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Art and All that jazz 2019After a six-year hiatus, Art and All That Jazz returned August 17, 2019 to Burnsville’s Nicollet Commons Park. The day-long festival – the grand finale of Burnsville’s new “Party on the Plaza” festival series – combined a unique blend of art vendors, amazing music acts and food/beverage in the cultural hub of the southern suburbs. Aug 16, 2019
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Summer in Burnsville 2019101 West Burnsville Parkway, Hot Diggity Dog and fresh lemonade. Aug 16, 2019
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Dan Gustafson 2019 council member Dan Gustafson.Aug 16, 2019
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Valley Natural FoodsSalad bar photo compliments of Valley Natural Foods.Aug 15, 2019
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Valley Natural FoodsValley Natural Foods mugs, 2019. Photo compliments of Valley Natural Foods.Aug 15, 2019
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Valley Natural FoodsInterior view compliments of Valley Natural Foods, June 2019.Aug 15, 2019
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Valley Natural FoodsInterior view compliments of Valley Natural Foods, summer 2019.Aug 15, 2019
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Valley Natural FoodsSummer 2019, Valley Natural Foods garden center.Aug 15, 2019
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Neighborhood Bock party stands the test of time - Hayes Drive - North River Hills 2019 Neighborhood block party stands the test of time- by John Gessner August 16, 2019 Sun/Thisweek News


Hayes Drive event marks 30 years

No fan of split-level houses, Judy Corrigan never fully made peace with the one she and husband Kevin bought in 1986.

The young couple figured they’d stay in their Burnsville neighborhood for a few years before moving on up to a proper two-story abode.

“But because of the people here, we said ‘No way,’ ” Corrigan said. “So we added a little onto our house, and we’re still here.”

Corrigan and her neighbors will hold their 30th annual block party Saturday, Aug. 24, with food, beer, games, a bonfire and rituals that have survived the tests of time and neighborhood turnover.

The late summer or early fall event typically draws 80 to 100 people who live or lived on Hayes Drive, Hayes Court, Prescott Court or 27th Avenue. The neighborhood is in the North River Hills area of northeast Burnsville.

The houses began sprouting in the early ’60s, built by Pemtom, a ubiquitous developer in the city’s formative years.

“We still have original owners in houses along here,” said Corrigan, whose children are 27 and 30. Between the elders, people of her generation, their millennial children and the kids they’re starting to have, Corrigan figures the neighborhood encompasses four generations.

She and a few other block party veterans discussed the event in the backyard of Hayes Drive resident Earl LaMott, who has held neighborhood Christmas parties since 1978 and keeps a standing 5 p.m. appointment for anyone wanting to stop for a beer or glass of wine.

The block party was “the highlight of the summer,” said Connie Yandle, a neighbor of LaMott’s. “My kids lived for it. I lived for it. I loved it. It was talking to everybody that you didn’t always see, and lots of good food.”

Most of the events were held on a large lot comprised of LaMott’s and Yandle’s backyards, which share an underground pipeline.

Since her husband, Larry, died of cancer three years ago, the party has been moved up the block to the Roscoe and Berkowitz homes.

“They had the younger kids and the energy to keep it going,” said Yandle, who still has a hand in the event.

“I bring the beer tent,” she said. “We all take turns with what we bring as far as food.”

Some of the games and activities change from year to year but a few are sacred, including the “Larry Yandle Egg Taws.” Raised in North Carolina, Yandle presided over the egg toss with his booming, Southern voice, yelling “Taws!” at the paired contestants, who took another step back with each command until hands and pavement were wet with broken eggs.

“No one could say it like him,” said Earl LaMott, who lost his wife, Gail, to cancer in January.

Another of his neighbors has also died. Bill Bennewitz, who moved out of his home a couple of years ago, died July 1 at age 96. He was a Marine Corps fighter pilot who flew in some of the first air strikes over mainland Japan during World War II and earned five Air Medals.

