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The city of Crystal, Minnesota is a mid-sized suburb located about 10 miles northwest of Minneapolis. With a population of close to 22,000 residents, Crystal has a community that is both active and interdependent. Residents enjoy numerous events, amenities, and businesses located within the city, but they also have access to the amenities of the… Read more »

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The city of Crystal, Minnesota is home to over 240 acres of parkland. With 28 parks, as well as a number of other outdoor amenities, residents of Crystal cherish the wonderful outdoor opportunities that exist within the city. Some of the most notable parks include: Bassett Creek Park: The largest of Crystal’s community parks, Bassett… Read more »

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Old photo of St. Bonifacius Creamery

In 1852, the area of Crystal, Minnesota became a part of Hennepin County. However, Crystal was not an official city, as was it actually called the Crystal township. This township began to grow geographically, as it had boundaries in modern-day Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, and Crystal. The township was forced to become incorporated into Crystal village… Read more »

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Crystal, Minnesota is a part of the Robbinsdale Area School District, also known as school district 281. This is an award-winning district committed to academic excellence. They take pride in the services that they have provided to families and students for nearly a century. The district has nine elementary schools, two middle schools, and two… Read more »

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The earliest inhabitants of the Burnsville area were the Mdewakanton Dakota Indians. Around 1750, Chief Black Dog established a permanent village between Black Dog Lake and the Minnesota River, near the present site of the Black Dog Power Plant. After the Dakota nation ceded land in 1851 and moved to Chief Shakopee’s village in Prior Lake, the… Read more »

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The city of Burnsville, Minnesota is home to a wide range of parkland. Burnsville maintains 1,800 acres of parkland spread throughout 79 different parks, providing residents with numerous options for outdoor recreational activities. Over half of Burnsville’s parkland remains undeveloped and is preserved as natural habitat, including much of the city’s  northern border, which is… Read more »

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