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pappathatos_files.pdf
Jim Pappathatos 1968October 31, 1968 Dakota County Tribune

The filing statement of Jim Pappathatos for the office of village trustee.
Jun 17, 2021
students_register.pdf
Burnsville students register 1972November 2, 1972 Dakota County Tribune

Sophomores,juniors and seniors at Burnsville Senior High School register...
Jun 17, 2021
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Pumpkins at Joe Kennelly farm 1971November 4, 1971 Dakota County Tribune

Students from Hastings Parochial School were among the numerous area youngsters who took advantage of the remaining days of fall weather to enjoy a field trip to the popular Joe Kennelly farm...
Jun 17, 2021
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Public Safety officers visit Nicollet School 1971November 11, 1971 Dakota County Tribune

Public Safety Officer Fred Rau with four Nicollet Junior High School students... and Jim Westberg of the Public Safety Department with students.
Jun 17, 2021
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A view of Highway 13 from the MavenA view of Highway 13 showing the MVTA parking areas and bus station and the Burnsville High School, 2021.Jun 17, 2021
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CaliberLocated at 12600 West Frontage Road, once the Best Buy store in Burnsville.

About Caliber - from their website 2021.

Our Vision
Caliber's mission is to be an industry leader in trailer accessories by creating products that are of the highest quality, precision engineered and the most innovative of their kind while still being competitively priced.

Our Products
We develop products that address the ATV, snowmobile, and marine trailer markets. Our product line has grown to include a broad range of innovative products addressing the desires of power sports industry participants throughout the world.

Our Warranty
Caliber is dedicated to producing the highest quality products and we stand behind them. All Caliber products carry a limited LIFETIME warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, and normal use breakage.
Jun 17, 2021
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CaliberLocated at 12600 West Frontage Road, once the Best Buy store in Burnsville.

About Caliber - from their website 2021.

Our Vision
Caliber's mission is to be an industry leader in trailer accessories by creating products that are of the highest quality, precision engineered and the most innovative of their kind while still being competitively priced.

Our Products
We develop products that address the ATV, snowmobile, and marine trailer markets. Our product line has grown to include a broad range of innovative products addressing the desires of power sports industry participants throughout the world.

Our Warranty
Caliber is dedicated to producing the highest quality products and we stand behind them. All Caliber products carry a limited LIFETIME warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, and normal use breakage.
Jun 17, 2021
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A view of Highway 13 from the MavenA view of Travelers Trail and HIghway 13 from the Maven Apartments 2021. Jun 17, 2021
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A view of Cub Foods from the MavenA view of the shopping area at the corner of Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue, 2021.Jun 17, 2021
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Diamondhead MallWhen Diamondhead was a shopping mall, 1976.Jun 17, 2021
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Job development specialist joins Community Action CouncilFebruary 18, 1976 Burnsville Sun.

Note - Historical Society volunteer Jack Kennelly worked at CAC and wrote this article:

Rick Willhite has joined the Community Action Council as a Job Development Specialist under the CETA Title VI program...
Jun 16, 2021
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Dakota CountyMap showing Dakota County.Jun 16, 2021
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Area roads 1924 - 1925From the Story of Dakota County Minnesota
Two of these roads Lyndale Avenue and on the way to Crystal Lake are in the Burnsville area.
The other, the Jefferson Highway.
Jun 16, 2021
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Dairy Queen Grand openingThe Grand opening of the Dairy Queen on County Road 5.Jun 15, 2021
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Drone view of County Road 42 Drone view of County Road 42 including Berean Baptist Church, the shopping mall with Byrley/Lunds grocery, 2021.Jun 15, 2021
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Cub Foods Nicollet Avenue.A view of the Cub Food Store and surrounding businesses located at Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue, Heart of the City. This was the site of the John O'Regan farm. Photo 2021 by Jack Kennelly.Jun 15, 2021
Dist_191_virtual_academy.pdf
District 191 virtual academy taking shape 2021June 4, 2021 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News by John Gessner

Enrollment unlikely to reach current virtual learning levels

With a sizable number of District 191 students still choosing distance learning, enrollment thus far in the district’s permanent online school that will debut in September is small by comparison.

As of May 18, 313 students were enrolled for next year in the One91 Virtual Academy — 123 elementary students, 71 middle school students and 119 high school students, according to a district report.

As of mid-May, about 2,900 district students still chose virtual learning, Don Leake, the principal overseeing the academy, told the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board May 27. District enrollment was 7,616 in an October head count.

Academy enrollment won’t reach the number of students who chose virtual learning during the pandemic, said Stacey Sovine, executive director of human resources.

Enrollment for the academy will likely remain open through the summer, he said.

“This is new,” Sovine said. “I wouldn’t want to close it off too soon because then we’re running inefficient programming.”

District 191 is among the Minnesota districts that have developed plans for online schools and had them authorized this year by the state Department of Education.

District officials described the academy as a welcome option for families with lingering concerns about COVID-19 and a potential magnet for some students in other districts that won’t offer full-time online learning next year as case numbers fall and restrictions are lifted.

The pandemic “has opened eyes to new ways of offering learning,” Superintendent Theresa Battle said.

“It’s known and people believe that learning doesn’t just happen inside four walls anymore,” she said. “We’re excited to see where this goes.”

