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The Mississippi River as it passes through Monticello.
The Mississippi River as it passes through Monticello.

Monticello is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,868 at the 2000 census, and according to recent estimates has grown to 10,882. Monticello is located on the Mississippi River at the northern edge of Wright County. The community is home to Nuclear Management Company's Monticello Nuclear Generation Plant. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning great river (gichi-ziibi big river at its headwaters), is the second-longest named river in North America, with a length of 2320 miles (3733 km) from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. ... Wright County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning great river (gichi-ziibi big river at its headwaters), is the second-longest named river in North America, with a length of 2320 miles (3733 km) from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. ... The Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant, (a nuclear power plant), is an electricity-generating facility located in Monticello, Minnesota along the Mississippi River. ...


Each winter, hundreds of trumpeter swans nest near Mississippi Drive Park in Monticello as the Mississippi River is heated from warm water discharged by the Monticello Nuclear Generation Plant. Binomial name Cygnus buccinator Richardson, 1832 The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) is the largest native North American swan. ...


The name Monticello is derived from the Italian language word for "Little Mountain". In Monticello, an elementary school, a church and two business include Little Mountain in their name. Monticello was founded in 1856, and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006. Italian ( , or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken by about 63 million people,[1] primarily in Italy and Switzerland. ...


In anticipation of rapid population growth, Monticello created a comprehensive growth plan in 1996. Since 2002, many retail outlets have been constructed, including a Wal-Mart Supercenter, a SuperTarget store, a Muller Family Movie Theatre, The Home Depot, Applebee's, Wendy's, Taco John's and Arby's. This planned growth has also brought new auto dealerships, hotels, and industrial development. Monticello continues to attract new construction and business opportunities. A 2004 annexation agreement with Monticello Township, Minnesota is expected to help sustain Monticello's growth for the next twenty years. Human population increase from 10,000 BC – 2000 AD. Population growth is change in population over time, and can be quantified as the change in the number of individuals in a population per unit time. ... Annexation (Latin ad, to, and nexus, joining) is the legal incorporation of some territory into another geo-political entity (either adjacent or non-contiguous). ... Monticello Township is a township located in Wright County, Minnesota. ...


Monticello has many fine walking trails and parks, and it has one of the most impressive community centers in outstate Minnesota. The facility is widely used by local residents. Monticello's local newspaper is the Monticello Times.

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One of Monticello's largest employers, Sunny Fresh Foods, a Cargill Foods Company, received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for business performance excellence in 1999 and 2005. Sunny Fresh is one of the few nationwide businesses and the only food company to win this award twice. For more information visit www.baldrige.nist.gov. Cargill, Incorporated is a privately held, multinational corporation, and is based in the state of Minnesota in the United States. ... The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is given by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. ...


The Great American Smokeout day, held annually by the American Cancer Society, was based on an idea of the editor of the Monticello Times, Lynn R. Smith. He promised to publish the names of 300 people who pledged to quit smoking for one day (January 6, 1974) on the front page of the Times. This caused a sensation, and led to Minnesota's first statewide D-day (Don't Smoke Day). In 1976, the California chapter of the American Cancer Society held a similar Don't Smoke Day, encouraging almost one million people to quit that day. After that, starting in 1977, the Great American Smokeout day has been a national event, held on the third Thursday each November (one week before Thanksgiving). The Great American Smokeout is an annual event in the United States to encourage Americans (of whom 45. ... The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a medical organization with a corporate attitude in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital  Sacramento Largest city  Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


On July 1, 1997 Monticello and its surrounding cities were hit with severe storms. According to the weathermen, the storm was classified as straight line winds. However, many residents disagreed with the statement, believing it was a tornado that tore up their hometown. Later data shows that there were actually 17 tornadoes that evening. The damages to the town were extreme as debris from damaged buildings was scattered everywhere. Trees were lifted from the ground, powerline poles toppled, knocking out electricity to the entire area. Rooftops were lifted from homes. Although the damage to buildings have been repaired, the extensive loss of mature trees has altered the landscape of Monticello forever.


On May 3rd 2006 the Monticello Middle School had an electrical fire from the large amount of rain settling on the roof. The smoke damage to the school caused the school to be closed for the rest of the school year. As a result, middle school and high school students had to share usage of the high school building on an alternate-day schedule. The school year did not get extended, and the clean up was completed in time for the 2006-07 school year. [1] [2]


Geography

Location of Monticello, Minnesota

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.1 km² (6.2 mi²), all land. Lake Maria State Park is nearby. The city's latitude is 45.305 degrees North and its longitude is 93.793 degrees West. Its elevation is 922 feet. It is in the Central time zone. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Lake Maria State Park features woods, wetlands, and rare turtles. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,868 people, 2,944 households, and 2,066 families residing in the city. The population density was 488.4/km² (1,264.6/mi²). There were 3,030 housing units at an average density of 188.1/km² (487.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.96% White, 0.33% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.03% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 2,944 households out of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 15.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $45,384, and the median income for a family was $53,566. Males had a median income of $41,057 versus $25,854 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,229. About 4.2% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Situated midway between Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota, Monticello is a fast growing community because of its proximity to Interstate Highway 94 and progressive community planning strategy over the past 10 years. Population and growth are expected to continue at a rapid rate. This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... St. ... Interstate Highways in the lower 48 states. ...


Athletics

Monticello High School (1,250 est.), is Wright County's third largest school. The nickname for the school's athletic teams is the Magic. Its main rival is Buffalo High School (1,850), the county's largest school. The two schools compete on every level. As of the 2006 High School athletic season, Monticello leads the all time series 1916-900. Buffalo High School is located off of Country Rd. ...


The most notable program in MHS athletics is boy's basketball. The team made several trips to the state tournament in the 1990's and in the past three years ('04, '05, '06). The team's highest tournament finish is 4th place, igniting humorous theories of a possible "4th place curse". Two Minnesota high-school basketball Players of the Year have come out of Monticello: Nate Holmstadt and Joel Pryzbilla. The 7-foot Pryzbilla went on to play for the University of Minnesota and is now a starting center in the NBA for the Portland Trailblazers. The Magic have been plagued with bad football for the last 20 years. Since 2000 Monticello has the fewest wins of any AAAA school in Minnesota. However, in their 2006 homecoming game against Rogers High School, Monticello won 35-21. It was their first homecoming win since 1989. Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, almost always abbreviated U of M, and sometimes referred to as The U by locals, is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


Monticello residents appreciate and expect a high level of service from their Community Education Department and school recreation programs. Community demand for recreation opportunities is high. The Moose Sherritt Ice Arena, attached to the Middle School, was completed in 2005 due to the efforts of the Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Youth Hockey Organization, community members, the mayor, the city council, the school board, businesses and the Sherritt family. "Moose" Sherritt played for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and the USHL's Minneapolis Millers (hockey) among other teams in the 1940's. Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise located in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Minneapolis Millers was the name of various incarnations of minor league hockey teams spanning from 1925-1963, including a 1963 Turner Cup winner in the International Hockey League. ...


Despite not having a hockey arena until 2005, Monticello has had its share of outstanding hockey players. Some have gone on to play NCAA Division I: Joe Van Culin at Ferris State, Jay Mendwaldt at the United States Air Force Academy and Eric Nelson at the University of Connecticut. Ferris State University is an institute of higher learning whose main campus is located in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County, with a secondary campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and smaller programs located throughout the region. ... The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States, (), is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. ... The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ...


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Coordinates: 45°18′20.52″N, 93°47′39.12″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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