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Cokato Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Cokato Minnesota population sign Location of Cokato, Minnesota
Small-town comforts, with the amenities of a big city, are all available in Cokato, only 40 minutes west of the Twin Cities area along the bustling Highway 12 corridor. A wide choice of housing for new residents of all ages, a fantastic school system, and a country feel, all make Cokato a great place to call home. Lakes, hiking, biking, and snowmobile trails, and fishing make the area attractive to outdoors enthusiasts.

Affordable lakefront, senior housing, rural acreage or in-city housing and available building lots means there is considerable opportunity in the Cokato area. A wide choice of job opportunities exist within the region with major manufacturing businesses located both in Cokato and nearby cities. The combination of small town neighborhoods, friendly people and low stress living, combined with easy access to big city amenities makes Cokato a perfect place to call home.

Courtesy City of Cokato


Population: 
 Cokato (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,735 2,056 2,180 2,727 2,694 -33 -1.21
Land Area (sq. mile) 1.00 1.16 1.21 1.28 1.28 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,735.00 1,772.41 1,801.65 2,125.80 2,104.69 -21.11 -0.99
Housing Units 586 762 876 1,035 1,103 +68 +6.57
Households -- 726 836 990 1,000 +10 +1.01
Persons Per Household -- 2.71 2.51 2.66 2.69 +0.03 +1.12

Geography:

Cokato is a city in Wright County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 12 serves as a main route in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,056 ft (322 m).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,727 people, 990 households, and 663 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,125.8 people per square mile (822.6/km˛). There were 1,035 housing units at an average density of 806.8/sq mi (312.2/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 96.81% White, 0.15% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population. 29.5% were of German, 24.2% Finnish, 15.3% Swedish and 9.8% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 990 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,613, and the median income for a family was $51,645. Males had a median income of $35,362 versus $21,484 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,149. About 7.1% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

The city of Cokato was incorporated February 16, 1878. The first permanent settler, Josiah P. Mooers, born in Deerfield, N.H., December 27, 1804, came to Minnesota in 1852 and settled here in 1856. The post office was called Mooers Prairie, 1862-78, with Mooers postmaster in his home near Sucker Creek, southwest of the present city; when the name was changed to Cokato in 1878, Marvin R. Lewis served as postmaster in the Great Northern Railway depot.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Third Street, Cokato Minnesota, 1908
Third Street, Cokato Minnesota, 1908
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Government:
Cokato City Hall
255 Broadway Avenue S
PO Box 1030
Cokato, MN
55321
Phone: (320) 286-5505
Fax: (320) 286-5876
Web: www.cokato.mn.us
 
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2012 Gordon Erickson (320) 286-5505
City Administrator appointed Don Levens (320) 286-5505
Council Member 12/31/2012 Carl Harju (320) 286-5505
Council Member 12/31/2014 Ken Bakke (320) 286-5505
Council Member 12/31/2012 Forrest "Butch" Amundsen (320) 286-5505
Council Member 12/31/2014 Jesse Bunker (320) 286-5505

Post Office:
US Post Office
190 3rd Street SE
Cokato, MN
55321-9650
Phone:
(320) 286-2815
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
           9:00 am - 10:30 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:45 pm
Saturday                4:30 pm


Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 367-7414
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 245-2379
Wastewater Cokato Municipal (320) 286-5505
Water Cokato Municipal (320) 286-5505
Telephone Sprint (800) 788-3500
Cable TV Charter Communications n/a

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Cokato Public Schools-ISD #466 Elementary & Secondary Schools 275
Cokato Manor Inc Nursing Care Facilities 100
CTS Corp Semiconductor & Other Electronic Component Mfg. 100
Paisley Consulting Semiconductor & Other Electronic Component Mfg. 100
Market Place Grocery Stores 90
Faribault Foods Fruit & Vegetable Preserving & Spec. Food Mfg. 58
Airtex Consumer Products Chemical & Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 54
Norseman Restaurant Inc Full-Service Restaurants 44
CAM Manufacturing Inc Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 40
Ingredient Supply Inc Fruit & Vegetable Preserving & Spec. Food Mfg. 35
Raydot Inc Vent., Heating, Air-Cond. & Comm. Refrig. Equip. Mfg. 35
Home Health Care Home Health Care Services 30
Saunatec Inc Hard., & Plumb. & Heating Equip. & Supplies Merchan 30
Dairy Queen Full-Service Restaurants 25
Holt Motors Inc Automobile Dealers 25


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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Cokato Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Cokato Minnesota area


Events:
Corn Carnival

Second weekend in August

Since 1950, the Cokato Corn Carnival has provided fun and entertainment for the entire family.

Corn Carnival, Cokato Minnesota

Attractions:
Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center
Phone: (320) 286-4100 x1813

With the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center (PAC), the DC community is able to bring in big-city entertainment year-round, such as the Minnesota Orchestra and the a capella group, Tonic Sol-fa. The PAC was built in 2004, and began entertaining audiences with big name acts in 2005. The 800-seat, air-conditioned auditorium is located on the DC high school and middle school campus. The state-of-the art sound and light equipment gives a professional theatre atmosphere that entertainers want to keep coming back to, without the cost.

Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center, Cokato Minnesota

Recreation:
Cokato Pool

The Cokato Pool opened in 1992 and has provided cool relief to children and adults alike. Open from early June through the end of August, the pool provides a fun place to stay “cool” for the entire family. Click here for hours and rate information.

 
Peterson Park

Peterson Park, located on Broadway and Fourth Avenue, forms the hub of Cokato. The 4.8-acre park is adjacent to both the business district and the elementary school, and is the site of many community activities. Playground equipment, ball diamonds, and a steep hill for winter sledding are used extensively by youngsters throughout the year. Peterson Park is also home to Cokato’s premier annual event, the Corn Carnival.

 
Veterans Memorial Park

The whole family will enjoy Veterans Memorial Park, located on Johnson Ave. N., on the east side of Brooks Lake. A baseball field, picnic shelter, open play fields, playground equipment, a boat launching ramp, and fishing pier are all available. Additional improvements are underway to the baseball field from a matching grant award from the Minnesota Twins Community Foundation.

 


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(acres)
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Health Care:
Allina Medical Clinic
110 Olsen Boulevard
PO Box 520
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone (320) 286-2123
 
Bruce Bohnsack, DDS
Tom Inglis, DDS
Family Dentistry

100 3rd Street W
PO Box 669
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-5333
 
Cokato Chiropractic
225 Millard Ave
PO Box 457
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-6478 ‎
 
McConkey Chiropractic
15703 U.S. 12
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone (320) 286-2500
 
Nesseth Chriopractic Clinic
235 Broadway Ave S
PO Box 818
Cokato, MN
Phone: (320) 286-6336
 
William Fiedler, DDS
Robin L. Fiedler, DDS

Family Dentistry
115 Olsen Blvd.
PO Box 548
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2712
 

Schools:
Dassel-Cokato Schools
Independent School District #466

4852 Reardon Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100
Fax: (320) 286-4101
Web:
www.dc.k12.mn.us

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  2,289

 
Dassel-Cokato High School
4852 Reardon Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100
Fax: (320) 286-4201

Grades:  9-12
Students:  641

 
Dassel-Cokato Middle School
4852 Reardon Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100
Fax: (320) 286-4
176

Grades:  5-8
Students:  719

 
Cokato Elementary School
200 5th Street SW
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100

Grades:  PK-4
Students:  523

 
Dassel Elementary School
131 Williams Avenue E
PO Box 368
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 286-4100

Grades:  PK-4
Students:  372

 

Churches:
Albion Evangelical Free Church
11480 5th Street NW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-5442

Pastor:  Rev. Philip A. Geoffrion
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

 
Crossroads Community Church
15905 US Highway 12 SW
PO Box 295
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2100
Web: www.crossroadscokato.com

Pastor:  Steve Thorson
Sunday Worship:  10:15 am

Crossroads Community Church, Cokato Minnesota
Elim Mission Church
405 Broadway Avenue S
PO Box 296
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2662
Web:
www.elimmission.org

Pastor:  Wally Glucklich
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

Elim Mission Church, Cokato Minnesota
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato - ELCA
280 3rd Street E
PO Box 448
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-5964
Web:
www.elchome.net

Pastor:  Ben Johnson
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato Minnesota
First Baptist Church
395 Broadway Avenue N
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2562
Web:  www.mankenberg.org/cokatofbc

Pastor:  Rev. Danville K. Swanson
Sunday Worship:  8:15 am and 11:00 am

 
Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church
5939 Oliver Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2861
Web:
www.goodshepherdcokato.com

Pastor:  Rev. Lyndon Korhonen
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato Minnesota
Grace Apostles Lutheran Church
Services held at Cokato City Hall
255 Broadway Avenue South
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: n/a

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

 
Laestadian Lutheran Church
16233 County Road 30 SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2024
Web:
www.cllchurch.org

Pastor:  George Koivukangas
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Laestadian Lutheran Church, Cokato Minnesota
New Life Assembly of God
190 Johnson Avenue N.
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2565
Web:
www.nlagcokato.com

Pastor:  Al Jones
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am

New Life Assembly of God, Cokato Minnesota
North Crow River Lutheran Church - ELCA
45 Quinnell Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2354

Pastor:  Rev. Mike Nelson
Sunday Worship:  call

 
Rivers of Grace Church
185 Third Street W
(above Enterprise Dispatch office)
Cokato MN 55321
Phone:
(320) 296-6673

Pastor:  Jonathan and Mary Woetzel
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

 
Stockholm Lutheran Church - ELCA
16133 County Road 30 SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2991
Web:
www.stockholmlutheran.org

Pastor:  Mark Little
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Stockholm Lutheran Church, Cokato Minnesota

Media:
Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch
185 3rd Street SW
PO Box 969
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2118
Web: www.dasselcokato.com

Weekly newspaper published on Mondays with a circulation of 2,750.

Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch
 
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Campgrounds:
Cokato Lake Camping & RV
2945 County Road 4 SW
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-5779
 
Collinwood Lake Park
17251 70th Street SW
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2801
 

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