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Mary Doebel dies 1982Mary Doebel, 68 of 302 North Heritage Circle, Burnsville died December 24, 1982. She was born October 16, 1914 daughter of Charles and Mary Glewwe of Rosemount. For many years employed as a cook in the Burnsville School District. Survivors - husband Edward, daughter Mary Ann Giles and Kathleen Doebel, son Edward Jr., seven grandsons and one granddaughter...
Frank and Maud Klingelhut50th anniversary of Marriage of Frank Klingelhut and Maud Ess - 1921.
Frank - 1902 - 1984
Maud - 1902 - 1981

He owned the Embassy Restaurant before Jens Caspersen.
Mayor Kautz in line to lead colleagues on national council 2008Mpls Star Tribune - June 25, 2008 reports: Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz is in line to become the top U.S. Mayor, Kautz, who is in her fifth term as Burnsville Mayor, was elected to the leadership council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week and is scheduled to become president in 2010.
Daivd Ahlgren thank you 1982The City Council of the City of Burnsville, acknowledges with deep appreciation David Ahlgren for his dedicated service to the city as a member of the citizens advisory committee on Public Safety Master planning since September, 1979.

Their research and recommendations on issues related to the planning of public safety services in the City of Burnsville will be of lasting benefit to the residents of Burnsville.

The City Council offers its sincere best wishes to David in his future endeavors.

April 1982
McElory Pawlenty's utility infielder 2007January 13, 2007 - Thisweek Burnsville reports: Governor Pawlenty recently appointed Dan McElory, whose public path traces back to the Burnsville City Hall, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). For McElroy, 58, this is his fourth post within the Pawlenty administrative... chief of staff, commissioner of finance, senior advisor on innovation to the governor and commissioner of DEED.
Marion Bohn Olson diesFebruary 25, 2004 Minneapolis Star Tribune: Marian Bohn Olson who lived in Savage more than 60 years died February 13 age 82...
Elizabeth Kautz new mayor 1994The November 16, 1994 Burnsville Sun Current interviews Burnsville's new mayor Elizabeth Kautz. When Mayor Dan McElory announced he was running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, Kautz, a City Council member of less than two years, jumped into the race...
Burnsville legislator Knutson fondly remembered 2006The Sun Current Newspapers October 19, 2006 reported on the death of Howard Knutson of Burnsville. He served nearly 30 years in the Minnesota Legislature.
Wally Day 1964October 22, 1964 another ad from Wally Day running for County Commissioner for the 5th District. (He did not win the election. The votes were 5305 for Jerome Akin and 4679 for Day.)
The Holman familyBret Holman
The Holman familyDuane Holman at Crystal Lake.
The Holman familyBret Holman at Crystal Lake area 1965.
Jens Caspersen Landing 2017Long time business owner Jens Caspersen, who is honored at Caspersen Landing.
Ralph Clover 1981Ralph Clover retires from "second career". At the age of 48 Ralph Clover decided to make a career change. His decision led him to the City of Burnsville where he eventually became parks director. His goal was to stay 10 years, but he retires at 13 1/2 years.
Ralph Clover father of Burnsville's parks dies 2004This Week News July 1, 2004 report on the death of Ralph Clover. Ralph had been a state grain inspector for 26 years when the city of Burnsville offered him a new job as its first parks supervisor. At age 48, it wasn't an easy choice. "It took six months to accept the job," Clover said in a 2002 newspaper interview... He died June 19, 2004 age 85. Clover and his wife Inez moved their family in 1957 from St. Louis Park to the fledging Burnsville Heights neighborhood north of County Road 42 and west of County Road 5.

He developed a friendship with Wally Day and soon Day had him serving on various committees including Burnsville's first planning commission. In 1964 he joined the Parks Commission....
Park Maintenance, development are Clover's chief responsibilities 1978Burnsville Current March 8, 1978 interview Ralph Clover
Richard Brooks 1965March 11, 1965 - Minnesota Valley Review

Richard W. Brooks, Burnsville, has been appointed a trustee of the Dakota Scott Library System...
Richard Hanseon Minnesota Valley Sun Man of the Year 1969January 2, 1969 the MInnesota Valley Sun selects teacher Richard Hanson as its Man of the Year. He had been named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year as well.
Robert Alpers thrived on community service, fellowship 2016March 23, 2016 Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News reports on the death of Robert Alpers, former school board member.

Former School Board member dies at 82: When Robert Alpers’ failing health forced him to stop attending Monday Rotary Club meetings in Burnsville, he relinquished the pleasure with sadness.

A Burnsville resident since 1971, Alpers was a joiner who found sustenance in fellowship and decades of community service.
“He felt such great guilt about having to miss the meetings that the president of the Rotary Club wrote him such a nice letter and absolved him of his dues and made him a lifetime member with all privilege and rank,” said Alpers’ son, Bob Jr. “He held that letter, boy. That meant a lot to him even though he couldn’t go to the meetings.”

