Dakota County, Minnesota

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Dakota County, Minnesota
DakotaCH1.jpg
Dakota County Courthouse
Map of Minnesota highlighting Dakota County
Location within the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location within the U.S.
FoundedOctober 27, 1849[1]
Named forDakota people
SeatHastings
Largest cityEagan
Area
 • Total587 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Land562 sq mi (1,456 km2)
 • Water25 sq mi (65 km2), 4.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2018)425,423
 • Density750/sq mi (290/km2)
Congressional district2nd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.dakotacounty.us

Dakota County is the third-most populous county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 398,552.[2] The county seat is Hastings.[3] Dakota County is named for the Dakota Sioux tribal bands who inhabited the area.[4] The name is recorded as "Dahkotah" in the United States Census records until 1851.[5]

Dakota County is included in the MinneapolisSt. PaulBloomington, MN–WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the 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]

History[edit]

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 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 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]

Taoyateduta 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] 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 by 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 (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 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 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 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.

Ongoing 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 Minnesota Territory was established in 1849, Dakotah County (later Dakota County) spanned from the 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]

By 1900, 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 located on the Mississippi River at the confluence of the St. Croix River and on the Vermillion River, which provided ample water power. Lumber, milling, and railroads provided good incomes. During this time, the stockyards and meat-packing plants in South Saint Paul became the world's largest stockyards.[22] Ranchers in the west shipped their livestock to St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.[23] These plants were worked by 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 resorts in Burnsville and Lakeville.[26]

Suburban growth[edit]

By the 1950s, population growth shifted to western Dakota county, which 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 within 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 a larger community, 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]

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

Dakota County has an elected Sheriff (Tim Leslie) and an elected County Attorney (James Backstrom). There are appointed boards for the library system, community development agency, and several advisory boards. Dakota County is served by an elected board of the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Politics[edit]

Dakota County voters tend to vote Democratic. Since 1960 the county has selected the Democratic Party candidate in 71% of national elections (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
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

Geography[edit]

The county terrain consists of low rolling hills, sloping to the river valleys. Its highest point is near the SW corner, at 1,037' (316m) ASL.[32][33] 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.[34]

Rivers[edit]

Vermillion Falls in Hastings

The northern and eastern boundaries of Dakota County are 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 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.[35][36][37]

Lakes[edit]

Burnsville

Eagan

  • Blackhawk Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Holland Lake
  • Jensen Lake
  • Thomas Lake

Eureka Township

  • Chub Lake

Hastings

  • Lake Rebecca
  • Lake Isabelle
  • Spring Lake
  • Bullfrog Pond

Lakeville

  • Lake Marion
  • Orchard Lake
  • Kingsley Lake
  • Valley Lake
  • Lee Lake

Lilydale

  • Pickerel Lake

Randolph Township

Ravenna Township

  • Mud Hen Lakes

Rosemount

  • Keegan Lake

West Saint Paul

  • Thompson Lake

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

The following protected areas are within or partially within Dakota County[32]:

Parks[edit]

The following parks are located within Dakota County[32]:

Economy[edit]

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

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850584
18609,0931,457.0%
187016,31279.4%
188017,3916.6%
189020,24016.4%
190021,7337.4%
191025,17115.8%
192028,96715.1%
193034,59219.4%
194039,66014.7%
195049,01923.6%
196078,30359.7%
1970139,80878.5%
1980194,27939.0%
1990275,22741.7%
2000355,90429.3%
2010398,55212.0%
Est. 2018425,423[38]6.7%
US Decennial Census[39]
1790-1960[40] 1900-1990[41]
1990-2000[42] 2010-2018[2]

2010 census[edit]

According to the 2010 United States 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.[43]

Education[edit]

Dakota County is home to the state's largest school districts and some of the highest paid Superintendents.[44] Nationally recognized Independent School District 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan) houses 28,000 and is the fourth largest school district in the state.[45][46] 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]

Junior high school[edit]

  • Black Hawk Middle School (ISD 196)
  • Boeckman Middle School (ISD 192)
  • Century Middle School (ISD 194)
  • Dakota Hills Middle (ISD 196)
  • Dodge Middle School (ISD 192)
  • Friendly Hills Middle School (ISD 197)
  • Gateway Academy (ISD 192)
  • Hastings Middle School (ISD 200)
  • Heritage E-STEM Magnet School (ISD 197)
  • John Metcalf Junior High School (ISD 191)
  • Joseph Nicollet Junior High School (ISD 191)
  • Kenwood Trail Middle School (ISD 194)
  • Levi P. Dodge Middle School (ISD 192)
  • McGuire Middle School (ISD 194)
  • Robert Boeckman Middle School (ISD 192)
  • Rosemount Middle School (ISD 196)
  • Scott Highlands Middle School (ISD 196)
  • South Saint Paul Secondary (SSD 6)
  • Valley Middle School (ISD 196)

Elementary school[edit]

  • Akin Road Elementary (ISD 192)
  • Cedar Park Elementary School (ISD 196)
  • Cherry View Elementary School (ISD 194)
  • Christa McAuliffe Elementary (ISD 200)
  • Christina Huddleston Elementary School (ISD 194)
  • Cooper Elementary (ISD 200)
  • Deerwood Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Diamond Path Elementary (ISD 196)
  • East Lake Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Eastview Elementary School (ISD 194)
  • Echo Park Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Edward D. Neill Elementary (ISD 191)
  • Farmington Elementary (ISD 192)
  • Garlough Environmental Magnet School (ISD 197)
  • Gideon Pond Elementary (ISD 191)
  • Glacier Hills Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Greenleaf Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Highland Elementary (ISD 196)
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary (ISD 194)
  • Kaposia Education Center (SSD 6)
  • Lake Marion Elementary School (ISD 194)
  • Lakeview Elementary School (ISD 194)
  • Lincoln Center Elementary (SSD 6)
  • Meadowview Elementary (ISD 192)
  • Mendota Elementary School (ISD 197)
  • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School (ISD 197)
  • North Trail Elementary (ISD 192)
  • Northview Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Oak Hills Elementary School (ISD 194)
  • Oak Ridge Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Orchard Lake Elementary (ISD 194)
  • Parkview Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School (ISD 197)
  • Pinecrest Elementary (ISD 200)
  • Pinewood Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Rahn Elementary (ISD 191)
  • Red Pine Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Riverview Elementary (ISD 192)
  • Rosemount Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Shannon Park (ISD 196)
  • Sioux Trail Elementary (ISD 191)
  • Sky Oaks Elementary (ISD 191)
  • Somerset Elementary School (ISD 197)
  • Southview Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Thomas Lake Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Tilden Elementary (ISD 200)
  • Vista View Elementary (ISD 191)
  • William Byrne Elementary (ISD 191)
  • Westview Elementary (ISD 196)
  • Woodland Elementary (ISD 196)

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]

Libraries[edit]

Communities[edit]

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 Southern Minnesota to settlement, and prominent Saint Paul businessmen built their mansions there. 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 mere residential bedroom suburbs.[47][48]

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 and was linked historically and physically by rail to the growing influence of the state's capital, Saint Paul. On the south border, the City of Northfield, technically in Rice County, has 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.[49] 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, held annually in Farmington.

Most of northern Dakota County is referred to as "South of the River" for its location being south of the Minnesota River.[50][51][52][53]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°41′N 93°04′W / 44.68°N 93.06°W / 44.68; -93.06