Photo courtesy of Tony Webster
Mahtomedi water tower
The Dakota named Mahtomedi, which roughly translates to “the grey bear lake.”
Mahtomedi is located 15 miles northeast of St. Paul, sandwiched between White Bear Lake and Stillwater. This St. Paul suburb has 8,039 residents, and is a tiny 5.7 square miles, 2.2 of which are water, mostly from White Bear Lake. Willernie, a .13-square-mile city sitting completely within Mahtomedi, is home to roughly 500 people.
History: Settled in 1883, Mahtomedi grew as a community of primarily summer cottages and was incorporated as a city in August 1931. Like the surrounding suburbs, Mahtomedi was a summer destination for wealthy families who owned or rented homes along White Bear Lake. The name Mahtomedi originates from the Dakota name for White Bear Lake, which translates to “the grey bear lake.” By the 1890s, streetcars were constructed and ran between Mahtomedi and St. Paul, which allowed anyone who could afford transit the ability to enjoy the area’s newest attraction, Wildwood Amusement Park. About 400 people flocked to Wildwood on weekdays, and 1,000 people on weekend days. The free-admission park sat along the southeast shore of White Bear Lake and featured traveling entertainment acts, diving ponies, and a roller coaster. Unfortunately, Wildwood’s end came with the Depression and the grounds were completely shuttered and dismantled by 1938. Today, the area is booming—year-round homes line the shore and there are plenty of recreational activities in and around the lake.
Housing Stock: About 41 percent of Mahtomedi’s homes are married couples with children, slightly higher than Washington County’s average of 40 percent. The median home price in Mahtomedi is $399,900, and the median household income for families is $95,173.
School to Note
Mahtomedi High School: Mahtomedi High School is a four-year public high school, and open enrollment brings 27 percent of students from surrounding districts. Mahtomedi High School has earned a perfect performance score from the Minnesota Department of Education, and U.S. News & World Report ranked it sixth best high school in Minnesota. The Washington Post ranked Mahtomedi High School 17th most challenging high school in Minnesota. highschool.mahtomedi.k12.mn.us
Coffee Cottage in Mahtomedi
Coffee Cottage: Locally owned Coffee Cottage is an unassuming coffee shop with menu items such as the candy bar-like drink Monster Moo, and sugarcoated Cinnamon Twists, or hearty homemade asiago soup, or salads and sandwiches. Local craft and art pieces are for sale throughout the coffee shop.
The Dugout Bar: The Dugout Bar has an all-day happy hour on Sunday, and specials throughout the week, like $2 off appetizers from 5-10 pm and happy hour from 10 pm-close on Wednesday, and live entertainment on Fridays. thedugoutbar.net