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A northern suburb of the Twin Cities, the city of Ramsey, Minnesota is in Anoka County. Minnesota Highway 47 and US Highways 10 and 169, which run together through the city, are the main routes through the city. A station on the Northstar Commuter Rail links Ramsey to downtown Minneapolis. Surrounding communities include Andover, Anoka, Dayton, Elk River, Nowthen, Oak Grove, and Rogers. Eddy Lake, Greenland Lake, Lake Itasca, Smiths Lake, Sunfish Lake, and several smaller bodies of water are within the city, and Trout Brook flows through the northern part of the city. The Rum River makes up the city’s eastern border, and the Mississippi River comprises its southern border. The area was first settled along the banks of the Mississippi River around 1850 due to trading opportunities along the river. The township was organized in 1857, and originally named Watertown. In 1858, the township took the current name of the city. Many of its first settlers had come to the area on a steamboat named “The Governor Ramsey,” named for Minnesota’s first territorial governor. Incorporated in 1974, the city was named for the steamboat. Today, the city is a mix of farms, single-family homes on large parcels of land, single-family homes on urban-sized lots, town homes, and apartments.


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