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Warren Magnuson -215 viewsWarren Magnuson - Independent School District 191 Board. May 11, 1978 Current.
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Burnsville Center begins countdown until opening 1976215 viewsJuly 14, 1996 the Dakota County Tribune reports: With three weeks left before opening, the countdown has begun for the new Burnsville Center.
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Burnsville Center small size, big sales 1998214 viewsThe Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal April 26, 1998 offers a feature story on the Burnsville Center.

When Mall of America opened more than five years ago, the fate of regional malls seemed up in the air. Would the megamall steal smaller malls' customer base and leave them struggling to survive?

The concern was acute for Burnsville Center, an aging facility
located on the less-populated south side of the Minnesota River and in a less-wealthy enclave than that surrounding Southdale Shopping Center in Edina. As it turns out, however, Burnsville Center has survived just fine, and may be more popular
now than it's ever been.

"lt was fairly hard when the Mall of America opened and there was some concern over what would happen out here," said Burnsville Center's general manager, Paul Sevenich. "But now we're at 93
percent capacity, we're showing incredible sales numbers and the quality of the tenants has increased."
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Burnsville Center 2018214 viewsOne of the Anchor stores in the Burnsville Center in 2018.
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Ground Round 1981214 viewsMay 19, 1981 Burnsville Sun -

Construction work has begun on the Ground Round Restaurant, Burnsville's newest eating establishment that will be located on Nicollet Avenue near the intersection of County Road 42...
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Oscar Dally at Dolly's Place213 viewsOscar Dally behind the counter of his store, "Dolly's Place" located at the east end of Crystal Lake. The store was colocated with the house and the "resort."
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Flood of 1965 fr the 1976 History213 viewspages 144 - 147

In 1965 a combination of heavy - winter snows and early spring rains brought flooding to the Minnesota Val­ley thqt was the worst in 100 years.
By the second weekend in April the waters of the Minnesota River were 21 feet over flood stage in the Burnsville- Savage area. Trains were halted, bridges inundated, and roads closed. The flood disrupted normal activities in the area for almost a week.
The greatest inconvenience was caused by the flooding of the then new 35W freeway. Under two feet of water in some places along the river bottoms, it was closed between Bloomington and Highway 13 for almost a week. With the Savage and Cedar Ave. brid­ges also under water, northbound traf­fic was routed over the Mendota Bridge and monumental traffic jams resulted. Many Burnsville residents with down­ town jobs simply rented hotel rooms and stayed in town.

Savage Village, protected by ex­tensive diking along Highway 13, was spared, but several river front indus­ tries in Savage and Burnsville were completely flooded and suffered heavy losses. The Richards Oil Company, west of Savage, lost its race with the river and abandoned diking. Its huge tanks, usually filled with oil, were emptied and partially refilled with water to keep them from floating away. Loss to the company was estimated by the President, Myron Richards, at $40,000.
At the Port Cargill grain terminal only two structures remained dry, a half-million bushel soybean tank and an elevator containing $16,000,000 worth of grain. Emergency help was called for to patch the dike protecting this structure.

The Embassy Club, now the Corner House, was flooded in spite of exten­sive diking. Owner, George Ellis, was forced to evacuate all furniture and equipment. Further diking and pumping, however, kept the water in the building down to one or two feet.

The Northern States Power Black Dog plant was completely surrounded by water and employees were taken to work in amphibious ducks . Electric power continued to be supplied to the area, however. Diking built to a height of 722 feet above sea level— flood stage is 698--protected Ed Kraemer and Sons, a sand and gravel operation located on the river bottoms in Burnsville.

When the flood waters threatened to seep into downtown Savage, Mayor Merrill Madsen announced on Friday morning, April 10, that the Village would be sandbagged. Local citizens from both Savage and Burnsville re­sponded with energy and determination. The first sandbagging crew, fifty high school seniors, began diking at noon. The work continued over the weekend with volunteers, sometimes 300 strong, manning the shovels and sandbags.

The teenagers, who worked espe­cially hard, earned the respect of everyone involved in the flood effort. Mayor Madsen expressed the feelings of many of the flood workers when he asserted that he didn't want to hear any more talk of juvenile delinquency. Teenage girls helped with the food service, and the boys composed more than half the work force at times, filling and lifting the heavy sandbags. Ten-year-olds, too small to carry the bags, held them while the older boys filled them up.
The operation was directed by the mayor and village council including Cleve Eno, Len Julkowski, John Knut­son, and Gene Kearney. Savage Po­ lice Chief Dick O'Keefe (who doubled as local civil defense director) handled traffic problems. The Burnsville police, the Highway Patrol, and the Dakota County Sheriff helped keep weekend sightseers out of the flood area.

