The Info List - Dakota County, Minnesota

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Dakota County is the third-most populous county in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 398,552.[2] The county seat is Hastings.[3] Dakota County is named after the Dakota Sioux
tribal bands who settled in the area.[4] The name is recorded as "Dahkotah" in the United States
United States
Census records until 1851.[5] Dakota County is included in the Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, MN–WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States
United States
with about 3.3 million residents. The county is bordered by the Minnesota
and Mississippi Rivers on the north, and the state of Wisconsin
on the east.

Soils of Dakota County[6]

The county was the site of historical events at Mendota that defined the state's future, including providing materials for the construction of Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling
across the river and the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux
which ceded land from the native Dakota nation for the Minnesota
Territory. The county's history was initially tied to the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota
Rivers, both strategically important for United States
United States
expansion and as the convergence of the Dakota and Ojibwe
nations who regarded the site as sacred. Influence shifted westward during the post-World War II settlement boom when Interstate 35 connected the western half of the county to Minneapolis
and Saint Paul and bedroom communities grew. Most work outside the county but like many metro counties, Dakota continues to absorb industry and jobs from the core cities.[4][7]


1 History

1.1 Hastings and South Saint Paul 1.2 Suburban growth 1.3 Historic sites

2 Law and government 3 Geography

3.1 Rivers 3.2 Lakes 3.3 Major highways 3.4 Adjacent counties 3.5 National protected areas

4 Economy 5 Demographics 6 Education

6.1 Schools

6.1.1 High school 6.1.2 Junior high school 6.1.3 Elementary school 6.1.4 Other schools

6.2 Colleges and universities 6.3 Libraries

7 Recreation

7.1 Parks

8 Communities

8.1 Cities 8.2 Townships 8.3 Unincorporated communities 8.4 Ghost towns

9 Notable people 10 See also 11 References 12 External links


led the Mendota Mdewakanton in northern Dakota County. He and 121 Sioux
leaders ceded much of the present Twin Cities region.[8][9][10][11]

In the 1600s, Mdewakanton Dakota fled their ancestral home of Mille Lacs Lake in northern Minnesota
in response to westward expansion of the Ojibway
nation.[12] According to Dakota tradition, their ancestors pushed out the Iowa who were found settled at the mouth of the Minnesota
River.[13] Later in 1680, the Mdewakanton Dakota were contacted by French explorer Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut and the Mendota (mdo-TE) band of the Mdewakanton south of the Minnesota
River were contacted later by Joseph Nicollet
Joseph Nicollet
in the 18th century.[14] While Taoyateduta
(a.k.a. Little Crow) led the Mendota in northern Dakota County, upstream to the southwest, Chief Black Dog established his village of 600 people around 1750 at the isthmus between Black Dog Lake (from which is named after him) and the Minnesota
River, near the present site of the Black Dog Power Plant.[12][15]

