Eden Valley - Where Eagles Soar
In the early part of this century, an unknown author wrote a poem urging people to visit Eden Valley. Most of the tributes outlined in the poem, plus a few more ring true today. The poem ended with these words:
"Then come to the Valley of Eden where lies, a truly earthy paradise."
Eden Valley is a statutory city and is governed by a mayor and four-member council. Economic development assistance is available through a Revolving Loan Fund administered by the city. An Economic Development Authority, appointed by City Council, reviews applications submitted for assistance. Additional assistance is also available through the Meeker County Economic Development Administration, as well as various Initiative Funds and private organizations. Please contact the city clerk for additional information - 320-453-5251.
Eden Valley's Police Department consists of one full-time and one/two part-time officers. The Eden Valley Fire Department/Rescue Squad consists of more than 30 trained volunteers, supplied with up-to-date equipment, providing protection and assistance to the surrounding area. The city's Public Works department employs two full-time and one part-time seasonal water and waste-water licensed personal. Water service is provided by the jointly owned Eden Valley/Watkins treatment facility located in Eden Valley.
City Contact Numbers:
City Clerk/Treasurer: 320-453-5251, Fax line: 320-453-5871
Public Works Department: 320-453-5252, Fax line: 320-453-5253
Police Department: 320-453-5452.
City of Eden Valley Website:
Eden Valley-Watkins Public Schools
Eden Valley-Watkins Public Schools is where opportunity knocks for students in pre-k through grade 12. Whether academics, the arts or athletics, the district offers a challenging and appropriate education for all students provided in a safe, nurturing environment that emphasizes a spirit of community cooperation. There are two elementary schools in the district. Eden Valley Elementary School is a K-6 program. Watkins Elementary is an early childhood center for programs for Early Childhood Family Ed, Early Childhood Special Ed, 4-Year Old Learning Readiness, and Readiness Room for 5-Year-Olds. There are two sections of kindergarten at Watkins Elementary School.
The secondary school, home of the Eagles, is located in Eden Valley and can accommodate approximately 500 students in grades 7 - 12. Students at EV-W High School are able to earn up to 80 college credits at no charge through EV-W courses that are accredited with the University of Minnesota, Southwest Minnesota State University, and St. Cloud State University. Student activities include the following: Knowledge Bowl, Speech, Drama, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Student Council, National Honor Society, a school newspaper, 16 sports programs. A variety of additional clubs and organizations, such as German Club, Investment Club, FFA, DECCA, and a very successful Robotics Club are also available The school has a rich history of success in sports and clubs.
Four seasons of fun for all ages can be found in Eden Valley.
Summer months bring a mini-boom to the community as the lakes welcome seasonal residents and vacationers to their shores. Whether it's casting a line in the summer or drilling a hole through ice in the winter, fishing is a popular past time for residents and visitors alike. Area lakes are among the best in the state when it comes to panfish, walleye and northern.
Area resorts and campgrounds put out the welcome mat to hundreds of guests each year. The non-fisherman of the bunch can enjoy a relaxing day of sunning and swimming on the sandy beaches while those who want to venture out may opt to shop or visit one of the area's many golf courses.
Eden Valley's biggest show in town in the annual Valley Daze celebration held in late June. Highlights of the three-day event includes a kiddie parade, spectacular fireworks, numerous children's games and activities, a silent auction, business expo, and an impressive grand day parade.
While life slows down a bit in the winter months, Eden Valley certainly does not go into hibernation. The community sits at the heart of two of Central Minnesota's snowmobile trails bringing hundreds of snowmobilers to the area each year. Cross country skiing as well as downhill skiing are located a short distance away. The schools also offer a wide range of activities nearly seven days a week. Throughout the year, Eden Valley plays host to a number of activities. These events include an ice-fishing contest, city-wide garage sale, youth programs, community education adult classes and trips, softball, dart and trap-shooting leagues. One of the busiest spots of the summer is the athletic field, home to Eden Valley Hawks amateur baseball team. Winter, spring, summer, or fall....
...there's fun for all in Eden Valley.