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Prior Lake Minnesota Community Guide


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Welcome to Prior Lake Minnesota Location of Prior Lake Minnesota

Population: 
 Prior Lake (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,114 7,284 11,482 15,917 22,796 +8,718 +54.77
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.00 14.24 13.07 13.51 15.44 +1.93 +14.29
Density (persons per sq. mile) -- 511.5 878.5 1,178.4 1,476.4 +298.0 +25.29
Housing Units 323 2,560 4,177 5,791 8,882 +3,091 +53.38
Households -- 2,313 3,901 5,645 8,447 +2,082 +49.64
Persons Per Household -- 3.15 2.94 2.82 2.69 -0.13 -4.61

Geography:

Prior Lake is a city 20 miles (32 km) southwest of downtown Minneapolis in the U.S. state of Minnesota in Scott County. Surrounding the shores of Lower and Upper Prior Lake, the city lies south of the Minnesota River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.33 square miles (47.47 km2); 15.44 square miles (39.99 km2) is land and 2.89 square miles (7.49 km2) is water.  The elevation is 948 ft (289 m) above sea level.

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Demographics:

As of the census of 2010, there were 22,796 people, 8,447 households, and 6,211 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,476.4 inhabitants per square mile (570.0/km2). There were 8,882 housing units at an average density of 575.3 per square mile (222.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.0% White, 1.5% African American, 1.6% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 8,447 households of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.5% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.

The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

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History:  

PRIOR LAKE, a city in sections 1 and 2 of Spring Lake Township, near the lake so named, was platted in 1875, taking the name of a post office that had been established in 1872. It was incorporated as a village on February 11, 1891, and reincorporated on June 1, 1921. The area was first settled in the 1850s and developed in 1871 with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad routing through the area. The lake, post office, and village, thus successively named, are in honor of Charles H. Prior of Minneapolis, who in 1871-86 was superintendent of the Minnesota divisions of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad and from 1886 was a dealer in real estate. He was born in Norwich, Conn., August 1, 1832; he studied at Oberlin College and Ohio State University.

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Wagon Bridge and Clark's Point, Prior Lake Minnesota, 1908
Wagon Bridge and Clark's Point, Prior Lake Minnesota, 1908
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Government:
Prior Lake City Hall
4646 Dakota Street SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372-1714
Phone: (952) 447-9800
Fax: (952) 447-4245

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

City Council Meetings:
1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm

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City Hall, Prior Lake Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2020

Kirt Briggs
14914 Lori Road SE

Prior Lake, MN 55372

Email (612) 889-2250
City Manager appointed

Jason Wedel
4646 Dakota Street SE

Prior Lake, MN 55372

Email (952) 447-9801
Council Member 12/31/2022 Annette Thompson
6541 Harbor Place NE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Email (952) 496-1104
Council Member 12/31/2022

vacant

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Council Member 12/31/2020 Zach Braid
14086 Rutgers Street NE
Shakopee, MN 55379
Email (612) 200-2668
Council Member 12/31/2020

Kevin Burkart
5344 Candy Cove Trail SE

Prior Lake, MN 55372

Email (952) 457-8066

Post Office:
US Post Office
4455 Village Lake Drive SE
Prior Lake, MN
55372-3068
Phone:
(952) 447-1062
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (952) 440-1412

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days        8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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US Post Office, Prior Lake Minnesota

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Electricity Shakopee Public Utilities (952) 445-1988
Electricity Minnesota Valley Electric Co. (952) 492-2313
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (612) 372-4720
Wastewater Prior Lake Municipal (952) 447-9843
Water Prior Lake Municipal (952) 447-9843
Telephone Nuvera (952) 226-7000
Telephone Century Link (800 475-7526
Cable TV Mediacom (866) 777-1670

Employer Products/Services Employees
SMSC Gaming Enterprises Gaming Establishment 5,000
Prior Lake School District #719 Elementary & Secondary Schools 770
River Valley YMCA Youth Center 500
Little Six Casino Gaming Establishment 400
Wild Golf Club Golf Courses and Clubs 150
Indian Health Services Public Health Services Administration 120
SMSC Gaming Enterprises Other Family Services 75
City of Prior Lake Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 75
Phillips and Temro Industries Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 65
Husson’s Concessions Restaurants 60
Insurance Paramedical Services Insurance Agencies and Brokers 60
Miratech Prior Lake Air and Gas Compressor Manufacture 59
Tentroy Inc. Site Preparation Contractors 58
Jen Wocelka Real Estate Agents 50
MN Credit Card Processing, Inc. Merchant Credit Card Processing 50
Norex Inc. Computer Processing Services 50
Taylor Made Construction of MN Finish and trim carpentry 50


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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Prior Lake Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Prior Lake Minnesota area


Lakefront Music Fest

Second weekend in July

Originally known as the Lakefront Jazz & Blues Festival, Prior Lake Rotary’s Lakefront Music Fest was established in 2010 and has grown into one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the metro area of the Twin Cities. In 2012, the Rotary Club expanded the festival to two nights of music: one night devoted to country; the other to classic rock. Since then, the Lakefront Music Fest has seen its popularity and attendance steadily increase each year. Last year, more than 30,000 attended the two-day Fest.

