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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm Savage Townhomes proposed for Savage's former Lynnhurst Dairy Farm draw opposition (Burnsville HS photos)

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com Jun 6, 2019

Residents on Bohn Court got an unwelcome surprise last month when a letter arrived in the mail about the plan to build 31 townhomes on the historic farm at the center of their neighborhood.

“I did not buy a house to actually live in a townhouse development,” said Robert Whitehead at a neighborhood meeting on May 29. He and other residents voiced concerns about traffic safety, the quality of the development and the number of proposed units.

Jerremy Foss, a senior civil engineer with ISG and consultant for landowner Bobby Williams, said the plan is to build market-rate townhomes costing around $300,000-$350,000.

ISG submitted an application for a comprehensive plan amendment to change the future guided land use of the farm but asked the request be tabled following the neighborhood meeting. Foss said they’ve been working on concept plans since January, and they are currently reevaluating their proposal in hopes of alleviating some of the concerns.

The request is tentatively scheduled to go before the Savage Planning Commission on July 18.

The 5.8-acre farm at 4562 McColl Drive sold to Williams, the co-founder of Bobby & Steve’s Auto World, for $600,000 in 2017. Current tenants care for bunnies and goats on the property.

Savage Mayor Janet Williams grew up on the dairy farm and today lives next door on Bohn Court.

The former Lynhurst Dairy Farm at 4562 McColl Drive is the primary feature of the neighborhood scattered along Bohn Court.


Whitehead moved to his home at the end of the Bohn Court cul-de-sac two years ago. He said he planned on staying forever, and even though he invested thousands into home improvements, he’ll move if the townhomes are built.

He said he knew the property would one day be developed, but it was zoned for low-density residential when he bought his home.

“My heart just dropped,” he said about when he learned about the possibility that will change.

The proposal will require both a city comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning from low-density to medium-density.

This isn’t the first time residents have rejected a proposal for the farm’s future.

In 2017, developers with the Five Stars Recovery Center sought a comprehensive plan amendment to build a campus-style treatment facility that could house up to 120 adult clients. However, they withdrew their application following a neighborhood meeting, which Savage Planning Manager Brian Tucker described at the time as “pretty hostile.”

He said residents raised concerns about traffic, safety and land-use compatibility, and the developers didn’t want to put the facility in a place where it was unwanted despite city staff members’ openness to the idea.

History of the farm

Kris Kristensen and Einar Hansen rented the Tim O’Reagan farm, just south of what is now Burnsville High School, in the mid-1920s, according to archives compiled by the Savage Library. They operated a dairy farm with a milk route in South Minneapolis and had two delivery trucks, one of which was driven by Williams’ father, Jens Bohn Sr.

In 1938, Kristensen began farming on the corner of Nicollete Avenue and Highway 13. In 1941, he purchased a farm in Savage and moved Lynnhurst Dairy there the following year.

Bohn continued delivering milk on the South Minneapolis route until 1953, when raw milk could no longer be delivered in Minnesota.

In 1959, a large fire broke out at Lynnhurst Dairy. Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to a 128-by-36 foot barn, according to news reports at the time. A smaller utility barn, five calves, feed and machinery were lost in the fire.

The Bohns continued operating Lynnhurst Dairy until 1968, when the cows were sold at auction.
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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm SavageTownhomes proposed for Savage's former Lynnhurst Dairy Farm draw opposition (Burnsville HS photos)

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com Jun 6, 2019

Residents on Bohn Court got an unwelcome surprise last month when a letter arrived in the mail about the plan to build 31 townhomes on the historic farm at the center of their neighborhood.

“I did not buy a house to actually live in a townhouse development,” said Robert Whitehead at a neighborhood meeting on May 29. He and other residents voiced concerns about traffic safety, the quality of the development and the number of proposed units.

Jerremy Foss, a senior civil engineer with ISG and consultant for landowner Bobby Williams, said the plan is to build market-rate townhomes costing around $300,000-$350,000.

ISG submitted an application for a comprehensive plan amendment to change the future guided land use of the farm but asked the request be tabled following the neighborhood meeting. Foss said they’ve been working on concept plans since January, and they are currently reevaluating their proposal in hopes of alleviating some of the concerns.

The request is tentatively scheduled to go before the Savage Planning Commission on July 18.

The 5.8-acre farm at 4562 McColl Drive sold to Williams, the co-founder of Bobby & Steve’s Auto World, for $600,000 in 2017. Current tenants care for bunnies and goats on the property.

Savage Mayor Janet Williams grew up on the dairy farm and today lives next door on Bohn Court.

The former Lynhurst Dairy Farm at 4562 McColl Drive is the primary feature of the neighborhood scattered along Bohn Court.


Whitehead moved to his home at the end of the Bohn Court cul-de-sac two years ago. He said he planned on staying forever, and even though he invested thousands into home improvements, he’ll move if the townhomes are built.

He said he knew the property would one day be developed, but it was zoned for low-density residential when he bought his home.

“My heart just dropped,” he said about when he learned about the possibility that will change.

The proposal will require both a city comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning from low-density to medium-density.

This isn’t the first time residents have rejected a proposal for the farm’s future.

