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Welcome to Menagha Minnesota Sign

Menahga has two major claims to fame, priding itself as being " The Home of St. Urho"  & " The Gateway to the Pines."  The name "Menahga" was derived from the Indian word blueberry. The wild fruit grew in abundance throughout the area and Native Americans and pioneers alike used to sell and trade blueberries through local merchants in the early days of the town. The area of Menahga was settled by immigrants of Scandinavian and European descent, as land was cleared by loggers.

The name "Gateway to the Pines" was coined in 1916. When the Jefferson Highway, now Hwy. 71, made of dirt, was completed, linking New Orleans to Winnipeg, a large group of dignitaries, including Louisiana's governor, traveled the road and visited Menahga. The governor announced in a speech that he had traveled "from the palms to the pines," and that Menahga be known as "The Gateway to the Pines."

Menahga encompasses beautiful Spirit Lake, which is known for its white sugar-sand beach. It is open to the public everyday during the summer months, with lifeguards on duty. A large T-shaped fishing pier is for the public to use. The pier is sponsored by the Menahga Conservation Club, is owned by the DNR, and is maintained by the City.  A public access for boats is located nearby.

Courtesy City of Menahga


Population: 
 Menahga (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
(est)
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 835 980 1,076 1,220 1,231 144 13.38
Land Area (sq. mile) 3.90 3.80 3.72 3.72 -- -0.00 -0.12
Density (persons per sq. mile) 214.1 257.9 289.2 328.3 -- 39.09 13.51
Housing Units 356 457 506 556 -- 50 9.88
Households -- 384 443 491 512 48 10.84
Persons Per Household -- 2.32 2.22 2.22 2.15 -0.00 -0.16

Geography:

Menahga is a city in Wadena County, Minnesota. The Blueberry River flows through the city. U.S. Route 71 and Minnesota State Highway 87 are two of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 kmē), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 kmē) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 kmē) of it (5.10%) is water. The elevation is 1,401 ft (427 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:
 
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,220 people, 491 households, and 282 families residing in the city. The population density was 328.3 people per square mile (126.6/kmē). There were 556 housing units at an average density of 149.6/sq mi (57.7/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 98.36% White, 0.08% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population. 42.4% were of Finnish, 23.2% German and 15.5% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 491 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 37.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 33.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,232, and the median income for a family was $30,288. Males had a median income of $26,071 versus $18,594 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,360. About 14.7% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

MENAHGA, a city in sections 21, 22, 27, and 28 of Blueberry Township, platted in 1891, very appropriately bears the Ojibwe name of the blueberry, spelled Meenahga by Henry W. Longfellow in The Song of Hiawatha. The city was incorporated on August 20, 1892, following a petition entered by Charles Lane, known as Uncle Charlie, and considered the founder of the city, but the name was chosen by Col. William Crooks of the Great Northern Railway. While the first settlers, 1875-80, were Yankees, the largest number of later settlers were Finnish immigrants. The Great Northern Railway came in 1891, the same year the post office was established. A major industry was the American Wire Grass Company, which made rugs and mats from the tough wire grass grown nearby.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Main Street, Menahga Minnesota, late 1940's
Main Street, Menahga Minnesota, late 1940's
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Government:
Menahga City Hall
115 2nd Street NE
PO Box C
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4557
Fax: (218) 564-4612
Web:
www.cityofmenahga.com

Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Menahga City Hall, Menahga MN

Mayor Tom Larson n/a
City Administrator Teri Osterman (218) 564-4557
Council Member Kim Rasmussen n/a
Council Member Maxine Norman n/a
Council Member Joel Mickelson n/a
Council Member Dennis Komulainen n/a

Post Office:
US Post Office
22 Main Street SE 
Menahga, MN 56464-4501
Phone: (218) 564-4843 
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Web:
www.usps.com

US Post Office, Menagha Minnesota

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:00 am -12:00 pm
                       
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  
Saturday           9:00 am -10:00 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:00 pm
Saturday                4:00 pm

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity  Minnesota Power   (218) 732-3319
Electricity  Todd-Wadena Electric   (218) 631-1454
Natural Gas  Northern Minnesota Utilities (218) 631-4370
Wastewater  Menahga Municipal   (218) 564-4557
Water  Menahga Municipal   (218) 564-4557
Telephone West Central Telephone Association (218) 837-5151
Cable TV United Data Vision (218) 837-5155

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Green Pine Acres Nursing Home Nursing Care Facilities 120
Menahga Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 110
Cooperative Sampo Bulk Delivery Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 38
Salo Manufacturing Other Chemical Product & Prep. Mfg. 18
First NB of Menahga Depository Credit Intermediation 16
Menahga Concrete Products Cement & Concrete Product Manufacturing 15
WW Products Rubber Product Manufacturing 9
Dairyland Equipment Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 6
Huntersville Wood Products Lumber & Other Const. Materials Merchant Wholesalers 3


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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Menahga Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Menahga Minnesota area


Events:
St. Urho's Day

Various activities celebrating St Urho, including talent show, food and fun activities.

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Attractions:
Menagha Area Historical Society & Museum
320 Helsinski Blvd NE 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-5063 

Local history in an historic building, old-fashioned kitchen and living room with pump organ, new traveling exhibit each year, large display of old pictures. 1903 fire engine. Lake & Pine Baseball Hall of Fame. Located off Hwy 71 (Behind St Urho statue).

