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Oklee Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Welcome to Oklee Minnesota

Location of Oklee MN


Population: 
 Oklee (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 536 536 441 396 435 +39 +9.85
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.80 0.84 0.72 0.66 0.66 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 670.0 638.1 612.5 603.7 659.1 +55.39 +9.09
Housing Units 187 242 234 229 225 -4 -1.75
Households -- 226 211 196 195 -1 -0.51
Persons Per Household -- 2.37 2.09 2.02 2.23 +0.21 +10.40

Geography:

Oklee is a city in Red Lake County, Minnesota, United States on Minnesota State Highway 222. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,152 ft (351 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 396 people, 196 households, and 105 families residing in the city. The population density was 231.7/km˛ (603.7/mi˛). There were 229 housing units at an average density of 134.0/km˛ (349.1/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city was 98.74% White, 1.01% Native American, and 0.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 196 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.4% were non-families. 44.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 26.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,214, and the median income for a family was $30,417. Males had a median income of $22,333 versus $18,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,342. About 12.3% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

OKLEE, a city in sections 1 and 12 of Lambert, incorporated as a village on February 6, 1914, bears the name of Ole K. Lee, a Scandinavian settler, on whose farm the village was built. The Soo Line came in 1909, and the townsite was platted by Tri-State Land Company, who purchased the land from Lee that year.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

When the Soo Line Railroad was built in 1910, towns began springing up along the tracks to make use of the new transportation facilities. Oklee was such a town. The small village of Lambert, one mile and a half west of present Oklee had been in existence for several years but it was more that a mile from the railroad. An enterprising man named O.K. Lee, who dealt in real estate, sold some of the Lambert businessmen on the advantages of being closer to the railroad and thus created the birth of Oklee, so named in honor of the owner of the land.

Many of the businesses of Lambert were moved into Oklee along with the building. Even St. Francis Xavier Church was moved into town. Before long, many homes and businesses sprung up in a short time and Oklee was a busy town.

Since Oklee was built near the Lost River, there was always a water problem after rains. At that time the banks of the river were quite low and frequently overflowed. Consequently, Oklee had problems with their streets whenever the rains came. This was rectified in later years when the streets were dug out and surfaced.

While the village of Lambert was predominantly of French ancestry, early Oklee was made up of French, Norwegians and a few other Nationalities. It became a town that worked together to provide the essentials of a good life, such as a fine school system and several churches in the area of the community of Oklee.

The land surrounding Oklee was flat and fertile and provided income for both farmers and merchants alike. Farming has always been the backbone of the community of Oklee.

While many of our farmsteads have disappeared, we still have many farms in our area that have been in the family for several generations and some over a century.

It is our hope that every individual will share in the pride we feel in our town and surrounding townships.

The recorded history of the ownership of the land on which the Village of Oklee is located dates back to the receiver's receipt issued by the U.S. Government June 22, 1882 to John C. Fitzgerald who became the first legal owner of the west one-mile quarter of section 1, township 150 N. He sold the quarter to Cornelius O'Neill. Since then ownership changed hands several times. It was acquired by Ole and Anne Vattendahl in 1896 who retained ownership for several years. The Tri-State Land Company, a corporation, purchased the land from E.E. Quenroe in 1910.

Mary O'Neill acquired a patent April 12, 1888 to the adjoining quarter to the east. After several changes in ownership the land was purchased by Edward o. Erickson in 1905 who sold it to O. K. Lee in 1909. Mr. Lee sold it to the Tri-State Land Company which had the town site surveyed, platted and named Oklee.

Polk County, but on December 31, 1896 Polk County was divided into two counties to form Polk and Red Lake County with the county seat at Red Lake Falls. Red Lake County at this time included what is now Pennington County, but differences of opinion developed between the people of the northern and southern halves of Red Lake County over the location of the court house, which led to the division of Red Lake County to form Red Lake and Pennington County, November 23, 1910.

The year 1905 is remembered as being very wet. The summer and fall rains made it impossible to harvest the crops on the village site. It, however, was good weather for ducks, as Oklee was situated in an excellent hunting area for water fowl.

In 1909 the Soo Line Railroad surveyed the course of the proposed route in preparation for locating and laying the roadbed. Oklee became the shipping point for freight, but mail which came in had to be addressed to Lambert until 1914 although the post office was located in Oklee. The first lots on the village site were auctioned off at a public sale to individual buyers in the spring of 1910. The corner lots were sold for $300 each and the other lots for $250. The lots were sold before there was railroad service or even tracks laid. However, the railroad was in the process of building the roadbed and in September, 1910 the first passenger train came to Oklee.
The summer of 1910 was unusually dry. There was no water in Lost River. The channel was void of water and in its place was green grass. This condition had its advantages as it made it a good year for construction work.

The next few years were destined to bring about change in the town site as there was considerable building activity as new business enterprises came in to locate in what promised to become a prosperous community.

Several buildings were erected on the village site during 1910. Peter Husby, local manager of the I.O. Manger Lumber Yard, of McIntosh, brought in the first loads of lumber from McIntosh and erected the first temporary building in Oklee. The one room building served both as an office and a home.