Saint Peter's Church in Mendota is the state's oldest church

Following the published expeditions of explorers, in 1805, Zebulon Pike negotiated for military territory with the Mendota band which included land in Dakota County at the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
confluences with the Minnesota
and St. Croix Rivers.[16] In 1819, on what is now Picnic Island on the south bank of the Minnesota
River, Colonel Henry Leavenworth built a stockade fort called "St. Peter's Cantonment" or "New Hope," where materials were assembled for the construction of Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling
to be built on the bluff on the north bank.[17] Permanent settlement on the island was impossible due to annual flooding. Alexis Bailey built some log buildings nearby to trade in furs in 1826. Henry Hastings Sibley
Henry Hastings Sibley
later built the first stone house in Minnesota
in 1836, overlooking Fort Snelling. Sibley was a partner in the American Fur Company, and considerable fur trade occurred at Mendota due to the accessibility of the confluence. On-going United States
United States
expansion into the then "Northwest Territory" led to government purchase of land from the Dakota people (the Mdewakanton, Wahpekute, Wahpeton, and Sisseton
bands) via the Treaty of St. Peters and the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux
in 1851.[18][19] and the Treaty of Mendota.[20] After the establishment of the Minnesota
Territory in 1849, Dakotah County (later Dakota County) spanned from the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
to the Missouri River.[21] By the time Minnesota
achieved statehood in 1858, power and influence had shifted from Mendota, across the rivers to Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Hastings and South Saint Paul[edit] Continuing into the 20th century, the hub of activity in the county was in Hastings, the county seat, and a focal point of transportation, communication, and commerce. St. Peter's, now Mendota, had lost out to Fort Snelling. Hastings is critically located on the Mississippi River at the confluence of the St. Croix River and on the Vermillion River, which provided ample water power. Commercial interests built substantial wealth among the businessmen who dealt in lumber, milling, and railroads as the county residents depended on them to sell their agricultural products and to provide the goods needed for a growing economy and rising standard of living. During this time, the stockyards and meat-packing plants in South Saint Paul became historically significant as the largest stockyards in the world.[22] Ranchers in the vast countryside to the west brought their livestock for shipping to the hungry populations of St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, downstream.[23] These plants were worked by new immigrants from Romania, Serbia, and other Eastern European countries.[24] The rest of the county remained agricultural during the boom of milling activity north of the Minnesota
River due to lack of bridge connections. Rail access came in 1866 via the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha Railroad which shipped grain to millers.[25] The Minneapolis
St. Paul Rochester and Dubuque Electric Traction Company line in 1905 (now the Dan Patch Corridor), was primary for passengers going to entertainment parks and resorts in Burnsville and Lakeville.[26] Suburban growth[edit] Beginning in the 1950s, population and household growth shifted to the western portion of the county. This area of Dakota County had been predominantly Irish and Scottish extending southward toward the Scandinavians of Southern Minnesota.[27][28] As population pressures expanded south from Minneapolis
and Bloomington, the completion of Interstate 35W and 35E brought about major construction in the post-World War II period, turning villages into cities over the period of 20 years. Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, and Lakeville brought over 200,000 people into the county by the end of the century. The Western and Northern Service Centers were constructed in the early 1990s each with an additional courthouse location. License centers were subsequently set up in Burnsville and Lakeville. Though pressure remained since the postwar boom to move the county seat to one of the larger communities in the county, the Dakota County Board maintained the seat in Hastings, while providing government services across the county.[29] Historic sites[edit] The history of the county is well-illustrated by the Registered Historic Places in the county, including the settlement at Mendota, the homes of well-heeled residents of Hastings, the ethnic gathering places in South Saint Paul, and other sites related to life on the prairie, including religion, education, transportation, commerce, and farm life. Law and government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[30]

Year Republican Democratic Third Parties

2016 43.1% 99,864 47.7% 110,592 9.2% 21,404

2012 47.5% 109,516 50.4% 116,255 2.2% 5,050

2008 46.3% 104,364 51.8% 116,778 1.9% 4,330

2004 50.5% 108,959 48.5% 104,635 1.0% 2,252

2000 47.9% 87,250 46.9% 85,446 5.2% 9,553

1996 37.1% 57,244 50.1% 77,297 12.8% 19,725

1992 33.3% 52,312 40.5% 63,660 26.2% 41,108

1988 49.5% 61,606 49.7% 61,942 0.8% 1,032

1984 52.5% 55,119 46.8% 49,125 0.6% 667

1980 43.0% 40,708 45.8% 43,433 11.2% 10,614

1976 44.7% 37,542 52.6% 44,253 2.7% 2,285

1972 54.0% 34,967 44.0% 28,479 2.1% 1,350

1968 38.7% 19,290 56.9% 28,416 4.4% 2,202

1964 32.7% 13,856 67.1% 28,391 0.2% 81

1960 42.6% 15,032 57.1% 20,150 0.3% 91

1956 50.7% 13,112 49.0% 12,672 0.2% 55

1952 49.7% 11,871 49.8% 11,890 0.5% 118

1948 34.8% 6,819 63.6% 12,487 1.6% 317

1944 47.1% 7,731 52.2% 8,562 0.7% 110

1940 47.0% 8,339 52.6% 9,327 0.4% 77

1936 26.3% 4,043 57.7% 8,890 16.0% 2,465

1932 32.6% 4,439 65.7% 8,958 1.8% 238

1928 45.2% 6,019 54.2% 7,215 0.7% 89

1924 42.3% 3,931 10.0% 929 47.7% 4,424

1920 66.5% 5,373 27.1% 2,190 6.5% 523

1916 41.7% 1,881 52.6% 2,373 5.6% 254

1912 14.2% 609 41.4% 1,777 44.4% 1,904[31]

