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About Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District

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CD2 is one of eight congressional level units of the Minnesota Democrat-Farm-Labor (DFL) Party. Our organization’s purpose is to provide organization and support to DFL units within CD2, give support to local, state, and national Democratic candidates, create and sustain interest in the Democratic Party, foster and promote understanding of the issues and ideas contained in the Democratic Party platform, and provide a vehicle for participation in the democratic process. We pursue these goals with conviction and believe that we can improve the quality of life in our community, our state, and our nation.

DFL CD2 Constitution – Adopted April 26, 2014 and Amended April 30, 2016

Geography/History

Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District consists of Dakota, Scott, Goodhue, and Wabasha Counties, and parts of Washington and Rice Counties. Its population is concentrated in northern and central Dakota County, and in northern Scott County. Both areas are largely suburban or suburban-like. The suburban populations in Washington County and northern Dakota County tend to be more established and more concentrated. Some Dakota County communities, such as Eagan and Apple Valley, are developed suburban communities. Other Dakota County communities, such as Rosemount and Lakeville, are growing around their historical, small, core cities, as suburban, exurban, and rural residential developments expand around them.

Scott County also contains small core cities, such as Shakopee, Prior Lake, Savage, Jordan, and Belle Plaine. However, these cities have also experienced suburban and exurban residential expansion. Scott County, a fast-developing community, has seen its recent growth and development slowed by the recession of the last five years.

Northfield is a small but vital college city, contained mostly in Rice County. Red Wing, in Goodhue County, is a small city connected to artisans and tourism.

A great deal of the remainder of CD2 is exurban, rural, or rural-residential, as seen in its geography and zoning. Farming communities and small towns dominate southern Scott County, Rice, Wabasha, and Goodhue Counties. These rural areas and small cities are dominated by long-time residents with strong traditional values. Newcomers to these areas often move in because of affordable housing and land-development opportunities. Small, core, rural towns especially feature low-cost housing, whereas newer developments in these counties may include high-end developments.

Demographics

See PDFs of the most recent census data (2010) on social, housing,  economic and demographics.

Demographics of Counties Fully or Partially within CD2

Counties Fully Included*

Dakota County

Area: 586 square miles (1,518 km2)
Population: 402,006
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
County seat: Hastings

Scott County

Area: 369 square miles (955.7 km2)
Population: 132,55
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
County seat: Shakopee

Goodhue County

Area: 780 square miles
Population: 46,217
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
County seat: Red Wing

Wabasha County

Area: 550 square miles (1,424 km2)
Population: 21,600
Unemployment rate: 5.8%
County seat: Wabasha

 

Partially Contained Counties*

Rice County

 (Northern section, around Northfield)
Area: 516 square miles (1,336 km2)
Population: 64,409
Unemployment rate: 6.8%
County seat: Faribault

Washington County

(Southern area, including Cottage Grove and part of Hastings)
Area: 423 square miles (1,096 km2)
Population: 241,280
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
County seat: Stillwater

*Population numbers are from 2011, and all unemployment rates are from February 2013.

Transportation

The 2nd district contains and utilizes almost every type of transportation infrastructure. Three of Minnesota’s largest rivers run through the 2nd district, the Mississippi (with 2 lock and dams), the Minnesota, and the St. Croix. Interstates I-35 E and I-35 W merge in the district in addition to the southern thoroughfares of highway 169 and highway 52 and the northern hwy 212.

The second district is also home to many rail lines that transport grains and other materials. The suburban areas in the northern part of the district blend into the rural farmland in the south. The district’s economy is diversified among agriculture, small businesses and large corporations.

Employment

Some of the largest employers in the district are Thomson/West Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Delta Airlines, 3M, Lockheed Martin, Cambria, and Red Wing Shoes. Minnesota’s largest Amusement park, Valley Fair, is in Shakopee, and LeSueur, in the southwest part of the district, is the birthplace of the world famous Jolly Green Giant food products.

Education

The 2nd District is also home to prestigious colleges St. Olaf and Carleton in Northfield.

Community

Some of the oldest cities in Minnesota are in the district including Hastings and Red Wing. Many hold annual celebrations.

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Watch for us in the many parades that are a part of these celebrations. Check our calendar for parade times.