Otsego, Minnesota

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Otsego is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,389 at the 2000 census. Otsego's population has grown to 13,874 as of 2008.[3]

Minnesota State Highway 101 serves as one of the main routes in the city.

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Geography

Otsego is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Rivers. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.3 square miles (78.6 km²), of which, 29.4 square miles (76.1 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (3.20%) is water.

Government

MAYOR JESSICA STOCKAMP Jessica Stockamp is in her first term as Otsego’s Mayor. She served as interim mayor after being nominated to fill former mayor Larry Fournier’s vacancy for the latter half of 2008. She was serving her first term as Councilmember. Jessica has also served on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Her term runs until December 31, 2012.


COUNCILMEMBER TOM DARKENWALD Tom Darkenwald is in his second term as a Councilmember. Tom served on the Planning Commission before being elected to the City Council.
His term runs until December 31, 2014.


COUNCILMEMBER VERN HEIDNER Vern Heidner has been a Councilmember since 1995. Prior to that he was a member of the Economic Development Authority Advisory Commission.
His term runs until December 31, 2014.


COUNCILMEMBER DAN SCHARBER This is Dan Scharber's second term (non-consecutive) as a Councilmember.
His term ends December 31, 2012.


COUNCILMEMBER DOUG SCHROEDER Prior to being elected in November, 2010, Councilmember Doug Schroeder was appointed by the City Council on September 13, 2010 to fill Mark Thorsted's vacated seat through 2010.
His term ends December 31, 2012.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,389 people, 2,062 households, and 1,674 families residing in the city. The population density was 217.5 people per square mile (84.0/km²). There were 2,120 housing units at an average density of 72.2/sq mi (27.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.26% White, 0.25% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population. 41.0% were of German, 16.1% Norwegian, 7.0% Swedish, 6.9% Irish and 6.1% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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