Glenville, Minnesota

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Glenville is a city in Freeborn County, Minnesota, United States, along the Shell Rock River. The population was 720 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.91%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 720 people, 295 households, and 210 families residing in the city. The population density was 330.4 people per square mile (127.5/km²). There were 312 housing units at an average density of 143.2/sq mi (55.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.89% White, 0.14% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 295 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,813, and the median income for a family was $49,861. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $21,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,663. About 7.2% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.


In the November 4, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated, Glenville High School was featured in the issue for the football team's losing streak. The team broke the 70-game streak a year later, on Sept. 6, 1986. At the time, it was the second-longest streak ever, surpassed only by Iberia, Missouri's 72-game skid in the 1960s and 70s.

On May 1, 2001, Glenville, Minnesota was subject to an F2 Tornado at or about 7:00 PM CST. A second tornado formed around 7:15 pm about 8 miles southwest of Austin, MN, hitting several farms as it tracked northeast. Several hog farms were destroyed. This tornado crossed Interstate 90 between mile markers 173 and 174 west of Austin, tracked just southeast of Oakland, MN and continued toward the community of Lansing, MN before lifting about 4 miles north of Austin.

Many businesses and families were affected, and the Minnesota National Guard and Red Cross helped the stranded victims. There were no casualties, other than minor injuries.

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