Dundas, Minnesota

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Dundas is a city in Rice County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 547 at the 2000 census, although July 1, 2008 census estimates suggested that the city had a population of 1,080, almost doubling the size of the city.[3] The community was named for Dundas, Ontario, Canada.[4]

The Archibald Mill, the ruins of a flour mill can still be seen today on the west bank of the Cannon River. The milling industry contributed greatly to Dundas' 19th-century success.

Today, the town is chiefly a bedroom community for nearby Northfield and the more distant Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The juxtaposition of Dundas and Northfield and their disparate zoning policies and attitudes toward development have led to some unusual growth patterns. Dundas is home to a number of businesses, such as an off-sale liquor store and two bars that would be unable to get licenses to operate in Northfield. Another attraction is the recently opened bistro, Fermentations[5]

Dundas has the only public feed mill within about 40 miles. It is operated by Interstate Mills on the site of the original grain elevator. In 1999, the threat of a Target store being sited in Dundas—rather than Northfield—was instrumental in forcing changes to Northfield's zoning to allow such uses.

A Union Pacific freight railroad line passes through Dundas.


Recent developments

In recent years, Dundas continues to grow, with new developments such as the College City Beverage building and the Stone Ridge Hills and Bridgewater Heights housing communities. This growth led to the construction of a new water tower near the College City Beverage site on the southwest side of town. Contrary to popular opinion and local lore, Dundas Technical University (Dundas Tech) only exists on t-shirts and jokes from Northfield and Faribault natives.

In the more distant past, the opening of a Menards home improvement store and the Mill Stone housing development spurred growth in the town. The growth of both Dundas and nearby Northfield has changed the political environment of the area and Bridgewater Township has recently decided to take on planning and zoning in an effort to slow the sprawl from the north.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land. The Cannon River passes through the center of town. The latitude of Dundas is 44.429N. The longitude is 93.204W. Elevation is 932 feet above sea level.

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