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Superintendent Foot assumes duties 1981By DEL STELLING
November 10, 1981

Dr. Theodore Foot, formerly su perintendent of the Minnetonka school district, returned to Minne sota last week to assume his duties as superintendent of schools in Dis trict 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-
One of his first public meetings
was w'ith the Board of Education which met Thursday night at the Savage Elementary School.
Ironically, it was also at the Savage Elementary School that Dr. Robert Tschirki was first in troduced to the public at a school board meeting in July 1975.
Tschirki resigned as super intendent last March to accept a similar position in Littleton, Colo rado, a district which includes
17,000 students, three high schools, four junior high schools and 17 elementaryschools.
A native of New York City, Dr. Foot earned his B.A. degree at Princeton University and his mas ters and doctorate degrees at Harvard University.
He was one of more than 70 candidates who had indicated an interest in the superintendent’s position in District 191.
Following a lengthy screening and interviewing process, the Dis trict 191 board, meeting in special session on August 3, offered the position to Dr. Foot, who accepted later that week.
Hissalarywassetat$52,000,plus a fringe benefit package amounting to 20percent of the annual salary.
At the time he accepted the Dis trict 191position, Foot had served as superintendent of schools in Wilton, Conn, since 1973.
He served as superintendent of the Minnetonka schools from 1968to 1973, and prior to that was adminis trative assistant to the super intendent for Radnor Township schools in Wayne, Pa.
.While in Wilton, Foot’s wife died of cancer five years ago. He and his present wife, Sally, have six chil dren.
Two of their sons are attending Dartmouth College, while another is a senior at Wilton High School. Their three daughters — one a senior, one a junior, and another a ninth-grade student — are all atten ding school in Burnsville.

At the board meeting last week, Dr. Foot reported that he was “set tling into’his new position, both at the office and at home, and would be meeting with the various school administrators in the weeks to
He also acknowledged the special
services rendered by Don O’Shaughnessy, the acting super intendent since the departure of Dr. Tschirkilastsummer.
The meeting also furnished Foot with some additional insight into district problems, particularly those of the budget and school facilities.
The board adopted the final budget for the 1981-82 school year, with total revenues of $27,840,077 and total expenditures of
Commenting on the budget,
O Shaughnessy said, “We are most encouraged by the greatly im proved financial picture.”
He explained that, although the costs have increased as a result of recent salary settlements and addi tional staffing to meet enrollment needs, the increased costs have been more than offset by additional aids generated by the stabilized enrollment.
The School Facilities Study Com mittee reported on its continued progress toward its goal of making recommendations to the board.
These recommendations, how ever, may not be ready for board consideration until its December 17 meeting.
Jan 20, 2017
Foot assumes District 191 superintendency 1981by Cindy Davis - Current
November 3, 1981

Dr. Theodore Foot began his new duties as
superintendent of School District 191 yesterday. Foot replaces Robert Tschirki who left Burnsville for a similar position in Littleton, Colorado.
Before coming to Burnsville, Foot had been superintendent of schools in Wilton, Conn, for nine years.
Although Foot, who was raised in New York City and earned his B.A. at Princeton University and masters and doctorate degrees at Harvard University, has spent most of his life on the East Coast, he is not a foreigner to Minnesota. Prior to moving to Con­ necticut, Foot was superintendent of the Minnetonka Public Schools for Five years.

Foot left Minnesota to return to his wife’s native Wilton, Conn. She had terminal cancer and wanted to return home. She died Five years ago.
Foot and his present wife, Sally, have six children. Two sons, Gordon Prescott and Jonathon Foot, are attending college at Dartmouth and one son, Fred Prescott is a senior at Wilton High School. Foot’s three daughters, Elizabeth Foot, a junior, Sara Prescott, a ninth-grader, and Nancy Foot, a sixth- grader, are attending schools in Burnsville.
Coming to Burnsville marks a professional change Foot had been searching for over the past few years. “ It’s good to change periodically. It’s good for me

and good for the school district. I decided on Min­ nesota because I have nine years toward my pension fund here (educators must put in 20 years in a state to receive their pension benefits) and I like the Twin Cities area,” said Foot. ‘‘I grew up in New York City and that’s too big. All the cultural and athletic attrac­ tions anyone would need are only half an hour away from Burnsville.”
Foot, who spent part of his first day on the job moving boxes, meeting people and attending a lun­ cheon, can only be philosophical at this point about his position in School District 191.
He sees the budget and declining enrollments as the major concerns for educators not only locally but na­ tionwide. ‘‘Everyone is in a similar situation but in different degrees. Connecticut is just coming to their Financial problems where Minnesota has been having them for several years now. And there aren’t many school districts left anymore that have not experienc­ ed a decline in enrollment,” said Foot.
Declining enrollment was a problem Foot con­ fronted in Wilton, Conn, where the district student population is 3,600. As superintendent, Foot par-

ticipated in two school closings. Though both were difFicult procedures. Foot saw them as opportunities to enhance Wilton’s school system. With District 191 considering the closing of an elementary school, Foot hopes the process can be as smooth and painless as possible. ‘‘It’s not easy closing a school and total ac­ ceptance of it is rare. At Wilton one closing went well the other not as well. Hopefully some opportunities can come from this closing,” said Foot.
Coming from a smaller school district to a larger one poses no problem for Foot. ‘‘The general educa­ tional principles are the same regardless of the numbers.”
And those principles lie with the people involved in the system says Foot. “The important thing is the people in the system. Each student counts. Each staff member counts. Each parent counts. Our job is to give kids the chance to develop as individuals.
“What’s important is the teacher working with a group of kids toward their growth and development,” said Foot.
He continued, “ Burnsville is in a fortunate posi­ tion to have the climate and sense to build on this principle.”

Foot, who has spent 19 years in school administra­ tion after teaching for three years, has seen a greater appreciation for education evolve over the years. The challenge for him, he says, is to coordinate that ap­ preciation with the current Fiscal and enrollment upheavals.
Although Foot has “no grand plans to superim­ pose changes on a system that seems to be working well,” he says the next few months will be spent analyzing the system and then evaluating what needs, if any, warrant attending. “Changes come about through evolution not revolution.”
Foot says he’s looking forward to meeting people from the community individually, but more impor­ tantly, he adds, he is anxious to dig into the job for which he was hired. “We have to learn to expect more from ourselves. For too long we have been underestimating our capabilities; what we can do as individuals...our capabilities are limitless if we learn to work smarter rather than harder,” said Foot.
To attain these educational beliefs, Foot says he has to look at his position in a more specific sense, “ I’m not here to run this organization, but to give each kid...a chance to realize his or her potential.”
Jan 19, 2017
By GARY KUBAT February 7 1983

There’s more to an education than reading, writing and arithmetic. Whether it’s a lack of time or a lack of money, a con ventional education can’t possibly explore all the areas of living.
That’s where District 191 Com munity Services comes in. Com munity services, completely separate from other district funds, offers programs not available during a regular school day or, in the cases of adults and senior citizens, rarely available at all.
The community services pro gram in District 191 attempts to touch all age levels in the district it serves. There are programs for preschool children, youngsters, teens, adults and senior citizens.
And for every age level, there areawioespectrumofofferings- from educational classes to those solelv tor recreational purposes.
Children may take a computer class or a class in art, while adults can complete a high school degree, learn about tax breaks or play basketball. Seniors may at tend health lectures, take a ceramics class or just play cards.

Thomas Lisec is the director of District 191Community Services. He joined the department in 1980. Prior to joining District 191, he served as director of community educationinDistrict197,WestSt. Paul.
Lisec received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a m aster’s degree in community education and an education specialist degree in administration, all from The College of St. Thomas, St. Paul.
When he began, the depart ment was operating in the red. Many factors contributed to the deficit balance at the end of the 1979-80 school year, Lisec says, but the process to correct the pro blem was in place when he joined the district.
But since 1979-80, the depart menthasendedeachyearwitha
fund balance. His two goals were, and still are, to offer good pro grams and to be fiscally responsi ble. “I’ve simply tried to manage the department in a fiscally responsible manner to continue operating in the black,”Lisec notes.
Participation in the depart ment’s programs has shown con tinued growth. In a mid-year report presented to the board of educationThursday,Feb.3,over 20,000 people took advantage of community services offerings during the first half of the 1982-83 school year. That’s up 3,000from the same period last school year.
“I’m not an advocate of body counts as a strict measure of suc cess,”Lisec says. But he adds, “That’s a beck of a lot of people.”
One key to the department’s success has been its recep-
Jan 19, 2017
Don McGuire led SchoolsJuly 18, 2010

Superintendent Don McGuire helped build the Lakeville School District and its sports program for 22 years. By 1982, when he left that job to run Dakota County Technical Col­lege, enrollment in the district had tripled to more than 3,000 students. He went on to run the Technical College for sev­ en years until he
retired. After he left, McGuire Mid­dle School was named for him. He was active in many Lakeville groups and commit­ tees, including the Lakeville Lions, where he was active 52
years, many as a leader.
“I called him Mr. Lake­ ville,” said Bob Boeckman, a friend since high school days and a former superintendent

in neighboring Farmington. “He was a true gentleman. He had no ill words for anybody and was always cheerful, an absolutely loyal and trusted friend.”
McGuire, 82, died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at a hospice in Elko.
Patrick McGuire said that although his father was al­ ways busy, “he made time for everybody, no matter what your walk in life, but espe­ cially for family.” His dad al­ so was active at Ail Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville and a member of the VFW and Chamber of Commerce, he said.
When Bob Erickson be­ came Lakeville’s administra­ tor in 1989, McGuire “gave me invaluable perspective on the community,” he said. “He has given so much back to the community, not just as super­ intendent, but after he retired. He stood out as a leader and led with great humility.”
Erickson said McGuire al­
so pushed for more school sports and helped bring hockey, swimming, skiing, gymnastics and cross-coun­ try running to the district.
Former Mayor Duane Za­ un said he emceed at many events with McGuire in the 1970s and ’80s and was a Lakeville High School teach­ er in the 1960s.
“He was a friendly, open, honest guy,” said Zaun. He said when the City Council needed information it often turned to McGuire, who had a great institutional memo­ ry and knew many resource people.
McGuire knew what oth­ er metro districts were doing and was very open to discuss­ ing new ideas at school board meetings, Zaun said. He said parents and teachers didn’t always agree with McGuire, but they respected his deci­ sions.
McGuire was named to Lakeview North High School’s Hall of Fame for helping set up the Missota sports confer­ ence in the 1960s for south­ ern-tier schools and bring­
ing new sports to Lakeville schools, his son said.
He grew up in Hender­ son, in southern Minneso­ ta. He was a math teach­ er in New Richland, Minn., and Roseville before becom­ ing Lakeville High’s princi­ pal in 1958. Two years later he became superintendent and held that post until 1982, when he moved to the techni­ cal institute.
In 1989, McGuire told the Star Tribune that a major ed­ ucational change he worked on was developing more di­ verse, postsecondary voca­ tional curriculums at tech­ nical colleges to relieve in­ dividual school districts of that work.
Besides his son Patrick, McGuire is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia; two daughters, Cathy Clarke of Shakopee and Laura Schroeder of Prior Lake; an­ otherson,TimofBurnsville;a sister, Rosemary Tracy Kuller, of Cold Spring, Minn.; seven grandchildren and one great- granddaughter.
Jan 19, 2017
Don O'Shaughnessy Asst Supt for Admin Services 1976August 25, 1976

