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 McGrath (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 70 81 62 65 80 +15 +23.08
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.40 0.42 0.37 0.37 0.36 -0.01 -2.7
Density (persons per sq. mile) 175.00 192.86 167.57 175.07 222.22 +47.16 +26.94
Housing Units 40 44 39 41 48 +7 +17.07
Households -- 28 25 26 32 +6 +23.08
Persons Per Household -- 2.89 2.48 2.50 2.16 -0.34 -13.60

McGrath is a city in Aitkin County, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highways 27 / 65 (co-signed) and 18 are two of the main routes in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.36 square miles (0.93 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 1,250 ft (381 m) above sea level. The Snake River and Bear Creek both flow nearby. The Soo Line ATV Trail is also nearby.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 80 people, 32 households, and 19 families residing in the city. The population density was 222.2 inhabitants per square mile (85.8/km2). There were 48 housing units at an average density of 133.3 per square mile (51.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 1.3% Native American, and 2.5% from two or more races.

There were 32 households of which 15.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.6% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% 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 2.79.

The median age in the city was 51 years. 11.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 30% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 58.8% male and 41.3% female.

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James E. McGrath, a logger and landowner who had been working the area since 1895, donated 40 acres in 1907 for a town site. The site was platted as Elmwood. When a post office was established in 1908, the site was renamed McGrath after James E. McGrath. McGrath was incorporated in 1923.Birthplace of Leonard Shoen founder of UHaul Corp.

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McGRATH, a city in Williams Township, section 5; incorporated as a village on March 23, 1923, and separated from the township on August 8, 1923. James E. McGrath, who had 17 logging camps on the Snake River and Chesley Brook, began work in the area about 1895, and in 1907 donated 40 acres for a town site, which the Patterson Land Company platted as Elmwood; renamed McGrath at the time the post office was established in 1908.

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City of McGrath
PO Box 194
McGrath, MN 56350

Regular Business Hours:
not available

City Council Meetings:
1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm

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Mayor 12/31/2022 Brian Clark
402 W Main Street - PO Box 202
McGrath MN 56350
  (320) 393-6893
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Dawn Clark
PO Box 194
McGrath, MN 56350
Email (320) 592-0155
Council Member 12/31/2022 Travis Nolan
201 1st Street S
McGrath MN 56350
  (612) 390-2349
Council Member 12/31/2022 Calvin Stemig
104 1st Street S
McGrath MN 56350
  (320) 592-3123
Council Member 12/31/2024  name not available
address not available
McGrath, MN 56350
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Council Member 12/31/2024 William Kramber
101 N State Highway 65
McGrath, MN 56350
  (320) 592-3667

Post Office:
US Post Office
300 Main Street W
McGrath, MN 56350-4400
Phone: (320) 592-3055
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        7:45 am - 11:45 pm
Saturday           8:15 am - 9:15 am  

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity  East Central Energy (800) 254-7944 
Natural Gas  n/a -- 
Wastewater  City of McGrath   (320) 592-3268 
Water  n/a  --
Telephone Frontier (800) 435-1504
Cable TV n/a --

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
City of McGrath Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 5
Minnesota DNR Admin. of Environmental Quality Programs 5
Robinson Lumber Sawmills 5
Poor Lewy's Saloon Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 4





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Solana State Forest OHV Trails
7.5 miles north of McGrath on Highway 65

The terrain in the forest is mostly level to gently rolling and contains many swampy areas. Slightly over half of the area within the forest is wetland. Timber harvesting, reforestation, and wildlife habitat improvement occur throughout this forest. There are no campgrounds within the forest, however dispersed camping is allowed provided state forest rules are followed. The White Pine forest road is the main connector between the trails located east and west of State Highway 65. In 2008, a 13 mile loop will be completed that will connect with the existing Soo Line ATV (all-terrain-vehicle) Trail.

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none in the immediate area

Health Care:
served by Mora and McGregor hospitals and clinics


none locally - served by McGregor schools

Calvary Presbyterian Church
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3581

Pastor:   Rev. Tony Oltmann
Sunday Service:   n/a
Grace Lutheran Church
105 N State Highway 65
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3682

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Service:  n/a
Grace Lutheran Church, McGrath Minnesota
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
State Highway 65
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (218) 927-6581
Pastor:  Rev. David Forsman
Saturday Mass:  none
Sunday Mass:  none

Nearest Mass: Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, McGrath Minnesota
Zion Lutheran Church - ELCA
207 1st Street S
PO Box 173
McGrath, MN 56350-0173
(320) 592-3231

Pastor:  Rev. Cathy Hedmark
Sunday Service:  8:45 am
Zion Lutheran Church, McGrath Minnesota


served by Mora and McGregor media

none - see Mora and McGregor



Snake River Campground
18095 State Highway 65
McGrath, MN 56350

Located on the Snake River approx. 6 miles south of the City of McGrath on State Hwy 65. There are 12 camping sites, pit toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, canoe landing, no electricity. This primitive campground is situated in the heart of large acreages of public land, and connects to the Redtop and Soo Line ATV trails.

Snake River Campground, McGrath Minnesota

Aitkin County Highway Dept
20208 220th Street
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3580
Dead Stock Upholstery
19291 State Highway 65 
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3455 
Federated Co Op
13951 State Highway 65 
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3193 
Fischer's Mill Log Furniture
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (651) 341-8960

Fischer's Mill is based in McGrath, MN on the Snake River and offers affordable hand crafted rustic log furniture. We specialize in beds, dog beds, day beds, end tables, coffee tables, walking sticks, coat racks, coat trees, indoor railings, outdoor railings, bar stools, round slab tables and benches.

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McGrath Senior Citizen's Center
McGrath, MN 56350
McGrath Senior Citizen's Center, McGrath Minnesota
Oakley Robinson Lumber Co
20110 220th Street
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3700
Pour Lewey's Saloon
104 S Highway 65 
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3130

Pour Lewey's has recently come under new ownership and would like to invite you to come join us. We serve a nice range of appetizers, along with burgers and fries, and pizza! Besides mixed drinks we also offer a large selection of popular beers, and On and Off Sale.
We have pull tabs sponsored by the Fire Department Relief Fund and are currently scheduling a wide range of activities, from darts on Wednesdays to horseshoes and cribbage. Check out our calendar to see what is coming up.

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Reliable Restoration
18611 170th Street 
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3846 
Rocon Paving
20826 220th Street
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3190

Install a low-maintenance driveway by hiring the qualified professionals at Rocon Paving. We serve McGregor, McGrath, Aitkin, Deerwood, Lawler, Garrison, and the surrounding areas.
Rocon Paving, McGrath Minnesota
Shawn Kabrud Contractors
18611 170th Street 
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3846 
Shire In The Woods
14044 220th Street 
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3838

Welcome to the Shire in the Woods, where the natural surroundings will nourish and rejuvenate your soul! Located 18 miles east of northern Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, we are tucked away at the heart of the Solana State Forest and have the Soo Line South Trail running right alongside us. Relax with a good book in front of a fireplace or take a stroll in the beautiful woods. The Shire can serve you, your family and friends, facilitate special groups, workshops, and meetings, host a wedding, hold a family reunion, and more! When you're looking for the perfect spot to hold your next group retreat, remember the Shire In The Woods.

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US Post Office
300 Main Street W 
McGrath, MN 56350
Phone: (320) 592-3055 
McGrath Post Office, McGrath Minnesota

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