Randall, Minnesota

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Randall is a city in Morrison County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 535 at the 2000 census.



The village of Randall is located on the banks of the Little Elk River, about 5 miles (8.0 km) from its confluence with the Mississippi River. The area of rolling hills and wide river valleys is situated at the southwestern edge of the Brainerd Lakes area. The largest lake in the area, Lake Alexander, is famous for its crystal clear waters and excellent fishing. Numerous smaller lakes in the area, including Little Round Lake, Green Prairie Fish Lake, Fish Trap Lake, Round Lake, and Lake Shamineau, provide abundant recreation opportunities year-round.

U.S. Route 10 and Minnesota State Highway 115 are two of the main routes in the community.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), all of it land.


The community was established in the 1890s and was named for John H. Randall, a railroad official. The town is bisected by a main line of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad.

The first Europeans to settle the Randall area came from Northern Europe. To this day, the majority of the population claims German, Polish, Norwegian, or Swedish ancestry.

The Great Flood of 1972

In the Great Flash Flood of July 21-22, 1972, the Little Elk poured over its banks, flooding the entire downtown and making the area impassable to vehicle traffic for several weeks. Local citizens reported that Randall received over 13 inches (330 mm) of rain in a single day during the deluge, although official precipitation data for the town do not exist. However, the National Weather Service station in the nearby settlement of Ft. Ripley received 10.84 inches (275 mm) of rain in 24 hours during the flood, which is the second greatest one day rainfall ever recorded in Minnesota (15.10 inches was officially recorded in Hokah, in southeast Minnesota, on August 18, 2007).

The damage from the deluge was exacerbated by its timing. The rains came just 12 days after a storm had dumped up to 7 inches (180 mm) of rain in the region, setting off an outbreak of flash floods in neighboring communities to the west of town. With the exception of Interstate 35, every major highway in the northern half of the state was closed from Alexandria, MN to the Wisconsin border.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 535 people, 217 households, and 144 families residing in the city. The population density was 256.9 people per square mile (99.3/km²). There were 229 housing units at an average density of 110.0/sq mi (42.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.64% White, 1.12% Native American, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.19% of the population.

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