Centrally located within the metro area, Mendota Heights abuts the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Minnesota River across from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Incorporated as a village in 1956 and then as a city in 1974, it is the home of historic Fort Snelling which at one time included almost half of present-day Mendota Heights. Until the middle of last century the area was rural in character with its numerous dairy and truck farms. The city experienced double digit growth each decade until 2010 when it lost population. Approximately 11,000 people now call the city home.
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Mendota Heights is served by the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District. Mendota Elementary and Somerset Elementary are both highly regarded by greatschools.com. Friendly Hill Middle and Henry Sibley High are the town’s secondary schools. Private institutions include St. Thomas Academy (7-12), a college preparatory military day school established in 1885 and Convent of the Visitation (PK-12). Brown College offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in broadcasting, design, technology, business management and criminal justice. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts has a campus here as well.
Sun Country Airlines is based in Mendota Heights as well as the operations center of State Farm Insurance. Both employ upwards of 1,000 people. Other second-tier employers include Fis, Lender Processing Services, Lloyd’s Barbeque and Ecolab. The per capita income in Mendota Heights is over $48,000, 60% higher than the state average.
Parks and Recreation
The city has thirteen parks, including a wildlife preserve, featuring 242 acres with 21 miles available for hiking, fishing, bicycling and bird watching. Many have access to regional trails with riverfront and lakeside access. Fort Snelling State Park is the most visited state park in Minnesota. Its Memorial Chapel can be reserved for weddings and funerals. Both the state park and the fort are part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Crosby Lake Regional Park and Lilydale/Harriet Island Regional Park lie just outside the city limits on the Mississippi River.
Each summer the Village of Mendota Heights Tenants holds a series of summer concerts at Market Square. The city in conjunction with Gateway Bank sponsors an annual 5K run in June.
Did You Know …
… the Mendota Bridge, completed in 1926, was the longest poured concrete bridge in the world at the time it was built?
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