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2001_rememberd.pdf
2001 remembered - January 5, 2002 the Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News looks back over the top stories of the year 2001.
2003_cropped.pdf
2003 was the last year of Orchard Gardens - Golf course, amphitheatre, new leaders make news this past year 2004January 3, 2004 the Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News looks back at Burnsville events during 2003 such as the end of Orchard Garden's Golf Course, the amphitheatre discussin, Craig Ebeling the new city manager replacing Greg Konat, An update on the Heart of the City, Budget blues, Church arson at Grace United Methodist, a tobacco fight, Should there be more fire fighters? A crackdown on speeding.
Amphitheaer_project_2001.pdf
Opposing views of amphitheater project 2001January 3, 2001 the Sun Current Newspaper reports: A 19,599 seat amphitheater on the edge of the Minnesota River was not music to the ears of many Burnsville and Bloomington residents this past year.

In turn, the sound of citizen groups clashing with city leaders throughout the approval process was less than harmonious to those who sought a simple resolution.

Residents on both sides of the river resisted a proposal to construct the amphitheater next to the site of a former landfill, while city leaders clamored to tell residents how the project would benefit their community...
Burnsville_reaches_out_to_Russian_speaking_population_2000.pdf
Burnsville reaches out to Russian speaking population 2000January 8, 2000 the Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News reports: The Russian speaking immigrants who received a guided tour of Burnsville's Fire Station 2 in November returned the favor December 21. They brought firefighters a pre-Christmas meal...The visits were part of a new city push to welcome and assist Burnsville's growing population of Eastern European immigrants....
Burnsville_Year_in_Review_-_Continued_2008.pdf
Year in Review (continued) 2008byJohn Gessner
THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Jan 8, 2009

Editor’s note: This por­tion of the Burnsville 2008 year in review story was mistakenly omitted from the Dec. 26 edition.

Sports theft
A former youth sports commissioner who said he had a gambling problem was charged in February with embezzling more than $43,000 from the Burnsville Athletic Club.
Douglas Jay Jahnke al­legedly diverted registration fees and other money from the girls in-house basketball program while serving as commissioner from 2005 to 2007.
Jahnke allegedly altered checks or had players’ fami­lies make checks to him. Police say they documented 378 altered or forged checks and eight fraudulent cash transactions.
The 47-year-old Burns­ville resident was charged with six counts each of theft by swindle, check forgery and offering a forged check. His trial is scheduled to open Jan. 27.

Vehicular homicide
Armando Velasquez, 20, of Faribault, was sentenced in October to 57 months in prison for the hit-and-run that killed a man on April 5 outside the former Event Center at the Towne and Country Square mall. Velasquez had pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Carlos Eduardo Noriega, 32, of Prior Lake. The crime stemmed from an alterca­tion at the Event Center. Martina Narvaez pleaded guilty to aiding an offender for helping Velasquez try to avoid arrest. Similar charges were pending against Fran­ cisco Javiar Velasquez.

Attack, arson
Three men await trial in the May 11 break-in, attack and arson at a Burnsville man’s townhome. Paul Traub, 13603 Knox Drive, was stabbed and beaten by intruders who also stole his car and set the townhouse on fire. “These were nasty people,” said a neigh­bor, Wanda Trousil. “Nobody deserves to have that happen to them. He’s such a nice man.” Traub, 52, was in bed in the early-morning hours intruders entered through his open garage door. Charged with attempted murder, burglary and arson are Shaquen Perril Whit­field, 19, of Prior Lake; Irvin Scott Cook, 18, ad­dress unknown; and Lance Dwayne Wilkins, 21, of Pri­or Lake.

Stock swindle
Burnsville resident Eldon Anderson was sentenced Nov. 20 to 97 months in prison for defrauding in­vestors by selling stock in a business he called EPCOM Wireless Corp.
The 56-year-old, called a “consummate con man” by federal prosecutors, plead­ed guilty in March to one count of securities fraud. Anderson was ordered to pay more than $1.4 mil­ lion in restitution for frauds committed since 1994. “He invested a lot of time in friendships,” said Richard Hatcher of Burns­ville, a former neighbor of Anderson’s who lost $3,000 investing with him. “His part-time job was taking your money.”

