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Wood Lake Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Wood Lake Minnesota welcome sign Location of Wood Lake, Minnesota

Population: 
Wood Lake (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 418 420 406 436 439 +3 +0.69
Land Area (sq. mile) n/a n/a n/a 0.8 0.8 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) n/a n/a n/a 541.6 548.8 +7.2 +1.32
Housing Units n/a n/a n/a 190 195 +5 +2.63
Households n/a n/a n/a 182 181 -1 -0.55
Persons Per Household n/a n/a n/a 2.40 2.43 +0.03 +1.25

Geography:

Wood Lake is a city in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota.  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.81 square miles (2.10 km≤), all of it land.  The elevation is 1,053 feet above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 439 people, 181 households, and 118 families residing in the city. The population density was 542.0 inhabitants per square mile (209.3/km2). There were 195 housing units at an average density of 240.7 per square mile (92.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 4.6% Native American, 1.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.5% of the population.

There were 181 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 38 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

As of the census of 2000, there were 436 people, 182 households, and 119 families residing in the city. The population density was 541.6 people per square mile (210.4/km≤). There were 190 housing units at an average density of 236.0 per square mile (91.7/km≤). The racial makeup of the city was 98.62% White, 1.15% Native American, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 182 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,203, and the median income for a family was $46,875. Males had a median income of $30,900 versus $20,789 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,903. None of the families and 3.9% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 4.8% of those over 64.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

WOOD LAKE Township, settled in 1868, organized November 1, 1873, was named for its largest lake, fringed with timber, whence the battle fought under General Sibley against the Dakota, about four miles east of this lake, September 23, 1862, has been called the Battle of Wood Lake. That battleground is marked by a monument, on the northwest quarter of section 9, Sioux Agency. The battle was followed by the flight of the Dakota to Dakota Territory and the release of the white captives, September 26, at Camp Release in Lac qui Parle County, opposite Montevideo, likewise marked by a monument. The city of Wood Lake, in section 27, platted on September 8, 1884, was incorporated November 28, 1891. Francis Robson, postmaster in his farm home; the post office moved into the village in 1885.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Main Street, Wood Lake Minnesota, 1910
Main Street, Wood Lake Minnesota, 1910
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Government:
Wood Lake City Hall
88 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3476
 
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone:
Mayor 12/31/2018 David J. Stelter
351 S Highway 6
Wood Lake, MN 56297
(507) 485-3294
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Laurie Gabber
88 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
(507) 485-3476
Council Member 12/31/2020 Sean Brovold
99 2nd Street S
Wood Lake, MN 56297
(507) 485-2303
Council Member 12/31/2020 Tammi Mueller
100 4th Street
Wood Lake, MN 56297
(507) 485-2113
Council Member 12/31/2018 Korey Kotek
101 County Road 2 E
Wood Lake, MN 56297
(507) 485-2333
Council Member 12/31/2018 Korey Herrick
61 South Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
(507) 828-5073

Post Office:
US Post Office
1
2nd Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3270
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com


Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        7
:45 am - 1:45 pm
Saturdays         8:30 am - 8:45 am

 US Post Office

Post Office, Wood Lake Minnesota


Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone Arvig (888) 992-7844
Cable TV n/a --

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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Events:
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Attractions:
Wood Lake Battlefield

In 1862 Minnesota had its own civil war within the larger Civil War, between Indians and white settlers. The absence of troops from this frontier state and the government's preoccupation with the war of the rebellion underlay the Sioux uprising. Militia and Minnesota volunteers finally suppressed the uprising. The Wood Lake battlefield is as important to understanding this civil war as Gettysburg is to understanding the larger conflict

Wood Lake Battlefield Monument

Recreation:
Timm Park


Timm Park, is located just off of County Road 18, three miles north of the City of Wood Lake or seven miles south of Granite Falls.  This popular park is located off the north shore of Wood Lake.    It offers a recently developed campground with water and 110 volt electrical service to each site, a picnic shelter, swimming area, boat ramp and dock.  Fishing includes crappies, bullheads, and walleyes.  Camping fees are $25/night for campers and $13/night for tents.  Fees are required for each night the camper or tent is left in place at the park.  All camping must be paid for in advance before campers will be allowed to park in a spot, and before a reservation will be accepted.  
Timm Park, Wood Lake Minnesota


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Wood 475.3 

Health Care:
none

Schools:
Lakeview Public Schools
Independent School District #2167

875 Barstad Road N
PO Box 107
Cottonwood, MN 56229
Phone: (507) 423-5164
Web: www.lakeview2167.com

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  595


Churches:
St. John's Lutheran Church - WELS
130 3rd Street
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3362
Web: www.stjohnswoodlake.com

