Our Town’s Story

“It was called Parker Station because the station was right on the railroad tracks there…and Parker was really the first guy who had really put some time and effort into it…”

Earl Johnston, Robbinsdale Historical Society

“…they were being taxed about a dollar and a half per year… they said…’well what’s that for?’…It’s for the lamplighter that’s lighting the lamps on Lyndale Avenue there in Camden’…”

Ray Dahl, Crystal Historian

“(Robbins) wanted to put in sidewalks. He wanted to plant trees. He was attracting more businesses to main street…He wanted to have the streetcars run out there, and start building this suburb…”

Peter Richie, Author, “Images of America – Robbinsdale”

“Then Haaken Christensen came in behind (Lars Nasett) directly in 1888, and he came here because of the Lutheran Seminary…Christensen also built the blacksmith shop…So the town just built up around those two businesses.”

Rolland Heywood, Robbinsdale Historical Society

Northwest Community Television has begun researching the histories of the nine communities it serves in the northwest metropolitan area of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the next three years, a nine-part documentary series will be produced which will include interviews of historians and community members, historic photographs, and living history reenactments. The project will attempt to cover a time period from territorial settlement to the present time.

Our Town’s Story will be a collection of stories that will highlight the evolution of each city through six areas of focus: events, people, industry, agriculture, education, and government. We hope these documentaries will provide entertaining programming for our channels, have lasting value, and can be used to educate students, citizens, and businesses about the history of the place they call home.

Our production team is actively looking for community members who can contribute knowledge, interviews, or photographs to this project.
• People with firsthand knowledge of historical events.
• People with stories about relatives, friends or events of historical value.
• People with photographs and/or artifacts of local significance.

This project will be a collaborative effort with historical societies and community leaders from each of the nine cities served by Northwest Community Television. Those nine communities are Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.

Roger Larson
Producer, Our Town’s Story
Phone: 763-278-4325