Togo, Minnesota

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Togo, Minnesota
Unincorporated community
Motto(s): Where the pavement ends,
and the north begins
Togo, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Togo, Minnesota
Togo, Minnesota
Location of the community of Togo
within Carpenter Township, Itasca County
Togo, Minnesota is located in the US
Togo, Minnesota
Togo, Minnesota
Togo, Minnesota (the US)
Coordinates: 47°49′17″N 93°09′22″W / 47.82139°N 93.15611°W / 47.82139; -93.15611Coordinates: 47°49′17″N 93°09′22″W / 47.82139°N 93.15611°W / 47.82139; -93.15611
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Itasca
Township Carpenter Township
Elevation 1,358 ft (414 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 55723
Area code(s) 218
GNIS feature ID 653223[1]

Togo is an unincorporated community in Carpenter Township, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States.

The community is located between Cook and Effie at the junction of State Highways 1 (MN 1) and 65 (MN 65). County Road 22 is also in the vicinity.

Togo's motto is "Where the pavement ends, and the north begins". The community is located within the George Washington State Forest in Itasca County.


Togo is located 32 miles (51 kilometers) north of Nashwauk; 25 mi (40 km) west of Cook; and 25 mi (40 km) east of Effie.

Nearby places include Cook, Effie, Bear River, Rauch, and Celina. The boundary line between Itasca, Saint Louis, and Koochiching counties is near Togo. Bearville Township is also in the vicinity.

Togo is a remote area with a population of much less than 15 inhabitants per square mile (6 inhabitants per square kilometer).


A post office had been established previously in the community. Togo was assigned a zip code. The zip code was retired, and the post office closed. Togo is now covered by zip code 55723 based in Cook.

The old post office and store is now a residential home, which is home to an artisan.

Togo has two artiesian water wells open to the public. One is located at the cross roads of State Highways 1 and 65.

Togo has no grocery store or post office; however it does have a modest private airport.

Togo connects to hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails. The Togo spur is located near the junction (1 and 65), which directs sled traffic.

The old Togo Elementary School is home to a residence, and also operates a small saw mill.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections operates an Adult Correctional Facility at Togo, with an emphasis on wilderness training and restorative justice. It was established in 1955. It is commonly known as Thistledew Camp. The Minnesota Department of Corrections operates a Men's correctional facility at Togo, which operates as a boot camp for adult male offenders. The facility has roughly 60 employees.

Notable people[edit]

Notable residents include Jamie Nelson; four-time winner of the John Beargrease Dog Sled Race; and four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race competitor; as well as globe trotting with her famous dog sledding boot camps held worldwide.Reverend ThornBerg was one of the founders of the township. The ThornBerg family has been in the area since the Nineteen hundreds.


  1. ^ "Togo, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  • Rand McNally Road Atlas – 2007 edition – Minnesota entry
  • Official State of Minnesota Highway Map – 2011/2012 edition
  • Mn/DOT map of Itasca County – Sheet 3 – 2011 edition

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