In 2017, developers with the Five Stars Recovery Center sought a comprehensive plan amendment to build a campus-style treatment facility that could house up to 120 adult clients. However, they withdrew their application following a neighborhood meeting, which Savage Planning Manager Brian Tucker described at the time as “pretty hostile.”

He said residents raised concerns about traffic, safety and land-use compatibility, and the developers didn’t want to put the facility in a place where it was unwanted despite city staff members’ openness to the idea.

History of the farm

Kris Kristensen and Einar Hansen rented the Tim O’Reagan farm, just south of what is now Burnsville High School, in the mid-1920s, according to archives compiled by the Savage Library. They operated a dairy farm with a milk route in South Minneapolis and had two delivery trucks, one of which was driven by Williams’ father, Jens Bohn Sr.

In 1938, Kristensen began farming on the corner of Nicollete Avenue and Highway 13. In 1941, he purchased a farm in Savage and moved Lynnhurst Dairy there the following year.

Bohn continued delivering milk on the South Minneapolis route until 1953, when raw milk could no longer be delivered in Minnesota.

In 1959, a large fire broke out at Lynnhurst Dairy. Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to a 128-by-36 foot barn, according to news reports at the time. A smaller utility barn, five calves, feed and machinery were lost in the fire.

The Bohns continued operating Lynnhurst Dairy until 1968, when the cows were sold at auction.
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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm SavageMost recently the Bohn home originally known as Lynnhurst Dairy Farm, Savage.
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Bohn Farm, Lynnhurst Dairy.Most recently the Bohn home originally known as Lynnhurst Dairy Farm, Savage. 2020.
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Lynnhurst Dairy Farm - later Bohn Farm SavageMost recently the Bohn home originally known as Lynnhurst Dairy Farm, Savage. Burnsville Historical Society photo.
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The new mystery Savage MinnesotaMay 24, 2014 - " Once again, the Star Tribune is helping you with your summer reading by publishing a new novel by a local author, serialized for our readers. “Savage Minnesota” by Cary J. Griffith is a mystery set in the Twin Cities metro area of Savage. U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Sam Rivers has been brought in to help solve what ...
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Dan Patch BowlBowling night in Savage, undated.
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Dan Patch BowlThis ad appeared in one of the Dan Patch Days directories during the 1960s.
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Dan Patch Bowling alley opensAugust 1, 1957 Dakota County Tribune reports on the opening of the Dan Patch Bowling alley.
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Hamilton News 1889July 10, 1889 Shakopee Argus

News from Hamilton and Savage...
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Brady Drug 1963Brady Drug, Savage celebrates first birthday, 1963. Owner Jim Brady lived in Burnsville.
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M. J. Brennan Hamilton's Blacksmith 1897October 7, 1897 Shakopee Argus references M. J. Brennan, blacksmith...
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Lynn Avenue Bridge SavageThe Historical Society has a photo of a Mr. Riley and some others working on Lynn Avenue in Savage before the bridge was built. This photo shows the railroad bridge that is there now in about the same spot as the old photo. One wonders how much longer that bridge will be around as the traffic going through there is quite heavy.
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Savage bridge will not be closed to carsUndated, 1963 article Minnesota Valley Review: Although there have been rumors that the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railroad has considered closing the Savage bridge over the MInnesota River to vehicular traffic, the railroad says there is nothing to the rumors...
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Savage BridgeDecember 20, 1976 view of the Savage Bridge.
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Savage BridgeMay 18, 1913 Minneapolis Star Tribune - $50,000 steel draw bridge across the Minnesota River at Savage to Bloomington. Built and owned by the Dan Patch Electric Railroad.
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Savage BridgeMay 18, 1913 Minneapolis Star Tribune - profile of the Savage Bridge.
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Savage BridgeSeptember 19, 1967 view of the Savage Bridge, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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Savage bridge approach to be rebuilt 1968June 13, 1968 Dakota County Tribune:

Plans are now being designed for a new south approach to the Savage Bridge across the Minnesota River...
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Savage BridgeSavage Bridge and map showing location - September 20, 1977 Mpls Star Tribune.
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Bring the depot home- Spring 2005Efforts begin to return the Savage Depot from Murphy's Landing to downtown Savage.
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Friends in downtown SavageBruce McCall, Elroy Hennen, Don Egan, Don Hanson. - undated photo.
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Men about town 1988In the Savage Review- January 1988 Del Stelling writes a story about life in Savage in the 1940s remembering men such as
Alvin Bagge, Jim McDonald, Frank McCann, Tony Egan, Bob Riley, Clarence Stevens and Herbie Pilger.
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The Buffalo TapSide view of the Buffalo Tap, long time Savage bar and restaurant.
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The Buffalo TapThe Buffalo Tap, long time Savage bar and restaurant.
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The Buffalo TapThe Buffalo tap interior, Savage.
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Buffalo Tap and GrillLocated at 4990 W 123rd Street, it has operated for many years. Once known as Earl and Dorothy's.
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The Buffalo TapThe Buffalo Tap, downtown Savage on the bank of Credit River.
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The Buffalo TapSide front view of the Buffalo Tap, long time Savage bar and restaurant.
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Three killed in grain silo blast in Savage 1978October 4, 1978 - St. Cloud Times

Three men were killed when an explosion and fire ripped through the Port Bunge grain terminal in Savage....
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