Ex-mayor dies
Burnsville’s second may­or was a devout Mormon who didn’t like noisy bars or raunchy radio. Alfred E. Hall’s morals may have propelled him into politics. But Hall’s legacy is his stewardship of a village and city rapidly changing from rural to suburban. Hall, 80, died March 30 in Dallas, Texas, where he moved his family in 1976. He was mayor from Janu­ary 1966 to January 1970. A Mormon bishop, Hall thought liquor sales should be limited to mu­nicipal stores, though he never achieved that goal. He made news in the early 1970s for tangling with a youth-oriented AM radio station, U100, whose con­tent he found offensive.

Ice time
In June, a judge dismissed claims that Burnsville’s allo­cation of ice time is unfair to Burnsville youths who play in the Apple Valley Hockey Association. A suit filed by six AVHA parents who live in Burns­ville challenged the city’s policy of giving “legacy us­ers” priority in renting ice at the Burnsville Ice Center. The suit followed a bitter dispute that erupted in 2006 when the AVHA, a nonle­gacy user, was negotiating with the city for ice time. The AVHA, which must accept Burnsville youths who live in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District 196, wanted prime- season ice time to be allo­cated based on the number of its Burnsville members as a percentage of total ice­ time users.

Hotels, problems
Burnsville’s hotels and motels came under in­ creased scrutiny in 2007 and 2008. Worries about prosti­tution, other crimes and cleanliness prompted the City Council to look into — but ultimately reject — city licensing of Burnsville’s 10 lodging properties. Sting operations from June 2007 through March 2008 showed prostitution to be a lingering problem. Sev­ en stings netted 40 arrests at five lodging properties and two apartment complexes, Police Chief Bob Hawkins said. The Red Roof Inn at 12920 Aldrich Ave. S. was not part of the sting opera­tion, but had significantly more police calls from June to December 2007 than neighboring lodging prop­erties, according to police.

Banquet center closes
The International Chefs’ Culinary Center, a banquet hall whose October 2004 opening helped inaugurate Burnsville’s Heart o f the City, closed Oct. 8. Located in the Grande Market Square building in the Heart of the City, the 440-seat center was the brainchild of Burnsville resident Ron Achterkirch, a former Control Data execu­tive and software-company founder whose worldwide travels inspired a love of fine dining. Achterkirch said his in­ ability to renegotiate his lease with building owner Sherman Associates and skyrocketing food prices doomed the business. “I’ll bet I’ve been to 100 events in his place in the last couple of years,” City Council Member Dan Gustafson said. “It was get­ting a lot of support from a lot of groups, but just not enough.” Some of Achterkirch’s booked wed­dings and other events were moved to the new Applewood Event Center, which opened recent­ly in the Towne and
Country Square mall at Highway 13 and Cliff Road.

Garbage zones
Garbage collection in Burnsville’s single-family neighborhoods will be lim­ited to one day a week in each of five zones. In May, the City Coun­cil unanimously approved a “day-specific” collection system. Collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste will be limited to one week­ day in each zone. The. five licensed haulers doing business in the city agreed to the change, which takes effect Jan. 1. Day-specific collection is the tightest regulation to emerge from years of peri­ odic debate over clamping down on trash-collection nuisances in Burnsville neighborhoods.

Minnesota
River Quadrant
City officials and local legislators held a news conference in April to tout a tax measure that could net Burnsville up to $80 million to prepare its vast riverfront
for redevelopment. The law, approved by the 2007 Minnesota Legisla­ture, allows the city to create tax-increment financing districts in the 1,700-acre area west of Interstate 35W and north of Highway 13 and pool the revenue for use throughout it.

Cops at risk
The Police Department held a news conference in July to raise awareness of roadside dangers cops face when stopping vehicles. Over the previous two and a half years, there were
eight incidents in which of­ficers’ vehicles had been hit or officers had been injured in traffic-related incidents, most of them traffic stops.

