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Medina is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota with a population of almost 5,000. Medina is known for beautiful, rolling country terrain, coupled with sprawling equestrian properties and upscale housing developments. Medina has managed strict regulation in terms of housing sprawl, with average lot sizes being much larger than the more heavily-developed neighboring communities of Maple Grove and Plymouth.
The first settlers arrived in Medina in 1855. On April 10, 1858, County Commissioners gave the City an official designation as “Hamburg Township.” Local residents preferred the name, “Medina,” after the Arabian holy City that was in the news that year. On May 11, 1858, 37 residents met in the home of Valorius Chilson and voted unanimously to change the name.
The Hamel area of Medina was platted as a City as early as 1879, but its efforts to incorporate failed, in part, because of the complication of straddling the borders of both Medina and Plymouth. The town might have been called Lenz after Leander Lenzen, who built a mill on Elm Creek and set up a post office in the name of Lenz in 1861. But, when the Lange Hamel family gave land to the railroad for the train depot in 1884 they asked that it be called “Hamel,” and the name took root. To this day, people call this area of Medina, Hamel.
Medina has recently stepped up efforts for development of the main city and historic area of Hamel. Target opened along Highway 55 with other retail businesses following the lead of Target. The Medina Entertainment Center is known for the draw of big name entertainment acts. Polaris Industries' world headquarters are located in Medina.
Medina is covered by four school districts: Wayzata, Orono, Rockford and Delano.
Parks and Recreation:
Medina is a city abounding in natural beauty and recreation. There are many natural resources available to our residents and visitors from the Lake Independence boat launch and Medina Lake's boardwalk to Hamel Legion Park's playground and ball fields.
The City’s trail system consists of a combination of city, county, regional, and private trails. Many trails are still in the "proposed" stage and have yet to be developed. The City is acquiring dedications and easements as development occurs. County trails are located along County Roads 24 and 19 and also include an extensive multi-use trail system within the Morris T. Baker Regional Park Reserve.