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Ham Lake has the best of both worlds. The city’s motto, “Convenient Country Living,” says it all. It’s nestled just 35 minutes north of the heart of Minneapolis, but there’s so much to do and in such an idyllic setting, many of Ham Lake’s 15,000 residents prefer to stay local.

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History

The city of Ham Lake got its name from a local lake that original settlers noted was in the shape of a cooked ham. The area was once the province of the Native American Dakota Nation. Western pioneers began arriving in the 1850s and 1860s. They were hunters and farmers. They hunted small game, planted corn, potato and other crops, and herded cattle. Agriculture and dairy were the town’s first “industries.”

General stores opened to serve the community, and Ham Lake began to grow. A local baseball team played here in the early 1900s. Electricity came in the 1930s. Highway 65 came in 1940. Paved roads and modern schools were constructed in the 1960s. The city was incorporated in 1973. By then, over 3,000 people called Ham Lake home.

In the 1980s, there were over 7,000 residents. Ham Lake saw a commercial boom through the 1980s and 1990s that helped its population double again by 2010.
The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, built in 1872, is still here. Soderquist’s Market, from the 1920s, too.

Parks and Recreation

Ham Lake has over 25 city parks, including a few bordering its three large lakes – Ham, Netta and Coon. There are miles of nature trails, several ball and soccer fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, more than one skating pond, fishing piers, boat launches, grills, skating rinks and a sledding hill. Ham Lake also has a public golf course and campgrounds.

The Ham Lake community is a slice of Americana, one that actively participates in the American Legion, the YMCA, the Cub and Boy Scouts, the Lions’ Club, a Sportsman’s Club, a rotary club, several athletic and sports associations, volunteering organizations and the town’s senior center.

Ham Lake’s most popular annual events are its Ham Lake Open golf tournament that doubles as a classic car show and the Snowbowl, a day long community activity day of winter golf, dog sled races, ice fishing contests, snowmobiling and more.

Schools

As part of Anoka County, Ham Lake is served by Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 – the biggest in Minnesota (13 communities), composed of 24 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools and two alternative/technical programs. A lot to choose from. Within Ham Lake is McKinley Elementary School. Most residents go on to attend Oak View Middle School and Andover High School, both of which are less than five miles away.

Major Employers

Mickman Brothers, a greenhouse nursery, is Ham Lake’s biggest employer, followed by Majestic Oaks (golf club and recreation) and RDT (construction). Construction is in fact the biggest industry represented in Ham Lake. Many residents take the quick commute to the vast commercial center of Minneapolis-St.Paul, home to some of the biggest corporations in the country – Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial and Ecolab are just some of the firms headquartered here. As a result, health care, finance, insurance and other professional services contribute greatly to Ham Lake’s industry pool.

Constituent Populace

According to the 2010 Census, Ham Lake’s median age was 40.1 and its median household income was nearly $87,000.

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