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City of Dawson


The City of Dawson is a progressive community located on the prairies of west central Minnesota maintaining a quality of life surpassed by none. The city excels with excellent school and health care systems, promotion of new industry and the support of existing businesses. This community is blessed with many active and caring people which have supported the parks, golf course, and the new aquatic center providing recreation to both young and old alike. The Dawson/Boyd Arts Center satisfies our appetite for the arts and theater.

The Lac qui Parle River flows through the community providing an environment of quiet and stress free living. Dawson’s walking trail is located adjacent to the river encompassed by trees, flowers, and native vegetation providing a sanctuary for everything and everyone. Beautifully renovated homes, well kept lawns and gardens are a common sight in Dawson. From the renovation of older homes, the building of new homes, apartments and townhouses, Dawson offers a variety of fine living.

Gnometown USA

Dawson, a community rich in Scandinavian heritage, is in the heart of Prairie Waters farmland. Whimsically known as “Gnometown USA,” you’ll find gnome statues located at the City Park along Highway 212 and at homes throughout the town. These gnomes are created by a local artist in honor of various members of the community. During Riverfest, held the last weekend in June, a new gnome is unveiled. The annual celebration also includes softball tournaments, music, food and fireworks.

Memorial Auditorium

Home to the nonprofi t Dawson-Boyd Arts Association, Memorial Auditorium offers world-class entertainment for all ages, including classical, folk and current music,
children’s theatre, dance, comedy and opportunities
for local musicians to showcase their talents. The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association can also arrange for professional performances, master classes and workshops
for students.

Dawson Swimming Pool Park

Come cool off this Summer at the Dawson Swimming Pool! There is a campground nearby with full hook-up with electricity, water and sewer.  Adjacent to the campground, is a bathroom/shower house, the Aquatic Center, park, tennis courts, basketball field, pickle ball court and softball field.  

Veterans' Park

Nestled in along the Lac qui Parle River on the southwest part of town, this quaint campground has room for six campers.  This is a full hook-up with electricity, water and sewer.  Enjoy the benches and watch the river go by.  Built next to the disc golf course, river dock and playground, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy!​

Make Dawson your home!

Whether you are a new or prospective resident, or just have an interest in the Dawson area, check out the community toolkit full of information on education, healthcare, childcare, 

Dawson-Boyd School

The Dawson-Boyd School District undertook a major remodel over the last few years, as part of a plan to build a new elementary school. The school now features a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics center; a new community center, cafeteria and kitchen; and an Innovation Lab.

Johnson Memorial Health

Built in 2018 to meet the growing needs of the community, Johnson Memorial Care Center offers 56 private rooms, a surgery suite, a helipad and lab and radiology expansion, and it is directly attached to the clinic/hospital entrance. The facility is conveniently all connected on one campus and features a chapel, café, two guest suites, a salon and a wellness room.


Whether you’re looking for acrage in the country, or a house in town, Dawson has afforadable options. There are plenty of rental opporutnities from townhomes to apartments as well!