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Located in Ramsey County, Minnesota, the city of Arden Hills is home to Bethel University and Seminary, and the University of Northwestern - St. Paul straddles the border between Arden Hills and Roseville. The first known European-American settler in the area was Charles Perry, who built a home and grew potatoes on three acres adjacent to Lake Johanna, at which time the area was in Mounds View Township. Minnesota became a state in 1858, and Lake Johanna and Lake Josephine became popular recreational spots during the late 1800s. In 1906, Joseph Hackey built a hobby farm that he called Arden Farms, which formed the basis for the town’s name. During World War II, the federal government bought more than two thousand acres of farmland, where it established an ammunition manufacturing site that employed 26,000 people, and which still occupies the northern third of the city. Arden Hills was incorporated in 1951 in order to avoid annexation by New Brighton, and over the next several years additional land was annexed to the city. Besides New Brighton, which borders Arden Hills on the west and southwest, other nearby communities include Mounds View, North Oaks, Roseville, and Shoreview. Minneapolis, Minnesota is about eleven miles southwest and Saint Paul is about twelve miles south of Arden Hills.

 

 

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