About Us
Overview

In 1859, a village was platted about a mile northeast of Farmington, Minnesota. This little town, named Dakota City, was positioned on the south bank of the Vermillion River along the stagecoach route now known as Highway 3. When the railroad was laid a mile to the southwest of Dakota City, the town was relocated to be near it, and in 1872 became known as Farmington.

Our village, named Dakota City after the original platted town on the banks of the Vermillion River, was established in 1978 and is located on the Dakota County Fairgrounds. It represents a typical rural Dakota County village of 1900.

Present day Dakota City is a 1900-era agricultural village and museum. Twenty-two buildings, including an operational blacksmith shop, newspaper office, train depot and family home, represent the business and social center of a rural 1900-era community.

Live interpretations and demonstrations can be experienced during living history events held throughout the year. Group tours, Scout tours, special programs, birthday parties and weddings are scheduled by appointment. The museum features exhibits relating to rural life, and an extensive collection of tractors and other agricultural equipment dating before 1950 are displayed during the Dakota County Fair.

Dakota City is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to preserve our heritage for future generations with the help of generous donors and exceptional volunteers.

Mission Statement
Dakota City Heritage Village connects, through education and interpretation, current generations to the life and agricultural heritage of early twentieth century rural Dakota County.

Vision Statement
Dakota City Heritage Village is to be the best representation of early twentieth century agricultural heritage and life in Dakota County.

Board of Directors
  • Kris Akin, President
  • Doreen Kennedy, Vice President
  • Lynn Stegmaier, Secretary
  • Duane Kaczmarek, Treasurer

Directors

  • Mandy Clementz
  • Bob Helman
  • Dodie Helman
  • Don Holz
  • Mike McMenomy
  • Mary Stazcak
  • Sandy Weber
Staff

Cynthia Wise, Office and Program Coordinator
Alisa Peterson, Education/Volunteer Coordinator
Lynn Stegmaier, Volunteer Curator
Pearl Shirley, Volunteer Office
Duane Kaczmarek, Volunteer Treasurer

Annual Reports

The Dakota City Annual Report is presented at the annual meeting held each year on the 2nd Saturday of November. Members of Dakota City are invited to attend this meeting, and have voting rights to elect the Board of Directors.

 

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7pm in Ahlberg Hall. Board meetings are open to the public and any interested visitors are welcome to attend.

Employment

Dakota City Heritage Village has an opening for 2 part time, seasonal positions. a Food Service Manager and a Food Services Supervisor.

If interested, please send a resume or letter of interest to Kris Akin, Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024 or email to president@dakotacity.org

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kris at (651) 460-8050. Please leave your name and phone number so I can return your call.

  FOOD SERVICES MANAGER

Dakota City Heritage Village        Part Time Seasonal Position

Position description:

  • Maintain a current State of Minnesota Serve Safe Certificate.
  • Coordinate supervision of volunteers serving food.
  • Coordinate food prep and event food and volunteer supervision with other part time Food Service Supervisor.
  • Manage all aspects of food service for the following events:
    • Dakota County Fair
    • Christmas in the Village, and
    • Any other event(s) mutually agreed upon by both parties of this agreement.
  • For the Fair and special events, The Food Service Manager position will report to the President of the DCHV Board and the Office and Program Coordinator.
  • Planning, staffing and food service equipment needs will be discussed with the President of the DCHV Board, Office and Program Coordinator and the DCHV Program Committee Chair Person or their designee.

Rate of Pay:

  • The rate of pay for the events listed above will be: $25.00 per hour during the day of the event.
  • Fair Hours 9 am-3 pm and other event hours as determined with President of the DCHV Board.
  • Prep and Before the Event: $15.00 per hour for set up, obtaining supplies, pre-event and final clean-up after the event.

Prior to the Event:

  • Work with the DCHV Program Committee Chair Person and Office and Program Coordinator to determine the number of volunteers needed, along with the type and schedule of positions required for each event.
  • If replacement or additional volunteers are needed to staff an event, contact the DCHV Program Committee Chair Person or Office and Program Coordinator to arrange filling the vacancies or  make other needed arrangements.
  • Finalize menu with the DCHV  President, Office and Program Coordinator and thProgram Committee Chair Person. Menu choices will consider ease of prep with existing equipment facility resources, volunteers serving, price and potential sales.
  • Order food and supplies. Purchase & pick up as necessary. Office and Program Coordinator can support ordering and purchases also.
  • Determine equipment needs, rent and pick up needed equipment.
  • Clean and set up food service areas and work space

During the Event:

  • Provide training and supervision for workers and volunteers.
  • Keep all food service locations stocked with food, supplies, etc.
  • Solve food service problems in conjunction with the Office and Program Coordinator.
  • See that all food service areas and equipment are kept clean, operational and maintained to the State of Minnesota Serve Safe Standards.
  • Towels and aprons laundered daily.

At the End of Event:

  • Clean food service areas
  • Return any rented or borrowed equipment or coordinate with office.
  • Write a final summary report for DCHV files including event costs and income.

 

                                   ASSISTANT FOOD SERVICES SUPERVISOR

Dakota City Heritage Village      Part time Seasonal Position

Position description:

  • Maintain a current State of Minnesota Serve Safe Certificate.
  • Coordinate supervision of volunteers serving food.
  • Supervise and Coordinate food prep and event food and volunteer supervision with DCHV Food Services Manager.
  • Assist and Supervise all aspects of food service for the following events:
    • Dakota County Fair
    • Christmas in the Village, and
    • Schedule and Any other event(s) mutually agreed upon by both parties of this agreement.
  • For the Fair and special events, The Assistant Food Services Supervisor will position will report to  the President of the DCHV Board and the Office and Program Coordinator.
  • Planning, staffing and food service equipment needs will be discussed with the President of th  DCHV Board, Office and Program Coordinator and the DCHV Program Committee Chair Person or their designee.

Rate of Pay:

  • The rate of pay for the events listed above will be: $20.00 per hour during the day of the event.
  • Fair Hours 3pm-10pm and other event hours as determined with President of the DCHV Board.

During the Event:

  • Provide training and supervision for workers and volunteers.
  • Keep all food service locations stocked with food, supplies, etc.
  • Solve food service problems in conjunction with the Food Services Manager or Office and Program Coordinator.
  • See that all food service areas and equipment are kept clean, operational and maintained to the State of Minnesota Serve Safe Standards.
  • Oversee clean up at the end of the day and storage of all food and equipment.
  • Any assigned food prep duties.
  • Keep notes and lists for inventory and communication with Food Services Manager.