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Menahga, Minnesota

Menahga is a city in Wadena County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,220 at the 2000 census.

Menahga means "blueberry" in the Chippewa language.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (5.10%) is water.

The Blueberry River flows through the city.

U.S. Route 71 and Minnesota State Highway 87 are two of the main routes in the city.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,220 people, 491 households, and 282 families residing in the city. The population density was 328.3 people per square mile (126.6/km²). There were 556 housing units at an average density of 149.6/sq mi (57.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.36% White, 0.08% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population. 42.4% were of Finnish, 23.2% German and 15.5% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 491 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 37.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 33.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,232, and the median income for a family was $30,288. Males had a median income of $26,071 versus $18,594 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,360. About 14.7% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

The writer-illustrator Wallace Wood, best known as one of the original five Mad cartoonists, was born in Menahga on June 17, 1927. Wood's childhood in Menahga was documented by Bhob Stewart in the illustrated biography, Against the Grain: Mad Artist Wallace Wood (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2003).

Former college basketball coach Don Monson was originally from Menahga.

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