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Construction slow on Co 422 viewsSeptember 14, 1972 Dakota County Tribune - Construction is no where near complete on County Road 42.
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Profile Family Carpets and Linoleum2 viewsJuly 27, 1972 Dakota County Tribune: In a paid ad Family Carpet and owners Duane and Mary Fink are profiled.
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A million dollars draws a lot of interest2 viewsJanuary 22, 1976 Minneapolis Star Tribune ad for the Grand opening of the First Burnsville State Bank's new building.
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Cook up a storm -First Burnsville State Bank2 viewsNovember 25, 1976 Minneapolis Star Tribune ad for First Burnsville State Bank at a time banks offered promotional gifts for new accounts.
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Maven apartments2 viewsThe initial design for the Maven Apartments at Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue, formerly the first AAA Minnesota site.
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Dan Patch Bowl2 viewsNovember 11, 1995 Savage Pacer - Dan Patch Bowl sign.
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Razors Edge Barbershop2 viewsJuly 8, 1995 - Exterior of Razors Edge Barbershop Savage. This was originally the Berrisford General Store moved to Savage after St. John the Baptist Church burnt in Burnsville and was rebuilt in Hamilton/Savage.
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MW Savage television production 19952 viewsJanuary 21, 1995 Savage Pacer - Teams of six graders handle the technical responsibilities of the daily broadcasts while fifth graders take care of the on air duties at the MW Savage Elementary School.
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MW Savage television production 19952 viewsJanuary 21, 1995 Savage Pacer - Teams of six graders handle the technical responsibilities of the daily broadcasts while fifth graders take care of the on air duties at the MW Savage Elementary School.
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Jens Bohn Dan Patch Historian2 viewsLife long Savage resident, town barber and Dan Patch historian, Jens Bohn 1995.
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El Dorado Liquor2 viewsEl Dorado Liquor, 1973 Dan Patch Days ad. It was located on Highway13 replacing the El Dorado Restaurant.
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Long X Ranch2 viewsLong X Ranch, located on Highway 13 across from the present High School.
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Valley Motors2 viewsValley Motors, Highway 13.
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Burnsville Police Body Cameras2 viewsJune 27, 2014 MInneapolis Star Tribune: Burnsville's body camera experiment is spreading
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Attendance boundries redrawn 2020 after 20 years without change2 views Burnsville-Eagan-Savage redraws attendance boundaries after over 20 years without change

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com Feb 7, 2020 Savage Pacer


Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board members this week adopted new attendance boundaries and a policy to continue accepting variances next year.

The Board of Education voted without opposition to adopt new elementary boundaries referred to as Scenario A during their regular meeting Thursday. Director Eric Miller was absent. The vote also approved new middle school boundaries.

The new boundaries will be effective at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

Families in the Burnsville neighborhoods surrounding soon-to-be-closed Sioux Trail Elementary School will be split between Rahn and William Byrne elementary schools. Students in the former M.W. Savage Elementary School boundary will attend either Hidden Valley or Harriet Bishop elementary schools.

For the middle schools, students at Vista View, Sky Oaks, Gideon Pond, Rahn and William Byrne elementary schools will move on to Nicollet Middle School. Hidden Valley, Harriet Bishop and Edward Neill elementary schools would lead to Eagle Ridge Middle School.

Officials say the boundary realignment, necessitated by three school closures, will create better racial and economic equity among schools, address capacity issues and help the district operate more efficiently.

The new elementary boundaries were the preferred choice of community members at a series of public meetings last month, and board members approved the plan without deliberation.

Board Chairwoman Abigail Alt said the elementary plan impacted fewer families and divided fewer existing school communities than the other option on the table last month.

Superintendent Theresa Battle said the district will continue to accept variance requests from parents wanting their child to attend a school other than the one assigned next year. The variance policy will also allow all current variances to continue into next year.

The policy for new applications will prioritize families displaced by the new attendance boundaries and those wishing to remain at the neighborhood school they attended this year.

For example, students moved to Harriet Bishop from Hidden Valley under the new attendance boundaries would have priority if they want to stay at Hidden Valley.

Siblings of enrolled students, children of staff working at the school location and families seeking a variance based-on their daycare location will also have priority.
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Fire Station Two2 viewsAddress: 12155 Parkwood Dr, Burnsville, MN 55337
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Fire Station Two2 viewsAddress: 12155 Parkwood Dr, Burnsville, MN 55337
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John Johnson Community Action Council2 viewsJohn Johnson was the first director of the newly established Community Action Council created to serve the needs of residents of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Burnsville, Lakeville, Eagan and Farmington. Photo Dakota County Tribune June 14, 1976. Today CAC is 360 Communities.
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Kelley and Oschner sworn in as council members2 viewsJanuary 4, 1973 Dakota County Tribune:
Village Clerk Leslie Anderson swears in council members Warren Kelley and Pete Oshsner prior to a council meeting. Kelley is starting his 9th year and Ochsner is newly elected.
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The Chart House 20202 viewsThe Chart House Restaurant & Event Center, the gem of Lakeville since 1968. located minutes from Burnsville's Orchard Gardens on County Road 5.
It initially opened in 1963 as the KonTiki Club, which burnt. Address: 11287 Klamath Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044.
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The Chart House 2020 exterior2 viewsThe Chart House Restaurant & Event Center, the gem of Lakeville since 1968. located minutes from Burnsville's Orchard Gardens on County Road 5.
It initially opened in 1963 as the KonTiki Club, which burnt. Address: 11287 Klamath Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044.
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Burnsville Fire Station 12 viewsBurnsville Fire Station 1 - 2020 photo.
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Burnsville Fire Station 12 viewsBurnsville Fire Station 1 - 2020 photo.
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County Road 422 viewsThe entering Burnsville and entering Savage on County Road 42 are directly across from each other.
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Burnsville Commonplace website2 viewsNovember 25, 2011 - This Week News - Introducing the Burnsville Commonplace websiteeeeeee.
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Diamondhead and Metcalf are pivotal2 views Diamondhead, Metcalf are pivotal - Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News by John Gessner Feb 27, 2020


