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Burnsville city fire vehicle2013 Fire vehicle.
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Fire Muster 20142014 Fire Muster rides.
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Fire Muster 2014Food options at the Fire Muster 2014.
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Aerial of Burnsville Landfill2014 view of the Burnsville Landfill.
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Aerial of Burnsville Landfill2014 aerial of the Burnsville Landfill.

The Freeway Landfill in Burnsville, Minn., accepted waste from 1969 to 1990. The Freeway Dump was a disposal area that operated from 1960 to 1969. Older landfills had few design and operational standards when initially built and used. Now, there are a number environmental concerns associated with the landfill that need to be addressed.

The Freeway Landfill was qualified to enter into the state’s Closed Landfill Program. The MPCA has been negotiating with the landfill’s owner to enter into this program since the inception of the CLP in 1994.

In 2018, the Landfill Cleanup Act was amended to allow the Freeway Landfill and Freeway Dump to be combined as one project site and which allows both sites to be cleaned under the CLP.
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Burnsville Fire Muster 2015 Burnsville Fire Muster Burnsville Cable TV marches.
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International FestivalInternational Festival, 2015 at the Ames Center.
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Manilow Music projectOn Dec. 1, 2016, Burnsville Police Officer Beverly Price surprised her friend - Nicollet Middle School music/band teacher Ann Bakken -- with $35,000 in new instruments from the Manilow Music Project.

Bakken has been a music teacher for 23 years – the last 20 at Burnsville’s Nicollet Middle School. Those who know her best say she has an unrelenting passion for building creativity, confidence and focus in students through music.

This past fall, Price, a Burnsville School Resources Officer, had a conversation with Bakken – something the two say is an almost daily occurrence to talk about school, the music program and music in general.

During this conversation, Price learned that Bakken was worried she would not be able to provide enough instruments to her students for the upcoming school year.

Price decided she wanted to help, and without Bakken’s knowledge, reached out to the Barry Manilow Foundation’s “Manilow Music Project,” whose mission is to “bring music back to schools.”

Through the foundation and their partners at Yamaha, Price surprised Bakken with $35,000 in new instruments after the Nicollet Middle School 8th-grade band concert on Dec. 1.

In total, Bakken and the music program received two flutes, four trumpets, six clarinets and three French horns – every instrument on Bakken’s wish list.
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Burnsville Police DepartmentBurnsville Police Department Lobby 2016.
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NIght to Unite 20192019 Night to Unite throughout Burnsville.

Night to Unite (known as National Night Out in some communities) is held on the first Tuesday in August.

The event is a chance to strengthen neighborhood spirit and City-community partnerships. It can also heighten awareness around crime, drug and violence prevention; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
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Burnsville City plows winter 2019Snow plows at work, County Road 42 winter 2019.
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Burnsville's 50th anniversaryAn exhibit created by the City of Burnsville's communications department in honor of the 50th anniversary of Burnsville's Incorporation.
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Aerial of Burnsville Landfill2014 aerial of Burnsville Landfill.

The Freeway Landfill in Burnsville, Minn., accepted waste from 1969 to 1990. The Freeway Dump was a disposal area that operated from 1960 to 1969. Older landfills had few design and operational standards when initially built and used. Now, there are a number environmental concerns associated with the landfill that need to be addressed.

The Freeway Landfill was qualified to enter into the state’s Closed Landfill Program. The MPCA has been negotiating with the landfill’s owner to enter into this program since the inception of the CLP in 1994.

In 2018, the Landfill Cleanup Act was amended to allow the Freeway Landfill and Freeway Dump to be combined as one project site and which allows both sites to be cleaned under the CLP.
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Heart of the City aerialAerial during the construction of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, now Ames Center, in the Heart of the City.
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Arbor Day 2014The City of Burnsville participates in Arbor Day, 2014.
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City of Burnsville tree planting, Arbor Day, 2014.
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Birnamwood Golf CourseBirnamwood Golf Course is a nine-hole, par 27 public golf course that is owned and operated by the City of Burnsville.
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Burnsville Police first to use body cameras.The Burnsville Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use body cameras when it started equipping officers with the technology.

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Where Burnsville Civic Center will standSite of the future Burnsville City Hall and Police Station and Ice arena, originally Michael Nicholson property.
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Burnsville Police vehicleBurnsville Police vehicle 2019.
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Dedication of County Road 5 and Highway 13 bridgeDedication of the new bridge at County Road 5 and Highway 13, 2014.

