On a spring day in 1948, residents of rural Rose Township voted to incorporate and Roseville was born.
Of the 1,400 residents who cast votes, 1,225 were in favor of incorporating, eager for modern municipal services and amenities that would follow.
Like many first-ring suburbs, the modern-day rise of the City of Roseville is tied to the post World War II building and baby boom that defined midcentury America. Roseville added nearly 1,600 new single- family homes from 1950 to 1954 doubling the number of houses in the community.
Roseville, ideally positioned directly north of St. Paul and Minneapolis, also became a regional shopping and business hub. The first Dairy Queen and McDonald’s in Minnesota threw open their doors in Roseville in the 1947 and 1957. The first Target store in the country opened in Roseville on May 1, 1962 with promises of combining “the best of the fashion world with the best of the discount world.” Rosedale Center opened in 1969 and today draws 14 million visitors annually.
Our city remains a vibrant community and regional crossroads today with 36,000 residents and a daytime population of double that including workers and visitors.