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Dan Patch Electric Line profile and Savage BridgeMay 18, 1913 Minneapolis Star Tribune - Complete article on the Dan Patch Electric Line including a profile of the Savage Bridge.
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Cargill, Savage2020 Cargill, Savage.
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Evergreen Restaurant 1985Once the site of Mark Eagan's Gas and Service Station, located at 4749 West Highway 13, in Downtown Savage, the Evergreen was a full service family restaurant. Today this is the El Loro Mexican Restaurant.
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Retired FBI agent John Campbell chosen for BHS Hall of Fame.August 1, 2008 Savage Pacer reports that John Campbell, who grew up in Savage and attended Burnsville High School, was selected for the BHS Hall of Fame.

Retired FBI agent chosen for BHS Hall of Fame

By Keighla Schmidt, Staff Writer

John Campbell spent 27 years in the FBI. He and his family moved all over the nation, living in Virginia, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska. But when Campbell thinks of home, it’s Savage.

Campbell graduated from Burnsville High School in 1962 and will be inducted into the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame on Aug. 22.

“I was so humbled to be nominated,” the second of five children said. “Any one of my brothers or sister could have been selected.”

His siblings, he said, have been as successful as he has, and even asked they be honored with him. While district officials told him that wasn’t possible, he hopes they will eventually be honored.

A look at their resumes explains why Campbell thinks his siblings should be honored, too. His older brother Peter served as a Navy pilot before retiring from Northwest Airlines; his younger brother Jim retired from the Army Reserves; his youngest brother Tom worked for the Department of Natural Resources for 25 years and his little sister Christy was a teacher in District 191 for many years. All are BHS graduates and were in sports while in high school.

“I think it’s a little unfair to pick just one and not my siblings,” Campbell said. “I think of us a package.”

Although his brothers and sister won’t be honored with him, Campbell said he was excited to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with his classmate Charlene McDowell and his football coach Bob Pates.

“It makes it even more special,” Campbell said.

Back then

Campbell attended a few years of elementary school in the old brick school house, where grades one to four were downstairs in a room and grades five to seven were upstairs. He later moved on to Savage Elementary School, now M. W. Savage Elementary School.

“It was fun,” has said of his younger years. “Savage was a very small town; it was a very positive atmosphere to grow up in.”

He and his brothers would play pick-up games of baseball in their neighborhood and he was in Boy Scouts. When he was very young, an FBI agent came to a scout meeting and left a lasting impression on him.

“That sort of stuck in my mind,” he said.

His father died when he was young and his mother and grandmother raised the four boys and girl together.

When Campbell was in seventh grade, the district consolidated and instead of heading west to Shakopee for high school, Campbell and his siblings went to the new Burnsville High School.

There, he was the captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He did well in school and enjoyed the classes.

“We had great teachers,” he said. “We were really involved in sports, everyone knew who we were.”

After high school, Campbell left for college and thought he had a career in teaching ahead of him. With the military draft active, however, Campbell knew he’d be spending some time in the armed services. So, he chose the Marines and served in Vietnam.

“When I got out of the service, that memory of the FBI agent at scouts came into my mind,” he said.

Agent Campbell

That memory lead to 27 years of his own memories made as an FBI agent.

“It was a great career,” he said. “There was never a morning when I got up and wasn’t excited to go to work.”

Within his 27 years, he fulfilled a variety of assignments, including supervising significant cases, he said. The work, he said, was work he loved and there was a lot to be done.

He also spent time as an instructor teaching new agents the ropes.

“That was a lot of fun,” he said.

While he was in the FBI, he got his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

After he retired from the FBI he fulfilled a promise he made to his wife, Marlys, and the couple moved back to Minnesota. He said both of their families lived in the state. Additionally, their daughter Justine was going to school in the gopher state and their son Sean was in the Air Force, based in Nebraska.

“When we went in the FBI, I told her I’d get her back to Minnesota, and I did,” Campbell said. “The kids spent a lot of time growing up in Virginia, so that’s probably ‘home’ to them … But they both enjoy the Midwest. The quality of life here is great.”

Campbell was able to use his teaching background and has taught criminal justice at St. Cloud State University for 10 years.

And in his spare time he works on writing books. He has co-authored two books, both FBI related.


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Holiday Quick CleanFebruary, 1966 Dakota County Tribune ad for Holiday Quick Clean at the Valley Shopping Center, downtown Savage.
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Savage Fire DepartmentSavage Fire Department, serving Burnsville for many years. February 17, 1966 Dakota County Tribune.
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Savage Fire DepartmentSavage new fire station, February 17, 1966 Dakota County Tribune.
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Holiday Quick CleanFebruary, 1966 Dakota County Tribune: An ad for Holiday Quick Clean, downtown Savage.
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February 2, 1912 Savage NewsDakota County Tribune reports:

