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LaVonne's Music1969 ad - when located on NIcollet Avenue. They then moved to Savage.

Our Story

LaVonne Music has been family owned and operated since we first opened in 1969. We were originally located off of Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville, MN. In 1983, not long after a tornado tore the roof off that store, we moved to our current location in downtown Savage.

Since the very beginning we have offered lessons, onsite repairs and a superb knowledge of Vintage Instruments, specifically guitars. Pete, the owner, has even been quoted in many articles and publications including Frets Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine as well as having sat on Gibson’s advisory board. In addition to that he has also been acknowledged in American Guitars by Wheeler which is widely regarded as the definitive book on vintage guitars.

Don’t let that deter you from visiting us if you are a beginner. We love helping people pick out their first guitar! Our staff is happy to answer any questions that you may have about instruments, gear and music.

We take pride in our inventory and because of that we invest time setting up every instrument that comes into the store. We want everything to play easily and sound great!

Recently, LaVonne’s expanded and remodeled the store. You can see some pictures from this on our facebook page at facebook.com/LaVonneMusic.

Things are always changing here so be sure to stop in and see what’s new!
The First Mail Carrier Charles KlineKoren B. Reyes, 1765 Crestridge Ln., Eagan, prepared this artist's rendering Charles Kline, pioneer mail carrier of the area, as part of the History Through Art project of the Burnsville chapter of the Dakota County historical Society.
Alimagnet viewA view of the Lake Alimagnet peninsula. The open land was development into parks and rec land. The property was the Robert Adelmann farm at 14409 County Road 11.
Bergerson letterAfter reading today's piece about your involvement with the revival of Burnsville's past I am curious as how many others have created art from farms or other sites in Burnsville before being torn down . I painted several scenes from O'Regan's (spelling?) which was located at the northern end of Nicollet Ave and Highway 13 where Cub and other stores now stand. One watercolor shows a rusted bucket on the step to the granary and an acrylic shows the bay window on the west side of the house. After a short chat with (Tom Kennedy or Kennelly) I also did an oil of the chicken house on his farm on the corner of Cliff Road and Highway 13. I don't know who has this painting but before "progress" came to Burnsville there were numerous farms that offered plenty of subjects. I remember painting in the milk house on the farm off Nicollet Ave.-The Garage and City Hall now occupy the space-and wasn't able to finish the painting the day I started and upon
returning the following Saturday, the entire farm had been leveled. However, I did finish a sepia looking out from the barn to the house. Anyway, I had many
moments of fun back then painting old buildings and imagine others had the same enjoyment. Keep up your work with this project.
Ron Bergerson
Bergerson painting of O'Regan farm
Bergerson sepia of Kenelly farm
Historical Chapter Formed 1980DCTribune Feb 14, 1980
BURNSVILLE- The proposed BurnsvilleChapter of the Dakota County Historical Society has become· a reality . Feb. 2 the Dakota County Historical Society board of directors voted approval of the Burnsville Chapter.

According to Burnsville's acting president, Tina Robertson, there have always been people interested inBurnsville's history . A number of them, under the direction of Richard Brooks, compiled and published a community history in 1976. Since that time people have worked on projects on an informal and independent basis.
In order to maintain the theme 'There's history in the making in Burnsville,' the chapter is urging all community organizations, churches and. groups to place clippings, photos and other information in the chapter 's files at the Burnsville Library.
Robertson points out that photo copies can be made and the original materials returned to the organization if they wish.

She added that the group plans to maintain contact with the teachers in the Burnsville School District for input on topic ideas, and the use of students in pro
Dues are $5 per year . This also includes a membership in the Dakota County Historical Society and its quarterly publication Over the Years.
The· group's next meeting is scheduled for Feb.26,7:30p.m., at theBurnsvilleLibrary, Co. Rd. 42. "The meeting will include a look at long range goals, the election of officers and the type of presentations people.would"like to see at future meetings.

For further information or a brochure call the Burnsville Exchange Office at 894-3936 or the Dakota County Museum at 451- 6260.
SUN Feb 13, 1980

A proposed Burnsville chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society has at last become a reality, according to Tina Robertson, acting president.
On February 2, the Board of Directors of the Dakota County Historical Society voted unanimously to approve the Burnsville chapter .
"There has always been people interested in Burnsville," Robertson said in commenting on the board action.
She pointed out that a number of these local residents, under the direction of Richard Brooks, published a community history in 1976.

