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Pipestone (city)  1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 5,328 4,887 4,554 4,280 4,317 +37 +0.86
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.80 3.65 4.57 3.92 3.92 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,902.9 1,338.9   996.5 1,090.8 1,101.3 +10.48 +0.86
Housing Units 1,885 2,156 2,055 2,097 2,134 +37 +17.64
Households -- 2,005 1,915 1,900 1,923 +23 +1.21
Persons Per Household -- 2.36 2.28 2.22 2.25 +0.03 +1.35


Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 75 and Minnesota State Highways 23 and 30 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,736 ft (529 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 4,317 people, 1,923 households, and 1,084 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,032.8 inhabitants per square mile (398.8/km2). There were 2,134 housing units at an average density of 510.5 per square mile (197.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.2% White, 0.9% African American, 1.9% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 3.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.

There were 1,923 households of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 40.8 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

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Less than a mile north of the city of Pipestone lies a pipestone quarry, described in Native American legends as a square-cut jewel lying upon folds of shimmering green velvet. This is an accurate depiction of the red quartzite almost hidden by the vast prairie grasses. Designated a national monument by the United States in 1937, the quarry is as rich in Native American history as it is in the red stone for which it is named.

Although he never visited the site, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inspired to write of the area in his well known poem, "Song of Hiawatha." The Song of Hiawatha Pageant spins out Henry Longfellow's vision of wade and logan, the Native American Indians, and has played in Pipestone for 60 years. The pageant is held at a small quarry lake on a natural amphitheater with a cast of 200 principals, chieftains, warriors, and dancers in their colorful costumes. Summer of 2008 was the last year for the pageant.

The city of Pipestone was founded in 1876 by Charles Bennett and Daniel Sweet. Bennett was intrigued by the prospect of visiting the site he had read about in Longfellow's poem. Despite blizzards, prairie fires, droughts and grasshoppers, the young village survived. In 1879, 22 businesses were operating in Pipestone, and by the following year that number had grown to 53. Pipestone was incorporated as a village in 1881 and for the next 20 years was a real "boom town." By 1890, Pipestone had train service on four different rail lines and had become a travel and business center hub for southwestern Minnesota.

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PIPESTONE, the county seat, at first named Pipestone City, platted in October 1876, was incorporated as a village February 10, 1881, and as a city July 23, 1901. Its area was mostly in section 12 of Sweet Township, adjoining the south border of the quarry, before noted at the beginning of this chapter, which is mostly comprised in section 1.

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Indians quarrying pipestone at pipestone quarries, Pipestone Minnesota, 1908
Indians quarrying pipestone at pipestone quarries, Pipestone Minnesota, 1908 Postcard and Postcard Image Collection - click to enlarge

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Pipestone City Hall
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-3324
Fax: (507) 825-5353

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm

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Title Term Ends Name  and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Myron D. Koets
103 10th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 215-0538
City Administrator appointed Jeffrey Jones
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Email (507) 825-3324
City Clerk appointed Deb Nelson
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Email (507) 825-3324
Council Member 12/31/2022 Jim Stout
811 6th Street SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Email (507) 825-4467
Council Member 12/31/2022 Rodger Smidt
719 Fairway Drive
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3565
Council Member 12/31/2024 Dan Delaney
511 4th Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Email (507) 215-0306
(507) 825-
Council Member 12/31/2024 Justin Schroyer
210 8th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Email (507) 820-1579

Post Office:
US Post Office
202 S Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-2400
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 843-9928
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 967-3530
Wastewater City of Pipestone (507) 825-3324
Water City of Pipestone (507) 825-3324
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Pipestone System Veterinary Services 305
Pipestone Area Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 245
Pipestone County Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 205
Good Samaritan Village Nursing Care Facilities 154
J & B Group Animal Slaughtering & Processing 146
Pipestone County Government 100
Hank's Foods Grocery Stores 60
Coborn's Inc Grocery Stores 50
Minnesota West Technical and Community College Education 45
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co Beverage Manufacturing 35
First Bank & Trust Banking 30
City of Pipestone Government 28
Pipestone Publishing Co Newspaper, Periodical, Book, & Directory Publishers 27
Shopko Department Stores 27
Amdahl Motors Automotive 26
First Farmers & Merchants Bank Banking 24

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Pipestone Civil War Days

As one of the most enduring and respected events of its type in the upper Midwest, Pipestone Civil War Days is a tribute to our past. Set in a beautiful historic setting visitors are invited to interact with civilian and military reenactors to share some of the flavor of the 1860s with them. Reenactors, or living historians, from around our nation, recreate scenes of daily life from the home to religion to education to military camps. Events throughout the weekend include educational programs, etiquette and ballroom dance lessons, camp tours, children's games, Sunday morning church services, a Grand Ball and much more! The roar of the cannon, the smell of gun powder, and the work of our reenactors, performers, and other participants make a full immersion in the 1860s possible.
Southern troops fight for their lives. Photo provided by Craig Grantz in 2012.