Pastor:  Michael Berg
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

St. John's Lutheran Church, Wood Lake Minnesota
St. Luke's Lutheran Church - LCMS
5597 130th Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3527
Web: www.yourstlukes.com

Pastor:  Rev. Joel G. Koepp
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Wood Lake Minnesota
Wood Lake United Methodist Church
2 4th Street S
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3484

Pastor:  Mark Winther
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

Wood Lake United Methodist Church, Wood Lake Minnesota

Media:
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Motels:
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Resorts:
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Campgrounds:
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Businesses:
Archon Woodworks
1793 State Highway 274
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3131
Web:  www.archonwood.com 

Archon Woodworks is a diverse wood products organization focused on our customersí needs for quality products, excellent customer service and timely dependable delivery. Our five brands deliver a wide offering of products ranging from cabinet accessories, wood hoods and ventilation, solid wood tops, cabinet doors and metallic coatings. 

Blackjack Express
1765 Highway 274
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3437
Web:  www.blackjackexp.com

Blackjack Express is a refrigerated truckload carrier located in Wood Lake, MN. Our company currantly runs 20 power units mainly to the west coast, however, the company services the 48 continental United States. We have a great relationship with our customers, and we can get the right freight to suit your needs.
Blackjack Express, Wood Lake Minnesota
Cottonwood Co-Op Oil Company
50 3rd Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3137
 
D & A Lawn Service
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3597
D & A Lawn Service, Wood Lake Minnesota
D & D Schwerin Trucking
5681 150th Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3320
 
Equity Elevator & Trading Company
1745 550th Street
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3153
Web: www.eetwoodlake.com

After 99 years of providing services to its cooperative members, Equity Elevator & Trading Company continues to promote their mission "Growth from Within". Equity Elevator & Trading Company was formed by a group of local producers in 1912 and was created as a locally-owned cooperative with the vision of providing services to help the producer/owner grow and succeed in agriculture. Equity Elevator and Trading Company has grown from within and continues to be successful through the success of its cooperative members. Equity Elevator and Trading Company commits itself to providing helpful services and support to these members. As our cooperative members grow, Equity Elevator and Trading Company will also grow.

Equity Elevator & Trading Company, Wood Lake minnesota
First Independent Bank
53 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3111
Web: www.fibmn.com
First Independent Bank, Wood Lake Minnesota
G & L Auto & Truck Repair
298 3rd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3288
G & L Auto & Truck Repair, Wood Lake Minnesota
Garanimal Farms
1345 540th Street
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3257
 
Gary Kotek Trucking Inc
201 County Road 2
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3595
 
Haneca's Country Store
10 3rd Street N
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3470
Haneca's Country Store, Wood Lake Minnesota
Helgeson Insurance
17 3rd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3030
Helgeson Insurance, Wood Lake Minnesota
Pro F Enterprises
5417 170th Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3576
 
Reiten Insurance
98 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2188
Reiten Insurance, Wood Lake Minnesota
Rural Tool & Machining
79 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3179
RTM, Wood Lake Minnesota
Shandee's
1751 Highway 274
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2222
Shandee's, Wood Lake Minnesota
Shirley's Diner
9 3rd Street North
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2292
Shirley's Diner, Wood Lake Minnesota
Styles Unlimited
17 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2154
Styles Unlimited, Wood Lake Minnesota
Town & Country Insurance
53 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 768-3437
 
Trustworthy Hardware
359 3rd Street N
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2138
 
Tuner's Auto Repair
5442 170th Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2200
 
US Post Office
300 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3270
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com
US Post Office, Wood Lake Minnesota
Wood Lake City Office
88 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3476
 
Wood Lake Community Center
88 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2194
Wood Lake Community Center, Wood Lake Minnesota
Wood Lake Fire Department
79 3rd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3062
Wood Lake Fire Department
Wood Lake Lumber
359 3rd Street S
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3129
Wood Lake Lumber, Wood Lake Minnesota
Woody's Bar
61 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3389
Web:  www.woodysbarwoodlake.com

Located in Wood Lake, MN, Woody's Bar is one of Yellow Medicine County's favorite hangouts for socializing and fun. Locals love the friendly, comfortable atmosphere, and visitors love the "hometown feel" where everybody meets and seems to know everybody else. Located just 7 miles south of Prairie's Edge Casino on Highway 274, if you're out on a weekend getaway on your motorcycle, traveling through in your SUV, or live right down the block, put on your brakes and stop into Woody's Bar in Wood Lake, MN!
Woody's Bar, Wood Lake Minnesota

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