Rice Lake History

Rice Lake has a long history, starting with the early fur traders, logging, farming and recreation. Detailed information on the history of the City over 8,000, can be found in the following links:

Current City Conditions

During the past two decades, Rice Lake has shown substantial progress in the following areas, with some highlights shown below:

  • Two new schools, significant updating of two other schools and state-of-the-art outdoor athletic facilities, together with a $20 million referendum to improve elementary, middle, and high schools.

  • A new hospital (2011) and several supporting clinics with expansions exceeding $100 million.

  • Expansions of the local university and technical college campuses, and new student housing facilities

  • Regional retail service center serving an area of 80-100,000 people

  • Substantial expansion of existing industries, new diversified industrial companies, and two (2) industrial parks.

  • Corporate transport airport, with two runways, the longest spanning 6,700 feet, featuring instrument landing

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