Don O'Shaughnessy is assistant superintendent for administrative services. He is responsible for instructional administrative services, community services, and the data processing. In addition, Don serves as chief negotiator for the district with the several employee bargaining units operating here. The district employees approximately 1200 people.

Currently in his 11th year in the district, Don has served as assistant principal at the senior high school, guidance counselor, counselor and teacher. He and his wife have five children, three of whom are students in the district schools, and a granddaughter, Gretchen, will enter kindergarten at Rahn in September. O'Shaughnessy holds two graduate degrees from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Photo by Tom Peek
Jan 19, 2017
District 191 Employs New Business Manager 1967Burton P. Fosse, chairman of the Board of Education of School District 191, announces the appointment of Bernard L. Pirjevec as business manager of the school district to replace Oliver P. Bekhan, who will retire from the school system December 31, 1967. Fosse stated that Bakken will remain on as a consultant to Pirjevec on a part-time basis for a short period of time in order to orient Pirjevec into the business and problems of the district.

Bernard L. Pirjevec, presently business manager of the Eveleth School District in Eveleth, Minnesota, is 39 years old, married, has six children, and has proved himself to be a capable business manager. Pirevec and his wife, Barbara, have six children ranging in ages from 12 years down to 3 weeks. He expects to move his family to Burnsville as soon as they are able to secure a home.

Perjevic has a broad background as a business manager in Eveleth public schools since; January, 1952. Previous to that he was the chief accountant of a large Minneapolis manufacturing company and was at one time REA accountant in Ipswich and Armour, South Dakota. Besides that he has many years of experience in public accounting.

He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota of 1949, with a major In accounting. He has completed extension course work at the University on school Accounting and school law. He is certified as a school business administrator and is also certified as a vocational school commercial instructor. His professional memberships include American Association of Business Officials and the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials.

His personal interests include sports in general and fishing, hockey and golf in particular. In Eveleth he has been active in the Lions Club, the March of Dimes, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and many fund drives and community activities.

Pirjevec will assume his new duties January 2, 1968.

Oliver Bakken, a former retired school administrator, who came back Into the told to help School District 191 by means of an interim appointment will once again retire. He will stay in the area for a few months to give consultant services to P and then will travel to California to visit relatives. After his California trip, Bakken says he intends to return to this district where he will make his final residence retirement.
Jan 19, 2017
Bernard "Bernie"Perjevic - Business Manager 191Bernard "Bernie"Perjevic is the business manager of District number 191, where he oversees a budget of approximately $18 million. He is responsible for all financial matters in the district and for attending to legislation affecting schools. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota. Purchasing, accounting and food service departments report to Perjevic. He is a resident of Burnsville
August 25, 1976
Jan 19, 2017
191 Honors Volunteers 2007by John Gessner '
Burnsville High School senior Lynnea Durand spends most weekday afternoons at Sky Oaks Elementary School, working in a kindergarten classroom.
Richard Pomije spearheaded a 50th- anniversary celebration for the high school that grew into a giant community party and led to formation of an alumni foundation.
Durand and Pomije are two of the nine volunteers to receive 2007 John Coskran Volunteer Awards in Burnsville-Eagan- Savage School District 191.
The winners were chosen from among 45 nominees. The award is named for for­ mer School Board Member John Cosk­ ran, a longtime advocate for volunteerism and retired associate director of volunteer services for Catholic Charities.
Durand said her personal care atten­ dant got her started in volunteering. She started by volunteering in a nursing home, and is now an aide to Sky Oaks kinder­ garten teacher Jackie Ritchie. “I chose to go here because I like kids,” said Durand, who has Asperger syn­ drome. “I like seeing them smile when I try to help them.”
She has also worked with Sky Oaks second-graders in the Seekers program, helping them with research, writing and class presentations.
Earlier this year, Durand befriended a BHS student with autism.
“She just didn’t have many friends, so I decided I would change that,” said Du-
See Volunteers, 12A

I2A May 19,2007 THISWEEK
Volunteers/from 1A

rand, who plans to study cu­ linary arts at Dakota County Technical College. “I knew her a little bit. I think I knew her in seventh grade. I wasn't friends with her then. She was in need of a friend, so I decided I would be one of her friends. She really appreciates it.”
Pomije, Class of 1974, lit­ erally grew up at Burnsville High School. His father, Rob­ ert, was principal for 13 years
and a District 191 assistant superintendent. Pomije would often play in the gym when his dad was working.
Now he has a daughter, Brittany, who’s graduating in June.
Pomije served on a com­ mittee raising funds to replace the school's monument sign last year, which was also the school’s 50th anniversary.
He, resident Dolly Kai­ ser and Principal Kay Joyce spearheaded the anniversary
celebration. Pomije was egged on by his father, who now lives in Illinois.
“I could tell he was excited about it,” said the longtime Burnsville resident. “I half did it for my father and half did it to show my daughter volun­ teer work — what you can do to help the community, to give back. I thought it would be a good experience for both of them.”
Anniversary events Aug. 25 and 26 drew 4,000 to 5,000
people, Pomije said. They in­ cluded a dance at Buck Hill Ski Area, a school hall of fame induction, and a series of “decade” class reunions.
It went so well Pomije is repeating the celebration this Aug. 24 and 25. The newly formed BHS Black and Gold Alumni Foundation plans to make it an annual event.
The foundation will raise money for the school.
“It’s in the charter thabit benefits the high school,” Po­ mije said. “The first person who volunteered to be on the board was (former teacher and coach) Dick Hanson.”
The other Coskran Award winners are:
• Ozan Kalpak, a Nicollet Junior High ninth-grader and
peer tutor.
• Jackie Maddaloni, parent
and volunteer coordinator at Harriet Bishop Elementary.
• Carolyn Neville, Edward Neill Elementary school secre­ tary and volunteer.
• Autumn and Chad Olinger, parents and volunteers at Wil­ liam Byrne Elementary.
• Tammy Dylla, a parent at Gideon Pond Elementary who helps students with reading.
• Kim Depies, a parent and volunteer at Edward Neill El­ ementary who led the Read­ ing Buddies program for many years.

John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc. com.
Jan 19, 2017
Terwilliger obituary 2012Jan 19, 2017
Terwilliger Serves Superintendents 1965Jan 19, 2017
Charles O'NeillCharles O'Neill
Born: about 1821 in Ireland
Charles and his wife Julia Cassidy came to Minnesota and settled in Burnsville Township in 1854. Charles donated land on his farm or a schoolhouse was built for district 16 Both are buried in St. John's Cemetery at Savage. Died June 19, 1905
Jan 19, 2017
The fate of the District 15 School - Corn CribThis may sound a little corny but the old Burnsville District number 15 school has served this day as a house of learning and more recently was turned into a corncrib at the Ed Doebel Farm, Savage, just across the highway from the new Burnsville school. This Burnsville farmer, like many others had suburban expansion fever and bought the old schoolhouse with the idea of remodeling it into rental apartments until some figuring on the part of Mr. double revealed this might not be a moneymaking proposition.

Then ingenuity lead to its use as a corncrib this past season. he had the best corn crop never found himself in need to storage and with the use of snow fencing stretched across sides and along the front of the buildings porch, converted it into a corncrib to store some 1200 bushels of corn. In addition, he has four to five hundred more bushels plus added storage of two wire cribs nearby that have a 657 bushels capacity.

This season was his best for yield, Mr. Doebel said. He average between 60 to 70 bushels per acre. The basement is occupied also, not with corn however, but has been converted into quarters for his hogs.

Mr. Doebel serves district 191 as a bus driver and custodian and was on the school board three years ago when the plight of the original school of Burnsville was decided.

Photo by Shakopee Valley news.
circa 1959 1960
Jan 19, 2017
Supt. Tschirki reflects on six years in District 191iy GARY KUBAT Staff Writer
BURNSVILLE - The resignation of Superintendent Robert Trschirki, accepted at a special ward meeting Thursday, March 2, will become a reality Tuesday, June 30.
Tschirki came to District 191 in July, 1975, following three years is a superintendent in Newton, IA. He resigned here to accept a superintendent’s post with the
Littleton, CO, school system, a growing district of over 17,000 students.

The main reason for his departure, Tschirki said, was a look at himself. “Anyone who serves in a leadership role has to go through self-evaluation, self-analysis, once a year,”he said, measuring how effective one is in trying to make an impact on key issues.“When it’s not at the same level you would like it to be, you make a professional decision.”

During his six years as superintendent, the district has accomplished many tasks, although Tschirki refuses to take full credit. Instead, he says, achievements involved the efforts of “a number of people.”