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Pipestone National Monument
36 Reservation Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5464

For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe's smoke carries one's prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.

Split Rock Creek State Park
336 50th Avenue
Jasper , MN 56144
Phone: (507) 348-7908

Swim, fish, or boat the waters of Split Rock Lake, the largest body of water in Pipestone County. The lake is the predominant feature of this park. Stop by the Beach Side Trail Center for an excellent vista and to discover more about the area. Seven miles north of the park is the famous Pipestone National Monument.
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Health Care:
Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic
916 4th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5811
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Minnesota West Community & Technical College
1314 North Hiawatha
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (800) 658-2330

Since 1967, the Pipestone Campus of Minnesota West has been educating students in variety of highly specialized technical programs. The construction trades, health, and business programs, as well as specialty programs such as cosmetology create the heart of instruction opportunities offered at the Pipestone Campus. Liberal Arts and Science courses leading to associate degrees are also available through the Pipestone campus. This expanded learning opportunity allows students to earn their associate degree close to home. The Pipestone campus offers a bright and friendly learning environment focused on the individual student.

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Pipestone Area Schools
Independent School District #2689

1401 7th Street SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-6068
Fax: (507) 825-6729

Pipestone Area Elementary Schools and the Middle/High School are located in Pipestone, MN.  Heartland Colony is located on North Highway 75.  Pipestone Area Schools district serves the communities of Hatfield, Holland, Ihlen, Jasper, Pipestone, Trosky and Woodstock.  The district is located in Pipestone, Murray and Rock Counties and is 416.7 land square miles. We are proud of the comprehensive educational program we offer our community. 

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  1,125

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Pipestone Area Schools
Pipestone Middle and High School
1401 7th Street SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5861
Fax: (507) 825-6729

Grades:  5-12
Students:  670

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Brown Elementary School
701 7th Street SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-6756
Fax: (507)

Grades:  PK-1
Students:  220

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Hill Elementary School
900 6th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-6763
Fax: (507)

Grades:  2-4
Students:  225

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Christ the King Lutheran Church
804 8th Avenue NE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5958

Pastor:  Tim Johnson
Sunday Worship:  10:30am
Christian Reformed Church
800 2nd Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5660

Pastor:  Tim Ouwinga
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am and 6:30 pm
Christian Reformed Church, Pipestone, MN
Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
510 7th Street SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5299

Pastor:  Pastor Steve
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am
Faith Community Church
207 6th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-2211

Pastor:  Jennings Wallace
Sunday Worship:  8:30 am and 11:00 am
First Lutheran Church - ELCA
401 7th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5837

Pastor:  Joyce Tollefson-Capp
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am
First Presbyterian Church
301 2nd Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5433

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
711 5th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 562-5555

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Jehovah's Witnesses
320 3rd Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-2431

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Our Saviour Lutheran Church
1102 7th Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4124

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Peace United Methodist Church
500 7th Street SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4348

Pastor:  Judy Miller-Qualley
Sunday Worship:  10:30am
Peace United Methodist Church, Pipestone Minnesota
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
831 8th Street SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4604

Pastor:  Kenneth Mayberry
Saturday Worship: 11:00 am
St. Paul Lutheran Church
621 W Main Street
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5271

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a
St. Leo's Catholic Church
415 S Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-3152

astor:  Reverend Monsignor Gerald C. Kosse
Sunday Worship:  n/a

Christensen Broadcasting
West Highway 30
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-4282
KLOH Radio, Pipestone Minnesota
Pipestone Publishing
115 2nd Street NE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-3333

Americas Best Value Inn
605 8th Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 690-0091

Americas Best Value Inn Pipestone offers the most value for your money when staying for business, pleasure, family visits, or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms, 24-hour front desk, business services, a free daily continental breakfast, and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. All guest rooms include mini-fridges, hairdryers, and cable TV. Microwaves and coffeemakers are available upon request. We are a smoke free property.
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Crossings by GrandStay Inn & Suites
915 7th Street SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 562-1100

We offer a range of suites for leisure, business trips, or any other occasion. Our specialty whirlpool suites make for a relaxing evening or romantic getaway, and our 1-bedroom king suites come equipped with full kitchens, perfect for family trips and extended stays. We also have a great range of amenities for all our guests. These include a complimentary Grand Start® Breakfast served daily, on-site laundry, free Wi-Fi access throughout our property, and a large indoor pool with whirlpool.
Crossings by GrandStay Inn and Suites, Pipestone Minnesota
Historic Calumet Inn
104 West Main Street
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-5871


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Pipestone RV Campground
919 North Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-2455
Split Rock Creek State Park
336 50th Avenue
Jasper, MN 56144
Phone: (507).348-7908 


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