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Surrounded completed by the city of Minnetrista, in Hennepin County, the small city of Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota is one square mile in area.

The chief routes through the city are Minnesota State Highway 7, and County Road 92, which forms the city's Main Street. Crown College, a private college affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, is located just south of Bonifacius.

The Carver Park Reserve is southeast of Saint Bonifacius, and Lake Waconia, as well as the city of Waconia, are to the southwest.

In the early 1850s, white settlers came across Upper Lake Minnetonka to stake out claims in the northern half of what was then known as Township 117. At around the same time, German immigrants came into the southern part of the township, coming north from Shakopee, Chaska, and Carver. Both groups were claiming land independently of one another.

In April of 1858, Township 117, Range 24 was set aside as a "German Home."

In early 1859, township residents met to begin the process of organizing the township, choosing to name it Minnetrista, which is a reference to a crooked lake in the Dakota language.

The German settlement in the southwestern corner of the township continued to be called German Home, although it was frequently known as Saint Bonifacius, for the Catholic church that had been established there. When a post office was established on Section 30, it was called Saint Bonifacius.

Settlement of Saint Bonifacius was chaotic. History records that John and Joseph Maerz claimed land adjacent to the current site of Saint Bonifacius in the fall of 1853, settling their families there the following spring. The Maerz brothers had come from Bavaria, originally stopping in Crawford County, Ohio before moving to the Minnesota Territory. Other families soon came from Crawford County, among them Joseph Bauer, John Hirschberger, and Alois Kramer. Together, they formed the Catholic parish of Saint Boniface in 1859.

In the mid-1850s, another group came from Dayton, Ohio to settle in the Saint Bonifacius and Minnetrista area. Originally from Mecklenburg, Germany, they included Carl and Rica Bruhn, Sophie Ganz, Franz and Marie Strobach, John Wendt, and Ludwig and Maria Zarandt.

Saint Bonifacius was incorporated as a village in 1904. At that time, it had a hardware store, a general merchandise store, blacksmith shop, harness shop, saw and feed mill, creamery, bank, and a hotel. That same year, the Great Northern Railroad extended its tracks through the village, leading to the establishment of another hotel, another blacksmith shop, and another bank, as well as a furniture store, barber shop, confectionary, meat market, livery business, grain elevator, millinery, an electrical shop, lumber yard, stockyard, two coal companies, several saloons, and several car dealerships. The Minnetonka Canning Factory, opened by Matt Hegerle, became one of the biggest canning factories in the Midwest.

By the 1930s, the business activity in Saint Bonifacius was in decline. The canning factory ceased production, both of its banks closed, and the lumber yard burned. The village's population continued to increase, but slowly.

By the late 1930s, war production allowed men and women to find work within driving distance, and Saint Bonifacius transitioned into more of a bedroom community, as it is today.

Although Saint Bonifacius has no bodies of water except for a small portion of Mud Lake, the city has several parks of various sizes, including Hidden View Park, Merz Marsh Park, Missile Park, Dave Wehle Memorial Park, Don Logelin Memorial Park, Shirley Logelin Memorial Park, Town's Edge Park, Pauly Park, and Wilbur Thurk Memorial Park.

The focus of this category is on the city of Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. Websites representing the municipal government or any of its parks, departments, or services are appropriate for this category, as are any local schools, churches, organizations, businesses, or individuals.

 

 

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