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Richard Brooks 1976Richard Brooks of the Dakota County Library system and a Burnsville resident had a dream that any Burnsville Bicentennial project include the publication of a history of Burnsville. He found pool of volunteers who accomplished his goal - the first published history of Burnsville. He is shown at the debut of the book.
1975_bicentennial_letter.pdf
September 26, 1975 Bicentennial Committee LetterDick Hoeschen, Treasurer of the Bicentennial Committee submits a report to City Manager Patrick McInnis on the efforts of the Committee as it prepares for Bicentennial projects.
1976_grant.pdf
Burnsville approves grant for Bicentennial committee 1975A $ 2500 grant has been authorized by the City of Burnsville for the Burnsville Bicentennial Committee. Discussions include a book, a Bicentennial Park, Neighborhood bulletin boards.
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Burnsville 76 a Community History on saleA photo showing the "old school" layout for the Burnsville History book published in 1976.
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Mayor Pete Ochsner and Richard Brooks 1976Mayor Pete Ochsner receives a copy of the just published Burnsville 76 - A Community History, from project coordinator, Burnsville resident and Dakota County Library employee Richard Brooks.
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Richard Brooks 1976Richard Brooks of the Dakota County Library system and a Burnsville resident had a dream that any Burnsville Bicentennial project include the publication of a history of Burnsville. He found pool of volunteers who accomplished his goal - the first published history of Burnsville.
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June DillieJune Dillie was one of the volunteers and writers for the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book.
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Bea Williams 1976Bea was a volunteer and writer for the Burnsville 76 A Community History project.
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Betty Mae Lannon Sodomka 1976The daughter of Bill and Helen Lannon and related to the Connelly's, all Burnsville pioneer families, Betty was active in every attempt to preserve Burnsville History. She helped organize information for teachers to use in schools, coordinated meetings and interviews with pioneers and was a writer for the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book.
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Bob Tonra 1976Bob Tonra of the Burnsville School District assisted with the photography and design of the Burnsville 76 A Community History.
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Burnsville 76 A Community History team at workMimi Nachman, June Dille, Bea Nordstrom and June Dillie working on the layout of the Burnsville Community History book.
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Burnsville 76 A Community History team at workRichard Brooks, Bea Nordstrom and June Dillie working on the Burnsville History book.
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Application cover letter for Burnsville 76 Community History BookThe Burnsville Bicentennial Committee's cover letter to the Minnesota American Revolution Bicentennail Commission for funding to produce a Burnsville History book.
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Burnsville 2000 A Community HistoryA few remaining Burnsville 2000 A Community History. November, 2018 the City finds two boxes of the second Community History Book to be published and offers to those interested at no cost.
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MInnesota Historical Society approves grant for 2000 History BookA letter to Greg Konat from Nina Archabal Director of the Minnesota Historical Society announces approval of a $4500 grant toward the History book publication.
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Bouquets and trumpets for Heritage Committee 1976Burnsville Current owner and editor Mary Ziegenhagen salutes those involved in the writing and production of the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book.
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Burnsville 2000 Community History IndexThe Burnsville 2000 A Community History Book did not contain an index. One was prepared after the publication of the book.
Burnsville_76_game_plan.pdf
Game plan for the Burnsville 76 Community HIstory BookBetty Lannon Sodomka was very active in the initial development of a plan to write a Burnsville History book. Within her hand written notes she suggests a forward to the book: Burnsville 76 A Community History - We leave to some future committee or writer this book as a challenge and a charge to do better the documentation of the rich history of our community.

Also listed are resources: Neill - the History of Dakota County, Bray - A Million Years in Minnesota - Burnsville Township -Civic and criminal docket 1883 - 1960, Ryberg - Minnesota River from it's mouth at the Mississippi River to New Elm, Bryan - A History of the Sioux Massacre of 1862 and microfilms of the Dakota County Tribune.

She also lists Burnsville residents interviewed.
Burnsville_76_Table_of_Contents_and_Index.pdf
Burnsville 76 a Community History table of contents and indexThe Burnsville 76 A Community History did not include a Table of Contents or Index. This index was created by the Dakota County Historical Society.
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Burnsville 2000 A Community History CelebrationThe Mayor and City Council of the City of Burnsville cordially invites you to a celebration introducing Burnsville 2000 - A community history...
At the event the Book Committee co-chaired by Marian Geddes and Connie Morrison were acknowledged. The event occured Dcember 17, 1999.
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Burnsville History Book Committee March 25, 1998Agenda for a meeting of the History Book Committee including proposed topics to be addressed for the years 1977 - 1997.
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Approval and application to write Bursnville 76 A Community HistoryAs part of the 1976 Bicentennial a group of residents submitted a proposal to write and publish a history of Burnsville. This shows the letter of approval and the actual application. From this group the Burnsville Historical Society would evolve.
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The Burnsville 2000 History Book CommitteeWhen the 1976 Burnsville History was published, the leader of the project Richard Brooks challenged the community to write a book every 25 years. In 1999 a group of residents, former residents and interested people joined together to create a second Burnsville History Book. Those involved in the "big red book" were -
Front Row - Tom Lisec, Len Nachman, Connie Morrison, Evelyn Kjos, Susan Seiberlich, Jan Hennings and Mike Falk.

Middle Row - Charlotte Shover, Nancy Abicht, Charlie Crichton, Chuck Siggerud and Marian Geddes.

Back Row - Gary Kubat (EDITOR) Paul Gilje, John Gessner, Bob Belongie, Jack Kennelly, Bernie Peroz, Mike O'Connor and George Burkards.

Not pictured - Susan Flecker, Grant Robinson, Del Stelling, Betty Sodomka Daly, Anne Voels and Mary Ziegenhagen.
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Burnsville 2000 Community History - letters written by CityLetters from Greg Konat -City Manager or Steve O'Malley regarding the Burnsville 2000 A Community History project.
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Jack Kennelly 1976Jack Kennelly was one of the writers and photographers for the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book.
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Burnsville 2000 A Community History Final Report 2000Marian Geddes and Connie Morrison on behalf of the Burnsville 2000 A Community History and the City of Burnsville, prepared the final report requested by the Minnesota Historical Society, after the publication of the book. The State provided a grant of $4500.00
Grants_in_Aid_application_1998.pdf
Minnesota Historical Society - Grants-in-aid program application 1998The Burnsville 2000 A Community History Committee through the City of Burnsville applied to receive a $4500 grant from the Minnesota Historicl Society with this application.
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Grant proposal to the Minnesota Historical Society for funding for 2000 History BookThe Burnsville 2000 a Community History group submitted a grant request to the MInnesota Historical Society for $4500. This is a final report sent to MHS.
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History Book Burnsville 2000 marks city's progress 1999The Burnsville Sun Current December 8, 1999 writes: As the century draws to an end and the City of Burnsville close in on 140 years of history, city leaders have worked together to prepare a new book chronicling the city's history. It's been 25 years since the Burnsville 76 A Community History was written and it is now time to see where we have come from then...This is not an update of the 1976 book...
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Burnsville 76 a Community History on saleA Christmas/Holiday flyer promoting the reprint of the Bursnville 76 - A Community History by the Bunsville Chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society. Since then the book has been reprinted two more times.
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