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The city of Hanover, Minnesota is primarily located in Wright County, although a portion of the city extends east into Hennepin County. Situated along the Crow River, which flows through the downtown River District, and serves as the boundary between the two counties. Nearby communities include Albertville, Buffalo, Corcoran, Greenfield, Maple Grove, Montrose, Rockford, Rogers, and St. Michael. The original settlement was made by two brothers who came in 1856, Jacob and William Vollbrecht, and was known as Vollbrecht Mills. In 1891, the village was incorporated as Hanover, and at that time it had a population of 206. In 1885, the Morse Bridge Company designed and constructed an iron truss bridge that linked travelers from the Hennepin County side to the Wright County side, spurring growth in the new town. Listed on the Federal Register of Historic Places, the iron Pratt through truss bridge is now a pedestrian bridge. In the early 1900s, a daily stage operated between Hanover, Albertville and Rockford. Hanover remained a relatively small town, with a population that ranged from under two hundred to just over three hundred, until 1980, after which it has experienced large growth, swelling to over three thousand today. The Hanover Harvest Festival is held on the first weekend of August.



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