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Mary Mother of the Church245 viewsThis photo provides a view of Mary Mother of the Church and Cliff Road. There have been expansions to the buildings since this photo.
West shop ends reign of the rein (Eaton's Ranch to close) 1982244 views"By the end of the year, the new Cedar Avenue freeway will drill through the heart of Apple Valley's most famous landmark Eaton's Ranch. It opened in the 1930's and was the site of sleighrides, hayrides, trailrides and private partieis. It was the closet many ever got to the old west. Owner was Arthur Eaton Jr, whose parents opened the ranch.
Burnsville Bowl 1977244 viewsThe popular Burnsville Bowl located at Highway 13 and 12th Avenue.
Burnsville Center 1977244 viewsInterior Burnsville Center photo published August 3, 1977 Burnsville Current.
wk-6-487-0243 viewsCentral Burnsville western border to Nicollet, Dan Patch line in lower left
HIghway 13 and Cliff Road around 1970242 viewsThe intersection of Highway 13 and Cliff Road. The farm is Joe Kennelly's and Denny's restaurant is visible.
Lyndale from River to Bluff 1937241 viewsWN-9-767 shows 1920 bridge and windmill house
WN-9-798241 viewsHighway 13 and Lyndale at lower center, Good view of Savage in 1937, Dan Patch line Minneapolis and Northfield RR
Bloomington Historical Society Museum240 viewsThe Bloomington Historical Society was formed in 1964 and is located at 2215 West Old Shakopee Road, in the restored Town Hall.
95th and Lyndale in Bloomington240 viewsThis photo shows Lyndale Avenue around 1960.
Burnsville Center240 viewsPeck and Peck at the Burnsville Center. August 3, 1977 Burnsville Current.
Prince of Peace fun night239 viewsAlicia Mejia, Melissa and Dani Lindsoe enjoy Prince of Peace fun and games night. February 1, 1978 Burnsville Current photo.
Brookstone - Burnsville Center239 viewsLocated in the Mall in the 1980s, photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Family Funways239 viewsThis small golf course and amusement park was located at 2100 West Highway 13. Savage Minnesota Mayor Rod Hopp owned the business. September 1982.
Cliff Road by air 1969238 viewsCliff Road with Minnegasco tanks visible.
1951 Wedding at St. John the Baptist, Savage237 viewsThis photo shows the interior of the church in the 1950s.
Burnsville Center 1977237 viewsAn undated photo 1977 of a talent show at the Burnsville Center.
Burnsville Center Foot Action 1980s237 viewsNo longer at Burnsville Center, but a shoe option in the 1980s. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Homart Development booklet -Burnsville Center page236 viewsThe page about the Burnsville Center, which appeared in the Homart Development Booklet.
Burnsville Center elevator 1980s236 viewsA view of the Mall's elevator during the 1980s. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
NSP Flood of 1965235 viewsSpecial issue of NSP News documenting the 1965 flood in NSP districts, including the Burnsville Black Dog Power Plant
Eaton's Ranch (Apple Valley)235 viewsLocated on Cedar Avenue, before the "freeway" this was a popular ranch in the metro area.

Arthur J. 'Art' Eaton last owner's obituary tells some of the history.

Eaton, Arthur J. "Art" Age 87, of Randolph Township, passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, on October 28th, after a hard fought seven week battle with aspiration pneumonia. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Art was born to Arthur J. Eaton, Sr. and Alice Hendrickson Eaton in Waukon, Iowa on February 16, 1929.

When Art was a year old, he and his family moved to Apple Valley where his parents owned & operated Eaton's Ranch, a business that would stay operational into the 1970's. Art worked with his family at the ranch helping with various chores such as hay rides, sleigh rides, trail rides and rodeos. Feeling that he would get a better education than from the one room school nearby, his parents drove him 13 miles one way to and from Nathan Hale Grade School in South Minneapolis for his elementary school education. Art then attended Breck School in St. Paul for two years and graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1947. When Art was a teenager his parents purchased the Lilac Way Riding Academy and Pastime Arena in St. Louis Park, which is still in existence today as the Roller Gardens Skating Rink.

