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Electric scooterplan moves ahead in BurnsvilleJune 24, 2022 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

Burnsville City Council members set the stage for the introduction of electric rental scooters...
Jul 02, 2022
Affordable_apartments.pdf
Affordable apartments planned in Heart of the CityJuly 1, 2022 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

A 43 unit affordable apartment project is planned for a vacant lot in Burnsville's Heart of the City...
Jul 02, 2022
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Police, fire make their cases for more staffJuly 1, 2022 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

Department stressed, chiefs of police and fire say...
Jul 02, 2022
2022_council_candidates.pdf
August primary will narrow Burnsville City Council fieldJuly 1, 2022 - Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

Seven seek two seats in Burnsville....
Jul 02, 2022
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Burnsville Fire Station 1Fire Station 1 under construction 2021.Jun 30, 2022
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Burnsville Fire Station 1The new Fire Station 1 under construction 2021.Jun 30, 2022
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Burnsville Fire Station 1Burnsville Fire Station 1 to be torn down with the completion of the new station 2022.Jun 26, 2022
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Cedar Avenue BridgeCedar Avenue Bridge 1947.Jun 19, 2022
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Long Meadow Lake Bridge - aka - The Cedar Avenue BridgeBy: Denis P. Gardner

This article was originally published in Hennepin History, Vol. 80, No. 3, 2021


The city of Bloomington, Hennepin County’s second-largest city, recently preserved a piece of its engineering history – the Long Meadow Bridge, built by the Illinois Steel Bridge Company, an out-of-state contractor that had a branch office in St. Paul. The bridge does not actually reach over the main part of the Minnesota River, but across an overflow, a relatively shallow floodplain locally known as Long Meadow Lake, now a component of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The bridge was complete in 1920 and is formed of five steel camelbacks (a truss bridge with straight sections giving the illusion of a curved top). The bridge has five segments, each measuring about 172 feet in length. In Minnesota today, it is especially unusual to discover a bridge formed of so many trusses. Historically, the bridge served as an auxiliary structure, carrying Cedar Avenue to an 1890 steel swing-span bridge that reached across the Minnesota River’s navigation channel.

At the time Long Meadow Bridge was constructed, Bloomington was still a modest farming landscape, as was the area across the Minnesota River immediately to the south. Cedar Avenue was a unique roadway, because it traversed this rural setting and delivered travelers directly into the heart of Minneapolis. The direct link to a major urban center proved an impetus to suburban development in southeast Bloomington and in locales south of the Minnesota River.

Over the decades, however, as automobiles became wider and traffic became greater, the Long Meadow Bridge clearly became ill suited to continue its traditional role. Traversing the narrow structure with its timber deck creaking with each turn of the axle made some locals queasy. Timothy Wegscheid, longtime Apple Valley and Eagan resident and good friend, remembers journeying over the crossings as a youngster enroute to Metropolitan Stadium: “Every time we had to cross that river to get to a Vikings game at the old outdoor stadium – sometimes in a big, one-unit camper/Winnebago thing that barely seemed to fit on the bridge – I was convinced I was going into the drink and would die a horrible, slow, cold death in the deep, scary waters beneath the bridge.”

The late 1970s brought a new, much longer and wider bridge just east of the Long Meadow Bridge. A phenomenal population explosion in and around Eagan and Apple Valley south of the river ensued. The swing bridge span over the Minnesota River was razed, and ownership of the Long Meadow Bridge was transferred from the state to the city of Bloomington and continued to be used by motorized vehicles until 1993. For the next several years, the bridge was open only to pedestrians and bicyclists and became a favorite platform for birders. In 2002, the structurally suffering bridge was closed to all.

The city of Bloomington has made sure the bridge lives on, though. The city secured multiple millions of dollars to rehabilitate and preserve the structure and it remains a very popular place for people to walk and bird watch. If you have not gone there, you really should. It is a wonderful place to spend an evening, relax, and enjoy nature.
Jun 19, 2022
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Interstate 35WBelow Interstate 35W - photo compliments of Vince Workman.Jun 19, 2022
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Burnsville sets new blacktopping policyJuly 8, 1965 Minneapolis Star

No more Burnsville streets will be permanently blacktopped unless they have storm drainage...
Jun 11, 2022
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Fire Station 1The second Fire Station 1 - before being torn down in 2022.Jun 01, 2022
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Savage to buy post office building 2010The Savage City Council voted unanimously Monday night to buy the United States Post Office building...

As part of the deal, the USPS will continue to operate the Savage Post Office in the front of the 2000 square feet of the property...

The back 9,000 square feet of the building is currently used for mail and carrier services and those operations will move to the Burnsville facility...
May 23, 2022
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Burnsville's new Fire Station 1 -The patio area at Fire Station 1, May 2022. May 13, 2022
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Fire Truck 2022A different view of the Burnsville fire truck 2022.May 13, 2022
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Kennelly RoadKennelly Road, off Cliff Road, Burnsville.May 09, 2022
what_is_council.pdf
Burnsville City Council - how you can get involved2022 - Information about Burnsville's City Council.May 08, 2022
run_for_council.pdf
Have a voice in city government - fun for city council2022 - Burnsville has two council seats open in 2022....May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 grand opening celebration for the newly completed fire station. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 grand opening celebration for the newly completed fire station. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 grand opening celebration for the newly completed fire station. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 grand opening celebration for the newly completed fire station. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 grand opening celebration for the newly completed fire station. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 Grand opening of the new Fire Station 1. The building includes a history of the department. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 Grand opening of the new Fire Station 1. The building includes a history of the department. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 Grand opening of the new Fire Station 1. The building includes a history of the department. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 Grand opening of the new Fire Station 1. The building includes a history of the department.May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 grand opening celebration for the newly completed fire station. May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingKMSP Television interviews fire chief at the Grand Opening of Fire Station 1.May 08, 2022
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Fire Station 1 Grand openingMay 7, 2022 grand opening celebration for the newly completed fire station.May 08, 2022
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