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Dawson is a city in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,540 at the 2010 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), all of it land. The West Branch of the Lac qui Parle River flows through the city. The West Branch of The Lac qui Parle River flows into the Lac qui Parle River south of Dawson. U.S. Route 212 serves as a main route in the city.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,539 people, 677 households, and 398 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,043.4 people per square mile (404.2/km²). There were 756 housing units at an average density of 512.6 per square mile (198.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.25% White, 0.19% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.32% Asian, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.