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Warren Kelley dies 2006February, 2006 Warren Kelley served on the Bunsville City Council for 18 years.
Jens Caspersen dies 1985A death notice for Jens A. Caspersen, age 78 who died February 20, 1985.
Scott Burpee diesJuly, 2018 - Scott Burpee who worked for 33 years at J's Restaurant died at the age of 57.
Huddleston - Lakeville country store to close after 52 years 1976Minneapolis Star Tribune - January 19, 1976 reports that Christina Huddleston will be closing her country store on County Road 5. It was located on the boarder of Burnsville and Lakeville on the Lakeville side in Orchard Gardens.
Susan Peterson, writing as Susan Egner, has penned novels and children's books 2013The Burnsville Eagan Sun Thisweek March 29, 2013 reports on Burnsville author Susan Peterson. She has published six E BOOK novels.
Christina HuddlestonFebruary 1981 obituary for Christina Huddleston.
George Grohoski builder With 11 children and four businesses to look after, Mr. and Mrs. George Grohoski, 13900 Old Lyndale Road (now Co. Rd. 5), Burnsville have a busy life. He has built 700 homes in the growing community, besides constructing Jet Plaza Shopping Center and a golf course.

When his Kon-Tiki Club on Orchard Lake in adjoining Lakeville Township burned to the ground last July, he had the ruins cleared and a new structure started in three weeks. Tonight he re-opens the Polynesian styled supper club. December 17, 1963 Mpls Star Tribune.
John Daly John Daly named a municipal judge for Burnsville township. May 25, 1965.
Three city halls later, Evelyn Kjos retiring from public service 1990Dakota County Tribune January 18, 1990 reports: Evelyn Kjos, whose career with the city began in 1965 retires in 1990.
Tom Hansen retiring from city 2012May 9, 2012 - Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News reports on the retirement of Tom Hansen, deputy city manager and chief of operations after 24 years.

Tom Hansen, the No. 2 in charge at Burnsville City Hall, likes his government with a small “g.”

“He’s a funny sort of amalgamation,” said Hansen’s boss, City Manager Craig Ebeling. “He does a good job for us in government, but he’s not a person who really likes government. He’s a bit of a skeptic when it comes to government. That serves us very well sometimes.”

A self-described “bureaucrat” with a sunny disposition to go with his conservative politics, Hansen is retiring May 31 after 24 years at Burnsville City Hall.

Hired by the city in 1988 to coordinate a community “visioning” project, Hansen rose through the ranks with the organizational acumen of a military officer, which he was, and a knack for the business of government, which he’s been part of since his Army days.

“Nobody wants to spend money on government,” he said. “Everybody knows you have to. But nobody wants to spend money. We’re a monopoly. People are going to have to pay us. They don’t like it, and they want us to keep it as low as possible. That’s not a bad thing. I’d like to think that’s kind of been a hallmark of my stay here in Burnsville, is doing just that.”

Born in Eagan, the 1970 Hopkins High School graduate was attending the University of Minnesota when a rash decision to quit school for six months put him in the line of fire of his local draft board.

Hansen enlisted instead, serving for two years as an Army lifeguard in the Panama Canal Zone. He used his GI bill to finish his degree at the university, studying political science, history and English. He later earned a master’s of public administration from California’s Golden Gate University.

Hansen also tried law school, taking classes at night.

“I ran out of money and patience,” he said. “At the end of my third year I’d had enough of being a student.”

Hansen served as an Air Force officer from 1979 to 1987, first flying refueling planes and then teaching navigation.

Looking for a civilian job, he thought his master’s degree and officer experience made him a perfect candidate for a half-time city administrator position in Carver, Minn. The rejection letter came swiftly.

“Nobody knows, in Minnesota anyway, what to make of military leadership experience. We’re not a defense state,” said Hansen, who reached the rank of Air Force major and served in the Air Force Reserves until 2003.

Starting his city government career “at the bottom,” he was hired to coordinate Burnsville’s Vision for Tomorrow project in 1988. Six months after that was finished, then-Chief Mike DuMoulin asked Hansen to return to manage the Police Department’s laborious bid for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement. The two-year assignment involved establishing a “culture of written accountability” covering some 600 standards for police work, Hansen said.

Later, as a deputy city manager, Hansen insisted that the Fire Department also undergo rigorous national accreditation.

“For several years, we were the only city in Minnesota that had both an accredited police department and an accredited fire department,” he said. “We quit doing it because it cost money. We already have all the policies and procedures in place and didn’t feel the necessity to prove it every three years.”

