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The arrival of the railroad led to the founding of Eden Valley in 1886. Those were exciting early years, complete with stories of thriving roller mills, three hotels, an opera house and area lakes which could produce a boat full of fish in a matter of hours.  By the early 1900s, the town's population had swelled to about 1,000.  Today's population is still at a healthy 1036 (2018).

Over a century later, Eden Valley  continues to thrive.  The city's major employers are Eden Valley-Watkins School District 463, Schlangen's Custom Cabinets, and RIE. The industrial park has welcomed several new businesses in the past decade.  Additional businesses are always welcome.

No description of Eden Valley would be complete without mentioning the community's most valuable resources-its people.  Friendly, hard-working and caring are just a few of the adjectives used to describe the people who call Eden Valley their home.

City Of Eden Valley offices house the council chambers, clerks office and the police department.
The Eden Valley Fire and Rescue station is located in the industrial park.  It serves the City of Eden Valley and the Townships of Eden Lake, Forest Prairie, Luxemburg, Manannah, and Union Grove.
Eden Valley Public Works department employs two full-time and 1 seasonal part-time water and wastewater licensed personnel. Water service is provided by the jointly-owned Eden Valley-Watkins facility.
The Park Board, comprised of local citizens overseeing park maintenance and improvements. Eden Valley has Veteran's Memorial Park, Friederichs Park, Water Tower Park, and Lion's Park.  
EV-W has Elementary schools in both Eden Valley and Watkins.  Eden Valley consists of K-6.  Watkins Elementary is an Early Childhood center along with kindergarten classes.  
EV-W High School, home of the Eagles, is located in Eden Valley.  The school is home to approximately 500 students in grades 7 -12.  
A vacant storefront was converted into a Community Center as part of an Initiative Foundation grant.  The space is often rented for community events, meetings, and family gatherings.
Eden Valley Area Library is an independent library, created by a group of "book loving" volunteers and made possible by a grant from the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, MN
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