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The Early years of Burnsville slide show 1982In 1982 Jack Kennelly of the Burnsville Historical Society created a 27 minuted slide tape program covering the history of Burnsville.Feb 28, 2021
New legion post chartered in Burnsville 1977April 27, 1977 Burnsville Sun -

A new American Legion post has been chartered in Burnsville... Lloyd Holman has been named commander of the post and Gerald Braaten has been named adjutant.... Meetings will be at Jack's Cafe on County Road 42...
Feb 27, 2021
Burnsville Center opens August 3, 1977April 22, 1977 Burnsville Sun -

The Burnsville Center, the largest shopping center in the Upper Midwest will open Wednesday August 3.
Feb 27, 2021
Grand opening of Burnsville Center 1977Powers was one of four anchor stores, along with Daytons, J.C.Penny's and Sears, when the Burnsville Center opened in 1977.Feb 27, 2021
Grand opening of Burnsville Center 1977A page from a grand opening ad for the Burnsville Center 1977.Feb 27, 2021
Burnsville CenterGrand opening ad for the Burnsville Center 1977.Feb 27, 2021
Gopher Heating and Sheet MetalApril 6, 1977 Burnsville Sun ad for Gopher Heating and Sheet Metal, Inc, owned by Joe Zilka.Feb 27, 2021
There's a new bank in Burnsivlle 1977May 11, 1977 Burnsville Sun - ad for the newly opened First Bank at 900 West County Road 42.Feb 27, 2021
Camp Savage structure becomes a homeA Camp Savage home purchased for $500 by Art William's in 1948 and moved into town. Ted Noonan did the basement.Feb 27, 2021
J's Restaurant and Pizza Parlor 1977Check out these specials, May 4, 1977 Burnsville Sun ad.Feb 27, 2021
Rosemount DepotThe old Rosemount depot, artwork by John Cartwright.
For Burnsville farmers, Orchard Gardens, Rosemount, Eagan and Savage were the most likely choice for a connection to the rail road.
Feb 27, 2021
TV Mart at Valley Ridge 1977April 27, 1977 Burnsville Sun ad for the anniversary sale at MART TV and COMMUNICATIONS at Valley Ridge Shopping Center.Feb 27, 2021
Rosemount Bank 1909With no banks in Burnsville, one of the communities utilized for banking was Rosemount. Rosemount Bank 1909, note the St. Joseph Catholic Church steeple from the earlier church.Feb 26, 2021
Savage Library, first location.The window at the original location of the Savage Library. Originally this was the Savage State Bank.Feb 26, 2021
House of Auto BodyHouse of Auto Body, Savage 1970s.Feb 26, 2021
River Edge RealtyRiver Edge Realty Savage, 1970s ad.Feb 26, 2021
Four seek state bank charter in Burnsville 1967December 28, 1967 Dakota County Tribune:

Four Burnsvlle men filed an application for a bank charter with the State Banking Commission... the proposed bank to be named State Bank of Burnsville...
Feb 25, 2021
Report on teen center favorableNovember 9, 1967 Dakota County Tribune

Council members were given a favorable report on the operations of the St. Louis Park teen center... paving the way for a teen center in Burnsville...
Feb 25, 2021
Grand opening of Burnsville Center 1977News photos showing newly opened
Burnsville Center.
Feb 25, 2021
Arts to have common home in Alimagnet Arts Center 1989October 26, 1989 Dakota County Tribune -

Arts groups now have a home at the "House" at Lake Alimagment...
Feb 25, 2021
Jack Kennelly remembers St. John the Baptist SchoolJack Kennelly, alumni of St. John the Baptist grade school Savage, interviews for schools 50th anniversary.Feb 25, 2021
McDermott Bridge - Billy Goat BridgeOctober 27, 1911 Dakota County Tribune:

The Board of Supervisors met at the McDermott Bridge and a special car containing several officers of the Dan Patch Line...
Feb 25, 2021
Valley National Bank to celebrate 10th anniversary.December 13, 1973 Eagan Sun

December 15 marks the 10th anniversary of Valley National Bank of Eagan...
Feb 24, 2021
Buck Hill and Crystal LakeA view of Crystal Lake from Buck Hill, winter 2021.Feb 22, 2021
Buck Hill founder Chuck StoneBuck Hill Founder Chuck Stone taking a break from studying at Dartmouth.Feb 22, 2021
Buck Hill 1963Aerial of Buck Hill 1963.Feb 22, 2021
Buck Hill 1969Today we’re throwing it back to Sunday, February 2nd, 1969.

