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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
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Burnsville Police K 9. EchoEcho - K9 served Burnsville 2010 - 2017.Jan 12, 2020
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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:

Starsky
Cassidy
Colonel
Hunter
Mack
Buck
Baron
Louie
Stryker
Dagger
Razor
Echo
Rex
Jet

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Jan 12, 2020
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Wednesday in the Park summer music festivalWednesday in the Park, 2014.Jan 12, 2020
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Fall at Crystal Lake 2016Fall at Crystal Lake photographer Mick Richards for City of Burnsville. Jan 12, 2020
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Fall at Crystal Lake Fall at Crystal Lake photographer Mick Richards for City of Burnsville. Jan 12, 2020
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Fall at Crystal LakeFall at Crystal Lake photographer Mick Richards for City of Burnsville.Jan 12, 2020
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Burnsville Community Builders 2016Burnsville Community Builders, 2016.Jan 12, 2020
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Burnsville Police DepartmentAnother view of the Burnsville Police Department's lobby.Jan 12, 2020
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Burnsville Police DepartmentBurnsville Police Department Lobby 2016.Jan 12, 2020
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Burnsville Fire Muster 2015Burnsville Fire Muster 2015, one of the participating trucks.Jan 12, 2020
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International FestivalInternational Festival, 2015 at the Ames Center.Jan 12, 2020
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Burnsville Fire Muster 2015 Burnsville Fire Muster Burnsville Cable TV marches.Jan 12, 2020
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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
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Sparky, Burnsville Fire Department mascotSparky, the Fire Department's Mascot meets the Burnsville City Council 2014.Jan 11, 2020
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Starsky - Burnsville PoliceStarsky joins Burnsville Police Department 2015 as its mascot.Jan 11, 2020
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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
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Terrace Oaks ParkTerrace Oaks Park, 2015.Jan 11, 2020
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Fire Muster 2014Fire Muster 2014 activities. Photographer Sue Lund for the City of Burnsville.Jan 11, 2020
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Burnsville Fire DepartmentOne of Burnsville's firefighters in the truck 2014.Jan 11, 2020
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Burnsville Fire DepartmentBurnsville Firefighter gearing up 2014.Jan 11, 2020
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Fire Muster 2014Food options at the Fire Muster 2014.Jan 11, 2020
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Fire Muster 20142014 Fire Muster rides.Jan 11, 2020
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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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Cable tv at the GarageThis photo is at a video production at the Garage.

The Studio at Burnsville High School is located on the second floor of the High School and the facility includes a 976 square foot studio, oversized control room, three editing stations, set storage, and equipment check out area.

The studio equipment was purchased new in 2009 and professionally installed by Alpha Video. The space was designed by Wold Architects in cooperation with city and school staff with audio visual design by Elert and Associates. The space features:

Broadcast Pix 2100 control center
Three Cameras, Canon XG H1
Lowell Flo-Tec Dimmable Lighting
Three set areas, including Green Wall with hard cyc,
Teleprompter

Jan 11, 2020
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The Garage teen centerThe stage at the Garage, 2014.Jan 11, 2020
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Cable Television 2014Mobile Production

BCTV staff, with the assistance of community and student camera volunteers, cover 60 local sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. BCTV co-owns a three-camera mobile production truck with the City of Eagan.
Jan 11, 2020
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Burnsville ParksThe play area of one of Burnsville's many parks circa 2014.Jan 11, 2020
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Burnsville ParksKids enjoying Burnsville in one of the parks 2014.Jan 11, 2020
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Burnsville - you belong here 2019Marty Doll, Communications Director, and others at the kick off of the You Belong Here campaign.

The City received feedback from more than 1,400 residents, non-residents, and community stakeholders about what they admired about Burnsville. Through these engagements, people repeatedly said that Burnsville was “inclusive,” “welcoming,” “diverse,” “friendly,” and “felt like home.” At the heart of this feedback was a sense of belonging. Thus, City of Burnsville: You Belong Here was developed.
Jan 11, 2020
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