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Onamia Minnesota Community Guide


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Welcome to Onamia Minnesota!

Location of Onamia, Minnesota


Population: 
 Onamia (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 670 691 676 847 878 +31 +3.66
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.80 1.12 0.90 0.90 0.90 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 837.5 617.0 751.1 938.3 975.6 +37.26 +3.65
Housing Units 221 294 287 355 398 +43 +12.11
Households -- 254 261 318 349 +31 +10.26
Persons Per Household -- 2.31 2.29 2.16 2.52 +0.36 +16.67

Geography:

Onamia is a city in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota. U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota Highway 27 are two of the main arterial routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land. The elevation is 1,263 ft (385 m) above sea level.

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Demographics:
 
As of the census of 2000, there were 847 people, 318 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 938.3 people per square mile (363.4/km²). There were 355 housing units at an average density of 393.3/sq mi (152.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.20% White, 0.94% African American, 6.49% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 318 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.2% were non-families. 42.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,250, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,857. About 11.9% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

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History:  

ONAMIA Township bears the name given on the government survey plats by Oscar E. Garrison, surveyor, to the third and largest of the three lakes through which the Rum River flows next below the mouth of Mille Lacs. A city on the border of South Harbor and Onamia Townships on the south side of Onamia Lake also has this name. It was received from the Ojibwe, but its meaning is uncertain, unless it be like Onamani, noted in Frederic Baraga's Dictionary, whence Vermilion Lake in St. Louis County is a translation. The city was platted on November 12, 1901, and incorporated as a village on August 4, 1908; it had a station of the Great Northern Railway, and its post office began in 1901, incorporating the post office of Ericksonville, which had been established in 1898 in section 6 of Onamia Township on postmaster Lars Erickson's farm, for whom it was named.

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Main Street, Onamia Minnesota, 1919
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According to oral traditions, the Ojibwe first lived on the Atlantic coast of North America. About 500 years ago, the ancestors of the Mille Lacs Band began migrating west.

By the mid-1700s, the Ojibwe had established themselves in the region around Mille Lacs Lake in what is today Central Minnesota. They supported themselves by hunting deer, bear, moose, waterfowl and small game; fishing the area's lakes and streams; gathering wild rice, maple sugar, and berries; and cultivating plants.

But it wasn't long before the Mille Lacs Ojibwe's self-sufficient way of life was affected by a new presence in their homeland. Europeans started arriving, and as their numbers grew, they began taking more and more of the Mille Lacs Band's land and natural resources in violation of treaties, statutes and agreements.

Because of new diseases and federal policies, by the end of the nineteenth century, only a few hundred Ojibwe remained on the Mille Lacs Reservation. Band members' religion was banned, the teaching of their language and culture was often forbidden, their right to govern themselves was virtually taken away, and their traditional means of making a living was made nearly impossible.

Over the next century, the Mille Lacs Band struggled with poverty and despair. Finally, in the early 1990s, the Band opened Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley. Since then, casino revenues have allowed the Mille Lacs Band to strengthen its cultural identity, return to economic self-sufficiency, rebuild its reservation, and increase the prosperity of the entire region.

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Government:
Onamia City Hall
621 Main Street
PO Box 186
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3311

City Council Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:00 pm., City Hall.

Onamia City Hall, Onamia Minnesota

Mayor Bob Mickus
PO Box 193
Onamia, MN 56359
(320) 532-3505
Clerk/Treasurer Kathleen McCullum
PO Box 186
Onamia, MN 56359
(320) 532-3311
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Post Office:
US Post Office
600 Main Street
Onamia, MN 56359-4400
Phone: (320) 532-3146
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web: www.usps.com

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9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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9:00 am - 10:30 pm  
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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Mille Lacs Energy (800) 450-2191
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Cable TV SCI Cable (800) 222-9809

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Attractions:
Grand Casino Mille Lacs
777 Grand Avenue
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-7777
 
Mille Lacs Indian Museum
43411 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3632
 


Recreation:
Higbee's Golf Course
7694 Stevens Road
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 495-3333
 
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
15066 Kathio State Park Road
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3269
Web: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/mille_lacs_kathio

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park has so much to offer and discover. Its 9000 years of human history and archaeological significance has made it a National Historic Landmark. You can learn about its rich history and all of Kathio's other treasures at the Visitor Center. Climb the 100 foot observation/fire tower and look across the majesty of Mille Lacs Lake. Take part in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park's extensive interpretive/nature programs or get out by yourself and hike on the park's varied trail system.

