Adrian is a small but progressive community located in the western portion of Nobles County in Southwestern Minnesota. The City was established in 1876 as an expansion of the St. Paul-Dakota Railroad and was named in honor of Adrian Iselin, the mother of one of the railroad company's directors.

Over the years, Adrian has maintained a solid economic base due to its agricultural ties and the many businesses that provide employment. The City itself is administered by a five member council, consisting of four council persons and a presiding mayor. Various city departments and appointed boards assist the council in the delivery of needed services to the community. In addition to the City's efforts there are numerous clubs, organizations, churches, and the school which all play an important part in moving the community forward and enhancing the quality of life in Adrian.

The City of Adrian is an equal opportunity employer and provider.