Muenster, Saskatchewan

Muenster (2016 population: 430) is a village in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan within the Rural Municipality of St. Peter No. 369 and Census Division No. 15. It is located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of Humboldt on Highway 5. Muenster is named after the city of Münster, Germany.

Village of Muenster
Village
St. Peter's Cathedral
St. Peter's Cathedral
Village of Muenster is located in Saskatchewan
Village of Muenster
Village of Muenster
Village of Muenster is located in Canada
Village of Muenster
Village of Muenster
Coordinates: 52°11′28″N 104°59′42″W / 52.191°N 104.995°W / 52.191; -104.995
CountryCanada
ProvinceSaskatchewan
RegionSaskatchewan
Census division15
Rural MunicipalitySt. Peter
Post office founded1903 [1]
Incorporated (Village)1908 [2]
Incorporated (Town)NA
Government
 • MayorDavis Scott
 • AdministratorRose M. Haeusler
 • Governing bodyMuenster Village Council
Area
 • Total1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total422
 • Density317.2/km2 (822/sq mi)
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0K 2Y0
Area code306
HighwaysHighway 5
WaterwaysHoughton Lake
[3][4][5][6]

HistoryEdit

Muenster incorporated as a town on August 18, 1908.[7]

St. Peter's Abbey began in 1903 with the arrival of seven Benedictine monks.[8]

In 1921 St. Peter's Abbey became the Territorial Abbey of Saint Peter-Muenster. The abbot's duties were similar to that of a bishop of a diocese. The Territorial Abbey was suppressed in 1998 to become part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.[9]

The historic territory of the abbey was also referred to as St. Peter's Colony.[10] The villages and parishes in St. Peter's Colony included: St. Peter's monastery and parish at Muenster, St. Boniface (Leofeld), Englefeld, Annaheim, Bruno, St. Joseph (Old Fulda), Marysburg, Humboldt, Lake Lenore, St. John Baptist (Willmont), Watson, St. Martin, St. Scholastico, St. Patrick's, St. Oswald Immaculate Conception. Dana, St. Gregor, St. Bernard (Old Pilger), St. Leo (St. Meinrad), St. Gertrude, Carmel, Peterson, Cudworth, Naicam, Holy Family Mission, St. Benedict, Pilger, St. James, and Middle Lake.

The majority of the early settlers in the region were German speaking Roman Catholics from the United States.[11]

In 1938, a German-language newspaper published in Muenster, St. Peter's Bode, was "banned from Germany by order of Heinrich Himmler, chief of the National police."[12] The paper's editor, Reverend Father Peters, responded: "All we did was print the facts. We carried little editorial content or criticism on German affairs."[12]


ClimateEdit

Climate data for Muenster
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
10
(50)
29.4
(84.9)
32.2
(90.0)
37.2
(99.0)
40
(104)
41.1
(106.0)
38.3
(100.9)
35
(95)
31.7
(89.1)
26.1
(79.0)
10.6
(51.1)
41.1
(106.0)
Average high °C (°F) −13.4
(7.9)
−9.2
(15.4)
−2.3
(27.9)
8.5
(47.3)
17.2
(63.0)
21.4
(70.5)
23.5
(74.3)
23.1
(73.6)
16.6
(61.9)
9.1
(48.4)
−3.2
(26.2)
−11
(12)
6.7
(44.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −17.9
(−0.2)
−13.6
(7.5)
−6.8
(19.8)
3.2
(37.8)
10.8
(51.4)
15.3
(59.5)
17.4
(63.3)
16.7
(62.1)
10.7
(51.3)
3.9
(39.0)
−7
(19)
−15.2
(4.6)
1.5
(34.7)
Average low °C (°F) −22.4
(−8.3)
−18
(0)
−11.2
(11.8)
−2.2
(28.0)
4.4
(39.9)
9.2
(48.6)
11.2
(52.2)
10.2
(50.4)
4.8
(40.6)
−1.3
(29.7)
−10.7
(12.7)
−19.4
(−2.9)
−3.8
(25.2)
Record low °C (°F) −48.3
(−54.9)
−48.3
(−54.9)
−40.6
(−41.1)
−30.6
(−23.1)
−13.3
(8.1)
−5.6
(21.9)
−2.2
(28.0)
−4.4
(24.1)
−15
(5)
−26.7
(−16.1)
−36.7
(−34.1)
−46.7
(−52.1)
−48.3
(−54.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.8
(0.82)
14.4
(0.57)
18.8
(0.74)
23.6
(0.93)
44.8
(1.76)
76.5
(3.01)
70.6
(2.78)
47.9
(1.89)
35.8
(1.41)
25
(1.0)
15.8
(0.62)
20.2
(0.80)
414.2
(16.31)
Source: Environment Canada[13]
 
