St. Peter Day, February 18, 2016 20 Jan 15


– St. Peter is home to Independent School District Number 508. Their nickname is the Saints.

– St. Peter is home to the Regional Treatment Center State Hospital, a large employer in the area. There is also a museum which traces the hospital’s history all the way back to 1866.

– A mainstay in St. Peter is Gustavus Adolphus College. The 4-year school was founded in 1875, but residents began raising money for the school in 1858. Gustavus is known as one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation.

– Some of St. Peter’s major industries and employers include: Alumacraft Boat Company, makers of boats and canoes; the headquarters of both Scholarship America and the Minnesota School Board Association; and the St. Peter Hospital.


Festivals & Events

– St. Peter’s Winterfest takes place in February. The 10-day long festival includes numerous events, such as the “Freeze Your Buns Run,” fireworks, a fish house parade, dances, an ice fishing contest, the “Hairy Legs Contest” and much more, including the annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.

– St. Peter celebrates St. Patrick’s Day the way it was meant to be – with a parade. The annual event draws thousands of Irish and non-Irish alike.

– St. Peter celebrates our nation’s birthday with An Old Fashioned 4th Of July.

– The Nicollet County Fair is held in St. Peter every August.

– Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter hosts a Nobel Conference once a year. Scholars from around the world visit the campus. The event typically takes place in October.

– Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter in St. Peter hosts the Christmas In Christ’s Chapel concert every December. People from around the region gather at the chapel to hear performances by the Gustavus Choir.

– The E. Saint Julien Cox House in St. Peter is a fully restored Victorian house once owned by one of the most colorful and eccentric figures in Minnesota history. Escorted tours are available in period dress. In December, “Christmas At The Cox House” lets you experience a Victorian Christmas.



– The City of St. Peter has a population of approximately 10,000 people. The Mayor is Chuck Zieman, who was elected over incumbent Tim Strand in November’s general election.

– A St. Peter native and North Dakota farm broadcaster Mike Hergert was inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He started his broadcasting career after graduating from Brown Institute in 1970.

–After temporarily closing for a short-time, Lone Star BBQ and Grill reopened as a catering business and event Venue. Owner Tom Svendsen says the name has also changed to Lone Star BBQ Catering and Event Center to reflect the change from a full-service retaurant.

–St. Peter selected high school seniors Ella Wiebusch and John Walker as the 2015-16 Triple a Nominees.

–The St. Peter Winterfest medallion was found by Tom Wiesgerber of St. Peter. It is the second time Wiesgerber has found a Winterfest Medallion.



– The City of St. Peter was founded in the year 1853 by Captain William Dodd. It is one of the oldest cities in Minnesota, and has the largest concentration of historic places in a downtown area in the state.

– St. Peter is the county seat of Nicollet County. Major Highways in St. Peter include: 169, 99, and 22.

– St. Peter is alongside the Minnesota River. It is also near Swan Lake.

– In 1858 the Minnesota Legislature designated St. Peter the state capital. The original bill was awaiting the governor’s signature when it was stolen by Joe Rolette of Pembina. Since Rolette had the bill outside of St. Peter for more than 48 hours, it lost that designation, and St. Paul was made the capital.

– The St. Peter Company was formed in the year 1856. A site south of Traverse Des Sioux was the company’s preferred location.

– While the City of St. Peter was founded in the year 1853, the city was not officially incorporated for 20 years, in 1873.

– St. Peter is home to the Traverse Des Sioux Historic Treaty Site. The treaty between the US Government and the Sioux Indians was signed in 1851, and opened up much of the Minnesota River Valley to settlement. The Treaty Site is located off Highway 169 on the north side of St. Peter.

– St. Peter is the hometown of 5 former Minnesota governors, more than any other town in the state. Willis Gorman, Henry Swift, Horace Austin, Andrew McGill, and John Johnson were all from St. Peter.

– Two famous opera singers are St. Peter natives: Olive Fremstad and Jussi Bjorling.

– Prior to bridges being built across the Minnesota River, St. Peter was the site of a few ferries across the river. One of them was operated by the founder of the town, William Dodd, for many years.