Lakeville, Minnesota

Lakeville, Minnesota

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Lakeville, Minnesota
settlement_type = City

imagesize =
image_caption = Lakeville city hall

mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota.

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dot_map_caption = Location of Lakeville City Hall in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area
dot_x = 80
dot_y = 100
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = Minnesota
subdivision_name2 = Dakota
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Holly Dahl
established = Founded
established_date = 1855
established = Established
established_date2 = 1858
established = Incorporated
established_date3 = 1967
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_total_sq_mi = 37.5
area_land_sq_mi = 36.2
area_water_sq_mi = 1.4
area_water_percent =
area_total_km2 = 97.2
area_land_km2 = 93.7
area_water_km2 = 3.5
population_as_of = 2005
population_footnotes = cite web| title=Twin Cities Region Population and Household Estimates, 2006 | url= | format=PDF | date=2006-04-01 | publisher=Metropolitan Council | accessdate= 2007-07-24] cite web |title=Table 2: Population Estimates for the 100 Most Populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas Based on July 1, 2006 Population Estimates: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 |publisher=U.S. Census Bureau |url= | format = PDF | date = 2007-04-05 |accessdate=2007-04-16]
population_total = 51722
population_metro = 3502891
population_density_km2 = 460.4
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 55044
area_code = 952
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_ft = 971
latd = 44 |latm = 38 |lats = 59 |latNS = N
longd = 93 |longm = 14 |longs = 33 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 296
website =
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 27-35180GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0646445GR|3
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Lakeville (pronEng|ˈleɪkvɪl) is a suburb 23 miles (37 km) south of Downtown Minneapolis in the U.S. state of Minnesota in Dakota County. On the south metro fringe, Lakeville is one of the fastest growing cities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. [cite web | url= | title=Council to work with communities on household, job forecasts | date=2002-06-18 | author= Metropolitan Council | accessdate=2007-10-03] The U.S. Census Bureau recorded the population of the city of Lakeville at 43,128 people in 2000. The Metropolitan Council estimate for 2006 was 52,323.

Lakeville is located on Interstate Highway 35. With an interstate highway link to the Twin Cities and undeveloped land, Lakeville has grown at rapid pace in the region's exurbia. The city became notable in 1910 when Marion Savage built the Dan Patch Railroad Line to service his Antlers Amusement Park.cite web | url= | title=The Dan Patch line | date=March 1999 | author=Robert O Greenawalt | publisher=International Bond & Share Society | accessdate=2008-05-08] Subsequently, Lakeville became a flourishing milling center from this line and today, the agriculture industry still is in operation. While most residents commute Downtown for work, Lakeville has major industry since the 1960s including the Airlake Industrial Park which is served by Airlake Airport, a regional reliever airport.


The Sioux people ceded most of southern Minnesota in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851. A military road was constructed between Fort Snelling and the southern forts. In 1855, J.J. Brackett, a Saint Paul lumber baron and mail carrier using the road, decided to plat a site halfway between St. Paul and St. Peter on a lake he named Prairie Lake. The village was established as Lakeville Township in 1858. Notoriety came when Colonel Marion Savage expanded his entertainment business into constructing Antlers Amusement Park in 1910. Riding on fame from his success with the Dan Patch racing horse and the popularity of the park, the lake was renamed Lake Marion and the rail line servicing the park, the Dan Patch Railroad Line. [ [ A Glimpse of Lakeville's' Past] Lakeville Area Historical Society]

With the mostly rural landscape, early settlers were farmers and this owed to a high percentage of Scandinavians. The other group included Irish, Scots, and English which had spread out from Hamilton Landing and Burnsville. In Karen Miller's diary from 1840-1895, Danes reportedly outnumbered Norwegians and travel to Minneapolis was not uncommon for the rural township. [cite book | title=Many Danes, some Norwegians : Karen Miller’s diary, 1894 | author=Karen Miller, translated by Ninna Engskow, edited by John W. Nielsen | publisher=Blair, Neb. Lur Publications, Danish Immigrant Archive, Dana College | date=1997] Enggren's Grocery was a downtown staple since 1900 until it closed in 2006. [cite web | url= | title=Enggren's closing after 100 years of business | author=John Sucansky | publisher=Thisweek Newspapers | date=2006-04-07 | accessdate=2008-05-09]

The later 20th century followed typically for the outer-ring suburban Twin Cities with official incorporation as the City of Lakeville in 1967. The agriculture industry continued to sustain itself as postwar development did not immediately absorb Lakeville (as well as I-35's later completion date). In the early 21st century, housing and population increases were due to rising land costs in the metropolitan area causing Lakeville to become a boomtown.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.5 square miles (97.2 km²), of which, 36.2 square miles (93.7 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (3.65%) is water. Lakeville includes the Argonne Farms post-World War I settlement project which failed in the early 20th century and was redeveloped in the 21st century into typical suburban retail. Since it was a semi-autonomous village within Lakeville Township before the city's incorporation, it continues to appear today on maps as Argonne. [cite web | url= | title=Argonne Village to occupy former WWI soldier resettlement area | publisher=Thisweek Newspapers | date=2005-01-28 | accessdate=2008-05-09]

As its name implies, Lakeville contains several lakes as well as smaller ponds and wetlands within its borders. The two largest lakes include Lake Marion and Orchard Lake which are heavily used recreational waters used for fishing, boating, and swimming. Smaller named natural lakes include Kingsley Lake and Lee Lake. Valley Lake is a small man-made lake in the northern part of the city.