1908 55.1% 2,481 39.5% 1,778 5.5% 246

1904 68.7% 2,685 27.6% 1,078 3.7% 146

1900 47.6% 1,904 47.0% 1,878 5.4% 215

1896 46.4% 2,147 49.9% 2,310 3.7% 169

1892 38.0% 1,481 51.0% 1,989 11.1% 432

Dakota County is governed by the Board of Commissioners. The members of the Board as of March 1, 2017 are:

Mike Slavik, District 1 Kathleen Gaylord, District 2 Thomas Egan, District 3 Joe Atkins, District 4 Liz Workman, District 5 Mary Liz Holberg, District 6 Chris Gerlach, District 7

Dakota County also has an elected Sheriff (Tim Leslie) and an elected County Attorney (James Backstrom). Additionally there are appointed boards for the library system, community development agency, and several advisory boards. Dakota County is also served by an elected board of their Soil and Water Conservation District. Principal employees of Dakota County include (but are not limited to) County Manager Matt Smith, Community Services Director Kelly Harder, Parks Director Steve Sullivan, and Court Administrator Van Bostrom. Geography[edit] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 587 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 562 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (4.2%) is water.[32] The surface is nearly level.[33] Rivers[edit]

Vermillion Falls
Vermillion Falls
in Hastings

The northern and eastern border of Dakota County is marked by the Minnesota
and Mississippi Rivers. Management and jurisdiction of the rivers falls into multiple local, State and Federal agencies. Most of the Minnesota
River bank is under the Minnesota
Valley National Wildlife Refuge with fish, wildlife, and parkland managed collectively by the United States
United States
Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District assists the county's six watershed management organizations (WMO) which include the Black Dog WMO, Gun Club Lake WMO, Lower Minnesota
River Watershed District, Lower Mississippi WMO, North Cannon River WMO, and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization.[34][35][36]

Mississippi River: Adjacent to Mendota Heights, Lilydale, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount, and Hastings. Minnesota
River: Adjacent to Burnsville, Eagan, Mendota Heights, and Mendota. Vermillion River: From Farmington through Empire Township to Hastings.

Lakes[edit] Burnsville

Crystal Lake


Blackhawk Lake Fish Lake Holland Lake Jensen Lake Thomas Lake

Eureka Township

Chub Lake


Lake Rebecca Lake Isabelle Spring Lake Bullfrog Pond


Lake Marion Orchard Lake Kingsley Lake Valley Lake Lee Lake


Pickerel Lake

Randolph Township

Lake Byllesby

Ravenna Township

Mud Hen Lakes


Keegan Lake

West Saint Paul

Thompson Lake

Major highways[edit]

Interstate 35 Interstate 35E Interstate 35W Interstate 494 US Highway 52 US Highway 61 Minnesota
State Highway 3 Minnesota
State Highway 13 Minnesota
State Highway 19 Minnesota
State Highway 20 Minnesota
State Highway 50 Minnesota
State Highway 55 Minnesota
State Highway 56 Minnesota
State Highway 77 Minnesota
State Highway 110 Minnesota
State Highway 149 Minnesota
State Highway 156 Minnesota
State Highway 316 County Road 42 County Road 23 Other County Roads

Adjacent counties[edit]

Ramsey County (north) Washington County (northeast) Pierce County, Wisconsin
(east) Goodhue County (southeast) Rice County (southwest) Scott County (west) Hennepin County (northwest)

National protected areas[edit]