Shortly after beginning in the district, Tschirki was faced with the decision of whether to have one or two high schools. It was “a most pressing problem,” Tschirki reflected. “Many people were convinced we would have two high schools in this district.”
he said. In December, 1975, the decision to have a single high school in “a truly functional building”was made.
Another accomplishment of Tschirki and his administration was an improved curriculum. Curriculum was “pretty dis jointed”five years ago, Tschirki said, with different programs at each school.

The curriculum was revised not only to provide similar programs in each of the nine elementaries and two junior highs, but to coordinate educational programs on a vertical basis as well, in order to provide “commonality in education.”Curriculum is now “a positive aspect” of the district, Tschirki added.

Consistency was also achieved at the administrative Level. Ad ministrative positions were redefined in order to provide a clear direction on a kindergarten through twelfth-grade basis.

Prior to Tschirki’s arrival, administrators dealt either with elementary or secondary concerns, not both. “One person can provide more consistent, and therefore more dynamic, leadership in specific areas,”Tschirki said.

The high school roof collapse and teachers’ strike, both in 1978, were trying times, but the district has arrived “at the other end of the tunnel with all of the pieces fairly intact,” Tschirki commented.

The next significant event in the district, according to Tschirki, will be the dosing of one or possibly two elementary buildings for the 1982-83 school year. “Parents have a strong feeling about school and whore the actual physical plant is located,” Tschirki stated “Clearly, I would say, this district must examine the space available in relation to the number of students and make i difficult, but necessary decision.”

Accepting the goal of fiscal responsibility “as a given,” another goal of District 191 should be, Tschirki feels, a carefully developed program for the gifted and talented students even with budget restrictions. “We have to do more than we’re doing at each level. We can no longer afford to ignore this significant group of students.”
The goal of accountability is also a goal the district should pursue, Tschirki added. This would help the public understand what the district is doing. In return, the district would receive “a sense of direction of what requires further attention.”At the center of this goal is the question: “What is it we ought to be doing in public education?” Tschirki said, adding “fresh attention”should be given to the definition of public education.

begin his new job. "1 have ar bivalent feelings about tl ■noire, hesaid.“I have enioyed
working with a great adminlstr !! .L .,!ei?.Mpful resident
deeply and genuine care. I will miss them.”
Jan 19, 2017
School Costs Change Greatlyby Del Stelling
SUN December 7, 1982

School officials, in Burnsville as well as elsewhere in the state, are struggling desperately to solve their financial problems, which involve millions of dollars.
Financial problems in operating the schools have always been a concern, but certainly not the mag­nitude they are today.

Some area residents still re­member when the only schools in the community were one-room schools, with all eight grades being taught by one teacher.
The teacher not only had to in­struct the children in the variety of subjects, but she had to take care of the janitorial duties as well. If she was lucky, her monthly salary was $50.
According Co historical records, the first school in Burnsville was conducted in the home of John McCoy in 1856 by a teacher by the name of John McMullen.
The following year, a log school building was constructed on McCoy's farm, near where the Vis­ta View School is presently located. Andrew Carberry was the teacher that year.
It was also 1857 that marked the formal organization of the entire township of Burnsville into one school district. In 1862. the school officially became District 16 by action of the Minnesota Legislature.

A new school building, costing $250. was erected in 1867 on the farm of C. O’Neill, at what is now the northeast corner of Burnsville Parkway and Upton Ave. S.
After the turn of the century, a replacement school building was constructed on the same site and that school served District 16 until the consolidation in 1955.
The first school house in District 15 was built in 1862 on land donated by Thomas Hogan. Later the prop­erty became known as the Connelly farm and today it is the site of the Pates Memorial Stadium at Burnsville High School.

In 1879, a larger school was built, measuring 28 feet by 22 feet in size. District 15 built another new school at the same site in 1914. Fire destroyed the District 15 school one night in October. 1932, along with one in District 104 in Eagan. Arson was suspected in both cases. Jim Connelly, a member of the Board of Education at that time, recalls that the board received 30 bids for the construction of a new school.

A new building was constructed in 1933 at a cost of $3,200 by Bill Ristoe, who was assisted by Ed Doebel. Carpenters on the project re­portedly received 65 cents per hour for their labor.
Because of the depressed econo­my, five years passed before the district had free access to its mon­ey. Teachers during that time were sometimes given promissory notes for their services.
There were, of course, no trans­portation costs during those early years. The horse and buggy were often used to transport students to and from school, and in winter sleighs were popular.
In 1901, a teacher in District 94 was paid $30 per month for an eight- month period. By 1914. this was increased to $50 per month and by 1923 the salary was up to $90 per month.

(Editor’s Note: The information contained in this story is from “Burnsville, A Community His­tory ,” copies of which may be purchased at the Burnsville City Hall for $5.25 each.)
Jan 19, 2017
Dedication ceremonies set for BurnsvilleDakota County Tribune
November 27, 1980

by Gary Kubat
Staff Writer

"Thank You" will be the theme pf the dedication ceremonies for Burnsville

High School this spring Thomas Mich, director of curriculum announced at the Thursday, Nov. 20 school board meeting.
According to the Burnsville High School dedication steering committee of which Mich is a part, the entire event is intended to provide a "thank you" to a school district which has underscored the value of education by its consistent support of public education.

City and county officials, former Burnsville High School principals, the former superintendent and past board members will be among those invited to participate with area residents in the celebration plan- ned for April 20 through 26. The event will culminate with a special ceremony Sunday, April 26 at the high school.
The steering committee plans to have events that celebrate the high school and the opportunities for learning that exist in District 191 in general at the high school and perhaps other sites as well. The approximate budget for the event is set for $1300 according to Mich. The original plans called for a $6000-$7000budget Mich said.
Jan 12, 2017
Most construction work completed at high school 1981January 20, 1981
Officials of Burnsville Senior High School have announced that the winter break was a time for occupying the remainder of the building that was remodeled as part of Phase IV of the building con­struction and remodeling project.
During the latter part of Decem­ber and early January, the oc­cupancy of office suite for adminis­tration and counselors, office suite for Vocational Education, audio­ visual darkrooms, staff cafeteria and auditorium was completed.
The other areas of the building included in Phase IV, they noted, had been previously occupied in August and September.

A school spokesman said nearly 48 months have passed since the $8.6 million building construction and remodeling project at the high school began in February, 1977.
The project was divided into four phases so that school might con­tinue while the construction and remodeling was in progress.

Non-bond referendum construc­tion work that occurred simultane­ously during this time period in­cluded the existing building being re-roofed, energy efficient windows being installed on the north side of the building, and remodeling natatorium by enlarging the deck The third phase, costing $1 mil­ and building an energy efficient lion for remodeling and land­ block wall to replace a glass wall.

The first phase, costing $2.6 mil­ lion, included three gymnasiums divided by portable partitions, re­ tractable bleachers with a seating capacity of 2,400, gymnastic gym­ nasium, weight room, and two locker rooms with a training room in each.
It also included a scene shop with dressing rooms, costume storage and properties storage, a music suite consisting of band room, in­strument storage room, chorus room, orchestra room, electronics room, classroom, practice rooms, music library and teacher offices, plus landscaping and parking lot.

The second phase, started in Au­ gust, 1977, cost $3.2 million for con­struction and remodeling.
Constructed were 16classrooms, two student study centers, two teacher offices, auditorium projection booth and office, library, landscaping and parking lot.
Remodeling in this phase in­cluded lecture theatre, 16 classrooms, teacher office, student study center and nurses’ office suite.

The third phase, costing $1 million for remodeling and landscaping, commenced in May, 1979. Remodeled were 11 classrooms for Art and Home Economics, two teacher offices, office for Adult Evening High School, a classroom for Special Needs, and a suite of varied classrooms for SpecialEducation.

The fourth phase began in Janu­ary, 1980 and included $2.4 million for remodeling various areas.
This included remodeling of the gymnasium into a 500 seat auditorium, nine science classrooms, including two with new laboratory equipment, plus six business education classrooms, 11 mathematics classrooms, four teacher offices, and a student study center.

It also included a drafting classroom, two cafeterias with a seating capacity of 800, staff cafeteria, food service kitchen, audio-visual workrooms, instruc­tional television studio, two locker rooms, an office suite for Vocational Education, and an office suite for counselors and administration.
Plans are now being made for a week-long dedication program this spring.
Jan 12, 2017
Burnsville Studies Proposed Zoning RegulationsDakota County Tribune September 24, 1964
The Village Council of Burnsville is wrestling with problems and at the moment the zoning of the Village is a major one. The above photos were taken at the Council meeting Thursday night, when Planner Howard Dahlgren was explaining various maps and classifications. Other meetings will be held before an ordinance is passed. Officials in the top photo are: (from left) councilman Warren Kelly and Bill Dolan, mayor Roger Richardson, engineer Robert Dunn (in background); councilman Ray Connelly, and Michael O'Connor. Planner goal written his speaking right. Lower picture was taken from behind counsel table.
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Vista View Datesaccompanies aerial photo
when houses were built in the 50s
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Vista View Continuing to Grow Iversen's Vista view project in Burnsville Township will continue to grow this year, with addition of 15 new homes according to Miles Iversen, President of Iversen development company, and Gerald Iversen, president of the Iversen's Incorporated. The project was started about four years ago, and it is located near the intersection of Highway 13 and 65.Highway 13 is presently being rerouted along the northern portion of this view but the new road will not interfere with the role of homes at right. Tribune air photo, taken from plane piloted by Orval Brede of Lead-Aire at Southport, looks toward the south west at the project which numbers about 150 homes. The houses are from the $16,900 to the $28,000 class.

Circa 1962
(see same view in diagram: search Vista View)
(earliest homes in Vista View 1954 according to Dakota County Tax records, latest home in photo 1962, from same source.)
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Burnsville School 1956 ConstructionDistrict 15's new high school is also nearing completion in northwestern Dakota County near the black dog plant. Camera is looking toward the north east. Opening of school was delayed when construction lender there this year, what school is gradually being placed in full operation. Wing at the top is for the high school. It is 320 feet long, and connects with service building by 120 foot corridor. The service building contains Jim, kitchen, library, office, auditorium-stage, music department, community room, and teachers room. At left is the primary wing, for grades one and two. Lower right is elementary wing for grades three through six. The building has gas heat with oil standby.
1956 T Alin Kearney
Burnsville School
Jan 12, 2017
Year in Review 2004Heart of the City blossomed in 2004
Elections, Hooters, new leaders also made news
Year in Review
byJohn Gessner

(caption) The old Kmart building on Travelers Trail was reduced to rubble in October. In its place is being built the mixed-use Nicollet Plaza development on the largest parcel of land in the Heart of the City.

