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Welcome to Hill City Minnesota!


Hill City is situated on the shores of Hill Lake, a glacial formation roughly two miles long and an average of .25 miles wide. At the southern end of the lake there is a large hill, called Quadna Mountain locally, presumably formed at the same time as the lake. This 'mountain' is Hill City's namesake. The town's only two industries are Lemco, which manufactures hydraulic knuckle boom loaders, and Roll-In Docks, which manufactures docks and pontoon boats. The town and surrounding area is also home to an ATV dealership, two restaurants, three bars, two liquor stores, a K-12 school, two gas stations and several parks, one of which offers camping.
Population:
 Hill City 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 357 533 469 479 633 +154 +32.15
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.50 1.08 1.08 1.09 1.09 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 714.00 493.52 434.26 441.14 580.73 +139.59 +31.64
Housing Units 186 262 399 391 444 +53 +13.55
Households -- 209 198 213 271 +58 +27.23
Persons Per Household -- 2.55 2.37 2.25 2.34 +0.09 +4.00

Geography:

Hill City is a city in Aitkin County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highway 200 are two of the main arterial routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.52 square miles (3.94 km²), of which, 1.28 square miles (3.32 km²) of it is land and 0.24 square miles (0.62 km²) of it is water. The elevation is 1,339 ft (408 m) above sea level.

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Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 633 people, 271 households, and 159 families residing in the city. The population density was 494.5 inhabitants per square mile (190.9/km2). There were 444 housing units at an average density of 346.9 per square mile (133.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 0.2% African American, 2.5% Native American, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 271 households of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 43.1 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 20.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

As of the census of 2000, there were 479 people, 213 households, and 120 families residing in the city. The population density was 441.1 people per square mile (169.7/km²). There were 391 housing units at an average density of 360.1/sq mi (138.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.49% White, 1.88% Native American, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population. 29.1% were of German, 15.7% Norwegian, 8.8% Irish, 5.9% Finnish and 5.2% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 213 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,308, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $25,972 versus $17,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,742. About 15.3% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

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History:

Hill City, a city in Hill Lake Township, section 14; incorporated on February 19, 1910, and separated from the township on March 22, 1911; its post office began in 1901. The early settlement had a station of the Hill City Railway, three hotels, a woodenware factory, and a number of other businesses; the major industries were shipping cooperage stock, forest products, and produce.

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Aerial View of Hill City in 1900

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Government:
Hill City City Hall
125 Lake Avenue
PO Box 160
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2301
Fax: (218) 697-2401
Web: www.hillcity-mn.com

Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday  8:00 am - 12:00 pm
 
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Term Ends

Name

Phone

Mayor 12/31/2018 Larry Baker
415 Park Avenue NE
PO Box 82
Hill City, MN 55748
(218) 697-8343
City Clerk appointed Diana McManigle
125 Lake Avenue
PO Box 160
Hill City, MN 55748
(218) 697-2301
Council Member 12/31/2020 Marci Holm
121 Highland Avenue SE
PO Box 186
Hill City, MN 55748
(218) 232-5848
Council Member 12/31/2020 Terry Christensen
544 Quadna Road
Hill City, MN 55748
(218) 360-9301
Council Member 12/31/2018 Tina Haugen
557 S Gill Street
PO Box 271
Hill City, MN 55748
(218) 256-7647
Council Member 12/31/2018 David Lange
505 Ione Street NW
Hill City, MN 55748
(218) 380-6939

Post Office:
US Post Office
133 Lake Avenue
Hill City, MN 55748-5000
Phone: (218) 697-2651
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web:
 www.usps.com

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:00 am - 11:30 am
                        12:30 pm - 3:00 pm  
Saturday           8:00 am - 10:00 am


Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity  Lake Country Power (800) 432-3739
Natural Gas  Northern Minnesota Utilities (612) 452-0890
Wastewater  Hill City Utilities (218) 697-2301
Water  Hill City Utilities (218) 697-2301
Telephone CenturyLink (888) 723-8010
Cable TV n/a ----