Apartment rehab
Chancellor Manor, Da­kota County’s largest subsi­dized housing complex will be acquired and rehabili­tated for $24.2 million, in an effort to deter crime and improve the property.
Final funding approval was announced Oct. 23 for the 200-unit apartment and townhome development built in 1972 and housing 493 low-income residents. The nonprofit Commu­nity Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) will own and manage the com­plex, located near County Road 42 on Irving Avenue South. Renovation is ex­ pected to begin next year and be completed in 2010. The Dakota County Com­munity Development Agen­cy is contributing $2.5 mil­ lion to the project.

Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
The Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, formerly in Eagan’s Cedarvale redevel­opment area, is moving to Burnsville. The City Council ap­proved the sale of .6 acres of city-owned land between Nicollet Commons Park and Red Lion Liquor in the Heart of the City. Mediter­ranean Cruise owner Jamal Ansari paid $165,000 for the land and will build a pump room where the city will house pumps feeding the artificial stream in the park. The city will pay $165,000 for an easement granting access to those facilities.
Ansari plans to open in late January.

John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc. com.
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census_2002.pdf
Census 2002 delves into detailsJune 6, 2002 Burnsville Sun Current reports: Burnsville and Shades of Gray (population getting older) and Commuters challenged in the County - Transportation issues.
displaced_fire_victims__2008.pdf
Burnsville High opens doors to displaced fire victims 2008December 23, 2008 Savage Pacer reports: Burnsville High School opened its doors while staff and students opened their hearts to those displaced by a fire at a nearby Burncliff Manor Apartments December 22. About 80 residents were transported to the school after the fire and 29 spent the night in the gym and used the locker rooms. Local businesses, civic organizations and individuals have donated food, blankets, pillows, clothing and many other items to assist the displaced apartment dwellers...
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First_international_festival_June_2007.pdf
Festival celebrates Burnsville's Diversity 2007The June 30, 2007 St. Paul Pioneer Press reports on Burnsville's FIRST International Festival at the Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville.
Food came from Outback Steakhouse, Baker's Square and Dino's with international entertainment. Admission was free.
Golf_course_is_aced_out_2003.pdf
Burnsville Golf Course is aced out 2003July 8, 2003 - Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Developer buys landmark site to build homes.... by Monday night a reluctant City Council agreed to let a developer build 28 executive style homes on the site...
grand_opening_peforming_arts.pdf
Grand Opening Celebration Burnsville Performaning Arts Center 8 pagesThe Ames Center, formerly Burnsville Performing Arts Center, opened in January 2009. The center has two theatres, a 1,014 seat proscenium stage and an intimate 150 seat Black Box Theatre. The Lobby is two stories tall, all glass, with a sweeping view of Nicollet Commons Park, The Minnesota River Valley, and the Minneapolis Skyline.

In addition to the Theatres, the center has a 2,000-square-foot art gallery, meeting rooms and a large rehearsal room. There is additional space for banquets, special events and receptions. Presentations at the Ames Center include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists.
his_art_2.pdf
Looking back: A century of Burnsville History 2000January 8, 2000 the Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News publishes this history of Burnsville, as a new decade begins. It also coincides with the publication of Burnsville 2000 A Community History.
I_love_Burnsville_March_62C_2008.pdf
I Love Burnsville 2008the March 6, 2008 Dakota County Tribune reports on the first of what will become an annual event in Burnsville. It featured a community garage sale, spring clean up activities and children, family and senior events. Deputy City Manager Tom Hansen said "It's a celebration of Burnsville and reconnecting neighborhoods."
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Ames Construction StatueAmes has also frequently has lent support to Burnsville and other South Metro cities, including a $250,000 bronze sculpture at the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and Pleasant Avenue.
MPR_report_on_fire_2008.pdf
MPR report on December 2008 fireMinnesota Public Radio (MPR) news report on the 2008 apartment complex fire at Burncliff Manor Apartments December 2.
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Oakleaf Townhouse rental housingLocated at 12213 17th Ave South, provides rental options for residents wishing a townhome.
orchard_garden_golf.pdf
Orchard Gardens Golf closed 2004Orchard Gardens Golf Course is a Semi*Private, t hole golf course located in Burnsville,Minnesota.

