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Lakeville is a suburb, about 20 miles south of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Twin Cities area.

Lakeville first became notable in 1910 when Marion Savage built the Dan Patch Railroad Line to service his Antlers Amusement Park. Later it became a flourishing milling center; its agriculture industry is still in operation. Lakeville has had major industry since the 1960s — including the Airlake Industrial Park, which is served by Airlake Airport, a regional reliever airport.

History

The Sioux people ceded most of southern Minnesota in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851. In 1855, J.J. Brackett, a Saint Paul lumber baron, decided to plat a site halfway between Saint Paul and Saint Peter on a lake. The village was established as Lakeville Township in 1858.

With the mostly rural landscape, early settlers were mostly Scandinavians farmers.

The later 20th century followed typically for the outer-ring suburban Twin Cities with official incorporation as the City of Lakeville in 1967. Since the early 21st century, rising metroplex housing prices are causing Lakeville to become a boomtown.

Geography

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. The Vermillion River has been designated as a trout stream by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Lakes

As its name implies, Lakeville contains several lakes as well as smaller ponds and wetlands within its borders. The two largest lakes are Lake Marion and Orchard Lake, which are used heavily for recreation such as fishing, boating, and swimming.

Recreation

Lakeville has many recreational opportunities. The Parks & Recreation Department maintains a total of 62 public properties, including neighborhood and community parks, athletic fields, playgrounds, greenways, trails, tennis courts, skating rinks, picnic areas, conservation areas, nature areas, several public fishing areas, swimming beaches, the City's Central Maintenance Facility, Senior Center, and the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Notable parks include Ritter Farm Park, North Park, Antlers Park, King Park, Valley Lake Park, and Aronson Park, which features a Veterans Memorial.

Antlers Park features a large swimming beach with volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, a playground area, water equipment, a picnic area, a fishing pier, and horseshoe pits. Orchard Lake Beach has a picnic area, shore fishing, playground equipment, and volleyball courts. Valley Lake Beach includes playground equipment, a picnic area, a walking trail around the lake, a fishing pier and seasonal restrooms.

People

Some very talented sports personalities have called Lakeville their home, namely:

  • Elisabeth Bachman, Olympic volleyball player
  • Rachel Banham, UofMN basketball player and WNBA player for the Connecticut Sun
  • Kevin Kaesviharn, pro football player
  • Paul Krause, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Minnesota Vikings
  • Jordan Schroeder, National Hockey League (NHL) centerman for Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Brady Skjei, UofMN hockey player
  • J.P. Macura, Xavier University basketball
  • Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State hockey