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Cass Lake Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Welcome to Cass Lake Minnesota


Population:
Cass Lake
(city)
1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,317 1,001 923 860 770 -90 -10.47
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.90 0.95 0.97 1.14 1.14 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,463.3 1,053.7 951.55 753.21 675.44 -77.77 -10.32
Housing Units 486 439 429 384 371 -13 -3.39
Households -- 385 365 331 305 -26 -7.85
Persons Per Household -- 2.54 2.49 2.59 2.52 -0.07 -2.70

Geography:

Cass Lake is a city in Cass County, Minnesota, United States, within the reservation boundaries of the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe nation. U.S. Route 2 and Minnesota State Highway 371 are two of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,332 ft (406 m).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 860 people, 331 households, and 192 families residing in the city. The population density was 753.2 people per square mile (291.3/km˛). There were 384 housing units at an average density of 336.3/sq mi (130.1/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 30.12% White, 64.42% Native American, 0.23% from other races, and 5.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

There were 331 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.2% were married couples living together, 27.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the city the population was spread out with 36.2% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 16.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,583, and the median income for a family was $23,977. Males had a median income of $22,614 versus $20,066 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,569. About 25.4% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.0% of those under age 18 and 29.4% of those age 65 or over.

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History:

CASS LAKE, a city in Pike Bay Township, on the Leech Lake Reservation, received its name from the adjoining lake, which, as before noted, was named, like this county, in honor of Gen. Cass. Established in 1898, the city was a fast-growing tourist area because of its proximity to Cass Lake, Pike Bay, and the numerous other lakes of the area; it had ten hotels by 1920 and a station of the Great Northern Railway. Most of its residents were employed in the chief industry of lumbering. The post office was named Tuller in 1898, changing to Cass Lake in 1899; an earlier post office by this name was established and discontinued in that part of the county that was formerly Pembina County, 1852-57.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

PERMANENT HOME OF THE PINE

Cass Lake (1,323 alt., 1,904 pop.), on the western shore of Cass and the largest community in Cass County, is the "capital of the Chippewa Nation."

The Indian name for the lake meant "the-place-of-the-red-cedars," the first whites in the region called it Upper Red Cedar Lake. Fur traders reached it when following the Mississippi River in their search for pelts, and in 1794 Perrault built a post for the Northwest Fur Company at the entrance of the Red Cedar River. Although technically American territory, the region, for many years, was dominated by the English.

The search for the source of the Mississippi brought explorers, and in 1820 the Cass Expedition, headed by Territorial Governor Lewis Cass of Michigan, who was visiting all the Indian tribes under his jurisdiction, reached Upper Red Cedar Lake. Henry R. Schoolcraft, who accompanied Cass, did not agree with the leader's opinion that the head of the great river was Elk Lake. In 1832, Schoolcraft returned with his own expedition and discovered Lake Itasca, the true source; he renamed Upper Red Cedar Lake in honor of Cass.

Until the early 1850's, the area was covered with dense forests of pine, poplar, oak, cedar, maple, birch and spruce. After the organization of Cass County in 1851, lumbermen swarmed in, and logging camps and saw and planing mills sprang up. The Cass Lake Settlement grew, and the arrival of the Great Northern in 1898 hastened the platting of the town site in 1899. The coming of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) in 1900 was also an important factor in the development of the community.

While lumbering was the community's mainstay for decades, with a sawmill and crating factory still operating, farming and dairying have been developed on the cut-over lands. Resorts, recreational facilities, and scenic beauty attract many visitors to Cass Lake.

The town borders the Chippewa National Forest. The U. S. Forest Supervisors' Building (2nd St. bet. 6th and 7th Ayes.) is a three-story log structure that adjoins the U. S. Government Nursery, the world's largest pine nursery (1939), supplying 64,000,000 seedlings annually to the Chippewa and other near-by national forests.

Cass Lake village is the headquarters of the Consolidated Chippewa Indian Agency (2nd St. bet. Central and 1st Aves.) that has jurisdiction over seven reservations, five of which are in the Minnesota Arrowhead: Leech Lake (see Walker), Fond du Lac, Nett Lake, Vermilion (see Tower), and Grand Portage (see Arrowhead Tour 1). The General Chippewa Hospital (US 371 and US 2 bet. 3rd and 4th Ayes.) offers modern surgical and other medical care to the Indians.

The lake (Cass), six miles long and from three to five wide, is crossed by US 2, as it enters the village from the east. To the south is Pike Bay, an arm of the lake. Star Island, the largest of several islands in the lake proper, is one of the town's most interesting scenic and recreational spots. Shaped like a star, the island was mapped and described by Schoolcraft, who called it "Colcaspi" in honor of its three explorers (Schoolcraft, Cass, and Pike). In the middle of this 1,200-acre island and surrounded by a forest of virgin pine is Lake Windigo, formerly the domain of Chief Yellow Head (Ozawindib), Schoolcraft's guide, whose band of 160 lived on the northeast point, now O'Neil's Point, where the site of the old Indian village is visible.