Art remembered riding horses down Lilac Way which is now Highway 100. Art proudly served our country in the Air Force during the Korean War as a communications specialist. Eaton's Ranch had been out of the family for several years but came back into Art's life when he and his wife Joan repurchased it in the mid 1970's and again offered horse boarding, hay and sleigh rides as well as a restaurant on site called The Maverick.

As Apple Valley started growing around the ranch property, they discontinued the horse part of the operation and turned the business into the very popular Eaton's Western Store which they operated until it was taken by the highway department for the expansion of Cedar Ave. in 1982.
Burnsville Center 2017235 viewsOne in a series of random photos of the interior of the mall.
Burnsville Center area by air234 viewsAir photo showing County Road 5 and 35 W and County Road 42 estimated date 2000.
Where to find it from A - Z Burnsville Center 1996234 viewsA marketing brochure designed and produced by Hershey Communications 1996 for the Burnsville Center with a map and store listings.
Black Dog Power Plant by air234 viewsThis 1960 aerial photo shows the Black Dog plant lower right, in relation to Bloomington. Courtesey of Aero-Metric Incorporated. Published in OVER THE YEARS - Dakota County Historical Society. August 2006.
MInnesota River Valley 1980234 viewsA view of the Minnesota River Valley and the Black Dog Plant. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
Queen Anne Kiddieland - the Valley Fair of the 50's.232 viewsLocated in the Bloomington/Edina area, this was the Valley Fair of the 1950s.
Burnsville Center 1990s232 viewsEntry into the Burnsville Center, circa 1990 compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Police Department history Crnobrna 1988231 viewsBack to the Future
Mike Crnobrna 06/10/88

I firmly believe that basic training in any organization should include a history of that organization. Here are a few facts about the Burnsville Police Department taken from my
perspective as a former Burnsville Officer. After you read it, I would encourage you to quiz others more senior to the Burnsville experience than yourself for their perspective as well.
In August of 1961, Bloomington decided to annex the NSP Blackdog electrical generating plant and obtain the revenue that would go with it. If the 2,700 citizens of Burnsville wanted to keep it, they would have to organize to fight for it. The Village of Burnsville was incorporated in July of 1964. Incorporation would have come eventually with the post World War II suburban push. Bloomington just helped usher it in a little sooner. Burnsville itself was born out of controversy. The future police and fire service would also be marked by controversy and a pension for the radical and non-conforming.
With the growth of the young village, the need for police service grew. The early law enforcement tasks were in the hands of a number of elected constables over the years, including former Public Works Supervisor Ed Giles. In July of 1964, the Council hired former Minneapolis Police Inspector Edward Farrell to start a Burnsville Police Department. Farrell held a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and had been in charge of police training in Minneapolis prior to taking the position of Chief in Burnsville. He would take the department from its infancy as a Police Department to its infancy as a Public Safety Department.
The first police station was in a building on the site of Ames Construction on County Road 5, but by November, 1964, it was moved to the dental building on County Road 34 near County Road 5. It then moved to 1313 East Highway 13, where it occupied the east side of the City Hall building. The current police station was not built until 1976. By the end of 1965, a total of ten officers had been hired. They had short haircuts, black and white squad cars, and brown uniforms. Stories of those early years, such as die great flood of 1965, or how Paul Anselmin thwarted the getaway of the Faribault armed robbers, would be passed on to the many rookies who were to follow those original ten.

You might take the fact for granted that the City has its own highly skilled paramedic ambulance service today, but until the early 70s, Allen's Towing Service was also the ambulance service! You had to specify which kind of body needed to be hauled: vehicular or human.

THE McINNIS YEARS: Totally Consolidated Public Safety
In June, 1965, the Village hired a manager by the name of Patrick Mclnnis who developed some rather different ideas of how a Police Department should look and operate. Fire protection was a growing problem in this young community. The fire protection of those early days was provided by contract with the Savage Volunteer Fire Department. River Hills residents actually wanted to contract to the Eagan Volunteer Fire Department. The need for a change in the fire protection system was there. Why not have the Police Officers do the firefighting? They are at the fire scene anyway! In 1968, the Burnsville Police Department became what is known as a totally consolidated Public Safety Department, with all officers cross-trained as both Police Officers and Firefighters. The Burnsville Police Officers became Burnsville Public Safety Officers (PSOs). In a newspaper article of that time, Mclnnis stated it was an "experiment".

