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4/21/15:  Meadowlands Township:  The April Meadowland's Township Town Board Meeting has been changed from Thursday, April 23rd to Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 p.m.

:  Several roads are under water resulting from the rapid melting of snow due to recent warm temperatures.  Among the flooding-related closures is County Road 200 in Meadowlands Township between Dart Road and Watsula Road. Traffic may divert around this area on County Road 193 and County Road 740.

Other roads that have water on them, but are considered passable and remain open at this time are:  County State Aid Highway 5 North in Toivola Township near the intersection of County Road 817 and County Road 200 in Meadowlands Township between Watsula Road and County Road 193.

Birders Welcomed to Meadowlands...
Meadowlands History

Meadowlands is a city in Saint Louis County with a population of 134 in 2010.


Farming was the dominant source of business in Meadowlands until its steady decline in the mid-late 1980s and early 1990s let to town's gradual decline.


At its peak, Meadowlands hosted numerous businesses including a Ford dealership, a bank, a farmer's cooperative store, a grocery store, a commercial laundry, a cheese factory, restaurants, a movie theater, and the Toivola/Meadowlands School (K-12).  The decline of farming and the ensuing loss of the large farm families gradually reduced the student population.  This led to the decision to close the school (ISD #710).  An attempt to covert the school into a "Charter School" failed.  Despite its impending closing, the school sent its 9-man football team to the Minnesota State Finals twice.


Currently it possesses only a single bar/grill establishment, and three places of worship.


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


A former Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad (DMIR) line on the eastern edge of the town is now an ATV–snowmobile trail, running from Alborn to Pengilly.


The city itself has just a total area of 0.39 square miles, all of it land.  In 2010, it had 78 housing units, encompassing 67 households and 33 families.


Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%):  Construction (29%); Accommodation and food services (21%); Manufacturing (18%); Health care and social assistance (11%); Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%); Transportation and warehousing (7%); and Real estate and rental and leasing (7%)


Most common occupations (%):  Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (29%); Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (14%); Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (14%); Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (14%); Carpenters (14%); and Painters and paperhangers (14%)


Tornado activity:  Meadowlands-area historical tornado activity is significantly below the Minnesota state average.  On 6/11/1966, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 17.4 miles away from the Meadowlands city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.  On 8/6/1969, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 7.2 miles away from the city center injured 20 people and caused between $500,000 and $5 million in damages


Compared to Minnesota state averages Meadowlands:  Median household income significantly below state average; Median house value significantly below state average; Number of college students significantly below state average; and Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average


Real Estate Sales in Meadowlands