From the WPA Guide to the Minnesota Arrowhead Company
©1941 by the Minnesota Arrowhead Association

General view of Cass Lake Minnesota, 1900
General view of Cass Lake Minnesota, 1900
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society - click image to enlarge or to purchase


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Government:
City of Cass Lake
330 2nd Street NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2238

City Council meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm.

Cass Lake Minnesota City Hall

Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2012 Wayne LaDuke
PO Box 1006
Cass Lake MN, 56633
  n/a
Clerk - Treasurer appointed Sue Uhrinak
PO Box 877
Cass Lake MN, 56633
  (218) 335-2238
Council Member 12/31/2014 Arthur Schumaker
PO Box 713
Cass Lake MN, 56633
   n/a
Council Member 12/31/2014 Wayne Bohn
431 4th Street NW
Cass Lake MN, 56633
   n/a
Council Member 12/31/2012 Scott Reimer
PO Box 1028
Cass Lake MN, 56633
   n/a
Council Member 12/31/2012 Herschel Ogema
PO Box 622
Cass Lake MN, 56633
  n/a

Post Office:
US Post Office
322 2nd Street
Cass Lake, MN 56633-3377
Phone: (218) 335-6361
Toll Free: (800) ASK USPS
Web: www.usps.com

Cass Lake Minnesota Post Office

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday          
9:30 am -10:30 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:30 pm
Saturday                4:30 pm

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Ottertail Power   (218) 751-3120
Natural Gas Natural Gas Northwest   (800) 996-4883
Wastewater City of Cass Lake   (218) 335-2238
Water City of Cass Lake   (218) 335-2238
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Charter Communications (218) 751-5507

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Leech Lake Reservation Band of Ojibwe Gambling Industries 350
Indian Health Services Nursing Care Facilities 125
Cass Lake School District 115 Elementary & Secondary Schools 100
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Other Community Housing Svcs. 75
Cass Forest Product Sawmills & Wood Preservation 60
Teal's Supervalu Grocery Stores 50
US Forestry Office Support Activities for Forestry 40

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


Events:

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Attractions:
Lyle's Logging Camp
Highway 2 & Highway 371
(800) 356-8615

You can delve into the present and the past at the Cass Lake Tourist  Information Center, located conveniently on Highway #2 and #371. Check on current activities and fishing, growl back at those wolves in one of the several real-life murals on display. Explore what it was like to be  a lumberjack at the logging camp with an audio self tour or as Ed Hill to personally escort you for the most wonderful stories of logging as you tour the Wanigan, Bunkhouse, Cookhouse, and  Blacksmith shop. Relive the period when white pine was king in the lumbering business. Plan your stay with advice and event information. Open Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day 9-4:30 daily.

Lyle's Logging Camp, Cass Lake Minnesota

MoonDance Ranch and Adventure Park
5 miles south of Walker
(218) 547-1055
E-mail: sales@djam.com

Dive into year-round fun at the Moondance Ranch and Adventure Park. For visitors of all ages, our unique wildlife setting lends to an exciting hands-on experience. Great adventures are waiting to happen with miniature golf, go karts, horseback riding, the pony corral, video arcade, wildlife park, water slide & hot tub, hay rides... even a Ranger Observation Tower.

You'll find a unique gift shop in our log lodge right off the Paul Bunyan snowmobile and cross country ski trails. Adventurers refuel at the Grain Bin Restaurant and Pub while they enjoy indoor and out door seating overlooking the park. Come visit us at Moondance Ranch and Adventure Park. There's an adventure here for everyone. It's a great place for family fun all day!

MoonDance Ranch and Adventure Park

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
 
GREAT FOOD
HOMEMADE PIZZA
VARIETY OF APPETIZERS
CHILDREN'S MENU
FAMILY PRICES
 

Palace Casino Hotel
6280 Upper Cass Frontage Rd. NW
Cass Lake MN 56633
(218) 335-7000
(800) 228-6676
E-mail: palace@paulbunyan.net

We feature over 500 video slot machines including video poker, keno, progressives and video blackjack, ranging in denominations of a penny to $1. Some of our newest machinesinclude Something For Nothing, Who Dunnit?, Top Banana, Winning Bid, Jackpot Party, Wild Amazon, Dolphin Treasure, Wild Cougar, Bumble Bugs, Chicken, Penguin Pays and Cash Chameleon.

Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land
4416 Highway 2 East
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 759-1533
E-mail: info@paulbunyananimalland.com

Paul Bunyan's Animal Land is a family-owned animal park near Bemidji, Minnesota, and our animals stay here with us 365 days a year. Many of them have been hand-raised, and all of them hold a special place in our lives. Visitors at our animal park are always amazed at how the deer herd (representing 3 different species of deer from around the world) will come running at the sound of their names. Every animal at Paul Bunyan's Animal Land has a name and a unique history, and we can tell you ALL of them, because our animals are part of the family.

