Tribes of Chippewa and Sioux had encampments on nearby Medicine Lake. The first white settlers arrived in the early 1850s. Golden Valley was incorporated December 17, 1886. In the early twentieth century, it was mostly a farming community.
Golden Valley is located in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Minneapolis lawyer Keith Ellison, a Democrat. The city is split between two state legislative districts: 46B, represented by Representative Peggy Flanagan and Senator Ron Latz, and 45B, represented by Representative Lyndon Carlson and Senator Ann Rest. All four are Democrats.
Tom Barnard – KQRS Radio Morning Show Host, and Voice-over artist
Scott Z. Burns – screenwriter, producer, director
David King – Drummer of The Bad Plus, Happy Apple and other groups
Jordan Leopold – National Hockey League Member of U.S. Olympic hockey team and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.
Trent Lockett – Professional basketball player
Kelly Lynch – Actress
Lynne Osterman – Minnesota state legislator
Aaron Sele – former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.
Craig Taborn – Jazz Pianist