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City of Hanover

Hanover is a city in Wright and Hennepin counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 2,938 at the 2010 census. Hanover is mainly located within Wright County; only a small part of the city extends into Hennepin County.

Even though Hanover is partly in the metropolitan county of Hennepin, it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council.

Hanover was laid out in 1877 and named after Hanover, in Germany, the native land of some of the early settlers. A post office has been in operation at Hanover since 1877. Hanover was incorporated in 1891. One property in Hanover, the 1885 Hanover Bridge, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.59 square miles (14.48 km2); 5.45 square miles (14.12 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water. County Road 19 serves as a main route in the city.

Hanover is located along the Crow River. The river flows through the Downtown River District, and serves as the boundary line between Hennepin and Wright counties.

Nearby places include St. Michael, Albertville, Rogers, Maple Grove, Corcoran, Greenfield, Rockford, Buffalo and Montrose.

The singer and Minnesota native Bob Dylan used to own a ranch near Hanover in Hennepin County.

Harvest Festival
The Hanover Harvest Festival takes place annually on the first weekend in August. The festival consists of many activities including a 5K run, Kids Fun Run, Miss Hanover Competition, fireworks, parade and car show.

Miss Hanover Royalty Program
The Hanover Harvest Festival Royalty Program was begun in 2009 by Jackie Heinz who currently runs the program. To participate in the contest, requirements include being a rising senior in high school up to 22 years old, and having attended school in Hanover or lived in the area, or attended a local private school. The contest consists of contestants being judged on various criteria including accomplishments, community activities, club/office membership and future goals pertaining to education and career. They are also judged on poise, dress, answers to interview questions and speech. Each year, two girls are crowned Miss Hanover and Hanover Princess. Miss Hanover has the opportunity to be invited by the Aquatennial Royal Court in Minneapolis to participate in Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Scholarship Program. If the Queen (Miss Hanover) decides not to participate in Aquatennial, then the opportunity passes to the Princess. Past royalty are:

Miss Hanover

  • Dana Bjorge 2009–2010
  • Kenzie Haight 2010–2011
  • Kaelie Lund 2011–2012
  • Amanda Jendro 2012–2013
  • Krystle Brown 2013-2014
  • Mallory Gutknecht 2014-2015
  • Belle Wanke 2015-2016
  • Abigail Staggert 2016-2017


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