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Hugo is a commuter and semi-rural town 18 miles north of downtown Saint Paul in Washington County. The population was 14,767 at the 2020 census. The city lies north of White Bear Lake on the border of the metropolitan boundary. Hugo and nearby suburbs comprise the northeast portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

The city’s largest lake, Oneka Lake, is named for the Dakota word “onakan,” which means “to strike or knock-off,” rice into a canoe. Just south is Rice Lake where Mdewakanton Dakota from Mendota gathered wild rice.

Since the housing boom began, the city has grown its parks and trail system, is home to several new businesses and is seeing schools expand. Hugo parks are easily accessed by trails and feature innovative recreational amenities designed for all ages. Hugo residents value our open spaces as well as our rural character and strive to be good stewards of the natural resources. 

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