Courtesy Red Lake County

Main Street looking north, Oklee Minnesota, 1910
Main Street looking north, Oklee Minnesota, 1910
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society - click image to enlarge or purchase

 
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Government:
Oklee City Hall
301 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5183
Oklee Municipal Center, Oklee Minnesota
Mayor Clayton Haugen
PO Box 57
Oklee, MN 56742
(218) 796-5455
Clerk Leo Olson
PO Box 156
Oklee, MN 56742
(218) 796-5183
Council Member n/a --
Council Member n/a --
Council Member n/a --
Council Member n/a --

Post Office:
US Post Office
206 2nd Avenue
Oklee, MN 56742-9998
Phone: (218) 796-5127
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
US Post Office, Oklee Minnesota
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
                        1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday          
9:00 am - 10:00 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:00 pm
Saturday                4:00 pm

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity n/a n/a
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater City of Oklee (218) 796-5183
Water City of Oklee (218) 796-5183
Telephone Garden Valley Telephone Co (218) 687-5251
Cable TV Garden Valley Telephone Co (218) 687-5251

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Oklee Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 55
Oklee Farmers Elevator Warehousing & Storage 9
Security State Bank of Oklee Depository Credit Intermediation 8
Oklee Lumber Other Wood Product Manufacturing 5


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Events:

Snowmobile Safari
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (
218) 796-5494

Sponsored by the Moonlighters Snowmobile

Third Sunday of January
Red Lake County Fair
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218)
253-2990

Carnival, livestock exhibits, art show, kiddie parade, live grandstand show.

July
Sedestal Laget
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218)
796-5486

Norwegian Heritage Event

July

Attractions:
none

Recreation:
none


Lakes:
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(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map

none in the immediate area


Health Care:
First Care Clinic
Governor Street & 3rd Avenue
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-4525
First Care Clinic, Oklee Minnesota

Schools:
Oklee School District
100 Governor Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5136
Toll Free: (877) 898-2501
Fax: (218) 796-5139
Web: www.oklee.k12.mn.us

Oklee Schools, Oklee Minnesota

Churches:
Oak Park Lutheran Church
13478 330th Avenue SE
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5130
 
Salem Lutheran Church
29531 180th Street SE
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5375
Salem Lutheran Church, Oklee Minnesota
St. Francis Xavier
301 Governor Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5844
St. Francis Xavier Church, Oklee Minnesota
Zion Lutheran Church
308 Lambert Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5128
Zion Lutheran Church, Oklee Minnesota

Media:
Oklee Herald
Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5181
 
 
Motels:
none

Resorts:
none

Campgrounds:

Oklee City Park & Campgrounds
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5183

One campground located on the N edge of town. A second campground located two miles south of Oklee.  Picnicking in North parks.

 

Businesses:
Bernier's Cabinets
106 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5105
Bernier's Cabinets, Oklee Minnesota
C B Kustom & Collision
102 Red Lake County 5
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-4862
C B Kustom & Collision, Oklee Minnesota
Cenex Convenience Store
302 Governor Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5184
Cenex Convenience Store, Oklee Minnesota
Corner Pub
209 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5153
Corner Pub, Oklee Minnesota
Country Stich'n
604 Lambert Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5744
 
Cyr Truck Lines
308 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5118
Cyr Truck Lines, Oklee Minnesota
D & R Grocery
101 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5168
D & R Grocery, Oklee Minnesota
Dave's Electric
13633 290th Avenue SE
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5565
 
First Care Clinic
Governor Street & 3rd Avenue
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-4525
First Care Clinic, Oklee Minnesota
Head Start
207 N Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5144
 
Inter-County Community Council
207 N Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5144
Inter-County Community Council, Oklee Minnesota
Jack's Attic
301 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-4510
 
Johnson Funeral Service Inc
105 Governor Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5177
 
Kiddie Zoo Daycare
12080 290th Avenue SE
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-4572
 
Little Stars Child Care
301 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5006
 
Machinewell Inc
801 Elevator Road
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5040
Machinewell Inc, Oklee Minnesota
Oak Park Lutheran Church
13478 330th Avenue SE
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5130
 
Oklee Ambulance
Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5788
 
Oklee Cafe
301 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5666
Oklee Cafe, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee City Clerk
301 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5183
Oklee Municipal Center, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee Craft & Senior Center
Main Street & 2nd Avenue
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5149
Oklee Municipal Center, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee Farmers Co-Op Elevator
806 Elevator Road
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5125
Oklee Farmers Co-Op Elevator, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee Fire Department
Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5788
Oklee Fire Department, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee Herald
Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5181
 
Oklee Highway County Maintenance Shop
County Road 5
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5199
 
Oklee Launderette & Car Wash
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: n/a
Oklee Launderette & Car Wash, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee Locker
210 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5599
Oklee Locker, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee Lumber Inc
301 Lambert Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5131
Oklee Lumber, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee Quilting Supply Inc
205 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5151
Web:
www.okleequilting.com

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Oklee Quilting Supply, Oklee Minnesota
Oklee School District
100 Governor Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5136
Toll Free: (877) 898-2501
Fax: (218) 796-5139
Web: www.oklee.k12.mn.us

Oklee Schools, Oklee Minnesota
Olson Truck Lines
28666 220th Street SE
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5115
 
Red Lake County Garage
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5199
Red Lake County Garage, Oklee Minnesota
Salem Lutheran Church
29531 180th Street SE
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5375
Salem Lutheran Church, Oklee Minnesota
Security State Bank
201 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5157
Web:
www.ssboklee.com
Security State Bank, Oklee Minnesota
Simply Hair
104 Toupin Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-4835
 
St. Francis Xavier Church
301 Governor Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5844
St. Francis Xavier Church, Oklee Minnesota
Swede's Paradise
18112 340 Avenue SE Trail
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5260
 
Swenson Equipment & Distributing
302 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5120
Swenson Equipment, Oklee Minnesota
TJ's Tavern
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5153
TJ's Tavern, Oklee Minnesota
Twisted Tower Computers
104 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-4772
Web:
www.twistedginger.com
Twisted Tower Computers, Oklee Minnesota
US Post Office
206 2nd Avenue
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5127
US Post Office, Oklee Minnesota
Zion Lutheran Church
308 Lambert Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Phone: (218) 796-5128
Zion Lutheran Church, Oklee Minnesota

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