Montgomery, Minnesota

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Montgomery, Minnesota
—  City  —
The Westerman Lumber Office and House structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Nickname(s): Kolacky Capital of the World
Motto: Vitame Vas
Location of Montgomery, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°26′25″N 93°34′50″W / 44.44028°N 93.58056°W / 44.44028; -93.58056Coordinates: 44°26′25″N 93°34′50″W / 44.44028°N 93.58056°W / 44.44028; -93.58056
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyLe Sueur
Government
 • TypeMayor - Council
 • MayorJean Keogh
Area
 • Total1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Land1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,070 ft (326 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total2,956
 • Density1,790.7/sq mi (691.4/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code56069
Area code(s)507
FIPS code27-43738[2]
GNIS feature ID0648047[3]
Websitewww.montgomery.govoffice.com
 
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Montgomery, Minnesota
—  City  —
The Westerman Lumber Office and House structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Nickname(s): Kolacky Capital of the World
Motto: Vitame Vas
Location of Montgomery, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°26′25″N 93°34′50″W / 44.44028°N 93.58056°W / 44.44028; -93.58056Coordinates: 44°26′25″N 93°34′50″W / 44.44028°N 93.58056°W / 44.44028; -93.58056
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyLe Sueur
Government
 • TypeMayor - Council
 • MayorJean Keogh
Area
 • Total1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Land1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,070 ft (326 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total2,956
 • Density1,790.7/sq mi (691.4/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code56069
Area code(s)507
FIPS code27-43738[2]
GNIS feature ID0648047[3]
Websitewww.montgomery.govoffice.com

Montgomery is a city in Le Sueur County, Minnesota, in the United States, 45 miles south of Minneapolis. It was named after Richard Montgomery, an Irish-American soldier who served as a major general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The population was 2,956 at the 2010 census.[1]

Contents

Community

Bohemian and German immigrants originally settled the Montgomery area around 1856-1860, and that heritage remains prevalent.

A Torch Light Parade and accompanying fireworks are held every year near the end of November.

Montgomery is also home to Big Honza's Museum of Unnatural History.

Mural depicting downtown Montgomery in the late 1800s, painted by Victor Garcia

Education

Montgomery is a part of the Tri-City United School District, ISD #2905. The district includes a grades 9-12 high school in Montgomery; K-8 campuses in Montgomery and Le Center; and a K-4 elementary school in Lonsdale. The district's sports teams, the Titans, are members of the Minnesota River Conference, and participate in baseball, softball, basketball, cross-country, hockey, tennis, track, football, cheerleading, wrestling, golf, and volleyball.

Montgomery also is home to the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, a pre-K-8 private school. They are known as the Raiders and compete in the Tri-County Private School Conference. The sports the Raiders particapate in include volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball.

Arts & Culture

Downtown Montgomery during the 74th Annual Kolacky Days Festival

Montgomery celebrates its Czechoslovakian heritage annually at the end of July with one of Minnesota's oldest festivals, Kolacky Days. The festival dates back to 1929, when an estimated 6,000 people visited Montgomery for the first Kolacky Day celebration, held on October 1.

"The Kolacky Day spirit reigned supreme from early Tuesday morning until a comparatively late hour Wednesday morning. More than 1,600 of the celebrated delicacies were devoured," according to a Montgomery Messenger account from the following week.

Events at the first celebration included a trap shooting tournament, a parade, sports and races, and a football game between Montgomery and Le Sueur Center (now Le Center).

In 1931 Miss Leatta Ehmke (later Leatta Trnka) was crowned the first Kolacky Queen by Mayor Henry Westerman. For the 1934 celebration, a novelty button, sold by the Kolacky girls, was devised and is still in use today. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Kolacky Day retreated to the background until the Montgomery Community Club revived the celebration in 1948. Kolacky Day officially became a summer festival in 1966 when the traditional date, the last Sunday in September, was dropped in favor of the first weekend in August. The earlier date and warmer weather brought huge crowds to the festival. In 1975, Kolacky Day became Kolacky Days and the event was held for the first time at the end of July. It is now celebrated on the fourth full weekend of that month.[4] The shift was made at the urging of the Green Giant vegetable canning company, to avoid conflict with the busy corn-processing season.

