Quizzes are a great way to feed the history bug. No, not the ones that drove us crazy in high school. OUR quizzes are meant to entice -- even the wrong answers may point you to something in history that makes you smile.
Of course, there are no grades, and wrong answers are supposed to be fun too.
Let us know what you think. This could be the first of many...!
But in 1955 you could get a Robert the Robot toy for $5.69 from a mail order catalog.
(We thought the coincidence of year and student population might lead you astray.)
But this was the total number of ISD191 students in 1965. An amazing change in 10 years!
And consolidation of schools that year soon rocketed the total all the way to 413.
When he was hired in 1955, the system operated four one-room schools (one of them in a private home in the Vista View area). Metcalf oversaw phenomenal growth and served until 1970.
If the name seems familar, Joe is the present ISD191 superintendent.
Norma Jeanne Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe) did figure prominently in 1955 education, beginning to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.
Miss McNamara taught for District 94 in 1901, after growing up on a farm located where Burnsville High is today!
That's correct! Its proper name is the Bob Pates Athletic Stadium and Dick Hanson Field.
Naw, I think one of our writers was just hungry.
Actually this is the location of another one-room school, for District 94, which merged with Rosemount in 1950.
Although we should take historical note of Jack’s Restaurant, which was once the place to go in Burnsville for a good steak.
That was indeed a teacher's duty.
I wonder how many of us have ever whittled a nib into a goose feather.
She may have gotten a student or two to help, but it was a teacher's responsibility to keep the classroom warm and lit.
For decades (for a woman) even becoming engaged could be cause for dismissal.
Are you surprised? According to the 1900 census record, Burnsville’s 358 residents included a family of eight from Hungaria.   So it’s quite possible to have heard the occasional “Jó napot!” (hello)
Reading the 1900 Census is like reading a roster from Auld Erin. Truly, early Burnsville was an Irish town!
After the Irish, Germans were most numerous here. They too were early farming immigrants.
Burnsville residents included only a couple of Norsk speakers, outnumbered barely by Swedes. Today we speak more than 100 different languages at home, with Spanish, Hmong and Cushite leading after English.)