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Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Mille Lacs 128,224
Ogechie 410 n/a
Onamia 2,142 n/a
Shakopee 622

Health Care:
Mille Lacs Health System
200 Elm Street N
Onamia, MN56359
Phone: (320) 532-3154
Web: www.millelacshealth.com

Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia Minnesota


Schools:
Onamia School District
35465 125th Avenue
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-4174
Web: www.onamia.k12.mn.us

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Onamia High School
35465 125th Avenue
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-4175

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35465 125th Avenue
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-4176

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Mille Lacs Academy
407 130th Avenue S
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-4005
Web: www.nexustreatment.org

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Nay-Ah-Shing School
43651 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-4695
Fax: (320) 532-4675
Web: www.nas.k12.mn.us

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Churches:
Bethany Lutheran Church
500 Lindquist Street W
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3366
Web: www.bethanylutheranonamia.org

Pastor:  Kris Johnson
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

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Holy Cross Catholic Church
102 Crosier Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3122
Web: hconamia.stclouddiocese.net

Pastor:  Fr. Jerry Schik, O.S.C.
Saturday Mass:  5:30 pm
Sunday Mass:  9:30 am

 
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness
400 Lindquist Street W
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-4010

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 10:00 am

 
Onamia Alliance Church
304 Oak Street S
PO Box 70
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3241

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

 
St. Therese Little Flower Mission
43600 Highway 169
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3601
Web: stovonamia.stclouddiocese.net

Pastor:  Fr. Jerry Schik, O.S.C.
Sunday Mass:  11:00 am

St. Therese Little Flower Mission, Onamia Minnesota
United Methodist Church
209 Pine Street N
PO Box 146
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3150
Web: www.mnrcumc.org/onamia.html

Pastor:  Rev. Allen Clark Harris
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

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Motels:
Econo Lodge
40847 US Highway 169
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3838

 

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Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel
777 Grand Avenue
PO Box 343
Onamia, MN 56359
Toll Free: (800) 468-3517


Resorts:
Eddy's Resort
41334 Shakopee Lake Road
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3657
Web: www.eddysresort.com

Enjoy our indoor pool, spa and sauna, or cozy up next to the stone fireplace with a cup of complimentary coffee in our lobby.

At Eddy's, fishing is our business! Launch trips depart three times daily with groups large and small. We’ll set you up with a rod and reel, bait your hook, and put you on top of the big ones! All you need to bring is your Minnesota fishing license and a thirst for adventure!

Grand Casino Mille Lacs
777 Grand Avenue
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-7777
 
Izatys Resort, Golf & Yacht Club
40005 85th Avenue
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3101
Web: www.izatys.com

Carved from lush forests and overlooking sky-blue waters, Izatys is Located just (90) minutes from the Twin Cities. Play 36 holes of championship Golf at great rates.  Enjoy the full service Marina and fishing on the legendary "Walleye Factory," Lake Mille Lacs. Your children will love the endless Activities. Splash in the indoor & outdoor pools. Enjoy live weekly Entertainment poolside and in the Harbor Room. Savor award-winning Cuisine. Relax in luxury Accommodations; the Lakeside townhomes, or a suite in the Links Lodge… And, if you're planning a business meeting, or Conference, we'll do everything for you but pack your suitcase… Izatys…

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Mille Lacs Golf Resort & Marina
18517 Captive Lake Road
Garrison, MN 56450
Phone: (320) 692-4325
 
Rocky Reef Resort
13207 Twilight Road
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3431
Web: www.rockyreef.com

Since 1918, Rocky Reef Resort has been providing relaxation and fun for families along the shores of Lake Mille Lacs. Our quiet and spacious location provides you all the fun and facilities of a resort with all the relaxation of an island!! All this while serving some of Lake Mille Lacs best food and beverages in our restaurant. Make your reservations now while there is still space. You deserve a resort the whole family will enjoy.

Campgrounds:
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
15066 Kathio State Park Road
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-3269
Web: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/mille_lacs_kathio

70 Sites All sites are secluded and shaded by forest canopy. The park's 19 semi-modern sites are walking distance to showers and flush toilets. Kathio's 26 rustic sites have vault toilets and water available on site, but it is a 1 1/2 mile walk/drive to the showers. Kathio has 22 electric sites (3 sites are pull-through and 2 are handicapped accessible). The park also has 3 walk-in sites.

 
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17106 Walleye Road
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: (320) 532-4568
Web: www.northstarmillelacslake.com

North Star Resort is located on Sherman’s Point in Wigwam Bay, on the southwest side of Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota. We have 64 generous-sized RV lots, large enough for park models or larger RVs, plus plenty of room for a deck, parking, and an 8x10 storage shed if desired!

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