The town's main drag, Railway Street

DemographicsEdit

Population history
(1981–2016)
YearPop.±%
1981385—    
1986405+5.2%
1991385−4.9%
1996381−1.0%
2001379−0.5%
2006342−9.8%
2011422+23.4%
2016430+1.9%
Source: Statistics Canada via Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics[14][15]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Muenster had a population of 403 living in 173 of its 186 total private dwellings, a change of -6.3% from its 2016 population of 430. With a land area of 1.36 km2 (0.53 sq mi), it had a population density of 296.3/km2 (767.5/sq mi) in 2021.[16]

In the 2016 Census of Population, the Village of Muenster recorded a population of 430 living in 176 of its 184 total private dwellings, a 1.9% change from its 2011 population of 422. With a land area of 1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi), it had a population density of 323.3/km2 (837.4/sq mi) in 2016.[17]

EducationEdit

Muenster is home to St. Peter's College, an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan. It was founded by the Benedictine monks of St. Peter's Abbey in 1921.[18] The college offers a full first year of Arts and Sciences classes and senior classes in several disciplines. Annual full-time enrollment is limited to 150 students.

Muenster landmarksEdit

 
Muenster church
 
Michael Hall, St. Peter's College
  • St. Peter's Cathedral features paintings and murals by the artist Berthold Imhoff[19]
  • The skyline of Muenster is mainly defined by the steeples of St. Peter's College and Abbey[20]
  • Muenster Hill is a popular local tobogganing destination
  • St. Peter's College library is the third largest book repository in Saskatchewan[21]
  • Wolverine Creek runs through Muenster, past St. Peter's College and Abbey

EventsEdit

St. Peter's Abbey is host to the annual Junior and Teen Choir Camps of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation.[failed verification]

SportsEdit

Muenster was home to the Muenster Red Sox, a senior baseball team. The Red Sox played in the North Central Baseball League from 1964–2003 and have in the Saskatoon Senior League until 2009. The Muenster Midget AAA Red Sox currently compete in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League, capturing the provincial title in 2016 and winning a bronze medal at nationals that same year. The community is also active in hockey and soccer.

NotablesEdit

Notable persons who were born, grew up in or established their fame in Muenster, Saskatchewan:

  • Ralph Klassen, professional ice hockey centre/left wing
  • Logan Hofmann, professional baseball highest ever Saskatchewan-born MLB draft pick, being selected in the 5th Round of the 2020 MLB draft.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Muggli, RM, ed. (2003), Muenster and District Centenary History 1903-2003, St. Peter's Press, p. 256, ISBN 1-896971-26-1
  2. ^ Muggli, RM, ed. (2003), Muenster and District Centenary History 1903-2003, St. Peter's Press, p. 211, ISBN 1-896971-26-1
  3. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters
  4. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System, retrieved 2012-12-09
  5. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11
  6. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, archived from the original on 2007-04-21
  7. ^ "Urban Municipality Incorporations". Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "St. Peter's Abbey (short history)". Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  9. ^ "Territorial Abbey of Saint Peter-Muenster". Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  10. ^ "The German Catholics of St. Peter's Colony: 1903-1930 By Paul Paproski, OSB" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  11. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (German settlements)". Archived from the original on 2017-05-05. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  12. ^ a b "REICH PROHIBITS SASKATCHEWAN GERMAN PAPER". Winnipeg Evening Tribune. No. 7. Havas. January 8, 1938. p. 1. Retrieved March 8, 2020 – via Newspaperarchive.com.
  13. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 4 December 2010
  14. ^ "Saskatchewan Census Population" (PDF). Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  15. ^ "Saskatchewan Census Population". Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  16. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Saskatchewan". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  17. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Saskatchewan)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  18. ^ Brodner, Martin. "The Era of the Abbey Nullius". St. Peter's Abbey. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  19. ^ "St. Peter's Cathedral". Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  20. ^ "St. Peter's Benedictine Abbey, Church and Bell Tower". Archived from the original on 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  21. ^ Pete's Report (PDF) (Winter 2006/2007 ed.), St. Peter's College, 2010-04-09, p. 4, archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-06, retrieved 2010-04-09

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 52°11′27″N 104°59′43″W / 52.19083°N 104.99528°W / 52.19083; -104.99528