Longville, Minnesota

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Longville is a city in Cass County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 180 at the 2000 census. The city was named after its founder Jim Long. [1] The town is roughly 4 hours north of the Twin Cities. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area. Minnesota State Highway 84 serves as a main route in the community, and Minnesota State Highway 200 is nearby.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.23%) is water.

Longville is part of the Northern Minnesota's glacial plain, which was flattened by glaciers during the most recent glacial advance. During the last glacial period, massive ice sheets at least 0.62 miles (1.0 km) thick ravaged the landscape of the state and sculpted its current terrain.[3] The Wisconsin glaciation left 12,000 years ago.[3] These glaciers covered all of Minnesota except the far southeast, an area characterized by steep hills and streams that cut into the bedrock. Thus since the landscape is still recovering from the weight of the glaciers and going through post-glacial rebound and the turmoil this created, the landscape is poorly drained created the numerous lakes and rivers found in Cass County.

Long Lake iteself is very deep, up to 100 feet (30 m), and drops off rather quickly from shore. This is very unusual for lakes of this size in this region, as they normally are no more than 50 feet (15 m) in depth. Long Lake is not a good walleye lake, it has only a handful of them. It was stocked with walleye around 2000. The lake, however, is very scenic and an excellent lake to use a pontoon boat on.

Despite being a poor walleye lake, Long Lake is an excellent northern pike lake. They are easy to catch at the drop offs, where the lake goes from 20–25 feet to 50 feet in depth in just a 5 foot space.[citation needed]


Nearby lakes are home to many Common Loons, the state bird of Minnesota. Bald Eagles also inhabit the region. Racoons are known to tear apart cabin trash cans. Martens and fishers can also be found in the woods. Wolverines used to inhabit the forests but are now extinct in Minnesota, with the last sighting in 1920. In the 1800s mountain lions were fairly common in the area, but are now endangered in Minnesota. Conversely, White-tailed Deer are a common site in the woods and along the highway coming into town from the east from Lake Inguadona.

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