Aurora, Minnesota

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Aurora is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA. The population was 1,850 at the 2000 census.

State Highway 135, County Highway 100, and County Highway 110 are three of the main arterial routes in the community.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.56%) is water. It is surrounded by mixed coniferous/deciduous forest and is near many lakes.

History

The area was settled during a period dating back as early as 1892, primarily by Finnish Immigrant families, some of whom were still arriving in the area just before the outbreak of the first World War.

Economy

Aurora is located on the Mesabi Range of northeastern Minnesota. Formerly this area produced a large quantity of the nation's iron and taconite ore, but recently they have been depleted or become too expensive to mine. Recently a Blue Cross Blue Shield call center and a Family Dollar store have been built in Aurora, and it is hoped that more jobs will come to the area

Recreation

Aurora is located on the edge of the Superior National Forest, and is located two miles (3 km) from Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort. Popular recreational activities of the residents of Aurora and nearby area include hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling, skiing, and snowboarding. There are many ATV and snowmobile trails on the outskirts of Aurora, and many of these go far, some all the way to Lake Superior.

Notable residents

Frozen Food Magnate Jeno Paulucci was born in Aurora in 1918. Jeno Paulucci is famous for inventing the brands Chun King, Jeno's Pizza, Jeno's Pizza Rolls, Michelina's, Bundino's and many others. Olympic curler Jeff Isaacson is from Aurora. Francine York was born in Aurora to Sophie and Frank Yerich and grew up to move to Hollywood California to star in countless movies such as Doll Squad, Lost in Space and a couple small films.

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