Rice, Minnesota

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Rice is a city in Benton County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 711 at the 2000 census, with a 2008 estimate of 1,310. Its zip code also encompasses Graham, Langola, and Watab Townships.

Rice is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.8 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.80%) is water.

The terrain is largely sandy and flat. Numerous pine and poplar intersperse irrigated farm fields.

The Mississippi River is located west of Rice, and Little Rock Lake is located east.

U.S. Route 10 serves as a main route in the community.

History

Originally an Ojibway territory, Sand Prairie, saw its first settlers of European origin in the autumn of 1844.[3] Under a mandate of the United States government and after the Ojibway ceded their land in the Treaty of 1837,[4] the Territory of Minnesota was established in 1849. Benton County became one of nine organized counties. The Village of Rice was named after Massachusetts born [5] hotelier and mill owner, George T. Rice. Rice migrated to the Village of Langola[6] in 1864 to develop the area. In 1877, the Northern Pacific Railroad began passing through the Rice Railroad Station. As a direct result of the railroad traffic, George T. Rice hired F.W. Earl to build the Luther hotel. The Village of Rice became officially incorporated within Benton County, on July 18, 1890, as a farming community.[7]

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