Zemple, Minnesota

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Zemple is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 75 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.

U.S. Route 2 and Minnesota State Highway 6 are in close proximity to Zemple. -The city of Deer River is adjacent to Zemple.


Zemple was officially organized in 1911, with the first village council meeting held in June. Early Zemple was a place where the Minneapolis & Rainy River Railway had a roundhouse with 12 engines. Zemple had a store, a school (which closed in 1928), and a church.

The town was named for R. T. Zempel, who owned most of the land and was elected the first village president. The Zempels had a farm on the south end of the village. Other early residents included Martindales, Mayos, Simons, Nordahls, Dahls, Spragues, Johtonens, Nellis, Robertson, Blum, Reed, Folsom, Newkirks, Wrights and Berghs.

Lumber was the main industry in Zemple. There was a big sawmill on White Oak Point (a part of the Mississippi River), where logs where floated down to the sawmill. There was a planing mill, a veneer mill and a box mill, all of which burned down in later years.

Excerpted from the Deer River Centennial History


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 75 people, 27 households, and 18 families residing in the city. The population density was 112.2 people per square mile (43.2/km²). There were 29 housing units at an average density of 43.4/sq mi (16.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.33% White and 18.67% Native American.

There were 27 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 36.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 17.3% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 141.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,750, and the median income for a family was $28,125. Males had a median income of $23,542 versus $11,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,615. There were 15.4% of families and 19.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including 27.8% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


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