Nimrod, Minnesota

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Nimrod is a city in Wadena County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 75 at the 2000 census, making it one of the smallest incorporated towns in Minnesota, though it is included on most major maps. Nimrod was incorporated as a city in 1946.[1] The town is named after the Biblical Nimrod.[1]

Minnesota State Highway 227 has its eastern terminus in Nimrod, having travelled 11 miles from Sebeka, the western terminus.



Nimrod began as a halfway point for wheat traders traveling on the Wheat Trail between Shell City and the nearest railroad at Verndale. Nimrod was incorporated as a village in 1924 and as a city in 1946.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (5.10%) is water.

Nimrod's city park is named Stigman's Mound, for Dick Stigman, relief pitcher on the 1965 American League Championship-winning Minnesota Twins, who was born in Nimrod.[4] Stigman's Mound is located astride the Crow Wing River, a tributary of the Mississippi River, and is a key rest stop for the many canoe enthusiasts who ply the scenic river.


Every year, during Labor Day weekend, the city hosts "The Nimrod Jubilee Days" celebration. A softball tournament, bull bash and mud races are highlight events of this celebration. The event has been held each year since its 1979 centennial celebration.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 75 people, 35 households, and 17 families residing in the city. The population density was 80.7 people per square mile (31.1/km²). There were 47 housing units at an average density of 50.6/sq mi (19.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. 25.0% were of American, 25.0% German, 14.3% Norwegian, 11.9% Irish and 9.5% Finnish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 35 households out of which 17.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.6% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.78.

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