Robert James Alpers died March 16, 2016, at age 82. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, and his health worsened after a broken leg last summer, Bob said.

A father of three, Alpers was a longtime youth sports coach and a former Burnsville Athletic Club president and commissioner. He served on the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District 191 School Board from 1977 to 1983 and later was appointed to the board of the Dakota County Community Development Agency. Alpers served as chair of both boards for part of his tenure.

He was a Rotarian who also served as district governor, a member and head usher at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, a Knights of Columbus member, a Burnsville Fire Muster volunteer and a campaign chair for the late Burnsville City Council Member Charlie Crichton.
Alpers was well-known at Edward Neill Elementary in Burnsville, his family’s neighborhood school, where he served as a Reading Buddy for many years after his children were grown. He coached sports teams for all three. And he played slow-pitch softball until he was nearly 60, Bob said.

“That’s why I’m a coach, because of him,” said Bob, the head golf coach and assistant athletic director at St. John’s University in Collegeville. “Through work, through the community groups that he served and was involved in, he worked really well with people. And he cared a lot about trying to help people. I think that got passed on.”

Alpers and his wife, Norma, were raised in Chicago. He served in Germany as an Army cryptologist between World War II and the Korean War, Bob said. He worked as a sales manager for AT&T for 37 years. The family lived in Kansas City and St. Louis before moving to Burnsville, Bob said.

“He was the youngest of nine kids coming out of the Depression,” said Bob, a 1978 Burnsville High School graduate. “They didn’t have a whole lot. He was selling groceries and selling flowers and pencils on the street corner to try to help out.”

Alpers’ father, who died when he was 15, stressed to his children that you can complain about things or do something about them, Bob said.
“My mom always said if they gave out a button or a pin, my dad would join the organization,” Bob said with a laugh. “He loved to get involved.”

Bob’s first time in a voting booth included marking the ballot for his father. Alpers’ tenure on the School Board included a “heartbreaking” 1978 teacher strike Alpers didn’t like discussing in private, said Bob, who remembers seeing his father on the TV news when he was away at college.

“He was a wonderful person to have on the board,” said Frances Potts, a School Board member from 1974 until 2001. “He had a deep interest in the community, particularly the youth sports programs. And he brought an air of his business profession to the board. He was always thoughtful and well-spoken for his point of view and stuck to the principles that he believed in.”

Alpers served on the CDA Board of Commissioners for many years, until 2010, Bob said. In 2000 the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials gave him its Distinguished Service Award for Commissioners.

“He used to love to drive around town and show us the (CDA-constructed) buildings and talk about what a great thing they were doing for seniors and to provide affordable housing in the community,” Bob said.

Alpers became a Reading Buddy at the urging of his wife, who had also held the volunteer post, said Sandy Doyle, a special education teacher at Edward Neill Elementary.

“I think he was my Reading Buddy for 10 years,” she said. “He would come into my classroom once a week and he’d bring a tote bag full of books and he would spend an hour reading every week, three to four kids on a given day, one-on-one.”

The students loved him for his “gentle nature” and the treats he brought to class, said Doyle, who was the nominator for Alpers’ 2009 John Coskran Volunteer Award in District 191.

In later years when Alpers was no longer able to drive, Norma brought him to Neill for the weekly reading, Doyle said.
“They’ve got a lot to overcome,” she said of her students, “and he was a big part of their success and a great encouragement for them.”
He and Norma eventually sold their house near Edward Neill and moved into the Valley Ridge senior housing complex on Burnsville Parkway, a joint venture between the CDA and Presbyterian Homes and Services.

Alpers was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, four sisters and a granddaughter. He is survived by his wife; sons, Bob (Elli) and John
(Betsy); daughter, Julie Allis; grandchildren, RJ Alpers, Jennifer, Andy and Melissa Alpers, and Charlie, Katie and Jimmy Allis.

The funeral Mass was Monday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 125th St., Savage. Visitation was Sunday, March 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the church, and also one hour prior to Mass.

Ronald Eustice 1983Ronald Eustice 1983
Dr. Ronald Goedken dies 2010He began his career in education as a math and science teacher and coach at Goodhue High School. In 1958 he joined District 191 as a teacher and coach at Burnsville High School; in 1966 he opened Metcalf Junior High School as its first principal and in 1969 gecame Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools. He died August 6, 2010.
Rosie Baggie dies 1988Rosella Baggie, a long time resident of Savage died May 1, 1988 at the age 103.
In 1906 she married Joseph Baggie and arrived in Savage in the early 1930s.

