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Knife River, Minnesota
(Lake County)

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The location of Knife River

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Knife River.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Knife River, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Knife River and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Knife River and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Knife River. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Knife River.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Lake County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Lake County sighting report from eBird.

Since Knife River is near Saint Louis County and also Douglas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Saint Louis County

Sighting report for Douglas County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Knife River.

How Far From Knife River to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Knife River to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Knife River and extending to:

  • Two Harbors [Map], which is the Seat of Lake County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 151 miles [243 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Knife River to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 927 miles [1,491.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,074 miles [9,775.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,830 miles [10,991.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,744 miles [7,634.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Knife River ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Knife River.

Within Minnesota, there is just one other community named Knife River. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 2 communities in the United States - with 3 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Minnesota

Communities outside of Minnesota

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Richland County

Our profile page for Knife River, Richland County   [Map]

Distance: About 589 miles [947.9 km] to the West.

North Dakota

Morton County

Our profile page for Knife River, Morton County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Morton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Knife River ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Arnold   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West of Knife River   [Map]

Castle Danger   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

French River   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Highland   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Hunters Park   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lester Park   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Silver Creek   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Two Harbors   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Waldo   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Knife River. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Dorothy Arnold     (Born as Dorothy Arnoldine Olson)

Actress. She was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Wednesday November 21, 1917 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Tueday November 13, 1984 at an age of 67. She was buried at Desert Memorial Park (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Knife River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy Arnold<8>

Spencer Harris

Major League Baseball. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Sunday August 12, 1900 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday July 3, 1982 at an age of 81. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Knife River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Spencer Harris

Peggy Knudsen     (Born as Margaret Ann Knudsen)

Actress. She was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Friday April 27, 1923 and died in Encino (California) on Friday July 11, 1980 at an age of 57. She was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Knife River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peggy Knudsen

Dom Moselle

Professional football. He was born in Gile (Wisconsin) on Tueday June 23, 1925 and died in Superior (Wisconsin) on Thursday August 19, 2010 at an age of 85. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Douglas County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Superior [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Knife River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dom Moselle

Marian Nixon     (Born as Marian Nissinen)

Actress. She was born in Superior (Wisconsin) on Thursday October 20, 1904 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday February 13, 1983 at an age of 78. She was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Superior [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Knife River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marian Nixon

Gordy Soltau

Professional football. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Sunday January 25, 1925 and died in Santa Clara (California) on Monday October 27, 2014 at an age of 89. He was buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park (Santa Clara County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Knife River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordy Soltau

Thomas Mark Williams

Professional hockey. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Wednesday April 17, 1940 and died in Marlborough (Massachusetts) on Saturday February 8, 1992 at an age of 51. He was buried at Forestvale Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Knife River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Mark Williams

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Minnesota

About Lake County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Knife River. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Lake County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Knife River) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Knife River. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Knife River

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Knife River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.9494, Longitude: -91.7791     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Knife River have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Knife River to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.218 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.203 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.259 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Knife River could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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