Leota Township, Nobles County, Minnesota

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Leota Township is a township in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 463 at the 2000 census. Within the township is the CDP of Leota.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km²), all of it land. The main geographic feature in Leota Townships is the Champepadan Creek.

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History

Leota Twonship was first settled by Dutch farmers who migrated northward from another Dutch Settlement in Orange City, Iowa. Organization of Leota Township was approved by the Nobles County Board on March 18, 1879. The first township meeting was held on April 5, 1879. The story has it that Leota was the name of a young Indian woman who figured in a romantic story familiar to W. G. Barnard, one of the township's first residents. However existence of such a story cannot be verified. If true, Leota Township (and the village of Leota) are the only place names in all of Nobles County that memorialize specific Native Americans.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 463 people, 191 households, and 147 families residing in the township. The population density was 12.8 people per square mile (4.9/km²). There were 204 housing units at an average density of 5.6/sq mi (2.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.14% White, 0.43% Asian, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 191 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 1.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.85.

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