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 Mendota (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 266 219 164 197 198 +1 -0.51
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.20 0.23 0.22 0.19 0.27 +0.08 +42.11
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,330.0 952.2 745.5 1,045.8 733.3 -312.5 -29.88
Housing Units 88 84 77 80 82 +2 +2.50
Households -- 80 69 80 78 -2 -2.50
Persons Per Household -- 2.74 2.38 2.46 2.54 +0.08 +.325


Mendota is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota. The main route through the small city is State Highway 13. The city of Mendota is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The city is surrounded on three sides by the city of Mendota Heights. Fort Snelling State Park is nearby. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2), of which 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.  The elevation is 768 ft (234 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 198 people, 78 households, and 52 families living in the city. The population density was 733.3 inhabitants per square mile (283.1/km2). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 303.7 per square mile (117.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 1.5% African American, 1.5% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 78 households, of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.4% were from 25 to 44; 30.4% were from 45 to 64; and 10.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

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Mendota nestles among hills and bluffs at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The are is so historically significant it hosts two National Register Historic Districts: the Mendota District from the village to the Mendota Bridge, and Fort Snelling District from the bridge to Fort Snelling. The name Mendota comes from the Dakota Indian word "mdo-te," meeting of the waters.

The Dakota looked upon Mendota's setting as the center of the earth and the tall hill overlooking the rivers, Ohe-ya-wa-he, a sacred burial place.

Mendota's American history began in 1805 when President Jefferson sent Lt. Zebulon Pike to the upper Mississippi to acquire a site for a fort. Pike purchased a military reserve which included the Mendota area. Construction of Fort Snelling began in 1819 with materials assembled on the Mendota side of the Minnesota River. By 1819, Jean Baptiste Faribault, the US government fur trade factor, was farming on Pike Island. By the 1820s a government ferry crossed the Minnesota River to the Fort. After suffering two floods, in 1826, Faribault moved to Mendota.

In 1825 the American Fur Company opened a Mendota post under Alexis Bailly. In 1834 Henry Sibley, a partner, arrived to manage the post. He built a stone warehouse and stone home. Sibley became the civilian host for visiting explorers, statesmen, writers, artists, and international guests. In 1842 Father Galtier, assigned to the Mendota French-Canadian flock, built a log church calling it St. Peter's. Eleven years later Father Ravoux built today's Church of St. Peter atop the bluff. By an act of Congress in 1844, called the town site act, Mendota was incorporated. The city was then located in Iowa Territory.

Henry Sibley was elected to Congress in 1848 for the orphaned Wisconsin Territory between the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers. Mendota was still Dakota land. He returned home in 1849 with a new Territory of Minnesota extending from the St. Croix to Missouri River.

Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois, the Minnesota bill sponsor, including Mendota as the capital. Sibley proposed and won the capital for St. Paul which was open to settlement.

In 1849 Dakota County was created including Mendota. Mendota became Dakota County's second county seat from 1854 to 1857. When Dakota County fully organized in 1858 the village of Mendota became part of the newly formed Mendota Township.
In 1858 Henry Sibley was elected to be Minnesota's first state governor. The Sibley house became the governor's residence. In 1887 Mendota again incorporated as a Village. In 1974 Village of Mendota became the City of Mendota under a Minnesota statute making all incorporated communities cities.

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MENDOTA, a city of Mendota Township, was the first Euro-American settlement in Minnesota. The village began as a fur trading post in 1812; permanent settlers came about 1822, at which time it was called St. Peter's. The name Mendota, adopted about the year 1837, is a Dakota name meaning "the mouth of a river," because here the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi. It was the county seat, 1854-57; was incorporated on March 5, 1853; became a village on July 6, 1887; and had a post office, 1854-1972, at which time it was changed to a branch of St. Paul. The township was established in April 1858.

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Mendota City Hall
1011 Sibley Memorial Highway
PO Box 50688
Mendota, MN 55150-0688
Phone: (651) 322-0827

Regular Business Hours:
not available

City Council Meetings:
2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at
VFW Post 6690, 1323 Sibley Memorial Hwy

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Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 Brian Mielke
1395 2nd Street
Mendota, MN 55150
Email (612) 270-9091
(651) 261-2751
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Kathy Krotter
PO Box 50688
Mendota, MN 55150-0688
Email (651) 322-0827
(612) 803-0517
Council Member 12/31/2022 Melody Rasmussen
270 F Street
Mendota, MN 55150
Email (651) 454-6442
(651) 307-2110
Council Member 12/31/2022 Clark Donnelly
address unavailable
Mendota, MN 55150
Email (651) 785-5790
Council Member 12/31/2024 Joan Perron
390 F Street
Mendota, MN 55150
Email (651) 452-9359
Council Member 12/31/2024 Steve Golias
1308 4th Street
Mendota, MN 55150
Email (651) 452-1837

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US Post Office
Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 994-4501
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       9:00 am - 1:00 pm
                        2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday           9:00 am - 1:00 pm  

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Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
Phone: (651) 452-1596

Established in the 1810s, Mendota was one of the earliest permanent settlements in Minnesota, with some of the surviving buildings dating back to the 1830s.  Its proximity to Fort Snelling and at the intersection of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers made it an ideal starting point for settlement.  Remnants of the American Fur Company established in the 1830s still remain.  The historic district also contains St. Peter's Church, the oldest continually operating church in Minnesota, established in 1853.     Located on D Street, the Sibley House Historic Site is a part of the district.  The house belonged to Henry H. Sibley, the first governor of the State of Minnesota.

