Ray, Minnesota

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Ray, Minnesota
Unincorporated community
Ray, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Ray, Minnesota
Ray, Minnesota
Ray, Minnesota is located in the US
Ray, Minnesota
Ray, Minnesota
Location of the community of Ray
within Koochiching County
Coordinates: 48°24′39″N 93°12′38″W / 48.41083°N 93.21056°W / 48.41083; -93.21056Coordinates: 48°24′39″N 93°12′38″W / 48.41083°N 93.21056°W / 48.41083; -93.21056
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Koochiching
Elevation 1,158 ft (353 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56669
Area code(s) 218
GNIS feature ID 657994[1]

Ray is an unincorporated community in Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States.

The community is located southeast of International Falls at the junction of U.S. Highway 53 (U.S. 53) and State Highway 217 (MN 217).

County Roads 3, 29, and 110 are also in the vicinity. The Rat Root River flows through the area.


Ray is located along the boundary line between East Koochiching Unorganized Territory and Rainy Lake Unorganized Territory.

Nearby places include International Falls, Littlefork, and Kabetogama. The boundary line between Koochiching and Saint Louis counties is nearby.

Ray is located 18 miles southeast of International Falls; and 16 miles east of Littlefork. Ray is 9 miles west of Kabetogama; and 54 miles northwest of Cook.


A post office called Ray was established in 1907, and remained in operation until 1994.[2] The community was named for Edwin Ray Lewis, a surveyor and lumberman.[3]


  1. ^ "Ray, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Koochiching County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Warren Upham (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 285. 
  • Rand McNally Road Atlas – 2007 edition – Minnesota entry
  • Official State of Minnesota Highway Map – 2011/2012 edition
  • Mn/DOT map of Koochiching County – Sheet 4 – 2011 edition