Blaine's History and Culture

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Ever wonder? Aside from a song that is sung during the holidays, have you ever wondered what a “Noel” is? First, it’s a French word that roughly means “Christmas season,” and our English version comes from the Middle English word “nowel,” meaning “a shout of joy.”

If you dig way back into the etymology you’ll get to the Latin origination – “natalis,” meaning “birth.”

As for “The First Noel,” the song that is so popular during the holidays? “It was first published in a book titled “Ancient and Modern,” edited by William Sandys in 1823,” according to GotQuestions.org.

There are lots of words we associate with the music we listen to and sing at Christmas and other winter holidays and we seldom stop to wonder why. Let’s take a look at some of those.

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If you're new to our state -- welcome! This ought to help you get to know your new neighbors a little better.


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Blaine Water Tower
Blaine, Minnesota is a very popular area found to the north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. This community is home to about 50,000 residents and was once a part of the city of Anoka.

However, in 1877, the city of Blaine was formed and Phillip Laddy was known as the first settler in the area. Laddy was a native of Ireland and settled near the lake, which is now named after him (Laddie Lake). Laddy passed not long after arriving to the area and many of his survivors moved to Minneapolis.

George Townsend, an Englishman, was another early settler of Blaine, MN. He lived in the area where 103rd Avenue and Lever Street would be found today.

In 1865, Green Chambers settled in Blaine as the first permanent resident. He lived in the old Townsend claim

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