Robertson, a seven-year resident of Burnsville, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in anthropology. She is employed with Northwest Orient Airlines.

A meeting of the newly-formed Burnsville chapter is planned for the last week in. February , Robertson said. The time and place
will be announced next week . Dues for the Burnsville chapter are $5 per person ·annually. This also includes membership in the Dakota County Historical Society and a subscription to "Over the Years," the society's quarterly publication.

Persons desiring more membership information may call the Burnsville Exchange Office 894-3936, or the Dakota County Historical Society at 451-6260

Burnsville Facts published 2021Information from the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce about Burnsville's past...
Burnsville information by Date circa 20021858 Official organization of the town of Burnsville
1870 Population 361
1920 Population 419, first bridge was built across the Minnesota River from Bloomington to Burnsville
1950 Population 583
1960 Population 2,716
1964 Incorporates as a Village - 15 employees, offices located on County Rd 5 - Ames Construction building, Police Department formed
1965 Population 10,721
1966 Election Selecting form of Govt
1967 City offices moved to 1313 E Highway 13 (current
Animal Humane Society building) '
1969 Public Safety department formed (police and fire)
1970 Population 19,940, Employees 48

Roger Richardson
Alfred E. Hall
Peter B. Ochsner
Paul Scheunemann
Constance F. Morrison
Dan C. McElroy
1972 Ice Arena constructed
1975 Population 31,234, Employees 89
1977 Burnsville Center opened, development boomed in the 70’s
1985 Population 40,115, Employees 163
1989 City Hall moved to 100 Civic Center Parkway, 25 year
as incorporated city
1995 Population 53,860, Employees 215, new Maintenance Facility occupied on McAndrews Road
2000 Population 60,220
2002 Population 63,000 (estimate), Employees 268

1964-1966 Roger Richardson
1966-1976 Alfred E. Hall
1976-1979 Peter B. Ochsner
1979-1983 Paul Scheunemann
1983-1987 Constance F. Morrison
1987-1995 Dan C. McElroy
1995 - present Elizabeth Kautz
Emmett ZweberEmmett Zweber opened his State Farm Insurance Office in 1962 and a few years later moved to an office on Travelers Trail and he remained in Burnsville until his retirement in 2019.
Living History - GessnerSUNThisWeek
Living history website is new portal for Burnsville history
Published August 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

There were no Google Maps when books on Burnsville’s history were published in 1976 and 2000.

Today, thanks to a new Burnsville history website, information on more than a dozen historical sites is available at a glance.

You can find the original site of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, built from logs in 1855, three years before Burnsville became a township.

Black Dog’s Village, one of six Mdewakanton Dakota villages, can be found on the map near the Cedar Avenue bridge.

To the west is the James and Mary Connelly place, a combination dugout and log cabin built in 1868 in the area now known as River Hills.

Newer landmarks are also plotted, including Burnhaven Library (which opened in 1974) and Fairview Ridges Hospital (1985).

If the map’s thumbnail descriptions aren’t enough, the entire 1976 history book is posted as a PDF. Posting of the 2000 volume is expected in September.

The site, www.burnsvillehistory.org, went live in late May, shortly after the Burnsville Historical Society was made a chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society.

Despite all the work local historians and writers devoted to the 1976 and 2000 books, this is the first time Burnsville has had an official chapter of the county historical society, said Len Nachman, 81, a resident since 1968 whose wife, Mimi, contributed to the 1976 book.

Eager to rekindle interest in and update Burnsville history, Len led a loosely formed group that began meeting in early 2011. The website designer, Jeff Jerde, was recruited into the group this spring by John Dedzej, one of the historians and a member of the city’s Parks and Natural Resources Commission.

“I said, ‘I will contribute to a website,’ and they said, ‘Good, we need one,’ ” said Jerde, an accomplished Web designer who majored in history at St. Olaf. “Within the next half hour we had secured our domain name, and within the next two days we had a website.”

Jerde himself owns a small piece of Burnsville history. He and his wife, Patricia, built the former Minnesota River School of Fine Art, which overlooks the Minnesota River valley and opened in 1994.

A planned sale of the building fell through in November 2009, and the couple took it back in January 2010, Jerde said.

Now a thriving commercial center with an eclectic tenant mix, the building at 190 River Ridge Circle S. is the new home of the Burnsville Historical Society.

“We have a nice, big, almost room-sized closet, and they’re going to take that,” Jerde said.

