May 14, 2007

Lakes abound in Dassel and Darwin townships

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Dassel Township has noticed a drastic change in population in the last 10 to 15 years. Although Darwin Township is growing as well, the rate is much slower than that of Dassel.

The population of Dassel Township has grown to be even larger than the city itself, according to Orville Anderson, township supervisor.

Anderson believes the growth is partly due to the number of lakes and recreational areas around the township.

The larger lakes that are included in Dassel Township are Long Lake, Spring Lake, the east side of Lake Washington, Big Swan, Little Swan, and Lake Arvilla.

“Everyone wants to move out to the country I guess,” Anderson said.

The reasons might include a greater level of privacy, land for hunting, and other recreational activities, and the lakes.

“There’s not much lake property that isn’t already developed,” Anderson said.

Whether people are moving to the country from the big city of Minneapolis or from the little city of Dassel, Dassel Township is undoubtedly growing in number.

In 1990, the township’s population was 1,000 and in 2005 it had grown to 1,537, according to census data.

Darwin Township, on the other hand, has shown some growth, but at a slower rate than that of Dassel’s, according to Bruce Rethlake, chairman of Darwin Township.

The census shows Darwin Township at a population of 719 as of 2005, slightly up from 684 in 1990.

The lakes more than likely have something to do with the growth in Darwin Township as well. The lakes in Darwin Township include the west side of Lake Washington, Lake Stella, and Darwin Lake.

The majority of the lakes are located in the south end of the township. In the northern part lies the majority of the farm land in township.

Both townships are getting ready for road work including the resurfacing and upgrading of roads.

Dassel Township meets at the Universal Laboratories Building the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Darwin meets at the city hall the first Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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