Many of Burnsville’s 2004 news highlights came from the Heart of the City redevelopment district — the new “downtown” taking shape along Nicollet Av­ enue between Highway 13 and Burnsville Parkway.
Ground was broken on a sprawling mixed-use project that will include a Cub Foods store. A hotel project fell through, though another hotel developer is attempting to build on the same site. Nicollet Commons Park opened, and more condos and retail space were approved. The park became a focal point for local activities including concerts and part of the annual Fire Muster community celebra­ tion.
Burnsville got a new police chief in 2003, as department veteran Bob Hawkins replaced the retiring Dave Farrington. Tammy Omdal was hired as the See Year, 6A

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city’s chief financial officer, re­ placing Steve O’Malley.
A mostly reluctant City Council — three of whose five members are women — ap­ proved plans for a Hooters Res­ taurant. In November voters chose a new council member, Dan Gustafson, and ousted in­ cumbent Steve Chemey.
Republican State Rep. Duke Powell survived a strong chal­ lenge from DFLer Will Morgan in Burnsville’s key House dis­ trict. U.S. Rep. John Kline eas­ ily beat DFLer and Burnsville Council Member Teresa Daly in her bid for higher office.
Officials mulled new regula­ tions for apartments while work­ ing to solve crime and property problems at one of Burnsville’s most troubled complexes, Colo­ nial Villa.
At Cedar Alternative High School, many will remember 2004 as the year three teens died while exploring riverfront caves in St. Paul.
Heart of the City
In July the City Council unanimously approved plans for Nicollet Plaza, which will brine housing. ■a Cub Foods
store, a bank and retail uses to the southeast corner of Nicollet Avenue and Highway 13.
Now under construction by Opus Northwest LLC, the de­ velopment will encompass the long-vacant Kmart property, the Cancun Restaurant site and vacant land immediately to the east. The Nicollet Plaza prop­ erty covers 17 of the 54 acres in the Heart of the City district.
Also in July, five months after severing ties with the would-be developer of a hotel and public arts center, the city reached an agreement with a new developer pursuing the project.
It requires the firm, Faulkner USA, to make preliminary pay­ ments for the property while preparing plans and securing fi­ nancing. The company has until March 31, 2005, to put the proj­ ect together.
The project would be built on 6.2 acres of city-owned land west of Nicollet Avenue and south of Highway 13. It consists of the old AAA Minnesota/Iowa property and part of the old Bumper’s Restaurant and Sports Bar property.
The city — which bought the property for $1.76 million — kept it off the market for two years while entertaining plans
from Spirit Mountain Land Holding LLC, whose proposal included a hotel, corporate train­ ing center and theater building that would have doubled as an arts center.
That came to an end on Feb. 20, when the Phoenix-based group failed to wire $1.77 mil­ lion to buy the property as required by a redevelopment agreement with the city.
The city then issued a request for proposals seeking develop­ ers of a mixed-use project that would include a hotel; commer­cial, office and residential uses; and the arts center.
In September the council approved another development that, like Nicollet Plaza, will bring condominiums and street- level commercial uses to the area. ParkCrest on Nicollet will be located at Nicollet Avenue and 125th Street. The project will also include an outdoor plaza.
Meanwhile, the International Chefs’ Culinary Center and the Ficus and Fig shop opened in the Heart of the City’s Grande Market Square building.
Park, events
In June more than 1,500 peo­ple got a free picnic dinner at
the dedication of Nicollet Com­mons Park at 126th Street and Nicollet Avenue.
In its first season, the park became the site of a summer concert series, a jazz festival and the Heart of the City Half Marathon. Some Fire Muster activities were moved from the traditional location in Civic Center Park to Nicollet Com­mons.
The annual September event featured the world’s longest fire-truck parade, which will be recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
New leaders
Police Chief Dave Far­rington, who came to Burnsville in 1971 as a part-time community-service officer, retired May 31. He had been chief for six years, replacing Mike DuMou- lin, who had been chief for 25 years.
“It’s time to decompress,” said Farrington, 55, who spent his years as chief rebuilding a department hit by a wave of re­tirements.
Bob Hawkins, a Police De­partment veteran whose roots in the community date back to childhood, was hired in August as the city’s new police chief. Hawkins, 44, is the son of local educators who moved to Burns­ville in 1964. He had been act­ ing chief since Farrington’s re­tirement.
Sgt. Eric Werner replaced Hawkins as a police captain.
Tammy Omdal, Minneapolis’ former budget director, became Burnsville’s chief financial of­ficer, replacing Deputy City Manager Steve O’Malley after he took a job in Wisconsin.
Elizabeth Kautz extended her 12-year mayoral tenure by trouncing little-known challeng­er Gregory Staffa in September.
Newcomer Dan Gustafson, a business owner active in the Burnsville Chamber of Com­merce and the Burnsville Break­fast Rotary, was elected to the City Council. Incumbent Steve Cherney was ousted in his bid for a second term. Liz Workman was the top vote getter in the five-way race for two council seats.
First-term Council Mem­ber Teresa Daly lost her bid for higher office, easily beaten in the 2nd District congressional race by incumbent U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville.
First-term incumbent state Rep. Duke Powell, R-Bumsville, edged DFL challenger Will Morgan, a Burnsville High School teacher, by 50 percent to 47 percent in House District 40A. The strong challenge in a traditionally Republican district was reflected in DFL electoral gains in the House.
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In a special election July 13, Apple Valley Republican Chris Gerlach was elected senator in District 37, replacing Burns­ville Republican Dave Knutson, who was appointed to a Dakota County District Court judge­ ship by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Church rebuilds
The arson fire that destroyed part of Grace United Method­ist Church in July 2003 was relegated to history Aug. 8 as parishioners broke ground on a bigger, better church home.
Parishioners hope to occupy the $2.1 million addition by Easter 2005.
The fire that destroyed a 1987 church addition that in­cluded the sanctuary and of­fices was set by 18-year-old Kyle Anthony Rousseau of Burnsville. He’s serving a four- and-a-half year prison term for violating his probation by smuggling marijuana into the Dakota County Jail and smok­ing it just hours after he was sentenced for second-degree

The City Council discussed a best-practices program for Burnsville apartment complex­es that would build on steps taken in recent years to reduce crime, nuisance and property- code violations at the most troublesome complexes. Ac­tion on such a plan is expected in 2005.
Meanwhile, progress was reported by police and building inspectors working with the management of Colonial Villa Apartments (formerly Con­ nelly Estates). City officials began the effort in January, citing an unacceptable volume of police calls and code vio­lations. Though management subsequently expelled a police officer from a substation on the property, conditions at the
complex improved in 2004, of­ficials said.
A Hooters Restaurant came to Burnsville — without the blessing of some of the City Council members who voted for it June 7.
All three women on the five- member council publicly ob­jected to the brief tank tops and short shorts worn by female
wait staff of the Atlanta-based j Hooters of America chain. But only Council Member Teresa Daly ultimately voted against ! plans to remodel the old Em­bers Restaurant south of Burns­ville Parkway and west of I- 35W. Daly said her vote was 1 based on principle, not legali­ties, since Hooters was a legal use for the site.
Water restrictions
An odd-even and midday ban on outdoor watering took effect in June. The new rules satisfy conservation standards for future well drilling set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
No smoking ban
In the wake of bar-restau­rant smoking bans enacted by Bloomington and Minneapolis, Burnsville City Council mem­bers repeated that they’re not interested in a smoking ban here unless it’s ordered by the state.
Ralph Clover, Burnsville’s first parks supervisor, died July 2 at age 85.
Three students from Cedar Alternative High School in Ea­ gan died after being overcome by carbon monoxide while exploring St. Paul’s Wabasha ! Street caves April 27.
Dead were Patrick Dague, 17, of Burnsville; Nick Larson, 17, of Savage; and Natalie Van-
Vorst, 17, of Savage.
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Year in Review 2005John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc.com

2005 was a year of progress in Burnsville.
It brought new development to once-blighted property in the Heart of the City, where city leaders also studied the costs of building a performing-arts cen­ter.
2005 was a year of com­ passion, as citizens, churches, firefighters and city leaders did their small part to bring relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
2005 was also a year of crime and foreboding. Three murders were committed in Burnsville. The drug methamphetamine was blamed in a grisly slaying and an attempted murder, as well as a rash of related crimes that prompted police to launch a special street-crimes unit in 2006. A public forum on the meth epidemic drew some 250
teens and adults.
Heart and art
Nicollet Plaza opened on the long-vacant Kmart property and surrounding land, returning life to the blighted southeast comer of Nicollet Avenue and Highway
13 and furthering development of a mixed-use “downtown” in the Heart of the City.
Covering 17 of the 54 acres in the Heart of the City, the proj­ect is anchored by a Cub Foods store adjacent to other retail stores. Still not fully built, the project will also include condo­ miniums, rowhouse-style town- See City, 12A

homes, and an office and bank building.
City officials started over in their quest to bring a perform­
ing-arts center to city-owned land in the Heart of the City.
The city and local arts groups had pinned their hopes on two would-be hotel developers who said an arts center could be part
of their larger projects in Burns­ville’s redevelopment district.
But the first developer failed to deliver a project, and the sec­ ond has failed to meet a pay­ ment deadline in its quest to buv
the land for a hotel, retail office and housing project.
This year the City Council will discuss whether the 700- to 900-seat project can be funded and built. A consultant’s esti­ mate put the cost at around $40 million, but officials are confi­dent it can be built for less.

