St. Charles, Minnesota

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St. Charles is a city in Winona County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,295 at the 2000 census. It promotes itself as the gateway to Whitewater State Park, which is located 7 miles (11 km) north of the city on Minnesota State Highway 74.

The annual city festival is Gladiolus Days which is always held the weekend before labor day in August. It honors the late Carl H. Fischer, a local resident who developed many varieties of that flower. Fischer created a business called Noweta Gardens which developed hundreds of different varieties of Gladiolus. The community gained the title of "Gladiolus Capitol of the World".


Geography and transportation

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²), all of it land.

U.S. Highway 14 bisects the city from east to west, as does the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad. Minnesota State Highway 74 goes through the city from south to north, running along Whitewater Avenue, also known as Main Street. A freeway entrance to Interstate 90 is immediately south of the city.

The Whitewater River runs through the northern part of the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,295 people, 1,238 households, and 870 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,005.3 people per square mile (387.9/km²). There were 1,276 housing units at an average density of 389.3/sq mi (150.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.62% White, 0.97% African American, 0.27% Native American, 3.61% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.95% of the population.

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