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Darwin Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Darwin Minnesota population sign Location of Darwin, Minnesota

Population: 
 Darwin (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 361 282 252 276 350 +74 +26.81
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.80 2.24 0.75 0.75 0.75 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 451.25 125.89 336.00 368.67 466.67 +98.00 +26.58
Housing Units 95 115 124 130 153 +23 +17.69
Households -- 113 110 119 139 +20 +16.81
Persons Per Household -- 2.48 2.29 2.32 2.52 +0.20 +8.62

Geography:

Darwin is a city in Meeker County, Minnesota. U.S. Highway 12 serves as a main route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.15 square miles (5.57 km2), of which 1.99 square miles (5.15 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water. The elevation is 1,129 ft (344 m).

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Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 350 people, 139 households, and 91 families residing in the city. The population density was 175.9 inhabitants per square mile (67.9/km2). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 76.9 per square mile (29.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 139 households of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% 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 3.10.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

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History:  

DARWIN Township, organized April 5, 1858, was then called Rice City, which was changed in 1869 to the name of its railway village, platted in October of that year. It was chosen in honor of E. Darwin Litchfield of London, England, a principal stockholder and promoter of the St. Paul and Pacific (now the Great Northern) Railroad, for whom also, as well as for his wife and his brothers, the village and township of Litchfield were named. The village in sections 22-27 was first organized by a party of surveyors from Dubuque, Iowa, who made claims on paper; the townsite was platted as Stella City and then named Rice City for Hon. Edmund Rice of St. Paul; it was incorporated as a village on June 16, 1919; the post office, established as Rice City, operated 1862-63 and again in 1868, the name changing to Darwin in 1869.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

World's Largest Twine Ball, Darwin Minnesota, 1980's
World's Largest Twine Ball, Darwin Minnesota, 1980s
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Government:
Darwin City Hall
305 E Curran Street
PO Box 67
Darwin, MN
55324
Phone: (320) 693-2928

Regular Business Hours:
Monday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm

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Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Josh R Johnson
326 W Curran Street
Darwin, MN 55324
  (612) 360-1182
Clerk appointed Lois Paul
PO Box 67
Darwin MN 55324
Email (320) 693-2928
Council Member 12/31/2022 Mark Smith
960 1st Street N
Darwin MN 55324
  (320) 693-5902
Council Member 12/31/2022 Todd Peter
519 E Curran Street
Darwin MN 55324
  (763) 482-9370
Council Member 12/31/2024 Tom Beckman
351 Rice City Circle
Darwin MN 55324
 
(612) 518-8920
(320) 693-2250
Council Member 12/31/2024 Sarah Kotila
717 E Curran Street
Darwin MN 55324
  (320) 241-6926

Post Office:
US Post Office
321 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN
55324-5243
Phone:
(320) 693-8442
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (320) 693-8442

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       7:45 am - 11:45 am
                        1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday           7:45 am - 8:45 am

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US Post Office, Darwin Minnesota

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Meeker Coop Light & Power Assn (320) 693-3231
Natural Gas Xcel Energy (800) 481-4700
Wastewater City of Darwin (320) 693-2928
Water City of Darwin (320) 693-2928
Telephone CenturyLink (877) 837-5738
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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News:
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Weather:

DARWIN WEATHER


Map:

Minnesota State Highway Map of the Darwin Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Darwin Minnesota area


Events:

none



Attractions:
World's Largest Ball of Twine
Main Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-7544

The late Francis Johnson's famous giant ball, now the centerpiece of the town. It's the "Largest Ball of Twine Rolled by One Man.

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Recreation:

Darwin-Dassel Park
68825 237th Street
Darwin, MN 55324

This is the largest park in Meeker County, located 2 Ĺ miles west of Dassel on Highway 12. The park has a sliding hill which provides a beautiful lookout over the area, restrooms, 6 Ĺ miles of trails for hiking, cross country skiing, and horseback riding.

