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The city of Frazee is in Becker County, Minnesota. Originally known as Detroit, the town was platted in 1857, and incorporated in 1871. Later, the town was renamed Third Crossing for a short time before taking its current name. For about three years before the Northern Pacific Railroad was built through the area, the nearest station was at Hobart, a mile on the other side of the Otter Tail River. In 1872, a dam and sawmill were built by a group of men who sold it to Randolph Lafayette Frazee, for whom the town was renamed. Frazee laid out the current town site and had it surveyed in 1873, then began negotiations with the railroad to move its depot one mile up the track to this town site, offering one-half lots to the railroad. In 1874, the depot was moved from Hobart to Frazee. The village was incorporated in 1891. The city’s population has remained fairly steady since its second census in 1900, with minor fluctuations upward and downward. Its peak population was 1,645 in 1910, and its population at the time of the 2010 census was 1,350. Frazee is located along Highway 87, just northeast of US Highway 10, with Business Highway 10 intersecting Highway 87 in the center of town. Detroit Lakes is about ten miles northwest of Frazee. Other nearby communities include Evergreen, Grand View Heights, Lake Eunice, Luce, Rochert, Shoreham, and Vergas.



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