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Hill City Public School Elementary & Secondary Schools 50
Roll in Docks All Other Misc. Fabricated Metal Prod. Mfg. 40
LEMCO Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 12
City of Hill City Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 7
Lange's Nursery & Landscaping Landscaping Services 7
Quadna Mountain Resort Hotels (exc. Casino Hotels) & Motels 7
Hill City Realty Lessors of Residential Buildings & Dwellings 4
Woodland Bank Depository Credit Intermediation 4

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Events:
Wild Game Feed - February  
Fire Department Annual Fish Fry - mid April  
Easter Egg Hunt - The Saturday before Easter  
Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks  

Attractions:

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Recreation:
Hill City Trail

A challenging ride, with steep climbs and turns, the trail winds through the hardwood forest near Quadna Mountain. Stop along the Willow River for a must-see view from the bridge. Parking and picnic areas are located off the trail. Trails are provided by Aitkin County and local ATV Clubs
Hill City Trail, Hill City Minnesota
Hill Lake Park

Swimming and sun bathing can be enjoyed in the sparkling water and sandy beach. This beautiful, wooded area was donated to the City in September of 1921 for the specific purpose of being a park for the City residents and tourists to enjoy. Hill Lake Park includes rest rooms with shower facilities, picnic shelter, playground, beach, fishing dock and boat landing. It has 10 campsites with electrical hookup and 30 tent sites available.

Hill Lake, from the foot of Lake Avenue


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Hill 907

Health Care:

none


Schools: 
Hill City Schools
Independent School District #2
500 Ione Avenue
Hill City, MN  55748
Phone: (218) 697-2394
Web:  https://isd002.org


Churches:
Assembly of God
500 Ione Avenue
PO Box 391
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2662
Web:  www.hillcitymnag.church

Pastor:  Rev. Gerard Valley
Sunday Services: 10:00 am
Assembly of God, Hill City Minnesota
Hill City Baptist Church
36073 State Highway 200
PO Box 129
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2535

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service: 10:00 am

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Hill City Baptist Church, Hill City Minnesota
Hill City United Methodist Church
300 Ione Avenue NW
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2662
Web:  www.hillcityunitedmethodist.com

Pastor:  Roger W. Lynn
Sunday Services: 10:00 am
Hill City United Methodist Church, Hill City Minnesota
St. John's Catholic Church
300 N Main Street
PO Box 156
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2465

Closed
St. John's Catholic Church, Hill City Minnesota
Trinity Lutheran Church
113 Ione Avenue
PO Box 299

Hill City, MN, 55748-0299
Phone: (218) 697-2655

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Services:  n/a

Trinity Lutheran Church, Hill City Minnesota

Media:

none


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Motels:
Blue Moon Resort & Motel
68584 US Hwy 169
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-8155
Web:  www.bluemoonresorts.com 

Units are extremely clean and well furnished. Cabins are right down on the lake and each have private deck, barbeque grill, linens/dishes. No TV's or phones in cabins. Satellite TV in motel units, but no phones. Quiet, relaxing, friendly. Excellent beach and great fishing. Fire rings on beach with free firewood for guests.

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Whitetail Inn Motel
234 US Highway 169
PO Box 95
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2470

Fun is right out your front door. Many trails for walking, biking, snowmobiling, and 4-wheeling. Walking distance to all business. Many updates are being done inside and outside. In room TV with 40 channels, Parking room for trailers,

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Whitetail Inn Motel, Hill City Minnesota

Resorts:
Blue Moon Resort & Motel
68584 US Hwy 169
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-8155
Web:  www.bluemoonresorts.com

Units are extremely clean and well furnished. Cabins are right down on the lake and each have private deck, barbeque grill, linens/dishes. No TV's or phones in cabins. Satellite TV in motel units, but no phones. Quiet, relaxing, friendly. Excellent beach and great fishing. Fire rings on beach with free firewood for guests.

