Welcome to our community. LaPrairie is a great place to live, work, and play! Our north woods area attractions are endless. Located at the edge of Grand Rapids, we have the small town atmosphere with the conveniences of the larger town close by.
On December 22, 1890 the LaPrairie voters approved village incorporation. The census at that time was 230 in this thriving, logging community at the confluence of the Mississippi and Prairie Rivers. On November 19, 1892 Grand Rapids defeated LaPrairie in the County seat election, which the LaPrairie Mayor claimed was fraudulent. A national economic depression hit in 1893, the hospital moved to Grand Rapids and the railroad line expanded from LaPrairie to Grand Rapids, leaving LaPrairie with a city population of 21. The LaPrairie City Council quit meeting in 1911; it was reactivated on May 3, 1948. In 1980, the population was 536 and today the population is 665. (excerpts taken from LaPrairie, the Road Back by Dick Cain).
The City of LaPrairie is located ½ mile east of Grand Rapids on State Hwy. #2. The community has larger lot sizes with city water and sewer services. It is close to Grand Rapids for shopping, arts and entertainment. There are plenty of water sport activities within the 1,000 lakes of Itasca County.
Ryan Park has a pavilion with picnic tables next to a nice playground, a fenced-in basketball court, baseball/softball field, an Olympic-sized hockey rink, and a double tennis court.
There is a 2/3 mile paved, non-motorized trail starting at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Walter Avenue extending west to the neighboring City of Grand Rapids on NE 10th Avenue.