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Hilltop Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
Hilltop Water Tower Location of Hilltop, Minnesota

Population: 
 Hilltop (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,015 817 749 766 744 -22 -2.87
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.10 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.12 -0.01 -8.33
Density (persons per sq. mile) 10,150.00 6,284.62 5,761.54 6,111.28 6,200.00 +88.72 +1.45
Housing Units 483 469 431 426 414 -12 -2.82
Households -- 453 410 400 380 -20 -5.00
Persons Per Household -- 1.80 1.83 1.89 1.96 +0.07 +3.70

Geography:

Hilltop is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highway 65 (Central Avenue) serves as a main arterial route in the city. Hilltop is entirely surrounded on all borders by the city of Columbia Heights. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.12 square miles (0.31 km˛), all of it land. The elevation is 948 ft (289 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 744 people, 380 households, and 151 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,200.0 inhabitants per square mile (2,393.8/km2). There were 414 housing units at an average density of 3,450.0 per square mile (1,332.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.0% White, 11.3% African American, 1.6% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 6.9% from other races, and 6.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.9% of the population.

There were 380 households of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 17.9% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 60.3% were non-families. 47.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 42.7 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 35.9% were from 45 to 64; and 10.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.2% male and 46.8% female.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



History:  

The land where Hilltop exists was originally an unincorporated part of the former Fridley Township, a civil township next to the city of Fridley. The land had a dairy farm and later was the Oak Grove Riding Academy and Stables. The first trailer park, Trailer City, opened on the land in the 1940s; another park, Sunnyside, soon opened next door. Residents of two trailer parks became concerned that the township was planning to remove the mobile homes. In 1956, led by Trailer City Park owner Les Johnson, they approached neighboring Columbia Heights and requested to be annexed by the city. Columbia Heights turned down their request, so Johnson circulated a petition to have the residents vote on incorporation. The petition for incorporation passed smoothly, 137 to 34, and Hilltop was created. The city was named after a nearby drive-in cinema.

Columbia Heights soon annexed all the land surrounding Hilltop, and began to make antagonistic moves towards the young town, at one point threatening to halt Hilltop's water and sewer service for punitive reasons. Another item of conflict was Hilltop's plan to issue liquor licenses, which would compete with Columbia Heights' own municipal liquor store that accounted for a third of the city's operating budget. Instead of initially contracting with Columbia Heights, Hilltop opted to contract its fire protection from Fridley and establish its own police department by hiring a retired highway patrolman as police chief and three part-time officers. By 1959, tensions rose to the point where the Metropolitan Municipalities Commission, a predecessor of the Twin Cities-wide Metropolitan Council, asked the then-State Attorney General Walter Mondale to contest the Hilltop charter to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Hilltop's first mayor was William Wychor, who instituted ordinances prohibiting activities such as "fortune tellers and other such like imposters"; "a person known to be a pickpocket, thief, burglar, yeggman, or confidence man and having no visible or lawful means of support"; and anyone "procuring or attempting to solicit money or any other thing of value by falsely pretending and representing himself to be blind, deaf, dumb, without arms or legs, or to be otherwise physically deficient".

By 1961, Hilltop was growing in population and tax revenue after attracting construction of a strip mall including a supermarket, drugstore, and liquor store, in addition to a bowling alley (with liquor license) and motel. Media in Columbia Heights began insinuating that Hilltop's liquor licenses were illegal, but were unable to provide evidence. The town constructed its own water tower in the mid-1960s, which allowed it to tap the Minneapolis water supply and end its conflict with Columbia Heights. In 1967, the town's population had doubled from inception to 1,039. Tension between the rival cities began to abate in 1968, when Hilltop mayor Vivian Caesar and Columbia Heights mayor Bruce Nawrocki met alongside their respective city councils to discuss mutual issues. The city's police department closed in 1972, when one of its officers drove the town's only squad car into a tree and ruined their only source of transportation. Unable to afford a replacement, the police department was disbanded and the town instead paid the Columbia Heights Police Department for service; rescue services were also contracted to Columbia Heights on a per-incident fee.

The city led the Twin Cities area in population loss during the 1970s, going from a high of 1,015 to 817 in 1980. Due to the town's small size and the fascination with the trailer park stereotype, what were sometimes smaller incidents caused major headlines in the media of the area. In 1970, then-mayor George Reiter attempted to replace the female village clerk because he believed men were temperamentally better suited for the position, a view held by many of his supporters in the city. Murders were especially troubling for the residents. In 1976, there was a triple homicide in the city, perpetrated by Edwin Clay Hull and Ronald D. Gilbert – both received life sentences. In 1980, three prison escapees were captured hiding out in the trailer of one of their mothers; and in 1987, there was a murder-suicide involving a brother and sister.

