Our Communities

The ADM School District is a vibrant district, uniquely positioned at the intersection of suburban and small town Iowa just outside the Des Moines metro area.  The district is comprised of the communities of Adel (pop. 4,047), DeSoto (pop. 1,091) and Minburn (pop. 379), along with the surrounding area.  The total population of the district is just over 7,000 residents.

Our Communities: rich in history and opportunity

Dallas County Courthouse

Adel is the county seat of Dallas County, the fastest growing county in the state of Iowa and the 17th fastest growing county in the United States as of the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.  Adel’s most recognizable landmark is the Dallas County Courthouse, a 1902 structure which draws architectural inspiration from a French castle.

Current Adel residents enjoy the town square, home to a wide variety of businesses, restaurants, and the Adel Sweet Corn Festival and 5K every August.  Adel is also an important stop on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, an 89-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail that leads to Waukee to the east and Redfield to the west.

All of the district’s communities are just a short drive from the Des Moines metro area, a popular destination for work and play.  DeSoto residents enjoy a particularly convenient location at the intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and Interstate 80, which has resulted in both residential and business growth in the community in recent years.

Minburn, located north of Adel and south of Perry, is another stop on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, with connections to Perry and Dallas Center.  Minburn residents and trail users should make sure to visit the town’s recently-restored rail depot, which is now the site of a cafe.  One of Minburn’s native sons, Warren Allen Smith, is a prominent author, businessman, and New York City icon.

Adel’s Nile Kinnick

Among several notable current and former residents is Nile Kinnick, Iowa’s only Heisman Trophy winner as a scholar and athlete at The University of Iowa in 1939.  Kinnick’s Heisman acceptance speech is considered one of the most impressive ever given, and came just four years before he lost his life in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Navy.


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