Boxes of historical papers and photos were scheduled to be hauled over this week from the basement of City Hall, Jerde said.

The website includes links to other historical cities in the region, including the Dakota and Scott county societies and neighboring Savage’s Dan Patch Historical Society, and links to recent news stories about area history.

It includes photo displays of St. John’s cemetery in Burnsville and Pond Mission Park in Bloomington (a Burnsville elementary school is named after settler and missionary Gideon Pond).

Announcements of Burnsville Historical Society events are also posted. The group will have a tent at the Art and All That Jazz Festival in Nicollet Commons Park on Aug. 18.

A Sept. 20 meeting will serve as a kickoff for the “new and better” Burnsville Historical Society, the group promises.

Projects in the works include multimedia documentation of the Burnsville of today. It’s not just about “old history,” Jerde said.

“It has to do with recording today’s history and getting today’s stories recorded for now and for the future,” he said.
Cutting Up DakotaThe St. Paul Daily Globe Friday March 1, 1878
Renewal of the Lincoln Territory Project

The Proposition to Make a New Territory Well in Hand Again -The Black Hills and Bismarck Working in Harmony - Advantages of the Division

Chicago Times, Feb. 27th.
When the Northern Pacific railroad was projected Col. J. W.Raymond straddled the project; and when the first locomotive pointed its nose westward from Lake Superior, Raymond was complacently seated on the pilot. 'Whenever the end of the track was reached he jumped off, ran ahead, selected a good location for business, and waited for the engine to come up ; then, resuming his seat, he was pushed out to the next jumping-off place. By the time Bismarck was reached his pockets were comfortably lined with the profits of mercantile enterprise, and he determined to stick his stake. Today he is a banker and businessman, and is prominently identified with the interests of that portion of the northwest.

Col. Raymond has recently reached Chicago from Washington, where he spent several weeks in educating the territorial committees of the Senato and House in regard to the necessity for DIVIDING DAKOTA into about two equal parts. The project is not a new one, as it was broached and agitated three years ago, but it has recently assumed a new shape. The original plan was to divide the territory on the forty-sixth parallel from east to west, the northern portion to be known as Pembina, and the southern to retain the name of Dakota. Bismarck would naturally have become the capital of Pembina, while Yankton would have been the chief city of the southern division.

The opposition to this scheme was so pronounced that it was ultimately abandoned. Last season the residents in the Black Hills region endeavored to organize a territory of their own, drawing the greater portion of their land supply from Dakota, but taking in the greater portion of Wyoming and Montana, comprising in all about forty thousand square miles, and leaving Bismarck out. Judge Whitehead and H. C. Walker were appointed commissioners to proceed to Washington at the opening of the present session of Congress, and make such representations to the committees as would secure a favorable report. In this they failed, as the committees reported adversely.

About the same time, the citizens of Bismarck held a meeting and appointed a committee of seven to look after their best interests, and the result was a determination to endeavor to have Dakota divided from north to south on the line of the one hundredth meridian, the west half.


To further this plan, Col. Raymond and Col. Lounsberry, members of the committee, proceeded to Washington. One of the first moves was to have a consultation with the commissioners from the Black Hills. This resulted in the latter agreeing to abandon their scheme, and accept that adopted by the citizens of Bismarck. Thus far the combined forces hare met with encouraging success. The Senate committee reported unanimously in favor of the organization of
the new territory on the 15th inst. The House committee has not acted as yet, but the sub-committee of three, who favor the matter immediately in hand, formerly reported so strongly against the organization of the territory of Pembinah, that it is impossible for them to favor the now project, even if they were so inclined. The chairman of the house committee, however, who has the appointment of all sub-committees, regards the projected division favorably, and it is understood that he will shortly appoint a new sub-committee that will eventually re port in accordance with his wishes. As the rule or custom is for the committees to indorse the report of the sub-committees, and for the Senate and House to stand by the reports of its committees, the friends of the Lincoln bill—as it is called—are quite confident that they will soon have


One of the chief objections with members of the house in the formation of new territories, is, that as soon as they become States they will have as many Senators as Now York or Illinois, although they may not be entitled to more than a single representative in the lower house.

Should the advocates of division win, the now territory of Lincoln will contain a population at the start of twenty-five thousand, and an extent of seventy-eight thousand square miles in the territory of Dakota. At the last election the Black Hills region polled seven thousand votes, while the Bismarck region polled one thousand. In a mining region the average is about three inhabitants to one voter, which would give the Black Hills twenty-one thousand; and in a commercial section like Bismarck the average is fire to one, which would give fire thousand people to that portion of the territory.

