Town of Fredenberg, St. Louis County, MN

Seeking Volunteers to assist with the landscaping for the new playground equipment.  If interested, please contact Board Chair Jim Ray at 218-721-5201. Work beginning Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

 

THE NEXT FREDENBERG BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, August 3, 2022 AT 7:00 PM.

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Town Board Meetings

August 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Town Hall
September 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Town Hall
October 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Town Hall
November 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Town Hall
December 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Town Hall

 

TOWNSHIP OFFICE HOURS
THURSDAY  --  12 noon to 5:30 PM

 

FREDENBERG HISTORY

The first settlers in the community were Andrew & Veronica Jonaliks.  They raised their 9 children on a small lake here and established the first school in their home.  Town of Fredenberg became official in 1904.  In 1905, there were 77 residents but only 6 families.  The Weyerhouse Company built a log dam in 1890 over the Cloquet River.  In 1913, the Great Northern Power Company (now MPL) purchased the dam, building the first concrete dam in 1915.  In 2017, updates to this dam are being made by MPL.  Other early settlers to the area were: Gust Johnson, Gust Johanson, Charles Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Andrew Pearson, Peter Nicholson, Paul Chesney & Jack Fredenberg  (for whom the township and a lake are named).  Many of the descendants of these families remain in the area.

The 1918 Fire swept through the township and was devastating, especially to the agriculture/farming/logging in the area.  Homes, farms and logging camps were destroyed and lives lost.

The first school was established around 1890 in various homes. In 1903, the first graduating class of 8th graders had 4 students.  The Fredenberg School was built in 1958 and remained open until 1981, the building now currently houses the Community Center/Town Hall.  Students from the area now attend the Hermantown School District.

The Town of Fredenberg currently encompasses 36 square miles and has a population of 1,345 residents.  The area is home to cross county ski trails, snowmobile trails, public parks and a recreation area with boat launches and of course, BEAUTIFUL LAKES:  Fish Lake, Island Lake, Fredenberg Lake, Hunter Lake, Cook Lake, Clearwater Lake and Deepwater Lake.

***Historical information obtained from research complied by Lucille M. Pearson, long time resident of Fredenberg, with permission from her family.