Heights Stories


October 23, 2020

According to the Bootstrap Book, "Columbia and Oakwood Schools were the two polling places in the 1918 village elections."

Columbia School
(Above - Columbia School | Below - Oakwood School)


October 16, 2020

The northeast corner of 40th Ave and 5th St was once home to the Heights Dairy Store. The photograph of the Heights Dairy Store (dated 1964) was submitted by Jennifer Rosengren.

Dairy Store Photo_Website
October 9, 2020

The Columbia Heights football and volleyball teams are set to begin their 2020 season tonight, Oct. 9. Between the two programs, Columbia Heights has five state titles, which includes four titles in a five-year span from the volleyball team (1986, '87, 89, and '90). The football team won its first state title in 1979 with an 8-3 victory over Richfield.

Volleyball State Title Website
(Above - A Sun Focus article on the Hylanders' fourth state title in five years.)

Football Article Website
(Above - A photo from the Minneapolis Star Tribune from the Hylanders' 8-3 victory for the 1979 Class AA high school football title.)

September 25, 2020

According to the Bootstrap Book, "The first park, Huset, formerly called City Park, was the scene of much of Columbia Heights' earliest activities. Cows and horses were pastured there. Children swam in a stream which ran through it. The original fire department was located there. Elmer Huset, a minister at First Lutheran Church and the city manager for a time, went to the state legislature and got 60 acres from 37th Ave. to the alley below 40th Ave., and from Quincy to 5th St. for about $10,000. The ordinance creating Huset Park was passed in 1939. About 30 acres of the property eventually became industrial land."

Elmer Huset_Photo_Front
(Above - A photo of Elmer Huset. Below - Information on Elmer Huset on the back of the above photo).

Elmer Huset_Photo_Back

September 18, 2020

According to the Bootstrap Book, "McKenna Park at 47th and 7th St. is an 11-acre tract named for James McKenna, who was elected to the first Columbia Heights City Council in 1921. When the park was being developed in 1963, there was enough money in the department to clear and grade it, but not enough to get grass growing. At a public meeting, 79 residents rose up to demand grass because the sandy park was literally blowing away. Funds were found."

McKenna Park Plans
(Above - Columbia Heights Record article showing John P. Murzyn and his plans for the City parks. Below - Columbia Heights Record article showing the McKenna Park shelter being built.)

McKenna Park Shelter
September 4, 2020

With a new school year upon us, let's take a look at the Columbia School Building. (Photo courtesy of the Bootstrap Book.)

According to the Bootstrap Book, "The north end was built in 1894, the south portion was added in 1911. Razed in 1967." The school was located on the northwest corner of 41st and Central Ave.

Columbia School
A Minneapolis Morning Tribune article states that the Columbia School Building was voted on in Oct of 1895 (see article below). (Article courtesy of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune.)

August 28, 2020

As demolition of the old NE Bank Building begins, let's take a look back to 1982 when the building was being constructed. (Photos courtesy of Terry Nightingale.)

C.H. Business Center constr. 2 1982

C.H. Business Center constr. 3 1982

C.H. Business Center ramp construction 1982

August 21, 2020

A Columbia Heights couple recently found a hidden room in their home that is nearly 100 years old. You can watch the video below and read the article here. (Video courtesy KSTP-TV.)

August 14, 2020

Below is an aerial photo of southern Columbia Heights and Northeast Minneapolis from 1937. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online.)

August 7, 2020

The Hilltop Drive-In Theater, built in 1948 by Edmund Sullivan, was located at 47th and Central. The theater opened its doors on Aug 5, 1949, with showings of  The Babe Ruth Story and remained at its site until 1972.

Star_Tribune_Fri__Aug_5__1949_(Above - Newspaper Ad from the Minneapolis Morning Tribune - Aug 5, 1949)

(Below - Newspaper story from the Columbia Heights Record - Aug 5, 1949)

Columbia Heights Record - Drive-In 1949
July 24, 2020

Advertisement from 1892 in which the Minneapolis Improvement Company Northeast held a competition for the name of the new development in Northeast Minneapolis.

(Below - Newspaper Ad from the Minneapolis Star Tribune - 1892)