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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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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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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. This is the rear view of the building. The second building, built on the property in the 1980s served various businesses.
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Savage State BankA view of the bank in the 1970s.
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Latest equipment in new bank 1965February 18, 1965 Dakota County Tribune reports: The Savage State Bank, which started in business in the fall of 1960 at 32 Minnesota Street in Savage has moved to its new quarters one block west of the old location....
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Buffalo tap - SavageLocated at 4990 W 123rd Street, it has operated for many years. Once known as Earl and Dorothy's.
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Razor's Edge Barbershop and Salon 2017Entry into the combined Barbershop and Salon. Currently owned by Jens Bohn (life long Savage resident and Dan Patch Historian) this building was originally the Berrisford Store, moved from Burnsville after the fire at St. John the Baptist in 1902.
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Savage City Administrator Barry Stock to retire 2018January 3, 2018 Savage Pacer reports that City Administrator Barry Stock will retire after a 20 year career with the City. His last day will be March 31, 2018.
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Lakeville's Antler's Park Photo of the Antler's Park Pavilion 1920's - 1974.
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Savage State Bank checkEarly Burnsville residents banked either in Savage, Lakeville or Rosemount - depending on their location in the township. The Gallagher's banked at the Savage bank, as shown by this check.
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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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A History of Scott County - Glendale/HamiltonThis history of Scott County provides an overview of Glendale and Hamilton, which would later become Savage. It also references the early connection to Byrnesville/Burnsville and merchant John Berrisford.
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T Robert AllenLife long Savage resident Bob Allen and wife Antonnette. Bob’s father was Michael Allen 1842-1914. and Mother was Susan Sherin. Some of Bob’s siblings were Mae Cook, George, Ed, and Helen. Pete Dempsey was his half brother.
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Robert (Bob) AllenLife long Savage resident Bob Allen dies.
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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm Savage Townhomes proposed for Savage's former Lynnhurst Dairy Farm draw opposition (Burnsville HS photos)

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com Jun 6, 2019

Residents on Bohn Court got an unwelcome surprise last month when a letter arrived in the mail about the plan to build 31 townhomes on the historic farm at the center of their neighborhood.

“I did not buy a house to actually live in a townhouse development,” said Robert Whitehead at a neighborhood meeting on May 29. He and other residents voiced concerns about traffic safety, the quality of the development and the number of proposed units.

Jerremy Foss, a senior civil engineer with ISG and consultant for landowner Bobby Williams, said the plan is to build market-rate townhomes costing around $300,000-$350,000.

ISG submitted an application for a comprehensive plan amendment to change the future guided land use of the farm but asked the request be tabled following the neighborhood meeting. Foss said they’ve been working on concept plans since January, and they are currently reevaluating their proposal in hopes of alleviating some of the concerns.

The request is tentatively scheduled to go before the Savage Planning Commission on July 18.

The 5.8-acre farm at 4562 McColl Drive sold to Williams, the co-founder of Bobby & Steve’s Auto World, for $600,000 in 2017. Current tenants care for bunnies and goats on the property.

Savage Mayor Janet Williams grew up on the dairy farm and today lives next door on Bohn Court.

The former Lynhurst Dairy Farm at 4562 McColl Drive is the primary feature of the neighborhood scattered along Bohn Court.


Whitehead moved to his home at the end of the Bohn Court cul-de-sac two years ago. He said he planned on staying forever, and even though he invested thousands into home improvements, he’ll move if the townhomes are built.

He said he knew the property would one day be developed, but it was zoned for low-density residential when he bought his home.

“My heart just dropped,” he said about when he learned about the possibility that will change.

The proposal will require both a city comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning from low-density to medium-density.

This isn’t the first time residents have rejected a proposal for the farm’s future.

In 2017, developers with the Five Stars Recovery Center sought a comprehensive plan amendment to build a campus-style treatment facility that could house up to 120 adult clients. However, they withdrew their application following a neighborhood meeting, which Savage Planning Manager Brian Tucker described at the time as “pretty hostile.”

He said residents raised concerns about traffic, safety and land-use compatibility, and the developers didn’t want to put the facility in a place where it was unwanted despite city staff members’ openness to the idea.

History of the farm

Kris Kristensen and Einar Hansen rented the Tim O’Reagan farm, just south of what is now Burnsville High School, in the mid-1920s, according to archives compiled by the Savage Library. They operated a dairy farm with a milk route in South Minneapolis and had two delivery trucks, one of which was driven by Williams’ father, Jens Bohn Sr.

In 1938, Kristensen began farming on the corner of Nicollete Avenue and Highway 13. In 1941, he purchased a farm in Savage and moved Lynnhurst Dairy there the following year.

Bohn continued delivering milk on the South Minneapolis route until 1953, when raw milk could no longer be delivered in Minnesota.

In 1959, a large fire broke out at Lynnhurst Dairy. Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to a 128-by-36 foot barn, according to news reports at the time. A smaller utility barn, five calves, feed and machinery were lost in the fire.

