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1963 River Hills AdNew Home Ideas have a habit of growing in River Hills.
An example of one of many ads developed by Pemtom for the River Hills Housing Development.
Winter in North River HillsA photo of an unidentified street in North River Hills winter 1966.
Walden TownhomesSignage for the Walden Town Homes 1970s.
Walden TownhomesThe Townhouse association uses a rock as entry signage 1978.
Newspaper ad for River HillsPemtom advertises the River Hills Housing options.
Walden Town HomesApril 16, 1967 ad for Walden Townhomes, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
1965 River Hills AdAn example of one of many ads developed by Pemtom for the River Hills Housing Development.
Walden Townhomes 2017An earlier version of the Walden Townhome sign appears near the development.
Various Pemtom River Hills House plans and pricesScroll through this PDF to view many of the homes offered by Pemton for their River Hills addition.

4- bedroom COLONIAL
Model Plan 1653 sq.ft. $21,950
Optional plan 1917 sq.ft.$1,800
Double garage $550
Brick Front $350
Fireplace single $650
Fireplace double $200
MAX PRICE $25,500

3- bedroom RAMBLER
1140 sq.ft.

3- bedroom SPLIT-ENTRY
1435 sq.ft.$20,350

4- bedroom L RAMBLER
1742 sq.ft.

3- or 4- bedroom RAMBLER
1300 sq.ft. or 1564 sq.ft.

5- bedroom COLONIAL
2240 sq.ft.

3- bedroom SPLIT-LEVEL $20,600
1544 sq.ft. or optional 1648 sq.ft.

3- bedroom SPLIT-ENTRY $20,200
1337 sq.ft. or 1300 sq.ft.

3- bedroom L SPLIT-ENTRY
1408 sq.ft. or 1460 sq.ft.

3-bedroom L-RAMBLER $20,950
1400 sq.ft.

3-bedroom L RAMBLER
1560 sq.ft.

3-bedroom RAMBLER
1200 sq.ft.
Pemtom Materials in colorRiver Hills Development

Why the Tax Picture • • • Present and Future ... is Bright in River Hills
Taxes are, and should be, a major concern to every home buyer. They make up a substantial portion of your monthly payments, and usually reflect the fiscal condition of the locale in which you live-for the present and the future.

At the present time, Burnsville residents living within Minnesota School District 191 enjoy the greatest tax advantage in the Greater Twin City area. Roughly speaking, 65% to 75% of your total property tax is school tax, and the balance is paid to the municipality, the County and State. Therefore, the school tax base has the greatest effect on your property taxes.

Minnesota School District 191, including River Hills, encompasses all the industry in the Minnesota River Basin from Cedar Avenue to Savage: This area includes Northern States Power's Black Dog electric plant, Port Cargill, Producers Can Corporation , Lehigh Portland Cement Company, and Northwestern States Cement Company located near Interstate Highway 35W.

Each of these companies has a tax valuation in the millions. In total they contribute yearly to the school system and municipality sums enjoyed by no other area in the Twin Cities suburban area. Future development of industrially zoned ground in the river basin is both likely and desirable.

What doe s this mean to you , as a home buyer? Does it mean that taxes will not increase? No, but it means that while taxes will increase everywhere, you should enjoy a very favorable difference in tax payment~ -in River Hills as opposed to other areas outside this school district. It basically means that you as a buyer can afford more home for the same monthly payment you would pay in other areas. (Actually, up to $4,000 more !) It means , also, that the municipality can afford more services at less cost to the homeowner.

This brings us to our next most frequently mentioned subject because it is closely related to the matter of taxes.


At this time Burnsville school District 191 HAS 5 new schools. They are: Cedar elementary, River Hills elementary, Vista view elementary, Savage elementary, and the Burnsville junior-senior high school. The services available to all grades except where schools are within close walking distance.

This modern school system is well-established. The methods of education and quality of teaching personnel are among the most highly regarded in the state of Minnesota.

The school physical plants – uncrowded and well staffed – Have not been an abnormal tax burden to homeowners service by the system. Again, the reasons relate back to the industrial tax structure.

Undoubtedly, more schools will be required in future years, as will be true with any area– even those areas presently considered as fully developed. However, the tax advantages will remain with River hills homeowners.Then continue to benefit in future years.


Herein lies a very important consideration to every prospective home buyer. Seemingly good values have become expensive burdens to homeowners who had not investigated the questions of utilities and streets. You may know people who have purchased new homes only to find that their street and lawn must be torn up for another utility coming into the area. Each time the street is resurfaced it means assessments against the homeowner, plus hook-up charges into sewer or water mains.

This will not be the case in River Hills. A municipally owned and operated sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water system is in operation when you occupy a new home in River Hills. All these items are in and paid for by Pemtom, leaving only use charges to be paid by the homeowner. (And charges are the most reasonable to be found in any nearby areas.)
In addition to utilities, all homes front on finished black to p streets with concrete curbs and gutters. Concrete driveways run from the garage apron all the way to the curb, in the 4th Addition and all future Additions.