Food service for the flood workers was set up by Mrs . George Allen, Jr. , who was assisted by a score of local women. Food was donated by the Scott County W elfare Department and the Red Cross. Hundreds of families in the Burnsville-Savage area brought homemade casseroles, cakes, and rolls. A serving station was set up
in the Savage fire barn with mobile units bringing hot coffee and sand­wiches to workers at the dikes and
in the sand pits. A thousand people were served in Savage on Sunday alone.

A first aid station was set up at St. James Lutheran Church in Burns­ville by Mrs. Jane Wisness, direc­tor of Red Cross nursing services
for Scott County. Transportation of flood workers to and from the Burns­ville High School where they gather­ ed was arranged for by Robert Pomije and other school officials. In addi­tion to local help, volunteers came from the Twin Cities and every sur­rounding community.

By Sunday afternoon a dike rang­ ing from two and a half feet to four feet high had been built on the north side of Highway 13 from the railroad trestle to the corner of Walnut Street. The Credit River, running through Sa­vage, was also diked. The Village felt secure by Monday, but high school students were sent out early in the week to strengthen the dikes and patch up any leaks. The main concern of the Burnsville public offi­cials was the sewage treatment plant. It, however, remained safe.

The flood caused a variety of unu­sual sights and experiences in the area. Traffic problems inconvenien­ced the largest number of residents.. . Sunday sightseers who attempted to cross 35W to the flooded areas ended up seeing little more than the tail lights of the car ahead. Traffic was backed
up from 106th Street in Bloomington to 90th for five hours. Motorists going to work Monday morning were stalled along Highway 13 from the Mendota
Bridge back to the Burnsville High School, traffic at times not moving at all. Motorists in the area of River Hills made the best of the situation by getting up a roadside ball game.

Freeway 35W .. .usually humming with cars and trucks. . .was submer­ged under a vast, quiet lake dotted with a few trees and road signs. A row boat was moored to the entrance to the Embassy Club. The colorful pleasure boats of Aqua Craft, Inc. floated unperturbed in a neat row near the water-covered marina on the Bloomington side of the river.
Four Minnesota twins players living in Burnsville beat the traffic jams Monday by getting an airlift to the season's opening game with the Yankees. Rich Rollins, Dick Stigmen, Bill Bethea, and Jim Kaat were picked up by helicopter at the Burns­ville High School at 9:30 a.m. and returned after the game. Several clas­ses of elementary age children loca­ted in the west wing of the building were thrilled to see the Twins waiting outside the school.

The Huntley-Brinkley newscast carried the Savage flood story. Their news team, recently back from Viet Nam, visited Savage and were given a tour of the flood area by local offi­cials.
When the flood waters finally rece­ded, the cleanup began, 35W streamed with cars, and the citizens of Burns­ville could get to work. But for several years after the flood, motorists crossing both the Savage and Cedar bridges could see high in the tree branches papers and bits of debris to remind them of those
high waters of 1965.

