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Berean Baptist Church 2018Side view of the entry to Berean Baptist's new addition.55555
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Original Cedar Avenue route in EaganThe route of "Old Cedar Avenue", now Nicols Road appears in orange.55555
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Burnsville has two Dairy QueensIn 1973 Burnsville had two Dairy Queen's. One at Highway 13 and 12th Avenue, near the Burnsville Bowl.
The second, at the intersection of County Road 5 and Highway 13. This ad is for the second - February 22, 1973.
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Original Kennelly farm in 2020Ryan Circle off Highway 13 is on the original Walter and Rose and later Joe Kennelly farm, now townhomes.55555
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Erwin and Connelly farm houseThe Erwin home and later the Bill and Margaret Connelly home on County Road 11 and Highway 13.55555
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St. John the Baptist CemeteryWinter view of what some call the newer section of St. John's Cemetery, the second expansion.55555
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Valley View MotelMotel stood on Travelers Trail next to Warrior Building.

Judd's hotel at Crystal Lake was Burnsville's first hotel. The Valley View located at what is now Travelers Trail in the Heart of the City opened in the 1950s, being Burnsville only hotel/motel at the time.
It was owned and operated by Herb and Irma Lundberg and their children - Lee, Don, Gail, Gary and David. The Lundberg's lived in the farmhouse on the property until Highway13 was expanded for the new freeway. They then built a new home on the property and kept the motel open.
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Jet Plaza grocery grand opening.April 25, 1963 Dakota County Tribune, ribbon cutting at Burnsville's first grocery store - Plaza Food Centre (later Sullivan's SuperValu). Shown are - Fran Kreuser manager, John Sullivan owner, George Grohoski developer, LOwell Janke VP at SuperValu and Roger Richardson, chair of Burnsville township board. Jet Plaza would later be known as Valley Ridge Shopping Center.55555
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Skateville signThis Skateville sign is visible from Highway 13, photo 2019.55555
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Big EagleThis photo from the Minnesota Historical Society appeared in one of the Burnsville newspapers and the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book showing the Younger Chief Big Eagle, born in 1827 at Black Dog Village. 55555
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John Berrisford suffers stroke 1888April 23, 1888 St. Paul Globe reports: Friends of John Berrisford of Hamilton, Minnesota, brother of E.F. and Thomas Berrisford of this city will learn with regret of his serious illness. Mr. Berrisford suffered a stroke of paralysis a few days ago, from the effects of which he is now confined to his bed.55555
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City seeking TIF authority for Burnsville Center area 2018The Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News December 21, 2018 reports:

City seeking TIF authority for Burnsville Center area

y John Gessner Dec 20, 2018 Updated Dec 20, 2018

As plans to remake the Burnsville Center retail area come into focus, city officials are focusing on the next step — locating money to grease the skids for redevelopment.

The city will seek special state legislation to create a tax-increment financing district for the County Road 42 retail corridor anchored by Burnsville Center. The City Council voted Dec. 18 to include the request in its 2019 legislative priorities, which council members will discuss with local lawmakers at a Jan. 15 work session.

Tax-increment financing allows local governments to grant incentives to developers and repay the costs of improvements such as new streets through increased future tax collections on redeveloped or newly developed properties.

Burnsville Center doesn’t qualify for a TIF district under state law because it doesn’t meet thresholds for building dilapidation or code noncompliance, according to a city staff report.

But experience with mall redevelopment in Minnesota and elsewhere shows that cities’ financial participation is “crucial to successful redevelopment,” the report said.

TIF has been used to assist the Ridgedale redevelopment in Minnetonka and the Southdale redevelopment in Edina, said Tom Whitlock of Damon Farber, the firm leading Burnsville Center/County Road 42 redevelopment planning for the city.

“That’s an important economic tool to pursue right away,” Whitlock told the council at a Dec. 11 work session.

Some properties around Burnsville Center may already qualify for TIF help, such as the aging Cub Foods-anchored mall at County Road 42 and Irving Avenue, which has lacked maintenance and reinvestment, Community Development Director Jenni Faulkner said.

At Burnsville Center, a new TIF district could be a game-changer. Seritage Growth Properties, which owns the vacant Sears store and parking lot, has told the city it would be “moved up the list” if it brought public assistance to the table, Faulkner said. Seritage holds numerous closed Sears sites around the country.

“And right now, they don’t qualify for TIF” in Burnsville, Faulkner said. “We don’t have any tools to offer them, except for (tax) abatement, and I don’t think that’s going to move the needle with them.”

It could take “one to three years” to secure special legislation, and “we don’t have much to come to the table with right now,” Faulkner said.

The longer the Sears site remains vacant, the greater the chance Seritage will seek a new tenant for the existing building rather than pursuing a “transformational” redevelopment, Whitlock has said.

The Damon Farber team has identified up to $31 million in public projects to complete the vision of a “Center Village” redevelopment in the corridor. The costliest projects are the extension of Aldrich Avenue north of 42 through the mall property on the south side, construction of a 42 pedestrian bridge and underpass, and a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35W.

Center Village

The Center Village concept is split into North and South neighborhoods separated by County Road 42.

The South neighborhood is characterized by mall renovation and new development, offering shopping, entertainment, housing, public spaces and other uses in a walkable environment.