In summary, we urge you to compare the home values presented in River Hills. Examine the quality materials and workmanship in every home. The advantages Pemtom can pass on to you, the home buyer, through volume purchasing plus control of the product from raw land' to the final sale, mean more dollar value- high resale- and a thoroughly sound investment.
Pemtom Plat Document
Pemtom River Hills Assn Bylaws1
River Hills Association
Membership and Dues
Article 2
Board of Directors, its tenure and duties.
Section A Section B
Section C
Section D
Annual dues shall be two dollars (*2.00) ner family ner calendar vear.
Any fee owner and snouse who is in residence in River Hills Addition, Burnsville village, is qualified for membership.
The membership of anyone who no longer qual­ ifies under Article 1, Section B shall be automatically terminated without formal oro- ceedings. Said person thereby forfeits all rights and interests in the corooration.
Until current annual dues are paid anv member loses all rights and privileges of membershin including the right to attend meetings. Cal­ endar year dues are pavable bv March 1 of each calendar vear.
Section A Section B
The Board of Directors shall consist of fif­ teen (15) members.
The term of a member of the Board of Directors shall be three (3) vears. Five (5) Directors
are to be selected each vear at the annual meeting. Any vacancies occurring in the Board of Directors shall be filled bv aonointment
by The Board.
Section C. At least sixty (60) davs before the annual meeting, a nominating committee of five (5)
Section D
Section E Section F
members shall be anpointed bv the Board of Directors to submit a slate of at least five
(5) and not more than ten (10) candidates for the Board of Directors. The nominating com­ mittee shall not be chosen from the Board of Directors. The nominating committee must obtain the consent of candidates for nomina­ tion before placing their names before the annual meeting.
At least thirtv (30) davs before the annual meeting written notice shall be given the mem­ bership that anv member named on a petition signed by at least six (6) other members shall also be a candidate for the Board of Directors. Petitions must be in the hands of the Presi­ dent at least five (5) days before the annual meeting. Nominations shall not be made from
the floor.
Directors may not succeed themselves. Directors shall be elected bv the membershin in attendance at the annual meeting. Each nominee must receive a majority of the votes
•ast, excluding blanks, to be elected to the Board of Directors. Balloting shall continue untilthereisanelection. Tellersshallbe appointed by The Board of Directors.

3 Officers, Section
their terms and duties.
A Within ten (10) days following the annual
meeting the Board of Directors sha 11 meet to elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. The term of each officer shall be for one "ear. Each nominee must receive a majority of the votes cast, excluding blanks, to be an elected of-
4 Meetings Section
be the administrative
.ne sha 11 Preside at all
Section B
Section C
Secti on D
A notice for the annual meeting of the memb8r- ship shall be sent to the members at lAast ten
°(,10) days before the meeting. Notice of
special rreetings will be given in the Minneso- ta Valley Review.
The Board of Directors shall me8t at 10.ast six (6) times a year and their meetings shall be open to the general membership. Notice of
sue h rreeting of th e Board of Dire ct ors r1rill be
given in the Minnesota Vallev RP.view. The President shall have the authoritv to call a snecial or emergency rreeting of the Board of Directars V,ITHOUT such notice being gj ven in the official ueper designated in the Bv-Laws. All such rrEetings called will be reported by the Board of Directors at the next regularlv 9cJ1edul 0 d rreeting.

Section Section Section Section
Procedure Section A
Committees Section A
7 Amendments Sectj on A
Section B
E The m?.mbers and/or Board Members present at any meeting of which proper notice has b~en given shall constitute a quorum, except as
sp e cified in Article 3 Section A.
F Proxies for any purposP are prohibited. G There shall be no cumulative voting.
'1'he By-Laws may be
special meeting of
thirds vote of the
not ic e of th e nronos e d a mendments have been given in writing to th e membershin thirtv (3n) davs prior to said meeting .
amended at a nv a nnua 1 or the membersh:ip bv a twoO members nresent, provided
A proposed aMe'1dment to the By Laws may be submitted bv the Board of Direc tors or bv Petition signed bv five (5) per cent of the membershin. Proc edure for action on amend-
rre.nts shail follow Section A.
New builds in River HillsThe owners of new builds in North and South River Hills were recognized with these simple signs.
Ad for River Hills May 15, 1966Tour the big indoors of 5 decorator furnished model homes in River Hills...Be sure to see the place where you will want to live.
1964 River Hills AdDrive out today and see choice new home sites, six furnished model homes.
Early stages of North River HillsVarious designs of homes were made available within North and South River Hills.
Walden HomesWalden Town Homes, June 16, 1968 ad.
River Hills homes 1968March 17, 1968 ad for Pemtom's River Hills.
Walden Townhomes 2017One of the first town home developments in Burnsville, developed by the same company which built River Hills.
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