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Virginia Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

City Center Park

Location of Virginia, Minnesota


Population:
 Virginia
(city)
1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 12,450 11,056 9,410 9,157 8,712 -445 -4.86
Land Area (sq. mile) 8.50 18.31 16.83 18.84 19.18 +0.34 +1.80
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,464.7 603.8 559.1 486.1  462.2 -23.68 -4.87
Housing Units 4,805 5,025 4,706 4,692 4,738 +46 +0.98
Households -- 4,757 4,338 4,333 4,242 -91 -2.10
Persons Per Household -- 2.26 2.09 2.00 2.05 +0.05 +2.50

Geography:

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.18 square miles (49.68 km2); 18.85 square miles (48.82 km2) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) is water. U.S. Highway 53, U.S. Highway 169, and State Highway 135 (MN 135) are three of the main routes in Virginia. The elevation is 1,437.37 feet (438 M).  Virginia is located on the Mesabi Range, one of sub-regions within Minnesota's Iron Range.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,712 people, 4,242 households, and 2,019 families residing in the city. The population density was 462.2 inhabitants per square mile (178.5 /km2). There were 4,738 housing units at an average density of 251.4 per square mile (97.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.7% White, 1.6% Africa American, 3.0% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 4,242 households of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.7% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.4% were non-families. 46.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city was 44.9 years. 18.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 22% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:

Ore was discovered in the Virginia area in March 1892. Ore was discovered in Mountain Iron by Leonidas Merritt in 1890. Virginia was settled to accommodate the Iron Ore Mining in the area. Lumbering came later to take care of the settlement in building the town. Both turned out to be big businesses. At one time Virginia had both the largest White Pine Mill in the world and the biggest ore producing mine-Mesaba Mountain. Virginia got its name "Queen City Mesaba" because of it's progressiveness. Virginia has fifteen buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and the downtown commercial district is also on the register. Mountain Iron is the birthplace of the Mesabi Iron Range.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Jackson and Company, General Merchandise, Virginia Minnesota, 1895
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

 
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Government:
Virginia City Hall
327 1st Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 748-7500
Fax: (218) 748-3580
Web:
www.virginiamn.us

City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

Virginia City Hall, Virginia Minnesota

Mayor Louis Russo
327 1st Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 748-7500
Clerk Lois Roskiski
327 1st Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 748-7500
Councilor Nevada Littlewolf
222 S 8th Street
Virginia, MN 55792  
(218) 748-7500
Councilor Don Sipola
327 1st Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 748-7500
Councilor Larry Cuffe
327 1st Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 748-7500
Councilor Carl Baranzelli
327 1st Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 748-7500
Councilor Mike Ralston
1223 S 21st Street
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 748-7500
Councilor Charlie Baribeau
909 11th Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 748-7500

Post Office:
US Post Office
231 1st Street S
Virginia, MN 55792-5050
Phone: (218) 741-4919
Web:
www.usps.com

Virginia Post Office

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday          
9:30 am - 11:30 am 
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            5:15 pm
Saturday                5:15 pm

Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Virginia Public Utilities Dept (218) 748-7540
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Virginia Municipal (218) 748-7500
Water Virginia Municipal (218) 748-7500
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
USX Support Activities for Mining 1,600
Virginia Regional Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 650
St. Louis County Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 486
Ispat Inland Mining Company Support Activities for Mining 368
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency Vocational Rehabilitation Services 340
Virginia Public Schools Elementary & Secondary Schools 320
SMDC- Virginia Offices of Physicians 230
Target Department Stores 150
Arrowhead Health Care Center - Virginia Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 134
Virginia, City of Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 109
Mesabi Range Community College - Virginia Campus Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools 95
Mesabi Daily News Newspaper, Periodical, Book, & Directory Publishers 70
Department of Public Utilities Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Dist. 67

News:
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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Virginia Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Virginia Minnesota area


Events:
Land of the Loon Festival

3rd Weekend in June

The two-day festival kicks off on the third full weekend of June on Saturday morning with a Parade along Chestnut Street in downtown Virginia. This year’s parade will start at 9:00 AM. Then follow the crowd to beautiful Olcott Park to sample the ethnic food, dance to the continuous music, see the hundreds of arts and crafts booths and celebrate the weekend long entertainment.

Attractions:
B'nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Arts Center

The B'nai Abraham, located in Virginia MN on the Iron Range, is nearly 100 years old, and registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the Jewish population has mostly left the area, and it can no longer be a functioning synagog...ue, the FRIENDS of B'NAI ABRAHAM is restoring it as a museum and cultural center. For more information, please go to www.ironrangejewishheritage.org  THANKS, and come to visit!

B'nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Arts Center, Virginia Minnesota
Giant Loon

Centerpiece of the annual Land of the Loon Festival, this loon floats on Silver Lake in the heart of Virginia.

