Cartoon depiction of individuals in Blaine.

Blaine History

From the early days when glaciers covered the land, to the organization of a township, and the separation as a city, Blaine continues to develop. It’s home to the Anoka County Library and some of the earliest phone lines to come to Minnesota. Blaine has a fascinating history that captivates all audiences.

Early Settlers

Working the Land

20th Century

Living off the Land


1. U.S. Bureau of Land Management - Survey Plats and Field Notes.
2. Upham, Warren. Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society, 1979.
3. Wielenberg, Steven M. “Fr Joseph Goiffon.” Find A Grave, 9 Oct. 2013.
4. “The Story of Blaine, Minnesota.” Blaine Historical Society.
5. “Albert Lea Evening Tribune Newspaper Archives, Sep 13, 1926.” NewspaperArchive, 13 Sept. 1926.
6. “Madera Tribune, Volume XLIII, Number 130, 6 April 1929.” Many Are Killed And Injured by Tornadoes In Middlewest States.
7. Munsch, Andrew. Historic U.S. 61: Old Highway 61 - Wyoming to the St. Louis County Line, Dead Pioneer.
8. Brown, Curt. “Stories Deep beneath Centennial High School.”Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 26 June 2016.
9. “The Story of Blaine, Minnesota.” Blaine Historical Society.
10. “65-Hi Drive-In, Blaine.” Minnesota Drive-In Theaters, 13 July 2017.
12. National Sports Center. Blaine, Minnesota. SportsEngine.

The pictures used above came from the following sources: Anoka County Historical Society and the Blaine Historical Society.

A special thanks is given to the Anoka County Library for using the following source. It was used throughout this timeline. This book is a great source to learn more about the history of Anoka County. Lee, Stephen J. History of Circle Pines and Lexington Minnesota Full Version. 2000, Aug 21.