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Mound

City of Mound

Mound is a city in western Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 9,052 at the 2010 census. Mound was the birthplace of the Tonka truck that is named after Lake Minnetonka, which the eastern part of town sits on. Mound is 22 miles (35 km) west of Minneapolis, the county seat.

Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.96 square miles (12.85 km2), of which 2.86 square miles (7.41 km2) is land and 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2) is water. County Roads 15 and 110 are two of the main routes.

Lakes in Mound include Black Lake, Dutch Lake, Lake Langdon, Saunders Lake, and Seton Lake. Lake Minnetonka encompasses these and many others in the area. Mound has more than 1,000 docks on its various lakes. The lakes geographically define the town’s areas, such as Three Points, The Island, The Highlands, Grandview Boulevard and Shirley Hills.

Lake Langdon is located immediately west of Mound, between an old Great Northern railroad line and Lake Minnetonka. One of its most notable places is an old ice house and grocery store at the east side of the lake. The store for many years in the 1940s and 1950s was owned and operated by Ed and Pete Sollie, uncles of the Andrews Sisters singing group. Other historic places on the east shore of Lake Langdon are Our Lady of the Lake parochial school, and the Mound Baptist Church, long cared for by Ulrich Eugster, an immigrant to the U.S. from Reute, Switzerland.

History
According to Melvin Gimmestad’s Historical Backgrounds of Mound, Minnesota, “Mound derived its name from the Indian mounds once found within the present day city limits. They were not built by the Dakota Indians, but were made by prehistoric Indians”.

The former municipality of Island Park, which contained of Phelps Island, merged with Mound in 1960.

Mound celebrated its centennial in 2012.

Local Sites
The Mound City Council has been working for several years on a project named “Mound Visions”. One of the project’s goals is to improve business traffic in the city. Some of its recent accomplishments are the Mound Marketplace, the realignment of County Road 15, the Lost Lake Greenway, and the Villas on Lost Lake townhouses.

Notable people

  • Sheldon Beise – All-American fullback on Bernie Bierman’s undefeated national championship football teams at the University of Minnesota, 1934–1935
  • The Andrews Sisters singing group – Patty, Maxene and LaVerne spent summers in Mound as children from 1918 through 1931, and returned to visit at least one week each July. They visited their uncles Pete and Ed Sollie at their small grocery store, often visited the Mound Casino, and relaxed at the Mound swimming beach, reminiscing about their childhood.[citation needed]
  • Kevin Sorbo – Actor, born and raised in Mound.
  • Kris Humphries – Professional basketball player and ex-husband of Kim Kardashian, has a home in Mound on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, which was featured on the wedding special of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
  • Henning Linden – U.S. Army Brigadier General during World War II, born in Mound.
  • Dennis Frederiksen – former member of the band Toto.
  • Christopher O’Malley – President and CEO of Compuware, born and raised in Mound.
  • Taylor Matson – Professional ice hockey player

Community Festivals and Events

  • Wheels 4 Meals Bike Ride (May)
  • Mound Farmers’ Market & More (May-October)
  • Mound Fire Department Annual Fish Fry & Dance (June)
  • Spirit of the Lakes Festival & MN Wake Surf Competition (July)
  • Westonka Dog Days (August)
  • Our Lady of the Lake Incredible Festival (September)
  • Running of the Bays 5K Run & Half Marathon (September)
  • Tonka Brew Fest (November)

References:

“Mound, Minnesota” │ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound,_Minnesota

“Community Festivals and Events” │ https://www.cityofmound.com/about-us/pages/community-festivals-and-events

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