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Dorset, Minnesota

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Dorset, Minnesota
Unincorporated community
Motto: "The Restaurant Capital of the World"
Dorset, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Dorset, Minnesota
Dorset, Minnesota
Dorset, Minnesota is located in the US
Dorset, Minnesota
Dorset, Minnesota
Location of the community of Dorset
within Henrietta Township, Hubbard County
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
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hubbard
Township Henrietta Township
Government
 • Type Unincorporated Community
 • Mayor (Unofficial) Gwendolyn Davis
Elevation 1,476 ft (450 m)
Population
 • Estimate (2011[1]) 22
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56470
Area code(s) 218 Exchange: 732
GNIS feature ID 642900[2]
Website www.dorsetmn.com

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 Roads 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.

History

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

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 elected in August 2015.[10] Gwendolyn Davis of Utah won the mayorship in 2016.[11]

References

  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. 
  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". foxnews.com. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "4-year-old mayor is re-elected in northern Minn.". news.yahoo. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota to 16-year-old". Fox News.com. August 4, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "3-YEAR-OLD JAMES TUFTS ELECTED MAYOR OF MINNESOTA TOWN". abc7.com. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Uren, Adam (August 10, 2016). "Election bombshell: Minnesota's youngest mayor ousted by Utah 4-year-old". BringMeTheNews. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 

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