The Bohns continued operating Lynnhurst Dairy until 1968, when the cows were sold at auction.
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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm SavageTownhomes proposed for Savage's former Lynnhurst Dairy Farm draw opposition (Burnsville HS photos)

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com Jun 6, 2019

Residents on Bohn Court got an unwelcome surprise last month when a letter arrived in the mail about the plan to build 31 townhomes on the historic farm at the center of their neighborhood.

“I did not buy a house to actually live in a townhouse development,” said Robert Whitehead at a neighborhood meeting on May 29. He and other residents voiced concerns about traffic safety, the quality of the development and the number of proposed units.

Jerremy Foss, a senior civil engineer with ISG and consultant for landowner Bobby Williams, said the plan is to build market-rate townhomes costing around $300,000-$350,000.

ISG submitted an application for a comprehensive plan amendment to change the future guided land use of the farm but asked the request be tabled following the neighborhood meeting. Foss said they’ve been working on concept plans since January, and they are currently reevaluating their proposal in hopes of alleviating some of the concerns.

The request is tentatively scheduled to go before the Savage Planning Commission on July 18.

The 5.8-acre farm at 4562 McColl Drive sold to Williams, the co-founder of Bobby & Steve’s Auto World, for $600,000 in 2017. Current tenants care for bunnies and goats on the property.

Savage Mayor Janet Williams grew up on the dairy farm and today lives next door on Bohn Court.

The former Lynhurst Dairy Farm at 4562 McColl Drive is the primary feature of the neighborhood scattered along Bohn Court.


Whitehead moved to his home at the end of the Bohn Court cul-de-sac two years ago. He said he planned on staying forever, and even though he invested thousands into home improvements, he’ll move if the townhomes are built.

He said he knew the property would one day be developed, but it was zoned for low-density residential when he bought his home.

“My heart just dropped,” he said about when he learned about the possibility that will change.

The proposal will require both a city comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning from low-density to medium-density.

This isn’t the first time residents have rejected a proposal for the farm’s future.

In 2017, developers with the Five Stars Recovery Center sought a comprehensive plan amendment to build a campus-style treatment facility that could house up to 120 adult clients. However, they withdrew their application following a neighborhood meeting, which Savage Planning Manager Brian Tucker described at the time as “pretty hostile.”

He said residents raised concerns about traffic, safety and land-use compatibility, and the developers didn’t want to put the facility in a place where it was unwanted despite city staff members’ openness to the idea.

History of the farm

Kris Kristensen and Einar Hansen rented the Tim O’Reagan farm, just south of what is now Burnsville High School, in the mid-1920s, according to archives compiled by the Savage Library. They operated a dairy farm with a milk route in South Minneapolis and had two delivery trucks, one of which was driven by Williams’ father, Jens Bohn Sr.

In 1938, Kristensen began farming on the corner of Nicollete Avenue and Highway 13. In 1941, he purchased a farm in Savage and moved Lynnhurst Dairy there the following year.

Bohn continued delivering milk on the South Minneapolis route until 1953, when raw milk could no longer be delivered in Minnesota.

In 1959, a large fire broke out at Lynnhurst Dairy. Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to a 128-by-36 foot barn, according to news reports at the time. A smaller utility barn, five calves, feed and machinery were lost in the fire.

The Bohns continued operating Lynnhurst Dairy until 1968, when the cows were sold at auction.
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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm SavageMost recently the Bohn home originally known as Lynnhurst Dairy Farm, Savage.
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Bohn Farm, Lynnhurst Dairy.Most recently the Bohn home originally known as Lynnhurst Dairy Farm, Savage. 2020.
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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm SavageMost recently the Bohn home originally known as Lynnhurst Dairy Farm, Savage. Burnsville Historical Society photo.
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The new mystery Savage MinnesotaMay 24, 2014 - " Once again, the Star Tribune is helping you with your summer reading by publishing a new novel by a local author, serialized for our readers. “Savage Minnesota” by Cary J. Griffith is a mystery set in the Twin Cities metro area of Savage. U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Sam Rivers has been brought in to help solve what ...
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Dan Patch BowlBowling night in Savage, undated.
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Dan Patch BowlThis ad appeared in one of the Dan Patch Days directories during the 1960s.
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Dan Patch Bowling alley opensAugust 1, 1957 Dakota County Tribune reports on the opening of the Dan Patch Bowling alley.
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Brady Drug 1963Brady Drug, Savage celebrates first birthday, 1963. Owner Jim Brady lived in Burnsville.
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Jim Brady DrugJim Brady Drug, downtown Savage around 1968.
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Lynn Avenue Bridge SavageThe Historical Society has a photo of a Mr. Riley and some others working on Lynn Avenue in Savage before the bridge was built. This photo shows the railroad bridge that is there now in about the same spot as the old photo. One wonders how much longer that bridge will be around as the traffic going through there is quite heavy.
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Savage bridge will not be closed to carsUndated, 1963 article Minnesota Valley Review: Although there have been rumors that the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railroad has considered closing the Savage bridge over the MInnesota River to vehicular traffic, the railroad says there is nothing to the rumors...
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Savage BridgeDecember 20, 1976 view of the Savage Bridge.
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