Valley National Wildlife Refuge (part) Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Economy[edit] Since the county grew as a bedroom community of Minneapolis
and Saint Paul, just over half of the residents (54%) work outside the county.[7] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1850 584

1860 9,093


1870 16,312


1880 17,391


1890 20,240


1900 21,733


1910 25,171


1920 28,967


1930 34,592


1940 39,660


1950 49,019


1960 78,303


1970 139,808


1980 194,279


1990 275,227


2000 355,904


2010 398,552


Est. 2016 417,486 [37] 4.8%

U.S. Decennial Census[38] 1790-1960[39] 1900-1990[40] 1990-2000[41] 2010-2016[2]

According to the 2010 census, Dakota County had a population of 398,552, of which 195,661 (49.1%) were male and 202,891 (50.9%) were female. In terms of age, 76.7% of the population were 16 years and over, 73.6% were 18 years and over, 70.5% were 21 years and over, 12.8% were 62 years and over, and 10.0% were 65 years and over. The median age was 36.8 years. The median age for males was 35.7; the median age for females was 37.9. In terms of race and ethnicity, the county was 85.2% White (82.3% Non-Hispanic White), 4.7% Black or African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 4.4% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 2.4% from some other race, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race made up 6.0% of the population. In terms of households, 69.5% were family households and 30.5% were non-family households. Approximately 55.2% were husband-wife family households; 26% had children under 18 years of age. Approximately 36.6% of households had children under 18 years of age living in them; 18.6% had people over the age of 65 living in them. The average household size is 2.60 and the average family size is 3.12. In terms of housing occupancy, 95.3% of households were occupied and 4.7% were vacant. Of the vacant housing units, 2.0% were for rent, 0.1% were rented but not occupied, 1.2% were for sale only, 0.2% were sold but not occupied, 0.5% were for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use, and 0.8% were all other vacants. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7% and the rental vacancy rate was 8.1%. Of all occupied housing units, 76.5% were owner-occupied and 23.5% were renter-occupied. The population in owner-occupied units was 314,833; the average household size was 2.71. The population in renter-occupied units was 80,866; the average household size was 2.26.[42] Education[edit] Dakota County is home to the state's largest school districts and some of the highest paid Superintendents.[43] Nationally recognized Independent School District 196
Independent School District 196
(Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan) houses 28,000 and is the fourth largest school district in the state.[44][45] Other districts include Independent School District 191 (Burnsville–Eagan–Savage School District), Independent School District 194 (Lakeville–Elko–New Market), Independent School District 197 (West St. Paul–Mendota Heights–Eagan) and Independent School District 200 (Hastings). Schools[edit]

High school[edit]

Apple Valley High School (ISD 196) Burnsville Senior High School
Burnsville Senior High School
(ISD 191) Eagan High School
Eagan High School
(ISD 196) Eastview High School
Eastview High School
(ISD 196) Farmington Senior High School (ISD 192) Hastings Area Alternative School & Learning Center (ISD 200) Hastings High School (ISD 200) Henry Sibley High School (ISD 197) Lakeville North High School
Lakeville North High School
(ISD 194) Lakeville South High School (ISD 194) Rosemount High School
Rosemount High School
(ISD 196) School of Environmental Studies (ISD 196) Simley High School
Simley High School
(ISD 199) South Saint Paul High School (SSD 6)

Junior high school[edit]

Black Hawk Middle School (ISD 196) Dakota Hills Middle (ISD 196) Hastings Middle School
Hastings Middle School
(ISD 200) John Metcalf Junior High School
John Metcalf Junior High School
(ISD 191) Joseph Nicollet
Joseph Nicollet
Junior High School (ISD 191) Levi P. Dodge Middle School (ISD 192) Robert Boeckman Middle School (ISD 192) Rosemount Middle School
Rosemount Middle School
(ISD 196) Scott Highlands Middle School
Scott Highlands Middle School
(ISD 196) Valley Middle School (ISD 196)

Elementary school[edit]

