Hutchinson. <1> City (2020 pop. 40,006), seat of Reno co., S central Kans., on the Arkansas River; inc. 1872. It is a commercial and industrial center in a grain (especially wheat), livestock, and oil region. There is grain milling (Hutchinson has a giant grain elevator, over half a mile long), and the manufacture of vehicle parts, fuel tanks, bakery products, industrial valves, welding supplies, asphalt, and ambulances. Salt is extracted from great beds beneath the city. The Kansas Cosmophere and Space Center and the Kansas state fairgrounds are there. <2> City (2020 pop. 14,599), McLeod co., S central Minn.; founded 1855. The town was founded by the Hutchinson Family Singers, a popular performing group that toured extensively in the mid-19th century. Several rail lines connected the city with Minneapolis and other urban centers. Agriculture and light industry are the main employers in the area.

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