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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.

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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
PO Box 115
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3476
Fax: (507) 485-2193

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 11:00 am

City Council Meetings:
2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm


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Wood Lake Fire Department
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone:
Mayor 12/31/2024 David J. Stelter
351 S Highway 6
Wood Lake, MN 56297
  (507) 485-3294
(507) 476-5971
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Brenda Drager
88 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Email (507) 485-3476
Council Member 12/31/2022 Darin Himley
201 4th Avenue E
Wood Lake, MN 56297
  (507) 530-7604
Council Member 12/31/2022 Brad Timm
250 3rd Street S
Wood Lake, MN 56297
  (320) 485-3597
Council Member 12/31/2024 Sean Brovold
99 2nd Street S
Wood Lake, MN 56297
  (507) 485-2303
(507) 530-0757
Council Member 12/31/2024 Tammi Mueller
100 4th Street
Wood Lake, MN 56297
  (507) 485-2113
(507) 829-7759
State      
MN House - District 16A 12/31/2022  Chris Swedzinski (R
417 State Office Building 
St. Paul, MN 55155  
Web
Email
(651) 296-5374
(507) 829-7754
MN Senate - District 16 12/31/2024  Gary Dahms (R)
Minnesota Senate Bldg. Rm 2111
St. Paul, MN 55155
Web
Email
(651) 296-8138
MN Governor  12/31/2022  Governor Tim Walz
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
St. Paul, MN 55155  
Web
Email
(651) 201-3400
(800) 657-3717
Federal      
US House - District 7 12/31/2022  Michelle Fischbach (R)
1237 Longworth HOB  Washington, DC 20515
Web
Email
(202) 225-2165
(218) 422-2090
US Senate 12/31/2022   Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
425 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510  
Web
Email
(202) 224-3244
US Senate 12/31/2022   Tina Smith (DFL)  
720 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
 Washington, DC 20510
Web
Email
(202) 224-5641  
US President  12/31/2024  Joe Biden (D)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Web
not available 

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

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

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 US Post Office

Post Office, Wood Lake Minnesota


Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas Great Plains Natural Gas Company  (320) 564-4211
Wastewater City of Wood Lake  (507) 485-3476
Water City of Wood Lake  (507) 485-3476
Telephone Arvig (888) 992-7844
Cable TV Arvig (888) 992-7844

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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News:
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Weather:

WOOD LAKE WEATHER


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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Wood Lake Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Wood Lake Minnesota area


Events:
Wood Lake Community Fair

3rd weekend in August

As is evident by the carousel that dons our town's welcome sign, we take pride in still providing this old school carnival. A beer garden, bingo, pedal pulls, dunk tank, water fights, parades, exhibits, kick ball and free entertainment round out the fun. Best of all, admission is free.

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Wood Lake Community Fair


Attractions:
Grandview Valley Winery
42703 Grandview Avenue
Belview, MN 56214
Phone: (507) 938-WINE

Grandview Valley Winery The scenery in the Minnesota River Valley boasts breathtaking views that can hardly be rivaled during any season and you can take it all in on your short drive east from Wood Lake to this unique winery.

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Grandview Valley Winery
Wood Lake Battlefield
600th Street
Echo, MN 56237

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

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Wood Lake Battlefield Monument

Recreation:
Freedom Park

Located on the SW corner of the city, this park includes playground equipment, a full-size basketball court, a picnic shelter with tables, and lots of room to roam.

Freedom Park, Wood Lake Minnesota
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.  

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Timm Park, Wood Lake Minnesota


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Kuistid 89    
Mud 84    
Tyson 166  
Wood 485  

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

Lakeview School is comprised of two communities: Cottonwood and Wood Lake.  The school is located in the town of Cottonwood, MN - 13 miles North of Marshall, MN.  Lakeview's enrollment is approximately 670 students in K-12.

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  670

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Lakeview Public Schools, Cottonwood Minnesota

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

Pastor:  Johann Caauwe
Sunday Worship:  10:15 am

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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

Pastor:  David Tilney
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

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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:  Orinda Winther
Sunday Worship:  9:00 am

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Wood Lake United Methodist Church, Wood Lake Minnesota

Media:
none

Motels:
none
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Resorts:
none

Campgrounds:
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.  

