LONG LAKE 

Long Lake is among the smallest communities in Hennepin County, Twin Cities, Minnesota, with only 574 acres and barely 1,842 residents. Despite its size, Long Lake is a fully developed community with 254 business establishments providing 1,143 jobs. 


Looking at what is has to offer, the city has a lot of potential for growth and development. However, the local government is faced with a lot of challenges including the task of managing its limited resource to maximize economic growth while retaining the atmosphere of a small city.

Community Profile 

Based on the 2000 census, Long Lake has a total of 756 households occupying an estimated 764 housing units.  Majority or 96.63% of the residents are Whites, followed by African Americans (1.30%) and Hispanics or Latinos (1.14%).  The rest of the population is made up of Asians, Native Americans and other races.  The average family income is $64,063.

 Majority or 83% of the people in Long Lake drive their cars to work (alone), 6% use the carpool method to go to work while 3% use the bus or trolley bus. At least 5% of the residents work at home.  


The railroad plays an important role in the community which is relatively a farm to market area that relies on businesses brought by nearby farms. In fact, the residents of Long Lake incorporated the village to make sure that the railroad station would not be moved.  It is actually the commercial hub of nearby towns like Orono.  If you are wondering why people from Orono have Long Lake addresses, then wonder no more.  The two towns have signed several cooperative agreements including the use of the Long Lake post office by Orono residents, as well as the sharing of their fire and police protection services.


While the two cities share a lot of things, Orono offers bigger home areas measuring a minimum of two acres for residential homes while Long Lake has smaller but more reasonably-priced home lots.


The first settlers of 1855 (Nova Scotians) actually settled not in Long Lake but in Orono.  The first settlement was then known as Cumberland Town after the hometown of the first settlers, George Knettles and Flemings from Cumberland County in Pennsylvania. It consisted of a schoolhouse, a general store and sawmill. The Knettles house became popular not only as a location of the community’s first religious service but also as a favorite resting area of travelers.


The 19th century saw a lot of developments in Long Lake including the construction of a sawmill in 1866, the construction of a railroad in 1868, organization of a school district in 1869 as well as the establishment of a flour mill and a hotel in 1875.  The early 1900s also saw the growth of the berry industry in Long Lake along with the establishment of the Minnesota Fruit Growers Association.


Parks and Trails  

Long Lake is an ideal option for those who are contemplating about corporate relocation, residential relocation or employee relocation as it does not only provide a good business atmosphere but a homey and family atmosphere as well.  Here are some places where individuals and families can do outdoor activities:


·         Nelson Lakeside Park-This is a good place for someone who enjoys the waters as it has a public boat launch and a fishing pier.  However, swimming is at your own risk since there are no lifeguards on duty. It is also conducive for picnics considering the availability of picnic shelters, tables, grills and playground equipment for children.

·         Holbrook Park- This park offers facilities for softball as well as for hockey and pleasure skating.  Visitors can also make use of the playground equipment, grills and picnic tables. Sports organizations sometimes make use of the sports facilities for their regular events.

·         Hardin park-It has tennis and a basketball court, walking trails as well as picnic tables, chairs and playground equipment.

·         Dexter Park-The park is an ideal picnic spot as it has picnic tables, benches and playground equipment.

·         Bikers will definitely enjoy the Luce Line State Trail which is a 63-mile trail specifically developed for hiking, ordinary biking, mountain biking and horseback riding.


Those moving in to Long Lake should take note that the city’s infrastructures and utilities are in order.  Healthcare providers are accessible and are located from 14 to 17 miles from Long Lake.  Among the hospitals and medical centers within this area are the Methodist Hospital, St. Francis Regional Medical Center and the North Memorial Medical Center.


Businessmen moving in to Long Lake should not worry about their travel requirements as several airports and carriers are within the vicinity.   These are the Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl/Wold-Chambrlain, St. Cloud Regional, Brainerd Lakes Regional, Flying Cloud, Crystal and Buffalo Muni.


Getting quality education in Long Lake is not a problem and those who are considering the various homes for sale in the area might want to consider the following colleges and universities: Hennepin Technical College, North Hennepin Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis Community and technical College, Normandale Community College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


High school students can look at the educational facilities offered by Orono Sr. (a public high school), while those concerned with primary or middle education can take a look at the following schools: Orono Mid, Schumann El and Orono Intermediate El.

 Housing Facts


Looking for real estate in Long Lake is not a problem because there are real estate agents that are always ready to show you the way.  There are a lot of houses and condominiums that are available at reasonable prices and in wonderful locations in Long Lake.


Relocating in Long Lake is an ideal decision for those who treasure the peaceful lifestyle of a small but historical town.

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