Meth and crime
The City Council approved a Police Department budget re­ quest for two officers who will focus on drug and drug-related crimes.
“We have a real problem with methamphetamine,” said Police Chief Bob Hawkins. Through the first six months of 2005, drug crimes were up 57 percent, from 208 to 327, compared with the same period in 2004. Also up were robberies (20 percent). See City,13A

aggravated assaults (44 per cent), residential burglaries (74 percent) and commercial bur glaries (78 percent).
Two grisly crimes were meth-related. Derrek Lawrence Hopkins, 24, is accused of mur dering his 50-year-old aunt, Di ane Hedalen, at her Burnsville apartment. He allegedly beat her with his fists and a wooden chest and slit her throat. Hopkins had been taking meth daily for more than a week before committing Dakota County's first meth-fu- eled homicide, said County At torney James Backstrom.
David Edward Makarim, 26, is accused of attempted murder in the Jan. 17 stabbing of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend at her Burnsville apartment. He later used the knife to threaten police officers, who shot him in the leg. Makarim was also on meth, Hawkins said.
In an Oct. 28 meth forum at Burnsville High School, Back strom said he’s never seen a problem “more pervasive, more dangerous and more scary”in his 28 years in the county attor ney’s office.
Two other murders occurred in 2005. Patricia Ann McGhee was shot to death in her apart ment May 14. Johnny Jerome Clark — the father of her three children — was charged with second-degree murder. McGhee had kicked Clark out o f the apartment three weeks earlier.
Maris Jo Miles was murdered Dec. 30 at her home. Charged is her stepson, 23-year-old Ste phen Miles of Eagan, who al legedly killed her with hatchet blows to the head and then cut off the head with a knife. His attorney says Miles is mentally ill.
Fishing Hat Bandit Burnsville resident John

Whitrock, the Twin Cities’no torious “Fishing Hat Bandit,” pleaded guilty May 13 to steal ing more than $84,000 in a string of 22 bank robberies. His nickname came from the floppy hat he often wore during heists. The 57-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Stranded in the Houston As trodome with other Hurricane Katrina survivors, Dominick Ballard and Troilynn Baxter of New Orleans’Gentilly neigh borhood took a chance on a bus ride to Minnesota and wound up in the Burnsville home of John and Joan Boone.
Burnsville rallied around survivors of the September di saster.
Cash, food and supplies were collected through Burnsville Katrina Relief, sponsored by the city. Prince o f Peace Lutheran Church and local businesses.
Burnsville resident Ed Lord ledateamof150AmericanRed Cross volunteers that set up a massive relief center in Mon roe, La. Some 3,000 hurricane evacuees took shelter inside a 314,000-square-foot building. Lord, the former head of the Veterans Affairs office of Emer gency Medical Preparedness, called the effort the “Miracle in Monroe.”
Ton and Mary Eischen of Burnsville spent eight weeks in Biloxi, Miss., helping to run a relief center at a church and fix ing up damaged homes. The re tirees are members of St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Their relief work was done through Lutheran Disaster Re sponse.
Burnsville firefighter/para- medics Kyle Engen and Mike Klarich answered a post-Katrina call to firefighters from the Fed eral Emergency Management Agency. They spent three weeks in Louisiana assessing damage and living conditions follow ing Hurricane Katrina and then

Hurricane Rita.
Ballard and Baxter, who were
planning to marry when the hur ricane struck, are now starting over in Burnsville. They found jobs and an apartment at the Co lonial Estates complex.
Rental housing
The City Council approved a rental licensing ordinance Nov. 23, after more than a year of tweaking and consultation with sometimes-recalcitrant property owners and managers.
Licensing of rental housing was recommended by police and other city departments to stem crime and nuisance problems at troubled apartment complexes. The licenses are free, which helped owners and managers to endorse the program.
Freeway congestion
“Revive 35”became the slo gan of a campaign to mobilize south metro citizens tired of traf fic congestion on I-35/I-35W. It was launched by the 35W Solu tions Alliance.
Officials complained of funding shortages for needed improvements to serve the ar ea’s growing commuter popula tion and pressed for funding for a new interchange at Highway
13 and County Road 5 in Burns ville. U.S. Rep. John Kline, R- 2nd District, secured $3 million for the project in the federal highway funding bill.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Transportation developed possible fixes for Burnsville’s congested portion of the freeway, which prom ises to grow more congested as development pressures to the south increase.
Recommendations include closing the Black Dog Road interchange and moving a rede signed Cliff Road interchange to the north.

Airport and noise
Residents of Burnsville and neighboring communities got fair warning about increased noise from a new runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul Interna tional Airport. A series of meet ings and presentations was held in April, including several in Burnsville.
So how bad is the increased noise from the runway, which handles about 37 percent o f the airport’s departures and 17 per cent of its arrivals?
Ask residents o f northeast Burnsville, the city’s most af fected area, and they’ll probably say they won't know for sure until open-window weather re turns in the spring.
Among local people serving in Iraq:
Lt.Col.DavidRabbofBurns ville, commanding officer of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 785th Combat Stress Co., returned in February from 12 months in Iraq, where his 85-member unit fanned out across the theater to help soldiers cope with fear, fa tigue and trauma.
Shelley Hermes, a physical education teacher at Eagle Ridge Junior High in Savage, returned in September after commanding
135 members of the National Guard’s Bravo Company 134th Signal Battalion, which served
11 months in Baghdad.
Buck Hill
The City Council voted
March 21 to give Buck Hill Ski Area expanded development rights on part of its property in exchange for zoning that will help ensure the ski hill remains for decades to come.
High-density, owner-occu pied lownhomes and some com mercial uses will be allowed on the northern 21 acres of Buck Hill property.
The deal assured that Buck

Hill wouldn’t go the way of another southwest Burnsville amenity — Orchard Gardens Golf Course, which was plowed under to make way for home sites.
Fire chief
Fire Chief Ron Payne re
tired in April after 12 years as chief. He was replaced Oct. 17 by Steve Harklerode, 44, the department’s acting chief. Har klerode hadn’t initially applied for the top job, but reconsidered after the city’s offer to Roseville Fire Chief Richard Gasaway fell through.
Remains found
Human bones discovered by a man walking in Murphy-Han- rehan Park Reserve in southwest Burnsville May 9 were those of AnneWhite,53,ofSavage,who had been missing since 1999.
Foul play was ruled out in White death. She was last seen Feb. 7, 1999, at the nearby Sav age home of her ex-husband, Phil Swan. She had gone there complaining of marital prob lems.
Athletic fields were named for local youth sports boosters.
Mel Larson Field was dedi cated at Black Dog Park. Burns ville’s premier youth football venue. Larson has coached Burnsville Athletic Club foot ball for 29 years and been foot ball commissioner for 20.
Baseball Field 1 at Alimag- net Park was named for Rich Vander Laan, a baseball booster for more than 20 years and the president of Baseball Asso ciation 191. Field 2 was named for the late Bob Bunnell, the founder of the Burnsville Bob cats town team and a former city parks commissioner who helped plan and secure voter approval
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of a parks bond referendum that included a second field at Ali- magnet.
A group of former play ers and coaches is now asking chool District 191 to name the football field at Pates Stadium after retired football coach Dick Hanson.
Owners of the Hooters Res
taurant in Burnsville withdrew their request for an outdoor pa tio.
The request faced opposition from city staff and the Planning Commission, which voted 3-2 July 11 to recommend denial of a planned unit development amendment to allow the patio. Though inadequate parking was the sticking point. Hooters also has local detractors who
dislike the female wait staff’s skimpy outfits. One of them, City Council Member Teresa
Daly, said she had planned to vote against the deck request.
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Year in Review 2006Jan 11, 2017
Year ini Review 2007byJohn Gessner
Burnsville boondoggle or a shining star in the Heart of the City?
Debate over the S20 million Burnsville Performing Arts Center got hotter as the weather got warmer
in 2007. ' Bythetime a divided City Council cast an expected
Roger Rich- ardson, Burns- yille’s first city mayor, died in C)ctober
final vote for the project in July, police officers stood guard in the lobby to quell shouting matches, and oppo­ nents were warning support­ ing council members that their days in office were numbered.
“Cowards! Cowards!” a man shouted at offending of­ ficials after the vote.
Years of discussion over an arts center had probably gone unnoticed by many residents. But the council’s decision to build it with public funding af­ ter a series of private develop­ ment plans fell through caught the attention of many, includ­ ing opponents who turned up the heat through a citizen group called No Performing Arts Center.
'• Those who’d support­ ed an arts center for years were steadfast but frequently drowned out by the growing opposition movement. Sup-
Filephoto by Rick Orndorf
City officials broke ground on the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in July. From left are Deputy City Manager Tammy Omdal, City Council Member Dan Gustafson, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, former Council Member Teresa Daly (who supported the project while in office), Council Member Liz Workman and Deputy City Manager Tom Hansen. Council members Charlie Crichton and Dan Kealey, who voted against the project, didn’t participate in the ceremony.
porters included members of local arts groups and citizens involved in planning the Heart of the City redevelopment, who said the draw of an arts center had always been part of the vision.
“The good thing about de­ mocracy is we elected council
people to represent us,” com­ munity-theater veteran Len Nachman said at the July council meeting. “The council is representing all the people.”
While the arts center con­ sumed much of Burnsville’s attention in 2007, other news- See City, 8A making events included rede­ velopment proposals in the Heart of the City, a win on airport noise, a takeover of Burnsville legislative seats by Democrats, apartment and house fires and the death of the city’s first mayor.
Arts center
The council’s direction on an arts center was essentially set in December 2006, when it approved a two-track plan: Ei­ ther developer M.A. Morten- son would build a new home for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres on city-owned land west of Nicollet Commons Park, or the city would build its own performance center.
In early 2007, the Chanhas­ sen crossed Burnsville off its list* and the city terminated a contract with Mortenson when the builder sought additional subsidies for an adjacent hotel project.
The Mortenson deal was the third public-private deal for construction of a Burnsville arts center to fall through in recent years.
In March, the council voted 3-2 for a $20 million financing plan — including a $16.5 mil­ lion bond sale — that officials insisted will not raise property owners’taxes. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and council members Dan Gustafson and Liz Work­ man voted for the plan; council members Charlie Crichton and Dan Kealey voted against.
The council division con­ tinued on July 2, as members voted 3-2 for a needed rezoning and other site approvals. Dave Erickson, an opposition leader, warned the council of a “rising tide of anger” over the project.
An estimated 1,500 people
attended a ground-breaking ceremony July 10. The cen­ ter — with a 1,000-seat main theater, a 150-seat black-box theater, community meet­ ing rooms and gallery space — is expected to open late next year.
Airport noise
Northeast Burnsville resi­ dents got relief from the ex­ cessive aircraft noise that had plagued their neighborhoods after a new airport runway opened in October 2005.
The percentage of aircraft departing Runway 17/35 and flying over northeast Burnsville dropped from 43 percent to 9 percent, the Metropolitan Air­ ports Commission reported in April.
The reduction in overflights under a new departure heading used by the Federal Aviation Administration was begun on a trial basis Feb. 7 and later made permanent.
Departing aircraft fanned out to 215 degrees over the Minnesota River — close to what MAC officials had predicted before the runway opened — instead of the 190- degree heading the FAA had said was needed for safety.
Heart of the City
Two office buildings with a restaurant and catering center are planned for the old AAA Minnesota/Iowa property west of Nicollet Avenue, next to the arts center.
But the project won’t in­ clude a hotel. Anderson Development, which in September added a hotel to its plans in a competition with two other suitors for the city- owned property, reported in November that none of the
16 hotel chains it had courted were interested in the site.
The City Council, acting as the Economic Development Authority, proceeded without the hotel, approving a redevel­ opment contract and $2 mil­ lion in tax-increment financ­ ing. The project comes with 500 public parking stalls.
The TCF Bank site at Nicollet Avenue and Burnsville Parkway will be redeveloped. The Economic Development Authority granted up to $1.5 million in tax-increment fi­ nancing Oct. 15 to Wellington Management Inc., which plans to build a two- or three-level medical office building, a drug­ store and a two-level parking deck.
DFLers in the
In a stunning political rever­ sal, five of the six Burnsville- area seats in the state Leg­ islature went to DFLers in November 2006. The new leg­ islators completed their first session in 2007.
The two new lawmakers from Burnsville, District 41 Sen. John Doll and District 41A Rep. Will Morgan, bucked their party by voting against income-tax increases.
Republicans wasted little time in their campaign to re­ claim Morgan’s seat in 2008. By May, two candidates — for­ mer Burnsville City Council Member Deborah Moran and District 191 School Board Member Todd Johnson — had announced.
Fire broke out June 14 at Raven Hill Apartments on .Harriet Avenue, leaving about 200 people homeless for the night. One woman was injured jumping from a second-story
window, and a man was arrest­ ed for disorderly conduct when he tried, against police orders, to save a pet inside.
Susan Kay Gilbertson, 67, died eight days later of injuries suffered in a July 16 fire in her apartment at The Woods of Burnsville complex on Port­ land Avenue. Firefighters had rescued her from the burning unit.
Lightning was blamed for a string of five fires Aug. 14 and

