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Dan Patch American Legion Post 2018 The Dan Patch American Legion Post is located on the site of St. James Lutheran Church when in Savage. For over 50 years the Dan Patch Post of the American Legion has served the veterans and public of Savage Minnesota and the local communities.
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Andrew Englebretson home
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Touching Life ServicesThe site of Arnoldy Lumber Company in 2020. 4833 West 123rd Street • Savage, Minnesota 55378


The Story Behind Touching Lives Adult Day Services

Are you prepared to be a Caregiver or Care Receiver? How many times during the past year have you asked yourself this question or even asked for a family member, friend or a loved one? As we age it is often a very realistic question to ponder. Now imagine if you had to ask yourself, if I am accepted into an assisted living or nursing home community, will the staff know my culture and support me with the dignity, love and compassion I deserve as an elder of a different culture? Will I be discriminated due to my sexual orientation, religion, race, and etcetera? This was the genesis of the founding of Touching Lives Adult Day Services.
Touching Lives was founded with the goal to provide “Quality Care with Cultural Comfort”.

By 2030, one out of every four Minnesotans will be over 65. This will be the most diverse population in this age group has ever seen in previous years. Their diversity presents new expectations in senior and vulnerable adult care that reflects the social and cultural changes that arguably began in the sixties leading to a new understanding of civil rights, gay rights, elder and health care rights. Care facilities to date have not incorporated these facts into their business models or care delivery.

For example, in a nursing home, when it is time for an older Muslim patient to pray, a staff member interrupts insisting he must take his scheduled medication, right now. There is no understanding of the emotional, spiritual stress that the patient experiences from the interruption. In another nursing home, a resident from Ghana is unable to obtain the food that is appropriate for his culture. And in yet another nursing care facility, an older male who has developed a relationship with another male patient is beaten severely by a third, who cannot stand to see two men holding hands.

Touching Lives Adult Day Services and Touching Lives Communities’ founder, Deb Delaney, has personally witnessed these and many other scenarios that prevent different aging cultures from receiving the quality care they deserve delivered with respect to their way of life. With this in mind, Touching Lives was founded with the goal to provide “Quality Care with Cultural Comfort”.

Touching Lives intends to separate itself from the competition by utilizing a health care concept for vulnerable adults supporting cultural specific aging traditions. While the communities will be supportive of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the opportunity is available for specific cultures to customize the community to support their needs.

Delaney found her countless hours talking with people and understanding their wishes to age with dignity, love and compassion to be a wonderful experience. This concept has been a dream and goal of hers for many years. The aging population is special. They hold memories of the past that children and adults will never experience. It is a population that teaches history through stories to the next generation.

It is considered a privilege for all involved to passionately pave the way with a cutting-edge philosophy that will change the industry of senior care. It is the hope of the organization that others will understand the belief that we can truly “Touch the Lives” of so many people while honoring their way of life and traditions.
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Anna Allen 1983Anna McQuiston Allen, wife of Martin Allen died at the age of 96.
She was born in Lakeville and lived much of her married life in Savage.
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Glendale CemeteryFootstone for Ann Berrisford.
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Another view of Downtown Savage 2017The Savage Depot appears in this photo of Downtown Savage. For many years the Savage Liquor Store stood on where the depot is now located.
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Downtown SavageDecember 2019 view of Downtown Savage showing the restored depot.
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Savage Liquor Store and Dan Patch LoungeAnother view of the Savage Liquor Store/ Dan Patch Lounge.
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Antler's Park LakevilleThe Dan Patch depot .In order to attract a multitude of passengers [to his Dan Patch Railroad, Marion] Savage put Antler’s Park on the map [named in allusion to the former abundance of deer in this region]. It was located on the southeast shore of Prairie Lake [renamed Lake Marion in honor of Savage], and contained summer homes and facilities for picnics, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting and dancing. The excursion trains to Antler’s Park were always very crowded. Those who remember riding these crowded trains remember the good times both on the ride and in the park.
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Antler's ParkIn order to attract a multitude of passengers [to his Dan Patch Railroad, Marion] Savage put Antler’s Park on the map [named in allusion to the former abundance of deer in this region]. It was located on the southeast shore of Prairie Lake [renamed Lake Marion in honor of Savage], and contained summer homes and facilities for picnics, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting and dancing. The excursion trains to Antler’s Park were always very crowded. Those who remember riding these crowded trains remember the good times both on the ride and in the park.
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Antlers Park LakevillePostcard remembering Antlers Park in Lakeville.
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Antler's Park Pavilion to be razed 1974April 25, 1974 Dakota County Tribune reports: Antler's Park has played an important role in Lakeville recreational activities since it was started by George O'Rourke in the early 1920s...