Staff and students have rapidly learned much about navigating online school, Leake said.

“It’s going to be a great school year for us,” he said. “I’m very, very excited about the opportunity to lead this program this coming school year.”

The building blocks were laid in 2015 with voter approval of a technology levy that brought Chromebooks and platforms such as Schoology to the district, said Rachel Gorton, director of technology.

“Onboarding technology equipment and resources was never about the technology,” she said. “It has always been about our students and their learning, their experiences and their avenues for success. Our permanent Virtual Academy launching next fall moves us to the next level in our goal: to provide online, high-quality and flexible learning opportunities for all students.”

At the elementary level, the district is planning combined virtual classrooms of grades K-one, two-three and four-five. The groupings are needed for efficiency given the likely enrollment numbers, according to Sovine.

Much of the day will be spent in synchronous learning, in which all students and teachers are together in live online meetings, according to Imina Oftedahl, curriculum and instruction director.

The school day will also include small-group lessons; specialist instruction in art, music, physical education and digital learning; and student support services.

The amount of synchronous learning time will be less for middle school students as they become more independent and self-directed, Oftedahl said.

“We’re really looking for the virtual academy to be a school that is built for students who want to be online, who are excited about online interactions and using technology tools, and who find that having more independence to pace their own learning really appeals to them and fills their success bucket,” she said.

There will still be whole- and small-group instruction and individual meeting time with teachers, Oftedahl said.

In the high school grades all content will be delivered asynchronously, she said.

“It will be comprehensive in that students will be offered all of the credits that they need if they matriculate through nine through 12 for graduation,” Oftedahl said. “They may also choose to just engage in Virtual Academy in a supplemental fashion, picking and choosing individual courses while remaining in in-person for the remainder of their courses.”

Students will be able to pace their own learning while still maintaining access to counselors, college and career guidance and other services, she said.

Services offered in person — such as special education, social-emotional support and mental health support — will be available through the Virtual Academy, Gorton said.

The current enrollment calls for six full-time teaching positions for the elementary grades, three for the middle schools, and for high school grades an undetermined number based on course selections and offerings, according to the district.

“The high school is going to be based more upon registration as well as enrollment, a combination of both,” Sovine said.

Board Chair Eric Miller called for more information on how the Virtual Academy will be marketed.

If it’s a “shiny new thing,” he said, “we need to know how we’re going to sell it.”

Jun 15, 2021
Plans_for_HS_Site.pdf
School Board to hear plans for high school site 1972September 15, 1972 Dakota County Tribune:

Plans are to be presented at the coming school board meeting for the purposed multi-thousand dollar site development at the Burnsville High School...
Jun 15, 2021
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Work day planned to repair damages to walking trail 1972November 9, 1992 Dakota County Tribune:

Dick Duerre of Burnsville investigated some of the vandalism to the markers along the walking trail in Lake Alimagnet Park...
Jun 15, 2021
O_Regan_and_cub.pdf
Then 1950's - Now 2021 The John O'Regan farmJohn O'Regan farm at corner of todays Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue, now a shopping center with a Cub Foods store and surrounding apartments. View photographed from the top floor of the Maven Apartments.Jun 15, 2021
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The next generation of McCoysThe children of Jim McCoy, who lived in Savage:

LISA, LAYNE LINDA, LAURIE & PAT MCCOY
Jun 15, 2021
maven_2021.pdf
Maven Apartments 2021Floor plans for the Maven, Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue.Jun 15, 2021
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Then and Now - Burnsville Historical Society archives Savage's past and presentSavage Pacer June 12, 2021

Project volunteer Jack Kennelly's photo and web projects to document Burnsville and Savage during the pandemic are featured in this story.
Jun 14, 2021
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Mayor Connie MorrisonOfficial portrait at City Hall. First woman mayor of Burnsville from 1983-1986. State legislator from 1987-1994. Jun 14, 2021
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Mayor Paul ScheunemannPaul Scheunemann,mayor 1979 - 1987. Official portrait at City Hall.Jun 14, 2021
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Mayor Daniel McElroyDaniel McElory mayor, 1987 - 1994. Portrait hanging in the City Hall.Jun 14, 2021
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Cliff Fen ParkA 40-acre park with sports fields, a volleyball court, a nature trail, picnic spots & a playground.

The Burnsville Lions Playground at Cliff Fen Park opened in 2014 and is a favorite destination for Burnsville residents. The park is open from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Jun 14, 2021
firemen_save.pdf
Firefighters save Minotte'sNovember 2, 1972 Dakota County Tribune

Owners of Minotte's restaurant have credited the Burnsville Public Safety Department for their quick response in saving the restaurant...
Jun 14, 2021
letter_campaign_on_13.pdf
River Hills association letter campaign on Highway 13November 19, 1964 Dakota County Tribune

This week the River Hills Association plans to deluge Commissioner of Highways James Marshall with letters asking that something be done about traffic safety on Highway 13...
Jun 14, 2021
State_rule_on_NSP.pdf
State to rule on tax dispute between NSP and Burnsville 1968November 14, 1968 Sun News

The State Department of Taxation is expected to hand down a ruling early next week...
Jun 14, 2021
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