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Minn_Valley_Irish.pdf
MInnesota Valley area of todya owes much to the Irish settlers 1979March 14, 1979 - Burnsville Sun -

Del Stelling's column focus on the Irish of the Minnesota Valley as St. Patrick's Day nears...
Jun 20, 2021
Thankful_winter_1979.pdf
Be thankful about winter - it was much worse years ago 1979January, 1979 Burnsville Sun - Del Stelling column

Winter shares stories of winters past in the Burnsville, Savage area.
Jun 20, 2021
new_garage_at_hs.pdf
New bus garage at Burnsville High School 1964November 19, 1964 Dakota County Tribune

New bus garage at Burnsville Senior High is almost complete...Shown Dave Robinson, head mechanic.
Jun 19, 2021
june_teenth.pdf
Firsts for Burnsville includes Juneteenth event 2021June 11, 2021 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

Proclamations were read recognizing Juneteenth, the annual holiday celebrating emancipation from slavery in the United States and LGBTQ Pride month in June...
Jun 19, 2021
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Airplane Crash Gallagher farm 1942May 1942 photo following airplane crash at the Marty and Enous Gallagher farm in Burnsville.Jun 19, 2021
1972_strike_by_teachers.pdf
Burnsville teachers strike 1972November 9, 1972 ad -

What is it like to be a Burnsville teacher today?
Jun 19, 2021
Plans_registration.pdf
Burnsville plans voter registration 1970September 10, 1970 Dakota County Tribune

Twenty five members of the Burnsville League of Women Voters and Burnsville Jaycees were sworn in as voter registers for the village of Burnsville...
Jun 19, 2021
proceed_with_caution.pdf
Proceed with caution, Village warns builders 1968November 15, 1968 Sun News

Anyone considering building a home in the Crystal Lake area in the near future should do so with caution...
Jun 18, 2021
Cliff_Road_to_be_open_article.pdf
Cliff Road expected to be open this week 1968October 31, 1968 Dakota County Tribune

Blacktop is now being laid on Cliff Road in Burnsville...
Jun 18, 2021
Theatre_board.pdf
Burnsville Theatre Board is named 1976October 21, 1976 Dakota County Tribune -

Community Theatre of Burnsville welcomes these new members of their first advisory Board. Rev. Donald Burns, Senator Howard Knutson, Rev. Mervin Thompson and Gerald McCoy. Not shown Marilyn Buckingham and Thomas Mraz.
Jun 18, 2021
Industrial_Park_grows.pdf
Industrial Park grows 1966June 16, 1966 Dakota County Tribune -

Inland Industrial Park on Highway 13 and Minnegasco Road in Burnsville grows...
Jun 18, 2021
tale_of_two_counties.pdf
A tale of two counties 1929February 22, 1929 Dakota County Tribune

How dividing Scott - Dakota County Territory was settled and by whom....
Jun 18, 2021
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Fire heavily damages Buca di Beppo restaurant in Burnsville 2021Savage Pacer - June 18, 2021 online report:

Fire heavily damages Buca di Beppo restaurant in Burnsville

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com 47 min ago



Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant in Burnsville sustained significant damage in a fire on Wednesday, June 16.
Photo by Christine Schuster

The Buca Di Beppo Italian Restaurant in Burnsville sustained significant damage in a fire on Wednesday, Doug Nelson, a fire marshall with the Burnsville Fire Department said.

Crews were called to the scene for a wood chip fire, Nelson said, but upon arrival, firefighters learned the flames spread into the building and were coming from the roof.

Nelson said the restaurant experienced "heavy damage," and said that the cause was still under investigation.

"It became a big fire pretty quickly," he said.

The property at 14300 Burnhaven Drive also operates Flavortown Kitchen; chef and television star Guy Fieri's delivery-only restaurant chain. The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. June 16.

The Burnsville Fire Department was assisted by deparments from Eagan, Lakeville, Apple Valley and Savage.
Jun 18, 2021
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Kearney's V StoreMarch, 1976 ad for Kearney's V Store.Jun 18, 2021
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Twin Bridges will replace Cedar Avenue Turn Bridge 1979May 29, 1979 Thisweek News

The old Cedar Avenue Bridge has served its purpose and this historic narrow turn bridge will be dismantled after the new twin bridges are open to traffic...
Jun 18, 2021
Cedar_Bridge_area.jpg
Cedar Avenue Bridge areaOctober 9, 1980 Dakota County Tribune:

New Cedar Avenue Bridge spanning the Minnesota River...
Jun 18, 2021
Mary_Mother_staff_photo.pdf
Mary Mother has 7 member team 1972September 14, 1972 Dakota County Tribune

Seated: Sister Anne Wisda, Sister Helen Wallerich, Mrs. Richard Selchow.
Standing: Fr. Donald Burns, Sister Mary Margaret Deeney, Sister Genevieve Petrak and Fr. Harry Majerus.
Jun 18, 2021
The_house_to_open.pdf
Open house at youth center soon, 1971November 11, 1971 Dakota County Tribune

An open house has been scheduled at the Burnsville Youth Center, known as the HOUSE, at Lake Alimagment...
Jun 18, 2021
PANDEMIC_2021_GRADUATION.pdf
Burnsville High School 2021 Graduation plansSource: School District 191 website:

We are excited and look forward to celebrating graduation this week!