Akin Road Elementary (ISD 192) Cedar Park Elementary School (Minnesota) (ISD 196) Christa McAuliffe Elementary School (ISD 200) Cooper Elementary School (Minnesota)Cooper Elementary School (ISD 200) Edward D. Neill Elementary (ISD 191) Farmington Elementary (ISD 192) Gideon Pond Elementary (ISD 191) John F. Kennedy Elementary School (ISD 200) Lincoln Center Elementary (SSD 6) Meadowview Elementary (ISD 192) North Trail Elementary (ISD 192) Oak Ridge Elementary (ISD 196) Pinecrest Elementary School (ISD 200) Rahn Elementary (ISD 191) Red Pine Elementary
Red Pine Elementary
(ISD 196) Riverview Elementary (ISD 192) Rosemount Elementary (ISD 196) Sioux
Trail Elementary (ISD 191) Sky Oaks Elementary (ISD 191) Thomas Lake Elementary (ISD 196) Tilden Elementary School (ISD 200) Vista View Elementary (ISD 191) William Byrne Elementary (ISD 191)

Other schools[edit]

Saint Joseph Catholic School (pre-kindergarten–8th grade) St. Croix Lutheran High School and Middle School Holy Trinity Catholic School (pre-kindergarten–8th grade)

Colleges and universities[edit]

Dakota County Technical College Inver Hills Community College

Libraries[edit] Main article: Dakota County Library

Burnhaven Library in Burnsville Farmington Library in Farmington Galaxie Library in Apple Valley Heritage Library in Lakeville Inver Glen Library in Inver Grove Heights Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings Robert Trail Library in Rosemount City
of South St. Paul Library in South St. Paul Wentworth Library in West St. Paul Wescott Library in Eagan

Recreation[edit] Parks[edit]

Big Rivers Regional Trail
Big Rivers Regional Trail
in Mendota Heights Lake Byllesby Regional Park in Cannon Falls Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
in Eagan/Apple Valley Miesville Ravine Park Reserve
Miesville Ravine Park Reserve
in Miesville Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Empire Township Dakota Woods Dog Park in Empire Township Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings/Rosemount Thompson County Park in West St. Paul Dakota County Bikeway System


Street in downtown Apple Valley with signature red lamp posts. In the background is the Western Service Center.

Dakota County is home to sites significant in the state's early history. At Mendota, the Treaty of Mendota was signed, opening much of Southern Minnesota
to settlement, and there prominent Saint Paul businessmen built their grand mansions. Though linked with the state's capital for much of history via rail, Dakota County owes much of its current growth to the expansion of Minneapolis' population which accelerated during the post-World War II boom era of the 1960s. This demand for housing along with two major interstate highways linking Minneapolis
(I-35W) and St. Paul (I-35E) to the county concentrated major growth and demand along the northern end. Today, the cities of Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Rosemount, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, West St. Paul, and South St. Paul are synonymous with the Twin Cities, as being part of "the Cities." Both Burnsville and Eagan are nearly developed and have become more like independent cities attracting major development than just residential bedroom suburbs.[46][47]

Lakeville's downtown began in the early 20th century, contrasting its modern suburban development.

In contrast, the southern part of Dakota County reflects the rural past with small towns such as Farmington, Coates, Vermillion, Hampton, Randolph, and Miesville where street grids and housing dating from the early 20th century can be found. Much of the county is self-contained except for two examples. The City
of Hastings, the county seat, lies on both banks of the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
and was heavily linked historically and physically by rail to the early growing influence of the state's capital, Saint Paul. On the south border, the City
of Northfield, technically in Rice County, has slightly expanded north into Dakota however the city itself is allowed into the municipal sewer boundary. Though all of Dakota County is considered part of the metropolitan area and open to major development, the county government has steadily preserved farmland and continues to acquire new permanent natural lands in the southern townships.[48] This has further defined the boundaries between urbanized and rural which is starkly visible in the outskirts of the developed cities. While the center of population still lies north with more cosmopolitan residents, culturally Dakota County is a rural community and the Dakota County Fair is still a largely agricultural event and held in Farmington. Most of northern Dakota County is frequently referred to as "South of the River" for its location being south of the Minnesota River.[49][50][51][52] Cities[edit]

