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Situated in northeastern Minnesota, Hoyt Lakes is in Saint Louis County, and entirely within the Superior National Forest. Bordered by Colby Lake on the north and Whitewater Lake to the south, the city offers direct access to the North Shore of Lake Superior by way of the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway (FH 11). The main route through the city is County Road 110. Nearby communities include Aurora, Biwabik, Embarrass, Gilbert, McKinley, Skibo, and Wyman. Created in 1952 to support the taconite mining operations of the Erie Mining Company, Hoyt Lakes was named for Elton Hoyt II, an officer with Pickands Mather and Company, the mining development company. Hoyt Lakes was incorporated as a village within Hoyt Lakes Township in 1955, the same year that its post office was established, and later became a city. Mining operations ceased in 2001 because it was no longer able to produce taconite pellets of competitive cost or quality. At the time of its closure, it was the oldest continuously running taconite mine on the Iron Range. From its peak population of 3,634 in 1970, the city has declined in population each census year.



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