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Brooks Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Location of Brooks, Minnesota


Population: 
 Brooks (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 163 173 158 141 141 0 0.00
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.10 1.26 1.16 1.16 1.16 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 148.18 137.30 136.21 121.26 121.26 0 0.00
Housing Units 57 72 67 64 66 +2 +3.13
Households -- 60 64 61 60 -1 -1.64
Persons Per Household -- 2.88 2.47 2.31 2.35 +0.04 +1.73

Geography:

Brooks is a city in Red Lake County, Minnesota. U.S. Highway 59 and Minnesota Highway 92 are two of the main routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.17 square miles (3.03 km2), all of it land. The elevation is 1,129 ft (344 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 141 people, 60 households, and 36 families residing in the city. The population density was 120.5 inhabitants per square mile (46.5/km2). There were 66 housing units at an average density of 56.4 per square mile (21.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.7% Native American, 1.4% Asian, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 60 households of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.0% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 37.5 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

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History:  

Brooks was established in 1904 as a station on the Soo Line Railroad. By 1926, Brooks had two general stores, a grocery store, a bank, hardware store, butcher shop, blacksmith shop, a livery barn, two saloons, a community hall and a hotel to accommodate travelers. Brooks was primarily a service town for the surrounding agricultural townships, and a creamery was established as the local dairying business developed on neighboring farms. After the invention of the cream separator, family farms in adjoining townships of Red Lake County and Polk County switched from subsistence to a market economy and became a part of the dairy industry.

In 1926, the Brooks creamery was purchased by the owners of the cheese factory in nearby Terrebonne who moved their operation to Brooks. The business widely known as the Brooks Cheese Company, a cheese factory owned by the Parenteau family, which sold its product to Kraft Food Company, and marketed its products throughout the Midwest. Local farmers would process the milk from their own cows by removing the butterfat or cream, which was hauled in cream cans to the cheese factory, while the skim milk or whey was fed to hogs or pigs raised on the same farm. The Brooks Cheese Company continued in business until the late 1970s, at which point the decline of the family farm and the predominance of large grain farms and other monocultural farms eliminated the mixed agriculture that formerly had predominated in the area of Brooks.

Although the local history of Red Lake County blames the National Farm Organization or NFO for organizing farmers to cooperative actions in withholding milk shipments, the reality is that Brooks Cheese Company could not compete with the major industrial cheese manufacturers and the development of agribusiness which portended the demise of the family farm. By the beginning of the 21st century, no dairy cows could be found anywhere within thirty miles of Brooks, whereas at one time virtually every quarter section could be counted on for the cream produced by 10 or 15 cows. Nonetheless, Brooks continues to be the site of an agricultural supply business, a gas station, and several other local businesses, as well as one church.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

BROOKS, a city in section 14 in Poplar River Township, was incorporated as a village on April 7, 1955. The post office was established in 1883, with Daniel Little, postmaster. The city was platted in 1904 as a farm community with a number of small stores and a station of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) in section 15.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

School, Brooks Minnesota,1914
School, Brooks Minnesota,1914
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Government:
Brooks City Hall
PO Box 98
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4220
Fax: (218) 698-4320

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st Monday of the month at 7:00 pm

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Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2020 Ernest C. Kolling
415 Minnesota Avenue
Brooks, MN 56715
  (218) 698-4464
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Joyce Morinville
PO Box 98
Brooks, MN 56715
Email (218) 698-4220
Council Member 12/31/2022 Jess Determan
811 Highway 59 N
Brooks, MN 56715
  (218) 698-4324
Council Member 12/31/2022 Ryan Paradis
102 State Highway 92 W
Brooks, MN 56715
  (218) 686-3385
Council Member 12/31/2020 Ray Vasend
306 Minnesota Avenue
Brooks, MN 56715
  (218) 698-4305
Council Member 12/31/2020 Perry Morinville
801 Hill River Road
Brooks, MN 56715
  (218) 698-4451

