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218 is the North American telephone area code for the
northern part of the state of Minnesota. It is one of
Minnesota's original two codes, although it has been modified
since inception. By area, the region is the largest area code
in Minnesota, covering roughly the northern half and including
the cities of Duluth, Hibbing, Brainerd, Bemidji, and
According to a 1947 map of the North American Numbering
Plan (NANP), the 218 region was originally "r"-shaped and
covered about two-thirds of Minnesota. Area code 612
covered the remaining southeastern portion. The shape of
218 was modified to roughly coincide with its current shape in
1954 when area code 507 was created to stretch across the
southern fifth of Minnesota. A very minute change in the
1990s brought the Northwest Angle into the 218 area after
being part of Bell Canada's Clearwater Bay exchange in Area
code 807.
The 218 region was unaffected in 1996 when the 612 area
was subdivided. Today, area code 320 runs the length of the
southern border with 218, and the 612 area code has been
reduced in size so much that it now just covers Minneapolis
                                                                                  A map of Minnesota area codes.
proper and a few nearby suburbs.

Cities and communities within area code 218
    Ada                                                          Littlefork         Proctor
                      Cass Lake            Federal Dam
    Aitkin                                                       Longville          Red Lake Falls
                      Chisholm             Fergus Falls
    Akeley                                                       Lutsen             Remer
                      Clearbrook           Fertile
    Ashby                                                        Mahnomen           Roseau
                      Cloquet              Floodwood
    Aurora                                                       McGregor           Rothsay
                      Cohasset             Fosston
    Babbitt                                                      Menahga            St. Hilaire
                      Coleraine            Frazee
    Backus                                                       Mizpah             St. Vincent
                      Cook                 Gilbert
    Bagley                                                       Moorhead           Sebeka
                      Cromwell             Glyndon
    Barnesville                                                  Moose Lake         Silver Bay
                      Crookston            Grand Marais
    Barnum                                                       Motley             Staples
                      Crosby               Grand Portage
    Battle Lake                                                  Mountain Iron      Sturgeon Lake
                      Dalton               Grand Rapids
    Baudette                                                     Nashwauk           Thief River Falls
                      Deer River           Greenbush
    Baxter                                                       Newfolden          Thomson
                      Deerwood             Hackensack
    Bemidji                                                      New York Mills     Tower
                      Detroit Lakes        Hallock
    Bena                                                         Northome           Twin Valley
                      Dilworth             Hawley
    Big Falls                                                    Nisswa             Two Harbors
                      Duluth               Hermantown
    Bigfork                                                      Outing             Vergas
                      East Grand Forks     Hibbing
    Biwabik                                                      Orr                Virginia
                      Elbow Lake           Hill City
    Bovey                                                        Park Rapids        Wadena
                   Ely                      Hoyt Lakes
   Boy River                                                       Parkers Prairie    Walker
                   Emily                    Humboldt
   Brainerd                                                        Pelican Rapids     Warren
                   Erhard                   International Falls
   Breckenridge                                                    Pequot Lakes       Warroad
                   Erskine                  Karlstad
   Brookston                                                       Perham             Willow River
                   Eveleth                  Keewatin
   Carlton                                                         Pine River         Wrenshall

See also
  List of NANP area codes

External links
  NANPA Area Code Map of Minnesota
  List of exchanges from, 218 Area Code

  Area code history.
  (2001). 1947 Area Code Assignment Map.          GIF image at
                                     Minnesota area codes: 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
                                                            North: 204, 807
                         West: 701                                218                 East: 534, 715, Lake Superior
                                                              South: 320
                                                  Manitoba area codes: 204, 431
                         Ontario area codes: 226, 249, 289, 343, 365, 416, 519, 613, 647, 705, 807, 905
                                          Wisconsin area codes: 262, 414, 608, 715, 920
                                                  North Dakota area codes: 701

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