Eagan is located in the state of Minnesota and a city in Dakota County, and sits on the south bank of Minnesota River and is in confluence with the Mississippi River. The city is considered to be a major commuter town for Minneapolis and St. Paul. The area was settled by the Irish and is predominantly a farming community and was the "Onion Capital of the United States." Eagan's most significant development took place in 1980 when the relocation and the expansion of Highway 77, along with the construction of other vital bridges and freeways, took place. With the development of the highway in the area, it joins 35W in Burnsville in the middle of the 1980s. It became one of the influential cities in the region, and with that, companies such as Northwest Airlines, now Delta Airlines, and Thomson West, now known as Thomson Reuters, established their headquarters in Eagan.
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