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Chisago City and Lindstrom

Rolling hills, numerous lakes and the scenic St. Croix River provide a gorgeous natural backdrop for the quaint towns of the Chisago Lakes Area. Settled by immigrants in the mid 1800s, the Chisago Lakes Area name was derived from “ki chi saga,” a Native American reference to the “fair and lovely waters” comprising the area’s natural surroundings. The communities are filled with historic landmarks and welcoming atmosphere. Chisago City and Lindstrom make up the largest cities in the Chisago Lakes Area.

While modest in size, Center City (home to 628* residents), serves as the county seat. Founded in 1851, it was the first permanent Swedish settlement in Minnesota. Chisago City was permanently platted in 1892 and incorporated in 1906. Shafer is a charming city of just over 1,000 residents that is currently in transition from rural to urban. The city of Lindstrom, incorporated in 1894, uniquely features a statue of Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson – two fictional characters from author Vilhelm Moberg’s novels depicting Swedish emigration to the U.S. The statue symbolizes the Swedish peasants who settled in this rich Midwestern region.


Chisago County has experienced continual growth over the years, with its population increasing from 41,101 in 2000 to 53,887 in 2010*. But even with this growth and development, the area retains its tranquil, small-town ambience, all the while within close distance to the bustling Minneapolis-St. Paul region, located just 35 miles to the southwest. This perfect blend of rural charm and metropolitan convenience equals an outstanding quality of life, one that is evident through the Chisago Lakes Area’s outstanding recreational opportunities, excellent schools and thriving cultural offerings.

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census

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