The course opened for play in 1967. The course designer was Martin Auto.Orchard Gardens Golf Course had four holes that are extremely hilly. Their website said: "Be prepared for the ball to be either above or below your feet at any given time. The course has tree-lined fairways. Several sand bunkers corne into play on every hole. The ladies tee off from the same set of tees as the men on this 9-hole course. The course plays to 1,570 yards and is a par-27 challenge for men and par-30 for ladies."

Orchard Gardens Golf Course closed in ?004 and has been replaced with residential homes.
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Orchard Garden StationAnother photo of Burnsville's National Historic site - Orchard Garden Station.
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Parkwood housing 2017 photoHousing development on Burnsville Parkway.
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The Rivers Senior Housing, South River Hills.Located at 11111 River Hills Drive, Burnsville, the Rivers is an assisted living facility in Burnsville, MN. The Rivers offers activities at their location for residents. These activities generally allow residents to maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging movement and socializing with their peers. Photo 2017.
Rural_Burnsville_step_back_in_time_2009.pdf
Rural Burnsville - a step back in time 2009A Star Tribune article which appeared online June 2, 2009 - Reporter Dean Spiros talks with residents of Orchard Gardens described as a suburban neighborhood that time forgot where tire swings compete with video games for kids' attention. Where lot sizes are measured in acres rather than feet. Where childhood friends and neighbors remain that way 40 plus years later. Interviews include Dan Callahan and Dave Geary.
Second_International_Festival_June_2008.pdf
Second International Festival 2008After a successful debut in 2007, the International Festival returned to Nicollet Commons Park June 28, 2008. The first year an estimated 2500 people attended.
secret_donor_gives__1_million_to_fire_vic__20088.pdf
Secret donor gives $1 million to Burnsville Fire Victims 2008The December 23, 2008 Pioneer Press reports that dozens of families left homeless after a fire at a Burnsville apartment complex have an early Christmas present awaiting them - $1 million dollar donation. An anonymous donor contributed the money to a fund to aid those in the Burncliff fire.
The_year_2000_Sun_Current.pdf
Chronology of key events in Burnsville during 2000January 3, 2001 the Sun Current features a 12 month overview of events in Burnsville durng 2000.
Time_Ca3Bsule_entries_2002.pdf
Secure your spot inside the Burnsville Centennial Time CapsuleThe Community is invited to submit entries for box to be opened in 2064. Get creative with your entry: Write a letter to your grandchidlren, enclose photos, make a prediction, or pursue any other creative idea. The submissions will be professionally bound and preserved to stand the test of time...The capsule will be opened on the event of the city's 100th Anniversary.
Ushering_out_the_old_2001.pdf
Ushering out the old, ringing in the new in Burnsville 2001January 3, 2001 the Burnsville Sun looks back at the year 2001.
Year_in_Review_2004.pdf
Year in Review 2004Heart of the City blossomed in 2004
Elections, Hooters, new leaders also made news
Year in Review
byJohn Gessner
THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

(caption) The old Kmart building on Travelers Trail was reduced to rubble in October. In its place is being built the mixed-use Nicollet Plaza development on the largest parcel of land in the Heart of the City.

Many of Burnsville’s 2004 news highlights came from the Heart of the City redevelopment district — the new “downtown” taking shape along Nicollet Av­ enue between Highway 13 and Burnsville Parkway.
Ground was broken on a sprawling mixed-use project that will include a Cub Foods store. A hotel project fell through, though another hotel developer is attempting to build on the same site. Nicollet Commons Park opened, and more condos and retail space were approved. The park became a focal point for local activities including concerts and part of the annual Fire Muster community celebra­ tion.
Burnsville got a new police chief in 2003, as department veteran Bob Hawkins replaced the retiring Dave Farrington. Tammy Omdal was hired as the See Year, 6A