At Paul Bunyan's Animal Land, you will see dozens of species of animals - over 75 animals in all. Lions, tigers, bears, cougars, ringtailed lemurs, bobcats, white-tailed deer, Japanese sika deer, German fallow deer, muntjac deer, coatimundis, raccoons, fennec fox, arctic fox, red fox, porcupines, donkeys, goats, geese, caracals, Sulcata tortoise, cockatiels, exotic birds and more!

Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land, Cass Lake Minnesota

Recreation:
Chippewa National Forest
200 Ash Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN  56633
(218) 335-8600
E-mail: mrickers@fs.fed.us

Chippewa National Forest, Cass Lake Minnesota

Heartland Trail

The Heartland State Trail was one of the first rail-to-trail projects in the country. It is a 49 mile multiple use trail between Park Rapids and Cass Lake. The trail is located entirely on a level abandoned railroad grade except for a four mile segment north of Walker, on sharply rolling terrain. The 27 mile segment between Park Rapids and Walker has a paved surface. This segment also has a second grassy treadway for horseback riding and mountain biking. The 22 mile segment from Walker to Cass Lake is primarily compacted gravel and railroad ballast with occasional sandy areas and can be used for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Mississippi River Canoe Route
Lake Itasca to Cass Lake Section

At Lake Itasca the Mississippi River begins its 2,500-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. From Lake Itasca to Cass Lake, the river is surrounded by wilderness and does not have dangerous rapids, making it excellent for the beginning canoeist. This part of the river is among its first 420 miles which is denoted as the Mississippi Headwaters River Trail.

Cass Lake to Vermillion River Section

From Cass Lake to the Vermillion River, this segment of the river consists mostly of marshlands. The area has a rich history and provides great opportunities for viewing wildlife. Paddling skills for marshy areas and for making sharp turns are needed for this stretch of the river but no special skills for paddling through rapids are required. This part of the river is among its first 420 miles which is denoted as the Mississippi Headwaters River Trail.

 
Sandtrap Golf Course
6355 Golf Course Road NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-6531
 

Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Andrusia 1510
Big 3691
Cass 15958
Grace 887
Kitchi 1785
Leech 102948
Midge 521
Steamboat 1756
Winnibigoshish 56470
Wolf 1094

Health Care:
Aa-Baa-Ka-Wisiwin Detox Center
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2219
 
Cass Lake Dialysis Program
602 Grant Utley Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-6671
 
Cass Lake Indian Health Services
317 7th Street NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-3200
 
Meritcare Bemidji - Meritcare Cass Lake
219 Grant Utley Avenue
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2559

Meritcare Bemidji - Meritcare Cass Lake

North Country Dental Services DDS
Highway 2 West
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-6522
 
PHS Indian Hospital
Main Bldg
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-3200

PHS Indian Hospital , Cass Lake Minnesota

Petersen W M MD
219 Grant Utley Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2559
 

Schools:
Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School
208 Central Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2201

Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School

Cass Lake-Bena High School
15308 State Highway 371 NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2203

Cass Lake-Bena High School, Cass Lake Minnesota

Leech Lake Tribal College
6530 Highway 2 NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-4200
Phone: (218) 335-4200
(218) 335-4217 (fax)
(888) 829-4240 (toll-free)

Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake Minnesota


Churches:
Alliance Church
Maple Avenue
PO Box 365
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-8892
E-mail:
dnikki@paulbunyan.net

Sunday School:     10:00am
Sunday Worship:    11:00 am

Cass Lake Alliance Church, Cass Lake Minnesota

Chippewa Bible Church
12998 56th Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-6590
 
Christian & Missionary Alliance Church
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-8892
 
Faith Mission Anishinabe Bible Chapel
202 Cedar Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2928
 
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Neils Av & 3 Street
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-6134
 
Landmark Baptist Church
133 1st Street NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-6808
 
St. Charles Church of Cass Lake
308 Central Avenue
PO Box 368
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2359

Pastor: Reverend Anselm ThevarkunnelMass Schedule:
Sat 4:30 pm /Sun 10:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday Confessions:  Before all Masses and by appointment

St. Charles Church of Cass Lake
St. Charles Catholic Church, 2003

Trinity Lutheran Church
US Highway 2
PO Box 788
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-6393

Trinity Lutheran Church, Cass Lake Minnesota
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1925
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

United Methodist Church
3rd Street & Elm Avenue
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2373

United Methodist Church , Cass Lake Minnesota


Media:
Cass Lake Times
128 2nd Street NW
PO Box 398
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-2290

Weekly newspaper published on Thursdays with a circulation of 1281

Cass Lake Times, Cass Lake Minnesota


Motels:
Whispering Pines Motel
6813 US Highway 2 NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-8852
Toll Free: (800) 371-8852

Whispering Pines Motel, Cass Lake Minnesota


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