Lindstrom, Minnesota

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Lindström is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States, located 35 miles northeast of the Twin Cities. The population was 3,015 at the 2000 census. Lindström's slogan is "America's Little Sweden". U.S. Route 8 serves as a main arterial route for the community.



Daniel Lindström left Sweden in 1853 in search of a nice piece of land to settle in America. The town of Lindström was incorporated in 1894, 41 years later. Many other Swedish emigrants traveled with Daniel Lindström, including Erik Norelius, whose personal journals in part formed the basis of Vilhelm Moberg’s novels of the Swedish emigration to the United States, The Emigrants. Moberg's novels have two main characters, Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson. The novels depict the hardships Swedish emigrants endured en route to America. A bronze statue of the author, holding his bicycle as if ready to ride away, stands on a stepped platform in Chisago City’s town park. An image of Karl Oskar and Kristina remains Lindström’s logo today. Since 1990, anyone who has taken U.S. Route 8 from north of Forest Lake to Lindström has driven on the Moberg Trail.[3]

Lindström celebrates Karl Oskar and Kristina annually with "Karl-Oskar Days". This event takes place mid-July and includes such activities as the coronation of a "Karl-Oskar Princess", parades, a street dance, and fireworks. There are still statues of Karl-Oskar and Kristina in Lindström as a tribute to the early Swedish immigrants whose descendants continue to populate the area. These statues are the main attraction for tourists from all over the world who come to Lindström because of its Swedish heritage. [4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.16%) is water. Lindström is located 10 miles from the Wisconsin border and less than two hours from cities such as Duluth, St. Cloud, and the Twin Cities area. When looking at the town from above, it looks like it could be an island due to the surrounding lakes.


Lindström was settled predominantly by Swedish immigrants and their families. As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,015 people, 1,225 households, and 855 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,332.1 people per square mile (515.1/km²). There were 1,322 housing units at an average density of 584.1/sq mi (225.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.61% White, 0.20% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population. 25.1% were of German, 22.8% Swedish, 12.8% Norwegian, 7.9% French and 6.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 100.0% spoke English as their first language.

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