The park included picnic areas, a large dance pavilion and an 18 acre golf course... this was a popular place for Burnsville residents too.
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Antler's Park Dance PavilionAntler's Park Dance Pavilion and restaurant at Antler's Park. Photo compliments of the Lakeville Historical Society.
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Antler's Park Dance HallInterior of the Antler's Park Dance Hall, compliments of the Lakeville Historical Society.
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Known MInnesota River Valley Historic Sites in Bloomington 2012 click to open.Document references the Marion Savage Mansion, Bloomington and the Dan Patch Swing Bridge between Savage and Bloomington.
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Shakers RestaurantApril 24, 1999 Savage Pacer - Shakers, Downtown Savage.
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April 6, 1896 Village of Hamilton MinutesFor some reason the minutes from this council meeting appeared in the Shakopee Argus...
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Dan Patch BowlApril 4, 1957 Dakota County Tribune - Dan Patch bowling alley to open in Savage.
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Arnoldy Lumber, Savage MinnesotaThe Arnoldy Lumber Company was located on what is now 123rd Street in Savage, in a building that would have been next to Neisen's Sports Bar and Grill.
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l.B. Fish makes his place the head of a novel navigation scheme 1896St. Paul Globe - June 14, 1896-

L.B. Fish, a young and exceedingly enterprising farmer at Hamilton Station, about 20 miles from St. Paul arrived to the city yesterday. Mr. Fish came via the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers on a craft he had built himself...
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Savage Bridge and profile of SavageMay 18, 1913 Minneapolis Star Tribune - Profile of Savage along with photo of the $50,000 steel draw bridge across the Minnesota River at Savage to Bloomington. Built and owned by the Dan Patch Electric Railroad.
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LakevilleWelcome to Lakeville. A neighboring town to Burnsville. It offered the stores and bars that Burnsville did not have, along with a railroad depot. Also, some of the Burnsville "students" living in the Orchard Gardens area attended Lakeville High School, since Burnsville had no schooling beyond 8th grade. (From Lakeville Historical Society).
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Kon Tiki fire 1963August 1963 The Dakota County Tribune reports on the fire at the Kon Tiki Club. Although located in Lakeville is was near Burnsville's Orchard Garden's area off County Road 5. The developer and owner of the restaurant was George Grohoski of Burnsville.
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Kon Tiki fire 1963August 1963 Dakota County Tribune photo reports on the fire at the Kon Tiki Club. Although located in Lakeville is was near Burnsville's Orchard Garden's area off County Road 5. The developer and owner of the restaurant was George Grohoski of Burnsville.
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Hamilton and Glendale news 1897August 5, 1897 Shakopee Argus

Our school starts September 15. There will be a nine-month term. No teacher has been engaged yet. Here is a good chance for a good teacher who is willing to work for fair wages.

Mayor Fish was taken suddenly ill Sunday night with cramps of the stomach. His wife had him taken to St. Paul Monday, where he is still under doctor care.
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Update on the new Town Hall 1897August 5, 1897 Shakopee Argus

R. L. Eckert has the brick work on the town hall completed and it is an excellent job. If the carpenters do their work as satisfactory we will have the finest town hall of its size in the state.
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City of Savage - City Connection Newsletter August, 2020The August 2020 issue of the City of Savage's newsletter.
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Margaret (McCann) and Pete DempseyPete Dempsey worked in the rail road depot at Savage and was first mayor of Savage. They moved to St. James in 1904. He was the son of Paul and Susan Dempsey born May 22, 1876 and died April 17, 1958. He and Margaret McCann married May 2, 1900. She was born December 19, 1872 and died February 4, 1965. After Paul Dempsey died Susan married Michael Allen of Savage.
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House of Auto BodyHouse of Auto Body, Savage 1970s.
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A new saloon in Hamilton 1896April 2, 1896 - Shakopee Argus

There is talk of another saloon starting up in Hamilton. The location is said to be the corner where the old Glendale House used to stand, or better known as Carr's Corner.
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