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FRIDLEY REAL ESTATE
The City of Fridley in Anoka County State of Minnesota is accessible via Minnesota State Highways 47 and 65 as well as Interstate 694. People came up with tongue twisters when pronouncing the city’s name that it earned the moniker Friendly Fridley.
Fridley is known for celebrating the city’s 1949 incorporation through the “49’er” festival which is usually held June of every year.
The Red River Ox Cart Tail which was constructed in 1844 played a great role in the history of Fridley especially because the road was used by those transporting furs and other supplies to the settlers of the Red River Valley. John Banfill, the area’s first known settler, arrived in the town of Manomin in 1847. However, the population grew quickly and before the folks were aware of it, a post office and a ferry service were established.
If you were wondering why the city was named Fridley, it is actually the family name of Abram Fridley, who was elected in 1855 as the area’s first territorial representative. Manomin County was established in 1857 after it separated from Ramsey County. It became the country’s smallest county and in 1870 it became a Township annexed to Anoka County. The Minnesota State Legislature changed the township’s name in 1879 and named it after Fridley who was still a member of the legislature at that time.
Along with Fridley’s incorporation in 1949 was the establishment of the Fridley Free Press. However, the city’s funds were frozen after its incorporation was challenged in a lawsuit. Despite that, the city continued to operate thanks to the proceeds from the Fridley liquor store until 1950 when the case was resolved.
Fridley’s history was changed when it was hit by two F4 twister or tornadoes which damaged one in every four houses in the city. Another tornado hit Fridley in July, 1986 which destroyed the city’s environs. Winds of 80 miles per hour hit the city in September 2005 which destroyed many trees, houses and other properties not only in Fridley but also in Brooklyn Park, New Brighton and Blaine.
The city has been faced with many natural calamities but it continues to be in the forefront of development. With the completion of the Northstar Corridor commuter rail line in 2009, the city can already boast of being one of the locations of the first six rail line station in the Twin Cities.
The city is home to 27,449 residents distributed into 11,328 households as of the 2000 Census. Most of its residents are Whites (88.65%) followed by African Americans (3.42%), Asians (2.89%), Native Americans (0.82%) and those from other races.
Fridley’s population is fairly young with an average age of 36 years old, with 22.5% of its population below 18 years of age and 12% are over 65 years of age. The city has a per capita income of $23,022 with an average income of $48,372 for every household and $55,381 for every family. Of the total population 7.3% are living below poverty while of the total number of families 5.3% are living below poverty level.
Medtronic Incorporated’s world headquarters is located in the City of Fridley and it is one of the city’s major employers. The company, which is included in the list of Fortune 500 Companies, manufactures implantable health electronic devices. The others are Park Construction Company, the producer of the Desert Eagle firearm---Magnum Research, Unity Medical Center, Kurt Manufacturing Company, Cummins, Minco Products, Inc. and BAE Systems,
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