Apple Valley Burnsville Coates Eagan Farmington Hampton Hastings (partly in Washington County) Inver Grove Heights Lakeville Lilydale Mendota Mendota Heights Miesville New Trier Northfield (mostly in Rice County) Randolph Rosemount South St. Paul Sunfish Lake Vermillion West St. Paul


Castle Rock Township Douglas Township Empire Township Eureka Township Greenvale Township Hampton Township Marshan Township Nininger Township Randolph Township Ravenna Township Sciota Township Vermillion Township Waterford Township

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Castle Rock Etter Eureka Center Waterford

Ghost towns[edit]

Lewiston Nininger

Notable people[edit]

Ignatius Donnelly, politician Pierce Butler, United States
United States
Supreme Court justice Henry Hastings Sibley, first Governor of Minnesota Harold Stassen
Harold Stassen
(R), Former Governor of Minnesota, Aide to Adm. Bull Halsey, Aide to President Dwight Eisenhower, Participant/Drafter of the United Nations
United Nations

See also[edit]

National Register of Historic Places listings in Dakota County, Minnesota


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Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 2014.  ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States
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Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2013.  ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.  ^ a b "County Origin". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12.  ^ Charles Dosh (2003–2007). "Dakota County Genealogy". MN Gen Web.  ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 43 - 48. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2. ^ a b Kevin Monroe; Dawn Thongsavath; Heidi Welsch (May 2006). "Public Assistance Caseload, Increase Analysis" (PDF). Dakota County Employment and Economic Assistance. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2007-09-12.  ^ Kappler, Charles J., Washington: Government Printing Office, ed. (1904). "Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties". II (Treaties, 1778-1883). Oklahoma State University Library.  ^ "Treaty with the Sioux". 1837-09-29. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01.  ^ "Treaty with the Sioux— Sisseton
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of Bloomington. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01.  ^ Handbook of American Indians, 1906 (2008). "Iowa Indian Tribe History". Access Genealogy.  ^ "Who We Are". Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. 2007.  ^ Dakota County Historical Society (2005). "Historic Sites: Burnsville". Archived from the original on 2003-12-30.  ^ "The Treaty Story". Minnesota
History Center. 1999. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05.  ^ "Historic Sites:Mendota Heights". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-02-28.  ^ Carley, Kenneth (1976). The Sioux
Uprising of 1862. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-103-4. OCLC 2225048.  ^ Lass, William (1998) [1977]. Minnesota: A History. New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-04628-1. OCLC 37527613.  ^ Meyer, Roy Willard (1993). History of the Santee Sioux: United States Indian Policy on Trial. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.  ^ Dosh, Charles. "Welcome To Dakota County, Minnesota
- MNGenWeb". MN Genweb. Retrieved 2008-03-02.  ^ "South St. Paul Riverfront Trail". Mississippi National River and Recreation area. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-19.  ^ "County Origin". Dakota County Historical Society. 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-02-28.  ^ "Historic Sites:South St. Paul". Dakota County Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2007-03-19.  ^ ED Neill (1881). "History of Dakota County 1881". Burnsville Heritage Committee. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.  ^ "The Dan Patch railway". St. Louis
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Park Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2008-02-26.  ^ Kevin Gerahty (March 2006). "Histories of the Dakota County Irish". Friends of the Highland Cemetery.  ^ Karen Miller (1896). The diary of Karen Miller. s.n.  ^ Dan Gearino (2000-08-11). "County breaks ground on $36.5 million Northern Service Center in West St. Paul". Thisweek Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-05-10.  ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,608 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 196 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 87 votes, and Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer
Arthur Reimer
received 13 votes. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States
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Soil and Water Conservation District
Archived July 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Mississippi River
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Critical Area Program - Division of Waters: Minnesota
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Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2014.  ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 15, 2014.  ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.  ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States
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Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2014.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2012.  ^ State Auditor Awada says some Minnesota
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Coordinates: 44°41′N 93°04′W / 44.68°N 93.06°W / 44.68; -93.06

