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Minnetonka
City
Minnetonka Community Center
Minnetonka Community Center
Location of Minnetonka within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of Minnetonka
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°54′48″N 93°30′12″W / 44.91333°N 93.50333°W / 44.91333; -93.50333Coordinates: 44°54′48″N 93°30′12″W / 44.91333°N 93.50333°W / 44.91333; -93.50333
CountryUnited States
StateMinnesota
CountyHennepin
Founded1852
Incorporated1956
Government
 • MayorBrad Wiersum
Area
 • City27.95 sq mi (72.39 km2)
 • Land26.91 sq mi (69.71 km2)
 • Water1.04 sq mi (2.69 km2)
Elevation
889 ft (271 m)
Population
 (2020)[2]
 • City53,781
 • RankUS: 735th MN: 17th
 • Density1,900/sq mi (740/km2)
 • Metro
3,524,583 (US: 16th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
55305, 55343, 55345, 55391[3]
Area code(s)952
FIPS code27-43252
GNIS feature ID0647949[4]
Websitehttps://www.minnetonkamn.gov

Minnetonka (/ˌmɪnɪˈtɒŋkə/ MIN-i-TONG-kə) is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, about eight miles (13 km) west of Minneapolis. The name comes from the Dakota Sioux mni tanka, meaning "great water". Minnetonka sits on the Twin Cities' metropolitan divide. The eastern side of Minnetonka is much more developed than the western side. The western side is characterized by hills, lakes, and large country estates.[4] U.S. Highway 12 is the city’s main road.

As of the 2020 census, the population was 53,781.[5] The city is the home of Cargill, the country's largest privately owned company, and UnitedHealth Group, the state's largest publicly owned company.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.22 square miles (73.09 km2), of which 26.93 square miles (69.75 km2) is land and 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2) is water.[6] Part of the city includes the eastern tip of Lake Minnetonka, one of the largest lakes in Minnesota. The outlet of Lake Minnetonka is Minnehaha Creek, which winds through south Minneapolis and flows over Minnehaha Falls and into the Mississippi River. Minnetonka is located 8 miles (13 km) west of Minneapolis, in Hennepin County.

Economy[edit]

The headquarters of Carlson are in Minnetonka.[7] The headquarters of Cargill are located in Minnetonka and are in the Wayzata Post Office area.[8][9][10] Founded in 1865, Cargill is the largest privately held corporation in the U.S. in terms of revenue.[11] Other companies based in Minnetonka include Digital River, Radisson Hotel Group, and the uniform companies AmeriPride Services and G&K Services.

Top employers[edit]

According to the city's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[12] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 UnitedHealth Group 4,400
2 Cargill 3,400
3 Carlson 3,100
4 Minnetonka Public Schools 1,671
5 Rosemount Engineering (Emerson) 1,600
6 Medica Health Plans 1,300
7 Starkey Hearing Technologies 1,300
8 St. Jude Medical 1,300
9 SuperValu 1,265
10 MTS 800

History[edit]

Since the mid-19th century, Minnetonka has evolved from heavily wooded wilderness through extensive farming and thriving industrialization to its present primarily residential suburban character. The Minnetonka area was home to the Dakota and Ojibwe Native American tribes before Euro-Americans arrived in the 1800s. They believed Lake Minnetonka (mni meaning water, and tanka meaning big, anglicized to Minnetonka) and the land around it to be sacred. The first recorded exploration of the area by Euro-Americans was in 1822, when a group from newly constructed Fort Snelling made its way up Minnehaha Creek (then known as Brown's Creek or Falls Creek) to the lake. In 1851, the Dakota sold the area including Minnetonka to the United States with the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux. The first census, the Territorial Census of 1857, lists 41 households. Twenty-nine of the heads of households are listed as farmers. The occupations of the remaining twelve are associated with the operations of Minnetonka Mill and a nearby hotel.[13]

In 1852, a claim was staked on Minnehaha Creek near McGinty Road. The sawmill that was constructed in the thick woods of maple, oak, elm, red cedar and basswood was the first privately operated mill in Minnesota west of the Mississippi River. Oak timbers from this mill were used to build the first suspension bridge across the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls in 1853. The settlement of Minnetonka Mills that grew up around the mill was the first permanent European–American settlement west of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. In 1855, a two-story sawmill was constructed with a furniture factory on the second floor. A building for varnishing furniture was built on the south side of the creek, at the present Bridge Street. Production consisted mainly of chairs and bedsteads. The Minnetonka Republican at St. Anthony published a short article describing the area. The February 12, 1857, issue said:

Minnetonka City – We have already called attention to the thrift and activity of that little town. Large investments are made there. On January 1, 40 hands were being employed turning out weekly 500 chairs and 200 bedsteads. By April it will be 2000 weekly. 1,000,000 board feet (2,400 m3) of lumber is in the pond, half of it nicely seasoned. Machinery is on the way for a flour mill. J. P. Miller is erecting a new hotel.