Get them out of those brown military uniforms! Put them in business suits! Well,okay, maybe business suits are a little too radical. How about blazers? Dark blue blazers? So it was. by June, 1969, the official uniform of the Burnsville Department of Public Safety (BDPS) was a blue blazer or "blue bag" as some of the former Burnsville Police Officers referred to it. The pants were French blue! The shirt and ties? Well, whatever met your personal sartorial fancy. I personally preferred the Steve McQueen "Bullet" look, with a dark turtleneck and shoulder holster. The standard issue weapon was a 2^-inch .357 magnum with a drop pouch of six extra rounds on the belt. The handcuffs were looped through the same belt in the back. Long hair and beards became acceptable with this non-military uniform. At the time,this was considered very radical for a street cop.

There were no educational requirements for Minnesota law enforcement officers until 1978. An officer was hired and sent to the BCA for two months of basic training. In 1969, Pat Mclnnis was ahead of the times in that respect. To be hired as a Public Safety Officer,a candidate had to have a four-year college degree; the major was not specified as long as it was a Bachelors Degree.

The police/fire combination, the blazers, and the four-year degree, were the trademarks ofthe old Burnsville Department of Public Safety. Radical and in tune with the times. Each of these trademarks were eventually abandoned.

There is a long list of former employees of the Burnsville Public Safety/Police Department. Many people had varying degrees of influence on what eventually became the modem Burnsville Police Department. Nobody had more of a dramatic effect in those early years than Dave Couper. Public Safety Director Ed Farrell died at the age of 59, in December, 1968. In March, 1969, Mclnnis hired Couper, who was 30 years old at the time, as the new Director. Like Farrell, Couper came from the Minneapolis Police Department. He had a Masters Degree in Sociology and was an energetic and charismatic leader of ideas and action—with the actions usually following the ideas rather quickly.

Change became a way of life for the PSOs under Couper. He also set a philosophical tone for the department. Recruiting efforts referred to "joining the Domestic Peace Corps" and the
"new breed"of officer. The idea of an officer being both a law enforcer and a social service agent was instilled in each rookie. The humanitarian and public relations aspects of the job were emphasized. Discounts and gratuities of any kind were unacceptable. At the end of 1972, he departed to become the Chief of Police in Madison, Wisconsin, the position in which he still serves. Twenty-eight year old Michael DuMoulin, one of the ten original Burnsville Police Officers, replaced him as the Director of Public Safety. Couper's influence was apparent and spoken of often when I started in 1973. That influence is apparent to me today, even though some of the new officers might net even recognize his name.

During my first interview with Pat Mclnnis, he explained that under "his" Public Safety System, officers are "trained to leave". (Ask me about my second interview with him some time.) What he was talked about was the stance on education and training he had taken in regard to "his" PSOs and the reputation that the department had gained. At that time, college educated cops with street and management experience were in demand for executive jobs in other police departments. During that era, Burnsville was producing Chiefs at an impressive rate for a department of its size. There was an assumption that most PSOs would leave Burnsville's management training program probably within five years. That was 1973. By the close of the '70s, that Chief production would taper off. Like the new manufacturing business, the market changed. In this case, so did the factory.

Burnsville employees who were not here at some point during the genesis of the unions may have heard something about those series of events during the late 70s. The sides polarized. The lines were drawn. It was "good guys" against "bad guys". Unions do not spring from ethereal nothingness. Changes were taking place that made unionization inevitable. Changes were taking place in the country, in law enforcement, in the fire service, in the expectations that BDPS employees had of management,and in the political realities of Burnsville. The Burnsville Department of Public Safety had reached puberty. Two main characters in the drama collided. Union President Tom Van Hoofand City Manager Pat Mclnnis faced off head-to-head during a City Council meeting. Van Hoofwas fired only to be later reinstated by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Mclnnis resigned. The events surrounding unionization could either make excellent material for a doctoral thesis or keep a soap opera on television for years. By the beginning of the 1980s, a now very different Public Safety Department emerged. There was massive turnover. Some of the changes were:

A) Blazers Out Military Uniforms Back In:

