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

Government and School Links

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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...

Schools name homecoming royalty with special needs

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 25 2014 - 8:55 PM

When Rosemount senior Erich Hoffmann was selected by his classmates as homecoming king, it was the realization of a dream.“I’ve been waiting for this ever since I was a student at Scott...

Schools name homecoming royalty with special needs

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 25 2014 - 2:00 PM

When Rosemount senior Erich Hoffmann was selected by his classmates as homecoming king, it was the realization of a dream.“I’ve been waiting for this ever since I was a student at Scott Highlands...

St. Paul man charged with dumping nails down toilets

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 5 2014 - 9:49 PM

Pam Nelson considered Nicholas Mullenmaster a good customer and a nice guy.Still, the Starbucks supervisor said she wasn’t entirely surprised to find that the St. Paul man was the one who flushed...

Aging suburbs: Apple Valley plots a change

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 1 2014 - 5:17 AM

A suburb built for young families is beginning to talk about a retrofit for the world that’s approaching: one that is filled with seniors.And it could become a pilot program that spreads...

South school briefs: Free admission offered to Shakopee events

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 23 2014 - 3:00 PM

ShakopeeFree admission offered to eventsThis year, Shakopee students will be admitted to all home athletic and activity events for free. This includes volleyball, swimming/diving, soccer, basketball,...

South metro schools launch a new year

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 2 2014 - 3:00 PM

New faces in principals’ offices, lots of shiny iPads and several new college readiness programs are among the changes that students will notice at south-metro high schools as they arrive for their...

South metro test scores remain steady

ARTICLE Updated: Aug 29 2014 - 11:49 PM

For south metro schools, the results of this year’s statewide standardized tests aren’t likely to produce the frustrated sighs they did last year, when a new reading test resulted in average scores...

Tumult, teacher turnover vex charter school in Apple Valley

ARTICLE Updated: Aug 20 2014 - 11:49 PM

For six years, Ginie Klopp was one of Paideia Academy’s biggest cheerleaders. She was PTO president and volunteered hundreds of hours annually at the Apple Valley charter school.This fall,...

She'll go out in a Dayton's box, if you please

ARTICLE Updated: Aug 9 2014 - 3:00 PM

Though full of life at age 81, Phyllis Lokker has already planned her funeral arrangements.She wants to be cremated and buried in a forest green Dayton’s box, a cardboard relic she saved from before...

South school briefs: Workshop shows how to run for office

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 15 2014 - 2:18 PM

FarmingtonWorkshop shows how to run for officeThe city of Farmington and District 192 Community Education are partnering to offer a workshop for those interested in running for public office —...

Alaskan wolf pups rescued from fire heading to Minnesota Zoo

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 14 2014 - 11:22 AM

A revived and lively litter of wolves is expected Tuesday at the Minnesota Zoo, just weeks after being plucked from the smoldering aftermath of an Alaskan wildfire.Officials at the Apple Valley zoo...

Dakota County ready to nail down land for trail

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 12 2014 - 2:33 PM

The owners of a 103-acre farm in Lakeville are ready to sell easements over 15 acres that will become part of a trail stretching from Apple Valley, to Eagan, Lakeville and Farmington.It’s a key piece...

South school briefs: Friendly Hills has new principal

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 8 2014 - 1:44 PM

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-EaganFriendly Hills has new principalFriendly Hills Middle School will be led by a new principal next year, though some may find his face familiar. Chris Hiti,...

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