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CargillLocated in Savage photo 2003.
CargillCargill, located in Savage, 2003.
CargillCargill, located in Savage 2003.
CargillCargill at Savage.
This is Savage - Sharing our History - Port CargillThe City of Savage - City Connection September 2020 shares the history of Port Cargill.
CargillCargill, Highway 13 Savage.
Building Ships - at Port Cargill 1942 - 1945 Savage, MinnesotaCargill, Inc., built 18 AOG 4,000 ton tankers for the US NAVY and 4 towboats for the Army Engineers.
Cargill anniversary 2017
Sept. 7 marks Cargill ship construction anniversary in Savage

By Britt Johnsen bjohnsen@swpub.com Sep 7, 2017

Sept. 7 marks an important anniversary in Savage.

It’s the 75th anniversary of when construction began on the first ship built at Port Cargill.

It was 1942. Less than a year earlier, on Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Within just 60 days of the attack, the U.S. Navy asked Cargill Corp. leaders for a meeting in Washington D.C., according to archive files provided by Cargill. The Navy wanted to know if Cargill could build tankers.

The answer was, in short, yes.

About 3,000 people worked at the company at the time, said Lisa Brickey, warehouse manager for Mosaic Crop Nutrition, a fertilizer company that Cargill partly owns. Brickey also happens to be fascinated by Cargill history.

It was an ambitious project, but Cargill wanted to help with World War II efforts, according to Cargill files. However, it didn’t even have a shipyard. They located a farm in Savage — the grandparents of current Mosaic employee Nancy Westphal of Savage — and bought the land. That’s how Port Cargill was born, Cargill files show.

Cargill got a contract to build six gasoline tankers for the U.S. Navy, all named after rivers and mostly Native American names.

The first two on which construction began in Sept. 7, 1942, were Agawam and Elkhorn. By the end of that month, construction had begun on four other tankers.

As is true to hearty Minnesota style, construction on these tankers continued on, despite the air falling to 20 to 35 below zero, according to Cargill files.

All the while, Cargill was making a name for itself in the ship-making business. That same fall, a naval officer from the Bureau of Ships came to check out the company’s ability to to make more ships. And the Defense Plant Corporation made Cargill a candidate for construction of a “powerful towboat” for the lower Mississippi.

By the time the war ended, four such “powerful towboats” were made and so were 18 tankers. Each tanker was 310 feet long and capable of carrying 600,000 gallons of gasoline, according to Cargill files.

“Understanding where we come from… is something that really is a part of Cargill,” said April Nelson, a spokeswoman for the company.
Machine tool and cargo ship plants presage boom for SavageApril 5, 1942 MInneapolis Star Tribune: Savage a little town of 200 in the valley of the Minnesota River to be home of Cargill....
Allen famly in Savage selling cars for decadesA long standing business in Savage, Allen's - ads from 1922, 1949 and 1965.
Antler's ParkLakeville's Antler's Park around 1925.
The Buffalo TapCannon camera "creative setting" showing the Buffalo Tap, Savage.
State charter given for Savage bank 1959November 26, 1959 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Savage Minnesota may have its own bank again soon after 26 years... the first closed 1933.
Stable in which Dan Patch trained is mass of ruinsApril 18, 1922 - /chillicothe Gazette reports:

Savage Minnesota, August 18 - The Old Savage Barn, in which Dan Patch trained, reigned as king of pacers and died, located on the former M W Savage stock farm was in ruins....
Roman Arnoldy memoriesRoman Arnoldy recalls winters and the Christmas season when living in Savage. He arrived in Savage in 1916. Included is a winter photo taken in 1923 in front of his home in downtown Savage.
The article was published in the Savage Review - December, 1988.
Lakeville All Saints Church burns 1931Lakeville church burns:

Welcome 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 and some Church in Lakeville rather than Savage.

Antler Park Picnic GroundsAntler's Park Picnic Grounds, compliments of the Lakeville Historical Society.
Savage City Hall and Fire StationThis photo from the 1950s shows the City Hall and fire hall for Savage.
SavageEarly municipal liquor store location
Savage Liquor Store 1930sThis was the site of the Savage Liquor Store for over a decade, starting in the mid 1930's.
City of SavageAn unidentified Savage Public Works employee. Photo compliments City of Savage.
Garvey Store, once Berrisford Store.Close up of Garvey's store, once the Berrisford Store. Ed Garvey, George Coakley & Charlie Kline was taken c. 1906.
City of Savage logo 2019The City of Savage logo includes Dan Patch.
The Coakley's married 50 yearsA 1974 profile of the Coakley family of Savage on their 50th wedding anniversary. From the scrapbook of Marian Bohn.
George Coakely aqnd Savage baseballGeorge Coakely and Savage baseball is profiled in this June 2020 City of Savage newsletter.
Colonial BakeryBy the 1960s a bakery and dairy store was added to downtown Savage.
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).
Why is the town and school named Savage?October 15, 1997 MInneapolis Star Tribune columnist James Lilek's responds to a reader who corrects him on the meaning of the name "Savage" for the town and school.
Stage Coach Another view of the Stage Coach between Savage and Shakopee, circa 1960s.
Welcome to Savage design 2020A concept design by Bolton & Menk for signage and landscaping work to be done on the northwest corner of the County Road 42 and 27 intersection.

Sept. 10. 2020 Savage Pacer:

Plans to beautify the County Road 42 and Dakota Avenue intersection were halted this week due to the project’s price tag.

The project marked the next step in a years-long discussion about how to beautify the city and distinguish it from neighboring communities. On Tuesday, the Savage City Council rejected bids for the project and authorized the re-advertisement of bids at a later date.

Last fall, the city hired Bolton & Menk to design city signage and landscaping concepts for the northwest corner of the intersection. In February, the council chose a design for the intersection meant to reflect the city’s “naturally resourceful” tagline with natural grasses, boulders and a berm with changing elevation.

Natural prairie grasses currently grow on the site, but “many residents do not understand this and complain about the unkept appearance,” according to city documents.

City officials approved plans and specs for the beautification project in July and opened for bids in August. Only two bids were received, and the lowest offer landed around 20% higher than the engineer’s estimate.

Blackstone Contractors LLC’s bid landed at approximately $320,000 and Derau’s landed at approximately $454,000.

The engineer’s estimate sat around $267,000.

City Engineer Seng Thongvanh said there’s just not an appetite for this type of work. Contractors are busy, he said, and they’re usually looking to complete — rather than start — projects this time of year.

Thongvanh said he hopes a better bid price will come next spring with hopes of completing construction in 2021.
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