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city’s chief financial officer, re­ placing Steve O’Malley.
A mostly reluctant City Council — three of whose five members are women — ap­ proved plans for a Hooters Res­ taurant. In November voters chose a new council member, Dan Gustafson, and ousted in­ cumbent Steve Chemey.
Republican State Rep. Duke Powell survived a strong chal­ lenge from DFLer Will Morgan in Burnsville’s key House dis­ trict. U.S. Rep. John Kline eas­ ily beat DFLer and Burnsville Council Member Teresa Daly in her bid for higher office.
Officials mulled new regula­ tions for apartments while work­ ing to solve crime and property problems at one of Burnsville’s most troubled complexes, Colo­ nial Villa.
At Cedar Alternative High School, many will remember 2004 as the year three teens died while exploring riverfront caves in St. Paul.
Heart of the City
In July the City Council unanimously approved plans for Nicollet Plaza, which will brine housing. ■a Cub Foods
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store, a bank and retail uses to the southeast corner of Nicollet Avenue and Highway 13.
Now under construction by Opus Northwest LLC, the de­ velopment will encompass the long-vacant Kmart property, the Cancun Restaurant site and vacant land immediately to the east. The Nicollet Plaza prop­ erty covers 17 of the 54 acres in the Heart of the City district.
Also in July, five months after severing ties with the would-be developer of a hotel and public arts center, the city reached an agreement with a new developer pursuing the project.
It requires the firm, Faulkner USA, to make preliminary pay­ ments for the property while preparing plans and securing fi­ nancing. The company has until March 31, 2005, to put the proj­ ect together.
The project would be built on 6.2 acres of city-owned land west of Nicollet Avenue and south of Highway 13. It consists of the old AAA Minnesota/Iowa property and part of the old Bumper’s Restaurant and Sports Bar property.
The city — which bought the property for $1.76 million — kept it off the market for two years while entertaining plans
from Spirit Mountain Land Holding LLC, whose proposal included a hotel, corporate train­ ing center and theater building that would have doubled as an arts center.
That came to an end on Feb. 20, when the Phoenix-based group failed to wire $1.77 mil­ lion to buy the property as required by a redevelopment agreement with the city.
The city then issued a request for proposals seeking develop­ ers of a mixed-use project that would include a hotel; commer­cial, office and residential uses; and the arts center.
In September the council approved another development that, like Nicollet Plaza, will bring condominiums and street- level commercial uses to the area. ParkCrest on Nicollet will be located at Nicollet Avenue and 125th Street. The project will also include an outdoor plaza.
Meanwhile, the International Chefs’ Culinary Center and the Ficus and Fig shop opened in the Heart of the City’s Grande Market Square building.
Park, events
In June more than 1,500 peo­ple got a free picnic dinner at
the dedication of Nicollet Com­mons Park at 126th Street and Nicollet Avenue.
In its first season, the park became the site of a summer concert series, a jazz festival and the Heart of the City Half Marathon. Some Fire Muster activities were moved from the traditional location in Civic Center Park to Nicollet Com­mons.
The annual September event featured the world’s longest fire-truck parade, which will be recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
New leaders
Police Chief Dave Far­rington, who came to Burnsville in 1971 as a part-time community-service officer, retired May 31. He had been chief for six years, replacing Mike DuMou- lin, who had been chief for 25 years.
“It’s time to decompress,” said Farrington, 55, who spent his years as chief rebuilding a department hit by a wave of re­tirements.
Bob Hawkins, a Police De­partment veteran whose roots in the community date back to childhood, was hired in August as the city’s new police chief. Hawkins, 44, is the son of local educators who moved to Burns­ville in 1964. He had been act­ ing chief since Farrington’s re­tirement.
Sgt. Eric Werner replaced Hawkins as a police captain.
Tammy Omdal, Minneapolis’ former budget director, became Burnsville’s chief financial of­ficer, replacing Deputy City Manager Steve O’Malley after he took a job in Wisconsin.
Elections
Elizabeth Kautz extended her 12-year mayoral tenure by trouncing little-known challeng­er Gregory Staffa in September.
Newcomer Dan Gustafson, a business owner active in the Burnsville Chamber of Com­merce and the Burnsville Break­fast Rotary, was elected to the City Council. Incumbent Steve Cherney was ousted in his bid for a second term. Liz Workman was the top vote getter in the five-way race for two council seats.
First-term Council Mem­ber Teresa Daly lost her bid for higher office, easily beaten in the 2nd District congressional race by incumbent U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville.
First-term incumbent state Rep. Duke Powell, R-Bumsville, edged DFL challenger Will Morgan, a Burnsville High School teacher, by 50 percent to 47 percent in House District 40A. The strong challenge in a traditionally Republican district was reflected in DFL electoral gains in the House.
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In a special election July 13, Apple Valley Republican Chris Gerlach was elected senator in District 37, replacing Burns­ville Republican Dave Knutson, who was appointed to a Dakota County District Court judge­ ship by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Church rebuilds
The arson fire that destroyed part of Grace United Method­ist Church in July 2003 was relegated to history Aug. 8 as parishioners broke ground on a bigger, better church home.
Parishioners hope to occupy the $2.1 million addition by Easter 2005.
The fire that destroyed a 1987 church addition that in­cluded the sanctuary and of­fices was set by 18-year-old Kyle Anthony Rousseau of Burnsville. He’s serving a four- and-a-half year prison term for violating his probation by smuggling marijuana into the Dakota County Jail and smok­ing it just hours after he was sentenced for second-degree
arson.