st mayor dies
Roger Richardson, the city
of Burnsville’s first mayor, died Oct. 13 at 85.
He was Burnsville Town Board chairman and the night- shift boss at Northern States Power’s Black Dog generating plant during a historic annexa­ tion battle between Burnsville and Bloomington, its neighbor across the Minnesota River.
While Richardson’s em­ ployer, the chief target of Bloomington’s annexation bid, sided with that city, Richard­ son stood firm for Burnsville.
Burnsville prevailed, the township incorporated and Richardson was elected mayor of the new city July 14, 1964.' Defeated in his re-election bid, he served through 1965.
Richardson, who lived for 45 years on Shirley Drive, was a board member at St. John the Baptist Catholic School- in Savage for 20 years and served as Dakota County civil defense director in 1966.
Charter school woes
An embattled Burnsville charter school didn’t resume classes this fall after one year of operation.
Dakota Academy Charter School was embroiled in a long battle with its chartering spon­ sor, Crossroads College of Rochester, which complained that the school didn’t deliver timely information about school operations or address management concerns.
The school failed in its bid for a court injunction to pre­ vent the state Department of Education from closing it.
Water-treatment plant
An idea first hatched in 1994 came to fruition last year, as Burnsville, Savage and Kraemer Mining and Materi­ als reached agreement on a plan to build a water-treatment plant on Kraemer’s riverfront
The plant will capture and treat about 4 million gallons per day of water pumped from the company’s limestone min­ ing quarry into the Minnesota
River. Costs of the $13.5 mil­ lion plant — which will include treatment facilities on the site of Burnsville’s existing treat­ ment plant and a watermain
from Kraemer property — are split between the three parties and a $5.5 million state contri­ bution.
Ice time
The Apple Valley Hockey Association’slong-runningdis­ pute with the city of Burnsville over ice time is headed to court.
In July, the hockey group — which consists of Burnsville families living in School Dis­ trict 196 — filed suit against the city. It alleges that the city’s method of allocating ice time at the Burnsville Ice Center un­ fairly favors user groups with longstanding ties to the city at the expense of residents.
The plaintiffs say ice time should be allocated based on the percentage of Burnsville youths within the groups.
A court date is set for June 11.
Traffic deaths
Mary Ajiba Omot, 39, of Burnsville, was struck and killed while walking across County Road 5 in the 13000 block in the early-morning hours of June 9.
A 65-year-old Apple Valley man was killed Sept. 18 when the car he was riding in was broadsided in the intersection of Cliff Road and West River Hills Drive. The driver of the other vehicle, 27-year-old Syresta Guytun of Burnsville, ran a red light, police say.
Samantha Ann Heiges, 21, was charged Sept. 20 with drowning her newborn baby girl after giving birth in the bathtub of her Burnsville
Erik Ryan Matlock, 23, was
charged with aiding the crime, which allegedly occurred in May 2005.
Heiges claims the abusive Matlock threatened her and the baby’s life unless the baby was disposed of.
An acquaintance of Heiges’ told Burnsville police earlier this year that Heiges had con­ fessed the crime to him, Da­ kota County Attorney James Backstrom said.
Heiges, now living in Coon Rapids, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and first-degree murder. Mat- lock, now living in Blaine, was
charged with aiding an offend­ er in second-degree murder.
Bruce W. Betcher of Burnsville was sentenced May 7 to a total of 750 years in fed­ eral prison in a child pornog­ raphy case investigated by U.S.
Immigration and Customs En­ forcement.
Betcher, 53, was convicted in May 2006 on 24 counts of manufacturing child pornog­ raphy, one count of receiving
child pornography and one count of possessing child por­ nography, according to ICE.
Betcher took digital photo­ graphs of minor relatives en­ gaged in sexually explicit con­ duct, ICE said.
Justine Alex Reisdorf, 19,
of Eagan pleaded guilty Sept. 12 to placing an Internet ad advertising prostitution. A charge of sex trafficking of a
minor was dismissed.
Reisdorf was accused of
recruiting high school girls in School District 191 to work as prostitutes at a rented Burnsville townhome where
she lived and at a Burnsville hotel where she worked.

ice said this spring they had arrested 16 men in a span
of weeks for lewd behavior just west of I-35W in the Minne­ sota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Police arrested six men, ages 40 to 80, in a crackdown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29. They were arrested for sex acts and flashing, which occurred in open spaces at the river’s edge or along the footpaths through the trees, police said.
The men were charged with indecent exposure, a misde­
meanor with a possible penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Fire Muster
The annual Burnsville Fir5 Muster community festival was moved from its traditional early-September slot to Aug. 8 to 12 to accommodate the annual summer convention of the Society for the Preserva­ tion and Appreciation of An­ tique Motor Fire Apparatus in
More than 200 memberc
came to town for the conven­ tion and the Fire Muster truck parade. Local society members Ken and Janet Peterson were largely responsible for bring­ ing the convention to town.
Bob’s benched
Employees and customers of Benchwarmer Bob’s Sports Cafe may have caught wind of the financial and legal woes en­ tangling the popular Burnsville restaurant and nightspot.
They didn’t expect to find a sign on the door Feb. 7 saying it was closed.
Five partners in the business — including former Minne­ sota Viking Bob Lurtsema and former Minnesota Twin Kent Hrbek — have won a $650,000 settlement against Nicholas Grammas, the general partner who ran the restaurant. They say the Plymouth man used more than $1 million in bank loans obtained through the partnership to prop up fail­ ing Twin Cities restaurants he owned.
What the partners will do with the property at 251 W. Burnsville Parkway remains to be seen. But some locals will miss Benchwarmer Bob’s, which thrived for 13 years in a building where an American Legion club and several other restaurants had come and
John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.
Jan 11, 2017
Burnsville Timeline to 1995
Dakota County was created by the Minnesota State Legislature
The first road in Burnsville was established - known as the St. Paul and Shakopee Road. This road followed quite closely to the present Highway 13 and Williams Drive.
The first birth recorded in what was to become Burnsville - a daughter to Mr.and Mrs. James Kearney. Dakota County Board established the boundaries of Burnsville
The official organization of the town of Burnsville (election of town board members, etc.) However the first record found of a Township meeting was the 3rd day of April, 1860.
Some of the early settlers mentioned in the first town board minutes were: D. J. Bums, John Bums, Wm. Bums, Jeremiah Sweeney, James Connelly, Timothy O’Reagan, Michael Connolly, (a very Irish community).
A dispute over some property led to the killing of Thomas Kearney. James O’Hare was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. First record of census - Burnsville population was 361.
The second road in Burnsville was known as the Shakopee/Lakeville Road through Burnsville, and followed what is remaining of Judicial Road.
NOTE ON CHURCHES IN BURNSVILLE: St. John the Baptist of Burnsville was organized in 1853. The congregation first met in the home of Wm. Byrne. He donated land and the first Church was completed in 1855 and located in west Burnsville near the Scott County line near the existing cemetery. The Church was twice destroyed by fire. After the second fire it was rebuilt in Hamilton (Savage) in 1902.
St. James Evangelical Lutheran began in 1939 in the home of Wm. Belz. A church was built and a move was made to Savage in 1949. As the congregation grew a new church was built at its present site on Williams Drive in 1963.
Grace United Methodist Church began in 1959...meeting in the Burnsville Town Hall on County Road 5 until 1962 when a new church was built and the congregation moved to its present site on Maple Island Road - across from Buck Hill,

