Minneapolis / St. Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota

Includes the following communities: 
St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
Woodbury, Washington Co., Minnesota
Hudson, St. Croix Co., Wisconsin
New Brighton, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
South Saint Paul, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Mendota Heights, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Oakdale, Washington Co., Minnesota
Eagen, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Shoreview, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
Burnsville, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Cottage Grove, Washington Co., Minnesota
Farmington, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Lakeville, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Hastings, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Prescott, Pierce Co., Wisconsin
Roseville, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
White Bear Lake, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
Shakopee, Scott Co., Minnesota
Savage, Scott Co., Minnesota
Prior Lake, Scott Co., Minnesota
Anoka, Anoka Co., Minnesota
Apple Valley, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Bloomington, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Champlin, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Eden Prairie, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Edina, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Elk River, Sherburne Co., Minnesota
Hopkins, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Maple Grove, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
New Hope, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Plymouth, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
St. Louis Park, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Maplewood, Ramsey Co., Minnesota
Columbus, Anoka Co., Minnesota
Excelsior, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Wayzata, Hennepin Co., Minnesota
Becker, Sherburne Co., Minnesota
Richfield, Hennepin Co., Minnesota

The Minneapolis / St. Paul Metropolitan Area includes all of Hennipen and Ramsey Counties as well as the northern parts of Dakota and Scott Counties and bodering communities in Washington & Anoka Counties in Minnesota and Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin.

Volga German immigrants from Kautz and Schäfer settled in St. Paul after having first settled in Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Chicago. Many were working on the railroad, in the Union Stockyards, and in the Swift Company meat packing plant.

Through the years Volga German families have also moved into Minneapolis and can today be found in most of the suburbs of the Metro Area.

Riverview Neighborhood in St. Paul:

Most of the early Volga German families of St. Paul settled in the Riverview area, a neighborhood across the Mississippi River to the south of downtown St. Paul. It is bordered on the west, north, and east by the curving Mississippi River and Annapolis Street on the south.

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families settled in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area:

Aman from Neu-Kolonie
Arnhold from Beauregard
Bahl from Kamenka
Baumtrog from Neu-Kolonie
Beilman from Katharinenstadt
Bellendier from Marienfeld
Bohn from Dehler & Neu-Kolonie
Boos from Ober-Monjou
Brunz from Merkel
Diwi from Neu-Kolonie
Drumheller from Schilling
Deines from Norka
Desch from Pfeifer
Detzel from Volmer
Eckhart from Frank
Eitel from Beideck
Ertel from Schäfer
Fahrenbruch from Frank
Feil from Blumenfeld
Fierstein from Norka
Fries from Beideck
Gassmann from Mariental
Gette from Semenovka
Giebler from Ober-Monjou
Gies from Walter
Goetz from Herzog
Haag from Seelmann
Hansch from Rosental
Haspert from Köhler
Heili from Graf
Herber from Schäfer
Herzog from Kutter
Hoffman from Langenfeld
Holmgren from Karras (Caucasus)
Kahler (Kohler) from Norka
Kaufmann from Konstantinovka
Kloberdanz from Rothammel
Kloster from Neu-Kolonie
Kober from Schäfer
Kuhn from Herzog
Kuenzel from Warenburg
Lauer from Rothammel
Lechman from Rothammel
Leikam from Laub
Luft from Konstantinovka
Lungren from Franzosen
Mai from Kratzke
Maser from Kukkus
Maurer from Rothammel
Mildenberger from Köhler
Miller from Neu-Kolonie
Oblander from Shcherbakovka
Pfannenstiel from Ober-Monjou
Rebel from Neu-Kolonie
Reichert from Dietel
Reitz from Kukkus
Rexius from Kraft
Riedel from Beideck
Rigelkoff from Neu-Kolonie
Robertus from Neu-Balzer
Rohr from Mariental
Roth from Balzer
Roth from Kamenka
Ruder from Wittmann
Rupp from Strassendorf
Schenfeld from Marienfeld
Schiffner from Neu-Hussenbach
Schilling from Hussenbach
Schira from Erlenbach
Schledewitz from Jost
Schmer from Norka
Schmidtlein from Köhler
Schumann from Messer
Schwindt from Norka
Stadler from Kamenka
Stang from Volmer
Stegman from Pfeifer
Stoecklein from Zug
Stramel from Kamenka
Strauch from Beideck
Trebelhorn from Beideck
VonFeldt from Herzog
Wagner from Frank
Walters from Katharinenstadt
Weinbender from Köhler
Weinmeyer from Neu-Kolonie
Weitzel from Rosenberg
Wiesner from Kamenka


- Halverson, Carol J. "Volga German-Russians in Minnesota." Journal of the AHSGR 14:2 (Summer 1991): 15-23.
- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 53.
- USA Settlement List (Patricia Miller)

Pre-Volga Origin

Skyline of Minneapolis (2014).
Source: Michael Hicks via Wikipedia Commons.

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