Cambridge, Minnesota

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Cambridge is a city in Isanti County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Minnesota State Highways 65 and 95. The population was 5,520 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Isanti County.[3] It is located along the Rum River and the BNSF Railway. Cambridge is notable for having the highest percentage of Swedish Americans of any city in the United States with a population of over 5,000 people.[4]

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History

The city of Cambridge was established in the late 19th century along the railroad from Minneapolis to Duluth. It was named by settlers from New England, although the surrounding area was heavily populated with Swedish immigrants, as were many areas of Minnesota.

In the early 20th century, Cambridge had a potato starch factory, a 1,300-barrel flour mill, a wool carding and spinning mill, an electric lighting plant, and local and long-distance telephone systems.[5]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.2 km²), of which, 6.2 square miles (16.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.28%) is water.

The Rum River flows north to south through the middle of Cambridge. Camping, canoeing, and fishing are popular attractions of the Rum River.

Economy

Cambridge is a local commercial center. The recently expanded Cambridge Medical Center serves as the regional health care center.

Education

Cambridge-Isanti High School, Cambridge Middle School, Cambridge Intermediate School, and Cambridge Primary School serve the community. Two new schools, Cambridge Middle School and Isanti Intermediate School, were built in the fall of 2006 to house the expanding school population.

Cambridge Christian School, founded in 1978, has new facilities in the city of Cambridge. Cambridge is also home to Cambridge Community College, a branch of Anoka Ramsey Community Colle

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