Places adjacent to Dakota County, Minnesota

Hennepin County Ramsey County Washington County

Scott County

Dakota County, Minnesota

Pierce County, Wisconsin

Rice County

Goodhue County

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Municipalities and communities of Dakota County, Minnesota, United States

County seat: Hastings


Apple Valley Burnsville Coates Eagan Farmington Hampton Hastings‡ Inver Grove Heights Lakeville Lilydale Mendota Mendota Heights Miesville New Trier Northfield‡ Randolph Rosemount South St. Paul Sunfish Lake Vermillion West St. Paul


Castle Rock Douglas Empire Eureka Greenvale Hampton Marshan Nininger Randolph Ravenna Sciota Vermillion Waterford

Unincorporated communities

Castle Rock Etter Eureka Center Waterford

Ghost towns

Lewiston Nininger

Indian reservation

Prairie Island Indian Community‡


‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

v t e

Features of Dakota County, Minnesota


v t e

Municipalities and communities of Dakota County, Minnesota, United States

County seat: Hastings


Apple Valley Burnsville Coates Eagan Farmington Hampton Hastings‡ Inver Grove Heights Lakeville Lilydale Mendota Mendota Heights Miesville New Trier Northfield‡ Randolph Rosemount South St. Paul Sunfish Lake Vermillion West St. Paul


Castle Rock Douglas Empire Eureka Greenvale Hampton Marshan Nininger Randolph Ravenna Sciota Vermillion Waterford

Unincorporated communities

Castle Rock Etter Eureka Center Waterford

Ghost towns

Lewiston Nininger

Indian reservation

Prairie Island Indian Community‡


‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties


Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court justice Natalie Darwitz, Olympic Silver Medalist Ignatius Donnelly, Minnesota's 2nd Lt. Governor Craig Kilborn, comedian John Kline, U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district Paul James Krause, NFL Hall of Famer Joan Kroc, philanthropist Laura Osnes, actress Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota's 39th Governor Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's 2nd Governor Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota's 1st Governor Harold Stassen, Minnesota's 25th Governor


Mississippi River: Adjacent to South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount, and Hastings Minnesota
River: Adjacent to Mendota Heights, Mendota, and Burnsville Vermillion River: From Farmington through Eureka Township to Hastings

Historic Sites

Byron Howes House Church of Saint Mary's-Catholic Church of the Advent Dakota County Courthouse Daniel F. Akin House District No. 72 School East Second Street Commercial Historic District Emil J. Oberhoffer House Exchange Bank Building Fasbender Clinic First Presbyterian Church, Hastings Fort Snelling Fort Snelling-Mendota Bridge George W. Wentworth House Good Templars Hall Hastings Foundry-Star Iron Works Hastings Methodist Episcopal Church Henry H. Sibley House Holz Family Farmstead Ignatius Eckert House MacDonald–Todd House Mendota Historic District Minneapolis
Saint Paul Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Company Depot Ramsey Mill and Old Mill Park Reuben Freeman House Rudolph Latto House Serbian Home St. Stefan's Romanian Orthodox Church Stockyards Exchange Thompson–Fasbender House VanDyke–Libby House West Second Street Residential Historic District William G. LeDuc House


Pine Bend Refinery Thomson West Northwest Airlines


Big Rivers Regional Trail Chimney Rock SNA Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling
State Park Lake Byllesby Regional Park Lebanon Hills Regional Park Miesville Ravine Park Reserve

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Cities in the Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, MN–WI metropolitan statistical area