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Darwin-Dassel Park, Darwin Minnesota


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Darwin 163    
Dunns 152  
Erie 190  
Manuella 293  
Maynard 81    
North Buckley n/a    
Richardson 119  
South Buckley 62    
Stella 599  
Turtle 47    
Washington 2,434

Health Care:

none - Darwin is served by the hospital in Litchfield and clinics in Litchfield and Cokato


Schools
Darwin is served primarily by Litchfield Public Schools. Some students attend Dassel-Cokato Schools.
Litchfield Public Schools
Independent School District #465

307 E 6th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2444
Fax: (320) 693-6528

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  1,705


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Litchfield Public Schools
Litchfield High School
901 N Gilman Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2441
Fax: (320) 593-3308

Grades:  9-12
Students:  474


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Litchfield High School
Litchfield Middle School
340 E 10th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2444
Fax: (320) 593-3485


Grades:  5-8
Students:  489


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Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield Minnesota
Lake Ripley Elementary School
100 W Pleasure Drive
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2436
Fax: (320) 593-0227


Grades:  K-4
Students:  578


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Lake Ripley Elementary School, Litchfield Minnesota
Wagner Education Building
307 E 6th Street
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-2444
Fax: (320) 693-6528


Grades:  PK
Students:  n/a


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Wagner Education Building, Litchfield Minnesota

Churches:
All Saints Lutheran Church - ELCA
118 N 1st Street
PO Box 98
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-5778

Pastor:  Joe Midthun
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

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All Saints Lutheran Church, Darwin Minnesota
St. John's Catholic Church
106 N 4th Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320)
693-9496

Pastor:  Fr. Jeffrey Horejsi
Sunday Mass:  10:00 am

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St. John's Catholic Church, Darwin Minnesota
St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church - WELS
20314 County Road 9
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 275-2965

Pastor:  Tim Redfield
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

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St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Darwin Minnesota

Media:
Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch
185 3rd Street SW
PO Box 969
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2118
Web: www.dasselcokato.com

Weekly newspaper published on Mondays with a circulation of 2,750.

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Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch
KLFD Radio
234 N Sibley Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3281

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KLFD Radio, Litchfield Minnesota 
Litchfield Independent Review
217 N Sibley Avenue
PO Box 307
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-3266

Weekly newspaper published every Thursday with a circulation of 10,941

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Litchfield Independent Review 

Motels:

none - nearest motels are in Litchfield

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Resorts:

none


Campgrounds:

none



Businesses:
A West Equipment Inc.
17683 CSAH 9
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-6065

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B & J Trapline Outfitters
68499 195th Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 275-2958

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Bonniwell Electric
305 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 275-2764

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Cervin Metal Works
719 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-7632

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Creative Landscaping
306 W US Highway 12
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-2928

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Creative Landscaping, Darwin Minnesota
Darrell Huhn Farms
21705 654th Avenue
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-7562

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Darwin City Hall
305 E Curran Street
PO Box 67
Darwin, MN
55324
Phone: (320) 693-2928

Regular Business Hours:
Monday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Darwin Freezer Service
123 E Pacific Street
PO Box 26
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-8722

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Darwin Monument
116 E US Highway 12
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-5902
Web: www.darwinmonument.net

Darwin Monument provides Darwin, MN with custom made headstones and cemetery vases. Family owned and operated, Darwin Monument serves all faiths and offers an indoor showroom featuring bronze, marble, and granite grave markers and vases. We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one, so when life turns to memories, turn to us. We're here to make the process as comfortable as possible for you, and your family.

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Darwin Monument, Darwin Minnesota
Darwin Municipal Liquor Store
130 E US Highway 12
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-2586

Come into the Darwin Liquor Store and check out our variety of items. There is ALWAYS the BEER OF THE MONTH If you don't see something you want, we take requests. We also have kegs available for any size event your having. 

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Darwin Municipal Liquor Store
Darwin Turkey
25325 670th Avenue
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-6550

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Don W. Rettman Construction
68108 215th Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-2706

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Hantge Funeral Chapel
100 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-8710

In 2001, the Hantge Family completed construction on a new funeral chapel in Darwin, Meeker County, Minnesota, to better serve the areaís lake home communities. This is the only funeral chapel in Meeker County that owns and operates itís own crematory. This chapel has hosted the Darwin Memorial Day Program and Balloon Release (which is open to the public) since 2002, and also hosts yearly pre-planning seminars.