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Lakefront Music Fest, Prior Lake Minnesota

Canterbury Park Racetrack
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee MN 55379
Phone: (952) 445-7223

Experience the heart-pounding excitement at Minnesota’s premier Racetrack and Card Casino. Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing extends from mid-May through Labor Day featuring a family friendly atmosphere at a great value. Canterbury Park’s newly remodeled Card Casino deals up action 24/7 with the Midwest’s largest variety of table games. From poker games like Texas Hold’em, Omaha and 7-Card Stud to Casino favorites Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, EZ Baccarat, Let it Ride, 3-Card Poker and more, the Canterbury Card Casino has you covered.

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Canterbury Park Racetrack, Shakopee Minnesota
Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 445-9000

Follow the lights to the only place that brings nonstop gaming action, dining, drinks, entertainment and nightlife together as part of a complete resort experience. Relax in one of 766 luxurious hotel rooms. With the addition of the Promenade Hotel Tower and Luxury Suites, Mystic Lake is one of the largest hotels in the Twin Cities.

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake Minnesota

Lakefront Park
5000 Kop Parkway SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372

The gem of the City of Prior Lake’s park system, Lakefront Park, hosts many community events annually. The park was developed in 2001. This 130-acre community treasure featuring an amphitheater, an extensive three-mile-plus trail system, floating boardwalk and fishing pier, Watzl’s Beach, a pavilion and two park shelters. Other amenities include a large playground area, skate park, two full-sized hockey rinks, pleasure rink, warming house, full-sized soccer field, baseball diamond, tennis courts, basketball court, winter sliding hill, sand volleyball court and capacity for more than 200 cars.

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Lakefront Park, Prior Lake Minnesota
Legends Golf Club
8670 Credit River Blvd.
Prior Lake MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-4777

Discover a natural alternative to ordinary golf at the Legends Golf Club. Carved from an expansive natural setting featuring a 30-acre lake, cascading creeks, scenic wetlands, deep ponds and dramatic topography, Legends is more than a stunning 18-hole daily-fee golf course. Acclaimed golf course architect Gill Miller transformed this ideal setting into a 7,126-yard, par-72 layout, that provides a haven for native plants and wildlife.

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Legends Golf Club, Prior Lake Minnesota
Spring Lake Regional Park
15851 Howard Lake Road
Prior Lake MN 55372
Phone: (952) 694-7777

Located on the north shore of Spring Lake and near the southwest shore of Prior Lake, Spring Lake Regional Park offers 374 acres of incredibly diverse natural habitats. Every day, eagles readily soar in the sky. The old Maple-Basswood forest creates a beautiful backdrop for a peaceful stroll. A small creek winds through the park’s maze of open water wetlands, cattail marshes and a tamarack bog.

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Spring Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake Minnesota
The Wilds Golf Club
3151 Wilds Ridge
Prior Lake MN 55372
Phone: (952) 445-3500

No golfer needs an introduction to Tom Weiskopf: British Open Champion (1973), twice Canadian Open Champion (1973 and 1975), a total of 15 PGA tour wins, and voted "Player of the Year" in 1973. In 1984, Weiskopf became a golf course design consultant with architect Jay Morrish. This team has designed and built courses from Scottsdale to Hawaii to Scotland - some 18 in all - several voted among the 100 best courses in the world. Jay Morrish, Tom's architect partner, has worked with Weiskopf since they formed the team in 1984.

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The Wilds Golf Club, Prior Lake Minnesota


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Cate's or Hidden 30    
Cleary 145  
Crystal 31  
Cynthia 196    
Fish 176  
Lower Prior 956  
Markley 17    
Murphy 45  
Spring  592   
Upper Prior 386  

Health Care:
Fairview Clinic - Prior Lake
4151 Willowwood Street SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-2600

Our Prior Lake clinic offers care for your entire family. We have same-day appointments and extended hours, so it’s easy to get the treatment you need. Mammography and other services are available on-site. And if you need a prescription, our pharmacy will make sure you leave with everything you need to get better.


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Fairview Clinic - Prior Lake
Park Nicollet Health Services
4670 Park Nicollet Avenue SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 993-7750

Serving the Prior Lake community for over fifteen years, Park Nicollet Clinic - Prior Lake offers services in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Lab, X-ray and rehabilitation services are on site for your convenience.