While we will be celebrating with all graduates in one ceremony, weather permitting, on Friday, June 11th at 6:00 pm, the ceremony will look different than in the past. We will have controlled entry to the stadium, controlled seating of all guests, and controlled dismissal of guests at the end of the ceremony. Please read the following for additional information.

HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITMENTS - Our school community has worked together throughout the year focusing on and honoring health and safety commitments to take care of each other. We have experienced great success as a result and want to continue to be respectful of the individual needs of those in our school community. We encourage masks and social distancing.

Choose On-Site Viewing Option Best for You - We are excited to offer multiple ways for individuals to enjoy the graduation ceremony. If you specifically want to sit in a mask-only section or Mraz you must use the links included below to make reservations.

Stadium General Seating – Stadium seating for all guests. Guests will be ushered to seats in order of arrival – gates open at 4:30pm.

Stadium Handicapped Seating - There is handicap seating available in all bleacher sections on the bottom row. These seats cannot be reserved, but will be available and used only for handicap seating. If you have questions about the handicap seating, please contact Abby Katzmarek at 952-707-2134.

Stadium Masked-only section - click here to reserve seats in the masked-only section in the stadium. All spectators who choose to sit in this area must plan to remain masked throughout the ceremony, and must reserve a seat by Thursday, June 10th at noon.

Mraz Center Auditorium - Individuals who want to be onsite for the ceremony, but are unable to be in the stadium due to their specific circumstances will be able to reserve up to two seats inside in our Mraz Center to view the live-streamed ceremony. You must reserve your seats by noon on Thursday, June 10th. You can click here to reserve seats in the Mraz Auditorium where masks and social distancing are required.

LIVESTREAM BROADCAST from ANYWHERE! - Live far away or unable to attend in person? Enjoy the ceremony from the comfort of your home. Our local TV station, BCTV, will be livestreaming the event. To view the livestream please tune in to www.isd191.org/youtube or Burnsville Community Television – Cable Channel 18 at https://burnsvillemn.gov/1770/Watch-BCTV.

ARRIVAL FOR THE CEREMONY (GUESTS) - Entry to the stadium will begin at 4:30 PM. All entry to the stadium will be through the main stadium entrance next to our main parking lot. Guests will be directed to enter single file through multiple lines. Guests are able to park in the front main parking lot, the west parking lot next to Portland Ave, and on streets designated for parking. We encourage carpooling as much as possible.

ARRIVAL FOR THE CEREMONY (GRADUATES) - Graduates are expected to be in the gym and seated by 5:30 PM. Graduates should plan to arrive at 5:15 PM to make this happen. All graduates should park in the northeast lot (Tennis Courts), enter the building through the Door 32 (Science Wing), and go to the gym to be seated.

SPECTATOR SEATING - After entry, guests will be directed to seating locations. Guests will not be able to choose their seats or save seats for individuals arriving later. If you want to sit together, you will need to arrive and enter together. The stadium will be seated starting from the north end of the home bleachers working to the south end. Once the home bleachers are filled, guests will be directed to the visitor bleachers and seated in the same manner. There are limited grassy areas inside the stadium on both ends of the visitor bleachers that will also be used. Guests will need to remain seated throughout the ceremony, except if you need to use the restroom or have an emergency. Guests arriving late will need to wait to be seated until the graduates have processed in for the ceremony.

DURING CEREMONY - Guests will need to remain seated throughout the ceremony, except if they need to use the restroom or have an emergency. There will be no congregating in aisles, walkways, or the areas around the concession stands. There will be no concessions available.

END OF CEREMONY - Our graduates will circle the track at the end of the ceremony for the traditional tossing of their caps. Guests will remain seated as the graduates then exit the stadium. After all graduates have exited the stadium, guests will remain seated and be ushered out by section. We encourage graduates and their guests to leave immediately following the ceremony.

PROHIBITED ITEMS - For the safety of all guests and out of respect for all guests, please do not bring backpacks, handbags larger than a purse, or other bags to the event. Balloons, flower bouquets, signs, and noisemakers are not permitted. Please reserve these and other similar items for your independent family celebrations.

RAIN DATE - If weather conditions do not permit an outdoor ceremony Friday evening, the ceremony will be moved to Saturday evening with a start time of 7 PM. This decision will be made 2 hours before the ceremony begins. If the ceremony is moved to Saturday, and an outdoor ceremony is still not possible Saturday evening, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the gym. The decision to move indoors will be made 2 hours before the ceremony. If we have to have an indoor ceremony in the gymnasium, each graduate will be limited to two guests. There will be no exceptions due to capacity limitations. Graduates will receive their two tickets at the graduation rehearsal (just in case) we have an indoor ceremony. REMINDER: Any additional spectators will be able to join in the viewing by watching the livestream options noted above.

