8.4 out of 10

Long Lake

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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.
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  • Nightlife 3/5
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"A small town believing residents and businesses can help one another make life better together"

Long Lake is near and dear to me. I've been a member of the Long Lake Chamber Of Commerce for the past 6 years, serving as its President for 2 of those years. Our family business, Albers Jewelry, has made its home in Long Lake for 28 years. The Mayor, a long time friend and past baseball coach (Sorry if this dates you Tim!), is all about serving his citizens and supporting area businesses. Mayor Tim Hultmann was the catalyst for courting the organizers of the World Wake Surfing Championships. 2013 marked the 2nd annual Wake Surfing World Qualifying Event held at Nelson Lakeside Park, on Long Lake. We certainly look forward to ensuring a long-standing relationship with the organizers of this awesome young sport that has gone "viral"!

Long Lake residents are served by the Orono School District. I am a proud alumni of Orono schools. Superintendent, Dr. Karen Orcutt and her team of dedicated educators are committed to providing a welcoming and challenging teaching environment. Recently, the Orono school district was one of three in the country to be named one of the National Schools of Character. It’s the first public school district in Minnesota to get the award. The athletic program is top notch and consistently competes at a very high level.

Long Lake and its surrounding communities offer boutique shopping, diverse dining opportunities and plenty of parks, trails, and lakes. Mark your calendar so you and your family can stop by our 4th annual SummerFest event June 2014. Its a blast. Welcome home!
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