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Keewatin Minnesota Community Guide


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Location of Keewatin, Minnesota
Keewatin, population of 1,164 offers affordable small town living in the beautiful setting in rural Minnesota. The City of Keewatin provides essential services, such as municipal sewer, water, police and fire protection. Situated only five miles from Hibbing, Minnesota's downtown business district, Keewatin is a progressive and thriving community.

Keewatin is home to one of Minnesota's largest taconite steel pellet mining operations. Keewatin Taconite provides employment opportunities for hundreds of area residents and continues to have a major impact on the regional economy.

Courtesy City of Keewatin


Population:  
 Keewatin (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,382 1,443 1,118 1,164 1,068 -96 -8.25
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.10 2.06 1.75 2.46 -- -- --
Density (persons per sq. mile) 658.1 700.5 638.9 473.7 -- -- --
Housing Units 547 647 551 550 546 -4 -0.01
Households -- 565 485 522 475 -47 -9.00
Persons Per Household -- 2.55 2.31 2.23 2.25 +0.02 --

Geography:
Keewatin is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 169 serves as a main arterial route in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km˛), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.4 km˛) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km˛) of it (14.93%) is water. The elevation is 1,457 ft (444 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,164 people, 522 households, and 306 families residing in the city. The population density was 182.7/km˛ (473.7/mi˛). There were 550 housing units at an average density of 86.3/km˛ (223.8/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city was 97.77% White, 0.34% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.09% of the population.

There were 522 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.2% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,795, and the median income for a family was $34,688. Males had a median income of $32,961 versus $20,536 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,066. About 11.8% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

Iron ore explorations had been carried on extensively throughout the western Mesabi Range by 1904, when large deposits were found at the site of present Keewatin. A settlement grew there and took its name from the Ojibwa Giwedin, meaning "north" or "north wind".

 Keewatin grew slowly in its first years. In 1905 the St. Paul Mine started operations, followed three years later by the Bray Mine. Development increased when the Great Northern Railroad reached the community in 1909. Two more mines, the Mississippi and the Bennett, opened in 1910 and 1912. The Mesabi Chief Mine went into operation in 1927 and became Keewatin's largest mine. By 1940, the Mesabi Chief had shipped over six million five hundred thousand tons of iron ore.

 In 1974, a group of companies jointly invested in the construction of the National Steel Pellet Taconite processing facility, visible north of town from Highway 169. Presently processing tons of taconite annually, the plant has given Keewatin a new lease on life.

Excerpt From: Iron Range Country
A Historical Travelogue of Minnesota's Iron Ranges
Published by: The IRRRB 1979

 
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Main Street, Keewatin Minnesota, 1921
Main Street, Keewatin Minnesota, 1921
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Government:
Keewatin City Hall
127 W 3rd Avenue
PO Box 190
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6517
Web: www.keewatin.govoffice.com

Hours: Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Keewatin City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm. in the council chambers.

Keewatin Minnesota City Hall, 2002

Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2016 William King
PO Box 406
Keewatin, MN 55753
 (218) 778-6430
Clerk 12/31/2018 Julie Christianson
127 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
(218) 778-6517
Treasurer 12/31/2016 Melissa Durant
PO Box 595
Keewatin, MN 55753
(218) 778-6846
Council Member 12/31/2016 Jeff Graves
PO Box 400
Keewatin, MN 55753
(218) 778-6375
Council Member 12/31/2018 Paul Clusiau
PO Box 310

Keewatin, MN 55753
(218) 969-3612
Council Member 12/31/2016 Roberta Koprevic
PO Box 568
Keewatin, MN 55753
(218) 778-6517

Post Office:
US Post Office
123 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753-5000

Phone: (218) 778-6122
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com

Keewatin Minnesota Post Office

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:15 am - 11:30 am
                        12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday          
Closed
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:00 pm
Saturday                3:45 pm

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Keewatin Public Utilities (218) 778-6544
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Keewatin Public Utilities (218) 778-6544
Water Keewatin Public Utilities (218) 778-6544
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Keewatin Taconite Iron & Steel Mills & Ferroalloy Manufacturing 379
Tackle Tamer Products Inc Resin, Synth. Rubber & Art. Synth. Fibers & Fil. Mfg. 5


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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Keewatin Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Keewatin Minnesota area


Events:

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Attractions:

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Recreation:

Mesabi Trail

The Mesabi Trail® is located in northern Minnesota between Grand Rapids and Ely. When completed, the trail will traverse 132 miles and connect over 25 communities. Currently, there are over 66 miles of completed trail which is easily accessible from several entry point gateways. At this time, the longest paved sections run from Grand Rapids to Taconite - 13 miles; Nashwauk east to Kinney - 30 miles; and Mt. Iron to Eveleth - 13 miles.