Bill and his wife, Norma, were charter members of the church that became River Hills United Methodist Church at Highway 13 and River Hills Drive. He drove a school bus after retiring as a salesman for the A.B. Dick Duplicating Products Co.

“He was a great guy,” LaMott said. “I enjoyed him tremendously. Very humble.”

LaMott’s son, Tony, remembers the block parties of his youth.

“All the adults would sit by the fire and we’d just run around the neighborhood at night playing night games — flashlight tag and stuff like that — until we got old enough to actually sit by the fire and listen to the stories,” said Tony, 37. he said. “Larry (Yandle) would bring out the banjo or the guitar.”

A chili, salsa or appetizer cook-off is an annual staple. The winner’s traveling trophy, provided by Jean Schaefer, was one of her son’s old baseball trophies, retrofitted for the cook-off.

“It was pretty big. Things fell off of it and we just continued. For a few years it had salsa or peppers on it,” Schaefer said.

“But last year it was changed to a wooden spoon that’s spray-painted gold, so people are now happy to get the prize because they don’t have to drag that trophy home with them,” Judy Corrigan added.

The daylong event begins sedately enough with 9 a.m. coffee, a bike ride or even yoga, Connie Yandle said.

“And then we go for naps,” she said. “And then we tap the keg along about 3 or 4 o’clock. And then the cook-off. And then we do dinner usually around 5, 5:30-ish, and more games after dinner.”

Then a movie for the kids, the adult bonfire and, for some, a Sunday morning reunion for leftovers and cleanup.

“A house is just a house,” Earl LaMott said, “but it’s your neighbors around you that really make the place.”
Aug 15, 2019
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Application for admission to the Minnesota Soldiers' Home for Patrick ByrneThe year 1911, Patrick Byrne, son of William Byrne, applies for admission to the Minnesota Soldiers' Home. The document states he is 81 years old, born in Canada, never married and resided in MInnesota 59 years.

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Patrick Henry Byrne, veteran of the Civil war and the Minnesota outbreak and a pioneer settler in Dakota county, died Sunday night at the home of his niece, Miss K. B. Byrne, 709 Sixteenth avenue north. He was born in Ottawa, Canada, 87 years ago.

With his father and eight brothers Mr. Byrne came to Minnesota in 1852. They took eight homesteads in Dakota county, about one mile distant from the present village of Savage, and named the locality Byrneville, by which it has been known ever since. When the Sioux Indians rebelled in 1862 Mr. Byrne became a defender as a member of A company of the Sixth Minnesota. After the uprising had been quelled he accompanied General H. H. Sibley south, serving through the rest of the Civil war. He never was married and his closest relatives are nieces and nephews living in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Ascension Church. Burial in St. Mary's cemetery. (From the Minneapolis Chronicle, July 27, 1917)
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The will of Patrick ByrneWritten May, 1911 - the Last will and testament of Patrick Byrne, son of William Byrne. His niece Kate Byrne is executor.

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Patrick Henry Byrne, veteran of the Civil war and the Minnesota outbreak and a pioneer settler in Dakota county, died Sunday night at the home of his niece, Miss K. B. Byrne, 709 Sixteenth avenue north. He was born in Ottawa, Canada, 87 years ago.

