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Street named for Gene CorriganFebruary 21, 1979 - Burnsville Sun

The Apple Valley City Council has voted to name a future street Corrigan Court, in honor of former Apple Valley police chief Gene Corrigan...
Nov 03, 2021
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Lebanon Township discusses the need for a new town hall 1965March 4, 1965 Minnesota Valley Review...

Growing Lebanon Township begins to explore a new town hall...
Sep 01, 2021
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Lebanon Township establishes police department 1964December 31, 1964 Minnesota Valley Review

Police begin functioning, Gene Corrigan and Ken Rowley officers....
Aug 27, 2021
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Eaton's Ranch.Eaton's Ranch, 1970s, photo by Del Stelling when editor of Burnsville Sun. It was located on Cedar Avenue, just outside of Eagan entering Apple Valley.Jul 28, 2021
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Apple Valley Center 1980Located at County Road 42 and Cedar Avenue.Jul 14, 2021
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Builder Orrin Thompson 1966June 16, 1966 Dakota County Tribune

Interview with developer Orrin Thompson.
Jun 10, 2021
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Lebanon becomes Apple ValleyNovember 7, 1968 Dakota County Tribune - Voters decide to changes the name to Apple Valley.Jun 09, 2021
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Rosemount CAP AirplaneNovember 19, 1964

Although located in Lebanon/Apple Valley the Southport Airport was associated with Rosemount.
Jun 06, 2021
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Dakota County Government Center 2020Dakota County Government Center located in Apple Valley.Jun 04, 2021
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Rosemount DepotThe old Rosemount depot, artwork by John Cartwright.
For Burnsville farmers, Orchard Gardens, Rosemount, Eagan and Savage were the most likely choice for a connection to the rail road.
Feb 27, 2021
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Rosemount Bank 1909With no banks in Burnsville, one of the communities utilized for banking was Rosemount. Rosemount Bank 1909, note the St. Joseph Catholic Church steeple from the earlier church.Feb 26, 2021
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Rosemount depotTwo views of the Rosemount Depot. Jan 26, 2021
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Eaton's Ranch 1965A view of Eaton's Ranch 1965.Jan 09, 2021
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Eaton's Ranch 1965Eaton's Ranch 1965.Jan 09, 2021
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Eaton's Ranch 1965A view of Eaton's Ranch 1965.Jan 09, 2021
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Eaton's Ranch 1965A view of Eaton's Ranch 1965.Jan 09, 2021
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July 1977 - Rosemount Depot burns.The Rosemount depot burns 1977.Dec 12, 2020
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Rosemount 1973Downtown Rosemount 1973.
Dec 03, 2020
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Arthur Eaton - Eaton's Ranch dies 2016
Arthur Eaton, horse breeder and Apple Valley developer, dies at 87

By John Ewoldt Star Tribune
November 17, 2016

As his life grew short, Art Eaton thanked his doctors and nurses in the hospital for their kindness and care. His politeness and good humor made such an impression that one nurse asked his wife, Gretchen, where she had found her husband of 33 years.

“Did you train him or did he come that way?” asked the nurse.

Gretchen Eaton described her husband as “one of the good guys.” He was content to settle business with a handshake or a promise in his many years as a horse breeder and land developer. His family started Eaton’s Ranch in Apple Valley, which closed in the early 1970s until Art repurchased it several years later. He offered horse boarding, sleigh rides and hay rides, and opened a restaurant and a Western store.

As the Twin Cities expanded, he sold off parts of the family ranch to create such Apple Valley neighborhoods as Palomino Hills, Timberwick and Saddle Ridge.

“A lot of other developers would try to get as many homes in there as possible,” said homebuilder Rick Kot of R.A. Kot Homes in Prior Lake. “His pieces were some of the first nicer developments in there.”

Sue Kennedy of New Prague, who was adopted by Eaton, met her father when she was picking out a horse at age 15 and later worked with him on the ranch and at Eaton’s Western Store. “He taught me to work hard every day and be grateful for the chance to work,” she said.

His work ethic kept him active into his 80s, despite being nearly blind and suffering from emphysema. His last outing before he died Oct. 28 at 87 was to Canterbury Park, his home away from home for 30 years. Even though their love of racing horses began as a hobby, Art and Gretchen Eaton would often go to the track at 5:30 a.m. to watch the horses in training. “Art always put the horse first,” said Randy Sampson, president and CEO at Canterbury Park. “He didn’t view it as only a business, as many others do.”

Sampson and Eaton competed head to head at Canterbury for several years with their horses Dot’s Moment and Samdanya. The horses often traded winning and placing. “If I was gonna get beat, I didn’t mind getting beaten by the Eatons. They were so well-liked and respected,” Sampson said.

Eaton was the type of breeder who never hesitated to give a horse a rest if it wasn’t running at full capacity, even though it netted him less money. When he died, he still had several retired racehorses on the farm. Rather than selling them as their racing career neared an end, Eaton tried to place them with trainers or “a good home with a 10-year-old girl fawning over them,” Gretchen Eaton said.

He was inducted into the Canterbury Hall of Fame in 2003. His horses ran at Canterbury, Chicago, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and several East Coast tracks. Bella Notte became his superstar sprinter, earning close to $300,000. She even had a race named after her at Canterbury.

His love of horses took its toll on him. In 1992 he suffered a concussion from being kicked by a foal, permanently losing his sense of taste and smell as a result. Later he lost most of a finger after a stallion accidentally stepped on his hand. But Eaton felt the most pain when one of his horses would lose a foal. “You can quit or you can buck up,” Eaton said to Gretchen, but knowing how painful it was on him, she told him that he should have been a lawyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Maxine. He is survived by his wife, three children — Sue Kennedy of New Prague, Todd Eaton of
Nov 26, 2020
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Eaton's Ranch on Cedar AvenueDriving past Eaton's Ranch, Cedar Avenue 1960s.Nov 26, 2020
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Views of Apple Valley 1979These images appear on a 1979 calendar of Apple Valley.Nov 19, 2020
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Palomino Hills coming!January 31, 1957 - The new development will be named Palomino Hills...Nov 14, 2020
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The end of an era - Southport Airport closing 1974August 29, 1974 Dakota County Tribune:

Southport Airport, Cedar Avenue and County Road 42 closes to become site of a shopping center.
Nov 07, 2020
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Southport Airport, Apple ValleySouthport Airport, closed 1974.Nov 06, 2020
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Lebanon1869 - Dakotaa County its past and present .... introduction on Lebanon.Oct 28, 2020
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Seeds of the past - a history of Apple ValleyPublished by the Chamber of Commerce 1985 - a history of Apple Valley and Lebanon.Oct 21, 2020
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Downtown Rosemount 1940sA portion of Burnsville students attended Rosemount High School. Also, depending on what area of Burnsville you lived, some used Rosemount for shopping, banking and fire department needs. Sep 03, 2020
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Rosemount depotA winter view of the Rosemount depot, undated.Aug 24, 2020
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Apple Valley aerialPhoto compliments of Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate - Cobblestone Lake area on Pilot Knob Road.

May 14, 2020
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First State Bank of Rosemount Before Burnsville had a bank of its own in the 1960s, many residents banked in Rosemount.Apr 02, 2020
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