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Winter fishing tournament 1991Burnsville Jaycees Fishing Tournament button.
1998 A year full of challenges and memorable events in BurnsvilleDecember 30, 1998 Sun Newspaper looks back at Burnsville's 1998 news.
The birth of a commercial stripJanuary 18, 1998 Minneapolis Star Tribune article includes this graphic showing the commercial growth of County Road 42.
A look back before the new year 1997December 31, 1997 The Burnsville Sun looks back at the year 1997. It is described as a year of development and change. School District Superintendent James Rickabaugh leaves for a job in the private sector and Police Chief MIke DuMoulin retires after 33 years at Burnsville. Dave Farrington is his replacment. Plans to make Diamondhead Mall into a high school campus, a study of County Road 42 and a flood.
Burnsville HomesAn unidentified area of Burnsville showing homes in the 1990s.
Sunset Pond area of BurnsvilleSunset Pond is a 100-acre, community park complete with a 65-acre pond surrounded by hard trails for recreating. The park, a prairie restoration area, is located north of County Road 42, on the west side of Burnsville parkway, just west of the intersection with Southcross Drive.
Bridging 35 years - 1999June 2, 1999 Burnsville Sun Current:

A promotional ad shows Billy Goat Bridge and the soon to be constructed Burnsville Parkway overpass bridge.

As we celebrate our birthday, we wish to thank our residents and businesses for building our community over the past 35 years...
Burnsville Post Office - Bugs Bunny DayMay 29, 1997 Mpls Star Tribune announces Bugs Bunny Day at the Burnsville Post Office.
Minnesota Dept of Trade and Economic Development Community Profile of Burnsville 1994A 9 page overview of Burnsville.
Burnsville Timeline to 1995
Dakota County was created by the Minnesota State Legislature
The first road in Burnsville was established - known as the St. Paul and Shakopee Road. This road followed quite closely to the present Highway 13 and Williams Drive.
The first birth recorded in what was to become Burnsville - a daughter to Mr.and Mrs. James Kearney. Dakota County Board established the boundaries of Burnsville
The official organization of the town of Burnsville (election of town board members, etc.) However the first record found of a Township meeting was the 3rd day of April, 1860.
Some of the early settlers mentioned in the first town board minutes were: D. J. Bums, John Bums, Wm. Bums, Jeremiah Sweeney, James Connelly, Timothy O’Reagan, Michael Connolly, (a very Irish community).
A dispute over some property led to the killing of Thomas Kearney. James O’Hare was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. First record of census - Burnsville population was 361.
The second road in Burnsville was known as the Shakopee/Lakeville Road through Burnsville, and followed what is remaining of Judicial Road.
NOTE ON CHURCHES IN BURNSVILLE: St. John the Baptist of Burnsville was organized in 1853. The congregation first met in the home of Wm. Byrne. He donated land and the first Church was completed in 1855 and located in west Burnsville near the Scott County line near the existing cemetery. The Church was twice destroyed by fire. After the second fire it was rebuilt in Hamilton (Savage) in 1902.
St. James Evangelical Lutheran began in 1939 in the home of Wm. Belz. A church was built and a move was made to Savage in 1949. As the congregation grew a new church was built at its present site on Williams Drive in 1963.
Grace United Methodist Church began in 1959...meeting in the Burnsville Town Hall on County Road 5 until 1962 when a new church was built and the congregation moved to its present site on Maple Island Road - across from Buck Hill,

1870’s The first general store was built at the junction of the St. Paul and Shakopee and Lakeville Road (present junction of Williams Drive and Judicial Road. Population of Burnsville - 388. A hotel/summer resort was opened on Crystal Lake. This became a popular sum m er recreation spot for the M inneapolis/St. Paul area.
Rural delivery of mail began. Prior to that time mail was picked up at the Village of Hamilton Post Office.
Population - 385
Dan Patch Railroad was built from Minneapolis to Antlers Park in Lakeville.
Population-4 1 9
First bridge was built across the Minneosta River from Bloomington to Burnsville. It was a drawbridge which extended Lyndale Avenue into Burnsville. In 1922 this road was extended to Orchard Gardens, and in 1925 the road went to Antler’s Park in Lakeville. Later this road became State Highway 65, and in the late 1950’s was replaced by Interstate 35.
Population - 490
City Treasurer recorded City funds totalling $172.39. Major expenses were dragging the roads and paying gopher bounties.
REA (Rural Electrification Association) brought electricity to Burnsville.
Population - 495
Oscar Dally was issued first 3.2 beer license for his general store on the east end of Crystal Lake.
$3,325.95 in Town Treaury
Population - 583 Residential platting began. Vista View and Northview Additions among the first housing.
Population - 2,716. Bloomington attempted to annex Black Dog on 8/22/61 and then all of Burnsville. After a long and heavily fought legal battle Burnsville remained Burnsville Township and incorporated on 6/16/64.
Election to incorporate as a Village
Village offices were on County Rd 5 (Ames Construction building) Population (estimated 8,054)
Employees 15
Roger Richards^ first Mayor
Michael O’Connor - Clerk
Ray Connelly
Wm Dolan } Trustees Warren Kelley
Police Dept was formed with hiring of Ed Farrell as Police Chief
1965 Special Census - 10,721 Employees 29
Budget $361,500
Minnesota River flooded closing 35W City Administrator hired 6/1/65
1/1/67 Council/Manager form of government became effective (Plan B)
5/67 City Hall moved to 1313 E. Highway 13 Population (estimate) 13,912
1968 Population - 15,538 Employees 43
Civic Center property purchased from Patrick Nicholson for $24,000
First phase maintenance facility built
1969 Public Safety Department formed