The North neighborhood would include new, smaller blocks of streets accommodating a mix of uses. It would include a “neighborhood-scaled park,” according to the plan.

A new, “iconic” County Road 42 bridge would allow continued unimpeded traffic flow with a bike and pedestrian underpass connecting the North and South neighborhoods.

Several retailers north of 42 are “doing very well,” while Burnsville Center is “struggling” and seeking renewal, said Bob Close of Bob Close Studio LLC, a member of the consulting team. Designs for the area stress flexibility and adaptability in a changing retail era, with the capability to accommodate both large and small stores, according to the plan.

Within Burnsville Center itself, the team is calling for a modernized interior, more food and beverage offerings, multiple spaces to create a sense of “place,” more natural light and improved entrances and welcoming points.

The earliest phases of a redevelopment plan that could take up to 20 years to complete would be south of 42, according to the plan. Land use, real estate value and taxes generated south of 42 could skyrocket with full build-out, consultants estimate.

Land use could increase from 1.4 million square feet to 3.1 million, real estate value could rise from $125.2 million to $935.4 million, and taxes generated could rise from $4.8 million to $36 million.
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Marion Savage and Dan Patch sculpture 2018The Statue of Marion Savage and Dan Patch unveiled at the Savage Library June 24, 2018.55555
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Ludvick Visnovec farmLocated on County Road 11 near today's Super America. A smaller white house, also on the property was owned by his brother John. Circa 1980.55555
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The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage ParkThe Burnsville Historical Society is using photographs we took at the site to reflect the lives of our earliest settlers who first lived in cabins and then farm houses.

Shown is an 1880's General Store at the Landing set in the Village of Eagle Creek which is similar to the Berrisford Store in Burnsville. The Berrisford Store was located on the borders of Burnsville (Dakota County) and Hamilton (now Savage in Scott County). When talking with the owner "in character" he said he was well aware of Berrisford's neighboring store.

When the Civil War broke out, Berrisford enlisted with the Third Minnesota, serving with that regiment until the battle of Murfreesboro.

The regiment was later sent back to Minnesota on parole, and upon arriving here was sent out to western Minnesota to help quell the Indian uprising.

In doing so, the regiment participated in the Battle of Wood Lake.

It was after the war that John Berrisford opened a general store in Burnsville, near what is now the junction of Judicial Road and County Road 34.

At the time, this was on the old Shakopee-St. Paul Road, along which much of the horse and wagon traffic of that day travelled.

Nearby, the original St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was located. Thus, this became one of the most strategic locations of the community, serving the residents of Burnsville and also those of Hamilton, now Savage.
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Burnsville SportsRick McDonald, gymnastics. October 12, 1977 Current.55555
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William Byrne School This rendering of the William Byrne School was likely used at its dedication.55555
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Burnsville Center by air 1980sA view of Burnsville Center from Burnhaven Drive with roof of library, Buck Hill Road, 35 W and 35 E visible. Photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.55555
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Burnsville Teacher Patti Hatch to have huge role in husbands campaign 2006Burnsville Thisweek News - July 15, 2006 reports: Patti Hatch is wife of Michael Hatch MInnesota Attorney General, who is the DFL party's endorsed candidate for governor. Patti has been teaching in the School District since 1973, the last 20 years at Sioux Trail. The couple live in Burnsville. 55555
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Burnsville Center 1990sEntry into the Burnsville Center, circa 1990 compliments of the Burnsville Center.55555
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Burnsville High School sportsGymnastics Coach Russ Fystrom with John McCain, Greg Grohowski and Eric Koegel. December 6, 1978 Burnsville Current photo.55555
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Jim Scott's store to be burnt downThe March 19, 1964 Dakota County Tribune reports on the "burning of the old Jim Scott Store", as part of a training session for the newly formed Eagan Fire Department. Scott opened the store in 1907 and has been empty for years.55555
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Burnsville Center 2016Interior photo of Burnsville Center - compliments of Experience Burnsville.55555
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Burnsville Center 1977Powers was one of the major stores when the Center opened. August 3, 1977 Burnsville Current photo.55555
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Wally Day remembers when 1977The July 25, 1977 Burnsville Current interviews Wally Day -who at the age of 21 came to Burnsville with his parents when they rented a farm on Co. Rd. 5. They would then buy the farm and it would remain Wally's home. In 1964 he built a new home "across the road", sold some of the property, but retained the farm house and buildings renting them to Hot Sam's Antiques. The farm would be sold and torn down in 1986.55555
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Mary Modjeski 1977Mary Modjeski served on the Burnsville City Council and was a real estate agent. This photo appeared in a February 9. 1977 real estate ad in the Burnsville Current.55555
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Diamondhead Education Center 2017Random photos of the interior of the Diamondhead Education Center after the "senior high campus" returned to the Highway 13 school.55555
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Burnsville Women around haystackChristine Gerdesmeirer, Maye Fahey, Edna O'Brian, Margaret Hayes,Helen Kelleher and Clara Kearney. Burnsville Farm during WWII.

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Del and Addie Benjamin Burnsville BowlOwners of the Burnsville Bowl in 1979. *Third person not identified.55555
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Destiny Church 2017Established over 20 years ago and located at 12119 16th Avenue South. Destiny is a non-denominational faith-based church with a passion for people 55555
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