One of the oldest settlements in the metro area, Osseo was incorporated in 1875 but began its existence as Bottineau Prairie, named after one of the first Europeans who discovered the site in 1852. The town’s area covers approximately one square mile. As an inner city suburb, some consider Osseo a town that offers a lot of home for the money. It’s one of the first cities in the state to have a completely functional wireless network entirely within its boundaries. The network is a partnership between the City of Osseo (who owns the network), Unplugged Cities (network operator) and GO Networks (builder of the network). Speeds up to 3Mbps for both upload and download are available. The city’s population of 2,473 has remained constant over the past decade.
The town is served by the Osseo Public School District which contains 31 schools in Osseo, Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park. There are no public elementary schools and only two secondary schools – Osseo Junior (7-9) and Osseo Senior (10-12) – within the city limits. Osseo Senior is known throughout the metro area for its athletic programs. The closest private school to the city is St. Vincent De Paul (K-8) in Brooklyn Park.
There is one large employer in town – IMI Cornelius, the self-proclaimed “world’s leading supplier of beverage dispensing and cooling equipment,” employing upwards to 999 workers. Others with a range of 100 – 249 employees include the repair and maintenance company Computer Docs and adhesive manufacturer Ceram-Traz. The Services and Wholesale Trade sectors account for almost 2/3 of the employment base in Osseo.
Parks and Recreation
Osseo maintains Boerboom Veterans Park, a facility with a bandshell that hosts concerts and films on Tuesdays during the summer months. Monuments serve to honor residents who have served in our nation’s wars. Sipe Park is home to summer recreation activities in the city. It features lighted tennis courts and an athletic field. There is also a winter skating rink available.
Next to Boerboom Park, the Osseo Farmers market is held each Tuesday from July through the end of September. The Osseo Lions Club sponsors the annual Lions’ Roar in September; this event includes a street fair with crafts and a carnival. They also host the Kiddie Costume Parade held at the end of October. The Osseo Marching Band Festival pitting performing high school bands in competition along a street route occurs on the last weekend of June.
Did You Know …
… that the Osseo Senior High basketball team won the state championship in 2001 and 2012?
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