1870’s The first general store was built at the junction of the St. Paul and Shakopee and Lakeville Road (present junction of Williams Drive and Judicial Road. Population of Burnsville - 388. A hotel/summer resort was opened on Crystal Lake. This became a popular sum m er recreation spot for the M inneapolis/St. Paul area.
Rural delivery of mail began. Prior to that time mail was picked up at the Village of Hamilton Post Office.
Population - 385
Dan Patch Railroad was built from Minneapolis to Antlers Park in Lakeville.
Population-4 1 9
First bridge was built across the Minneosta River from Bloomington to Burnsville. It was a drawbridge which extended Lyndale Avenue into Burnsville. In 1922 this road was extended to Orchard Gardens, and in 1925 the road went to Antler’s Park in Lakeville. Later this road became State Highway 65, and in the late 1950’s was replaced by Interstate 35.
Population - 490
City Treasurer recorded City funds totalling $172.39. Major expenses were dragging the roads and paying gopher bounties.
REA (Rural Electrification Association) brought electricity to Burnsville.
Population - 495
Oscar Dally was issued first 3.2 beer license for his general store on the east end of Crystal Lake.
$3,325.95 in Town Treaury
Population - 583 Residential platting began. Vista View and Northview Additions among the first housing.
Population - 2,716. Bloomington attempted to annex Black Dog on 8/22/61 and then all of Burnsville. After a long and heavily fought legal battle Burnsville remained Burnsville Township and incorporated on 6/16/64.
Election to incorporate as a Village
Village offices were on County Rd 5 (Ames Construction building) Population (estimated 8,054)
Employees 15
Roger Richards^ first Mayor
Michael O’Connor - Clerk
Ray Connelly
Wm Dolan } Trustees Warren Kelley
Police Dept was formed with hiring of Ed Farrell as Police Chief
1965 Special Census - 10,721 Employees 29
Budget $361,500
Minnesota River flooded closing 35W City Administrator hired 6/1/65
1/1/67 Council/Manager form of government became effective (Plan B)
5/67 City Hall moved to 1313 E. Highway 13 Population (estimate) 13,912
1968 Population - 15,538 Employees 43
Civic Center property purchased from Patrick Nicholson for $24,000
First phase maintenance facility built
1969 Public Safety Department formed

1972 1975
1976 1977
1981 1985
Population - 19,940 Employees 48 Budget $1,104,065
Ice Arena Constructed
Population - 31,234 Employees 89
Burnsville Flag adopted
Burnsville Center opened Development boomed in the 70’s
Population - 35,674 Employees 146 Budget $5,201,902
Public Safety Dept reorganized into Police and Fire Departments
Second sheet of ice built Population - 40,115 Employees 163
City Hall moved to 100 Civic Center Parkway
25 year (as incorporated City) celebration held in September
New Maintenance Facility occupied on McAndrews Road Population - 53,860 (estimate)
Employees 215
Budget $17,631,050

Jan 11, 2017
Year in Review (continued) 2008byJohn Gessner

Editor’s note: This por­tion of the Burnsville 2008 year in review story was mistakenly omitted from the Dec. 26 edition.

Sports theft
A former youth sports commissioner who said he had a gambling problem was charged in February with embezzling more than $43,000 from the Burnsville Athletic Club.
Douglas Jay Jahnke al­legedly diverted registration fees and other money from the girls in-house basketball program while serving as commissioner from 2005 to 2007.
Jahnke allegedly altered checks or had players’ fami­lies make checks to him. Police say they documented 378 altered or forged checks and eight fraudulent cash transactions.
The 47-year-old Burns­ville resident was charged with six counts each of theft by swindle, check forgery and offering a forged check. His trial is scheduled to open Jan. 27.

Vehicular homicide
Armando Velasquez, 20, of Faribault, was sentenced in October to 57 months in prison for the hit-and-run that killed a man on April 5 outside the former Event Center at the Towne and Country Square mall. Velasquez had pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Carlos Eduardo Noriega, 32, of Prior Lake. The crime stemmed from an alterca­tion at the Event Center. Martina Narvaez pleaded guilty to aiding an offender for helping Velasquez try to avoid arrest. Similar charges were pending against Fran­ cisco Javiar Velasquez.

Attack, arson
Three men await trial in the May 11 break-in, attack and arson at a Burnsville man’s townhome. Paul Traub, 13603 Knox Drive, was stabbed and beaten by intruders who also stole his car and set the townhouse on fire. “These were nasty people,” said a neigh­bor, Wanda Trousil. “Nobody deserves to have that happen to them. He’s such a nice man.” Traub, 52, was in bed in the early-morning hours intruders entered through his open garage door. Charged with attempted murder, burglary and arson are Shaquen Perril Whit­field, 19, of Prior Lake; Irvin Scott Cook, 18, ad­dress unknown; and Lance Dwayne Wilkins, 21, of Pri­or Lake.

Stock swindle
Burnsville resident Eldon Anderson was sentenced Nov. 20 to 97 months in prison for defrauding in­vestors by selling stock in a business he called EPCOM Wireless Corp.
The 56-year-old, called a “consummate con man” by federal prosecutors, plead­ed guilty in March to one count of securities fraud. Anderson was ordered to pay more than $1.4 mil­ lion in restitution for frauds committed since 1994. “He invested a lot of time in friendships,” said Richard Hatcher of Burns­ville, a former neighbor of Anderson’s who lost $3,000 investing with him. “His part-time job was taking your money.”

Ex-mayor dies
Burnsville’s second may­or was a devout Mormon who didn’t like noisy bars or raunchy radio. Alfred E. Hall’s morals may have propelled him into politics. But Hall’s legacy is his stewardship of a village and city rapidly changing from rural to suburban. Hall, 80, died March 30 in Dallas, Texas, where he moved his family in 1976. He was mayor from Janu­ary 1966 to January 1970. A Mormon bishop, Hall thought liquor sales should be limited to mu­nicipal stores, though he never achieved that goal. He made news in the early 1970s for tangling with a youth-oriented AM radio station, U100, whose con­tent he found offensive.

Ice time
In June, a judge dismissed claims that Burnsville’s allo­cation of ice time is unfair to Burnsville youths who play in the Apple Valley Hockey Association. A suit filed by six AVHA parents who live in Burns­ville challenged the city’s policy of giving “legacy us­ers” priority in renting ice at the Burnsville Ice Center. The suit followed a bitter dispute that erupted in 2006 when the AVHA, a nonle­gacy user, was negotiating with the city for ice time. The AVHA, which must accept Burnsville youths who live in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District 196, wanted prime- season ice time to be allo­cated based on the number of its Burnsville members as a percentage of total ice­ time users.

Hotels, problems
Burnsville’s hotels and motels came under in­ creased scrutiny in 2007 and 2008. Worries about prosti­tution, other crimes and cleanliness prompted the City Council to look into — but ultimately reject — city licensing of Burnsville’s 10 lodging properties. Sting operations from June 2007 through March 2008 showed prostitution to be a lingering problem. Sev­ en stings netted 40 arrests at five lodging properties and two apartment complexes, Police Chief Bob Hawkins said. The Red Roof Inn at 12920 Aldrich Ave. S. was not part of the sting opera­tion, but had significantly more police calls from June to December 2007 than neighboring lodging prop­erties, according to police.

Banquet center closes
The International Chefs’ Culinary Center, a banquet hall whose October 2004 opening helped inaugurate Burnsville’s Heart o f the City, closed Oct. 8. Located in the Grande Market Square building in the Heart of the City, the 440-seat center was the brainchild of Burnsville resident Ron Achterkirch, a former Control Data execu­tive and software-company founder whose worldwide travels inspired a love of fine dining. Achterkirch said his in­ ability to renegotiate his lease with building owner Sherman Associates and skyrocketing food prices doomed the business. “I’ll bet I’ve been to 100 events in his place in the last couple of years,” City Council Member Dan Gustafson said. “It was get­ting a lot of support from a lot of groups, but just not enough.” Some of Achterkirch’s booked wed­dings and other events were moved to the new Applewood Event Center, which opened recent­ly in the Towne and
Country Square mall at Highway 13 and Cliff Road.

Garbage zones
Garbage collection in Burnsville’s single-family neighborhoods will be lim­ited to one day a week in each of five zones. In May, the City Coun­cil unanimously approved a “day-specific” collection system. Collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste will be limited to one week­ day in each zone. The. five licensed haulers doing business in the city agreed to the change, which takes effect Jan. 1. Day-specific collection is the tightest regulation to emerge from years of peri­ odic debate over clamping down on trash-collection nuisances in Burnsville neighborhoods.

River Quadrant
City officials and local legislators held a news conference in April to tout a tax measure that could net Burnsville up to $80 million to prepare its vast riverfront
for redevelopment. The law, approved by the 2007 Minnesota Legisla­ture, allows the city to create tax-increment financing districts in the 1,700-acre area west of Interstate 35W and north of Highway 13 and pool the revenue for use throughout it.

Cops at risk
The Police Department held a news conference in July to raise awareness of roadside dangers cops face when stopping vehicles. Over the previous two and a half years, there were
eight incidents in which of­ficers’ vehicles had been hit or officers had been injured in traffic-related incidents, most of them traffic stops.

Apartment rehab
Chancellor Manor, Da­kota County’s largest subsi­dized housing complex will be acquired and rehabili­tated for $24.2 million, in an effort to deter crime and improve the property.
Final funding approval was announced Oct. 23 for the 200-unit apartment and townhome development built in 1972 and housing 493 low-income residents. The nonprofit Commu­nity Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) will own and manage the com­plex, located near County Road 42 on Irving Avenue South. Renovation is ex­ pected to begin next year and be completed in 2010. The Dakota County Com­munity Development Agen­cy is contributing $2.5 mil­ lion to the project.

Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
The Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, formerly in Eagan’s Cedarvale redevel­opment area, is moving to Burnsville. The City Council ap­proved the sale of .6 acres of city-owned land between Nicollet Commons Park and Red Lion Liquor in the Heart of the City. Mediter­ranean Cruise owner Jamal Ansari paid $165,000 for the land and will build a pump room where the city will house pumps feeding the artificial stream in the park. The city will pay $165,000 for an easement granting access to those facilities.
Ansari plans to open in late January.

John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc. com.
Jan 11, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
Battle for Black Dog Raged over 20 years Ago 1982By DEL STELLING
February 16, 1982

Over the years, the Minnesota Valley has been the scene of numerous battles, including historic battles between the Sioux and the Chippewa and the famous Sioux Uprising of 1862.
Of more significance to the modern generation, however, was the unforgettable “Battle over Black Dog,’'which was raging just 20 years ago.

This legal battle involved the infamous attempt on the part of the City of Bloomington to annex the land south of the Minnesota River on which the Northern State Power Co.’s Black Dog plant is located.
Wally Day, chairman of the Burnsville Town Board at the time, still bristles with anger when he recalls the events which transpired during that intense battle.
The controversy came to light on August 22, 1961, when Bloomington city officials announced their intention to annex the 159-acre power plant site.
At the time, state law permitted a municipality to annex up to 200 acres of unincorporated land sim ply at the request of the owner.
In this instance, NSP officials had been quietly working with Bloomington officials on the annexation proposal, and Burnsville, because it was an unincorporated township, suddenly found itself in jeopardy of losing its greatest source of tax dollars.
It was reported that Ray Olson. Bloomington’s city manager, was largely responsible for initiating the behind-the-scene planning for the annexation deal.
Burnsville officials, however, were totally unaware of what was happening until the annexation was formally announced.
Wally Day recalls that the first he heard about the deal was when Pat Connelly, the Burnsville town clerk at the time, called to advise that he had heard that Bloomington had filed to annex the Black Dog plant.
Anticipating the serious consequences of the annexation, Day immediately contacted David Grannis of the legal firm of Grannis and Grannis to request that he handle Burnsville’s defense.
On Wednesday, August 13, 1961, approximately 500 Burnsville residents participated in a hastily-called meeting at the Burnsville Town Hall, located on County Road 5.
As a result of that meeting, the residents and town officials unanimously agreed to take the annexation attempt to the courts.
Attorney Grannis informed the township officials that the court was requiring a $225,000 security bond be posted during the legal process.
As collateral for this bond, Day offered his farm and personal property as collateral, which was accepted by the judge.
On the same day as the hastily- called town board meeting, the League of Women Voters from Bloomington distributed a pamphlet to homes in Burnsville, giving reasons why NSP was convinced Bloomington should share in the economic value of the Black Dog plant.

It was pointed out that the Black Dog plant had an assessed valuation of $10.5 million and, further, that Bloomington could provide stabilized urban services and experience in developing adjacent properties.
The day after these pamphlets were distributed in Burnsville a group of local residents picked them up and returned them to Bloomington, depositing them on the steps of the city hall.
The aroused residents gave some thought to boycotting Bloomington merchants, but Wally Day discouraged such action, noting that the merchants were not actually in favor of the annexation deal.

Subsequently, a meeting was held at Burnsville High School which was attended by 400or more residents, all of whom stated they wanted to fight Bloomington’s annexation plan.
As an alternative to this plan, Bloomington offered to annex all of Burnsville, but this proposal, too, was strongly opposed by local residents.
Joe Robbie, now a prominent sports figure in Florida, was executive secretary of the Minnesota Municipal Commission at that time and he supported Bloomington’s annexation plan.
Meanwhile, the Burnsville Citizens League initiated a petition opposing the annexation, and also supported the cause by attending all the hearings involved in the Black Dog annexation.
During the winter of 1961, Day recalls, a hearing was held at Burnsville High School at which testimony was given pertaining to the annexation.
Among those supporting Burnsville’s cause were Howard Dahlgren of Midwest Planners; Ozzie Springstad, the town board’s financial consultant; and Bonestroo and Rosene Associates, the town’s engineering firm.

Eventually, the Dakota County District Court in Hastings issued a ruling which supported Burnsville’s defense.
This ruling, however, was appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which later in 1962upheld the District Court decision.
Thus, Burnsville turned out to be the victor in the “battle over Black Dog,’one that was costly, but pleasing to those on this side of the Minnesota River.
Commenting recently on the Black Dog affair, Wally Day said, “We had good professional help, along with the merchants from Bloomington, who helped win the Black Dog battle.”
And commenting further, he said, “I had a lot of satisfaction personally in winning the decision over Bloomington.”
Jan 10, 2017
Sioux Trail Teacher Bounces Back After Summer Fireby Jim Bayer
September 7, 1982

Four youngsters arriving early for
school last week at Sioux Trail Elementary School pressed their noses against an outside window and peered into Room 215. "Is this the room?'-; one of the boys asked .
"Yep," came the reply. "Boy, it sure is clean," said the first boy. The youngster's surprise is shared by many who see 'the new Room 215-the same one destroyed by fire July 12.

Twenty-seven youngsters sniffed the air of their new fifth-grade classroom last Monday searching in vain for a trace of odor left behind. But there was nothing out of the ordinary to smell. Nor anything unusual for the eyes to see, except for two empty spots awaiting new heating equipment. Professionals had cleaned the mess and replaced it with a shiny new room, its peril of seven weeks ago undetectable.

The summer since Jul y 12 has been a busy one for Curt Swenson. Swenson has taught in Room 215 for seven years and the fire virtually destroyed 14 years worth of accumulated work.
"I'II put it back together," he said the day after the fire as he surveyed the blackened room, "but it'll take time." Swenson spent two weeks rummaging through charred files trying to salvage what he could of lesson plans and teaching ideas . And he was able to salvage some things. "I cut off the burnt edges of a lot of pieces of paper and made copies of them," he said. Some pictures and posters, scorched on the backside, also survived because they were folded inward .
He and Sioux Trail staff member Sally Reed spent three days immediately following the fire taking inventory and reordering texts and supplies, most of which have been received.

Professional fire cleaners scrubbed, vacuumed or sprayed every square inch of the school (except two or three areas, including the main office and library, that were air conditioned and escaped smoke damage) in the weeks following the fire.
Work on Swenson's room and two other damaged fifth-grade classrooms proceeded steadily, but final work wasn't completed until recently .
"One week ago I sat in here with a bunch of desks and six math books," Swenson recalled with a smile. Since then, the shelves have been restocked, new carpet laid and new blackboards installed .
Swenson received more than 50 calls following reports of his loss of magazines, pictures and other materials.
"There were just a lot of concerned people," Swenson said. Parents of former students called and asked if they could help, others called offering complete collections of National Geographic magazine s and other periodicals.
Swenson has accepted several offers, including one from Birnamwood resident Joe Calhoun, w ho is donating the National Geographic collection he has kept in a cabinet for years.
Why did he donate his collection? "It just sounded like he' s quite a teacher," Calhoun said last week.
" He gives (students) plusses that aren't in the curriculum." The collection is in " mint" condition, he said, complete with full-size maps.

Swenson is outspoken in his appreciation for all the support he has received . "Dr. (Larry) Brad y (Sioux Trail 's new principal) just did a fantastic job taking care of curriculum to carpet to ceiling tiles," he said . And he received a personal letter from Superintendent Theodore Foot offering the district 's support.
But more than anything, Swenson said he is thankful for concern expressed by Sioux Trail community residents and from throughout Burnsville and Eagan.
"With this kind of support, " he said, "it boosts you to go in and do the kind of job their children deserve."
Jan 10, 2017
Dedication Week 1981A special Dedication Week to celebrate the completion of Burnsville Senior High School will be conducted April 20-26.
The theme for the week is "Learning in the Community," highlighting the school as the focus of educational effort on many levels.
During the week, many activities,displays,presentations and performances will draw attention to the important relationship between school and community.
The festive conclusion of the week's activities will be the formal dedication ceremony set for 3p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the new Per forming Arts Center at Burnsville High School.

The Dedication Week activities will open with a thank-you presentation to staff and community for their efforts and support in the high school project. Ernie Stachowski, staff development director for the Long Beach, California schools, will speak on the topic, "The Dynamics of Teaching,”at7p.m.Monday,April 26,in the Performing Arts Center.
The District 191 Special Education staff has developed a multi -faceted presentation focusing on “The International Year of the Dis abled Person,”which will be pres ented from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in Section “F”of the high school.
The format will include audio-visual displays, literature and brochures for distribution as well as resource speakers.
Participating groups will include Association For Children with Learning Disabilities, Association for the Blind, Association for Retarded Citizens. Speech, Language and Hearing Association, Association of Professionals Serving the hearing impaired. In addition, the Minnesota Bar Association will have information on rights of the disabled and handicapped, and the Bell System will have information on special equipment for the handicapped.

A guided tour of the newly completed high school will be given Monday through Friday by members of the student body. The tour will begin at 9a.m. only.
Interested persons should call the main office at 887-7337 so that adequate plans can be made to accommodate each morning's group.
Another tour opportunity will be provided at 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, and those interested in participating should call ahead for reservations.
Burnsville students and staff have a number of special displays and activities planned for Dedication Week. Display cases will feature current student work in a number of departments.

Many of the school's historical aspects will also receive attention in special displays.

A formal dedication ceremony will be conducted at 3p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the Performing Arts Center, followed by a reception in the cafeteria,starting at 4 p.m.

Dr. Robert Tschirki, superintendent, will be the featured speaker at the dedication ceremony. Howard Hall, high school principal, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Robert Alpers, chairman of the Board of Education, will make a presentation, followed by a faculty presentation by Ronald Ronning, social studies teacher.
Student presentations will be made by Gerri Dyrek and Kevin Jones. The Dedication Day entertain entertainment will be provided by the high school music department. The reception which follows will be hosted by members of the Vistaview elementary school CCC.

On Thursday, April 23, the District 191 Board of Education will meet at the high school. This meet ing is open to the public.
Other performances and displays during the week are being planned by the Community Action Council, the Adult Evening High.School, the All-District Elementary Chorus, Nova Dance Centre, Senior High Drama Department, Jaycee Women, Public Safety Department, and the Minnesota Zoo.
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