Menagha Area Historical Society & Museum, Menagha Minnesota

Recreation:
Blueberry Pines Golf Club
39161 US Highway 71 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4653
Web:
www.blueberrypinesgolf.com

Blueberry Pines is located amongst the pure beauty that makes Northern Minnesota wonderful. Towering trees, rolling hills, and a spring fed stream are all present during this truly wonderful golfing experience. Our family of mute trumpeter swans are only one of many features that make Blueberry Pines unique. This Joel Goldstrand designed test of golf creates a fair challenge for all ability levels. We'll provide the beauty and the challenge, you bring the game.


Blueberry Pines Golf Club and Restaurant, Menagha Minnesota
Memorial Park

The City of Menahga has a 40 acres Memorial Park located just South of town off Highway #71. The park is filled with stately pines, beautiful birch and hardwood trees.  The park offers camping facilities, most of which have water and electrical hook-ups.  The park also features two sheltered pavilions and other picnic facilities and a RV dump station. 

Memorial Park and City Forest, Menahga Minnesota

Spirit Lake Beach

The City owns and maintains a public beach on Spirit Lake known for its white sugar-sand. It is open everyday during the summer months, with lifeguards on duty. A large T-shaped fisihg pier is for the public to use. The pier is sponsored by the Menahga Conservation Club, it is owned by the DNR, and is maintained by the city. A public access for boats is nearby.

Spirit Lake Beach, Menahga Minnesota



Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Blueberry 532
Morgan 18
Spirit 114
Stocking 357
Twin 251

Health Care:
Dakota Clinic
212 Aspen Avenue NE 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4131 

Dakota Clinic, Menagha Minnesota


Schools:
Menahga Public Schools
216 Aspen Avenue SE 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4141 
Web:
www.menahga.k12.mn.us

Secondary:
Grades:  7-12
Students:  332

Elementary:
Grades:  PK-6
Students:  412

Menahga Public Schools, Menagha Minnesota


Churches: 
Assembly of God Church
37863 US Highway 71 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4807 

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

 
Assumption of Our Lady Church
113 Aspen Avenue NW 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4509 

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church, Menagha Minnesota
Bethany Lutheran Church
52943 140th Street 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218)  538-6531
Web:
www.firstenglishbethany.com   

Pastor:  Steven A Bruer
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

 
First English Lutheran Church
17 Main Street NW 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4610 
Web: www.firstenglishbethany.com   

Pastor:  Steven A Bruer
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

 
Redeemer Lutheran Church
15 12th Street SE 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4931 

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Menagha Minnesota
Runeberg Apostolic Lutheran
10182 County Highway 49 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-5048 

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

 
Spruce Grove Lutheran Church
15275 County Highway 45 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 538-6540 

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

 
United Methodist Church
18 4th Street SW 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4703 

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 
n/a

 

Media:
Review Messenger
112 Minnesota Avenue W 
PO Box 309
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4559 
Fax: (218) 837-5560
Web:
www.reviewmessenger.com

Weekly newspaper published on Wednesdays with  a circulation of 3,715.

Review Messenger, Menagha Minnesota
 
Motels:
Bren Mar Rose Bed & Breakfast
120 Main Street SW 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4754 
Web:
www.brenmarrose.mn

A renovated historic 1892 Victorian-style home in the village of Menahga, Minnesota overlooking beautiful Spirit Lake.

Bren Mar Rose Bed & Breakfast, Menahga Minnesota
Spirit Lake Motel
311 Aspen Avenue NE 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4151 
Web: www.spiritlakeresortmotel.com
Spirit Lake Motel, Menagha Minnesota

Resorts:
Pleasant Ridge Resort
12148 Bayberry Drive 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218)  732-5017
Web: www.pleasantridgeresort.com

We invite you to share some time with us at our special place in the Northwoods of Minnesota. We are a private and secluded resort on the south-west shore of beautiful 2nd Crow Wing Lake, about a 20 minute drive from Park Rapids.

Pleasant Ridge Resort - Menahga, Minnesota
Twin Lakes Lodge & Resort
39400 Lodge Drive 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4148
Web: www.twinlakeslodgeresort.com

All 7 of our rustic cabins and 1 reunion cabin line the lake shore, allowing a wonderful view of the morning sunrise. We offer a lodge/game room, bait, boat launch, level sandy beach, play area, great fishing and much more. Canoe and fish the beautiful Shell River and the Twin Lakes.

 

Campgrounds:
Memorial Park

The City of Menahga has a 40 acres Memorial Park located just South of town off Highway #71. The park is filled with stately pines, beautiful birch and hardwood trees.  The park offers camping facilities, most of which have water and electrical hook-ups.  The park also features two sheltered pavilions and other picnic facilities and a RV dump station. 

Memorial Park and City Forest, Menahga Minnesota

Shell City Landing Campground
Off 390th Street
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 266-2100

Located in the Huntersville State Forest, managed by Itasca State Park. On the Shell River joining the Crow Wing River canoe route, swimming, water access, fishing, fee. 24 drive-in sites and 7 walk-in sites.

 

Businesses:
A-1-A Sandblasting Company
12387 340th Street 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-6789 
 
Ackerman Laney Plumbing & Heating
18310 380th Street 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-4708
 
Affirmative Computer Solutions
12683 Wildwood Drive 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-5657
 
Alajoki Sand & Gravel
14787 583rd Avenue 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218) 564-5900 
 
Albers Realty
11 Main Street SE 
Menahga, MN 56464
Phone: (218)  631-2585 
Web:
www.albersrealty.com

Albers Realty knows purchasing properties can be one of the most important events of a life time. That is why we take representing YOU seriously. We can help you step-by-step.

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