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A second-ring suburb of Saint Paul, Shoreview is in Ramsey County, surrounded by the cities of Arden Hills, Blaine, Circle Pines, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, Vadnais Heights, and the Arden Hills Army Training Site.

Within the Shoreview city limits are nine municipal parks and three county parks, as well as several lakes and ponds, including Turtle Lake, Snail Lake, Lake Owasso, Island Lake, Poplar Lake, Grass Lake, Wabasso Lake, Island Lake, Kerry Lake, Lake Judy, Lake Emily, Lake Shoreview, and Martha Lake. Some of these "lakes" are actually ponds. Additionally, Rice Creek flows through the northwestern part of the city.

The chief routes through the city are Interstate Highways 35-W and 694, as well as County Highway 96. US Highway 10 runs with I-694 in lower Shoreview.

Cardigan Junction is a settlement area at a railroad junction on the lower east borders of Shoreview, between Grass Lake and Vadnais Lake. It was a switching point for trains on the Soo Line Railroad.

As Shoreview's businesses were limited to farms, resorts, bars, and family businesses until it was incorporated in 1957, the city does not have a true downtown district.

During the 1800s, the Shoreview region was Indian territory. The Sioux, Dakota, and Chippewa (Ojibwa) inhabited or hunted the area between the Mississippi River and the Saint Croix River.

Among the earliest white settlers of the region were Socrates Thompson, who came in 1850 and named Turtle Lake for a large turtle he caught there, and Samuel Eaton, who built his home on the banks of Turtle Lake. Gipp Carter came in 1851, and John Ledgergaeber built the first hotel in that same year, naming it the Half-Way House. During the 1850s, several other settlers came from the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Germany, and Poland, as well as from other of the US states.

When Minnesota became a state in 1858, the Shoreview area was part of Mounds View Township.

Only after a bitter dispute, the incorporation of Shoreview as a village was approved on a close vote. Kenneth Hanold was elected mayor. With the rest of Minnesota's villages, Shoreview became a city in the 1970s.

In time, the busy intersection of County Highway 96 and Hodgson Road became a center of businesses that might be associated with a downtown district. Until the Shoreview Mall was built in 1980, Shoreview had an ordinance that prohibited malls, although some of its retail businesses solved that problem by leaving an open space between stores.

In 1974, plans were made to establish a park near the village center, which would be named South Turtle Lake Park. When a site north of Snail Lake and east of Martha Lake, near Victoria Street and Highway 96 became a park, it became Shoreview Commons Park, which became Shoreview Commons in 1990, housing the city hall, county library, and a community center, along with a large green space. The Shoreview Ice Arena is also near there.

By the turn of the 21st century, Shoreview was no longer a rural area, except for a few summer cabins on the shores of some of its lakes. The farms were gone, and most of their barns were demolished by 1999. More than 95% of the city is developed, with the exception of its parks, designated open spaces, and large areas around many of its lakes and ponds.

An extensive trail system links several of the parks and green spaces in Shoreview. The largest park in the city is Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park. Other popular parks include Shamrock Park, which is wedged into a residential area and features wooded trails, a baseball park, and a sledding hill.

Shoreview's largest employer include Deluxe Corporation, which was founded in 1915 as Deluxe Check Printers and has its headquarters in Shoreview. PaR Systems, a systems engineering firm, is based in Shoreview, as is TSI Incorporated and DJO Global. Although headquartered in Arden Hills, Land O'Lakes has a corporate office in Shoreview, which employs more than two hundred people. Wells Fargo, Target, Westinghouse, Fiserv, Hill-Rom, Weber Electric, and Nardini Fire Equipment are also significant employers, with facilities in the city.

The city contracts with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department for police services, while fire protection services are provided by the Lake Johanna Fire Department, which operates four stations, two of which are in Shoreview.

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