Buck Hill was an outdoor events host for the St. Paul Winter Carnival during which Minnesota Governor Harold LeVander J.D. (1967-1971) received an impromptu ski lesson from global ski sensation Suzy Chaffee. Suzy is known for her influence in the creation of freestyle skiing and as the captain of the American Women’s Ski Team at the 1968 Grenoble, France Winter Olympics.
Feb 22, 2021
Virtual Academy 2021Plan for permanent One91 Virtual Academy moves forward

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved the district’s plan for establishing a permanent online option for students – called One91 Virtual Academy – starting with the 2021-22 school year. The next step toward launching the school is state approval, which would come this spring.

The district won’t be able to take enrollments until then, but families are invited to let us know if they are interested in learning more about and possibly enrolling in One91 Virtual Academy.

Interested in learning more or enrolling in Virtual Academy? Let us know through the Virtual Academy Interest form

About One91 Virtual Academy

One91 Virtual Academy will follow the district’s unique Pathways model, which supports students in finding their passions and purpose so they are prepared for success throughout school and after graduation. It will be available for students in grades K-12, assuming enrollment is high enough to support each grade level, and open to District 191 residents and students from outside the district.

We know that many students enjoy and thrive in an online environment. Our experience and success providing and continually improving our distance learning option, and our commitment to equitable and student-centered learning, has put us in a strong position to offer a high-quality online experience for families.
Instruction built for online, not just online delivery of instruction

Our distance learning experience has provided invaluable opportunities to explore, design, redesign, and expand successful online instruction.

One91 Virtual Academy courses are created using principles of blended learning lesson design incorporating the elements of Engage-Explore-Explain-Elaborate-Evaluate, while course content still tightly adheres to essential and enduring content standards.

Teachers will use instructional strategies that focus on interaction, inclusion and collaboration to ensure lessons are designed specifically for online learning.

As is the case across all District 191 schools, teachers will use the lens of cultural proficiency in the design of lessons, including content selection, student materials, activities, student voice, and assessment. The CPSS tools are in place district-wide and provide teachers with the framework for more equitable and inclusive classroom instruction
Feb 22, 2021
The 33rd annual Class Acts variety show goes virtual 2021February 17, 2021 Press release from School District 191

The 33rd annual Class Acts variety show goes virtual, looks forward to the future

For the 33nd consecutive year, District 191 staff will be presenting “Class Acts,” a comedy variety show, to raise scholarships for graduating seniors in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

As a result, more than $250,000 has been presented to students at Burnsville High School, Burnsville Alternative High School and the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Transition (BEST) program to help pay for college and further educational goals.

Due to this year’s unusual circumstances, there will not be live performances or raffle baskets. Instead, this year's Class Acts — “Reflecting on the Past, Looking Forward to the Future" — will showcase memorable performances of the past!

The Class Acts team will be creating a brief, video montage for the One91 community and will need your help in doing so. Recordings, slideshows or videos of previous Class Acts performances should be submitted to Kellie Allman (krallman@isd191.org) by Sunday, Feb. 28.

Although the show will definitely look different this year, the goal remains the same ... to raise as much as we can for our 2021 senior class!

If you would like to make a donation to this year’s Class Acts Scholarship fund, please send a check made payable to “Class Acts” to Jen Gandrud at Vista View Elementary School.

If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Allman at krallman@isd191.org.
Feb 22, 2021
Shakeup being planned for Burnsville CenterFebruary 22, 2021 Star Tribune - online.

