Welcome to Lakeville! The name you must know is Captain William B. Dodd, who came from the East to serve the military forts in Minnesota Territory and did much of the construction of the land routes connecting the military forts in St. Paul to the southern forts. Lakeville is a family-oriented community that serves as a gateway to the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. Lakeville encompasses 38-square miles and offer a well-balanced atmosphere of planned development & managed growth. With excellent schools, an arts center and wide variety of recreational opportunities add to the spirit of community and quality of life enjoyed in this community. Lakeville’s population is 55,000+ and 1,000+ business opportunities. The abundance of commercial development to provide goods & services allows the population continued growth.