Just 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities, Northfield (pop. 21,000) is a charming, historic river town, home to two nationally-ranked liberal arts institutions, Carleton College and St. Olaf College, which contributes to its reputation as a community of ideas and imagination.
It is a vibrant, progressive community that offers affordability and value. It has a strong commercial, industrial and agricultural base and celebrates education and entrepreneurial energy.
With its 150 years of history, art, culture and education, it offers something for everyone. Nature lovers flock to hike the trails of Cowling Arboretum and Nerstrand Woods, bicyclists explore the varied terrain in the area, foodies savor the many dining options available and music aficionados enjoy an eclectic music scene.
The first weekend after Labor Day, everyone pours into town for Defeat of Jesse James Days. This annual festival resembles a mini-state fair and receives high marks for its dramatic and authentic re-enactment of the attempted bank robbery in 1876 by Jesse James and company.
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival and Winter Walk bring the holiday season to life, and every three years the Vintage Band Festival delivers 100 inspiring concerts over four days in August.
Farmington is a rapidly growing city located on the southern edge of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, just 13 miles north of Northfield. This community of 22,000 is building on its small-town, rural heritage and evolving into a diverse community that embraces change and growth. It offers a rich demographic mix of young families, aging baby boomers and seniors.
It possesses a traditional downtown area, new housing areas, and open space that capitalizes on natural resources such as the Vermillion River. Farmington has multiple recreational opportunities, including a number of parks, golf and sporting activities. It annually hosts the Dakota County Fair each August.
It is conveniently located close to a number of entertainment venues, including ValleyFair, Canterbury Downs, Mall of America, Target Field, Guthrie Theater and Ordway Theater.
Faribault is a dynamic, growing community of 23,352 residents situated at the confluence of the Cannon and Straight Rivers in Southern Minnesota. Located along Interstate 35, just 25 minutes south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, our community enjoys the advantages and conveniences of being near a major metropolitan center while providing the livability of small town Minnesota. Faribault offers an atmosphere of planned, well-managed growth against a rich historical backdrop.
Lakeville, a vibrant community of 50,000, is the southern gateway to the Twin Cities. Beautiful natural settings and a convenient location along Interstate 35 have made Lakeville one of the fastest-growing cities in the metropolitan area. This dynamic suburb strives for well-planned growth and high-quality commercial and residential development.
Here you will find excellent schools, an arts center and a wide variety of recreational opportunities that contribute to the quality of life and community spirit.
Just 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, Lakeville provides easy access to the Minnesota Zoo, Mall of America, Guthrie Theater, Ordway Theater, Orchestra Hall, Target Field, the new Vikings stadium and more.