The Cargill Lake Office, occupying a former mansion, houses the company's top executives.

In 1860, after only 8 years of operation, the sawmill closed. In 1869, a flour and grist mill were constructed and operated until the late 1880s. In 1874, Charles H. Burwell came to manage the Minnetonka Mill Company, and he built a Victorian home on the north bank of Minnehaha Creek (Minnetonka Boulevard at McGinty Road East) for his family. The Charles H. Burwell House is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the city. There were two other mills in Minnetonka. The St. Alban's Mill, which was less than 1 mile (2 km) downstream from Minnetonka Mills on Minnehaha Creek, operated as a flour mill from 1874 to 1881. A grist mill built on Purgatory Creek was washed out in a flood shortly after construction. Minnetonka Mills, with its post office and port for Lake Minnetonka, was the principal business and trading center for a large area until the 1870s.

Between 1883 and 1956, the area within the original 36-square-mile (93 km2) township grew smaller as Wayzata, Hopkins, Deephaven, Woodland and Saint Louis Park incorporated or annexed portions of then-Minnetonka Township.

The Minnetonka Town Hall, built in 1906, is on the National Register of Historic Places.[14]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The city of Minnetonka is covered by three independent school districts.[15] The Hopkins School District, which encompasses the central and eastern part of Minnetonka; the Minnetonka School District, in the western part of city north of Lake Minnetonka; and the Wayzata School District, which covers an area along the northern boundary of the city. Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota's open enrollment statute.[16]

Public Schools in Minnetonka (Minnetonka School District)
Elementary School Junior High School Senior High School
Clear Springs Elementary Minnetonka Middle School East Minnetonka High School
Groveland Elementary
Scenic Heights Elementary

The Minnetonka School District also includes four schools outside of the city of Minnetonka: Deephaven Elementary School (Deephaven), Excelsior Elementary School (Excelsior), Minnewashta Elementary School (Shorewood), and Minnetonka Middle School West (Chanhassen).

Public Schools in Minnetonka (Hopkins School District)
Elementary Schools Junior High School Senior High School
Gatewood Elementary School Hopkins West Junior High School Hopkins High School
Glen Lake Elementary School Hopkins North Junior High School
L. H. Tanglen Elementary School

The Hopkins School District comprises two-thirds of the city of Minnetonka, the entirety of Hopkins, and portions of the cities of Golden Valley, Edina, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, and Plymouth. In addition to schools located within Minnetonka, the Hopkins School District also includes four schools in the cities of Hopkins and Golden Valley: Eisenhower Elementary School/Xin Xing Academy (Hopkins), Alice Smith Elementary School (Hopkins), Meadowbrook Elementary School (Golden Valley), and Harley Hopkins Early Childhood/Family Center (Hopkins).

Private schools[edit]

There are four private and parochial schools within Minnetonka's city limits:

  • Accell Academy, an accredited private college preparatory school serving grades K-12
  • Notre Dame Academy, preschool through eighth grade
  • Minnetonka Christian Academy
  • Academy of Whole learning, an accredited non-profit school specializing in children with Autism and other learning differences, serving K-12[17]

Public libraries[edit]

The Hennepin County Library has its headquarters in the Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka.[18] The system also operates the Minnetonka Library.[19]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860203
1870552171.9%
18801,06993.7%
18901,44134.8%
19001,083−24.8%
19101,53842.0%
19202,29849.4%
19304,601100.2%
19406,46640.5%
195011,89684.0%
196025,037110.5%
197035,77642.9%
198038,6838.1%
199048,37025.0%
200051,3016.1%
201049,734−3.1%
202053,7818.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[20]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 49,734 people, 21,901 households, and 13,619 families living in the city. The population density was 1,846.8 inhabitants per square mile (713.1/km2). There were 23,294 housing units at an average density of 865.0 per square mile (334.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 3.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 21,901 households, of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 45 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 33.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 51,301 people, 21,393 households, and 14,097 families living in the city. The population density was 1,893.0 persons per square mile (729.7/km2). There were 22,228 housing units at an average density of 818.9 per square mile (316.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.40% White, 1.50% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.29% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population. 24.7% were of German, 13.8% Norwegian, 9.1% Irish, 8.2% Swedish and 6.7% English ancestry.

