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The city of Blaine, Minnesota is mostly in Anoka County, in the lower eastern part of the state, although a small portion of the city extends into Ramsey County. Settled in 1862 by Phillip Laddy, Blaine was part of the city of Anoka until 1877, when it separated to become an independent township. Moses Ripley, who was elected as the first Chairman of the Board of Supervisors to the township, had come to Minnesota from Maine, so he persuaded his fellow board members to name the new township after James G. Blaine, a three-time presidential candidate from Maine. The sandy soil and abundant wetlands in the area of Blaine made farming difficult, so the area remained a prime hunting region. Population growth remained slow until after World War I, when Blaine changed from a small rural town to a suburban community, as home developments began to spring up primarily in the southern part of town. This growth can be attributed to the construction of Interstate Highway 35-W, US Highway 10, and Minnesota Highway 65, which made the area more accessible to the Twin Cities region, and attractive for businesses and residential development. Nearby communities include Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, and Spring Lake Park. Minneapolis, Minnesota is less than twenty miles south of Blaine.


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