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Blumenort is a village of about 1,000 people, in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is located in the Rural Municipality of Hanover, just north of the city of Steinbach. It was founded in 1874 by Mennonite farmers. Today, its economy is based on agriculture and the service industry.
Prior to about 1870, southeastern Manitoba, including the Blumenort area, were hunting, fishing, and trapping grounds used by the nomadic Ojibway people. In 1871, the government began negotiating to the articles of the Ojibway land claims for this region of Manitoba. By 1874, the First Nations people of southeastern Manitoba had moved onto the Brokenhead and Rousseau River Reserves. By this time, the government surveyed the land and readied it for expansion by European settlers. The first non-nomadic settlers in Blumenort were Mennonite farmers from South Russia who arrived in the summer of 1874. By 1875, Blumenort consisted of 24 families.
In 1910, the village of Blumenort was dismantled as the farmers disbursed to move onto the land they farmed. Barns and houses were relocated and within a few years little evidence of the former village remained, the village street serving as a driveway for two farming families.
In 1932, the farmers of the Blumenort area decided to build a cheese factory on a ridge, about a mile from the site of the former village. The cheese factory brought further development. By 1940, there were 16 families and six businesses located along or near the mile road now called Blumenort's Centre Avenue.
Blumenort has continued to expand, growing to 924 people in 2006.
Today Blumenort continues to grow with a 36% population increase from 2006 to 2011. The village provides a local elementary school as well as an Evangelical Mennonite Conference Church.
Blumenort is supported by several local businesses including magazine companies, poultry producers, transport companies, and vehicle repair companies. In addition to this, because of its proximity to Steinbach, many people from Blumenort commute to Steinbach for shopping, work and sometimes school.