Shared from the 2/22/2021 Star Tribune eEdition
City Council hosts a work session with stakeholders over the mall’s future

By NICOLE NORFLEET • nicole.norfleet@startribune.com

Photos by ANTHONY SOUFFLÉ • anthony.souffle@startribune.com A woman walked past an empty storefront at the Burnsville Center Thursday. Alternative uses for spaces where retail hasn’t worked are being discussed.

The Kohan group is interviewing leasing brokers and exploring mixed-use possibilities.

ANTHONY SOUFFLÉ • anthony.souffle@startribune.com Mall walkers completed a circuit past empty storefronts at the Burnsville Center Thursday.

Source: OpenStreetMap

The new owner of Burnsville Center plans to sell some stand-alone buildings and perhaps land surrounding the mall as it moves forward with plans to save the struggling mall.

New York-based Kohan Retail Investment Group bought the distressed property at a foreclosure auction in the fall for about $17 million.

Earlier this month, it started to work with the city of Burnsville and anchor spaces, which are owned separately, to figure out how best to use the property.

The Burnsville City Council hosted a work session on Feb. 9, and invited the Burnsville Center’s stakeholders to meet virtually and talk about the potential revitalization of the aging shopping mall.

Mike Kohan , who attended with business partner Felix Reznick , said the goal is to increase traffic and tenants and find alternative uses for space where retail has not worked. “I don’t want to call it a puzzle because it’s a community, but it is a bit of a puzzle,” Reznick said.

The mall has been mired in recent years with vacancies as the retail industry evolves. It lost anchor Sears in 2017 and Gordmans last year.

CBL Properties, which owned the main portions of the mall, cited declining income because of temporary store closures during the pandemic as a reason for missed mortgage payments.

“I understand it has been suffering for years,” Kohan said about the mall.

The Kohan group has bought numerous distressed shopping centers, but it has also left a paper trail of scathing news stories about management issues like unpaid taxes and lapsed maintenance at some of its properties.

The group has mapped out the beginning of its strategy for Burnsville. It will sell standalone buildings including those where Schuler Shoes, Jared jewelry and Shogun restaurant are located, Reznick said.

The company is in talks with Dick’s Sporting Goods, which anchors the north side of the center, to do an extension, he said.

It also has received offers for some of the out lots that surround the mall.

Reznick said some of the mall’s revitalization could start with the empty Sears space, which is owned by Seritage Growth Properties, which also attended the council meeting this month. It may be too cost-prohibitive to demolish the Sears, Reznick said.

Seritage representative Matthew McDonnell said his firm was open to explore partnerships and possible alternative uses.

“We are interested in diversification of these properties, rethinking them,” he said. “Not everything has to remain retail.”

Reznick said he wasn’t sure how long Macy’s will be in operation at the mall, but there may be a possibility for a retailer to move into the empty Gordmans space. According to data firm Trepp, Macy’s sent notice last spring that it would close the Burnsville location.

J.C. Penney’s future also is uncertain, Reznick said. The department store filed for bankruptcy last year and announced the closures of numerous stores, but some stores have been taken off the closure list. For example, the Eden Prairie store, which was originally slated to close, will now stay open, according to a company spokeswoman.

Neither Macy’s nor J.C. Penney representatives attended the virtual Burnsville council meeting.

Currently, the Kohan group is in the process of interviewing leasing brokers and has had to address some retailers that are severely behind on rent, Reznick said. The group also has been able to confirm with some retailers such as Apple-bee’s that they plan to stay open, Reznick said.

The Kohan group is open to uses other than retail, too. Kohan and Reznick pointed to some of their other projects that have brought in medical, entertainment and residential tenants to shopping centers.

Indeed, in the Twin Cities, both Southdale and Rosedale plans include more than retail. The Mall of America even has added a medical clinic.

The city of Burnsville finalized a vision plan for the Burns-ville Center and surrounding area in 2019 that included a potential mix of uses such as housing and hotels. The city also is pushing the Legislature to allow for a tax-increment financing district for the area, which would need special concessions because it doesn’t fit the definition of a blighted area.

“I think if we can all work together we can get there,” said Mayor Elizabeth Kautz at the meeting. “We all agree that we want the mall to be successful, we want you all to be successful. They are your properties, and we want to help you.”

Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495
Feb 22, 2021
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