There were 21,393 households, out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of single individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

According to the 2000 US Census, the median income for a household in the city was $83,437.

Government[edit]

Minnetonka Police Department and City Hall

The City Council of Minnetonka consists of the mayor and six council members. Of the six council members, two are elected at large and the remaining four are elected from wards. The council exercises the legislative power of the city and determines all matters of policy. It has the responsibility of basic decisions for the community, including appointment of the city manager. The city manager is responsible for putting council policies into effect and administering affairs of city government.[21]

The United States Postal Service operates the Minnetonka Post Office and the Minnetonka Carrier Annex.[22][23] In addition, Minnetonka is served by four zip codes: one representing Minnetonka (55345), two representing Hopkins, MN and Minnetonka, MN (55305, 55343) and one representing Wayzata, MN (55391).

Politics[edit]

Minnetonka is located in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, represented by Democrat Dean Phillips.

Presidential election results 1960–2020
Precinct General Election Results[24]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 31.7% 11,851 66.3% 24,804 2.0% 752
2016 33.6% 11,378 57.7% 19,533 8.7% 3,057
2012 43.2% 14,819 55.1% 18,874 1.7% 579
2008 41.3% 13,814 57.3% 19,171 1.4% 499
2004 45.9% 15,347 53.5% 17,790 0.6% 294
2000 45.9% 14,359 48.9% 15,289 5.2% 1,702
1996 42.0% 11,861 48.7% 13,740 9.3% 2,612
1992 37.9% 11,921 39.3% 12,340 22.8% 7,177
1988 57.7% 15,468 42.3% 11,332 0.0% 0
1984 62.1% 15,056 37.9% 9,195 0.0% 0
1980 51.6% 11,209 34.0% 7,379 14.4% 3,082
1976 58.9% 11,334 39.0% 7,505 2.1% 394
1972 65.0% 10,902 33.6% 5,631 1.4% 235
1968 56.2% 7,946 40.7% 5,751 3.1% 439
1964 52.6% 6,805 47.1% 6,082 0.3% 40
1960 64.5% 7,442 35.3% 4,075 0.2% 25

Sports[edit]

The Minnetonka Dynamo, a bandy club, became national champions of bandy in 1994, 1998 and 2000.

The Minnetonka Millers, a Class A baseball club, became state champions in 2015, 2016, and 2017.[25] The Millers play at Veterans Field, located on the campus of Minnetonka High School.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Contact Archived March 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine." Carlson Companies. Retrieved on February 9, 2011. "Carlson 701 Carlson Parkway Minnetonka, MN 55305 U.S.A."
  8. ^ "Wayzata city, Minnesota[permanent dead link]." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  9. ^ "Twin Cities Locations Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine." Cargill. Retrieved on December 23, 2010. "15407 McGinty Rd Wayzata, MN 55391"
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  11. ^ "#1 Cargill - Forbes.com". www.forbes.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  12. ^ City of Minnetonka CAFR Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
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  14. ^ Tribune, Katy Read Star. "Downtown Excelsior, the Steamboat Minnehaha named to the National Register of Historic Places". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  15. ^ City of Minnetonka covered by three school districts Archived June 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, City of Minnetonka webpage
  16. ^ "Open Enrollment". Minnesota Department of Education. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  17. ^ "School for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)". Academy of Whole Learning. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  18. ^ "About Hennepin County Library Archived 2010-02-25 at the Wayback Machine." Hennepin County Library. Retrieved on March 24, 2010.
  19. ^ "Minnetonka Library." Hennepin County Library. Retrieved on March 24, 2010.
  20. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
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  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ "Lawrence Journal-World – Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  27. ^ a b Salisbury, Bill (December 14, 2015). "Gretchen Quie, opened governor's house to public, dies at 88". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Archived from the original on January 2, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2016.

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