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Knife Lake Township

 Knife Lake (township) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 557 727 825 1,049 1,156 +107 +10.20
Land Area (sq. mile) 30.60 31.28 30.67 30.67 30.67 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 18.20 23.24 26.90 34.20 37.69 +3.49 +10.20
Housing Units 331 481 495 558 647 +89 +15.95
Households -- 255 300 412 459 +47 +11.41
Persons Per Household -- 2.85 2.75 2.55 2.52 -0.03 -1.18


Knife Lake Township is a township in Kanabec County, Minnesota. State Highway 65 is the major route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 31.8 square miles (82 km2), of which 30.7 square miles (80 km2) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it (3.61%) is water.  The elevation is 1,056 feet (322 m).

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As of the census of 2000, there were 1,049 people, 412 households, and 316 families residing in the township. The population density was 13.2/km˛ (34.2/mi˛). There were 558 housing units at an average density of 7.0/km˛ (18.2/mi˛). The racial makeup of the township was 97.90% White, 0.10% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.19% of the population.

There were 412 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the township the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 107.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $39,167, and the median income for a family was $44,083. Males had a median income of $37,031 versus $23,068 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,387. About 4.9% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

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KNIFE LAKE Township received its name from the Knife Lake and River, which are translated from their Dakota and Ojibwe names. The first knives of iron or steel obtained by the Dakota, in the winter of 1659-60, were brought there by Groseilliers and Radisson and the Huron and Ottawa Indians who accompanied them, as noted for Isanti County. The township was organized June 19, 1894, including at that time the townships of Ann Lake, Peace, Pomroy, and Knife Lake.

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Featuring 217 historic photographs, Images of America: Kanabec County guides readers on an exciting journey into the past as it explores the daily lives of the people who helped make Kanabec County, in East Central Minnesota, what it is today. Each chapter examines a unique aspect of Kanabec County's history. Readers meet Native Americans, settlers, and loggers from the county's earliest days; learn about early government, industries, and transportation; catch a glimpse of towns and villages in the 19th and 20th centuries; go on a shopping trip with county residents; discover the fascinating histories of area schools and churches; and find out what Kanabec County people did for fun in the days before television and computers.
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Knife Lake Township
2013 260th Avenue
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: not available

Regular Business Hours:
not available

Town Board Meetings:
3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm

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Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Clerk not available Kim Christenson
2067 260th Avenue
Mora, MN 55051
Email (612) 390-6234
Treasurer not available Lisa Olson
2170 240th Avenue
Mora, MN 55051
  (612) 229-3335
Supervisor - Seat A not available Ken Mattson
1984 230th Avenue
Mora, MN 55051
  (320) 679-4179
Supervisor - Seat B not available Eugene Carda
2676 Jade Street
Mora, MN 55051
  (320) 679-2408
Supervisor - Seat C not available Ed Rittenour
1787 260th Avenue
Mora, MN 55051
  (320) 209-1150

Post Office:    Knife Lake Township is served by the Mora Post Office:
US Post Office
810 Howe Avenue
Mora, MN 55051-1633
Phone: (320) 679-3581
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:30 am - 4:45 pm
Saturday           8:45 pm - 12:00 pm

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity East Central Energy   (800) 254-7944
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater n/a n/a
Water n/a n/a
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 603-6000
Cable TV n/a n/a

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Knife Lake Concrete
2026 Rowland Road
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: (320) 679-4141
Knife Lake Sanitation
28014 North Lake Drive
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: (320) 679-4059
Knife Lake Sportsmen's Club
2825 Highway 65
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: (320) 679-5680
Rob's on Knife Lake
2732 Highway 65
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: (320) 679-9989

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