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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota is in northern Dakota County, in lower eastern Minnesota. One of a hundred and eighty-six cities and townships in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan region, the city is about nine miles southeast of Saint Paul. Other nearby communities include South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Eagan, Newport, and Saint Paul Park, Newport and Saint Paul Park being across the Mississippi River. White settlers began coming into the area after the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851, with immigrants from Ireland and Germany staking claims west of the Mississippi River. For the most part, the Irish farmed the eastern part of the community, while the Germans cleared the wooded land to the west. Later, French and English settlers built farms and homes along the river. Inver Grove Heights Township was formed in 1858, and named for the Irish and German towns of Inver and Grove. By 1880, there were two hundred and forty farms, four churches, and four school districts in the township. People living in a one square-mile area adjacent to the railroad separated from the township and incorporated the village of Inver Grover in 1909, becoming part of Inver Grove Heights when it was incorporated as a city in 1965. Since its incorporation as a city, Inver Grove Heights has gained in population each census year, increasing from 12,148 in 1970 to 33,880 in 2010.

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