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New Brighton, Minnesota is a suburb of the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan region, located less than ten miles northeast of downtown Minneapolis. Situated in Ramsey County, at the intersection of Interstate Highways 35-W and 694, nearby communities include Arden Hills, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Minneapolis, Mounds View, Roseville, Saint Anthony Village, and Shoreview. Rice Creek flows through the northern part of the city, and there are several lakes in the area, including Lake Johanna, Long Lake, Pike Lake, Round Lake, Rush Lake, and Valentine Lake, as well as a number of Hansen Park ponds. Prior to settlement by whites, the area was inhabited by Native Americans. The Mdewakanton Dakota harvested rice along the marshy lakes of New Brighton, settling a village near Long Lake at Rice Creek, with a smaller village just east of what is now the Silver Lake Road on 3rd Street NW. Immigrants from Britain and France formed a small village in 1858, which included a school, a mission church, and a general store. Then the railroads came in, which brought a lot of other activity. New Brighton was incorporated in 1891, and named for the city in Massachusetts. As the streetcar system expanded in the early 1900s, immigrants and first-generation Americans from Eastern Europe and Germany began moving to the area from Minneapolis.

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