Post Office:
US Post Office
302 Main Street 
Brooks, MN 56715-9998
Phone: (218) 698-4287 
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday           8:45 am - 10:45 am

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US Post Office, Brooks Minnesota

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Otter Tail Power Company (218) 253-2727
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater n/a n/a
Water n/a n/a
Telephone Garden Valley Telephone Company (218) 687-5251
Cable TV n/a n/a

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Brooks Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Brooks Minnesota area


Events:
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Attractions:
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Recreation:
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Lakes:
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Health Care:
none

Schools:
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Churches:
St. Joseph Catholic Church
305 Minnesota Avenue 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4477
Web: www.rlccatholic.org

Pastor:  Father Chuck Huck
Saturday Mass:  7:00 pm
Sunday Mass:  none

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Brooks Minnesota

Media:
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Motels:
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Resorts:
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Campgrounds:
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Businesses:
Brooks Auto Sales
312 Highway 92 W 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4439
Brooks Auto, Brooks Minnesota
Brooks Community Federal Credit Union
200 Main Avenue 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4220

Brooks Community Credit Union opened in 1947. The credit union provides services to members in Brooks, Minnesota.

 
Brooks Farm Supply
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: n/a
Brooks Farm Supply, Brooks Minnesota
Brooks International Raceway
Highway 59
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 528-4399
 
Cenex Red Lake County Co-op
106 Highway 59 S 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4271
Cenex Red Lake County Co-op, Brooks Minnesota
Classic Cuts
809 Highway 59 N 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4303
 
Cozy Bar and Grill
318 Main Street 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4608
Cozy Bar and Grill, Brooks Minnesota
Dick's Backhoe
102 1st Street
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218)  698-4478
 
Field Drainage Inc
816 Highway 92 W 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4444 
 
Hamrum Custom Saddle Shop
22142 225th St SE 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4449 
 
Judy's Beauty Salon
702 Curd Blvd 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4493
 
Marflex Manufacturing
413 Main Street 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4630
Marflex Manufacturing, Brooks Minnesota
Nellie Photography
414 Minnesota Avenue
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4203
Web: www.nellie-photo.com
 
Northland Vault
24867 Curd Blvd.
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4656
 
Oklee Farmers Elevator-Brooks
Highway 59 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4275 
 
Paradis Antique & Gift Books
102 Highway 92 E 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4452
Paradis Antique & Gift Books, Brooks Minnesota
Paradis Mail Service
812 State Highway 92 W 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4613
Web: www.paradisinc.com

Paradis Inc. was formed in 1977 and have expanded our fleet to service a variety of specialized freight markets such as refrigerated vans with deep forzen capabilities and extendable flat trailers to haul oversized loads. We have terminals in several cities that offer warehousing for storage of dry and refrigerated products. The secret to our success is our reputation of providing professional transportation solutions and reliable service to our customers. The backbone of our stability has been created by our team of experienced long term drivers and continuing capital reinvestment to provide late model equipment to get the job done efficiently and on time.

Paradis Mail Service, Brooks Minnesota
Pat's Heating
25542 285th Ave SE 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 796-5189
 
Poplar River Town Hall
23864 230th Ave SE 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4648
 
St. Joseph Catholic Church
305 Minnesota Avenue 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4477
Web: www.rlccatholic.org

Pastor:  Father Chuck Huck
Saturday Mass:  7:00 pm
Sunday Mass:  none
 

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Brooks Minnesota
Swenson Seed Farm
29667 State Highway 92 SE 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 796-5285
 
Third Base Liquor Lounge
701 US Highway 59 S 
Brooks, MN 56715
Phone: (218) 698-4221
Third Base Liquor Lounge, Brooks Minnesota
US Post Office
302 Main Street 
Brooks, MN 56715-9998
Phone: (218) 698-4287 
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
US Post Office, Brooks Minnesota


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