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Blaine, MN

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Part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, Blaine is a suburban paradise for sports lovers. This area offers plenty of recreational opportunities during all four of Minnesota's seasons, with lots of public resources, including ice skating rinks for winter sports. This area was fairly quiet compared to other neighboring cities until the suburb-boom that occurred just after World War II. Since then, Blaine has been a bustling suburb offering residents the opportunity to feel connected to the Twin Cities.

Getting Around in Blaine, MN

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The average commuter time in Blaine is:
20 to 24 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 7.74%
  • 15.7%
  • 4.59%

Enjoy Lakeside Common

One of Blaine's newer parks, Lakeside Commons is a great place to enjoy the outdoors during the summer time. While many people may associate Minnesota with harsh winters, the area does have beautiful summers, and this beach and swim facility gives Blaine residents the opportunity to make the most of the season in the outdoors. Residents can enjoy this park for free, giving easy access to the park's public beach and boat rentals. You will also find a volleyball court and picnic facilities, making this a perfect spot for fun a summer gathering outdoors.

Learn Your Local Hist

This area's first white settler is said to be an Irishman named Phillip Laddy, after whom an area lake, Laddie Lake, is named. The first permanent white settlement came around 1865 when a man named Green Chambers decided to make this land his home. A slow stream of settlers trickled in during this post-Civil-War period, and eventually, the area built up enough to be considered part of the City of Anoka. Blaine was split from Anoka in 1877 and grew more slowly than its surrounding areas because its soils were not as fertile. However, the area's wetlands made it attractive to hunters.