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Eagan (pronounced /'i?g?n/) is a city south of Saint Paul in Dakota County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city lies on the south bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi River. Eagan and nearby suburbs form the southern portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.2 million residents. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 63,751 in 2007.
Originally a rural Irish farming community and "Onion Capital of the United States", Eagan became the eighth largest Minnesota city in the 2000 Census following the construction of Highway 77 and Interstate 494. Currently the fourth largest suburb in the metro area, Eagan is predominantly a commuter town of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The city's influence in the region grew when the companies Northwest Airlines and Thomson West established their headquarters.
Eagan was named for Patrick Eagan who was the first chairman of the town board of supervisors. Patrick Eagan tamed a 220-acre (0.89 km2) parcel of land near the present-day town hall. Eagan (born 1811) and his wife Margaret Twohy (born 1816), emigrated from Tipperary, Ireland to Troy, New York where they married in 1843. They arrived in Mendota around 1853-1854, before settling in the Eagan area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.4 square miles (86.6 km²), of which, 32.3 square miles (83.7 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it (3.38%) is water.
Interstate Highway 35E, Interstate Highway 494, Minnesota Highways 13, 55, 77, and 149 are six of the main routes in the city.
The Eagan Core Greenway is an ongoing-project to preserve Eagan's environmentally-sensitive green space, with particular emphasis on Patrick Eagan Park and a two-mile (3 km) greenway connecting the park with Lebanon Hills Regional Park.
As of the census of 2000, there were 63,557 people, 23,773 households, and 16,427 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,967.6 people per square mile (759.3/km²). There were 24,390 housing units at an average density of 755.1/sq mi (291.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.03% White, 3.41% African American, 0.26% Native American, 5.31% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.24% of the population.
There were 23,773 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 38.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
According to the 2000 census, median household income was $67,388. Males had a median income of $52,029 versus $35,641 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,167. About 1.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
Eagan's municipal government is a Type A Statutory City, which provides for a council size of 5 members, one of whom is the mayor. Eagan's Mayor since 2007 has been Mike Maguire (1st term, council member since 2003, seat up again in 2010).
The Council Members are:
- Paul Bakken (3rd non-consecutive term, since 2007, seat up again in 2010)
- Gary Hansen (1st term, since 2009 special election, seat up again in 2010)
- Cyndee Fields (3rd term, since 2001 seat up again in 2012)
- Meg Tilley (3rd term, since 2001, seat up again in 2012)
In general, city government is non-partisan. Candidates need not be (and usually aren't) selected or endorsed by political parties, and no such endorsement appears on the ballot by state law. All five council seats including the mayor are elected at-large in the general election every four years. Terms are staggered with two council members being elected one election cycle, while the remaining two seats and the mayor are elected two years later. The non-mayoral seats are elected in pairs giving voters the chance to vote for up to two candidates on the same question. If necessary races are narrowed down during a primary election.
As a part of Dakota County, Eagan's northern precincts (1-9, 11, 17 and 21) join with regions northward to form the Third District on the County Commission. It has been represented by former Eagan Mayor Thomas Egan since 2005. The southern portions of the city (precincts 10, 12-16) are joined by regions south and west to form the Fourth District of the County Commission which has been represented by Nancy Schouweiler since 1999. Country commissioners serve four year terms.
Eagan is located in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, and has been represented by John Kline (R) since 2003.
Since redistricting last occurred in 2002 Eagan straddles two Minnesota State Senate districts. Twenty out of twenty-one Eagan precincts are joined with three precincts in neighboring Burnsville to form Senate District 38. SD38 is currently represented by Senator Jim Carlson (DFL) who defeated first term Republican Mike McGinn in 2006. Eagan’s northeastern most precinct is a part of Senate District 39, represented by Senate President James Metzen (DFL) who was first elected to the State House in 1974.
In the State House of Representatives, each Senate District is divided in to an “A” and a “B” side. The western half of SD38 makes up House District 38A which has been represented by former city council member Rep. Sandra Masin (DFL) since defeating four term representative Tim Wilkin (R) in 2006. The eastern half of SD38 makes up House District 38B which has been represented by Rep. Mike Obermuller (DFL) since defeating three term representative Lynn Wardlow (R) in 2008. Rep. Rick Hanson (DFL) represents precinct one as part of House District 39A.
All legislative seats will be up for election again in 2010. Eagan is home to Minnesota’s 38th and current Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) who previously represented Eagan in the State House, and in the City Council. Former mayor Patricia Anderson (R) also served as the 17th State Auditor from 2003-2007.
Recently there have been two city questions that have gone to the ballot for city residents to vote for. In 2008 the citizens voted 53% to 47% to allow for private development of a defunct golf course instead of having the City purchase the land for future public development or open space. In 2004 and in 2007 voters were presented with plans drafted by an established Charter Commission calling for the city to scrap its current governing structure as a statutory city and adopt a new home-rule city charter. The measure failed 80% to 20% in 2004 and 91% to 9% in 2007. The Charter Commission was dissolved on June 18, 2008.
Eagan lies in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.
Mesaba Airlines and Buffets are headquartered in Eagan. Northwest Airlines employed around 1,830 people at the time of its merger with Delta.
Northwest Airlines had its headquarters in Eagan. After Northwest merged with Delta, the Northwest headquarters was disestablished. Todd Klingel, president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, said that losing Northwest, a Fortune 500 company, would be "certainly a blow." He added, "But it's been expected for so long. Let's get on with it. The key is what can we do to minimize the loss to Minnesota."
Eagan is home to businesses such as Thomson West [] (part of Thomson Reuters[] (7,350 employees), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (3,900 employees) and Coca-Cola's Midwest bottling facility (900 employees). The sparsely populated northern portions of the city, being convenient to freeways and MSP Airport, are also home to a number of warehouses and distribution centers including Minnesota's largest UPS hub with 1400 employees.
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