Apartments
The City Council discussed a best-practices program for Burnsville apartment complex­es that would build on steps taken in recent years to reduce crime, nuisance and property- code violations at the most troublesome complexes. Ac­tion on such a plan is expected in 2005.
Meanwhile, progress was reported by police and building inspectors working with the management of Colonial Villa Apartments (formerly Con­ nelly Estates). City officials began the effort in January, citing an unacceptable volume of police calls and code vio­lations. Though management subsequently expelled a police officer from a substation on the property, conditions at the
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complex improved in 2004, of­ficials said.
Hooters
A Hooters Restaurant came to Burnsville — without the blessing of some of the City Council members who voted for it June 7.
All three women on the five- member council publicly ob­jected to the brief tank tops and short shorts worn by female
wait staff of the Atlanta-based j Hooters of America chain. But only Council Member Teresa Daly ultimately voted against ! plans to remodel the old Em­bers Restaurant south of Burns­ville Parkway and west of I- 35W. Daly said her vote was 1 based on principle, not legali­ties, since Hooters was a legal use for the site.
Water restrictions
An odd-even and midday ban on outdoor watering took effect in June. The new rules satisfy conservation standards for future well drilling set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
No smoking ban
In the wake of bar-restau­rant smoking bans enacted by Bloomington and Minneapolis, Burnsville City Council mem­bers repeated that they’re not interested in a smoking ban here unless it’s ordered by the state.
Goodbye
Ralph Clover, Burnsville’s first parks supervisor, died July 2 at age 85.
Three students from Cedar Alternative High School in Ea­ gan died after being overcome by carbon monoxide while exploring St. Paul’s Wabasha ! Street caves April 27.
Dead were Patrick Dague, 17, of Burnsville; Nick Larson, 17, of Savage; and Natalie Van-
Vorst, 17, of Savage.
Year_in_Review_2005.pdf
Year in Review 2005John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc.com

2005 was a year of progress in Burnsville.
It brought new development to once-blighted property in the Heart of the City, where city leaders also studied the costs of building a performing-arts cen­ter.
2005 was a year of com­ passion, as citizens, churches, firefighters and city leaders did their small part to bring relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
2005 was also a year of crime and foreboding. Three murders were committed in Burnsville. The drug methamphetamine was blamed in a grisly slaying and an attempted murder, as well as a rash of related crimes that prompted police to launch a special street-crimes unit in 2006. A public forum on the meth epidemic drew some 250
teens and adults.
Heart and art
Nicollet Plaza opened on the long-vacant Kmart property and surrounding land, returning life to the blighted southeast comer of Nicollet Avenue and Highway
13 and furthering development of a mixed-use “downtown” in the Heart of the City.
Covering 17 of the 54 acres in the Heart of the City, the proj­ect is anchored by a Cub Foods store adjacent to other retail stores. Still not fully built, the project will also include condo­ miniums, rowhouse-style town- See City, 12A

homes, and an office and bank building.
City officials started over in their quest to bring a perform­
ing-arts center to city-owned land in the Heart of the City.
The city and local arts groups had pinned their hopes on two would-be hotel developers who said an arts center could be part
of their larger projects in Burns­ville’s redevelopment district.
But the first developer failed to deliver a project, and the sec­ ond has failed to meet a pay­ ment deadline in its quest to buv
the land for a hotel, retail office and housing project.
This year the City Council will discuss whether the 700- to 900-seat project can be funded and built. A consultant’s esti­ mate put the cost at around $40 million, but officials are confi­dent it can be built for less.

