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Situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from downtown Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in Minnesota by population, and a northwestern suburb of the Twin Cities. The city is served by Interstate Highways 94 and 694, US Highway 169, Minnesota Highways 252 and 610, and County Road 81. Initially part of Brooklyn Township, the southeastern part of the township split in 1860 and incorporated into Brooklyn Center and Crystal. The portion of the township that was left became Brooklyn Park when it was incorporated as a village in 1954. Brooklyn Park became a city in 1969. Garrison Keillor was raised in Brooklyn Park, and graduated from Anoka High School. Former wrestler and the 38th governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, served as mayor of Brooklyn Park from 1991 to 1995. Nearby communities include Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Champlin, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Maple Grove, Mounds View, Osseo, and Spring Lake Park. Minneapolis is about twelve miles south, and Saint Paul is twenty-five miles southeast of Brooklyn Park.

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