- Grand Rapids, Minnesota
official_name = Grand Rapids, Minnesota
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Grand Rapids, Minnesota
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Jim Millis
established_title = Founded
established_date = About 1872
established_title2 = Incorporated (village)
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 20.9
area_land_km2 = 19.0
area_water_km2 = 1.9
area_total_sq_mi = 8.1
area_land_sq_mi = 7.3
area_water_sq_mi = 0.7
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 7764
population_density_km2 = 408.4
population_density_sq_mi = 1057.8
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 392
elevation_ft = 1286
latd = 47 |latm = 14 |lats = 0 |latNS = N
longd = 93 |longm = 31 |longs = 45 |longEW = W
postal_code = 55730, 55744, 55745
area_code = 218
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 27-25118GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0656428GR|3
website = [http://grandrapids.govoffice.com/ grandrapids.govoffice.com]
Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County,
Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,764 at the 2000 census. It is the county seatof Itasca CountyGR|6. Mayor Jim Millis was elected in 2006; and announced he would not seek a second term in August 2008.
The city of Grand Rapids is named for the local rapids in the
Mississippiriver, which was the uppermost limit of practical steamboattravel during the late 1800s. Today, those rapids are hidden underneath the damof the Blandin Paper Mill.
Grand Rapids was originally founded as a logging town, as the Mississippi River provided an optimal method of log shipment to population centers. The predecessor of the Blandin paper mill was opened in 1902. [ [http://users.stlcc.edu/jangert/grnd_rpd/grnd_rpd.html Grand Rapids Minnesota ] ]
The [http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/fhc/ Forest History Center] is a State Historic Site and a living museum that recreates life as it was in a turn of the century logging camp.
Judy Garland's Birthplace
Grand Rapids is the birthplace and early (until she was four) childhood home of legendary singer and actress
Judy Garland. There is a local museum dedicated to her life and career, and Judy's fully restored birthplace is open to the public as well. An annual Judy Garland Festival is held the fourth weekend in June.
"The plaque, left, stands in front of the house in Grand Rapids in which Judy Garland spent her first four years. The house, right, was built in 1892 and was moved to this site in 1994."
Historically, the local economy was based on timber harvesting, and to this day,
Blandin Paper Mill, now owned by the Finnish-based UPM paper company, has its papermaking facilities in downtown Grand Rapids, while Ainsworth (formerly Potlach) located just outside of the city limits, produced oriented strand boarduntil it closed recently.
Mesabi Rangeor Iron Rangeregion of Minnesota begins with iron mines north and northeast of the city. Although technically and geographically a member of the Iron Range, Grand Rapids and its economy has been historically based on paper manufacturing and other wood products. Its current economy also has a large tourist footing, with many local resorts, golf courses, and excellent regional hunting and fishing. It also is the service center for a large seasonal and weekend population with summer residences on surrounding lakes.
Grand Rapids was the first rural city in Minnesota to be served by an Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service, [http://www.meds-1.com/ Meds-1 EMS] .
Pizza Hutis where store manager Mark Bondhus came up with the idea of garlic cheese bread in 1979.Fact|date=April 2008
Grand Rapids has one of the few competitive high school marching bands north of the Twin Cities. Schools include:
*Forest Lake Elementary
*St. Joseph's Elementary
*Robert J. Elkington Middle School
Grand Rapids High School
Itasca Community College
* [http://grandgrace.org/node/4/ Grace Christian School]
*Christian Community School
All the schools except St. Joseph's, Grace Christian School, Christian Community School, and ICC are part of
Independent School District 318
*Bill Baker - a member of the
Miracle On Ice1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that won the Gold Medalin Lake Placid, NY. Baker was also a member of the first Grand Rapids High School State Championship winning hockey team
Jon Casey- professional hockey player for the Minnesota North Starswith a record of most wins @ 31 in 1989-1990
Jeff Nielsen- professional hockey player for the Minnesota Wildand other NHLteams
Alex Goligoski- professional hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins
Janelle Pierzina- "Big Brother" television series cast member.
Judy Garland- born June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, MN.
Norman Ornstein- political scientist
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles (20.9 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (19.0 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (9.16%) is water.
The city of Grand Rapids sits on the junction of U.S. Routes 2 and 169. Highway 2 runs west towards Bemidji and east towards Duluth. Highway 169 heads south to Hill City,
Minnesotaand ultimately towards Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the other direction, Highway 169 heads up the Mesabi Rangeuntil it reaches Virginia, Minnesota, passing through Hibbing and several other smaller towns along the way. Grand Rapids is also the starting point of State Highway 38, running north along the "Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway" towards Bigfork, Minnesota. State Highway 38 has been designated a National Scenic Bywayby the United States Department of Transportation.
Grand Rapids is also located at a junction of the
Grand Rapids is the
county seatof Itasca County, a county that contains over 1000 lakes.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,764 people, 3,446 households, and 1,943 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,057.8 people per square mile (408.4/km²). There were 3,621 housing units at an average density of 493.3/sq mi (190.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.53% White, 0.28% African American, 1.93% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.
There were 3,446 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.6% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,991, and the median income for a family was $39,468. Males had a median income of $36,035 versus $20,759 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $17,223. About 9.2% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Local Radio Stations
The following radio stations are licensed by the FCC to Grand Rapids. The city is also served by many other radio stations from around the northland.
* KOZY 1320 AM Talk radio, Oldies
KMFY96.9 FM Soft Rock, Paul Harvey
KAXE91.7 FM Public Radio (first rural public radio station in the United States)
KGPZ96.1 FM Country
KBAJDeer River 105.5FM Rebroadcast of KQDS-FMDuluth, MN except for commercials and community calendar, which are local.
* Grand Rapids Herald-Review - Published on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Grand Rapids TV is primarily fed in from Duluth TV stations. However, some cable subscribers receive Minneapolis stations as well.
* Itasca Community Television, Inc. (ICTV) - Public access community television station serving the Itasca County area.
* [http://grandrapids.govoffice.com/ City of Grand Rapids, MN -- Official site]
* [http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/ Grand Rapids "Herald Review" - Newspaper site]
* [http://www.watchictv.org/ Itasca Community Television website]
* [http://www.visitgrandrapids.com/ Visit Grand Rapids .com -- Visitor Information site]
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