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
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 of Counties Fully or Partially within CD2
Counties Fully Included*
Area: 586 square miles (1,518 km2)
Unemployment rate: 5.2%
County seat: Hastings
Area: 369 square miles (955.7 km2)
Unemployment rate: 5.6%
County seat: Shakopee
Area: 780 square miles
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
County seat: Red Wing
Area: 550 square miles (1,424 km2)
Unemployment rate: 5.8%
County seat: Wabasha
Partially Contained Counties*
(Northern section, around Northfield)
Area: 516 square miles (1,336 km2)
Unemployment rate: 6.8%
County seat: Faribault
(Southern area, including Cottage Grove and part of Hastings)
Area: 423 square miles (1,096 km2)
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
County seat: Stillwater
*Population numbers are from 2011, and all unemployment rates are from February 2013.
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.
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.
Some of the oldest cities in Minnesota are in the district including Hastings and Red Wing. Many hold annual celebrations.
- Cottage Grove’s Strawberry Fest
- Elko New Market’s Fire Rescue Days
- Farmington’s Dew Days
- Lake City’s Water Ski Days
- Pine Island Cheese Festival
- Savage’s Dan Patch Days
- South St. Paul’s Kaposia Days
- Zumbrota’s Covered Bridge Festival
- Apple Valley’s Freedom Days.
- Eagan Funfest
- Hastings’ Rivertown Days
- Lakeville’s Pan-O-Prog
- Mendota’s Mendota Day
- Kolacky days in Montgomery
- Rosemount’s Leprechaun Days
- Wabasha’s Riverboat Days
- Plainview’s Corn on the Cob Days
- Prior Lake’s Lakefront Days
- Red Wing’s River City Days
- Shakopee Derby Days
- St. Paul Park’s Heritage Days
- Webster’s Harvest Days
- Burnsville Fire Muster
- Inver Grove Heights’ Inver Grove Heights Days
- Jordan’s Heimatfest
- New Prague’s Dozinky Festival
- Northfield’s Defeat of Jesse James Days
Watch for us in the many parades that are a part of these celebrations. Check our calendar for parade times.