Minnetonka is a Minnesota city with a population of over 51,000 and located 8 miles west of Minneapolis. Founded in the 1850s and incorporated in 1956, Minnetonka stretches for 28.22 square miles within Hennepin County.

Early History

The land that would come to be known as Minnetonka was sacred ground for Native Americans. The dense woods and open prairies made for good hunting, while Lake Minnetonka provided excellent fishing. The Dakotah Sioux and Ojibway Chippewa crossed through Minnetonka as they traveled between Shakopee and Mille Lacs. A major trail through Minnetonka crossed Minnehaha Creek just below the rapids at present-day Minnetonka Mills, then ran along the present Baker and Plymouth roads.

In 1851, Indian tribes signed an agreement allowing settlement of lands west of Fort Snelling, and by 1852, Minnetonka’s first settlement was established at the current Minnetonka Mills site. Available water power and the clearing of trees for farms provided the right ingredients for establishment of a saw mill, the only one west of the Mississippi River. A few years later, the addition of a furniture factory created the largest business center in Hennepin County. By 1869, the saw mill was replaced by a flour mill, which operated until the mid 1890s when it could no longer compete with the larger mills on St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.

A Beautiful City

According to the official website, “Minnetonka is proud of its reputation as a city that preserves its natural resources,” and boasts an impressive 49 community parks and more than 1,000 acres of open public space. The city’s natural resources division is tasked with promoting city policies designed to protect the surrounding natural environment. There are many continuous restoration projects within the parks.

Minnetonka holds various annual events throughout the year, including Eco Fun Fest, the Summer Festival and the Minnetonka Farmers’ Market. There are also many city open house events, such as the Fire Department and City Open House and the Minnetonka Citizen Academy.

Minnetonka Governance

The government of Minnetonka is regulated by a council-manager form of government. Both the city council and the mayor are elected by the public, and a city manager is chosen by the council. The city manager is responsible for enforcing the policies created by the mayor and city council. The council chambers reside in the Minnetonka City Hall and Community Center, located at 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard.

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