Holdingford, Minnesota

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Holdingford is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 736 at the 2000 census. It claims to be "The Gateway to Lake Wobegon", the fictional central Minnesota town created by Garrison Keillor.

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



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 736 people, 286 households, and 197 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,182.1 people per square mile (458.3/km²). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 477.0/sq mi (185.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.18% White, 0.54% Asian, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.14% of the population.

There were 286 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,000, and the median income for a family was $42,788. Males had a median income of $31,053 versus $21,141 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,410. About 6.2% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.


3a During prohibition: Stearns County became a large producer of moonshine with a majority of the farmers in the area distilling spirits. Stearns County spirits made their way to Minneapolis, St. Paul, Chicago and Canada The product was nicknamed "Minnesota 13" after the seed corn it was made from.
3b During prohibition: many say Holdingford was the unofficial moonshine capital of Minnesota. "I think it was because we made the best moonshine, so there was more of a demand for it, so more was made." said Elmer Ebnet , 67, of Holdingford "It seems that almost everyone around here was making it." Prohibition officially started Jan. 16, 1920, and Holdingford was a community that pulled together to break the law.

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