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Osseo is a small city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 2,430, and in 2016 the estimated population was 2,752.It is said that "Osseo" is derived from the Ojibwe name waaseyaa meaning "there is light", although more commonly known as "Son of the Evening Star". The poet Henry W. Longfellow mentions Osseo in one of his Native American legends contained in his poem The Song of Hiawatha. It is claimed that Longfellow visited Osseo while in St. Anthony.HistoryThe area that is now Osseo became settled prior to organized local government. It was located on what Pierre Bottineau named "Bottineau Prairie" in 1852, and the community was referred to as "Palestine". In 1856, part of the future town was platted as Osseo, and another part was platted as "City of Attraction". Official Minnesota Territory surveys placed the settlement on the border of two townships. When Brooklyn Township and Maple Grove Township organized, Osseo (and City of Attraction which later merged) was governed by those two local governments. It was not until March 17, 1875, that Osseo incorporated.The ethnic groups that moved in after Native tribes were removed were mostly French Canadians, New Englanders, Swiss and Germans. Businesses by pioneers included blacksmiths, wagonmakers, general merchandise stores, boots & shoemakers, harness maker, tin shop, cordwood supplier, teamsters, saloons, and hotels (Niggler Hotel 1867, International Hotel 1874, Great Northern Hotel, 1907). There was also a Catholic church (1858), a physician, school, post office, and calaboose (jail). Pioneers of Methodist and Lutheran religions were served in their homes until the twentieth century.
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