Article from the Burnsvlile Eagan Sun/Thisweek News:

County Road 5 bridge opens Friday- By John Gessner Nov 6, 2014


Burnsville was a “voice in the wilderness” 15 years ago when city officials began calling for a new interchange at County Road 5 and Highway 13, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said.

But then neighboring Savage and Scott County got on board, she said, and over time, the project gained allies and funding.

Officials celebrated Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting on the newly finished County Road 5 bridge, which opens to traffic Friday.

Highway 13, now carrying one lane of traffic in each direction, will be restored to a four-lane highway two weeks later, according to Todd Howard, assistant Dakota County engineer.

One of the biggest jobs of the $44.23 million project was lowering Highway 13 by 25 feet beneath the new bridge.

“This is our deep dig,” the mayor said.

The interchange replaces a traffic-numbing, and hazardous, intersection with stoplights.

“For years this intersection has had more than its share of motor vehicle accidents,” said Liz Workman, chair of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners.

It reached 21st on the list of Minnesota’s 200 most hazardous intersections, said Workman, who lobbied for the project during her previous stint on Burnsville’s City Council.

The new bridge will greatly improve access to retailers and other businesses north of Highway 13. Officials say it will help prod redevelopment in the Minnesota River Quadrant — 1,700 acres bounded by Interstate 35W to the east, Savage to the west and the Minnesota River to the north.

Burnsville got the ball rolling on the interchange by investing $500,000 in preliminary planning, Kautz said.

The original estimate of $15 million ballooned over the years to more than $44 million, she said.

“This is a big, big project,” said Scott McBride, Metro District engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The government partners pushing it went “above and beyond” most transportation coalitions, McBride said.

The project, which began with relocation of private utilities in September 2012, stretched over two trying construction seasons.

It includes the bridge, ramps, a traffic loop, noise and retaining walls, new public utilities (watermain, storm sewer and sanitary sewer), upgraded traffic-signal systems and frontage road improvements.

MnDOT provided the largest funding share ($19.35 million), followed by Dakota County ($8.76 million) and Burnsville ($6.3 million). The total federal contribution was $9.62 million.

Kautz said efforts to secure federal funding included a lobbying trip by her and Savage Mayor Janet Williams to Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-2nd District, helped secure federal funds, as did his predecessor, Democrat Bill Luther, according to Kautz.
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Burnsville's Cable televisionBurnsville's Cable Television studio is located at the Burnsville High School, 2014 photo.
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Burnsville Police first to use body cameras.The Burnsville Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use body cameras when it started equipping officers with the technology.
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Dedication of County Road 5 and Highway 13 bridgeDedication of the new County Road 5 and Highway 13 Bridge 2014.

A new interchange was constructed at County Road 5 and Trunk Highway 13 in Burnsville. Work included construction of a bridge, ramps, loop, retaining and noise walls, updating public utilities (storm sewer, watermain, and sanitary sewer), relocating private utilities, upgrading signal systems, and improvements to the frontage roads.
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Burnsville Marketplace Signage at Burnsville Marketplace 2014.
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Burnsville Police first to use body cameras.The Burnsville Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use body cameras when it started equipping officers with the technology.
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Cable TV studio.A 2014 tour of Burnsville's Cable TV studio.
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Cable tv at the GarageThis photo is at a video production at the Garage.

The Studio at Burnsville High School is located on the second floor of the High School and the facility includes a 976 square foot studio, oversized control room, three editing stations, set storage, and equipment check out area.

The studio equipment was purchased new in 2009 and professionally installed by Alpha Video. The space was designed by Wold Architects in cooperation with city and school staff with audio visual design by Elert and Associates. The space features:

Broadcast Pix 2100 control center
Three Cameras, Canon XG H1
Lowell Flo-Tec Dimmable Lighting
Three set areas, including Green Wall with hard cyc,
Teleprompter

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Cable Television 2014Mobile Production

BCTV staff, with the assistance of community and student camera volunteers, cover 60 local sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. BCTV co-owns a three-camera mobile production truck with the City of Eagan.
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Burnsville Cable televsion and Burnsville high school sports 2014Burnsville's Cable television at Burnsville High School swim meet.
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