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The Burnsville Bulletin - Winter 2021A quarterly publication of the City of Burnsville mailed to all homes and businesses.

Topics in this issue include:

Page 5 City Council Election Results
Page 6 Building a Community of Belonging
Page 12 Adam Medlicott Named Burnsville Officer of the Year

Page 13 Firefighter/Paramedic Shawn Hill is Burnsville Firefighter of the Year
Page 19 Burnsville Ranks High in Financial Management

and The Coolest Festival in Burnsville Returns
Jan 20, 2021
Burnsville Bulletin - Fall 2020In this issue:

Carissa Larsen promoted to Communications and Community Engagement Director.

Navigating the budget roadmap

Tour de Flavor

Ballot drop box offers convenient option for voting

Let's skate

Burnsville Song winner is...

Water treatement plant turf to prairie

New businesses

Election November 3
Oct 12, 2020
Burnsville Bulletin - Summer 2020The quarterly publication for the residents and businesses of Burnsville.Aug 24, 2020
Burnsville Bulletin earns awardSummer 2020 Burnsville Bulletin:

Burnsville receives a 3rd place award in the Northern Lights Awards through the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators...
Aug 24, 2020
Burnsville Bulletin - Spring 2020Produced during the 2020 Pandemic. Viewable PDF.

Topics include:
Page 6 - You count in Burnsville, the 2020 Census, Run for City Council, Serve your Community
Page 8 - Vote by mail option
Page 9 - Birnamwood Golf Course
Page 12 - Environmental Guide
Page 18 - New mapping system helps firefighters
Jul 08, 2020
Burnsville and Eagan mulling cable tv linksFebruary 25, 1982 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Burnsville and Eagan may join together in obtaining cable services for their communities.Mar 22, 2020
The Burnsville Bulletin - Winter 2020A publication by the City of Burnsville for residents and businesses. Topics in this issue include:

Page 3 - Experience Burnsville's new winter festival
Page 5 - Bus Service On-Demand
Page 7 - Volunteer Behind the Scenes with the Burnsville Police and Fire Departments

Page 8 - 2020 Roadway Construction Projects
Page 10 - Firefighter Wellness Top Priority for Future Station
Page 14 - Twelve ‘Community Builders’ Recognized with 2019 Awards

Page 18 - Economic Development Coordinator Skip Nienhaus Retires
Page 20 - Burnsville Center Village Redevelopment Vision
Jan 28, 2020
Burnsville Police K 9. EchoEcho - K9 served Burnsville 2010 - 2017.Jan 12, 2020
Burnsville Police K 9.Burnsville K-9 Rex - 2015 police department.

Unit History

Burnsville's canine unit started in 1982 with Starsky. Fourteen dogs have served in the unit:


Jan 12, 2020
Wednesday in the Park summer music festivalWednesday in the Park, 2014.Jan 12, 2020
Fall at Crystal Lake 2016Fall at Crystal Lake photographer Mick Richards for City of Burnsville. Jan 12, 2020
Fall at Crystal Lake Fall at Crystal Lake photographer Mick Richards for City of Burnsville. Jan 12, 2020
Fall at Crystal LakeFall at Crystal Lake photographer Mick Richards for City of Burnsville.Jan 12, 2020
Burnsville Community Builders 2016Burnsville Community Builders, 2016.Jan 12, 2020
Burnsville Police DepartmentAnother view of the Burnsville Police Department's lobby.Jan 12, 2020
Burnsville Police DepartmentBurnsville Police Department Lobby 2016.Jan 12, 2020
Burnsville Fire Muster 2015Burnsville Fire Muster 2015, one of the participating trucks.Jan 12, 2020
International FestivalInternational Festival, 2015 at the Ames Center.Jan 12, 2020
Burnsville Fire Muster 2015 Burnsville Fire Muster Burnsville Cable TV marches.Jan 12, 2020
Manilow Music projectOn Dec. 1, 2016, Burnsville Police Officer Beverly Price surprised her friend - Nicollet Middle School music/band teacher Ann Bakken -- with $35,000 in new instruments from the Manilow Music Project.