With his father and eight brothers Mr. Byrne came to Minnesota in 1852. They took eight homesteads in Dakota county, about one mile distant from the present village of Savage, and named the locality Byrneville, by which it has been known ever since. When the Sioux Indians rebelled in 1862 Mr. Byrne became a defender as a member of A company of the Sixth Minnesota. After the uprising had been quelled he accompanied General H. H. Sibley south, serving through the rest of the Civil war. He never was married and his closest relatives are nieces and nephews living in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Ascension Church. Burial in St. Mary's cemetery. (From the Minneapolis Chronicle, July 27, 1917)
Aug 15, 2019
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Bringing the community into focus 2019The Burnsville Bulletin, Summer 2019 profiles Burnsville and Eagan's cooperative efforts with cable equipment.Aug 15, 2019
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Electrifying additions to the Heart of the CityThe Burnsville Bulletin, Summer 2019 reports that the Heart of the City now includes places where electric cars can recharge.Aug 15, 2019
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EMT program photoBurnsville High School EMT participants in scenarios to practice skills. From left to right - Boris Valle-Pagan, Samira Elmi and Zeytun Abdirahman. Photo appeared in the Burnsville Bulletin, Summer 2019.Aug 15, 2019
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EMT program photoBurnsville High School EMT students practice backboarding and neck stabilization. Left to right - Samira Elmi, Samantha Schiltz, Zeytun Abdirachman (patient) and Valdimir Lind. Photo appeared in the Burnsville Bulletin, Summer 2019.Aug 15, 2019
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EMT program helps get high school students career and life ready 2019The Burnsville Bulletin - summer 2019 reports on the Burnsville High School's EMT program.Aug 15, 2019
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Help complete First Responder Sculpture - HOMAGE The Burnsville Bulletin, summer 2019 profiles Homage: The Burnsville Community Foundation is seeking support to help complete HOMAGE, a life size bronze sculpture depicting a police officer, firefighter and a paramedic... the sculpture will stand outside the Burnsville Police Department and City Hall...Aug 15, 2019
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Parkway CooperativeParkway Cooperative of Burnsville - affordable maintenance free living for seniors age 62 and over... location 115 East Burnsville Parkway.Aug 15, 2019
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County offers many public services 2019The Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020, page 27, published by the Sun/Thisweek News provides this listing of Dakota County services.Aug 15, 2019
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Burnsville is the place to stay 2019The Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020, page 26, published by the Sun/Thisweek News includes a listing of area hotels.Aug 15, 2019
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Volunteer opportunities abound 2019The Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020, page 25, published by the Sun/Thisweek News includes volunteer opportunities throughout Burnsville.Aug 15, 2019
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Books, technology at the Burnhaven Library 2019The Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020, page 24, published by the Sun/Thisweek News includes this profile of the Burnhaven Library.Aug 15, 2019
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Chamber supports local businesses 2019The Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020 page 23, published by the Sun/Thisweek News includes a profile of the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.Aug 15, 2019
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For the community's good health 2019The Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020, page 22, published by the Sun/Thisweek News includes a profile of various Fairview services, along with Burnsville Family Physicians, Park Nicollet Clinic and Allina Health.Aug 15, 2019
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Much to learn from Community Ed 2019The Burnsvlle Community Guide 2019 - 2020 page 21, published by Sun/Thisweek News includes this profile of Community Education.Aug 15, 2019
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District 191 has new superintendent 2019The Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020, published by the Sun/Thisweek News page 20, includes this profile of the school district and the selection of Theresa Battle as Superintendent in 2019.Aug 15, 2019
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National acts perform at the Ames CenterThe Burnsville Community Guide 2019 - 2020, page 19, published by Sun/Thisweek News includes an overview of the Ames Center.Aug 15, 2019
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AttractionsThe 2019 - 2020 Burnsville Community Guide, page 18 published by Sun/Thisweek News includes a listing of area attractions including the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Caponi Art Park, Cascade Bay, Dakota Curling, Elko Speedway and the Dakota City Heritage Village.Aug 15, 2019
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Dakota County is Vikings Country - attractionsThe 2019 - 2020 Burnsville Community Guide, published by Sun/Thisweek News, page 17, profiles Burnsville attractions including the Alimagnet Dog Park, Birnamwood Golf Course, The Burnsville Ice Center, the Lions Playground and those in the area including the Minnesota Zoo and Dakota County Fair Grounds.Aug 15, 2019
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Find your pulse in the Heart of the City - attractionsThe 2019 - 2020 Burnsville Community Guide, page 16, published by Sun/Thisweek News profiles Burnsville attractions including the Burnsville Center, Buck Hill, Heart of the City, Nicollet Commons Park and the Garage.Aug 15, 2019
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