On the edge of the western suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, Minnetrista has grown rapidly in the past twenty years, nearly doubling its current population of approximately 6,400 since 1990. A number of lakes are found within the city limits, including Whaletail Lake, Little Long Lake, Mud Lake, Ox Yoke Lake and Saunders Lake. The town also abuts Lake Minnetonka replete with numerous bays, peninsulas and islands. Six Mile Creek, a marshy waterway with a very low gradient, runs through Minnetrista before feeding into Lake Minnetonka. In recent years the banks of the creek have seen increasing residential development as access to Lake Minnetonka has become greatly desirable.
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Minnetrista is served by four different school districts: Delano Public Schools, Waconia Public Schools, Watertown-Mayer Public Schools and Westonka Public Schools. There are five public schools in town including an extended school year institution. Hilltop Elementary receives a “10” and Mound-Westonka High receives a “9” (highest rank is “10”) from greatschools.org. Our Lady of the Lake (PK-8) is a parochial Catholic school in nearby Mound, MN. Also nearby is Crown College, a private NCAA Divison III institution offering over 35 undergraduate degree programs. Crown College is affiliated with the evangelical Protestant Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA).
The public sector of Minnestrista employs the largest number of workers, including the school districts and the Lake Minnetonka Regional Park. Private businesses include Crown College and Burl Oaks Golf Club.
Parks and Recreation
The City of Minnetrista is in the process of creating a Master Trail Plan for a regional trail connecting Lake Minnetonka Regional Park with Dakota Rail Trail/Gale Woods Farm and Luce Line Trail. The city also provides boat access to Whaletail Lake, Lake Minnetonka and Little Long Lake. There are a number of neighborhood parks with playground facilities available. The Westonka Recreation Association operates a large recreational facility with a number of athletic fields.
An annual event started over ten years ago, Trista Day is the city’s means of bringing public awareness to the issue of children’s safety in the community. It’s a family oriented event featuring helicopter rides, a rollover simulator, concessions, musical performances and vendor booths.
Did You Know …
… Minnetrista comes from two Dakota words “minne (“water”) and “trista” (“crooked”)?
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