Dakota Gardens was supposed to be a cemetery exclusively for Muslims, serving the needs of the local religious community for the next 200 years.

Planned for rural southern Dakota County, the cemetery called for about two burials each week on 70 acres of land in Castle Rock Township -- a farming community with a population of 1,500 located southeast of Lakeville and Farmington.

"Everything about it will be simple, quiet and peaceful," plans submitted to the township read. "(It) will provide the final destination for a minority group in a dominant society."

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