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Eagan Parks & Recreation’s community events goal is to provide affordable, well-planned special events that build community spirit with a focus on providing opportunities for residents to connect together.  Check out Eagan’s special events below which are updated throughout the year.
 

Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market

The 2015-16 Indoor Farmer’s Market features 20 local vendors, including produce.  The market is held every other Saturday starting November 7, 2015 through February 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center.
 

Little Sweetheart Daddy & Daughter Dance

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and men with a little lady in your life (ages preschool – 12 years old) celebrate the Valentine season with a special evening.

 

Home and Leisure Show

Enjoy this Friday and Saturday event, featuring over 80 vendors representing home and leisure products.  Come talk and visit with experts in the industry for all your home and leisure needs.

 

Wedding Expo

Whether you are recently engaged or finalizing last minute details, the Eagan Community Center Wedding Expo will showcase 40+ vendors to assist you with your big day. Vendors from a variety of aspects will be on display including food, décor, music, apparel and more.
 

Holz Farm Spring Festival

Celebrate spring at Holz Farm and return to this 1940’s restored park featuring activities for all ages.

 

Lake Fest

Celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month!  Enjoy fishing (equipment provided), make fish art, visit with natural resource experts and more. Fishing license not required for this event. This event is held only on even years.

 

Eagan Market Fest

Eagan Market Fest has fresh produce, hand-crafted artisan items and a summer filled with weekly themed activities, concerts and entertainment are featured as part of  this community favorite event held on Wednesdays at Central Park’s Festival Grounds and Eagan Rotary Band Shell at the Eagan Community Center throughout the summer and fall.

 

Eagan Art Festival

Coordinated by the Dakota Center for the Arts this weekend long event showcases the area's finest artists.  Art activity tents provided by the Eagan Art House.

 

Streets Alive

Streets Alive is a community event connecting residents to City services and local community organizations. Eagan Outlets Parkway will be alive with more than 100 fun and interactive community and city booths featuring games, activities and free giveaways. Food will be available from 20+ local food trucks and Cedar Grove eateries.

 

Lone Oak Days

Go back in time to the early 1940’s as you visit this family friendly event held at the historic Holz Farm.  Enjoy hayrides, pie eating contests, games and activities for all ages to enjoy.

 

Halloween Hodgpodge

Family friendly Halloween celebration for children preschool and up held at the Eagan Community Center.

Eagan Art House Pottery & Art Sale
Artwork for sale by Eagan Art House instructors and students.  A popular annual event.

EAGAN BUSINESSES

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Blue Cross Blue Shield

Did you know that Minnesota was the first "Blue" health plan in the nation? Our history began in 1933, when seven St. Paul hospitals teamed up to form the “Minnesota Hospital Association.” It became the country’s first prepaid health care network. An early ad featured a nurse with a blue cross armband on the sleeve of her uniform. This was the birth of our iconic logo. We became the first health plan to be known as “Blue Cross.”

Less than 10 years later, the name and symbol were adopted by the national Blue Cross Association. Blue Cross went on to become one of most recognized and trusted healthcare brands in the world.

Today we are the leading health plan in the state

● We have more members, the largest network of doctors, and more products and services than any other health plan in Minnesota.

● About one in three Minnesotans has a health plan with us.

● Our 2.6 million members can be found in every Minnesota county, all 50 states and on four continents.

Our mission is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. We want our members to have better access to health care. And we want that health care to be affordable and available when it's needed. In 2013, The Twin Cities Business Journal named us one of the "Twin Cities Healthiest Employers."  

We are a nonprofit Minnesota company

● 90 cents of every healthcare dollar we collect is used to pay for our members’ health care.

● Our administrative cost is less than 10 cents of every dollar – one of the lowest in the country.

● Even though we are a nonprofit, we pay more than $100 million in taxes and assessments every year.

● We provide more than $250 million in wages to our state economy each year.

● Approximately 3,500 employees work for us throughout Minnesota.  We have offices in Eagan, Virginia, Aurora, Duluth and St. Cloud, and a retail store location in Edina.