Even if the Black Hills should not eventually prove a success as a mining region,— and there is little doubt that they will—


is unquestioned. The foot-hills are covered with a luxuriant growth of pine, and the valleys are unsurpassed for grazing purposes. As for the eastern and northern portion of Lincoln, its adaptability to agricultural pursuits is pronounced fully equal to the beet portions of Colorado and Montana, or, indeed, any territory west of the Mississippi.

A strong argument used in favor of the division is the fact that, to reach Yankton, the present capital, from Bismarck, at any other time than during the summer, a journey of one thousand miles by rail must be made by way of St. Paul and the connections are such that the trip from Bismarck to Chicago can be made in twenty-eight hours less time than to Yankton. During the summer months Yankton can be reached by a voyage of five hundred miles down the Missouri, but as there Is no regular line of pockets running the traveler has to


From the Black Hills to Yankton the route is even still more circuitous, by way of Cheyenne, Omaha and Sioux City. Between Bismarck and the Black Hills—a distance of two hundred and twenty-five miles—a regular line of Concord coaches is run. with relays of horses every fifteen miles, and in summer the time is thirty-six hours. In winter the stages run through in three "day- lights." or seventy-two hours, halting every night.


there will be appointed a Governor, a United States marshal, three judges, an adjutant general, by the President, and the other territorial officers will be elected by the people. In anticipation of the accouchemant, not less than one hundred eager aspirants for the appointive offices are already in Washington, with anywhere from sixty cents to $4 in their pockets, tugging away at anybody supposed to have "innocence," and the chances are that somebody will be disappointed.
Dutch Elm Disease testingBy.Clifford Simak Staff Writer
Elm trees selected as guinea pigs are being inoculated with a fungi­ cide to protect them against Dutch elm disease.
The experiment is being carried out under a program set up by the Elm Research Institute at Haverhill, N.H. Dr. David W. French, profes­ sor of plant pathology at the Uni­ versity of Minnesota, is evaluating the work being done in the Twin Cities area; research also is being carried out in a number of other
The compound used in the fungi­ cide, French said, is benomyl, man­ ufactured by a Dupont plant in Del­ aware under the trade name of Benlate-P. It is a liquid. A pow­ dered form of the compound, known as Benlate, has been in use for the past three years.
Use of Benlate-P was begun in the United,. States only this year, so it
is too early to know how effective it is. In Canada, however, where it was developed by the Canadian Forestry Department, it has been used for the last three years with notable success.
For injection into a tree the liquid fungicide is mixed with water in the proportion of one quart to 10 gallons of water as a preventative and one quart to five gallons as a curative dose. Depending on the size of the tree and its capacity to absorb the injection, from 20 to 50 gallons of the solution are injected.
The fungicide is picked up by the tree's water transport system and carried throughout the entire tree.
Larry Brokke, president of the local firm that is carrying out the work, said that he anticipates the liquid fungicide will be somewhat more successful than the powdered form. The powder is mixed with water and injected in the same way as the liquid fungicide, he said, but the powder, even though dissolved in

water, has a tendency to clog a tree's water transport system.
To inject a tree small holes about two inches deep are drilled into the trunk, about four inches above the ground, all around the tree at one- foot intervals. Hollow tubes are in­ serted into the holes and the fungi­ cidal solution pumped into the tree under pressure.
Brokke said his L&B Tree Service has treated about 65 trees this year with Benlate-P — on the campuses of Hamline University and Ma- calester College and in some areas in St. Paul and Twin City suburbs. He has treated trees both to com­
bat disease already there and as a preventative, while the University of Minnesota, French said, has done its work only on trees known to be infected.
Brokke said it is considered possi­ ble to save a tree 20 percent infect­ ed by the disease, but said his serv­ ice has treated trees with only up to 12-percent infection. In an in­
fected tree, he said, that part, of the tree showing heavy infection is trimmed out before the tree is treated.
With the powdered fungicide, he said, a tree would have to be treat­ ed each year to insure protection, but there is some possibility that the liquid fungicide may provide protection for two years.
He said it takes about eight hours to inject a tree properly, with the cost ranging from $40 to$70 a tree.
John Berends, supervisor of munic­ipal pest control with the Minneso­ ta Department of Agriculture’s di­vision of plant industry, said that while no statistics are available it appears the Dutch elm disease situ­ation in the state may be getting worse. v
The southern third of the state, he said, is hardest hit, but that the dis­ ease has even been found on the Iron Range.
June 9, 2017 I Love BurnsvillePhoto provided by: Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Hired HandsViews of the Valley
by Del Stelling January 17, 1979

