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Hugo, Minnesota is a residential suburb of Saint Paul. The city is in Washington County, north of White Bear Lake, in the northeastern portion of the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The southwest corner of Hugo contains a portion of Bald Eagle Lake. The major route through the city is US Highway 61, which runs north-south. Interstate Highway 35-E is not within the city limits, but is used by Hugo residents, with County Road 14 connecting US Highway 61 to the Interstate. Nearby communities include Carnelian Junction, Centerville, Columbus, Dellwood, Forest Lake, Grant, Lino Lakes, Maple Island, Marine on St. Croix, Scandia, Shoreview, White Bear Beach, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, and Withrow. After the Dakota people, the area was settled by French Canadians who built a store and hotel there. The town then became a refueling station for the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, which became the Great Northern Railway. The settlement was first known as Centerville Station, within Oneka Township, before being renamed Hugo for Trevanion William Hugo, mayor of Duluth, largely to avoid confusion within the post office with an existing Centerville Station in Washington County. The community was incorporated as a village in 1906, and as a city in 1972. The town grew slowly from a population of 204 in 1910 to fewer than a thousand in 1970, then increased for than four times its population in the 1970s, and more than doubling its population in the 2000s, to a population that is approaching fifteen thousand.

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