Lafayette, Minnesota

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Lafayette is a city in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 530 at the 2000 census. It is a small farming community just outside of the larger town of New Ulm, Minnesota.

Lafayette is part of the MankatoNorth Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Lafayette is a farming community home to such farming legends as Paul Martens, Paul Guggisberg, Clarence Maidl and Jon Thoreson. Lafayette leads the nation in hog production thanks to Evergreen farms, run by Mr. Tom Hayes and family. It also leads the nation in Dairy production thanks to Wallace-Hill farms run by Mr. and Mrs. Tim Johnson. Lafayette is also known for the beef operation run by Henry Thoreson which is said to have "revolutionized" beef production today.

Lafayette is also the home of the United Farmer's Coop, who employs such specialists as livestock specialist Kim Hague, Grain Bin specialist Mark Kral and Employee of the Decade Sheri Lebrun. Lafayette is known for its local bar Dave's Place and the local C-Store gas station where many farming legends meet for breakfast and morning gossip.

Its biggest claims to fame is that it was the childhood home of Tippi Hedren, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds In Hedron's book Cats of Shambala, she wrote that she was born in New Ulm, as Lafayette didn't have a hospital.

Earl E. Lund was born in Lafayette in 1923 and has been heavily involved in city affairs over the years. He has held the following positions: 1963-1969, Member of Lafayette School Board; 1980-1984, Lafayette City councilman; 1984-1990 and 1995-1996, Mayor.

Located in the town are the fields which are home to the legendary Lafayette Bi-County team and the Nicollet County West Teams. The fields consist of stadium seating, a full playground and have been known to double as wading pools for the local youngsters after a quarter inch of rain. The Lafayette Bi-County Team has been coached by baseball legends Curt Thoreson, David Warmbold and Andy Reed.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land. The South Branch Rush River starts near Lafayette.

Minnesota State Highway 15 serves as a main route in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 529 people, 202 households, and 137 families residing in the city. The population density was 458.4 people per square mile (177.6/km²). There were 206 housing units at an average density of 178.5/sq mi (69.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.24% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 202 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

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