Meadowlands, Minnesota

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Meadowlands is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 111 at the 2000 census.

County Highway 133 and County Highway 5 are two of the main arterial routes in the community.



Meadowlands, as its name would suggest, is one of the few areas of arable land in St. Louis County. While Meadowlands prospered and grew due to the support it provided to the region's farms, the steady decline in those same farms (and the large families they supported) during the mid-late 1980s and early 1990s heralded the beginning of the town's gradual decline.

During its heyday, Meadowlands was home to a number of businesses including a Ford dealership (which also carried New Holland farm machinery), a bank, a farmer's cooperative store, a grocery store, a commercial laundry, a cheese factory, various restaurants, a movie theater and the Toivola-Meadowlands School, a K-12 institution. However, the loss of the large farm families gradually reduced the student population until Independent School District 710 chose to close the school. An attempt was made to covert T-M into a "Charter School", but it ultimately proved unsuccessful. Before closing, the school sent its 9-man football team to the Minnesota State Finals twice in the 1980s.

Currently it possesses only a single small grocery store, two bar/cafe establishments, a small call center for a Minnesota-based furniture store chain, four houses of worship and a gas station.

The retail and service related facilities have seen a slight increase in business due to the recent expansion of tourism related to bird-watching. The rivers, lakes, fields and arboreal bog areas around Meadowlands offer visitors the opportunity to view species ranging from small song birds to Bald Eagles.

Also winter brings with it increased snowmobile traffic, as a former Duluth, Mesabi and Iron Range Railroad line runs along the eastern edge of the town. Now converted to an ATV/snowmobile trail, this former rail line runs from Alborn in the south, north to Pengilly on the Iron Range.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 111 people, 53 households, and 28 families residing in the city. The population density was 291.1 people per square mile (112.8/km²). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 159.9/sq mi (62.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.30% White and 2.70% Native American. 24.7% were of German, 9.6% Finnish, 9.6% Norwegian, 8.2% Czech, 6.8% Slovak and 5.5% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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