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City of Hugo

Welcome from the Mayor

The City of Hugo is characterized by a pleasant blend of rural and suburban landscapes with an abundance of natural resources.  We believe we offer something for everyone, including a high quality of life for all.  Hugo has seen rapid growth in recent years, and the city’s future remains bright.  In this city, with a population upwards of 14,000 citizens, growth has been managed responsibly through careful planning.  Much of Hugo’s land remains as agricultural or undeveloped with many farms and equine operations, yet the city includes a variety of businesses and attractions.  Residents enjoy the use of many lakes, some of them very small and quiet with natural, unspoiled shorelines.  Hugo’s neighborhoods are strong, vibrant and well planned, often oriented around natural open spaces or parkland.  Neighborhoods are connected to each other by a developing system of paved pedestrian trails that also provide access to a multitude of parks and recreational amenities. 

During the recent economic downturn, the city has focused on improving the infrastructure in our older neighborhoods, and preparing the city for future economic growth.  Hugo’s residential growth has led to an emerging retail and commercial market bringing many new businesses and services to the community.  Industrial businesses continue to locate and expand within the city’s industrial parks adding new jobs to the community.  Residents and business owners who locate here find that the City provides efficient and friendly service with relatively low tax rates. 

Hugo’s citizens are hard working and willing to help their neighbor, making it a great city in which to live.  If you’ve decided to make Hugo your home, you’ve made a good choice. 

Sincerely,

Tom Weidt, Mayor


History
The original village site consisted of approximately three square miles.  The St. Paul and Duluth Railroad, now called the Burlington Northern Railroad, was built through the township in 1868.  Due to the proximity of the railroad depot to Centerville, the area became known as the Centerville Station.  In 1906, the 258 people in the Centerville Station area decided to incorporate as the Village of Hugo.

Over the next 66 years, the village continued to exist as a small farming and railroad community.  In January 1972, the Township of Oneka was consolidated with the Village of Hugo.  The Township government, which had served the area for over 100 years, was dissolved and a new government consisting of a Mayor and four Council members was instituted. 

Hugo Today
The population of Hugo is now more than 14,000 people and covers 36 square miles.  There are approximately 100 miles of City streets maintained by the City's Public Works Department.  The Washington County Sheriff Department provides police services on a contractual basis and the City provides fire and rescue service through the use of paid-on-call Firefighters & EMT’s. The  City Hall staff consists of a City Administrator, Planner, Parks Planner, Finance Director, Accounting Clerk, Building Official, Building Inspectors, City Clerk, Utility Billing Clerk and Building Department Secretary.  Public Works also includes a Public Works Director, Senior Engineering Technician, nine full-time employees and seasonal staff.



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City Hall Contacts
14669 Fitzgerald Avenue North
Hugo, MN  55038

651-762-6300 or info@ci.hugo.mn.us

Office Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Closed weekends and holidays.

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