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Roseville

City of Roseville

Roseville is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. It is one of two Twin Cities suburbs that are adjacent to both Saint Paul and Minneapolis (the other is Lauderdale). The land comprising Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, and southern Roseville was unincorporated until Roseville incorporated in 1948 and Falcon Heights and Lauderdale incorporated in 1949.

History
Roseville’s land was originally home to the Dakota and Ojibwe. The first white settlers came in 1843, and the Native Americans left the area by 1862. Rose Township was established in 1858; it was named after one of the first settlers, Isaac Rose. The township included the areas now known as Roseville, Lauderdale, and Falcon Heights, as well as parts of present-day Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The area saw rapid growth through the 1930s and 1940s, and Roseville incorporated as a village in 1948 to accommodate it. Falcon Heights and Lauderdale soon followed suit, and Rose Township ceased to exist. The first Roseville Police Chief was Ray Goneau and he held that position until 1977.

Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 13.84 square miles (35.85 km2), of which 13.00 square miles (33.67 km2) is land and 0.84 square miles (2.18 km2) is water.

The 45th parallel crosses the city; a marker at the northeast corner of the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Loren Road identifies the location.

Interstate Highway 35W and Minnesota Highways 36, 51 (Snelling Avenue), and 280 are the four main routes in Roseville.

Economy
Roseville’s property taxes are some of the lowest in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, owing in part to the extensive commercially zoned land. Several major shopping centers are in Roseville, including Rosedale Center and the Har Mar Mall. The city’s per-capita retail spending is slightly higher than that of Bloomington (home of the Mall of America), and it has the greatest number of restaurants per capita in the area.

The first Target store was built in 1962 in Roseville and replaced in 2005 with a SuperTarget. Roseville was home to the first Barnes & Noble bookstore outside New York City. This location was closed in 2005; the current Barnes & Noble in Roseville is the chain’s second store in Roseville. The first McDonald’s in the state of Minnesota was built in Roseville in 1957. The Roseville Dairy Queen, also first in the state, is currently on the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The credit scoring and data analytics firm FICO has one of its main Midwest U.S. office locations in Roseville.

The Minnesota Department of Education has its headquarters in Roseville, as does the Minnesota Department of Transportation-Metropolitan District.

The fifth-largest board game publisher in the world, Fantasy Flight Games, is based in Roseville. Roseville Visitors Association, the Official Visitors Site for Roseville, Old Dutch Foods, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota State Lottery are headquartered in Roseville.

Arts and Culture
Roseville Library (at Hamline Avenue and County Road B) is Minnesota’s busiest library. It is the largest location in the Ramsey County Library system, with over 340,000 volumes in its collection, nearly three times that of any other branch in the county. It was torn down and rebuilt with larger capacity in 2010. Only the downtown Saint Paul library, with around 400,000 volumes, has more materials.

Sports
Roseville is also home to the John Rose Oval, North America’s largest outdoor artificial sheet of ice. The 1995 Men’s Bandy World Championship, 2006 Women’s Bandy World Championship and the 2016 Women’s Bandy World Championship were played there. The United States national bandy team and its Canadian counterpart usually play friendly games there against each other in November.

Parks and Recreation
Notable parks and recreation areas include Reservoir Woods Park, Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval, and Bennett Lake.

Notable People
The city is the hometown of MacGyver and Stargate SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson, WKRP in Cincinnati star Loni Anderson (no relation), and Six Feet Under, Dirty Sexy Money, Parenthood and 9-1-1 star Peter Krause. In August 2006, resident Jim Kramer won the United States Scrabble Open in Phoenix to become the National Scrabble Association (NSA) champion. Robert Bell served as Roseville City Attorney and in the Minnesota State Legislature. David Frederickson, who has served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture since 2011, and previously served as National Farmers Union is a resident. Mike Muscala, who attended Roseville Area High School, plays for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. New Jersey Devils winger Joey Anderson was born in Roseville. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson was born in Roseville.

References:

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

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