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|— City —|
|• Total||0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)|
|• Land||0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,178 ft (359 m)|
|• Density||363.3/sq mi (138.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0644516|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 228 people, 115 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 363.8 people per square mile (139.7/km²). There were 128 housing units at an average density of 204.2 per square mile (78.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.25% White, 0.88% Asian, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.
There were 115 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.6% were non-families. 47.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 28.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,635. About 15.2% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 18.4% of those sixty five or over.
Controversy over area elk
A herd of elk managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lives near Grygla. The herd has generated much controversy over the years as herd numbers grew and the animals damaged farmers’ crops. In 1985, farmers successfully lobbied to have the elk removed, an effort that was eventually halted. In 1987, the Legislature voted to compensate farmers for crop damage and limit the elk herd to between 20 and 30 animals, through public hunting seasons if necessary. The last hunt was in 1998.
Nearby Gatzke resident Jeremy Hernandez was honored on August 15, 2007 for his role in rescuing dozens of children on a school bus trapped in the rubble of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis. Thief River Falls Radio reported that the 20-year-old and three others were with the bus the day the I-35W Bridge collapsed at 6:05pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2007.
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST13&prodType=table. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "A Tale of Two Herds" Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved on 2008-12-12.