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Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111
Phone: (612) 279-3550

Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, this park offers extensive hiking, bike, snowshoe, and ski trails that link to an extensive regional trail system. Canoe, fish, or swim on Snelling Lake or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers meet. Interpretive exhibits at the Thomas C Savage Visitor Center provide a good introduction to the history and resources of the park area.

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Veterans Park

Electrical outlets, picnic tables, garbage and porta-potty available at Veterans Park during the summer months. The Gazebo is always reserved the second Saturday of September for the Mendota Picnic

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West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools
Independent School District #197

1897 Delaware Avenue
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 403-7000

Welcome to West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools, also known as School District 197! Our district is comprised of eight close-knit schools that serve more than 5,000 students from the communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul in Minnesota. School District 197 is fortunate to have a vibrant school community filled with a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities for students at every age, from early learning to grade 12.

Grades:  PK-12
Students:  5,172

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Henry Sibley High School
1897 Delaware Avenue
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 403-7100

Grades:  9-12
Students:  1,430

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Friendly Hills Middle School
701 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Phone: (651) 403-7600

Grades:  5-8
Students:  742

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Heritage E-STEM Magnet School
121 W Butler Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 403-7400

Grades:  5-8
Students:  759

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Garlough Environmental Magnet School
1740 Charlton Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 403-8100

Grades:  K-4
Students:  446

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Mendota Elementary School
1979 Summit Lane
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 403-8000

Grades:  PK-4
Students:  427

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Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School
217 W Moreland Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 403-7800

Grades:  K-4
Students:  409

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Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School
1436 Lone Oak Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: (651) 403-7900

Grades:  K-4
Students:  395

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Somerset Elementary School
1355 Dodd Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 403-8200

Grades:  PK-4
Students:  414

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Apostolic Christian Church
1390 State Highway 13
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 452-9783

Pastor:  Duane Rocke
Sunday Services:  10:00 am, 12:15 pm

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St. Peter's Catholic Church
1405 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 452-4550

Pastor:  Steven Hoffman
Sunday Services:  8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm

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The Villager
757 Snelling Avenue S
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (651) 699-1462

The Villager serves the Highland Park, Lexington-Hamline, Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Snelling-Hamline, Summit Hill, Summit-University and West 7th neighborhoods of St. Paul, the Longfellow and Nokomis neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Lilydale, Mendota and Mendota Heights.

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Axels River Grille
1318 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 686-4840

This upscale classic style restaurant is located in the Historic Village of Mendota and features exceptionally high quality American cuisine served in a beautiful setting by an experienced, guest friendly staff. Axel’s River Grille is in the building of the former Parker House – a premiere restaurant which served the Twin Cities for over 60 years. Unbeatable Axel’s River Grille is the “flag ship” of the Axel’s Family of Restaurants and has set the standards of quality and service which has led our guests to return to all of our restaurants time and time again. Axel’s, “where traditions and memories are made.”

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Benson Metals
1300 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 452-8556

Benson Metals is a long time manufacturer of fabricated metal parts and products. It all started back in 1978 with our founder John Benson. He built the business on trust and quality, which quickly earned Benson Metals a stellar reputation and success. For over 40 years we’ve been doing things right the first time to meet the needs of our customers.  In 2017 John passed the torch to Brad Hendrickson, a manufacturing veteran of over 20 years. The company now focuses on growing the business on the solid foundation John Benson built (and still does as a member of our consulting team), and incorporating new technology and techniques.

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EZ Lift Systems
1351 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 207-5634

EZlift Systems Manufactures TopperEZLift, an electrically actuated system designed to raise and lower truck toppers. Our universal system gives truck topper owners the ability to carry larger loads, improve the ease of loading/unloading, topper removal/reattachment and direct connection to vehicle's battery. Universal To All Full-Size Pick-Ups And Most Others All Electric 12 Volt System Draws 5-8 Amps System Is Capable Of Lifting A Combined Weight Of 900 LBS Self Locking Actuators Secure Topper In Place, Raised, Lowered Or Anywhere In Between Simple D.I.Y. Installation

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Fun Jumps Entertainment
1340 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 687-9959

Fun Jumps Entertainment, Inc. is a premier interactive entertainment company, specializing in fun and exciting products for special events. With over 100 years of combined event and party planning services, we know how important it is to make your day a safe and memorable one. Whether you are planning a backyard barbque or a large corporate event, you can rely on Fun Jumps to provide you with a wide array of unique products. At Fun Jumps Entertainment, we have gained a successful reputation over the years that separate us from the rest.

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Greg's Barbershop
1351 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 454-1663

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Getten Credit Company
1310 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 645-5881

Family owned traditional finance company. Since 1961. Financing used cars, trucks, consolidation loans, and more!

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Lee Educational Services
1351 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 683-9390

The mission of Lee Educational Services is to offer the most effective, personalized, one-on-one and small group tutoring services within the Twin Cities Metro Area. Lee Educational Services is a cooperative of local experienced educators wanting to make a difference in the lives of the students we teach.

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Lucky's 13 Pub
1352 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 452-1311

Where Strangers Become Friends And Friends Become Family

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VFW Post 6690
1323 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
(651) 688-7408

The Vasatka-Goers WWII VFW Post #6690 was founded in April of 1946, and was named after the first soldier and airman from the area who lost their lives in World War II. The bar and activity room are open to members, their guests and the public. The banquet rooms are available for rent

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