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 Wadena (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 4,640 4,699 4,109 4,244 4,088 -156 -3.68
Land Area (sq. mile) 4.00 4.26 4.35 5.20 5.20 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,160.0 1,103.1   944.6   816.2   786.2 -30.05 -3.68
Housing Units 1,583 1,918 1,918 1,950 2,010 +60 +3.08
Households -- 1,817 1,784 1,857 1,840 -17 -0.92
Persons Per Household -- 2.51 2.28 2.19 2.22 +0.03 +1.37


Wadena is a city in Otter Tail and Wadena counties in the state of Minnesota. U.S. Routes 10 and 71 and Minnesota State Highway 29 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.6 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,352 ft (412 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 4,294 people, 1,871 households, and 1,062 families residing in the city. The population density was 818.4 people per square mile (315.8/km˛). There were 1,964 housing units at an average density of 374.3/sq mi (144.4/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 97.88% White, 0.84% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

There were 1,871 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,947, and the median income for a family was $39,511. Males had a median income of $28,286 versus $21,297 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,452. About 10.3% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

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WADENA Township, and its city with Otter Tail County, in sections 5-8 of the township, the county seat, first settled in the fall of 1871, incorporated February 14, 1881, and separated from the township on March 11, 1921, are named, like this county, from the old trading post. The post office was established in 1873; it had a station serving the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railroad.

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Street View In Wadena, Minnesota, 1885
Street View In Wadena, Minnesota, 1885.   Artist: John Passmore
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City of Wadena
222 2nd Street SE
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-7709
Mayor Wayne Wolden
1035 Irving Avenue
Wadena, MN  56482
(218) 631-2704
City Administrator Bradley Swenson
222 2nd Street SE
Wadena, MN 56482
(218) 631-7709
Council Member Jeanette Baymler
193 Parkview Avenue
Wadena, MN  56482
(218) 631-2310
Council Member Kay Browne
811 3rd Street SW
Wadena, MN 56482
(218) 631-4755
Council Member Don Niles
121 Colfax Avenue SW
Wadena, MN 56482
(218) 631-1725
Council Member R.K. "Toby" Pierce
113 2nd Street SW
Wadena, MN 56482
(218) 631-2119

Post Office:
US Post Office
23 Bryant Avenue SE
Wadena, MN 56482-1543
Phone: (218) 631-2903
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday          9:00 am - 9:30 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:30 pm
Saturday                10:00 am


Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Todd-Wadena Electric Co-op   (218) 631-3120
Electricity Wadena Light & Water Dept   (218) 631-1813
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp   (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Wadena Municipal   (218) 631-7705
Water Wadena Light & Water Dept   (218) 631-7712
Telephone Arvig Communications (218) 632-4227
Cable TV Charter Communications (218) 631-1856

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Tri-County Hospital General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 340
Homecrest Industries Inc House. & Inst. Furniture & Kitchen Cabinet Mfg. 220
Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 215
Mason Brothers Co Grocery Stores 200
Wadena, County of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 165
Walmart Discount Department Stores 150
Polman Trucking General Freight Trucking 136
Russ Davis Wholesale Inc Grocery & Related Product Wholesalers 115
Shady Lane Nursing Home Nursing Care Facilities 110
The Grocery Store by MB Newspaper, Periodical, Book, & Directory Publishers 80
Wadena Timber Roots Lumber & Other Const. Materials Merchant Wholesalers 80
MN State Community & Technical College Technical & Trade Schools 75
Wadena Super One Grocery Stores 70
Wadena, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 44


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England Prairie Pioneer Club
14788 133rd Avenue
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-1345

England Prairie Pioneer Club is a non-profit organization of about 150 members from central Minnesota and some from North Dakota.

England Prairie Pioneer Club was founded in 1979. The idea of three farm families to start a club was to preserve and restore old machinery found in the area. Children could learn and respect the grueling ways their grandfathers earned a dollar; such a club would give the oldsters a reason to meet and converse with friends --a chance to relive the past.

The first Pioneer Days celebration was held in 1980 on a private farm. In 1981, the Club purchased land from Chester and Hazel Cain near the southern border of Wadena County.

Sunnybrook Park Sunnybrook Park, Wadena Minnesota
Whitetail Run Golf Course
13379 Leaf River Road 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-7718

Featuring a beautifully maintained 18 hole championship golf course and ample practice facility, the Whitetail Run Golf Course is fast becoming the premiere public golf course in the area. The 18 hole layout is a challenge for the eager amateur as well as the scratch golfer.