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Quadna Mountain Resort
400 Quadna Road
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2880
Toll Free: (800) 422-6649  
Web:  www.quadna-resort.com

Resort, camping, motel, townhouse rental, golf, tennis court, boat rental, pro shop with bar and food. Lodge can accommodate large groups. Families, young and old, return again and again to Hill City and Quadna.

Quadna Mountain Resort, Hill City Minnesota

Campgrounds:
Hill City Park Campground
400 Park Avenue
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2301

On beautiful Hill Lake. Has bathhouse with showers. New playground equipment. Nice beach. 20 tent sites and 10 RV/trailer sites with water and electric.

 

Businesses:
Blue Moon Resort & Motel
68584 US Hwy 169
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-8155
Web:  www.bluemoonresorts.com

Units are extremely clean and well furnished. Cabins are right down on the lake and each have private deck, barbeque grill, linens/dishes. No TV's or phones in cabins. Satellite TV in motel units, but no phones. Quiet, relaxing, friendly. Excellent beach and great fishing. Fire rings on beach with free firewood for guests.

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Camp North Homes
35520 691st Lane
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 244-2304
Web:  www.northhomesinc.org/camp-north-homes

Camp North homes has 1,000 feet of lakeshore on the beautiful Hill Lake. Hill Lake is around 800 acres in size and offers a beautiful flatwater paddling experience for new canoers. With a fleet of canoes at camp, you can launch right from the sand beach to hone the paddling and communication skills needed to successfully maneuver a canoe.
Camp North Homes, Hill City Minnesota
Corner Club
60967 US Highway 169
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-9596
Web:  holmscornerclub.weebly.com 

The Corner Club is your Up North Destination! Located on the ATV and Snowmobile trails, we offer a full menu with burgers, homemade soups and great dinners

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Corner Club, Hill City Minnesota
Harry's Bar
137 Gill Street
Hill City, MN 55748

Phone: (218) 697-9591
Web:  www.harrysbar.biz

A family friendly place to gather for some great food, cocktails and lots of laughs!!

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Harry's Bar, Hill City Minnesota
Haypoint Snowmobile Club
133 State Highway 200 E 
Hill City, MN 55748

Phone: (218) 697-2444
Haypoint Snowmobile Club, Hill City Minnesota
Hill City Apartments
131 Linden Avenue
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (507) 451-8524
Web:  www.lifestyleinc.net/hillcity.asp

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6 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Off street assigned parking with plug-ins, on-site laundry & air conditioners. Quiet country setting. Rural community. No pets allowed.
Hill City Apartments, Hill City Minnesota
Hill City Auto Sales
67021 US Highway 169
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-8288
Web:  www.hillcityauto.com
 

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Hill City Auto Sales, Hill City Minnesota
Hill City Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 51
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 380-6939
Web: www.hillcityminnesota.com

We welcome you to a land of clear lakes and lush northern MN forests. Nothing can surpass Hill City's natural beauty. Visitors have come for generations to enjoy a recreational haven of golf, boating, fishing and multitude of other activites.

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Hill City Chamber of Commerce, Hill City Minnesota
Hill City City Hall
125 Lake Avenue
PO Box 160
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2301
Fax: (218) 697-2401
Web: www.hillcity-mn.com
 
Hill City Fire Hall
111 Henrietta Avenue 
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-8101 

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Hill City Fire Hall, Hill City Minnesota
Hill City Launderette
221 Ione Avenue
PO Box 152
Hill City, MN 55748

Phone: (218) 697-8434
 
Hill City Realty
234 US Highway 169
PO Box 287

Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-8289
Web:  www.hillcityrealty.com
Hill City Thrift Shop
211 Ione Avenue NW
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-2474

New and used items at fantastic prices. 
~Non-profit organization

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Hill City Thrift Shop, Hill City Minnesota
Hill Lake Cafe
151 W Lake Avenue
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2417

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Hill Lake Cafe, Hill City Minnesota
Hill Lake Manor
536 Gill Street SE 
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2348
 
Hobbit Farm
37677 W County Line Road
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-4774
 
