Minnetrista, Minnesota

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Minnetrista is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The name Minnetrista is said to owe its origin to the Dakota language, in which minne means "water" and trista means "crooked." [1] The city is generally rural and still has material agricultural activity, involving corn, beans, hay and horses. It lacks an identifiable downtown, so the nearby city of Mound mostly fills that role, along with the city of Saint Bonifacius. The city can be described as on or near the boundary between the suburbs and rural areas and it faces pressures in favor and against development. Local politics often involve this issue. The population was 4,358 at the 2000 census. Crown College is located along the southern border of Minnetrista.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.8 square miles (79.8 km²), of which, 26.1 square miles (67.6 km²) of it is land and 4.7 square miles (12.2 km²) of it (15.31%) is water. County Roads 15, 44, and 110 are three of the main routes.

Lakes in Minnetrista include Whaletail Lake, Little Long Lake, Mud Lake, Ox Yoke Lake, Saunders Lake, as well as several bays of Lake Minnetonka. Six Mile Creek runs through the western part of the city and brings the run off from about 17,000 acres (69 km2) to Lake Minnetonka. In 2005, the City Council of Minnetrista started calling this creek a marsh. One possible reason for them doing so, is that in general, cities can regulate marshes, but not creeks and rivers. At that time, there was also a discussion about limiting docks within the city along Six Mile Creek. Docks with Lake Minnetonka access, can be highly valued.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,358 people, 1,505 households, and 1,249 families residing in the city. The population density was 166.9 people per square mile (64.4/km²). There were 1,567 housing units at an average density of 60.0/sq mi (23.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.06% White, 0.34% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population. 32.0% were of German, 16.1% Norwegian, 9.9% Swedish, 7.4% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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