Dawson, Minnesota The Small city with a bright future

The city of Dawson is bursting with life, natural beauty, business, and vibrant community spirit! One of the many wonderful features of Dawson is the Lac Qui Parle River. It brings beauty right through the city.

There are lots a ways to enjoy all this beauty! Dawson is host to wonderful walking trails, as well as snow mobile trails in the winter months.

A map of trails in Dawson available through the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission.

If you want to get up close and personal with the Lac Qui Parle River, there's quite a few public access points for kayaks and canoes, as well as superb fishing spots.

Yet another way to interact with the river is on Dawson's Disc Golf Course. The 15-hole course is free, with discs available for borrow at Tim's Food Pride. The course even crosses the Lac Qui Parle river twice.

Playing disc golf not only takes you over the river, but throughout town!

The other parks in Dawson are also gorgeous places to spend time. Activities include a 9-hole golf course and camp sites (equipped with electrical hookups and water services nearby) as well as playgrounds, horseshoes, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a softball complex, picnic shelters, a swimming pool, and even a display of hand-crafted gnomes. Dawson is Gnometown, USA, after all!

Veteran's Memorial Park in Dawson

Natural beauty isn't all Dawson has to offer. There are several annual events in Dawson that should not be missed. In the fall, Dawson participates in the Arts Meander which is a free self-guided tour of artists' studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota Valley. It is an incredible way to not only experience Dawson, but many communities in the region.

Tokheim Stoneware is one of the breathtaking stops on the Meander -- it's also in Dawson!

Dawson holds two other annual events: River Fest in the summer, which celebrates the town and the beautiful river, and Gnometown Extravaganza in the fall!

You don't have to wait for a big event to get into the community, however; just head into downtown for some shopping! Dawson's downtown is not only beautiful (including an building on the National Register of Historical Buildings), but it has a variety of shops from which to choose.

The Commercial Bank Building is one of several buildings in Dawson on the Historic Building list, constructed in 1892 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and it has an incredible granite trim. it was built for Dawson's founder, Christopher M. Anderson.

It is easy to shop for apparel, gifts, crafting supplies, and even delicious coffee while on main street! You can see a complete list of the shopping and dining options in Dawson through the Local Shops guide.

Dawson's bright blue bowling alley is just one of the many attractions downtown.

Industry is abundant in Dawson too! AG Processing Inc., Noah's Ark Holding LLC, and Bluegrass Proteins are all in Dawson, and there are even industrial lots available to start something new!

AG Processing

On top of the opportunities to start new industry, Dawson is a great place to live and have a family. The Dawson-Boyd school is amazing -- there's elementary school through high school, as well as preschool, and post-secondary education opportunities in the buildings. They offer band, choir, orchestra, sports teams, and other extra curricular activities like drama, musicals, Knowledge Bowl, and robotics!

Dawson also hosts an award-winning healthcare facility, Johnson Memorial Health Services. JMHS offers a clinic, hospital with a swing bed option and bariatirc room, and assisted living. Construction of a new care center and new surgical suite began this fall as well!

Dawson is a beautiful city in Lac Qui Parle County -- so come visit, or even stay! Find more information at the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters website and in the local shops guide and the visitor's guide!

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