After the police job, Hansen served as assistant to then-City Manager Greg Konat, and then as deputy city manager for administration and enterprises.

In 1998 he was named deputy city manager and chief of operations, which put him in charge of police, fire, communications, natural resources, parks, forestry, community television and, at the time, information technology.

“He’ll tell you he’s a generalist and he really doesn’t know anything specific,” Ebeling said. “That’s not true. He’s very content-savvy.”

Hansen has developed a reputation as a fixer, whether focusing multiple city departments on a troubled apartment complex or working with City Council members who come to him with citizen complaints.

“Like all good fixers, Tom is first of all a listener,” Council Member Mary Sherry said. “He hears people out with patience, and you never know what his position is until you ask him.”

Hansen led the city’s response to hundreds of property and fire code violations at Country Village Apartments, which consumed vast amounts of staff time and culminated in revocation of the complex’s rental license early this year.

“He’s a classic guy for assembling a work team and getting a job done,” Ebeling said.

Hansen wrote the city’s financial management practices and was instrumental in developing a plan to raise taxes by 1.25 percent over most of a 15-year stretch to fund growing future liabilities for street, sewer and park building replacement. The plan was launched in 1995.

“There wasn’t the strident anti-tax atmosphere there is now. So it was easier,” Hansen said, giving credit to the City Council at the time. “Even Charlie Crichton (the late, fiscally conservative council member) was absolutely in favor of the infrastructure trust fund, and he jealously defended it.”

Leaps in technology have helped keep a lid on the size of government, Hansen said — staffing has remained pretty much flat since the mid-’90s and was reduced through $3.5 million in budget cuts in 2009 and 2010.

The small-government advocate has even worked himself out of a job. The city doesn’t plan to replace Hansen, asking department heads to absorb his duties.

But the Hansen name won’t disappear from City Hall. Tom will be active in the city’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign for returning soldiers. And his second wife, Jill, Burnsville’s human resources director (the couple met at City Hall and married in 1998), has a good nine years before retirement, Tom said.
Tribute paid to Mr. Burnsville Wally DaySeptember 11, 1991 Countryside News

Wally Day died August 30, 1991...
Vic Berra 2014Vic Berra who worked for 30 years at Burnsville High School and was part of its storied football tradition died December 12, 2014 at the age of 82. He taught industrial arts, physical education and social studies during his career.
Virgil Gehring 2013Former Burnsville High School teacher of 23 years, Virgil Gehring.
Virgil Gehring 2013Virgil Gehring, age 82 of Eagan died June 16, 2013. He taught 23 years in Burnsville.
Vivian Klingelhut Thomas dies Burnsville streets named after her and sistersVivian Marie Klingelhut Thomas, age 97, of Sierra Vista, AZ, passed away peacefully with family at her side. Vivian was the daughter of Frank and Maude Klingelhut, born on January 21, 1922, at the family farmhouse in Chaska, MN during a blizzard. Her father had to go by horse and sleigh 7 miles to Excelsior for the Doctor.

She attended Bloomington High School. She married George Rees Thomas on May 30, 1939, in Minneapolis, MN, and she had lived in Chaska MN, Duluth MN, Cedar Rapids, IA, Burnsville, MN, and Sierra Vista, AZ. Vivian met George Rees Thomas while he was in the military, and on leave. They met in a ticket line at the old Excelsior Amusement Park. While George was in Minnesota National Guard they lived in Duluth where he guarded the harbor during WWII. They moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1952, and returned to MN in 1960, when her father Frank Klingelhut began developing farmland in Burnsville.

She lived for 33 years in a home Frank built on Thomas Ave. There are three streets named after the three Klingelhut daughters: Vivian Dr., Marion Dr. (incorrectly spelled by city) and Myrtle Dr.

She enjoyed gardening, traveling, spending time with her family, playing games, camping, fishing, and visiting Hawaii where her sister Marian lived for 11 years. She also enjoyed her visits to California every year in the winter, staying with her daughter Linda and family. One of Vivian’s favorite memories was that of owning a motorhome. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; I go to prepare a place for you.” Vivian was looking forward to the day that motorhome mansion would be ready for her. In 2016, she suffered a stroke in her eye and needed to sell her beloved home, leaving her mature, beautiful gardens behind. At that time, she and her son Dan moved to Arizona to be near her daughter Linda. She has enjoyed the mountains, the unique, historical towns in the area, and the milder climate. Due to declining health she entered an assisted living facility in April 2018, where she lived out her last year and a half, continuing to enjoy gardening and socializing with other residents and having visits from family members from “home”, right up to 2 weeks before her passing.