1972 1975
1976 1977
1981 1985
Population - 19,940 Employees 48 Budget $1,104,065
Ice Arena Constructed
Population - 31,234 Employees 89
Burnsville Flag adopted
Burnsville Center opened Development boomed in the 70’s
Population - 35,674 Employees 146 Budget $5,201,902
Public Safety Dept reorganized into Police and Fire Departments
Second sheet of ice built Population - 40,115 Employees 163
City Hall moved to 100 Civic Center Parkway
25 year (as incorporated City) celebration held in September
New Maintenance Facility occupied on McAndrews Road Population - 53,860 (estimate)
Employees 215
Budget $17,631,050

Burnsville demograhics 1993December 11, 1993 Minneapolis Star Tribune: Demographic profile of Burnsville.
Skyline Squares1998 ad for the Burnsville Skyline Squares, square dancing club.
Demographics and Data 1995Prepared by the City of Burnsville and Chamber of Commerce, used in a sales and marketing piece on the benefits of Burnsville.
Spotlight on Burnsville - southern suburb serves as residential, commerical hubMinneapolis Star Tribune December 11, 1993 features Burnsville in its real estate section.
New teen center, the Garage opens July 17, 1999July 14, 1999 Burnsville Sun:

Burnsville's new teen center is known as the Garage....
Burnsville Postcard (PDF version)Burnsville - Just close enough!
Benefiting the Burnsville Area Society for the Arts in Celebration of the Opening of the Lake Alimagnet Center for the Arts.
Orchard Gardens Station in need of paintAlthough a historic site, the Orchard Gardens Station is shown before volunteers scraped, primed and repainted the structure.

Location: County Road 5 and 155th Street

This small railroad station was built in 1910 on the new Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Dubuque Traction Railroad, better known as the “Dan Patch Line.” Running between Minneapolis and Northfield, the line stopped at this area called Orchard Gardens, a subdivision of five to ten-acre plots platted that year. The railroad constructed the trackside shelter near the area’s main road for passenger and produce service to the Twin Cities. In 1918 the railroad was reorganized as the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern
Burnsville busy with ways to welcome next millennium 1999March 31, 1999 - Burnsville Sun Current

The Burnsville City Council selected "Burnsville 2000 - We are connected" as the slogan to celebrate the end of one century and the beginning of another...
Parkway party this weekendJune 16, 1999 Burnsville Sun:

Party on the Parkway, June 1999.
Burnsville Postcard (photo version)Burnsville - Just close enough!
Benefiting the Burnsville Area Society for the Arts in Celebration of the Opening of the Lake Alimagnet Center for the Arts.
Sioux Trail Center is much more than a hangout for area seniors 1991March 31, 1991 -Thisweek News

The Sioux Trail Senior Center is located in what were once used as portable classrooms next to Sioux Trail School...

Splash down Beaver Moutain 1985The Burnsville Current 7/8/1985 reports on the once popular Beaver Mountain Waterslide then located north of Buck Hill.
Major storm damage 1998May 31, 1998 Major Storm Damage in the twin cities including Burnsville. Map from MInneapolis Star Tribune June 1, 1998.
Town Center taking shape as city's focal pointDecember 22, 1999 St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Town centers were once the meeting and shopping places during the holidays for America's families and friends. But the centers that gave cities their identities have been lost to big malls via the freeways. Ed Delmor and the Heart of the City Committee are working to make sure their hometown of Burnsville doesn't become one of those generic places. The group wants Burnsville Parkway to become the town's focal point...
Burnsville Whisky glassAn online search of Burnsville brought up this unidentified whisky glass showing a map of Burnsville.
Mega storm 91 brings Burnsville neighborhoods togetherNovember 6, 1991 Burnsville Current

28 inches of snow buried the Twin Cities and Burnsville...
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