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Telephone 1950's - 1960sAlmost every home in Burnsville utilized this classic style phone. Phone prefixes over the years changed but included: LA (LaSalle) GL (Glenview) TX (Tuxedo) before going to all digits.
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A Savage Bowling team - games in ShakopeeBefore the Dan Patch Lanes opened in 1957, some of the Savage residents formed a bowling team and competed in Shakopee. Shown are:
GENE KORBA, CHARLY OSTER, TOM HENDERSON, ED MCQUISTON, RAY HANSON & GENE KEARNEY - Photo compliments of Terry Kearney.
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A Savage Bowling team - games in ShakopeeBefore the opening of Dan Patch Lanes, a group of Savage women formed a team and bowled in Shakopee. Shown are:
SUSIE HAUGER, MARIE SCHUNK, MARY KEARNEY, MARG WESTERBERG, DOROTHY SPRANK and unknown. Photo compliments of Terry Kearney.
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Transportation in the 1950sJoe and Alice Kearney's car 1954.
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Telephones Burnsville 1954During 1954, about 1/2 of Burnsville's telephones were serviced through Minneapolis and the other portion of the township, including the area where John and his father Walter Kennelly lived, were St. Paul phone numbers found in this book.
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When you could ride in the back of a pickup truck1955 - kids at the birthday party of Tom Kearney in Savage, in the back of the grocery store truck.
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Winter fun 1955Jim Kearney, son of Joe and Alice (Egan) Kearney enjoys Minnesota winters.
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Kids at play in SavageKids at play, Tommy Kearney's birthday 1956.
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Watch WCCO newsWhile not specifically Burnsville, a television news fixture was Dave Moore, shown in this Dakota County Tribune ad 1957.
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Jim KearneyJim Kearney around 1954 in toy car/fire truck at the family farm near Neill School. He was the son of Joe and Alice Kearney.
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Burnsville and Eagan meet 1959The January 7, 1959 MInnesota Valley Review reports a quiet new year for Eagan (Egan) and Burnsville townships. In Eagan, the board did little besides pay the bills, according to chairman Art Rahn. the board composed of Rahn, Louis Trapp, and Edward Schwanz with Louis Fischer as clerk will meet again January 19.

Things weren't much more active in Burnsville township, clerk Pat Connelly reported. The board paid its bills too, and also issued seven cigaratte licenses. Attending the meeting were chairman Wally Day, supervisors Ed Dobel and Charles Fischer, treasurer James Connelly and attorney Leonard Bentson.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for Feb 2. Special hearings may be held in the meantime, however.
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Sanford Hospital FarmingtonBurnsville had no hospital until the opening of the Ridges in the 1970s. Based on their doctor some of Burnsville utilized the Sanford Hospital in Farmington, St. Joseph in St. Paul. St. Francis in Shakopee or a Minneapolis hospital.
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Jim McCoy PostmasterPhoto of Postmaster Jim McCoy as it appeared in the February 7, 1957 Dakota County Tribune.
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Axel comes to Burnsville 1960Any kid who grew up in the 1950's and 60's knew Television's Axel, star of Axel and His Dog - WCCO tv.
Axel came to Burnsville in 1960 for the PTA Fun Fest.
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Sea Girt InnDancing at Sea Girt Inn, on border of Burnsville and Lakeville at Orchard Lake 1957.
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Orchard Gardens street signsDecember 21, 1951 Dakota County Tribune news clipping for the Orchard Gardens sign.
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Minnesota Valley Reivew first editorial 1959December 17, 1964 Minnesota Valley Review republishes its initial editorial from 1959.
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Dining and Dancing 1950sAn undated page from the Dakota County Historical Society newsletter features popular Friday night locations throughout the area, including Burnsville and Eagan. Included are: The Meadows in Eagan, the Coffee Cup Cafe, West St. Paul, the Coates Pavilion, the Seagirt Inn at Orchard Lake, the Castle Pavilion in Farmington and Shields in Mendota,
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Irish seminarians worked Kennelly and Lannon farmsDuring the summer of the 1950's Irish seminarians Larry Dumphy (pictured here) and Mike Scully worked the Kennelly and Lannon farms.
After becoming priests they would from time to time visit their Minnesota friends.
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Postal carrier George Simmons retiresServed from 1927 until 1957 Postal carrier for Savage and Burnsville George Simmons retires January, 1957.
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Officials dismount horse thief suspect 1957November 18, 1957 - Minneapolis Star Tribune: The horses valued at $300 were reported stolen by Alfred Taylor, operator of the Long X Ranch in Savage (actually Burnsville) where Van Cleve worked...

The ranch was located on what was the Tim O'Regan farm, across from today's Burnsville High School.
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The first TV 1950'sThe Dakota County Historical Society displays one of the 1950's television owned by a Dakota County resident.
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Telephones Burnsville 1954During 1954, about 1/2 of Burnsville's telephones were serviced through Minneapolis and the other portion of the township, including the area where John and his father Walter Kennelly lived, were St. Paul phone numbers. Shown is their listings in the 1954 St. Paul phone directory.
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November 1958 election2020 is quite the political year, so too 1958.
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Crystal View InnOctober 18, 1956 ad for the Crystal View Inn at Crystal Lake.
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Jim McCoy PostmasterPostmaster Jim McCoy inside truck door, downtown Savage. At this time Burnsville's mailing address was Savage with this our post office.
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Farm Scene 1958 at the Joe Kennelly farmJoe Kennelly on wagon with nieces Kathy, Mary and Pat Ryan and Kathi Kline, at the farm on Highway 13, Burnsville.
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Winter fun - ice skating on a pond at the farmThe Slater's and Kline's, along with their Uncle Joe Kennelly spend a winter day at the farm of their grandparents Walter and Rose Kennelly.
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Minnesota Valley Tour script1957 tour of the Minnesota Valley including Mendota, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage and Shakopee, published in the
1957 Dan Patch Days program.
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Home Delivery of MilkWith no grocery stores in Burnsville some residents in the 1950s had milk and bread delivered to their homes.
Ohleen Dairy from Minneapolis brought milk products.
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