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Timm Park, Wood Lake Minnesota


Businesses:
Blackjack Express
1765 Highway 274
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3437

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.

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Blackjack Express, Wood Lake Minnesota
Cottonwood Co-Op Oil Company
50 3rd Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3137

Cottonwood Co-op Oil Co. convenience stores have the products and services to keep you going. Both of our stores handle a wide line of Cenex brand gasolines, diesel fuels, and lubricity products. We offer a wide selection of the traditional convenience store food and beverage products along with many items unique to the communities we serve. This includes Hot Stuff Pizza and Chesterís Chicken along with our company line of home cooked meals, Barstad Market.

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Cottonwood Co-Op Oil Company, Wood Lake Minnesota
D&A Lawn Service
58 2nd Street
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3597

All your lawn care needs including: mowing, trimming, spraying, fertilizing, hedge trimming, lawn aeration, lawn seeding, lawn packing (rolling), dethatching, leaf pickup and bagging Also, snow removal, shovel, snow blow and snow plow.

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D & A Lawn Service, Wood Lake Minnesota
D & D Schwerin Trucking
5681 150th Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3320

With over 20 years in the livestock relocation industry, D&D Schwerin Trucking, Inc. has the knowledge, experience, and man power to assist with your livestock relocation needs. Based in the Midwest, our service area can expand to fit our customerís needs! Whether itís a livestock pot, hopper, or van, D&D Schwerin Trucking, Inc. is here to serve.

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D & D Schwerin Trucking, Wood Lake Minnesota
Dawn's Permanent Cosmetics
338 2nd Street N
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 828-3471

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Farmward Cooperative
1745 550th Street
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3153

Farmward, a recently merged farmer-owned cooperative, is a very diversified and forward-thinking company.

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Equity Elevator & Trading Company, Wood Lake minnesota
First Independent Bank
53 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3111

We are your neighbors and friends, looking out for you and your interests as we provide access to the banking services and solutions that you need. Whether you are looking for personal banking services that will advocate for you or for a bank that can handle the high demands of a growing farm or business, First Independent Bank is here for you.

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First Independent Bank, Wood Lake Minnesota
G & L Auto & Truck Repair
298 3rd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3288

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G & L Auto & Truck Repair, Wood Lake Minnesota
Gary Kotek Trucking Inc
201 County Road 2
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3595

Gary Kotek Trucking was Incorporated in 1981, Headquartered in Wood Lake, MN. Providing Flatbed And brokerage services to the upper Midwest.

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Gary Kotek Trucking Inc, Wood Lake Minnesota
Helgeson Insurance
17 3rd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3030

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Helgeson Insurance, Wood Lake Minnesota
Imes Insurance
1748 County Road 6
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2121

Imes Insurance Agency is an Independent Insurance Agency representing many companies. We specialize in Home, Auto, Farm, Commercial and Crop Insurance. Stop in or call for a quote today!

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Imes Insurance, Wood Lake Minnesota
Rural Tool & Machining
79 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3179

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RTM, Wood Lake Minnesota
Styles Unlimited
17 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2154

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Styles Unlimited, Wood Lake Minnesota
Tuner's Auto Repair
5442 170th Avenue
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2200

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

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

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US Post Office, Wood Lake Minnesota
Wood Lake City Hall
88 2nd Avenue W
PO Box 115
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3476
Fax: (507) 485-2193

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Wood Lake Community Center, Wood Lake Minnesota
Wood Lake Community Center
88 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-2194

The Wood Lake Community Center belongs to all citizens and is here for all to enjoy. Affordable rental prices make this destination the perfect option for wedding receptions, family reunions and other gatherings. Contact the City Clerk at 507-485-3476 or woodlake@redred.com  to reserve a date for your meeting, party or event.

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Wood Lake Community Center, Wood Lake Minnesota
Wood Lake Fire Department
79 3rd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3062

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Wood Lake Fire Department
Wood Lake Lumber and Hardware
359 3rd Street S
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3129

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Wood Lake Lumber, Wood Lake Minnesota
Woody's Bar
61 2nd Avenue W
Wood Lake, MN 56297
Phone: (507) 485-3389

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!

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Woody's Bar, Wood Lake Minnesota


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