'Hired hands' contributed
much to local development

Over the years, countless numbers of residents, both permanent and transient, contributed much to the development of the Minnesota Valley area.
Some of these contributions were recently called to our attention by Betty Sodomka, who wrote a historical sketch about some of the more unusual transient workers.
She pointed out that a group of people seldom talked about but very evident in the early years of Burnsville were the 1‘hired hands.”
Many of these “hired hands,”she noted, were “rolling stones,”who walked the tracks, worked for a week or two for food and clothing and then moved on.
In hard times, for example, they were paid $10to $15a month, later $1 to $1.50 a day plus food and clothing. Often, however, some of these men would sell the clothes to get more money.
Located west of Savage, the W.P.A. transient camp during the depression years was a government subsidized project to give jobs to some of these unfortunate men.
Many of these men, like “Ole,” remained in the area for years. Ole built a shack in the woods to provide him with meager shelter.
If a fat chicken occasionally disappeared from one of the farms, no one seemed particularly alarmed. Such an act was merely considered a dona tion to O le’s welfare.
Some early residents still recall with amusement another transient worker with a long beard who one time entered Casey’s barn at milking time. The visitor was wearing a new
straw hat which Chris Casey had purchased for him.

It seems the cows in the Casey barn had been often chased and tormented by a bearded goat from Eaton’s Ranch while grazing in an adjoining pasture.
When the transient visitor with beard and straw hat appeared in the barn, the cows apparently thought they had a new “king-sized”tormentor to contend with.
As a result, they ripped out the wooden stanchions and took off for the hills, with the milking machines dragging and portions of the stanch ions still hanging over their shoulders.
When the “horseless carriage,”or automobile, arrived on the scene, some residents found it difficult to adjust to such progress.
One resident, for example, decided an automobile was.not for him as he circled the farmyard several times,
shouting at the top of his voice, “Whoa!”, but to no avail.

One transient worker, known as “Johnny, the Swede,”worked for Will Connelly. One day he came running into the house after viewing his first automobile. Quite alarmed, Johnny shouted, “There’s a wagon running away down the road.”
Unfortunately, Johnny had a craving for alcohol and periodically would go to town for a jug of whiskey. On one such occasion, he fell asleep on the doorstep of the shack in which he resided and froze both feet. He lived out the rest of his life at the “poor farm”in St. Paul.
Some of these men, like Johnny Delaney who worked for Kearneys and other farmers, lived much of their lifetime in the community.

“Old Lou”and Jack Sieg, for instance, were considered the best wood-choppers of the area. Lou would cut wood in what is now Burnsville parkland from early morning until sunset.
He would take a lunch along with him and then when hungry he would take ice from a slough and melt it over a fire in order to have something to drink.
His clothes would often be frozen stiff when he came home for dinner. But he never seemed to change from these wet clothes and he never had a cold.
Unseasoned and inexperienced workers, usually young city kids, often caused minor disasters on the. farm. One farmer is still shaking his head when he recalls the lad who unharnessed a team of horses by undoing every single buckle and laying the strips neatly in a pile.

Traveling merchants, too, were an important part of country life in by gone years. “Jake, the peddler,”for example, was a regular season visitor with his horse-drawn buggy loaded with dry goods.
Among other periodic visitors were cattle traders and gypsy women, who would walk up from the railroad tracks to sell such items as needles and thread from a pack on their back.
These “gypsy”visitors usually came unannounced, often from campsites in the Mendota area.
As early residents may well recall, these transient workers and transient visitors contributed much in their own way to the development of the area.
Houses Advance - Farm Land RetreatsDakota County Tribune
May 9, 1968

This seen Mike typifies the dramatic population explosion in northern Dakota County. Taken at Alley magnet lake in Burnsville, shows the city meeting life on the farm. In the background or homes, some of which are under construction. In the foreground it's a herd of contented cows, asking in the spring sunshine. The bovines we're not really concerned that their pastor might shouldn't be more needed for houses done for the farm animals to walk. Middle agers in Dakota County have seen the county population go from about 20,000 to 120,000 and only 35 years… and there's no sign of a let up.