In 1991, city manager Karen Danz, who had stood in the position for 20 years, was arrested and convicted of embezzling over $200,000 from the city treasury. With an annual budget of only $250,000 at the time, the crisis nearly drove the city to bankruptcy and jeopardized its police protection agreement with Columbia Heights. The city was ultimately saved by insurance and a fidelity bond. In 1995, the city received more unwanted attention when the Star Tribune carried a headline that "Tiny Hilltop is Crime Capital" due to its 131 serious crimes in 1994, which worked out to one for every six residents.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, a suburb of Minneapolis in the south edge of the former Fridley Township, was platted and named by the late Thomas Lowry of that city and was incorporated in 1921. It began as a dairy farm owned by Al Davies, was a golf course in 1921, and then developed into a community of homes in 1947; it surrounds the present city of Hilltop.

HILLTOP, a city incorporated May 4, 1956, which is located within the center of the city of Columbia Heights.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government:
Hilltop City Hall
4555 Jackson Street NE
Hilltop, MN 55421-2401
Phone: (763) 571-2023
Fax: (763) 571-4693

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of the month, time unknown

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City Hall, Hilltop Minnesota
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Name & Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 David Cartwright
4550 Central Avenue NE #1348
Hilltop, MN 55421
Email (612) 599-5303
City Clerk/Treasurer appointed Ruth J. Nelsen
4555 Jackson Street NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Email (763) 571-2023
Council Member 12/31/2022 James E. Shear
700 47th Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
  (763) 574-9333
Council Member 12/31/2022 Linda Johnson
4550 Central Avenue NE #1424
Hilltop, MN 55421
  (763) 571-5019
Council Member 12/31/2022 Betty Risdahl
4550 Central Avenue NE #1331
Hilltop, MN 55421
  (763) 571-2906
Council Member 12/31/2022 Casey Gunter
4550 Central Avenue NE #1443
Hilltop, MN 55421
  (763) 218-3755

Post Office:     Hilltop is served by the Columbia Heights Post Office:
US Post Office
940 44th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN
55421-9998
Phone:
(763) 781-3166
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Post Office, Columbia Heights Minnesota

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (612) 372-4727
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 245-2377
Wastewater City of Columbia Heights (763) 706-3700
Water City of Columbia Heights (763) 706-3700
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Comcast/Xfinity (651) 483-9999
 
Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
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News:
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Weather:
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Map:


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Events:

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Schools:
Columbia Heights Schools
Independent School District #13 

1440 49th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 528-4500

Grades:  PK-12
Students:   3,200

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Columbia Heights Public Schools
Columbia Heights High School
1400 49th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 528-4600

Grades:  9-12
Students:   950

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Columbia Heights High School, Columbia Heights Minnesota
Columbia Academy
900 49th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 528-4700

Grades:  6-8
Students:   700

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Columbia Academy, Columbia Heights Minnesota
Highland Elementary School
1500 49th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 528-4400

Grades:  PK-5
Students:   550

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North Park Elementary School
5575 Fillmore Street NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 528-4300

Grades:  PK-5
Students:   550

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Valley View Elementary School
800 49th Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 528-4200

Grades:  K-5
Students:   550

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Immaculate Conception School (Catholic)
4030 Jackson Street NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 788-9065

Grades:   K-8
Students:   150

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Churches:

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Media:
Anoka County Union Herald
4095 Coon Rapids Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 412-2400

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Northeaster Newspaper
2844 Johnson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Phone: (612) 788-9003

The Northeaster, the every-home-delivered community newspaper for Northeast Minneapolis, St. Anthony, Columbia Heights and Hilltop. Our Mission: Finding out stuff and putting it in the paper since 1978, and now also online. 

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Motels:
Starlite Motel
4720 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421  
Phone: (763) 571-8656

The Starlite Motel features 38 spacious and clean rooms for overnight lodging near Columbia Heights, MN.  Our 2-story exterior design motel is located in 1 mile south of I-694 and just north of Minneapolis, with many restaurants nearby within walking distance. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the Starlite Motel has daily and extended stay rates to fit your needs.

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Starlite Motel, Hilltop Minnesota
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Businesses:
Best Wash Laundromat
785 45th Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-9189
 
Central Plaza Tobacco
825 45th Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 276-9696
 
Dollar General
865 45th Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (612) 263-6419
 
Flameburger
4800 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-3267
 
Happy Nails
765 45th Avenue
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-0904
 
Harbor Freight Tools
725 45th Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-9390
 
Kimberly Nybo State Farm Insurance
4634 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-6111
 
Hilltop Mobile Home Community
4550 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763)
 
Lavanderia
4800 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-1500
 
Little Caesar's Pizza
4872 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763)
 
Peace Market
923 45th Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 205-6655
 
Pro-Health Care
4710 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 746-8155
 
Public Storage
4560 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 284-5544
 
Starlite Motel
4720 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421  
Phone: (763) 571-8656

The Starlite Motel features 38 spacious and clean rooms for overnight lodging near Columbia Heights, MN.  Our 2-story exterior design motel is located in 1 mile south of I-694 and just north of Minneapolis, with many restaurants nearby within walking distance. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the Starlite Motel has daily and extended stay rates to fit your needs.

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Starlite Motel, Hilltop Minnesota
Skywood Barbers
4712 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-3585
 
Tasty Pizza
875 45th Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-2722
 
Tri City Auto
4760 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 572-2277
 
Walgreens
4880 Central Avenue NE
Hilltop, MN 55421
Phone: (763) 571-7195
 


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