Dorset, Minnesota

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"The Restaurant Capital of the World"
Dorset is located in Minnesota
Dorset is located in the United States
Coordinates: 46°57′23″N 94°57′09″W / 46.95639°N 94.95250°W / 46.95639; -94.95250Coordinates: 46°57′23″N 94°57′09″W / 46.95639°N 94.95250°W / 46.95639; -94.95250
CountryUnited States
 • TypeUnincorporated Community
 • Mayor (Unofficial)Gwendolyn Davis
1,476 ft (450 m)
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)218 Exchange: 732
GNIS feature ID642900[2]

Dorset is an unincorporated community in Henrietta Township, Hubbard County, Minnesota, United States.

The tiny community (population 22) is located six miles east-northeast of Park Rapids and six miles west of Nevis. Hubbard County State-Aid Highways 7 and 18; and State Highway 226 (MN 226) are three of the main routes in the community. State Highway 34 (MN 34) is nearby. Dorset is located along the Heartland State Trail.


A post office called Dorset was established in 1898, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1964.[3] The community was named by railroad officials.[4]

Mayor of Dorset[edit]

The position of "Mayor of Dorset" is a symbolic one, the town being run by a group of five local business owners.[5] The town holds a yearly election at the "Taste of Dorset" festival, residents paying $1 to add a name of their choice to a hat, with a random slip being drawn to select a Mayor.[5]

In August 2012, then three-year-old Robert "Bobby" Tufts became mayor for a one-year term, when his name was drawn.[5][6][7] On August 4, 2013, Tufts was elected for a second term.[8] Tufts lost a re-election campaign in 2014 to 16-year-old Eric Mueller.[9] Tufts's three-year-old brother, James, was also elected in August 2015.[10] 4-year-old Gwendolyn Davis of Utah won the mayorship in 2016.[11]


  1. ^ "Finding Minnesota: Restaurant Capital Of The World".
  2. ^ "Dorset, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Hubbard County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 14 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 243.
  5. ^ a b c Stump, Scott (May 16, 2013). "Pint-size politician: Mayor of Minnesota town is 4 years old". Today Show. NBC.
  6. ^ "4-Year-Old Mayor Robert Tufts 'Runs' Tiny Town Of Dorset, Minnesota". Huffington Post. May 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "In tiny tourist town Dorset, Minn., mayor is 4-year-old boy who likes ice-cream and fishing". 2013-07-10. Retrieved 9 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "4-year-old mayor is re-elected in northern Minn". Retrieved 5 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota to 16-year-old". Fox August 4, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "3-YEAR-OLD JAMES TUFTS ELECTED MAYOR OF MINNESOTA TOWN". Retrieved 15 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Uren, Adam (August 10, 2016). "Election bombshell: Minnesota's youngest mayor ousted by Utah 4-year-old". BringMeTheNews. Retrieved August 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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