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Proctor, Minnesota is in southwestern Saint Louis County. The city is located adjacent to the Bayview Heights neighborhood of Duluth to the east, and is bounded by Hermantown to the north, Midway Township to the west, and the mostly undeveloped portion of the Riverside neighborhood of Duluth to the south. Kingsbury Creek flows through central Proctor, while Knowlton Creek flows through the southeastern portion of the city. US Highway 2 and County Road 14 are the main routes through the city, while Interstate Highway 35 is nearby. Downtown Duluth is about eight miles northeast, while downtown Superior, Wisconsin is about seven miles east of Proctor. The community was founded as a railroad town, supporting the iron ore industry, in the late 1800s. In 1892, the Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railroad was constructed from Mountain Iron to Stony Brook, about forty-five miles, in order to transport ore from the Mountain Iron Mine to the Duluth and Winnipeg Railroad, which carried the output from Stony Brook to the lake. A year later, the Duluth, Missabe and Northern was extended to Duluth because the Duluth and Winnipeg failed to supply enough cars. The townsite, once part of Oneota, was selected for the shops and classification yards. Originally named Proctorknott, for J. Proctor Knott, a former Kentucky governor and US congressman, the village was incorporated in 1894, and its name was shortened to Proctor in 1904. The South Saint Louis County Fair is held in Proctor the second week of August each year.



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