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Burnsville Center by air 1994201 viewsView of the Burnsville Center from J.C. Penney's with view of County Road 42, Kohls, 35 W, Bloomington and Minneapolis. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
A plaque for Dolly (Dally) 200 viewsSeveral dozen residents from Crystal Lake gathered September 27, 1980 to dedicate a plaque to Oscar Dolly (correct spelling Dally) a life resident of the area and shop owner for 54 years. He died in 1977.
Burnsville Center199 viewsRoscoe Hunter Orman (born June 11, 1944) is an American actor, comedian and writer, best known for playing Gordon Robinson, one of the central human characters on Sesame Street. Here he is at the Burnsville Center. March 22, 1978 Burnsville Current.
1976 Burnsville High School yearbook199 viewsPage 127 - The graduating class of 1976.
Billy Goat Bridge198 viewsBilly Goat Bridge.
B Dalton Kids Burnsville Center198 viewsNo longer in business, both B Dalton and B Dalton Kids (bookstore) was located at the Burnsville Center in the 1980s. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Clover Shopping Center 1960s197 viewsLocated at 98th and Lyndale, the opening of this shopping center provided a shopping outlet for Burnsville residents before the opening of Jet Plaza on Co. Rd. 5.
Billy Goat Bridge197 viewsAnother view of Burnsville's classic historic bridge.
Burnsville Chapter of Dakota County Historical Society July 1983 newsletter196 viewsCity of Burnsville approves the placement of a wall display designed by the Historical Society.
Volunteers needed to assist with a cooperative project with the School District honoring teachers of 25 years.
Fire Muster- Historical Society will sell books.
A traveling photo display.
Bonnie Featherstone 196 viewsBoard member of Independent School District 191. Photo Burnsville Current circa 1977.
Fr. Harry Majerus returns to Burnsville in retirement 1991195 viewsFr. Majerus, former Associate Pastor of Mary Mother (1971 - 1980) then went to St. Mary's Parish in St Peter MInnesota and when he retired in 1991 moved to an apartment in Burnsville. He died in 1995.
St. John the Baptist Cemetery 1951195 viewsMemorial Day at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Burnsville.
Burnsville by air 1992195 viewsThe Dakota County Historical Society's Over the Years Magazine March 1992 included a feature story with aerials of various Dakota County Communities including Burnsville.
Burnsville Community History Newsletter April 1984194 viewsIn Vol 3, issue 2, the historical society presents: Farm life shown in the photos of youngsters Edna and Earl Holman on their farm. Burnsville's two month mayor - Donald Holmes. Holmes was transferred to Georgia after only two months as mayor, and former Mayor Al Hall is selected as his replacement. A History of Good Shepherd Church, Burnsville listings in the 1925 Dakota County Farm Directory, Burnsville Civil War vets and "It wasn't always 35W".
Sears at Burnsville Center194 viewsElaine Hall Burnsville resident and former model at Sears during a make-up department promotion. November 9, 1977 Burnsville Current photo.
A terrible fire at Buck Hill 1899194 viewsDakota County Tribune May 5, 1899 reports a destructive fire swept Buck Hill last Friday night and Crystal Lake was so near dry it was feared that it might burn also. M. J Martin hitched up one of his standard bred trotters and drove to Rosemount after the fire company. The second assistant chief of the fire department informed him that the company never attended a fire without receiving at least one week's notice. Fortunately, the rain of a few days previous made the lake so damp that it did not burn. Buck Hill looks black and sullen as it towers towards the sky, but it will soon be clad in a robe of green and be ready to welcome the Rosemount boys and girls to its sun kissed slopes again.
Burnsville Center 1978194 viewsBlack and White aerial of the Burnsville Center with a full parking lot.
Burnsville Center by air undated estimated 1980s194 viewsAnother view of the shopping center, streets and the freeway compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Burnsville Center area by air194 viewsA view of the Burnsville Center and surrounding area.
Bloomington Historical Society Brochure193 viewsThe Bloomington Historical Society was formed in 1964 and is located at 2215 West Old Shakopee Road, in the restored Town Hall.
The Disney Store - Burnsville Center.193 viewsOnce located at the Burnsville Center, photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Highway 13 in the 1970s193 viewsFrom this aerial you can see the red roof of the Dairy Queen on Highway 13, the roof of the City Hall, Pat Connelly's farm. Also visible County Road 11 with the then Connelly Estates Apartments.
Burnsville Historical Society Newsletter April 2015192 viewsFrom time to time the Historical Society published a paper newsletter. Topics in this issue included:
A Ripping Good Story -The Reburial of Charlie McCarthy... guest speaker Larry Korteum at the groups April meeting.
Also, looking ahead to October, plans for the 2015 Ames Center exhibit.
Burnsville Center by air 1980s192 viewsA view of the Burnsville Center from County Road 42 looking toward Buck Hill showing 35 W and Crystal Lake. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Steph Dodge at Burnsville Bowl 1978191 viewsA January 11, 1978 Burnsville Current photo with Steph Dodge at the Burnsville Bowl.
Burnsville High Sports191 viewsPete Daly #15 and Gary Pahl #4 - Burnsville Braves Hockey. February 15, 1978 Burnsville Current.
Burnsville Center 1977191 viewsView of the "back" of Burnsville Center looking toward County Road 42. Note the limited number of businesses - undeveloped land. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Year in Review 2004190 viewsHeart 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.
Oscar Dally 190 viewsOscar Dally cabin at Crystal Lake.
Burnsville Center 2017190 viewsAccording to information appearing on the back of photo: Newly renovated Burnsville Center. Compliments of Burnsville Center, photo by Halsey Creative Services.
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