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Minnetonka is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, eight miles (13 km) west of Minneapolis. The population was 49,734 at the 2010 census. The word "Minnetonka" comes from the Dakota Indian mni tanka meaning "great water". The city is home to Cargill, the country's largest privately owned company and United Healthcare, the state's largest publicly owned company.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.22sqmi, of which 26.93sqmi is land and 1.29sqmi is water. Part of the city includes the eastern tip of Lake Minnetonka, one of the largest lakes in Minnesota. The outlet of Lake Minnetonka is Minnehaha Creek, which winds through South Minneapolis before ending at Minnehaha Falls and flowing into the Mississippi River. Minnetonka is located 8mi west of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.EconomyThe headquarters of Carlson Companies are in Minnetonka. The headquarters of Cargill are located in Minnetonka and are in the Wayzata Post Office area. Founded in 1865, it is now the largest privately held corporation in the U.S. in terms of revenue. Other companies based in Minnetonka include uniform companies AmeriPride Services and G&K Services.
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