Meth and crime
The City Council approved a Police Department budget re­ quest for two officers who will focus on drug and drug-related crimes.
“We have a real problem with methamphetamine,” said Police Chief Bob Hawkins. Through the first six months of 2005, drug crimes were up 57 percent, from 208 to 327, compared with the same period in 2004. Also up were robberies (20 percent). See City,13A

aggravated assaults (44 per cent), residential burglaries (74 percent) and commercial bur glaries (78 percent).
Two grisly crimes were meth-related. Derrek Lawrence Hopkins, 24, is accused of mur dering his 50-year-old aunt, Di ane Hedalen, at her Burnsville apartment. He allegedly beat her with his fists and a wooden chest and slit her throat. Hopkins had been taking meth daily for more than a week before committing Dakota County's first meth-fu- eled homicide, said County At torney James Backstrom.
David Edward Makarim, 26, is accused of attempted murder in the Jan. 17 stabbing of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend at her Burnsville apartment. He later used the knife to threaten police officers, who shot him in the leg. Makarim was also on meth, Hawkins said.
In an Oct. 28 meth forum at Burnsville High School, Back strom said he’s never seen a problem “more pervasive, more dangerous and more scary”in his 28 years in the county attor ney’s office.
Murder
Two other murders occurred in 2005. Patricia Ann McGhee was shot to death in her apart ment May 14. Johnny Jerome Clark — the father of her three children — was charged with second-degree murder. McGhee had kicked Clark out o f the apartment three weeks earlier.
Maris Jo Miles was murdered Dec. 30 at her home. Charged is her stepson, 23-year-old Ste phen Miles of Eagan, who al legedly killed her with hatchet blows to the head and then cut off the head with a knife. His attorney says Miles is mentally ill.
Fishing Hat Bandit Burnsville resident John

Whitrock, the Twin Cities’no torious “Fishing Hat Bandit,” pleaded guilty May 13 to steal ing more than $84,000 in a string of 22 bank robberies. His nickname came from the floppy hat he often wore during heists. The 57-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Katrina
Stranded in the Houston As trodome with other Hurricane Katrina survivors, Dominick Ballard and Troilynn Baxter of New Orleans’Gentilly neigh borhood took a chance on a bus ride to Minnesota and wound up in the Burnsville home of John and Joan Boone.
Burnsville rallied around survivors of the September di saster.
Cash, food and supplies were collected through Burnsville Katrina Relief, sponsored by the city. Prince o f Peace Lutheran Church and local businesses.
Burnsville resident Ed Lord ledateamof150AmericanRed Cross volunteers that set up a massive relief center in Mon roe, La. Some 3,000 hurricane evacuees took shelter inside a 314,000-square-foot building. Lord, the former head of the Veterans Affairs office of Emer gency Medical Preparedness, called the effort the “Miracle in Monroe.”
Ton and Mary Eischen of Burnsville spent eight weeks in Biloxi, Miss., helping to run a relief center at a church and fix ing up damaged homes. The re tirees are members of St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Their relief work was done through Lutheran Disaster Re sponse.
Burnsville firefighter/para- medics Kyle Engen and Mike Klarich answered a post-Katrina call to firefighters from the Fed eral Emergency Management Agency. They spent three weeks in Louisiana assessing damage and living conditions follow ing Hurricane Katrina and then

