Dundas is a quaint community of 1,038 residents that evolved around a flour mill industry started during the mid-1800s. The Archibald Mill was the brainchild of two Scottish brothers, John and George Archibald, who traveled from Canada in search of a spot with fertile soil and proximity to key markets.
The picturesque setting along the Cannon River proved ideal, and within a few years the mill was among the busiest in the world. The business competed with markets from Minneapolis to New York to produce the famous D flour.
As the industry changed over the years, the mill closed and other business emerged. The mill still stands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, the town is home to businesses that cater to the town’s retail, health care and educational needs. There also are growth plans in place for additional commercial and residential developments.
In 2002, Dundas’ business-friendly environment encouraged Menards to build what was then their largest retail store in Minnesota. To continue to facilitate commercial and residential development, the City has proactively invested approximately $5 million in infrastructure improvements. Included in the projects are two water towers with a storage capacity of 800,000 gallon, a new high capacity well and accompanying well house, water looping system, and distribution lines. These investments are paying off. College City Beverage recently invested in the community by building a $10 million facility for its beverage distribution business.
Dundas is the fastest growing community in Rice County. According to the State Demographer, the population of Dundas has doubled in the last decade. For several years, Dundas has also ranked one or two among Rice County cities in issuing building permits for single family homes. Two large residential developments provide ample opportunity for continued residential growth.
The town’s location along Minnesota State Highway 3 and Rice County Highway 1 offers convenient access for residents as well as employers looking for a diverse labor pool. Two nationally ranked, four-year liberal arts colleges, Carleton and St. Olaf, are a short commute away in neighboring Northfield- and South Central College is located minutes away in Faribault.
Interstate 35 is only four miles from town and is accessible via a recently reconstructured 10-ton all-weather County Road with a full interchange. This provides an easy commute north to the Twin Cities and also a great transportation network for the distribution of goods.
City of Dundas: http://www.cityofdundas.org/