Afton Albertville Andover Annandale Anoka Apple Valley Arden Hills Becker Belle Plaine Bethel Big Lake Blaine Bloomington Braham Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Park Buffalo Burnsville Cambridge Carver Center City Centerville Champlin Chanhassen Chaska Chisago City Circle Pines Clear Lake Clearwater Coates Cokato Cologne Columbia Heights Columbus Coon Rapids Corcoran Crystal Dayton Deephaven Delano Eagan East Bethel Eden Prairie Edina Elk River Elko New Market Excelsior Falcon Heights Farmington Fridley Gem Lake Golden Valley Greenfield Greenwood Ham Lake Hamburg Hampton Hanover Hanover Harris Hastings Hilltop Hopkins Howard Lake Maple Lake Independence Inver Grove Heights Isanti Jordan Lakeville Lauderdale Lexington Lilydale Lindstrom Lino Lakes Little Canada Long Lake Loretto Maple Grove Maple Plain Maplewood Mayer Medicine Lake Medina Mendota Mendota Heights Miesville Minneapolis Minnetonka Beach Minnetonka Minnetrista Monticello Montrose Mound Mounds View New Brighton North Oaks New Germany New Hope New Prague New Trier North Branch North St. Paul Northfield Norwood Young America Oakdale Oak Grove Oak Park Heights Orono Osseo Otsego Plymouth Princeton Prior Lake Ramsey Randolph Richfield Robbinsdale Rockford Rogers Rosemount Roseville Rush City St. Anthony Village Savage Shafer Shakopee Shoreview Shorewood South Haven South St. Paul Spring Lake Park Spring Park St. Anthony St. Bonifacius St. Cloud St. Francis St. Louis
St. Louis
Park St. Michael St. Paul Stacy Stillwater Sunfish Lake Taylors Falls Tonka Bay Vadnais Heights Vermillion Victoria Waconia Watertown Waverly Wayzata West St. Paul White Bear Lake Woodland Woodbury Wyoming Zimmerman


Baldwin Bay City Cady Clifton Cylon Deer Park Diamond Bluff Ellsworth Elmwood Emerald Eau Galle El Paso Erin Prairie Forest Gilman Glenwood Glenwood City Hammond Hartland Hudson Isabelle Kinnickinnic Maiden Rock Martell New Richmond North Hudson Oak Grove Oak Park Heights Pleasant Valley Plum City Prescott Richmond River Falls Roberts Rock Elm Rush River Salem Somerset Spring Lake Spring Valley Springfield St. Joseph Stanton Star Prairie Trenton Trimbelle Troy Union Warren Wilson Woodville

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Areas in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN-WI Combined Statistical Area

Metropolitan areas

Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, MN–WI St. Cloud, MN

Micropolitan areas

Faribault–Northfield, MN Hutchinson, MN Red Wing, MN

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 State of Minnesota

Saint Paul (capital)


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Arrowhead Boundary Waters Buffalo Ridge Central Coteau des Prairies Dissected Till Plains Driftless Area Iron Range Minnesota
River Valley North Shore Northwest Angle North Woods Pipestone Red River Valley Siouxland Southeast Twin Cities metropolitan area

Largest cities pop. over 25,000

Andover Apple Valley Blaine Bloomington Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Park Burnsville Chaska Coon Rapids Cottage Grove Duluth Eagan Eden Prairie Edina Fridley Inver Grove Heights Lakeville Mankato Maple Grove Maplewood Minneapolis Minnetonka Moorhead Oakdale Owatonna Plymouth Prior Lake Ramsey Richfield Rochester Roseville St. Cloud St. Louis
St. Louis
Park Saint Paul Savage Shakopee Shoreview Winona Woodbury


Aitkin Anoka Becker Beltrami Benton Big Stone Blue Earth Brown Carlton Carver Cass Chippewa Chisago Clay Clearwater Cook Cottonwood Crow Wing Dakota Dodge Douglas Faribault Fillmore Freeborn Goodhue Grant Hennepin Houston Hubbard Isanti Itasca Jackson Kanabec Kandiyohi Kittson Koochiching Lac qui Parle Lake Lake of the Woods Le Sueur Lincoln Lyon Mahnomen Marshall Martin McLeod Meeker Mille Lacs Morrison Mower Murray Nicollet Nobles Norman Olmsted Otter Tail Pennington Pine Pipestone Polk Pope Ramsey Red Lake Redwood Renville Rice Rock Roseau Saint Louis Scott Sherburne Sibley Stearns Steele Stevens Swift Todd Traverse Wabasha Wadena Waseca Washington Watonwan Wilkin Winona Wrig