PROGRAMS - We will not be distributing programs at the ceremony. Each graduate will receive two programs at rehearsal. There will also be a scannable QR code and link available if you would like to view the program during the ceremony.
Jun 18, 2021
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2021 Pandemic graduation returnedDuring 2020 there was no formal graduation ceremony at Burnsville High School. The following year 2021, with many pandemic restrictions lifted, the ceremony took place. Photos compliments of the Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News. Jun 18, 2021
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2021 Pandemic graduation returnedDuring 2020 there was no formal graduation ceremony at Burnsville High School. The following year 2021, with many pandemic restrictions lifted, the ceremony took place. Photos compliments of the Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News. Jun 18, 2021
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2021 Pandemic graduation returned During 2020 there was no formal graduation ceremony at Burnsville High School. The following year 2021, with many pandemic restrictions lifted, the ceremony took place. Photos compliments of the Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News.Jun 18, 2021
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Theresa Battle led District 191 successfully, board says - 2021 Battle led District 191 successfully, board says

John Gessner Jun 17, 2021 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News


District 191 superintendent’s first 100 days


Review cites pandemic, community relations
Superintendent Theresa Battle successfully led District 191 through the pandemic while meeting personal work goals and professional standards, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board said in its annual job review.

“Most notably,” said a statement read June 10 by Vice Chair Lesley Chester, “both the board and Superintendent Battle noted Dr. Battle being highly effective at community relationship building, her approachability and visibility in our schools and community, her professional knowledge of teaching and learning, and her culture of cooperation.”

The board met with Battle in a closed session May 27 to conduct her second review since she became superintendent. Board members evaluated her on four personal goals and 25 standards for superintendent performance recommended by the Minnesota School Boards Association.

The personal goals were collaborating with the board “around prospective board member support and board members’ roles in increasing district enrollment”; putting in place a revised district strategic plan by February 2022; developing a timeline and process for setting the 2021-22 budget; and providing leadership to “strengthen school/community relationships, diverse communities and cultural competence.”

The board’s evaluation and Battle’s self-review found her meeting the annual goals and “performing effectively” under the MSBA standards, Chester said.

She kept the health and safety of children and staff “at the forefront of all decisions” during the pandemic, Chester said.

“The board admires her calm leadership, science- and values-driven decision making, and commitment to community engagement, as these assets were essential for her success,” Chester said.

For the coming year Battle offered two new personal goals: improving and helping promote cultural competency, and strengthening relationships with board members.

Board Chair Eric Miller suggested a third: delivering a dashboard showing district performance in areas such as student achievement, cultural proficiency, financial management and partnerships. Such a project wouldn’t be finalized until the board finishes updating its strategic plan.

Board Member Abigail Alt suggested the goal of creating a job performance evaluation process for Battle’s cabinet members and the districtwide administrators group.

Battle joined the district in July 2019 after working for 28 years over two tenures as a teacher and administrator in the St. Paul Public Schools. Under a three-year contract, her initial salary was set at $187,000, with 1% raises in each of the following two years.
Jun 18, 2021
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Superintendent Theresa BattleSuperintendent Theresa Battle, 2021.Jun 18, 2021
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Fire at Buca di Peppo 2021Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News web report: June 17, 2021

A fire started outside Buca di Peppo restaurant in Burnsville and
spread to the building on Wednesday afternoon. Photo submitted

A Wednesday afternoon fire did significant damage to Buca di Beppo at 14300 Burnhaven Drive in Burnsville, according to the Burnsville Fire Department.

Crews were called to the two-alarm fire at about 1:30 p.m. that was reportedly outside the building in some mulch.
Upon arrival, crews found that the fire had extended to the building.

Burnsville received assistance from Eagan, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Savage, and Allina EMS. Fire personnel were on scene until about 6 p.m. when it was cleared.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Jun 18, 2021
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Bloomington Ferry 1976 articleThe Bloomington Ferry, used in the early pioneer days to transport people, animals and wagons across the Minnesota River, was replaced in the late 19th century by a bridge known as the Bloomington Ferry Bridge ...Jun 17, 2021
Living-Naturally_Spring-2021_web.pdf
Living Naturally - Valley Natural FoodsThe Spring 2021 Valley Natural Foods newsletter.Jun 17, 2021
complete_streets.pdf
Burnsville seeks complete streets 2021May 28, 2021 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

The City of Burnsville is seeking ways to help people get around town more comfortably, conveniently and holistically...
Jun 17, 2021
quarter_system.pdf
Burnsville Senior High to start quarter system 1972August 17, 1972 Dakota County Tribune -

Groundwork was laid last year for the quarter system which will begin this fall at Burnsville Senior High School...
Jun 17, 2021
Mr_Steak_and_movie.pdf
Mr. Steak and Jerry Lewis Cinema1971 ad where Mr. Steak welcomes Jerry Lewis Cinema to Cedarvale.Jun 17, 2021
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