Brooks, Minnesota

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Brooks is a city in Red Lake County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 141 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.

U.S. Highway 59 and Minnesota Highway 92 are two of the main routes in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 141 people, 61 households, and 37 families residing in the city. The population density was 121.3 people per square mile (46.9/km²). There were 64 housing units at an average density of 55.0/sq mi (21.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 61 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 19.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 110.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,417, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $22,500 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,947. There were none of the families and 2.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 11.8% of those over 64.

History; Brooks Cheese Company

Brooks was established in 1904 as a station on the Soo Line Railroad. By 1926, Brooks had two general stores, a grocery store, a bank, hardware store, butcher shop, blacksmith shop, a livery barn, two saloons, a community hall and a hotel to accommodate travellers. Brooks was primarily a service town for the surrounding agricultural townships, and a creamery was established as the local dairying business developed on neighboring farms. After the invention of the cream separator, family farms in adjoining townships of Polk and Red Lake counties switched from subsistance to a market economy and became a part of the dairy industry.

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