BVHS note: farm in foreground is the Adelmann farm.
Cedar Bridge Housing AreaLarger homes were built in the area located on Highway 13 at Diffley Road bordering on Burnsville and Eagan.
Joe Kennelly recalls Christmasses passed 1989Joe Kennelly lived his entire life in the same farm house where he was born. In the December 24, 1989 Burnsville This Week, Joe is interviewed about Christmas when he and his brother and sisters were youngsters. (2 Pages)
LaVonne's MusicOriginally in Burnsville on Nicollet Avenue, now in Savage.

Our Story

LaVonne Music has been family owned and operated since we first opened in 1969. We were originally located off of Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville, MN. In 1983, not long after a tornado tore the roof off that store, we moved to our current location in downtown Savage.

Since the very beginning we have offered lessons, onsite repairs and a superb knowledge of Vintage Instruments, specifically guitars. Pete, the owner, has even been quoted in many articles and publications including Frets Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine as well as having sat on Gibson’s advisory board. In addition to that he has also been acknowledged in American Guitars by Wheeler which is widely regarded as the definitive book on vintage guitars.

Don’t let that deter you from visiting us if you are a beginner. We love helping people pick out their first guitar! Our staff is happy to answer any questions that you may have about instruments, gear and music.

We take pride in our inventory and because of that we invest time setting up every instrument that comes in to the store. We want everything to play easily and sound great!

Recently, LaVonne’s expanded and remodeled the store. You can see some pictures from this on our facebook page at facebook.com/LaVonneMusic.

Things are always changing here so be sure to stop in and see what’s new!
LaVonne's MusicThe original sign which hung in Burnsville, still appears at the Savage location.

Our Story

LaVonne Music has been family owned and operated since we first opened in 1969. We were originally located off of Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville, MN. In 1983, not long after a tornado tore the roof off that store, we moved to our current location in downtown Savage.

Since the very beginning we have offered lessons, onsite repairs and a superb knowledge of Vintage Instruments, specifically guitars. Pete, the owner, has even been quoted in many articles and publications including Frets Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine as well as having sat on Gibson’s advisory board. In addition to that he has also been acknowledged in American Guitars by Wheeler which is widely regarded as the definitive book on vintage guitars.

Don’t let that deter you from visiting us if you are a beginner. We love helping people pick out their first guitar! Our staff is happy to answer any questions that you may have about instruments, gear and music.

We take pride in our inventory and because of that we invest time setting up every instrument that comes in to the store. We want everything to play easily and sound great!

Recently, LaVonne’s expanded and remodeled the store. You can see some pictures from this on our facebook page at facebook.com/LaVonneMusic.

Things are always changing here so be sure to stop in and see what’s new!
690 Cedar Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 • 612-296-2747

Mr. Leonard R. Nachman
Department of Education - 7th Floor Capitol Square Building
St. Paul, Minn. 55101

Dear Mr. Nachman:

I have received the material you left relating to the use of certain maps in your forthcoming "Bicentennial History of Burnsville," about which your wife had called me.

The maps, as you indicated, appear in Mary W. Berthel's MINNESOTA UNDER FOUR FLAGS, a copyrighted work published by the Minnesota Historical Society. Since the booklet by Mrs. Berthe! is still in print, our basic policy on permissions must apply. This means that permission to reprint these maps in another publication cannot be given. To do so would decrease the value and saleability of the original work. Permission contingent on the payment of a basic reproduction fee may be given for certain copyrighted materials, but under no circumstances would the society allow all of these maps to be reproduced in one new publication.

We recognize that the maps are a useful, easy method of showing the evolution of the land area that became the state of Minnesota. But we question the need for their inclusion in a history of Burnsville. We feel you would do better to give the evolutionary information briefly in narrative form in the text without illustrating it in maps. If your history of Burnsville is foot- noted, you could then cite the Berthe! booklet as a source of further information.

