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Dassel Minnesota Community Guide

Dassel Minnesota population sign Location of Dassel, Minnesota

 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. Highway 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 1.72 square miles (4.45 km2), of which 1.63 square miles (4.22 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water. The elevation is 1,089 ft (332 m).

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As of the census of 2010, there were 1,469 people, 572 households, and 370 families residing in the city. The population density was 901.2 inhabitants per square mile (348.0/km2). There were 620 housing units at an average density of 380.4 per square mile (146.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.3% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 572 households of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 35.9 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 19.6% were from 45 to 64; and 19.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

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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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Atlantic Avenue, Dassel Minnesota, 1910's
Atlantic Avenue, Dassel Minnesota, 1910's Postcard and Postcard Image Collection - click to enlarge

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Dassel City Hall
460 3rd Street
PO Box 391
Dassel, MN
Phone: (320) 275-2454
Fax: (320) 275-2713

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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Water Tower, Dassel Minnesota
Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2020 Ron Hungerford
351 Lake Avenue
Dassel MN 55325
Email (320) 275-2454
Clerk/Treasurer appointed Terri Boese
460 3rd Street
Dassel MN 55325
Email (320) 275-2454
Council Member 12/31/2022 Tom Weseloh
830 1st Street
Dassel MN 55325
Email (320) 282-7283
Council Member 12/31/2022 James Hallquist
941 5th Street
Dassel MN 55325
Email (320) 275-2375
Council Member 12/31/2020 Justin Bemenderfer
511 3rd Street N
Dassel MN 55325
Email (763) 567-1423
Council Member 12/31/2020 Andrew Carlson
800 1st Street N
Dassel MN 55325
Email (320) 980-8492

Post Office:
US Post Office
501 2nd Street N
Dassel, MN
(320) 275-2753
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:30 am - 11:30 am
                        12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday           8:30 am - 9:30 am  

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 892-0343
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 245-2377
Wastewater Dassel Municipal (320) 275-2454
Water Dassel Municipal (320) 275-2454
Telephone CenturyLink (877) 837-5738
Cable TV Charter Spectrum (877) 846-9913

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
Firelake Manufacturing 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.


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



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Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Butternut 78    
Jennie 1,069  
Little Swan 51  
Long 164  
Mud 101    
Sellards 97  
Spring 201  
Washington 2,434
Wolf 262  

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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