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2000 Census 1990 Census Pop. Change % Change
Wirt Township 94 84 10 11.9%

Detailed Additional Census Information


Wirt Township was named by O. E. Walley, its first settler, probably for a township in New York or a county in West Virginia, where the name was given in honor of William Wirt (1772-1834), who was the attorney general of the United States, 1817-29. The village in sections 10 and 15 was established as a logging supply station on the Minneapolis and Rainy River Railway; its post office began in 1874 and was changed to a community post office in 1974. Elias O. Walley was the first settler, opening a store and becoming the first postmaster. The first site was on the north side of the Big Fork River with a store, a post office, and a hotel; the present community is across the river on the site of a former logging town, called Stanley by the railroad.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 93.7 km≤ (36.2 mi≤). 88.3 km≤ (34.1 mi≤) of it is land and 5.4 km≤ (2.1 mi≤) of it is water. The total area is 5.72% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 94 people, 36 households, and 24 families residing in the township. The population density is 1.1/km≤ (2.8/mi≤). There are 94 housing units at an average density of 1.1/km≤ (2.8/mi≤). The racial makeup of the township is 90.43% White, 0.00% African American, 5.32% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 2.13% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 36 households out of which 33.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% are married couples living together, 0.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% are non-families. 22.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.61 and the average family size is 3.16. In the township the population is spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 113.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 109.1 males. The median income for a household in the township is $32,500, and the median income for a family is $33,125. Males have a median income of $28,000 versus $41,250 for females. The per capita income for the township is $14,794. 5.5% of the population and 7.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.1% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.

This article is from Wikipedia.

Township Hall
1 mile north of Wirt
on County Road 31
Wirt, MN 56688

Wirt Township Hall

Clerk Cheryl Carrigan 52026 County Road 31
Wirt, MN 56688
(218) 659-2734
Treasurer Cindy Klegstad 58286 Bass Lake Road
Wirt, MN 56688
(218) 659-2686
Chairman Patti Hines 51508 County Road 189
Wirt, MN 56688
(218) 659-2731
Supervisor Janet Schanno 53582 Davidson Road
Wirt, MN 56688
(218) 659-2795
Supervisor Dale Quandt 51741 County Road 29
Wirt, MN 56688
(218) 659-2601

Post Office:

The Wirt Post Office was located in the Wirt General Store, which closed in 1995. Wirt maintains its own zip code of 56688, but mail is delivered out of the Deer River Post Office.


Lost Forty

Experience the forests of old at the Chippewa national Forestís "Lost Forty." The original Government Land Survey in 1882 described the land of the Lost Forty as part of Coddington Lake. This mapping error caused the virgin pine of the area to be left behind by loggers at the turn of the century. The Lost Forty is actually 144 acres.

Most of the mature red and white pine is found on the east end of the Lost Forty. These trees are up to 350 years old and between 22 and 48 inches in diameter. Biologically, pine can live up to 500 years.

A one-mile self-guided trail winds its way through the majestic pines of the Lost Forty. A picnic area is also available at the site.

The Lost Forty is located northwest of Wirt, Minnesota approximately two miles north of the intersection of County Roads 29 and 26. (on the Official Itasca County Map look for the big pine tree in the northwest part of the county.)


Chippewa National Forest
Supervisor's Office
200 Ash Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone: (218) 335-8600

One of 155 National Forests, the Chippewa was the first National Forest established east of the Mississippi. The Forest boundary encompasses 1.6 million acres, of which over 666,542 acres are managed by the USDA Forest Service. Aspen, birch, pines, balsam fir and maples blanket the uplands. Water is abundant, with over 1300 lakes, 923 miles of rivers and streams, and 400,000 acres of wetlands. These unique qualities offer an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities all year long.
Noma Lake Campground 2 miles north of Wirt on County Road 31
Noma Lake Campground is located two miles northwest of Wirt, Minnesota on County Road 31. This campground has 14 sites surrounded by a beautiful stand of paper birch.  Noma Lake offers good fishing for bass, northern pike, and panfish.   A boat ramp is located at the south end of Noma Lake.  A fish cleaning station and firewood are also available.
Major Area Lakes

Size (acres)

Bass (Holloway) 193 Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo
Bay Lake 23 Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo
Clear Lake 132 Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo
Dogfish Lake N/A Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo
Helen Lake 89 Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo
Killdeer Lake 104 Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo
Noma Lake 55 Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo
Whitefish Lake 563 Fishing Info Lake Map Recreation Topo


none locally

Wirt had an annual 'Corn Days Festival' held annually in August, but this was discontinued several years ago.

Map:   [click map to enlarge, zoom in or zoom out]

From US Government Tiger Mapping Service

From Itasca County Official Map


none locally

Newspaper coverage:
     Western Itascan Review  (Deer River)
     Herald-Review  (Grand Rapids)
Television stations:
     KCCW  12  CBS  Walker
     KAWE    9  PBS  Bemidji
     WIRT    13  ABC  Hibbing

Health Care: 

none locally

Nearest hospital and clinic:  Bigfork



Part of Deer River Independent School District 317
Elementary students attend North Elementary School  (11 miles)
High school students attend Deer River High School    (35 miles)



Churches available in Bigfork   (20 miles)
Dora Lake Alliance Church
59329 County Road 145
Northome, MN 56661-1942
Phone: (218) 659-4551

Sporting Goods / Outdoors

Sure Game Wilderness Resort
52385 County Road 31
Wirt, MN 56688
(218) 659-2740
Sure Game Wilderness Resort is nestled on the south shore of sparkling Clear Lake. Low pressure and plenty of fish make Clear Lake a perfect destination. Clear Lake is 50 miles north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota and offers good fishing & hunting as well as solitude. Lying in the Chippewa National Forest, Clear Lakes' undeveloped shores consist of only one resort, two cabins and one home. This makes our lake a perfect Minnesota vacation destination.
Northwood Gunstock & Blanks
52270 County Road 31
Wirt, MN 56688
Phone: (218) 659-2998

∑ Blanks

∑ Semi-Inletted Gunstocks
for Shotguns and Rifles

∑ Gunstocks created by Machine Duplication out of English Walnut or Claro or Bastogne Walnut, Maple and Myrtle Woods

∑ Fully Custom Crafted Rifles or Shotguns

Walleye License Plate Frame

Walleye Catch And Release Plaque

Other Web Links:

Aerial Map:   [click photo to enlarge, zoom in or zoom out]

Aerial photo is courtesy of Microsoft's Terra Server and the US Geological Survey

Topographical Map:   [click image to enlarge, zoom in or zoom out]

Aerial photo is courtesy of Microsoft's Terra Server and the US Geological Survey

Forest Service Map:

National Forest Service Map, 1994

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