As a matter of information, yours is not the only request for permission
to use the maps in a publication on local history. In this year of bicentennial activities, that is not unusual. I want you to know, however, that all such requests have been refused for the same reasons stated above.
Northern States PowerUndated image of the Northern States Power Plant between Burnsville, Eagan and Bloomington.
Burnsville Rural to Urban 1981(more in pdf)

Minnesota History Workshop, August, 1981

The settlement or the frontier 1n Minnesota takes place during .the 111.ddleyears or the 19th century. The earliest settlement 1n Burnsville To"Wnshipis made by tanners trom Ireland or or Irish descent in the 18.50,8 and 186oI s. That early agricultural frontier will be transformed in the 1960's and 19701 s into a suburban community, involved with a growing metropolitan center.
The settlement of frontier in Burnsville and the urbanization of the sam&area about a century later shows a contrast between land use and developnent. 1his contrast 1n one communitymay have parallels in the historic developnent or other urban environs. Burnsville I s boundaries were quite stable in that century - the township's boundaries or the 18.50's are veey similar to present day boundaries of the city. This provides a basic geographical area for comparison.
Settlement by Irish farmers in Burnsville Township is docuruented by the census data or 186o, 1870 and 1880. General census data from 196o and 1970 demonstrate the urbanization of Burnsville. Plat maps from 1896 to 1976 enable the tracing of individual tanners and clearly document the change to an urban environment in the 19601s and ?O's. Pbotographs provide insights into changing land use and an interview
with Enous Gallagher, 85 year old retired farmer, colors in the incidents and provides personal recollections of the rural - urban contrast.
The two main interpretations are: l)the township was settled by Irish !'armers and 2) in the 1960's and 1970's Burnsville became an urban community. A count or birthplaces of heads of households 1n the i86o, 1870 and 1880 census plus an examination or occupations in the same

The Burnsville Community orchestra becomes Dakota valley symphonyThe Dakota valley symphony was formed in l986 as the Burnsville
community orchestra, a volunteer nonprofit community arts organization based in Dakota county. Information published 2017.
Timeline Draft April 1, 1999TIME LINE
Burnsville Bicentennial Garden opens
City Flag adopted as part of Bicentennial Celebration 1976 Burnsville population estimated at 32,582
City budget for 1976 is $2,915,98£
Burnsville Center opens (Anchor tenants: J.C. Penney, Donaldson's
Recycling Center opens in Burnsville
District 16 one-room school (near Burnsville Center) burnt by arsonist Water treatment plant opens
Discussion begins on construction o f highway I-35E
Dutch Elm disease causes destruction of beautiful elms
Prince of Peace Church and Ridges Nursing Home constructed District 191 teachers strike; stoppage 16 1-o-n-g days Planning begins for a hospital in Burnsville
Burnsville average household income $21,202 (1979)
Burnsville population 35,674 - 1980 U.S. Census
Orchard Gardens Station placed on National Register Siren warning system installed in Burnsville Straight-line windstorm causes $6 million damage First Fire Muster community celebration held
Lucky Twin Drive-in outdoor movie theater closes
Burnsville Chapter of Dakota Co. Historical Society forms; republishes 1976 community 2
history. / ^ 0 O
, /<?go New Cedar Avenue bridge opens across Minnesota River

Senior Citizen Center opens at Sioux Trail School
City Council decision splits Public Safety services into separate Fire and Police Departments.
Governor Quie comes to Burnsville for "Capital for a Day"
ParksBond '82 referendum approves $3.95 million for development and land acquis
Police Canine program inaugurated (Starsky and Hutch)
Crime Watch established in 10 neighborhoods
Burnsville becomes Minnesota's 13th Star City
Construction begins on Sunset Pond and drainage project
Cable TV comes to Burnsville
City-owned ambulance service (EMS) is operational; training of firefighter/paramedics begins
Fairview Ridges Hospital opens 1985-1990
Lac Lavon softball and North River Hills soccer complexes completed "Ring Road" system completed (Southcross Drive)
Second ice arena opens
Highway I-35E completed
Billy Goat Bridge removed for street upgrades
Black Dog Nature Preserve dedicated
$6.4 million referendum passed for construction of City Hall, Police, and Fire facili Fire training facility built in Burnsville with neighbor cities
Fffirt-eAC Chaiily Batt-hekL
Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau opens
Bimamwood Golf Course purchased by City

I-35W carpool ramps open
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority is formed to study transit issues with neighboi (MG...list 6 cities? or list in Hub 1995...get MVTA dates right...)
Governor Perpich holds "Capital for a Day" in Burnsville
25th anniversary celebration of 1964 incorporation as Village of Burnsville; and dedication of new City Hall/police facilities in Civic Center Park
Fire Station 2 constructed at Parkwood Drive; Bumhaven Drive police building remodeled as FS 1
Star of the North Games hosted in Burnsville
Sullivan's Super Valu closes (Burnsville's first modem tjmtf store)
Burnsville Area Society for the Arts and arts groups find home at Lake Alimagnet ( M G ..... check this out...... LACA?....)
Volunteer Police Chaplain Corps initiated
DARE (Drug Awareness) program started in schools
County Road 42 $9 million upgrade project
Population passes 50,000 mark (U.S. Census 1990 51,288) 1 Burnsville 3rd highest in state in retail sales and 5th in number of manufacturing 1 Brink's truck robbery at First Bank
Burnsville Police Department is 5th in state to be accredited by CALEA
District 191 girls basketball takes first in state
Patrick ConnellyMong-time xatiege clerk, dies at age 89

