MAPLE GROVE MN
NIH Homes is proud to be building custom homes in Maple Grove MN and we’re happy that you’re considering living here. We thought you might like to know a bit more about this interesting and vibrant community.
Located in the north central portion of Hennepin County, the location of the City of Maple Grove was once the home of the Winnebago Indians who were transferred from Wisconsin to Maple Grove because the Federal Government announced that the area was uninhabited at the time. All this changed when in 1851, Louis Gervais and Pierre Bottineau arrived and began to stake their claim on the land. Other settlers like W.E. Evans, Harvey Abel, Patrick Defer and O.R. Champlin were already settled prior to 1855. All were allowed to buy their claims at the fair market value.
Town meetings were held in private residences from 1858 until 1863, when the first town hall was purchased. In 1877, the town supervisors ordered the construction of a new town hall and sold the original structure to the highest bidder for $23.00. The new building served as the town hall until 1939, when it was leveled by a tornado. The third town hall was constructed and still stands today, being used as a community building. The town board, consisting of three members, governed Maple Grove until 1954, when the town became incorporated into a village. In 1974 Maple Grove became a city. A new town hall was constructed on a site just north of the original town hall. The first city council meeting was held in the new building on August 4, 1975. The current Government Center opened its doors in October 2000.
Scattered throughout Maple Grove were a number of small businesses. There were creameries, sawmills and stores. The township also had three dance halls and two horse racing tracks.
Sawmills were an important part of this rural community. Maple Grove had two that we know of. The first was located on Elm Creek, just north of County Road 30 and run by Dan Hawkins. The second was located just north of 85th Avenue North on Rice Lake and was run by Con Meyer.
There were several general stores in Maple Grove. Grambert’s was located at County Road 30 and State Highway 101. It was built in 1929 or 1930 and purchased years later by Willie Bredenberg. It was then renamed Bredenberg’s Store. It was then sold and remodeled into Edie’s Country Store. The building was torn down in 2004.
Maple Grove today continues to be a vibrant and growing community in the Twin Cities. It is quite known for its public parks and trail system with a wide selection of shopping and dining spots. There is a wide selection of seasonal events like the Farmers Market, Town Green outdoor performance area and many more.
The City of Maple Grove is served by two school districts namely:
Osseo ISD 279 and Wayzata IS 284.
Maple Grove Senior High School is the only public high school located within the city. Fernbrook Elementary School opened in the fall of 1988. The superintendent is Kate Maguire. A portion of Maple Grove is also served by Wayzata Public Schools. Other schools in Maple Grove include Heritage Christian Academy and Cedarcrest Academy, both private schools.
Places of Worship
There are a number of places of worship in the city. Here is a list of churches:
- Advent Lutheran Church
- Christ’s Community Church
- Elm Creek Community Church
- Grace Free Lutheran Church
- Harvest Bible Chapel West Minneapolis
- Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Church of the Open Door
- St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church
- Victory Baptist Church
- Hindu Society of Minnesota
The city of Maple Grove is home to more retail stored than nearly any other city in Minnesota, second only to Bloomington.
Top Employers include:
- Boston Scientific Corporation – Medical Research Facility and Medical Equipment Manufacturer
- Tiller Corporation and C.S. McCrossan – Gravel mining
- The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes – retail
- The Fountains at Arbor Lakes – retail
- Great River Energy Headquarters
- Osseo ISD 279
- Wayzata IS 284
- North Memorial/Fairview Hospital Complex
Cost of Living
Maple Grove cost of living index
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- The cost of living in Maple Grove is 12% higher than the Minnesota average.
- The cost of living in Maple Grove is 14% higher than the national average.
- The cost of housing in Maple Grove is 37% higher than the national average.
- Minnesota general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average.
- Minnesota state income tax is 141% higher than the national average.
Restaurants & Nightlife
There are a number of notable bars and restaurants located in and around this vibrant community. Some of the most notable according to Tripadvisor are:
Pittsburgh Blue Restaurant & Steakhouse – offers the best steaks in the city. Great Service. The Rib steak and Sea Bass are popular choices. Truly outstanding meals.
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano Restaurant — Quiet and nicely decorated with a low profile atmosphere, this restaurant offers one of the best Italian cooking in the city. Staff is always attentive and courteous and guests are seated quickly the moment they walk in the door.
3 Squares Restaurant – if you are looking for French toast that has a hint of lavender in it then this restaurant is the place to go to. The chilaquiles are to die for and they have gluten free options for folks that require special dietary needs. Great food, service and staff.
Malone’s Bar & Grill Restaurant – If you are looking for a place where the locals hangout then Malone’s is where you go to for a night out of fun and drinks. There is always a large crowd on a typical night. Menu options are broad and there is tap beer to enjoy.
Fun Things to Experience in Maple Grove Minnesota
- 50 vendors who bring their own fresh produce and a wide variety specialty products every week
- Ready to eat snacks and treats
- Credit/debit/EBT accepted
- Live music every Thursday (thru September)
- Free weekly recipes highlighting market products
- Loyalty programs
- Power of Produce Kids Club
- Master gardeners (3rd Thursday of the month)
- Donations of fresh market produce for CROSS Food Shelf accepted weekly
- Lots of free parking
Maple Grove Arboretum
This is a beautiful 15-acre park along Elm Creek. It features over 100 local, hardy trees for study and exhibit. Trails lead to Rice Lake and the Medicine Lake Regional Trail. The Arboretum is also the site for the Angel of Hope Statue.
Located at 7991 Main Street N this park has an emphasis on creative art performances. Plus, it’s a great location to relax and smell the flowers, read a book or take a walk around the lake. Sections of the park can also be reserved for your private outdoor party.
Maple Grove, Minnesota truly is a great place to live. If you’d like to talk to us about building your custom home here in Maple Grove, give us a call. We can’t wait to meet you.
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