by Sara S. Daly
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Billy Goat Bridge213 viewsAn early winter photo of Billy Goat Bridge.
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Burnsville Center 2017213 viewsOur website contains random photos of the Burnsville Center when it opened in 1977. Forty years later, 2017 random shots were taken by the Historical Society. Shown the food court.
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Burnsville Center 2017213 viewsOur website contains random photos of the Burnsville Center when it opened in 1977. Forty years later, 2017 random shots were taken by the Historical Society. Shown the Food Court decorated for holidays.
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WK-6-435 Crystal Lake area of Burnsville by air 1937213 viewsIt is believed this photo showing Crystal Lake and the borders of Burnsville, Lakeville and Lebanon was shot in 1937.
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Del and Addie Benjamin Burnsville Bowl212 viewsOwners of the Burnsville Bowl in 1979. *Third person not identified.
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Burnsville Historical Society Newsletter November 2013212 viewsA periodic publication of the Burnsville Historical Society. Topics included: An invitation to veterans to attend the November 16, 2013 meeting to share their stories. A photo of Lloyd and Floyd Holman and their sister Betty Kamrud from 1979 was included. Both brothers served in the US Army and Betty was president of the Burnsville American Legion Auxiliary. Also included a thank you to prior speaker Carol Oeltjenbruns and residents who provided photos to the society.
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Burnsville by air proof sheet212 viewsThis proof sheet shows Burnsville by air including freeway shots, compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Captain Dan's Restaurant212 viewsCaptain Dan's Restaurant, 1985 was located on Highway 13 on the border of Burnsville and Savage.
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Billy Goat Bridge today211 views2017 - a vehicle drives over the location of Billy Goat Bridge near Judicial Road and Burnsville Parkway.
Burnsville_His_Newsletter_Oct_2014.pdf
Burnsville Historical Society Newsletter October 2014211 viewsFrom time to time the Historical Society published a paper newsletter. Topics in this issue included: The Farm on the Hill by Kevin Swanson - the story of the Swanson family and farm at Crystal Lake, Jeff Jerde's column "Let's do this!"... An invitation to help the society uncover the stories about Burnsville founding families, Bonnie Boberg's column, and a photo of the Erwin and later Connelly farm.
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Burnsville by air211 viewsA view of Highway 13 and the 35 W freeway during the winter months. Estimated date 1990's.
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Burnsville Center 1977211 viewsA view of the Burnsville Center showing the Powers Store, from County Road 42. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
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Burnsville by air 1964211 viewsAerial of Burnsville.
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Billy Goat Bridge 1979210 views
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Buck Hill 1970s209 viewsA Burnsville Current photo showing the Buck Hill ski lift.
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Burnsville Center by air 1980s209 viewsA view of the Burnsville Center looking toward County Road 42 with the library in view. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
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Dan Patch Liquor Store to close 2016208 viewsThe Savage Pacer May 14, 2016 reports on the decision to close the long running Dan Patch Liquor Store in downtown Savage and enter into an agreement with Hy-Vee to lease the space in their store to operate the municipal liquor business. (4 pages)
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Cliff Road by air 2000208 viewsThis is a view of Cliff Road as you head to 35 W. The parking lot to the right is Cliff Fen Park 120 Cliff Road East.
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Burnsville Historical Society Newsletter March, 2015207 viewsFrom time to time the Historical Society published a paper newsletter. Topics in this issue included:
Marcia Marshall, Trustee remembers Burnsville of the 1960's and 1970s.
The Flood of 1965 topic of February meeting
Bring a friend to our meetings
Photos - Neill school being built
Speakers at the February meeting -
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Cliff Road looking East207 viewsA view of Burnsville by air circa 1970s.
Chief_Pinneshaws_village_1965.pdf
Chief Pinneshaw's Village was located on the north bank of the Minnesota River 1965206 viewsMinnesota Valley Review January 7, 1965: A story on the earliest times of life on the bank of the Minnesota River.
Police_Change_with_times.pdf
Police change image with times May 10, 1981205 viewsBy Bill Gardner
Staff Writer
Maybe he should have gotten a haircut, the young man thought as he waited for his first job interview after graduating from college.
It was 1969 and he was a typical college student — liberal, anti-war protester. But there was one big difference. Charles Deutschmann wanted to be a cop.
He wished he’d gotten his hair cut. What would the police chief think?
Then they ushered him in to meet the chief. He was a young man with a beard and a “Make Love, Not War”sign on his wall.
DEUTSCHMANN BREATHED a big sigh of relief. He was home. “I felt like I fit in,”he says now.

PATROLMAN GARY Lidster
first police shooting
This all took place in Burnsville, and Deutschmann is now assistant chief of the Burnsville Police Department. In the past 12 years, though, Deutsch mann has changed a bit. So has the department.

Both are older and more conservative.
In the early 1970s other police departments referred to Burnsville police as “hippie cops,” Deutschmann says. They were different.
For one thing, Burnsville police didn’t wear uniforms. They wore spiffy blue blazers. Their guns and badges were out of sight.
“We didn’t really look like cops,”Deutschmann says.

It was a tough time for police departments all across the country.The Vietnam War was going full blast — and protesters filled the streets and campuses shouting anti-war slogans, anti-government slogans, anti-military slogans and anti-police (“Kill the Pigs!”) slogans.
Meanwhile, the Burnsville police were walking around in blue blazers. It was a new force in those days, set up in 1964. Most of the men were in their early 20s. All were college graduates.

“We were trying to soften the police image,” Deutschmann said. “It wasn’t the 6-foot-3, 250- pound he-man approach. Our recruitment theme was ‘Join the domestic Peace Corps.’”
It was a one-of-a-kind police force. Fact is, it wasn’t strictly a police force — it was a public safety department. Every man on the force was also a fireman. No other Minnesota police force was or is set up like that.

THERE WERE A lot of things about the Burnsville police that rubbed other police officers the wrong way — the blue blazers, the longer hair, the college degrees.
Burnsville cops went out of their way to be different, Deutschmann said. Even the squad cars were different.“We had white cars,”he said.“Theother departments had the old black-and-whites. Our fire trucks were white — theirs were red, you know what I mean."

And Burnsville officers made a lot of money. “In the early ’70s, nobody in the state matched us in salary.”
Naturally all this didn’t sit too well with the rest of the police community and Deutschmann admits the relationship with other departments was “difficult.”
“We were saying ‘We’re No. 1 — we’re better than anyone else and we attempted to export our philosophy to other departments,”Deutschmann said. “We sort of bucked the system a little bit.”

Things have changed.
Today, Burnsville police officers wear uniforms and look just like police anywhere else.

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