Johnson Realty
106 Gill Street S 
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-2186 
 
Knuckleheads
140 Lake Avenue

Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2523

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Knuckleheads Bar & Grill, Hill City Minnesota
Lange Nursery & Landscaping
35798 678th Street
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-2446
Web:  www.langelandscaping.com

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Lemco Hydraulics Inc
401 Ione Avenue
PO Box 329
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-2694 
Web:  www.lemcohydraulics.com

LEMCO Hydraulics, Hill City, Minnesota. Established 1967. Over 45 years of customer service. We listen to loggers and have responded with thousands of hours of engineering.
Lemco Hydraulics Inc, Hill City Minnesota
McNeil Excavating
35040 696th Street
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-6364
Web:  www.mcneilexcavating.com
McNeil Excavating, Hill City Minnesota
McNeil's Cafe
235 US Highway 169
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218)
 
Northern Star Cooperative Service
411 E State Highway 210

PO Box 136
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2789
Web:  www.northernstarcoop.com/?page_id=659

Since opening its doors in 1922 as the ‘Farmers Exchange’ to the present day, the Northern Star Coop has grown from a local group of farmers to a large business that has over 11,000 local patrons in Northern and Central Minnesota. Our main office is in Deer River, Minnesota. We also have facilities in Backus, Hill City, Littlefork, Long Prairie, Northome, Pine River, Remer and Walker to provide services to this large area.
Northern Star Cooperative Service, Hill City Minnesota
Northland Hydraulic Service
367 Highway 169
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2473
Northland Hydraulic Service, Hill City Minnesota
Polar Insulation and Drywall
245 Highland Avenue
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-5555
 
Quadna Mountain Golf Course
400 Quadna Road
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2880
 
Quadna Mountain Resort
400 Quadna Road
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2880
Toll Free: (800) 422-6649  
Web: www.quadna-resort.com

Resort, camping, motel, townhouse rental, golf, tennis court, boat rental, pro shop with bar and food. Lodge can accommodate large groups. Families, young and old, return again and again to Hill City and Quadna.

Quadna Mountain Resort, Hill City Minnesota
Quadna Mountain Townhouse Association
300 Quadna Mountain Road
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone:n/a
Web:  www.qmta.org

Located in Aitkin County Minnesota and just outside of Hill City Minnesota Quadna Mountain offers a quiet place to enjoy the beauty and natural environment of Minnesota. This 11 building 93 unit complex was built in the mid to late 70's with the latest amenities. Units sizes are Studio, One, Two, Three and Four bedroom units with a fireplace in each one. 
Quadna Mountain Townhouses, Hill City Minnesota
Roadside Market
144 Service Drive
PO Box 10
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-2373 

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Roadside Market, Hill City Minnesota
Ruthie's Restaurant
235 Highway 169
PO Box 257
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2700
Ruthie's Restaurant, Hill City Minnesota
Sunny's
Highway 200 & 169 
PO Box 10
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-2306 

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Sunny's, Hill City Minnesota
Up-North Upholstery
150 State Highway 200
Hill City, MN 55748 
Phone: (218) 697-8241
 
US Post Office
133 Lake Avenue
Hill City, MN 55748-5000
Phone: (218) 697-2651
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web:
 www.usps.com
Whitetail Inn Motel
234 Highway 169
PO Box 95
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-2470

Each room has it's own wildlife theme, TV's with 40 channels, WIFI and fax service. There is ample parking for trailers, restaurants bars, and convenience stores are all within walking distance.

Whitetail Inn Motel, Hill City Minnesota
Woodland Bank
125 Lake Avenue East
PO Box 250
Hill City, MN 55748
Phone: (218) 697-8116
Web:  www.woodlandbank.com

Woodland Bank is a family owned bank that traces its roots back to the logging boom days in Northern Minnesota. The bank was chartered in 1920 as Shovel Lake State Bank by Fred Blais to serve the needs of his logging camp and area community of Shovel Lake, Minnesota.

Woodland Bank, Hill City Minnesota

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