A branch of the Vermillion River flows through Lakeville. Its headwaters are just west of the city limits in Credit River Township, and it flows eastward across Dakota County until it empties into the Mississippi River at the Wisconsin border. Much of Lakeville drains into the Vermillion River watershed. North Creek, a major tributary of the Vermillion, begins its flow in northern Lakeville and flows eastward to meet the Vermillion near downtown Farmington just east of Lakeville. The Vermillion River has been designated as a trout stream by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 43,128 people, 13,609 households, and 11,526 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,192.4 people per square mile (460.4/km²). There were 13,799 housing units at an average density of 381.5/sq mi (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.26% White, 1.28% African American, 0.38% Native American, 2.01% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.76% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 13,609 households out of which 56.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.3% were non-families. 10.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the city the population was spread out with 36.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 37.8% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 2.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $72,404, and the median income for a family was $76,542. Males had a median income of $51,405 versus $33,071 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,492. About 1.5% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


Lakeville is served by the Airlake Airport, which has a single runway with an ILS approach. The airport is managed by the Metropolitan Airports Commission as a reliever facility to draw general aviation traffic. The FAA operates the Minneapolis ARTCC (air route traffic control center) in Farmington, several miles away from the airport. This center provides traffic control services for Minnesota and surrounding states.

Large farms are still in operation producing leading-revenues in corn, soybeans, and dairy cattle.


The City of Lakeville is governed by a five member City Council and Mayor, though a City Manager runs day to day municipal operations. A professional police force and volunteer fire department protect the city's residents. The city operates a large parks department which includes a senior center, an arts and entertainment center, dozens of various neighborhood and community parks, and many miles of multipurpose trails.

Lakeville is located in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, represented by John Kline, a Republican, scoring 2.8% progressive on a range of issues [cite web| last = Grossman| first = Joshua| title = ProgressivePunch Leading with the Left| work = All Issues| publisher = ProgressivePunch|url =| accessdate = 2007-09-08] and 88% conservative based on 2006 House votes. [cite web | title = ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006| publisher = American Conservative Union | date = 2006 | url = | accessdate = 2007-09-08] In the state House of Representatives, Lakeville is covered for the most part by district 36A, and is represented by Mary Liz Holberg; the eastern part of Lakeville is in district 36B and represented by Pat Garofalo.


The city is served by three different school districts whose boundaries were determined while the community was largely agricultural. Today Independent School District 196 ("Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan") and the Farmington School District #192 service portions of northern and eastern Lakeville. The majority of Lakeville households are served by the Lakeville Area School District #194. The Lakeville School District opened its second large high school in the autumn of 2005.


* [ Lakeville Thisweek]
* [ Lakeville Sun Current]
* The [ Farm Show newspaper] has been [ published from Lakeville] since 1976.

Notable natives

*Todd Bachman, late CEO of Bachman's, killed in Beijing 2008-08-09
*Paul Krause, Pro Football Hall of Fame
*Kevin Kaesviharn, pro football player
*Andy Belmont and Joey Miller, NASCAR drivers
*Scot Kersten, Expert on Web 2.0 technologies and social networking
*Judy Merritt, 1957 Princess Kay of the Milky Way


External links

The [ Emil Oberhoffer House] is on the National Register of Historic Sites, as Prairie Style architecture. The [ Minnesota Historical Society] maintains a collection of photographs of [ Antlers Park, ca. 1925] . [ 20th Century pictures of Lakeville] .

* [ Lakeville official city website]
* [ ISD 194, Lakeville public schools]
* [ Lakeville City Ballet]
* [ Lakeville Area Historical Society]
* [ Lakeville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau]
* [ Downtown Lakeville Business Association]
* [ Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce]
* [ Dakota County Heritage Library]
* [ local weather information]
* [ Pan-O-Prog] Lakeville Minnesota's Summer Festival
* [ Lakeville North High School]
* [ Lakeville South Cougar Boosters]
* [ Lakeville Baseball Association]
* [ Lakeville Hockey Association]
* [ Lakeville Soccer Club]
* [ Lakeville Fastpitch Softball Association]
* [ Lakeville Lacrosse]
* [ Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lakeville, MN]
* [ Lakeville designs smaller feeling into large new high school] by Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio, September 6, 2005
* [ Lakeville City Ballet]

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