Originally an Ojibway territory, Sand Prairie, saw its first settlers of European origin in the autumn of 1844. Under a mandate of the United States government and after the Ojibway ceded their land in the Treaty of 1837, the Territory of Minnesota was established in 1849. Benton County became one of nine organized counties. The village of Rice was named after Massachusetts born hotelier and mill owner, George T. Rice. Rice migrated to the village of Langol in 1864 to develop the area. In 1877, the Northern Pacific Railroad came through, and George T. Rice hired F.W. Earl to build the Luther hotel. The village of Rice became officially incorporated within Benton County, on July 18, 1890, as a farming community.

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

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


Festivals and special 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

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