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Park Nicollet Health Services, Prior Lake, Minnesota
For nearby hospitals see Burnsville, New Prague or Shakopee

Schools:
Prior Lake - Savage Area Schools
Independent School District #719

4540 Tower Street SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0000

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  8,700

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Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
Prior Lake High School
7575 150th Street W
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-8600

Grades:  9-12
Students:  2,700

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Prior Lake High School, Prior Lake Minnesota
Hidden Oaks Middle School
15855 Fish Point Road
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0700

Grades:  6-8
Students:   1,000

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Hidden Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake Minnesota
Twin Oaks Middle School
15860 Fish Point Road
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0500

Grades:  6-8
Students:   1,000

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Twin Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake Minnesota
Edgewood Elementary School
5304 Westwood Drive SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0900

Grades:  PK-2
Students:  425

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Edgewood Elementary School, Prior Lake Minnesota
Five Hawks Elementary School
16620 Five Hawks Avenue SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0100

Grades:   PK-5
Students:   575

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Five Hawks Elementary School, Prior Lake Minnesota
Glendale Elementary School
6601 Connelly Parkway
Savage, MN 55378
Phone: (952) 226-0200

Grades:  K-5
Students:  590

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Glendale Elementary School, Savage Minnesota
Grainwood Elementary School
5061 Minnesota Street SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0300

Grades:  K-5
Students:  410

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Grainwood Elementary School, Prior Lake Minnesota
Jeffers Pond Elementary School
14800 Jeffers Pass NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0600

Grades:  K-5
Students:  600

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Redtail Ridge Elementary School
15200 Hampshire Avenue S
Savage, MN 55378
Phone: (952) 226-8000

Grades:  K-5
Students:  750

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Redtail Ridge Elementary School, Savage Minnesota
Westwood Elementary School
5370 Westwood Drive SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-0400

Grades:  K-5
Students:  575

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Westwood Elementary School, Prior Lake Minnesota
Prior Lake Christian Academy
5690 Credit River Road SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-7527

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  85

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Prior Lake Christian Academy, Prior Lake Minnesota
St. Michael Catholic School
16280 Duluth Avenue SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-2124

Grades:  PK-8
Students:   315

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St. Michael Catholic School, Prior Lake Minnesota
St. Paul's Lutheran School
5634 Luther Road SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-2117

Grades:  PK-4
Students:  50

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St. Paul's Lutheran School, Prior Lake Minnesota

Churches:
Bethesda Church
15033 Highway 13 South
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 226-6651

Pastor:  Joel Molina
Sunday Services:  10:30 am

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Bethesda Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church - WELS
16840 Highway 13 S
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-6955

Pastor:  not available
Sunday Services:  9:00 am

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Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
Friendship Church
17741 Fairlawn Avenue
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-8282

Pastor:  Matt Clausen
Sunday Services:   9:00 am, 10:45 am

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Friendship Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
Holy Cross Lutheran Church - LCMS
14085 Pike Lake Trail NE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 445-1779

Pastor:  Reverend James (Jim) Jobst
Sunday Services:  9:00 am

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Holy Trinity United Methodist Church
16150 Arcadia Avenue SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-2990

Pastor:  Chad Gilbertson
Sunday Services:  8:30, 10:30 am

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Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
Immanuel Lutheran Church - LCMS
20200 Fairlawn Avenue
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 492-6010

Pastor:  Rev. Dr. Brent L. Parrish
Sunday Services:  8:00 am, 10:30 am

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Immanuel Lutheran Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
Living Edge Church
14162 Commerce Avenue NE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (612) 460-8264

Pastor: 
Sunday Services:  5:05 pm

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Living Edge Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
Prior Lake Baptist Church
5690 Credit River Road SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-7527

Pastor:  Samuel Choi
Sunday Services:  9:30 am

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Prior Lake Baptist Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
St. Michael Catholic Church
16311 Duluth Avenue SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-2491

Pastor:  Father Thomas Walker
Sunday Services:  8:30 am, 10:30 am, 5:00 pm

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St. Michael Catholic Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - LCMS
5634 Luther Road SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 447-2117

Pastor:  John Kallio
Sunday Services:  8:00 am, 10:30 am (9:00 am summer)

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Prior Lake Minnesota
Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
3611 N Berens Road NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 230-2988

Pastor:  Dan Poffenberger
Sunday Services:  8:30 am, 10:30 am, 5:00 pm

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Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake Minnesota

Media:
Prior Lake American
12925 Eagle Creek Parkway
Savage, MN 55378
Phone: (952) 445-3333

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Prior Lake American

Motels:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 445-9000

Relax in one of 766 luxurious hotel rooms. With the addition of the Promenade Hotel Tower and Luxury Suites, Mystic Lake is one of the largest hotels in the Twin Cities.

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake Minnesota
Also see Shakopee, Burnsville and Lakeville
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Resorts:
Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 445-9000

Follow the lights to the only place that brings nonstop gaming action, dining, drinks, entertainment and nightlife together as part of a complete resort experience. Relax in one of 766 luxurious hotel rooms. With the addition of the Promenade Hotel Tower and Luxury Suites, Mystic Lake is one of the largest hotels in the Twin Cities.

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake Minnesota

Campgrounds:
Dakotah Meadows RV Park
2341 Park Place
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (952) 445-8800
Toll Free: (800) 653-CAMP

Experience Dakotah Meadows, the Twin Cities premier RV Park. Nestled around a pond in the scenic Minnesota River Valley, Dakotah Meadows RV Park is a welcome respite in a busy world. Visitors find a calm, tranquil nature setting, where each day begins with the glow of a Minnesota sunrise. Evenings are spent around the campfire, the crackling flames spreading warmth in the cool evening air.

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