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St. Anthony

City of St. Anthony

St. Anthony, also known as Saint Anthony Village, is a city in Hennepin and Ramsey counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. At the 2010 census the population was 8,226, of whom 5,156 lived in the larger Hennepin County part of the city and 3,070 in the Ramsey County part. The city is run by a five-member council consisting of a mayor and four council members who serve four-year terms.

St. Anthony’s origins date to 1838, when Franklin Steele, a storekeeper at Fort Snelling, made a claim on the land east of St. Anthony Falls. Steele did not begin developing the land until 1848, but it quickly became a center of milling and trade much like the neighboring town of Minneapolis on the land west of the falls. In 1858 the town was formally organized as the Township of St. Anthony.

In 1872, Minneapolis annexed most of St. Anthony (much of present-day Northeast Minneapolis). Roughly 1,000 acres (400 ha) of mostly agricultural land north of the city retained the name St. Anthony but remained unincorporated. In 1945, the township’s residents voted 167–57 in favor of incorporating as a village. The state challenged this decision on the basis that St. Anthony was too agricultural and rural, but it was upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court. As the city’s suburbs grew outward, St. Anthony evolved from a rural township to an inner suburb.

St. Anthony was the home of Apache Plaza, the tenth indoor shopping mall in United States, which opened in October 1961. The oldest, Southdale, lay only 15 miles (24 km) to the south and was completed in October 1956. Built in the 1950s, the St. Anthony Shopping Center was Minnesota’s first strip mall and was owned by the Batista family of Cuba.

In the spring of 2006, the St. Anthony Village High School Huskies claimed ISD 282’s first state baseball championship. The Huskies won the championship again in 2008. The school has also won five Class AA state championships in Knowledge Bowl and has won one Minnesota Science Bowl competition.

St. Anthony is 4 miles (6 km) northeast of downtown Minneapolis. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.37 square miles (6.14 km2), of which 2.25 square miles (5.83 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.

One of St. Anthony’s longest and most widely used streets is Silver Lake Road. Named for Silver Lake in the northwest part of the city, it runs the length of St. Anthony from north to south. County Highway 88 is another of the city’s main routes. Interstate 35W skims through the south near the St. Anthony Boulevard exit.

Parks and Recreation
St. Anthony has several city parks. The most notable is Central Park, in the center of the city near the High School and Community Center, as well as the police station, fire station and water treatment plant. Several of the high school’s athletic teams host home competitions in Central Park. Smaller parks include Emerald Park, Silver Point Park, and Trillium Park. St. Anthony also has a golf course maintained by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and a county park, Silverwood, maintained by the Three Rivers Park District. Silverwood Park is on Silver Lake, which is almost entirely within St. Anthony’s boundaries.

Unique Location
Welcome to the City of St. Anthony! The City is considered a “first-ring” suburb of Minneapolis and as such is part of the metropolitan area. St. Anthony is unique in that two-thirds of the city is located in Hennepin and one-third is located in Ramsey Counties. The dividing line is 37th Avenue.

St. Anthony is five miles northeast of down-town Minneapolis and eight miles northwest of downtown St. Paul. The St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses of the University of Minnesota are a 10 to 15 minute drive from St. Anthony. The City is easily accessible via I-35W, County Road D, Highway 88, Highway 280, I-94, Silver Lake Road and I-694 and Highway 10 via Silver Lake Road.

Despite its unique location, being conveniently situated to the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Village has been able to retain all of the advantages of a smaller community.

Our community’s uniqueness can be attributed to beautiful Silver Lake, Francis A. Gross Public Golf Course, Silver Lake Village, parks, bike trails, a highly distinguished K-12 independent school district and its convenient proximity to the major metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“The Village”
There is a lot to know about the classy, first-ring suburb of St. Anthony, also affectionately called “The Village” by locals. The Village is rich with history and fascinating stories.


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