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The city of Hopkins, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, is four square miles in size and surrounded by the larger communities of Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, and Edina. Other nearby towns include Chanhassen, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, Minneapolis, Richfield, Wayzata, and Woodland. The first white settlers came to Hopkins in 1852, but the town itself developed with the construction of the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company, which later became Minneapolis Moline, and employed the majority of the town’s residents. In 1893, residents petitioned for the village to be formed, and it was originally incorporated as West Minneapolis. In 1928, the village’s name was changed to Hopkins, in honor of Henry H. Hopkins, an early homesteader and the town’s first postmaster. The village’s first mayor was Chester L. Hopkins, Henry’s son. Hopkins became a city in 1947. The Hopkins School District serves all or parts of seven Minneapolis west suburban communities, including Hopkins, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, Plymouth, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Saint Louis Park. Since Hopkins became an incorporated village, its population has increased each census year.

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