The results of last Saturday's wrestling match.
Mr. Herser has his cellar dug on the 10 acre farm he recently purchased
John Rowe is again seen in our village
Will Smith has his outfit for wood sawing all ready for business
Katie Hynes and Jennie Spangenberg are to have a grand social....
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50 year award presented to George Allen's Garage, SavageThe firm joined a select group of automobile dealers in the country, having been a Dodge dealer for 50 years. Prior to being a Dodge dealership, they sold Ford cars.
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Historic Egan farm makes way to progressAround 1982, a historic farm in Savage was burned down to make way for development. The Michael Egan farm, at County Road 42 and Egan Blvd was built in 1875. It was the first frame house in the area. Egan's grandson is Joe H. Egan of Savage, his brother was Pat after whom the City of Eagan is named. Although brothers they spelled their names differently.
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Savage Fire Station 1965The "new Savage fire station" in the 1960s. Until 1964 Savage was one of the fire departments to service Burnsville.
Depending on the location in Burnsville, other fire department options were Eagan, Rosemount, Lakeville and even Bloomington.
This building was torn down in 2011 after a new fire station was built near the new City Hall and Post Office.
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Savage Fire Station 60Located on the City Campus on McColl Drive. Photo 2017.
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Explosion of Whisky 1899August 16, 1899 St. Paul Globe reports on a explosion at M. Allen's Saloon in Hamilton Station (now Savage).
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The First Dan Patch Days 1953 rememberedA newspaper article in the Savage Pacer by Jim Ross recalls the First Dan Patch Days celebration. Published date Aug. 22, 2013.
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Charles Kline first rural mail carrier for Hamilton/Savage/ByrnesvilleThe first rural free delivery service was inaugurated with Charles Kline as the mail carrier in September, 1905. Charles L. Kline was born September 20, 1873 in Eagle Creek Township and in 1894 he moved to Savage, which was still known as Hamilton.

He was a member of the village council when the council officially changed the name of the village to Savage in 1904. When he joined the postal service he earned $60 a month. He used a horse and mail cart to deliver the mail and in the winter, a horse and cutter were used on his rural route that was 27 miles long. Regardless of the weather, the day started early and could take until 8:00 or 9:00 pm at night to complete the mail delivery to the many farm families on the rural route.
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Elbow to Elbow fishing in SavageMay 1, 1947 MInneapolis Star Tribune:

Elbow to Elbow, 400 fishermen jammed a quarter mile stretch of Eagle Creek near Savage today for the opening of Minnesota's statewide trout season. Despite a downpour of rain, many caught limits of hatchery trout recently planted in the stream. This photo shows a sample of the crowd fishing at he Highway 1010 bridge over Eagle Creek.
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Then Dan Patch Liquors - Now 2020 Glowing Hearth and HomeBuilt as Dan Patch Liquors, West 123rd Street, in 2020 it is Glowing Hearth and Home.
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Former Savage State Bank 2017The former Savage State Bank, one of the original buildings remaining in town, is now F1 Bicycle Garage, owned by James Buddenbaum.
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Former Savage State Bank 2017The former Savage State Bank, one of the original buildings remaining in town, is now F1 Bicycle Garage, owned by James Buddenbaum.
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Frank Egan's barUndated photo only identified as Frank Egan's bar, Savage.
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Frank Gallagher at Dan Patch LiquorsFrank Gallagher born and raised in Burnsville was the manager of the Dan Patch Liquors in Savage. He is shown with the Dan Patch Whisky bottle.
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Frank Gallagher retires, Savage Liquor StoreFrom the 1972 Scrapbooks of Marian Bohn, Frank Gallagher, 20 year manager of Savage Liquor retires. He was born in Burnsville, son of Patrick Gallagher, brother of Enos.
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Fun at Hidden Valley 1940sFrom Mary Pat Kelleher: We spent many hours at Hidden Valley as kids for church or other picnics. Apparently it was a fun place for our parents too. There wasn't all that much there except a picnic lodge, picnic tables and grills, trails and Credit River runs thru it with a couple of bridges The hill in this photo was used for skiing and sledding.. See photo - Jim Kelleher, Joe Kearney & wife Alice Kearney, Helen Kelleher Loftus and Helen Kelleher (Jim's wife)

In 2019: This 45-acre community park is unique because of its natural aesthetics and ornamental qualities. The Credit River runs through the park and offers excellent opportunities for gatherings, walking, and picnicking. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities
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Hamilton is now SavageNovember 26, 1903 Minneapolis Journal ad references Hamilton now being Savage Minnesota.
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Antlers Park and Lake MarionMarch 17, 1912 Minneapolis Tribune ad for Antlers Park and Lake Marion.
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Profile of SavageAugust 21, 1993 Minneapolis Star Tribune profile of Savage Minnesota.
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Razors Edge Barbershop once Berrisford storeFor over 50 years Jens Bohn who died in 2018 proudly defined himself as a Real Barber, at the shop which was once the Berrisford Store in Burnsville.
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Downtown Savage late fallNow, 2019 West 123rd Street, Downtown Savage. This was location of the first bank, later becoming the library and Allen's Dodge. Where the Depot now stands was the Dan Patch Liquor Store and Lounge.
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The Buffalo TapFull view of the Buffalo Tap, downtown Savage.
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