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Minnetrista, Minnesota is in southwestern Hennepin County, in the lower eastern part of the state. There are several lakes and other bodies of water in Minnetrista, including Little Long Lake, Mud Lake, Ox Yoke Lake, Saunders Lake and Whaletail Lake, along with several bays of Lake Minnetonka. Six Mile Creek flows through the western portion of the city. County Roads 15, 44 and 110 serve the area. Minnetrista's nearest neighbors are St. Bonifacius to the southwest, and Mound to the northeast. Minnetonka is about sixteen miles east, and Minneapolis is about twenty-five miles east of Minnetrista. Prior to white settlement of the area, the area was settled by the Mdewakanton, the largest tribe of the Dakotah, and Indian mounds were once prevalent in the area. The Dakotah left the area when Congress acquired their land in 1851, and the area was opened for white settlement. Frank W. Halsted came in 1855, building a cabin on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, now known as Halstead Bay. After serving in the Civil War, Halsted returned and built a larger cabin, known as the Hermitage. In 1858, county commissioners created German Home Township, but at the first township meeting, voters changed the name to Minnetrista. In the early 1900s, a road was built through the area, which led to the construction of hotels and other businesses. Mound and Saint Bonifacious separated from Minnetrista Township to become cities, and the township incorporated as a village in 1960 in order to avoid annexation, and became a city in the early 1970s.



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