O'Brien Recreation Area

The O'Brien Recreation Area that is maintained by the City is located three miles west of town and can be reached by car on the highway or by the three mile non-motorized hiking trail through the woods. O'Brien is a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon fishing. There is a boat landing for those who wish to explore all the coves along the shoreline. No boats with motors over 10 mph are allowed on O'Brien. If you don't have a boat but would still like to fish, a beautiful fishing pier has been provided by the City of Keewatin and the DNR. For those of you who like to swim, the City maintains a swimming beach and has lifeguards on duty for six weeks each summer. Next to the beach area there is a "Jungle Gym" for the children.

O'Brien Recreation Area, Keewatin Minnesota


Lakes:
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Location Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map

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Health Care: 

none


Schools: 
Elementary School
300 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6511
 

Churches:
Congregation of the Good Shepherd
303 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6593
 
St Mary's Church
108 West 1st Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6379
St Mary's Church, Keewatin Minnesota

Media:

Served by Grand Rapids and Hibbing media

 
Motels:

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Resorts:

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Campgrounds:

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Businesses:
American Bank
301 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6531
American Bank, Keewatin Minnesota
American Legion Club Post 452
207 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6785
American Legion Club Post 452, Keewatin Minnesota
Arrowhead Driver Training
201 E Elizabeth Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6739
 
ASAP HVAC
419 S Thomas Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-0262
 
Bernie's Main Dry
216 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6344
Bernie's Main Dry, Keewatin Minnesota
Central Hanna Employees Credit Union
103 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6833
 
Commercial Specialty Contracting
201 East Taconite Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6449
 
Digger Drains
403 W Hibbing Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6880
 
General Waste Disposal
35005 County Road 571
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6600
 
Griffin Bail Bonds
135 E Howard Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-0328
 
Hanna Local 2660
103 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6909
Hanna Local 2660, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Auto Repair
200 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6111
 
Keewatin Fire Department
224 3rd Avenue W
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6332
Keewatin Fire Department, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Head Start
300 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6408
 
Keewatin Police Department
127 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6366
Keewatin Police Department, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Public Library
125 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6377
Keewatin Public Library, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Recreational Bldg.
210 E 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6172
 
Keewatin Sinclair
210 N 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6140
Keewatin Sinclair, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Waste Water Plant
314 Taconite Avenue E
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6835
 
Leinonen Clarence, Attorney
213 West 2nd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6187
 
Mediacom
197 South 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6890
 
National Steel Pellet Company
PO Box 217
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-8700
 
Northland Outdoor Wood Furnaces
105 1st Street South
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6314
Web: www.nowf.com

Located in Keewatin, MN, Noonan's Welding & Heating manufactures The Northland Outdoor Wood Furnace.

Designed and built in Northern Minnesota, these outdoor wood furnaces are made to keep your home warm in the most extreme weather conditions.

Northland Outdoor Wood Furnaces, Keewatin Minnesota
Northland Performance Shop
106 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6166
 
Olson Mini Storage
100 E 3rd Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6200
 
Olson's Body Shop & Salvage
34855 County Road 571
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6726
 
Olson's Mobile Home Park
501 S 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6760
 
Perrella Plumbing & Heating
201 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6330
 
Salstrand Supply Company
615 2nd Avenue West
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-0095
 
Senior Citizen Center
300 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6958
 
Smerud Siding & Window
131 East Howard Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6151
 
Spartan Racing Products
212 6th Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6157
 
Sterling Marine Service
220 W Howard Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 258-8538
 
Suds Pub
115 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-9992
Suds Pub, Keewatin MN
Tackle Tamer Products Inc.
100 South 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6249
Tackle Tamer Products Inc., Keewatin Minnesota
The Store
112 East 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6173
 
US Steel Corp.
1 Mine Road
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-
8700
 
United Steel Workers Local 2660
103 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6909
 
Vene-Qua Bar & Lounge
201 North 1 Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6265
Vene-Qua Bar & Lounge, Keewatin Minnesota

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