, and 769 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,285.2 people per square mile (495.3/km²). There were 1,334 housing units at an average density of 564.0/sq mi (217.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.06% White, 0.07% African American, 1.74% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.28% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.38% of the population.

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