Wally Day (credited with saving Burnsville from Bloomington's annexation attempts)
dies at 78
Billy Goat Memorial Footbridge installed in Neill Park Burnsville hires first female firefighter
Burnsville High School logo changed from Braves to Blaze
.^ S o athTkic^ Burnsville Civio-^heatfe~
Minnesota River floods the valley again (June 1993); worst since 1965 and 1969
Burnsville designated state All Star City for second time
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Arsonist strikes Burnsville High School; repairs cost $15 million
Kennedy farmhouse (built by Walter and Rose Kennedy in 1905 on homestead land) is demolished
^ J \ r BLOOMINGTON FERRY BRIDGE....Get info. 1995 -2000
City maintenance center built at County Road 11
Burnsville Transit Hub constructed (Joint MVTA project)
New Burnsville Post Office opens at McAndrews Road
YMCA building opens in Burnsville
Spring wind storms hit Burnsville 1998; damage estimate $___million Youth Center plans go forward at Civic Center Park
BHS Senior Class campus opens at former Diamondhead Center
County Road 42 corridor study presented by Dakota County FEMA-chooses Burnsville for federal grant (disaster preparedness) Burnsville population estimated 1999 at _ V u^ I " . MO Include?
* * * MG...... .events from Jan 99 to print time.... also go thru 1998 newspapers

GERALDFORD president
ABC mini series "Roots" reaches a record 80M viewers Dakota County is fastest growing in 7-county metro area Elvis Presley, singer and cult figure, dies at age 42
VW Bug fails safety test, will be replaced by VW Rabbit First test tube baby, Louise Brown, is bom in London
3 Mile Island atomic leak
Margaret Thatcher first woman Prime Minister in England
1980-1985 JIMMY CARTER president
U.S. population 226,542,199
U.S. hockey team wins Gold Medal at Olympics
Former Beatle John Lennon shot to death by crazed fanatic
U.S., West Germany and Japan boycott the Moscow Olympics
President Reagar# gravely wounded by assassin
AIDS, a new plague, identified
Space shuttle Challenger landed after 6 day mission that made Sally Ride the first American woman to go into space
Walter Mondale chooses first woman. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, to run for Vice President on major party ticket
Los Angeles hosts Summer Olympics

New formula for Coca-Cola
Divers find Titanic wreck after 73 years
Space shuttle Challenger explodes as horrified nation watches all 7 astronauts die including first ordinary citizen in space, teacher Christa McAuliffe
Nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, Soviet Union, malfunctions releasing deadly atomic radiation
Statue o f Liberty restored and celebrates 100th birthday
We The People celebrate the Constitution's 200th birthday. This document has endured longer than any other written constitution of the modem era.
Crash! October 1987 market plunges 508 points; exceeds 1929 crash
Massive earthquake rocks San Francisco Bay area with estimated 270 deaths; $1-3 billion ^ damages
Berlin Wall, symbol of Communist oppression for 28 yearsys tom down in Germany.
1990-1995 GEORGE BUSH president
U.S. population 248,718,301
Iraqi forces seize control of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm launches the Gulf War
Apartheid repealed in South Africa
U.S.S.R. ends; Gorbachev resigns
Johnny Carson ends 30-year TV run
Mississippi River flooding leaves devestation from Minnesota to Gulf of Mexico
Peace agreement between two bitter enemies, Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israel (spelling??)
50th Anniversary o f D-Day in Europe 25th anniversary of Woodstock

Oklahoma City bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building; terror comes to America's Heartland
50th anniversary o f the United Nations
Cloning of humans is debated after the announcement of the successful cloning of an adult sheep
China regains control o f Hong Kong
Flooding in Red River Valley damages homes and property Winds and tornadoes wreak havoc in southern Minnesota Peace agreement moves forward in Northern Ireland Volkswagen's "New Beetle" creates Beetlemania Minnesota voters elect Jesse Ventura as Governor
DJIA (Dow-Jones) tops 10,000 mark,for a day
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