Bakken has been a music teacher for 23 years – the last 20 at Burnsville’s Nicollet Middle School. Those who know her best say she has an unrelenting passion for building creativity, confidence and focus in students through music.

This past fall, Price, a Burnsville School Resources Officer, had a conversation with Bakken – something the two say is an almost daily occurrence to talk about school, the music program and music in general.

During this conversation, Price learned that Bakken was worried she would not be able to provide enough instruments to her students for the upcoming school year.

Price decided she wanted to help, and without Bakken’s knowledge, reached out to the Barry Manilow Foundation’s “Manilow Music Project,” whose mission is to “bring music back to schools.”

Through the foundation and their partners at Yamaha, Price surprised Bakken with $35,000 in new instruments after the Nicollet Middle School 8th-grade band concert on Dec. 1.

In total, Bakken and the music program received two flutes, four trumpets, six clarinets and three French horns – every instrument on Bakken’s wish list.
Jan 12, 2020
Sparky, Burnsville Fire Department mascotSparky, the Fire Department's Mascot meets the Burnsville City Council 2014.Jan 11, 2020
Starsky - Burnsville PoliceStarsky joins Burnsville Police Department 2015 as its mascot.Jan 11, 2020
Terrace Oaks Park restoration 2015Passersby in Terrace Oaks Park may have noticed crews working on tree removal. The work is part of the city of Burnsville’s plan to restore 19 acres of natural habitat and oak savanna in the park.

The first phase of the project includes removing an overgrowth of trees that are choking out the natural savanna – and will continue with buckthorn removal, additional tree thinning and controlled burns. The final step will be seeding the area to increase native plant diversity.

The multi-year project is taking place in the northwest corner of the park, which is one of the largest natural areas in the Burnsville park system. The city is working with Great River Greening, a local nonprofit dedicated to securing the legacy of Minnesota land and water. The project is supported by $76,000 in grant funding from the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund for the project.

Benefits of an oak savanna

Until approximately 60 years ago, Terrace Oaks Park was predominantly an oak savanna. Oak savannas, which have become one of the rarest habitats in the state, are characterized by widely spaced oaks with a diverse, prairie-like understory of grasses and wildflowers.

Land within Terrace Oaks was once grazed by wild animals, and later cattle. Grazing, along with natural and man-made fires, helped keep the area open and reduced overcrowding of trees.

When fires and grazing no longer occurred, the savanna area was rapidly invaded by box elder, buckthorn and other aggressive trees and shrubs. These invaders created dense shade – limiting the growth of understory plants, competing with mature oaks and shading out young oaks.

Long-term land management

Removing specific types of trees and shrubs (such as buckthorn and box elder) while leaving bur oaks and other typical savanna trees will help return the area to an open-canopied oak savanna. Next, a controlled burn will stimulate understory vegetation growth, which will be followed by a seeding to increase native plant diversity. The hope is that the end product will be a beautiful oak savanna, benefitting both park visitors with its beauty, and wildlife with the more productive habitat.

The project area does not directly border private property. Work on the project began in winter 2014 and will continue until 2017, or until all grant funds have been used. For more information, contact Caleb Ashling, natural resources technician, at 952-895-4543 or caleb.ashling@ci.burnsville.mn.us.
Jan 11, 2020
Terrace Oaks ParkTerrace Oaks Park, 2015.Jan 11, 2020
Fire Muster 2014Fire Muster 2014 activities. Photographer Sue Lund for the City of Burnsville.Jan 11, 2020
Burnsville Fire DepartmentOne of Burnsville's firefighters in the truck 2014.Jan 11, 2020
Burnsville Fire DepartmentBurnsville Firefighter gearing up 2014.Jan 11, 2020
Fire Muster 2014Food options at the Fire Muster 2014.Jan 11, 2020
Fire Muster 20142014 Fire Muster rides.Jan 11, 2020
Burnsville's 50th anniversaryAn exhibit created by the City of Burnsville's communications department in honor of the 50th anniversary of Burnsville's Incorporation.Jan 11, 2020
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