Jordan, Minnesota
Jordan is a city in Scott County
Scott County, Minnesota
Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was organized in 1853 and named in honor of General Winfield Scott. As of 2010, the population was 129,928. Its county seat is Shakopee...

, Minnesota
Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.3 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state...

, United States
United States
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. The population was 5,470 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (0.76%) is water. U.S. Highway 169
U.S. Route 169
U.S. Route 169 currently runs for 966 miles from the city of Virginia, Minnesota to Tulsa, Oklahoma at U.S. Route 64.-Oklahoma:U.S. Highway 169 is a major south–north highway spanning in Oklahoma. The southern terminus for US-169 is Memorial Drive...

; and State Highways 21
Minnesota State Highway 21
Minnesota State Highway 21 is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with State Highway 60 in Faribault and continues north to its northern terminus at its interchange with U.S...

 and 282
Minnesota State Highway 282
Minnesota State Highway 282 is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with U.S. Highway 169 in Jordan and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 13 in Spring Lake Township near Prior Lake....

 are three of the main routes in the community. Jordan was founded by Johnny P. Egan, Andrew J. Siemon, Michael W. Folkers and Conner J. Racek. These geographers also founded the neighboring town of Belle Plaine.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 3,833 people, 1,349 households, and 980 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,466.5 people per square mile (567.0/km²). There were 1,423 housing units at an average density of 544.4 per square mile (210.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.08% White, 0.50% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 3.10% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.60% of the population.


Jordan has a rich baseball tradition enjoyed by those who have played in Jordan, as well as the great fan support shown by locals.

Home of the Jordan Brewers amateur baseball team. The Brewers were state champions in 1986, 1994, and 2004.

Home of the Robert Patterson Post #3 Jordan Legion Baseball Team. Post #3 won the League Tournament seven straight times from 2004 to 2010. Won the District Tournament seven straight years from 2004 to 2010. Won the State Tournament four straight years from 2005 to 2008, took 2nd place in 2010 and took 3rd place in years 2004 and 2009. Won the National/Regional Tournament three straight years from 2005 to 2007 and took runner-up in 2008.

City parks

  • Brentwood Park
  • Pekarna Park
  • Lions Park
  • Log Cabin
  • Lagoon Park
  • Timberline Park
  • Holzer Park
  • Jordan Skateboard Park (designed by Jared Hunt and John Beckius)
  • Scotting Park

State parks and reserves

  • Metropolitan Regional Park System
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area

Points of Interest

  • Nicolin Mansion Bed and Breakfast
  • Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard
  • Crofut Family Winery
  • Historic Water Street
  • Mini Met Baseball Park
  • Famous Pekarna Meats
  • Historic Jordan Brewery
    Jordan Brewery Ruins
    The Jordan Brewery Ruins include a complex of limestone buildings built between 1861 and 1900 by brewer, Frank Nicolin. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Jordan, Minnesota.-External links:*...

  • Mill Pond
  • Sand Creek Waterfall

Abuse allegations

Beginning in 1983, Jordan was swept up in an instance of what was alleged to be satanic ritual abuse
Satanic ritual abuse
Satanic ritual abuse refers to the abuse of a person or animal in a ritual setting or manner...

. Twenty-four adults were arrested and charged with acts of sexual abuse, child pornography and other crimes. Ultimately, the accused were exonerated of any wrongdoing, though many were profoundly affected, financially and emotionally, by the scandal.

James Rud was the only person convicted of sexual abuse of children in Scott County. See Report on Scott County Investigations, Hubert H. Humphrey III, Attorney General (Feb. 12, 1985).

The case was made the subject of a song by Big Black
Big Black
Big Black was an American punk rock band from Evanston, Illinois, active from 1981 to 1987. Founded by singer and guitarist Steve Albini, the band's initial lineup also included guitarist Santiago Durango and bassist Jeff Pezzati, both of Naked Raygun...

 titled "Jordan, Minnesota", which appears on the album Atomizer
Atomizer (album)
Atomizer is a 1986 album by the American noise rock group Big Black. It is their debut album as all previous releases are EPs. The LP is accompanied by liner notes that explain the stories behind many of the songs...


Mayoral Assault Allegations

In the spring of 2011, in the midst of a heated crematorium dispute, Mayor Ewals was reported to have approached the business owner performing the cremation, and assaulted him. The next day, the business owner filed an order with the Scott County Court for a restraining order. The filing was later dropped. However, the Mayor still faced the charge of disorderly conduct, and a delayed dismissal was granted, along with $400 to cover court fees.

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