Whitetail Run Golf Course, Wadena Minnesota

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Health Care:
Tri County Hospital
415 Jefferson Street N 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-3510

Tri-County Hospital, formerly known as Wesley Hospital, began operation in 1925. In 1971, construction began on a new and modern healthcare facility directly west of the existing structure. When completed, construction began on an attached medical clinic, known as the Wadena Medical Center.

Tri County Hospital, Wadena Minnesota

Tri County Hospital, Wadena Minnesota

Wadena - Deer Creek School District
520 SW Colfax
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 632-2155

Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena Campus
PO Box 566
405 Colfax Ave SW
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-7800
Fax: (218) 631-7901
Toll Free: (800) 247-2007
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena Campus
St. Ann's Catholic School
519 2nd Street SE 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-2631

Assembly of God
419 1st Street NW
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-2896

Pastor: Allen Refsland

Sunday Services:

8:00am - Prayer meeting
9:00am - Morning Celebration Service
10:15am - Fellowship Time
10:45am - Morning Celebration Service

Wadena Assembly of God, Wadena Minnesota
Immanuel Lutheran Church
403 2nd Street SE 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-2738 
Messiah Lutheran Church
1711 Southbrook Lane 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-3209
Messiah Lutheran Church, Wadena Minnesota
Old Country Church
145th Avenue & County Rd 6 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 837-5690 
Seventh Day Adventist Church
14711 125th Avenue
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-4030 
Southbrook Baptist Church
1842 2nd Street SW 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-2002 
St. Ann's Catholic Church
514 1st Street SE 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-1593
St. Ann's Catholic Church, Wadena Minnesota
St. Helen's Episcopal Church
22 Dayton Avenue SW 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-3928
Web: Sunday Worship: 9:45am
Rev. John Husband

We invite you to worship God with friendly people in a beautiful building.

St. Helen's Episcopal Church, Wadena Minnesota
St. John Lutheran Church
710 Franklin Avenue SW 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-3000 
United Methodist Church
23 Dayton Avenue SE 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-3412 
United Methodist Church, Wadena Minnesota
Wadena Alliance Church
1428 Jefferson Street S 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-3563 
Wadena Church Of Christ
509 King Avenue SW 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 367-2587
Wadena Church Of Christ, Wadena Minnesota
Wadena Evangelical Church
419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-1928

Sunday Worship: 10:30am
Sunday School:    9:15am

Wadena United Methodist Church
411 1st Street SE 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-3412 
Zion Free Lutheran Church
602 Jefferson Street S 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-2741 
Zion Free Lutheran Church, Wadena Minnesota

Wadena Pioneer Journal
314 Jefferson Street S 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-2561

The Pioneer Journal has won numerous Minnesota Newspaper Awards for both editorial and advertising excellence. The Pioneer Journal is published Thursday. The Intercom, a total market coverage shopper, is also published every Sunday. The PJ advertising and editorial staffs join together to produce monthly special sections with varying themes.

Wadena Pioneer Journal, Wadena Minnesota

695 Jefferson Street N 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 631-1580

The AmericInn of Wadena is
the gateway to Northern Minnesota's lakes and year-around recreation region. The area's finest lodging is conveniently close to great restaurants, shopping, snowmobile trails, golf, tennis and the Wadena Community Center featuring indoor ice hockey, racquetball, weightlifting, whirlpool, sauna and exercise room.

AmericInn, Wadena Minnesota

Wadena Inn & Grill
500 Ash Avenue NW 
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: (218) 632-4000

Wadena Inn & Grill is a premier Hotel & Grill, offering everything you need to host a meeting or banquet, grab a bite to eat, or kick back and relax with our pool, lounge, and three styles of rooms. It was recently remodeled with all new carpet, furniture and facilities. Also new to Wadena Inn & Grill is it's menu, check it out here.

Wadena Inn & Grill, Wadena Minnesota

Wadena Inn & Grill, Wadena Minnesota


Sunnybrook Park Campground
Wadena MN 56483
Phone: (218) 631-7707
The campground features 39 sites, 20 full hookups, and tent sites. Modern facilities, dump station, and laundry facilities are featured. Located in Sunnybrook Park, with playgrounds, frisbee golf, and picnic shelters and tables.


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