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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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,...

Farmington ponders replacement pool options

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 8 2014 - 1:41 PM

With the city’s 43-year old pool deteriorating, Farmington’s City Council decided last week to put it out to pasture after next summer, potentially replacing it with a ­kiddie...

June 11: Food fight: School lunches get political

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 5 2014 - 4:14 PM

In two short years, a quiet revolution has taken place in Minnesota’s school cafeterias: On today’s trays, you’ll see more lean meat than lasagna, and fresh fruit where there was...

School briefs

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 1 2014 - 1:37 PM

Burnsville- Eagan-SavagePrincipals will read to kids in BurnsvilleOn Thursdays this summer, elementary school principals from the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district will read to kids in the park as...

Craft beer, high wire on tap for Fourth

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 28 2014 - 2:00 PM

Some Dakota County communities go all out for Independence Day. This year’s celebrations include unique events such as a high-wire act, a craft beer festival and a unicycle 5K.Lakeville’s...

Long needed trail to be built along County Road 42

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 28 2014 - 2:00 PM

Construction will start next year on a 10-foot-wide bike-pedestian path connecting Apple Valley and Burnsville along the north side of County Road 42.The new two-mile trail will extend from Elm...

When to alert, when not to spread panic?

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 24 2014 - 1:58 PM

Christen Steidl thinks it took way too long to hear about the creepy-looking guy hanging out near the school.“I would have wanted to know at the end of the school day,” said the Oak Hills...

"AVID” college-prep program tackles the achievement gap

ARTICLE Updated: May 24 2014 - 2:00 PM

Guadalupe Genis, Sammy McMahon and Edward Dominguez, ninth-graders at Nicollet Junior High in Burnsville, have a similar story to share about their elementary school years: They weren’t great...

Many Minnesota schools miss mark on lockdown drills

ARTICLE Updated: May 14 2014 - 9:51 PM

Minnesota schools are required to hold five lockdown drills every school year to prepare for safety threats, but nobody’s checking to make sure they’re following through, and an informal...

Farmer's markets starting their seasons in south metro

ARTICLE Updated: May 13 2014 - 3:00 PM

The scent of fresh-baked goods fills the air. Tender greens cover tables. A band plays as visitors tap their feet. And taste buds water at the prospect of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Now...

Twin Cities south metro school briefs

ARTICLE Updated: May 13 2014 - 1:41 PM

ShakopeeHolocaust survivor to speak at high schoolDora Eiger Zaidenweber will speak next week about her experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust, including her time at a forced labor camp in Radom,...

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