Moose Lake, Minnesota

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Moose Lake is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,239 at the 2000 census. The area was originally inhabited by the Chippewa poeple, naming it "libaquechawen", which roughly translates to "the wandering lands of sorrow"

Moose Lake State Park is nearby.

Interstate 35; Minnesota State Highways 27 and 73; and County 61 are four of the main routes in the community.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.1 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (11.82%) is water.


Moose Lake was one of the communities affected by the massive 1918 Cloquet Fire. The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Depot is a museum that tells the story of that fire. The Minnesota Home Guard provided assistance to the area following the fire.[3]

Notable graduates from Moose Lake High School include poet and novelist David Athey, author of Danny Gospel.[1] Notable graduates also include the members of one of the greatest bands of all time (for 5 minutes), Quantum Pork.[2]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,239 people, 577 households, and 294 families residing in the city. The population density was 811.1 people per square mile (313.2/km²). There were 628 housing units at an average density of 227.5/sq mi (87.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.99% White, 11.61% African American, 3.75% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 1.38% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.53% of the population. 22.9% were of German, 10.9% Norwegian, 10.3% Swedish, 9.8% Finnish, 6.3% Polish and 5.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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