September 1, 1977, on Dog Watch, everyone turned blue. Most Patrol Officers had never worked in police uniforms. It was like watching kids with new toys. The blazer was a vestige from another era. During the '60s war protest era when the term "pig" was used to refer to cops, it made sense. A new approach was needed back then. And in a young suburban community like Burnsville it worked. But the times had changed. Also, the original PSO equipment had expanded from those few original bare essentials to gun belts, handheld radios, speed loaders, flashlights, night sticks and other paraphernalia, until the equipment rivaled Batman's utility belt. The blazer started to look like a circus tent on even the most ectomorphic PSO.
Officer identification was also becoming more of a problem. Any old PSO and his/her story of the identification problem. Mine is the man-with-a-gun call at Howard Johnson's (now called the Burnsville Royale), where the desk clerk asked me, "Do you have reservations?", thinking that I was a perspective guest. Then there was the famous Embers brawl where at least three PSOs were in a pile of battling humanity on the restaurant floor. An excited bystander suggested that somebody should call the cops. The city was bigger and busier. The identification problem helped usher in the end of the blazer.
The first uniforms had no patches. That was a later addition. Officers were polled as to their preferences on the exact style and color of the uniform. That original design developed into the award winning ensemble of today.

B) Military Rank Terminology Back In:
From CSO, PSO, PSOII, Agent, PSS, PPS II, and NSOIC, the rank terminology changed to Corporal (for Sergeant) and Sergeant (for Lieutenant). The term Captain was used on Fire shifts. The Corporal rank was later dropped.

C) Full-Time Dispatchers Were Hired to Replace CSOs:
CSO, or Community Service Officers, were college students working on their degrees so that they could become PSOs. They had been doing the dispatching since 1969. Dakota County originally dispatched Burnsville units. A few CSOs actually worked in marked patrol cars and were not armed.

D) 24-Hour On-Duty Fire Suppression Shifts:
Firefighting personnel came from squads, where fire turnout gear was carried in the trunk, or from off-duty response. For a time, off-duty response was mandatory for all calls, no matter how minor. CSOs would drive the trucks to the scene.

E) Overtime Pay. Court Time Pay. Fire Call-Out Pav:
Prior to unionization, all sworn personnel were considered straight salaried "professionals". Many long hours were spent at fires, in court, on investigations, and on extended shifts with no extra compensation or time off. In the early 70s, the average age of the department was about 24 years old, with many unmarried or married/childless PSOs. Ambitious young officers did this without extra compensation because they were being "trained to leave". The times and personal situations changed. The promotional "carrot" was not enough any more.

F) Four-Year College Degree Requirement Was Dropped:
The State of Minnesota began requiring two years of education in 1978. Requiring more education was considered discrimination.

G) Separation Of The Fire And Police Services:
This had been a core issue since Public Safety started in 1968. On November 29, 1981, the great "experiment" was over. You may have heard of those who still have their "chip" or "wooden nickel"; this refers to the option to return to the opposite service that you chose in 1981. A Police Officer could return to the fire service, or a Firefighter could return to the police service, but only one time. Some people used their chip; others gave it up; some still hold it today. Speak to those who were there on both sides of the unionization conflict. The difference in perspective is comical.

It took a while to get use to the idea of new employees coming in to do one job, not both police and fire. This may sound strange to those who never experienced the Public Safety days. It just seemed odd at first. But now a separate Police Department is as common and as a matter of fact as Public Safety once was. It's fun to hear the rumors still surface about the reported return to totally consolidated Public Safety. In comparison, the odds o f that happening would have made the Twins look like a sure thing to win the World Series in the Spring of 1987.

I believe the modem Burnsville Police Department is an organization that you can truly be proud to be a part of. It has a strong tradition of humanitarian service to the public and has always lived up to the PRIDE slogan celebrated by die City. The excellent cooperation with the Fire Department that you will experience as a Burnsville Police Officer today is a legacy left to you from the Public Safety era.
I hope this tour of the past has given you some idea of how the Police Department developed. The department in both of its forms has been a very important part of my life and has taught me a great deal. I enjoy talking about it and can probably bore any interested party to slumber in no time. Stop by the Fire Department training room if you would like me to elaborate on the subject. I wish the best of luck to you and hope that you enjoy your career development in Burnsville.
—Michael Cmobma
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