Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

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Inver Grove Heights is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 29,751 at the 2000 census. It is one of the 186 cities and townships in the seven-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area..[3]

The city is 9 miles (14 km) to the southeast of Saint Paul; nearby settlements are Sunfish Lake (5 miles, 8 km northwest by road), South St. Paul (6 miles, 9 km north) and Newport (8 miles, 13 km northeast across the Mississippi River via the Wakota Bridge).

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History

Following the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851, settlers from Ireland and Germany quickly staked claims in the rolling countryside west of the Mississippi River. Those of Irish descent farmed the eastern portion of the community, while Germans cleared the wooded land to the west for their farms. French and English settlers built their homes along the River. The township of Inver Grove Heights was named after an Irish fishing village, Inver and the German town of Grove.[4] Records show that 240 farms, four churches, and four school districts were founded by 1880.[5]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.1 square miles (78.0 km²), of which, 28.6 square miles (74.2 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it (4.91%) is water.

Interstate Highway 494 (a beltway bypass of Minneapolis-Saint Paul), U.S. Highway 52, Minnesota Highway 55, and Minnesota Highway 3 are four of the main routes in the city. 80th Street East (numbered from downtown Saint Paul) crosses the city in an east-west direction.

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