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Medina, Minnesota is in Hennepin County. Baker Park Reserve and Lake Katrina are in the southwest corner of the city, while Lake Independence is on the city’s west side. Also within the city limits are several smaller bodies of water, including Holy Name Lake, Krieg Lake, Lake Medina, Peter Lake, Spurzem Lake, Swamp Lake, Thomas Lake, Winterhalter Lake, Wolsfield Lake, and several others. The main route through the city is Minnesota Highway 55, as well as County Roads 19 and 24. Nearby communities include Greenfield, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. Minneapolis is about twenty miles east of Medina. The area that would become Medina was part of the Big Woods, a large region of hardwood forest, broken only by lakes, marshes and streams. The first white settlers came in 1855, although county commissioners named the place Hamburg Township. However, residents preferred the name Medina, for the Arabian Holy city that was in the news that year, and voted unanimously to change the name. Its first settlers were mostly German immigrants, along with some Irish and French-Canadians. At one point, Medina was more than fifty square miles in size, but other cities were carved out of it over the years. Although part of Medina, the neighborhood known as Hamel was platted as a city as early as 1879 but its efforts to incorporate failed. Hamel has its own post office and zip code. Medina incorporated as a village in 1955, and became a city in 1974. Since its first census in 1940, Medina’s population has never decreased and has increased by twenty percent or more during most census years.

 

 

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