Ecolab

Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Around the world businesses in foodservice, food processing, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, and oil and gas markets choose Ecolab products and services to keep theirenvironment clean and safe, operate efficiently and achieve sustainability goals.

 

HISTORY OF EAGAN

The first residents of the Eagan area were the Dakota or Sioux Indians. Around 1740, a settlement known as Black Dog Village was documented along the Minnesota River, stretching and/or migrating from Mendota to near the present Burnsville/Eagan border.  This band of Native Americans had been driven from their traditional homeland near the Mille Lacs Lake in North Central Minnesota and were attracted to the Eagan location by nearby trading posts.

 

European interest in this region began with the French explorers and fur traders during the 1600's.  Eagan remained under French domain (and for a time under Spanish domain) until the area was obtained by the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

 

After the War of 1812 a series of frontier forts were constructed.  Among these was Fort Snelling at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.  Completed in 1824, Fort Snelling served as a stabilizing influence and focal point for development of the region.  The original area of the fort included a parcel of land approximately one mile wide extending through the area that became Eagan, adjacent to the Minnesota River.

 

After 1851, the territory of southern Minnesota, west of the Mississippi River was opened to westward expansion for settlers.  Those who first moved to this area were generally from either Ireland, French Canada, Germany or from the eastern part of the United States.  These settlers established farms in the area and agriculture became, and would remain, the predominant activity of Eagan residents for the next 100 years.

                                                                         

The political organization of Eagan began with the admission of Minnesota as a state in 1858.  The area was first included as a part of Mendota Township.  In 1860, the Township of Eagan was established within its current boundaries. Eagan celebrated its 150th Anniversary as a community in 2010.

 

Members of Eagan's first board of supervisors were Patrick Eagan, James Callan and Robert O'Neill.  Patrick Eagan, from whom the City of Eagan takes its name, was a native of Ireland and had come to this area with his family in about 1854.  He served as the board's' first chairman.  The elected officers of the township included three supervisors, who served three year terms, and a treasurer, a clerk, an assessor, two justices of the peace and two constables, all of whom were elected for two year terms.

 

At the time of its formation in 1860, Eagan's population was 567 according to the 1860 Census Most of the residents were farmers.  In addition to the crops that were needed to support their own families and livestock, many local families engaged in crop farming, particularly wheat and garden produce. Around 1885, the growing of onions began in parts of Eagan.  The onions were shipped to various parts of the country and the volume was such that, at one time, the area was called "The Onion Capital of the United States."  However, with a few years of poor harvest combined with competition from southern growers, the status as "Onion capital" ended by approximately 1930.

 

Meetings of the Town Board during the early township days were usually held in a schoolhouse located near the present Northview School on County Road 30/Diffley Road.  In 1893, the first Eagan Town Hall was built near the intersection of Pilot Knob and Lone Oak Roads. When the original building burned, the town board decided to place the new town hall as close to the center of the township as possible. Built in 1914, this new building served as the meeting hall for Eagan until 1965.  This original surviving Town Hall building was restored and served as a museum exhibiting memorabilia from Eagan's past and is cared for by the Eagan Historical Society. In 2013, the 1914 Town Hall was damaged by a fire, set by an arsonist. The building's use and restoration is being planned as its 100th year is commemorated.

 

A newer, larger town hall was constructed next to the 1914 Town Hall on the northwest side of Pilot Knob and Wescott Roads in 1965.

 

When a new Municipal Center was built on the east side of Pilot Knob Road in 1983, this first City Hall/Police Station building became the Fire Administration Building. In 1996 this building was raised, but its beams were retained and can be found as a part of the picnic shelter at Lexington/Diffley Athletic Fields.

 

A Fire Administration building was constructed at that site in 1995 and was utilized for that purpose until 2011 when the Fire Administration functions moved to a new Fire Safety Center at Yankee Doodle Road east of Lexington Avenue.

 

The Eagan Police Facility was built as an attachment to the current Eagan Municipal Center, remodeled to its current form in 1995. The Wescott Library, Eagan Civic Arena and Cascade Bay all share the Municipal Center Campus area that is a portion of Patrick Eagan's original farm property in Central Eagan.

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