Minnetonka is a city with a population of over 51,000 and located 8 miles west of Minneapolis. Founded in the 1850s and incorporated in 1956, Minnetonka stretches for 28.22 square miles within Hennepin County.
According to the official website, “Minnetonka is proud of its reputation as a city that preserves its natural resources,” and boasts an impressive 49 community parks and more than 1,000 acres of open public space. The city’s natural resources division is tasked with promoting city policies designed to protect the surrounding natural environment. There are many continuous restoration projects within the parks.
Minnetonka holds various annual events throughout the year, including Eco Fun Fest, the Summer Festival and the Minnetonka Farmers’ Market. There are also many city open house events, such as the Fire Department and City Open House and the Minnetonka Citizen Academy.
The government of Minnetonka is regulated by a council-manager form of government. Both the city council and the mayor are elected by the public, and a city manager is chosen by the council. The city manager is responsible for enforcing the policies created by the mayor and city council. The council chambers reside in the Minnetonka City Hall and Community Center, located at 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard.
Minnetonka is served by the Division III court in Ridgedale, and the Fourth District courts of Hennepin County.