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Rice, Minnesota

City of Rice, Minnesota
Downtown Rice
Downtown Rice
Official seal of City of Rice, Minnesota
Motto: A past with pride ... a future with promise
Location of Ricewithin Benton County and state of Minnesota
Location of Rice
within Benton County and state of Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Benton
Incorporated July 18, 1890
 • Mayor Micheal "Mitch" Fiedler
 • City Council Members Lyn Mohs, Dave Thene, Brian Skroch, Joseph Voigt
 • Total 5.71 sq mi (14.79 km2)
 • Land 5.67 sq mi (14.69 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 1,063 ft (324 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,275
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,320
 • Density 224.9/sq mi (86.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56367
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-53998[4]
GNIS feature ID 0649962[5]

Rice is a city in Benton County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,275 at the 2010 census.[6] Its zip code also encompasses Graham, Langola, and Watab townships.

Rice is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Culture 3
    • Historical sites 3.1
    • Festivals and special activities 3.2
    • Outdoor activities 3.3
    • Curiosities and trivia 3.4
    • Churches 3.5
    • Other attractions 3.6
  • Education 4
    • K–12 4.1
  • Demographics 5
    • 2010 census 5.1
    • 2000 census 5.2
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.71 square miles (14.79 km2), of which, 5.67 square miles (14.69 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[1]

U.S. Highway 10 serves as a main route in the community.

The Mississippi River is located west of Rice, and Little Rock Lake is located east.

The terrain is largely sandy and flat and was historically prairie grassland and oak savannah. Today, numerous pine and poplar intersperse irrigated farm fields with small areas of prairie terrain.


A pine stand in Rice, MN. The city was named a Tree City USA in 1993
Originally an

  • City Website
  • Rice Chamber of Commerce

External links

Further reading

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  7. ^ Map Page
  8. ^ History Center
  9. ^ Records
  10. ^ Village of Langola
  11. ^ Communities
  12. ^ Little Rock Lake
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The median income for a household in the city was $48,173, and the median income for a family was $52,222. Males had a median income of $32,794 versus $22,279 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,882. About 5.2% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 33.3% of those age 65 or over.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

There were 247 households out of which 48.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.35.

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 711 people, 247 households, and 185 families residing in the city. The population density was 118.8 people per square mile (45.8/km²). There were 250 housing units at an average density of 41.8 per square mile (16.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.87% White, 0.70% Native American, 0.14% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

2000 census

The median age in the city was 28.8 years. 32.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 39.6% were from 25 to 44; 15.7% were from 45 to 64; and 4.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.7% male and 47.3% female.

There were 462 households of which 49.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.4% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.18.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,275 people, 462 households, and 340 families residing in the city. The population density was 224.9 inhabitants per square mile (86.8/km2). There were 490 housing units at an average density of 86.4 per square mile (33.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

2010 census

Rice viewed from the Highway 10 and Benton Beach Road/County Road 2 intersection.


The Sauk Rapids–Rice Schools system operates three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and has a District Office for Home School. Rice Elementary School is the only one of these schools located within the city of Rice. Many students living in Rice and within the boundaries of the Sauk Rapids–Rice School District attend Royalton schools as their proximity to Rice is significantly closer than most Sauk Rapids–Rice schools. As with other Minnesota school systems, the Sauk Rapids–Rice Schools system has open enrollment. The athletic team for the middle and high school is the Storm[1]



Other attractions include the Great River Bike Trail, several parks, softball fields and an ice skating rink.

Other attractions

  • Living Hope Church
  • Graham Methodist Church
  • Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church


  • On April 14, 1886, Rice, along with Sauk Rapids and St Cloud, were hit by the Sauk Rapids Tornado. It is the deadliest in the history of Minnesota.
  • Rice Blacksmith Saw and Machine is an active family-owned blacksmith shop that has been in operation since 1940.

Curiosities and trivia

  • Athletic sports, snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicles, bicycling, and motorcycling are commonly enjoyed activities as well.
  • Rice is also home to Benton Beach Course, an 18 hole disc golf course that was host to the 2008 Minnesota Disc Golf Championship. Another disc golf course, Mississippi Park Course, is in Rice.
  • Oak Hill Golf Course offers 18 holes of golf
  • Rice has its own game preserve and two taxidermy shops. Meat raffles are a typical fundraising activity.
  • Benton Beach on Little Rock Lake is frequented by campers, fishermen and boaters during the summer, and ice fishermen in the winter. The lake itself is maintained by the Little Rock Lake Association.[12]

Outdoor activities

  • Rice Loves Its Kids Month (February)
  • Memorial Day Remembrance
  • Summerfest (takes place in June)
  • Little Rock Lake 4 July Pontoon Parade
  • Half-Way Jam Outdoor Rock Music Festival (takes place annually during summer)
  • Rice Fun Day and Kiddie Parade (takes place on the third Saturday in August)
  • Arts and Craft Show (takes place on the first weekend of September)
  • 9/11 Remembrance
  • Veteran's Day Remembrance
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Festivals and special activities

  • Immaculate Conception Church
  • Old Rice Village Hall

Historical sites


Rice has been awarded the "Minnesota Star City" designation for economic development.

In 1993, Rice was named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation.

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