Many District 191 programs and staff members will have to be relocated if Diamondhead Education Center closes.

Two middle schools or three?

As School District 191 officials mull the future of six district buildings, including three schools that will close next year, two questions are pivotal.

Should Diamondhead Education Center be sold for redevelopment?

And after Metcalf Middle School closes, should the district downsize its future vision to the two remaining middle schools or await a day when a turnaround in declining enrollment might justify reopening it?

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board members teed up the questions but reached no conclusions at a Feb. 20 workshop. The district will develop a list of options and hear from its financial consultant at the board’s April 23 meeting.

Board Chair Abigail Alt said she considers either Diamondhead or Metcalf a candidate for redevelopment.

Losing a building that houses programs would have ripple effects as programs are relocated. Selling Diamondhead would have the biggest impact.

The former shopping center in Burnsville’s Heart of the City, which for years housed the former Burnsville High School Senior Campus, now houses district offices, the Burnsville Senior Center, Community Education, early childhood classes, early childhood special education and meeting and classrooms for staff training and community use.

“It becomes very important for us to know the intent of the use of this building so that we can make some decisions as the dominoes fall either way,” said Stephanie White, director of student support services.

Moving costs for all the programs are estimated at $2 million to $2.5 million. Some retrofits would be needed at buildings that receive the programs.

Early education and child care might get a boost if Diamondhead stays open. The district has had discussions on expanding child care through a community early childhood center. Along with Community Education, interested parties include the Burnsville YMCA, the cities of Savage and Burnsville and Head Start.

The program would help the district “align our work from birth all the way through third grade,” White said.

“That work will happen no matter what happens with our buildings and what the district decides to do as we use these buildings,” she said. “But we’re excited about the potential if that does occur.”

Board Member DeeDee Currier repeated her strong support for keeping Diamondhead.

“This building was designed to be multiage, multipurpose, a dream come true for this community, this school district,” Currier said, calling Diamondhead “an absolute gorgeous community asset.”

Ehlers, the district’s financial consultant, ran a hypothetical scenario involving sale of the property for apartments and townhomes, the most likely uses. After repaying debt on the building and covering expenses to move programs and retrofit other buildings, the district would lose an estimated $1.7 million.

Considerations for keeping Diamondhead include its clustering of administrative services in a central location and its generous meeting space for groups, events and School Board meetings, a district report said.

Other buildings in the mix are Cedar School, part of which houses Burnsville Alternative High School and part of which is leased to Intermediate School District 917; River Ridge, a former district office building that now houses the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Transition program for students ages 18 to 21; and M.W. Savage and Sioux Trail elementary schools, which the board voted to close next year along with Metcalf.

The elementary schools or Metcalf could take in the alternative high school, the BEST program and district offices, the report said. District 917 wants to lease all of Cedar beginning in the fall of 2021, which would force out the alternative high school.

Sioux Trail or M.W. Savage could also house an early childhood center that includes Head Start, the report said.

Two middle schools or three?

If declining enrollment does turn around and the district needs more middle school space again, Eagle Ridge Middle School was designed for an addition, and Nicollet Middle School is on a big piece of land, White said.

“What is the vision for the middle school model?” she asked. “Are we ready to really see us as a two middle school district? ... Or is our intent to really be a three middle school district once our enrollment turns around?”

Retrofitting a building for other uses and then returning it to the original use has costs, White noted.

That money “might be better spent, for example, on building an addition,” Alt said.

Insisting on three middle schools again may come at the expense of stability, she said, noting that the district just voted to change attendance boundaries after voting to close the three schools.

“A three middle school (model) would set us up for change again,” Alt said. “It would set us up to divide, again, and change boundaries, again.”
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El Loro2 viewsEl Loro, Mexican Restaurant, downtown Savage 2020. Stands on the site of the Mark Egan service station.
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Shakey's Pizza2 viewsFeb. 21, 1974 MInneapolis Star Tribune - Shakey's Pizza opens in Burnsville.
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Colonial Ridge Shopping Center2 viewsBurnsville's oldest shopping center at Nicollet Avenue and McAndrews Road, 2020.
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Dakota County Map2 viewsDakota County Map 2019.
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