Proctor is a small city with a rural character that prides itself on a sense of community and a readiness to grow. Our schools are progressive and community projects are thriving. The Proctor School District recently opened the St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center. Golf, ball fields, playgrounds, a museum, race track, and historic landmarks are here for all to enjoy!
The village of Proctorknott was incorporated in 1894. It took its name after J. Proctor Knott, a U.S. Congressman from Kentucky who delivered a satirical speech ridiculing Duluth. The name was later shortened to Proctor.
Proctor is a community of just over 3,000 residents perched on the rim of rocky Thompson Hill overlooking the great blue basin of Lake Superior. For over 100 years locomotives have pulled their heavy loads of iron ore from one of the largest iron ore sorting yards in the world, downhill to the Duluth Ore Docks. These ore trains gave Proctor its historic identity as a railroad town.
Proctor is host to a variety of community events including horse and dog shows at the Dirt Floor Arena, Proctor Speedway events, the South St. Louis County Fair, and the town’s own Hoghead Festival. Proctor is proud to host national events such as Amsoil Snocross over Thanksgiving weekend, ALS Black Woods Blizzard Tour in early February, and the MS 150 Bike Ride in June.
The adjacent neighborhoods of Bayview, Zenith Terrace, and Midway Park add significantly to the population of the community; these residents are part of the Proctor School District while being located in Duluth and Midway Township.
Proctor Economic Development
The City of Proctor is located to the southwest of Duluth, at the Gateway to the Twinports.
Proctor is considered a Small Town with a population of 3,058 and 28 businesses.
The economy of Proctor employs 1,865 people and has an unemployment rate of 2.6%. Some of the largest industries in Proctor are Family & General Practice Physicians (7), Physicians & Surgeon (7), and Pet Grooming & Boarding (2). Source: https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/united-states/minnesota/proctor