Hurricane Rita.
Ballard and Baxter, who were
planning to marry when the hur ricane struck, are now starting over in Burnsville. They found jobs and an apartment at the Co lonial Estates complex.
Rental housing
The City Council approved a rental licensing ordinance Nov. 23, after more than a year of tweaking and consultation with sometimes-recalcitrant property owners and managers.
Licensing of rental housing was recommended by police and other city departments to stem crime and nuisance problems at troubled apartment complexes. The licenses are free, which helped owners and managers to endorse the program.
Freeway congestion
“Revive 35”became the slo gan of a campaign to mobilize south metro citizens tired of traf fic congestion on I-35/I-35W. It was launched by the 35W Solu tions Alliance.
Officials complained of funding shortages for needed improvements to serve the ar ea’s growing commuter popula tion and pressed for funding for a new interchange at Highway
13 and County Road 5 in Burns ville. U.S. Rep. John Kline, R- 2nd District, secured $3 million for the project in the federal highway funding bill.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Transportation developed possible fixes for Burnsville’s congested portion of the freeway, which prom ises to grow more congested as development pressures to the south increase.
Recommendations include closing the Black Dog Road interchange and moving a rede signed Cliff Road interchange to the north.

Airport and noise
Residents of Burnsville and neighboring communities got fair warning about increased noise from a new runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul Interna tional Airport. A series of meet ings and presentations was held in April, including several in Burnsville.
So how bad is the increased noise from the runway, which handles about 37 percent o f the airport’s departures and 17 per cent of its arrivals?
Ask residents o f northeast Burnsville, the city’s most af fected area, and they’ll probably say they won't know for sure until open-window weather re turns in the spring.
Iraq
Among local people serving in Iraq:
Lt.Col.DavidRabbofBurns ville, commanding officer of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 785th Combat Stress Co., returned in February from 12 months in Iraq, where his 85-member unit fanned out across the theater to help soldiers cope with fear, fa tigue and trauma.
Shelley Hermes, a physical education teacher at Eagle Ridge Junior High in Savage, returned in September after commanding
135 members of the National Guard’s Bravo Company 134th Signal Battalion, which served
11 months in Baghdad.
Buck Hill
The City Council voted
March 21 to give Buck Hill Ski Area expanded development rights on part of its property in exchange for zoning that will help ensure the ski hill remains for decades to come.
High-density, owner-occu pied lownhomes and some com mercial uses will be allowed on the northern 21 acres of Buck Hill property.
The deal assured that Buck

Hill wouldn’t go the way of another southwest Burnsville amenity — Orchard Gardens Golf Course, which was plowed under to make way for home sites.
Fire chief
Fire Chief Ron Payne re
tired in April after 12 years as chief. He was replaced Oct. 17 by Steve Harklerode, 44, the department’s acting chief. Har klerode hadn’t initially applied for the top job, but reconsidered after the city’s offer to Roseville Fire Chief Richard Gasaway fell through.
Remains found
Human bones discovered by a man walking in Murphy-Han- rehan Park Reserve in southwest Burnsville May 9 were those of AnneWhite,53,ofSavage,who had been missing since 1999.
Foul play was ruled out in White death. She was last seen Feb. 7, 1999, at the nearby Sav age home of her ex-husband, Phil Swan. She had gone there complaining of marital prob lems.
Tributes
Athletic fields were named for local youth sports boosters.
Mel Larson Field was dedi cated at Black Dog Park. Burns ville’s premier youth football venue. Larson has coached Burnsville Athletic Club foot ball for 29 years and been foot ball commissioner for 20.
Baseball Field 1 at Alimag- net Park was named for Rich Vander Laan, a baseball booster for more than 20 years and the president of Baseball Asso ciation 191. Field 2 was named for the late Bob Bunnell, the founder of the Burnsville Bob cats town team and a former city parks commissioner who helped plan and secure voter approval
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of a parks bond referendum that included a second field at Ali- magnet.
A group of former play ers and coaches is now asking chool District 191 to name the football field at Pates Stadium after retired football coach Dick Hanson.
Hooters
Owners of the Hooters Res
taurant in Burnsville withdrew their request for an outdoor pa tio.
The request faced opposition from city staff and the Planning Commission, which voted 3-2 July 11 to recommend denial of a planned unit development amendment to allow the patio. Though inadequate parking was the sticking point. Hooters also has local detractors who
dislike the female wait staff’s skimpy outfits. One of them, City Council Member Teresa
Daly, said she had planned to vote against the deck request.
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