Grand Prairie Township, Nobles County, Minnesota

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Grand Prairie Township is a township in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 227 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.4 square miles (91.6 km²), all of it land. The main geographic features of Grand Prairie Township include the numerous branches of the Norwegian Creek that extend throughout much of the township. The main branch of the Kanaranzi Creek also flows through the northwest corner Grand Prairie Township.

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History

Organization of Grand Prairie Township was approved by the Nobles County Board on September 22, 1873. The first township meeting was held on October 30, 1873. There were originally three names proposed for the new township: Colfax, Grand Prairie, and Union Township. The Nobles County Board liked Grand Prarire Township best, and that is why the name was chosen.[3]

The picture to the left is a homestead certificate issued to Alphonso Hall in 1882 and signed by President Chester A Arthur. This Homestead certificate is for a 160-acre (0.65 km2) parcel of land in the southwest quarter of Section 34. In December 1871 the state of Minnesota granted all odd numbered sections of land extending along the proposed right-of-way of the St. Paul & Sioux City Railway Company to that company. This was the so called "ten-mile limit" extending for ten miles (16 km) on both sides of any rail line planned by a railroad company. Even-numbered sections had been retained by the government for homestead or for sale to actual settlers. Alphonso Hall and his family are listed on the 1880 Federal Census roster for Grand Prairie township, though not on the 1875 census.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 227 people, 82 households, and 61 families residing in the township. The population density was 6.4 people per square mile (2.5/km²). There were 90 housing units at an average density of 2.5/sq mi (1.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.80% White, 2.20% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.64% of the population.

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