Apple Valley

Incorporated in 1969, and previously named Lebanon Township, this Dakota County city is home to the Minnesota Zoo. The city's name came from a local developer who said the city reminded him of Apple Valley, Calif.

key info

Population:

49,084

County:

Dakota

ZIP Codes:

55124

Incorporated

1969

Mayor:

Mary Hamann-Roland

City Hall:

7100 147th St. W., Apple Valley, MN 55124

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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan debates ending class rank

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 7 2015 - 9:24 AM

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, the state’s fourth largest school district, is debating whether its five high schools should still report class rank — from first place to last.The proposal...

Rosemount, Hastings districts deemed racially isolated by state

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 22 2015 - 10:46 PM

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district enrolls nearly 28,000 students in a fast-growing suburban area. In contrast, its neighbor, the Hastings school district serves 4,700 students from...

A look at how Minnesota's school-issued credit cards are used

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 12 2015 - 11:54 PM

From running classrooms to maintaining schools, educating students is costly and requires many supplies. Districts issue some employees credit cards to make purchasing items easier.Looking through...

Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies marks 20 years

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 10 2015 - 3:00 PM

In the last decade, magnet and specialty schools, which focus on themes like the arts, STEM or the environment, have gone from anomalies to accepted practice in Minnesota.But at Apple Valley’s School...

White House to honor 'passionate' local teacher for inspired environmental lessons

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 8 2015 - 9:18 PM

Teacher Craig Johnson likes to tell students that learning about climate change is like a Rubik’s Cube — you can’t fully understand it without looking at the relationships between...

South Metro schools to address growing diversity

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 31 2015 - 2:00 PM

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district enrolls nearly 28,000 students in a fast-growing suburban area. In contrast, its neighbor, the Hastings school district, serves 4,700 students from...

Minnesota Zoo pushes ahead with agenda despite budget shortfall

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 31 2015 - 9:13 AM

The Minnesota Zoo is pushing ahead with an ambitious expansion campaign despite a $1.5 million budget shortfall that disrupted operations and threatened to close exhibits.If anything, there’s...

Apple Valley 'apparent murder-suicide' involved two adults, one child

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 18 2015 - 9:53 PM

The three people found dead in an Apple Valley home Saturday afternoon included two adults and one child, police said Sunday morning.Officers went to a house in the 1000 block of Ramsdell Drive after...

Enrollments generally rise in Twin Cities south metro

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 6 2015 - 2:21 PM

It appears there will be no shortage of Lakers in the future, as enrollment in the Prior Lake-Savage school district has been growing by about a hundred students a year, and is predicted to remain on...

More suburbs adopt formal process for setting legislative priorities

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 3 2015 - 2:00 PM

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district had a problem last year. A $500,000 problem. They wanted to build a second transportation hub, a home base for the state’s largest district-run fleet of...

South metro districts get political

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 2 2015 - 11:47 PM

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district had a problem last year. A $500,000 problem. They wanted to build a second transportation hub, a home base for the state’s largest district-run fleet...

Emerald ash borer found in Dakota County

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 27 2014 - 7:23 AM

An emerald ash borer infestation was found by state workers this week in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan just north of the border with Apple Valley — the first discovery of the...

Prior Lake attorney suspended for professional misconduct

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 23 2014 - 5:08 PM

A Prior Lake attorney has been suspended from practicing for at least two months for professional misconduct.Cameron Tario, 34, failed to competently and diligently represent clients in multiple...

Rosemount district talks facilities in preparation for tax request

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 9 2014 - 2:42 PM

Parent Jenica Erbes Spoor said she loves Glacier Hills Elementary, a magnet school in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district. But she didn’t like it when the science lab had to move to make space...

With planned bridge, more visitors could walk to Minnesota Zoo

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 8 2014 - 7:00 AM

In an effort to increase foot traffic and improve access to the Minnesota Zoo, Dakota County plans to build a pedestrian bridge over McAndrews Road that would link the zoo with a popular recreational...

'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 5 2014 - 10:00 PM

At Valley Middle School in Apple Valley, an eighth-grade project had students connect syringes to plastic, wood and cardboard parts they created themselves, making a mechanical arm that could pick...

'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 29 2014 - 4:54 PM

At Valley Middle School in Apple Valley, an eighth-grade project had students connect syringes to plastic, wood and cardboard parts they created themselves, making a mechanical arm that could pick...

$10 million fix to Red Line will save time and money

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 20 2014 - 5:33 AM

A detour that has annoyed passengers and been a major stumbling block in the operations of Minnesota’s first bus rapid transit route — making it less than rapid — received $9.7...

Golf courses rebound from rough spring

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 18 2014 - 1:05 PM

Golfers hit the links in greater numbers this year as south-metro area courses generally overcame a historically wet spring to enjoy a stronger 2014 season.While rounds played topped recession-era...

In Dakota County, most incumbents hold on to City Council seats

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 6 2014 - 11:43 PM

Incumbents in cities across Dakota County generally held on to their seats in last week’s election — though often not by much.Council members in Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville came away...

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