Cook, Minnesota

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Cook is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA. The population was 622 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Highway 53 and Minnesota Highway 1 are two of the main arterial routes in the community.

The city was known initially as Little Fork, because of the river of the same name that runs through the city,[3] later being known as Ashawa, which stands for "by the river or across the river",[4] but its name was changed to its current name on 1 August 1908, at the request of the US Postal Service "because confusion with a village in southern Minnesota named Oshawa. The town was named in honor of Wirth Cook, an owner of the Rail Road that was constructed through Cook in 1903 and 1904.[5]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 622 people, 275 households, and 158 families residing in the city. The population density was 790.1 people per square mile (304.0/km²). There were 302 housing units at an average density of 383.6/sq mi (147.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.78% White, 0.16% African American, 1.61% Native American, 0.80% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population. 20.3% were of Norwegian, 16.7% Finnish, 13.9% German, 12.7% Swedish, 6.6% American and 4.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 275 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.82.

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