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 Sleepy Eye (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 3,461 3,581 3,694 3,515 3,599 +84 +2.39
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.30 1.46 1.43 1.67 1.67 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 2,662.3 2,452.7 2,583.2 2,099.9 2,155.1 +55.20 +2.39
Housing Units 1,201 1,395 1,587 1,591 1,605 +14 +0.88
Households -- 1,343 1,468 1,479 1,475 -4 -0.27
Persons Per Household -- 2.54 2.42 2.37 2.44 +0.07 -2.95


Sleepy Eye is a city in Brown County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 14 and Minnesota State Highways 4, and 68 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 kmē), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.3 kmē) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 kmē) of it (14.29%) is water. The elevation is 1,024 ft (312 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 3,515 people, 1,479 households, and 942 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,099.9 people per square mile (812.7/kmē). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 950.5/sq mi (367.8/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 94.03% White, 0.23% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 3.90% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.80% of the population.

There were 1,479 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,123, and the median income for a family was $48,500. Males had a median income of $31,612 versus $22,907 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,175. About 4.7% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

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SLEEPY EYE, the city and railway junction in Home Township, platted by Thomas Allison and Walter Brackenridge as Sleepy Eye Lake, September 18, 1872, incorporated as a village February 14, 1878, and as a city in 1903, was named, like the adjoining lake, for a chief of the Sisseton Dakota. The post office was called Prairieville, 1871-72, when it was changed to Sleepy Eye. Businesses included a brewery, marble works, grain elevators, creameries, and mills; a Catholic seminary was located there, and a station of the Chicago and North Western was in section 32; a plant for canning peas and corn began operation in 1930.

Sleepy Eyes's favorite home and village during some parts of many years were beside this lake. He was born near the site of Mankato; became a chief between 1822 and 1825; signed the treaties of Prairie du Chien, 1825 and 1830, of St. Peter's in 1836, and Traverse des Sioux, 1851. Doane Robinson wrote: "Sleepy Eyes died in Roberts county, South Dakota, but many years after his death his remains were disinterred and removed to Sleepy Eye, Minn., where they were buried under a monument erected by the citizens" (Hodge, Handbook of American Indians, Part II, 1910). The monument, close to the railway station, bears this inscription beneath the portrait of the chief in bas-relief sculpture: "Ish-tak-ha-ba, Sleepy Eye, Always a Friend of the Whites. Died 1860."

An interesting biographic sketch of "Sleepy Eyes, or Ish-ta-hba, which is very literally translated," by Rev. Stephen R. Riggs in the Minnesota Free Press, St. Peter, January 27, 1858, is reprinted in the Minnesota History Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 8, pp. 484-95, November 1918.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Sleepy Eye City Hall
200 Main Street E
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085-1638
Phone: (507) 794-3731
Fax: (507) 794-5799

Council Meetings:
First Tuesday at 7:30 pm

Sleepy Eye City Hall
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2012 Jim Broich (507) 794-4791
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Jeanne Tauer (507) 794-3731
Council Member 12/31/2012 Joe Schieffert n/a
Council Member 12/31/2012 Joann Schmidt n/a
Council Member 12/31/2010 Judy Beech n/a
Council Member 12/31/2010 Harold Windschitl n/a
Council Member 12/31/2010 Richard Zinniel n/a

Post Office:
US Post Office
141 1st Avenue N
Sleepy Eye, MN
(507) 794-5081
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:00 pm
Saturday                5:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Brown County Rural Electric Assn (507) 794-3331
Electricity Sleepy Eye Public Util. Comm (507) 794-4371
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (507) 625-5611
Wastewater Sleepy Eye Public Util. Comm (507) 794-4371
Water Sleepy Eye Public Util. Comm (507) 794-4371
Telephone Sleepy Eye Telephone Co (507) 794-3361
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Christensen Farms Hog and Pig Farming 1,000
Norwood Promotional Products Printing & Related Support Activities 502
Mathiowetz Construction Company Other Specialty Trade Contractors 150
Sleepy Eye Care Center/VOA Nursing Care Facilities 140
Sleepy Eye Schools-ISD #84 Elementary & Secondary Schools 104
River Region Coop/Farmers Elevator Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 100
Sleepy Eye Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 98
Divine Providence Community Home Nursing Care Facilities 83
Del Monte Corp Fruit & Vegetable Preserving & Spec. Food Mfg. 75
St Mary's Catholic School Elementary & Secondary Schools 75
Schutz Family Foods Grocery Stores 50
SouthPoint Federal Credit Union Credit Unions 40
Anderson Custom Processing Inc Grocery & Related Product Wholesalers 34
Mark Thomas Company Printing & Related Support Activities 29
Miller Sellner Implement Inc Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 29


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Calvary Baptist Church
220 4th Avenue SW
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-6048

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Faith United Methodist Church
321 1st Avenue S
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-6565

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church - CLC
710 4th Avenue SW
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-7793

Pastor:  Eric Libby
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

New Hope Community Church
521 Main Street W
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-5222

Pastor:  Steve O'Dell
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
221 Walnut Street SE
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-6202

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Saint Mary's Church
636 1st Avenue N
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-4171

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Trinity Lutheran Church
217 Breckenridge Street
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-5051

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Union Congregational Church
120 2nd Avenue SW
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: (507) 794-6851

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