Published June 1988 - Savage Review.
Roy CogswellBorn 1929 died December 2, 2013. In 1971 he acquired a Standard Oil dealership in Burnsville. He was active in the Rotary Clug for 35 years.
Howard KnutsonBurnsville resident - elected to Minnesota: House 1967-72 (District 12B); Senate 1973-82 (District 53); Senate 1983-90 (District 38)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus- Counties Served: Dakota Born May 16, 1929 and died October 1, 2006.

Knutson, Howard Age 77 Of Burnsville Died peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 1, 2006 of complications from Alzheimer's and cancer. Survived by his wife of 48 years, Jerry; children, David (Laurie), Doug, Eric (Diane), Annette and Amy; grandchildren, Annie, Natasha, Tim, Megan, Sydney, Marques and Melik; brothers, Roald (Carole) and Paul (Tekla); brother-in-law, John (Debbie) Sundby.

Howard was a native of Glencoe. He graduated from Luther College and Wm. Mitchell College of Law and practiced law for 40 years. He served two years in the U.S. Army. Howard served as a Minnesota State Representative from 1967-1972 and a State Senator from 1973-1990. He also served on the Board of Directors for Fairview Hospitals, Ebenezer Society, U.S. China People's Friendship Assoc., Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Mental Health Assoc. of MN, WCAL Radio and Prince of Peace Church. He was a member of MN and Dakota Co. Bar Assoc. and Burnsville Rotary.

Howard will be remembered for his selfless service to others, his thoughtfulness, his constant optimism, kindness and humility, as well as his leadership in helping to establish the Ridges Campus in Burnsville.

Senator Howard KnutsonSenator Howard Knutson.
Sandi Grohoski Goetze 1965Sandi Goetze not only didn't plan to become a builder, she didn't want to be, having grown up in a building family that received many middle of the night phone calls about clients' home problems.

Her father, George Grohoski, had started Suburban Builders in the Burnsville area in the early 1950s. By the mid 70s he was building 50 houses at a time.

Then about eight years ago, Dad had a heart attack and his doctor said he had to retire...I had my real estate license and he asked me to sell seven lots.... September 23, 1965 Mpls Star Tribune.
Burnsville loses dean of council members - Charlie Crichton 2011The March 14, 2011 Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on the death of Council member Charlie Crichton.

Charlie Crichton, 83, was the longest- serving member of Burnsville's City Council and a "tax hawk."
By HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA Star Tribune- March 14, 2011

Charlie Crichton, Burnsville's longest-serving City Council member and a man known for his penchant for speaking his mind, died on Sunday. He was 83.

Crichton, a fiscal conservative and one of the oldest serving City Council members in Minnesota, was serving his fifth term after winning reelection in 2010.

He had suffered from health problems for years, and his health worsened in early February when he was hospitalized. The city said he died Sunday at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee. The cause of death was not provided.

"I'm going to miss him," said Tom Hansen, Burnsville's assistant city manager. "Efficient and effective government would be the things he would be most proud to have achieved while serving."

Crichton was elected to the council in 1992 and quickly became known for his reluctance to spend taxpayer money.

"We need to listen to the people, not just go with our own ideas," he told the Star Tribune in 2010.

"Charlie was a tax hawk," City Council Member Dan Kealy said in a prepared statement. "Taxpayers have lost one of the best civil servants in the city's history."

City Clerk Macheal Brooks said the City Council will decide how to replace Crichton until a special election is held in 2012, during the next city election, to fill the empty seat.

Crichton was among those who opposed building the $20 million Burnsville Performing Arts Center in the Heart of the City redevelopment district.

He and Mayor Elizabeth Kautz were the council's longest-serving members. Crichton ran for mayor in 2000 and lost to Kautz, who had been elected in 1994.

"We served together for 18 years," Kautz said. "We may have disagreed on policy tactics, [but] I know Charlie only wanted what was best for Burnsville. The city lost a dear friend."

Crichton worked with the company Univac and helped introduce the country's first commercial computer, Univac I, in 1957. He later joined Control Data and worked there for 25 years.

Before retiring and moving to Burnsville, he lived in Arden Hills, where he served on the council in the 1970s and as mayor in the early 1980s.

Crichton is survived by his wife, six children and 27 grandchildren or great-grandchildren, according to the city.

No memorial arrangements have been made yet.
Roger JacksonRoger Jackson, fire truck collection 1977.
Lawrence Bestler, one of Burnsville's first home builders 1993March 20, 1993 Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Lawrence Bestler, 79 of Burnsville started business in 1939 as a cement masonry contractor. In the late 1950s he and a partner began buiding homes in Burnsville, in what is known as Knob Hill Estates....
Jim AckermanSeptember, 1981 obituary for Jim Ackerman. The Ackerman's had lived on County Road 11 in Burnsville and had opened Ackerman Furniture in 1947. His family operate Ackerman's in Burnsville and Lakeville in 2020.
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