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Forest Lake, Minnesota

History

The first settlers found the land in Forest Lake Township rolling and covered with timber, interspersed with hay meadows or marshes. Because much of it was not easily farmed, and because it was 14 miles from the St. Croix River, the highway of the early immigrants, Forest Lake was one of the last townships in the county to be settled.

The north shore of Forest Lake was on the boundary line set out by the U.S. government in 1825 to separate the warring Chippewa (Ojibwe) to the north and Sioux (Dakota) to the south. The area was used by both groups of Indians for hunting, fishing, and gathering wild rice, but because of the danger from war parties no modern-era Indian villages were established in the township.

Chicago gangsters were known to hang out around Forest Lake. The infamous “Ma” Barker and her gang were said to have occupied one of the cottages behind the Forest Theatre. Other gangsters were thought to have rented the Smith cottages on the east side of Forest Lake. Many otherwise law-abiding citizens turned to making “home-brew” in their kitchens and basements. Local police were quite tolerant of bootlegging. The big trucks loaded with illegal whiskey used old roads to get to St. Paul and nobody dared stop them. It all quieted down when the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933.

By 1969 the flavor of the town had changed. Interstate 35 was completed, connecting Forest Lake with the Twin Cities and making commuting much faster. Forest Lake became a bedroom community and many of the summer cottages were turned into year-round homes. Industrial and commercial growth has moved from Highway 61 to concentrate along the freeway strip.

Originally part of Marine Township, Forest Lake Township was organized in March 1874 and incorporated in 1893. The Village of Forest Lake was platted on the northwest shore of the lake in 1868, but not organized until 1893; it became a statutory city in 1974. Forest Lake has grown from a population of 4,600 in 1980 to 12,500 in 1990. Since the annexation of the Township into the City of Forest Lake in 2001 the population has increased to over 17,000.

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Polk County              Taylor Falls
Burnett County         Chisago
Saint Croix County
  Lindstrom
Saint Croix Falls      Wyoming
Balsam Lake           North Branch
Osceola                    Forest Lake
Amery
Turtle Lake                       
New Richmond       
Luck                           
Frederic
Siren
Webster
Danbury

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