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 Dassel (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,058 1,066 1,082 1,233 1,469 +236 +19.14
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.90 1.09 1.00 1.48 1.48 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,175.56  977.98 1,082.00  832.67  992.57 +159.90 +19.20
Housing Units 367 421 488 551 620 +69 +12.52
Households -- 397 447 515 572 +57 +11.07
Persons Per Household -- 2.53 2.29 2.28 2.28 0 0.00


Dassel is a city in Meeker County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 12 and Minnesota State Highway 15 are two of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 kmē), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.8 kmē) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 kmē) of it (5.73%) is water. The elevation is 1,089 ft (332 m).

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As of the census of 2000, there were 1,233 people, 515 households, and 313 families residing in the city. The population density was 832.7 people per square mile (321.7/kmē). There were 551 housing units at an average density of 372.1/sq mi (143.7/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 97.57% White, 0.16% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 1.62% from other races, and 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population. 30.8% were of German, 25.6% Swedish, 11.4% Norwegian, 8.6% Finnish, and 6.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 515 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $48,854. Males had a median income of $30,759 versus $22,121 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,476. About 3.7% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

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DASSEL Township, first settled in 1856, was organized in the fall of 1866 under the name of Swan Lake, from the Big Swan Lake in its northeast part, but it was renamed in 1871 for its railway village in sections 27 and 34, platted in 1869, which was incorporated February 28, 1878. The village and township thus commemorate Bernard Dassel, who in 1869 was secretary of the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad company. The site was platted in 1869 by Parker Simons, civil engineer for the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad; Simons liked the area and built the first frame building on the site; the early townsite had a general store, a sawmill, a hotel, and a number of small businesses; the post office was called Dassel Station, 1869-70, before changing to the present form.

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Dassel City Hall
460 Third Street
PO Box 391
Dassel, MN
Phone: (320) 275-2454
Fax: (320) 275-2713
City of Dassel Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2012 Michael Scanlon
113 Galigers Lane
Dassel MN 55325
Administrator/Clerk appointed Myles McGrath
PO Box 391
Dassel MN 55325
(320) 275-2454
Council Member 12/31/2012 Pat Haapala
760 Guy Street
Dassel MN 55325
Council Member 12/31/2014 Wayne Medcraft
701 Willis Street
Dassel MN 55325
Council Member 12/31/2014 Jason Benzing
PO Box 651
Dassel MN 55325
Council Member 12/31/2012 Alesia Warner
540 Willis St
Dassel MN 55325

Post Office:
US Post Office
501 2nd Street N
Dassel, MN
(320) 275-2753
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 9:30 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:30 pm
Saturday                10:00 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 646-6066
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 245-2377
Wastewater Dassel Municipal (320) 275-2454
Water Dassel Municipal (320) 275-2454
Telephone Sprint/United Telephone of MN (800) 788-3500
Cable TV Jones Intercable (800) 966-4012

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
American Time & Signal Co Navig., Meas., Electromedical & Control Instrum. Mfg. 75
Crest Electronics Navig., Meas., Electromedical & Control Instrum. Mfg. 60
Miller Manufacturing Co Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 48
Jay-Dee Industries Inc Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 40


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Red Rooster Days

Labor Day Weekend

Enjoy a delicious chicken dinner on Red Rooster Day in Dassel, home of the largest chicken barbecue in the state. What was originally a one-day event has evolved into a full weekend of activities, but the chicken dinner served on Labor Day is clearly the big drawing card.


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Dassel Area Historical Society
901 N 1st Street
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-3077



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Health Care:
Dassel Medical Center
P.O. Box 367
460 5th Street N
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-3358
Fax: (320) 234-5051

Dassel-Cokato Schools
Independent School District #466

4852 Reardon Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100
Fax: (320) 286-4101

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  2,289

Dassel-Cokato High School
4852 Reardon Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100
Fax: (320) 286-4201

Grades:  9-12
Students:  641

Dassel-Cokato Middle School
4852 Reardon Avenue SW
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100
Fax: (320) 286-4

Grades:  5-8
Students:  719

Cokato Elementary School
200 5th Street SW
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100

Grades:  PK-4
Students:  523

Dassel Elementary School
131 Williams Avenue E
PO Box 368
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 286-4100

Grades:  PK-4
Students:  372


Anchor Independent Bible Church
205 Atlantic Avenue W
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-2178

Pastor:  LaDon Rydberg
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Dassel Church of Christ
100 Parker Avenue E
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-3322

Pastor:  Dave Herring
Sunday Worship:  9:30 am

Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel
301 Lake Street E
PO Box 364
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-3315

Pastor:  Keith Carlson
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel Minnesota
Gethsemane Lutheran Church - ELCA
221 Atlantic Avenue E
PO Box C
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-3852

Pastor:  Steven Olson
Sunday Worship:  8:00 am and 10:30 am

Lake Jennie Covenant Church
18531 705th Avenue
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-3233

Pastor:  Douglas C. Pierce
Sunday Worship:  10:45 am

Lamson Evangelical Free Church
22246 County Road 4
Dassel, MN 55325
Phone: (320) 275-2678

Pastor:  Dr. John Cedar
Sunday Worship:  10:30 am

Lamson Evangelical Free Church, Dassel Minnesota

Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch
185 3rd Street SW
PO Box 969
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-2118

Weekly newspaper published on Mondays with a circulation of 2,750.

Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch


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