Lorain Township, Nobles County, Minnesota

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Lorain Township is a township in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 278 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.1 square miles (90.9 km²), of which, 34.8 square miles (90.2 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.83%) is water. The main geographic feature of Lorain Township is the Okabena Creek which bisects the township from east to west. The northern portion of East Lake Ocheda is also found within Lorain Township.

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History

Organization of Lorain Township was approved by the Nobles County Board on September 3, 1872. The township was originally christened Fairview Township, and that name was used for nearly two years until the state auditor notified county officials that another Fairview Township existed elsewhere in the state. (Actually two Fairview Townships currently exist within Minnesota.) On July 5, 1874, the township was renamed Lorain Township after Loraine, Illinois. The change in spelling was made to differentiate the township from Loraine, Illinois.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 278 people, 111 households, and 89 families residing in the township. The population density was 8.0 people per square mile (3.1/km²). There were 117 housing units at an average density of 3.4/sq mi (1.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.64% White and 0.36% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

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