Other annual events include the Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, the Masopust Festival also known as "The Czech Mardi Gras" and the Miss Czech-Slovak MN Pageant.

Parks & Recreation

Baseball

Montgomery's baseball tradition includes the amateur baseball team, known as the Mallards, the former high school Montgomery-Lonsdale Redbirds and now the Tri-City United Titans.

The Mallards play in the Dakota Rice Scott Amateur Baseball League (DRS) under the direction of the Minnesota Baseball Association. The Mallards participated in the State Tournament in 1998, 1999, and 2002. They play their home games at Memorial Field, in Memorial Park.

The Redbirds played in the Minnesota River Conference under the direction of the Minnesota High School League. The Redbirds participated in a few State Tournaments and won the Class A State Championship for the 1998-1999 Season. Now the tradition continues with the consolidated Tri-City United School District.

Recreation

The Tri-City United Community Education Office provides the citizens of Montgomery as well as the rest of the school district with recreational opportunities for all ages.

City Parks

Politics

Montgomery is in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato high school teacher Tim Walz (DFL); Minnesota Senate district 25, represented by Al DeKruif (R); and Minnesota House district 25A, represented by Glenn Gruenhagen (R). In terms of county politics, Montgomery is a part of Le Sueur County District #2.

Media Reference

Area resident Andrew Rogers finished in 5th place at the Poker Dome Challenge, a 43-week series of speed poker tournaments with a grand prize of $1,000,000.

Economy

Seneca Foods (formerly Green Giant) has a freezing and canning facility in Montgomery. Many Montgomery residents have "paid their dues" working at Seneca. United Steel Products also has a large facility in town.

Geography

Hilltop Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highways 13 and 21 are two of the main routes in the city.

Minnesota State Highway 99 is nearby.

Montgomery is 15 miles from Interstate 35.

The closest towns to Montgomery are:

The closest major city is Faribault.

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
1880261
18901,086316.1%
1900979−9.9%
19101,26729.4%
19201,2972.4%
19301,57021.0%
19401,74110.9%
19501,9139.9%
19602,11810.7%
19702,2817.7%
19802,3493.0%
19902,3992.1%
20002,79416.5%
20102,9565.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,794 people, 1,105 households, and 690 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,790.7 people per square mile (691.5/km²). There were 1,137 housing units at an average density of 728.7 per square mile (281.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.59% White, 0.32% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 4.29% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.77% of the population.

There were 1,105 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.8% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,145, and the median income for a family was $48,011. Males had a median income of $30,707 versus $23,977 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,128. About 8.1% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Climate data for Montgomery, Minnesota
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)19
(−7)
26
(−3)
38
(3)
55
(13)
68
(20)
77
(25)
81
(27)
78
(26)
70
(21)
58
(14)
39
(4)
24
(−4)
52.8
(11.5)
Average low °F (°C)−1
(−18)
6
(−14)
19
(−7)
31
(−1)
45
(7)
55
(13)
58
(14)
56
(13)
45
(7)
34
(1)
20
(−7)
5
(−15)
31.1
(−0.5)
Precipitation inches (mm)0.76
(19.3)
0.52
(13.2)
1.62
(41.1)
2.34
(59.4)
3.40
(86.4)
4.42
(112.3)
3.86
(98)
4.68
(118.9)
2.97
(75.4)
2.14
(54.4)
1.71
(43.4)
0.72
(18.3)
29.14
(740.2)
Source: The Weather Channel[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST13&prodType=table. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://www.montgomery.govoffice.com/
  5. ^ "Monthly Averages for Montgomery, Minnesota". Weather.com. 2010. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/56069. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 

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