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Hantge Funeral Chapel, Darwin Minnesota
Lakeview Ranch Inc.
69531 213th Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 275-4027

Lakeview Ranch Inc. was established in February 1999; in memory of Evelyn Holly for the sole purpose of developing an alternative high quality specialized model of dementia care that focuses on meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of persons with dementia in addition to physical needs. Lakeview Ranch Inc. provides a model of specialized dementia care that meets the needs of persons with dementia that are at high risk of repeated hospitalizations for the common challenging behavior that accompanies most forms of dementia.

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Lakeview Ranch Inc., Darwin Minnesota
Matheson Custom Masonry
133 Rolling Oaks Lane
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-9599

I
operate a small concrete and masonry business with three employees. I am on the job almost always to ensure a high quality product for the customer. We bill upon completion of your project. I have been in business eight years and have 17 years of experience in the trade.

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Meeker Washed Sand and Gravel
20090 640th Avenue
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-3868

Meeker Washed Sand and Gravel, Inc. is a family owned and operated company that has been in business since our Grandfather, Myrel Sing, started the company in 1963. We produce and sell many different types of gravel, sand and rock products. We have a crusher to produce Class 5 and fill gravel and we also crush the gravel we run through our washing plant. The washing plant is capable of making 3 washed rock products and washed sand at the same time. We have 4 belly dumps, 1 end dump, and 1 quad axle dump truck to meet most any trucking need. If you need large quantities fast we also work with multiple local trucking companies. No quantity too big or small.

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Meeker Sand and Gravel, Darwin Minnesota
Perennial Bank
318 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-2826

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Perennial Bank, Darwin Minnesota
Polzin Cattle
16450 665th Avenue
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-2846

Chris and Leslie began Polzin Cattle in 2008. Chris grew up raising Simmental cattle with his family. After graduating from college Chris started raising Charolais cattle. Leslie, as a child grew up in Southern California and moved to Minnesota. She has enjoyed every minute of the "farm life." We have two daughters Brooke and Desirae who have enjoyed being around the cattle. Along with raising Charolais we also have Red Angus and Simmental donors. Polzin Cattle, prides itself on making high quality females and industry leading bulls.

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Polzin Cattle, Darwin Minnesota
Precast Systems
116 E US Highway 12
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-8440

Precast Systems, Inc. was founded by James & Elaine Riehle in 1971. Precast Systems first production facility consisted of 1 septic tank form, one dry well form, one feed bunk form, a 1961 ford boom truck painted highway orange and a telephone box attached to a telephone pole. Over the past 33 years, the Precast Systems has grown from manufacturing feed bunks & septic tanks to a variety of specialty products. We now produce septic tanks, feed bunks, wall panels, steps, retaining wall blocks, planters, signs, and various specialty products.

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Precast Systems, Darwin Minnesota
Schmidty's Darwin
108 E US Highway 12
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-0019

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Schmidty's Darwin Minnesota
Tom Beckman Electric
351 Rice City Circle
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-2250

Licensed, bonded & insured electrical contractor. Serving Meeker County, Minnesota and surrounding areas. We perform electrical installation and repair for residential, commercial and agricultural projects.

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Tom Beckman Electric, Darwin Minnesota
Trained Monkey Truckin'
708 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (507) 993-9090

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US Post Office
321 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN
55324-5243
Phone:
(320) 693-8442
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (320) 693-8442

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       7:45 am - 11:45 am
                        1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday           7:45 am - 8:45 am

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V's Grill
311 N 1st Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 693-3333

Opened in late summer of July 2018, Vís Grill & Pub is family owned and operated by the Vetsch family. Our specialty is Broasted Chicken, which always comes in fresh to our restaurant. Vís Grill & Pub also offers a full bar, beer, wine and pull tabs. We hope you enjoy your visit!  

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A Blue Moose Grill & Pub, Darwin Minnesota
William Asp Construction
66650 180th Street
Darwin, MN 55324
Phone: (320) 583-8195

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Topographic map of the Darwin Minnesota area
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