Martha Marnocha
Traveling the Old North Shore

Traveling the Old North Shore – The Toimi Children’s Cemetery


Traveling the Old North Shore is a WTIP multi-part series focusing on the history of this diverse region.

Producer Martha Marnocha travels to Toimi, Minnesota, which was once a remote community of Finnish homesteaders, but is now mostly forest and a few scattered buildings along a Lake County highway. But once you leave the main paved road, you may find surprising remnants of the area’s 100-year-old history. The historic Toimi School is located on Forest Highway 11, approximately 31 miles north of Two Harbors. The Toimi Children’s Cemetery is 1⁄2 mile south of the school on Murphy Lake Road (Lake County 15).

Thanks to Ron Johnson of the Toimi School Board of Directors for his contribution to this feature. Other volunteers/Board members who assist with the operation and
maintenance of the school and cemetery include Roy Hansen, Adrian Ranta, Mike and Vicky Harrison, Bill Johnson, Dennis Wagner and Jim Turnquist.

Photos courtesy of Martha Marnocha and Ron Johnson.