Vivian is survived by her children, Daniel Thomas, Sierra Vista, AZ, George Thomas (Betty), Forestburg, SD and Linda Harder (special friend Patrick Porter), Sierra Vista, AZ; grandchildren, Cindy (Duane) Bastyr, Gregory Thomas, Marie (Craig) Cleveland, Michelle (Shawn) Filipek, Danielle (Brandon) Bong, Jenna (Sam) Welna, Jonathan “Jonny” (Rachelle) Thomas, Angela Harder, Nicole (Robby) Brownlow; great-grandchildren, Kalen (Jenna) Thomas, Ryan (Emily) Thomas, Jasmine (Kyle) Welch, Hannah Cleveland, Sarah Cleveland, Josiah Cleveland, Brook Thomas, Rio Thomas, Kade Brownlow, Henry James Welna; great-great-grandchildren, Evan Thomas, Elliana Thomas, Roman Thomas; nieces, Diane (Kohman) Gilles, Connie (Donald) Clark. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Thomas; son, James Thomas; parents, Frank and Maude (Ess) Klingelhut; siblings, Marian Sorensen, Myrtle Kohman, brothers-in-law, Donald Kohman, Harold Hurrle, James Sorensen; nephews, Michael Hurrle, Terry Hurrle; many other family members and friends. Visitation will be Saturday, December 21, from 9:30-11 AM, followed by Funeral Service at 11 AM, all held at McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home, 1220 3rd Ave. E., Shakopee, 952-445-2755. Interment St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Burnsville, MN. Memorials preferred to World Vision International.
Wally Day1972 Wally Day runs for County Commissioner.
A real barn burner - Wally Day 1987The Eagan Chronicle - February 4, 1987 reports on the Burnsville fire department burning what was known as Wally Day's barn on County Road 5 for the future expansion of Ames Construction. The house Day lived in from 1934 - 1964 was burned January 28. For the past 11 years the property has been home of the HOT SAMS ANTIQUES, which moved to Lakeville.
Wally Day celebrates 75 - 1986The February 17, 1988 Burnsville Current reports that there will be a party for Wally Day. He lived in Burnsville since 1934. He became part of the town board in 1954.
Wally Day farm 1987Controlled burn of shed on Hot Sam's Antique property (the old Wally Day farm) on County Road 5.
Fire fighters - Knaeble, Harklerode, Blubaugh, Wahlstrom, Deustsch, Knutson and Larson.
Wally Day 1964September 3, 1964 Dakota County Tribune ad - Wallace Day (Wally) asks for your vote, running for County Commissioner, 5th District of Dakota County. (he did not win the election. The votes were 5305 for Jerome Akin and 4679 for Day.)
Wally Day for Council 1978November 2, 1978 Dakota County Tribune includes Wally Day's filing for a position on the Burnsville City Council.
Wally Day has no regrets 1982November 16, 1982 Sun Newspaper reports: Although expressing some disappointment about the election results, Wally Day says he has no regrets about his participation. "After all, I survived!".
Wally Day1970's photo of Wally Day, lived on County Road 5, served Burnsville township government.
Wally Day lists main problems facing Village of Burnsville 1965October 14, 1965 Minnesota Valley Review

Candidate Wally Day explained why he filed for election....
Wally Day presents platform for re-election 1963March 7, 1963 Minnesota Valley Review

Wally Day, chairman of the Burnsville town board the past six years and board member for nine years offers a five point platform for his re-election...
Wally Day was a man of the people 2000February 19, 2000 Burnsville This Week. Following a newspaper article about Burnsville vs Bloomington, Kathyrn Day - daughter of Wally Day - writes a letter to the editor recalling her father's role in the event.
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.
Warren KelleyLongtime council member Warren Kelley.
Workman for County Commissioner Running for election in District 5 - Commissioner Liz Workman.
Charles HalbergCharles C. Halberg of Burnsville. State legislator from 1979-1987 and 1990-1993.

Born November 20, 1942 (78 years)

Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 53B in 1978 and 1980.

Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 38A in 1982 and 1984.

Elected to the Minnesota Senate from the 38th District in 1990.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Independent Republican Party endorsent.
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