Heritage Museum
800 9th Avenue North
Virginia, MN
Phone: (218) 741-1136

This museum complex consists of the former park superintendent's residence, a Finnish log house, a depression-era tourist cabin and permanent exhibits of Virginia's history.

 
Laurentian Chamber of Commerce
403 First Street North
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-2717

The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce is an information and referral center serving businesses in Virginia, Eveleth, Mountain Iron, Gilbert, and surrounding communities. The Chamber office is located at 403 First Street North (next to Bailey's Lake) in downtown Virginia. Our trained Hospitality Hosts at Mineview in the Sky Visitors' Information Center & Overlook welcome thousands of visitors from May-October on Highway 53 South of Virginia.

Oldtown Fintown Mineview Overlook
East end of 3rd Street North
Virginia, MN

This overlook provides a panoramic view of the Missabe Mountain Pit, which features red-colored walls and lush greenery. Peregrine falcons nest on the pit's east wall.

 

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Recreation:
Mesabi Trail

The Taconite State Trail stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely and intersects with the Arrowhead State Trail just west of Lake Vermillion. Portions are paved for biking and in-line skating. The remainder of the natural surface trail is used primarily for snowmobiling in the winter. The trail goes through a few areas that have standing water in the summer, however portions of the trail are suitable for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

The Taconite Trail winds through forests of birch and aspen intertwined with pine, leading the visitor by many isolated lakes and streams. From Grand Rapids heading north, you see the impact of the taconite and iron mining industry. The northern portion of the trail terrain is rolling and tree covered as it winds through state and national forest land.

Eight trail waysides and picnic facilities offer scenic vistas of the hills, lakes and rivers of this area. The trail also links three state parks: Bear Head Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, and McCarthy Beach. The landscape in and around Bear Head Lake State Park is very rolling and rocky.

Virginia Golf Course
1308 18th Street N
Virginia, MN
Phone: (218) 748-7530
 

Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Sand 701
Silver 44
Virginia 32

Health Care:
Duluth Clinic Virginia
910 N 6th Avenue
Virginia, MN
Phone: (218) 741-0150
Duluth Clinic Virginia Minnesota
Virginia Regional Medical Center
901 N 9th Street
Virginia, MN
Phone: (218) 741-3340

Virginia Regional Medical Center, Virginia Minnesota


Schools:
Mesabi Range Community & Technical College
1001 Chestnut Street W
Virginia, MN
Phone: (218) 741-3095
Toll Free: (800) 657-3860
 
Virginia Minnesota Public Schools - Independent School District #706
411 5th Avenue S
Virginia, Minnesota, 55792
Phone: (218) 749-5437
Fax: (218) 741-8522
Web: www.vmps.org

Grades:  PK-23
Students:  1,658

 
Virginia High School
411 5th Avenue S
Virginia, Minnesota, 55792
Phone: (218) 749-5437
Fax: (218) 741-8522

Grades:  7-12
Students:  751

 
Roosevelt Elementary
411 5th Avenue S
Virginia, Minnesota, 55792
Phone: (218) 749-5437
Fax: (218) 741-8522

Grades:  4-6
Students:  328

 
Parkview Elementary School
506 N 9th Avenue
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 749-5437‎
Fax: (218) 742-3802‎

Grades:  PK-3
Students:  563

 
Marquette Catholic School
311 3rd Street S
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-6811

Grades:  K-7
Students:  111

Marquette Catholic School, Virginia Minnesota

Churches:
Bible Chapel
702 S 5th Avenue
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-4833
Web:
www.mybiblechapel.com

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
600 13th Street S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 749-2490

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Cornerstone Family Church
415 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-6134
Web:
www.cornerstonefamilychurch.info

Pastor:  Rev. Hartikka
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Cornerstone Family Church meetings at old MACO Theater in Virginia Minnesota
Emmanuel Baptist Church
93 Midway Drive
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-4446
Fax:
(218) 741-8650
Web: www.ebcvirginia.org

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
First Apostolic Lutheran Church
5 Laurentian Drive
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 749-6416

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
First Covenant Church
231 5th Street S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-7117
Web:
www.virginiafirstcov.org

Pastor:  Roger Johnson
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

First Covenant Church, Virginia Minnesota
Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church
901 S 4th Street
Virginia, MN 55792-3074
Phone: (218) 741-4961
Web:
www.gelc.info

Pastor:  Nathan Sager
Sunday Worship:  8:30 am & 10:45 am

 
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
(Missouri Synod)
6959 Highway 169
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-1977

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church AFLC
230 S 3rd Street
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-9003

Pastor:  Don Nore
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church AFLC, Virginia Minnesota
Grace Baptist Church
705 3rd Avenue S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-043

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
306 2nd Street S
Virginia, MN
55792-2628
Phone: (218) 741-6344
Fax: (218) 741-6345

Pastor:  Rev. John O'Donnell
Saturday:  4:30 pm
Sunday Mass:  10:30 am

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Virginia Minnesota
Hope Community Presbyterian Church
212 5th Avenue W
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-7336
Web:
www.hopecommunitypc.org

Pastor:  Rev. Nathan Williams
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Hosanna  Christian Fellowship Church
1016 S 6th Avenue
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-6301

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church
230 S 7th Street
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-8849
Web:
www.mesabiuu.org

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

We are a lay-led congregation drawing from the surrounding 50 mile radius of Virginia, Minnesota. We do enjoy the services of two ordained ministers. Our Mission Statement: Nurturing the spirit, honoring the earth, celebrating all life, fostering peace and social justice.

Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church, Virginia Minnesota
Messiah Lutheran Church
8950 Enterprise Drive S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-7057

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship: 

 
Our Savior's Lutheran Church - ELCA
1111 S 8th Street
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-6207
Web: www.oslcmn.com

Pastor:  Rev. Robert Simensen
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

Our Savior's Lutheran Church ELCA, Virginia Minnesota
Pike Apostolic Lutheran Church
6997 Oberg Road
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-8354

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Sacred Heart Church
603 N 12th Street
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-2322

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
231 3rd Street S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-1379
Web:
www.speravi.com/stpaul

Pastor:  Rev. Douglas Morrison-Cleary
Sunday Worship:  11:00 am

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Virginia Minnesota
Seventh Day Adventist Church
2nd Street & 3rd Avenue S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-9070

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
Trinity Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
900 13th Street S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-1911

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 
True Hope Fellowship
1 Sunrise Drive
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-2124‎
Fax: (218) 741-4634

Pastor:  Rev. Joel Kallberg
Sunday Worship:  9:15 am

 
Unitarian Mesabi Church
230 7th Street
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-8849
Web: www.mesabiuu.org

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

Unitarian Mesabi Church, Virginia Minnesota
United Methodist Church of Virginia
303 9th Avenue S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-7738
Web:
www.umcvirginiamn.org

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

United Methodist Church of Virginia Minnesota
Virginia Church of Christ
702 5th Avenue S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-5205
Web:
www.virginiachurchofchrist.com

Pastor:  Edward Clark
Sunday Worship:  10:00 am & 6:00 pm

Virginia Church of Christ, Virginia Minnesota
Virginia Gospel Church
711 5th Avenue S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-2513

Pastor: 
Sunday Worship: 

 

Media:
Maco News
419 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-8626
 
Mesabi Daily News
704 7th Avenue S
Virginia, MN
55792
Phone: (218) 741-5544
Web:
www.virginiamn.com
Mesabi Daily News, Virginia Minnesota
 
Motels:
Americinn Lodge & Suites
5480 Mt. Iron Drive
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-7839
Toll Free: (888) 741-7839
Web: www.americinn.com

Our Virginia hotel offers a variety of room types, including spacious suites with whirlpools and fireplaces, that are perfect for business or leisure travelers in Minnesota.  Come to our Virginia MN hotel and be treated to an inviting pool, great service, free breakfast, and quiet nights!

Americinn Lodge & Suites, Virginia Minnesota
Budget Host Inn Virginia
1 Midway Drive
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-6145
Toll Free: (800) BUD-HOST
Web: www.budgethost.com

23 Rooms
Cable TV witih movie channels
Direct-dial phones
Continental breakfast
Nonsmoking rooms
Family rooms
Kitchenettes

Budget Host Inn Virginia
Budget Host Inn Virginia Minnesota
Coates Plaza Hotel
502 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 749-1000
Toll Free: (800) 777-4699
Fax: (218) 749-6934
Web: www.coatesplazahotel.com

We are pleased to offer 70 guest rooms arranged in two connected buildings with a three story glass atrium pool area with swimming pool, whirlpool and sauna. Our friendly and professional staff will make your stay memorable one.

Coates Plaza Hotel
Coates Plaza Hotel, Virginia Minnesota
Lakeshor Motor Inn
404 N Sixth Avenue
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-3360
Toll Free: (800) 569-8131
Fax: (218) 741-3363
Web: www.lakeshor.com

Located between two beautiful lakes in historic downtown Virginia, Minnesota. We are a family owned & operated motel, where a warm welcome & relaxed atmosphere awaits you. We have exceptionally clean affordable rooms with AAA rating.


Lakeshor Motor Inn, Virginia Minnesota
Pine View Inn
903 N 17th Street
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 741-8918
Toll Free: (866) 263-0535
Fax: (218) 749-3279
Web: www.pineviewinnmotel.com

We are proud to deliver the best value in lodging accommodations on the Iron Range in the city of Virginia "The Queen City of the North". We are a AAA approved lodging facility so you are assured of a clean, quiet updated room.

Pine View Inn, Virginia MinnesotaPine View Inn, Virginia Minnesota

Resorts:
Voyageur's Sand Lake Resort
7449 Highway 53
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 749-3057
 

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