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Burnsville Ice Center turns 50The Burnsville Ice Center under construction.Jan 23, 2022
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Burnsville Ice Center turns 50Invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Burnsville Ice Center.Jan 23, 2022
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Burnsville Ice Center celebrates 50 years2022 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of Burnsville's Ice Center. From its website:

Burnsville Ice Center is celebrating its 50th year anniversary on Feb. 5, the city said on its website.

We start the morning with RAMS (MN Special Hockey) and the Mite Jamboree playing on the indoor rinks. High school games kick off on rink 1 beginning at 11 a.m. with a total of four games bringing the fun into the evening.

On rink 2, you'll find a figure skating exhibition beginning at 12:30 p.m. Followed by youth games from 3-6:30 p.m. and broomball games starting at 6:45 p.m.

Join us outside from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Polar Fest, the coolest festival in Burnsville, for sledding, bonfires, music and more!

There'll also be a variety of vendors, face painting, a balloon artist, DJ entertainment, prize drawings throughout the day and food trucks
Jan 16, 2022
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Burnsville Ice Center celebrates 50 years2022 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of Burnsville's Ice Center. From its website:

Burnsville Ice Center is celebrating its 50th year anniversary on Feb. 5, the city said on its website.

We start the morning with RAMS (MN Special Hockey) and the Mite Jamboree playing on the indoor rinks. High school games kick off on rink 1 beginning at 11 a.m. with a total of four games bringing the fun into the evening.

On rink 2, you'll find a figure skating exhibition beginning at 12:30 p.m. Followed by youth games from 3-6:30 p.m. and broomball games starting at 6:45 p.m.

Join us outside from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Polar Fest, the coolest festival in Burnsville, for sledding, bonfires, music and more!

There'll also be a variety of vendors, face painting, a balloon artist, DJ entertainment, prize drawings throughout the day and food trucks
Jan 16, 2022
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Burnsville Ice Center celebrates 50 years2022 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of Burnsville's Ice Center. From its website:

Burnsville Ice Center is celebrating its 50th year anniversary on Feb. 5, the city said on its website.

We start the morning with RAMS (MN Special Hockey) and the Mite Jamboree playing on the indoor rinks. High school games kick off on rink 1 beginning at 11 a.m. with a total of four games bringing the fun into the evening.

On rink 2, you'll find a figure skating exhibition beginning at 12:30 p.m. Followed by youth games from 3-6:30 p.m. and broomball games starting at 6:45 p.m.

Join us outside from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Polar Fest, the coolest festival in Burnsville, for sledding, bonfires, music and more!

There'll also be a variety of vendors, face painting, a balloon artist, DJ entertainment, prize drawings throughout the day and food trucks!
Jan 16, 2022
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Martin Quinn Postmaster1866 Martin Quinn Postmaster at Hamilton Station, serving Byrnesville.Jan 15, 2022
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Postal delivery in SavageThe main post office in Burnsville serves both Burnsville and Savage. Historically prior to 1970
it was the main post office in Savage that served Burnsville. Shown is a mail truck on Ottawa Avenue, at the Razors Edge Barbershop 2022.
Jan 14, 2022
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Metro Orange Line bus transportationThe METRO Orange Line is a 17-mile highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that connects Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W. The Orange Line provides fast, reliable, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week. Photo compliments City of Burnsville, 2021. Jan 09, 2022
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Metro Orange Line bus transportationThe METRO Orange Line is a 17-mile highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that connects Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W. The Orange Line provides fast, reliable, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week. Photo compliments City of Burnsville, 2021. Jan 09, 2022
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Metro Orange Line bus transportation The METRO Orange Line is a 17-mile highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that connects Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W. The Orange Line provides fast, reliable, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week. Photo compliments City of Burnsville, 2021.Jan 09, 2022
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Officer Brent MurrayBurnsville's 2021 officer of the year. Photo city of Burnsville.

Burnsville police Sgt. Brent Murray’s ethic of continual self-improvement includes expertise in the Fourth Amendment.

He tracks influential court rulings and serves as a department resource on unreasonable search and seizure, which includes training new officers in that aspect of police procedure.

“It’s what the United States is founded on, right?” Murray said of the push-and-pull between individual rights and the law. “It’s a constant battle for legislators, public officials, as well as the courts to read that Constitution and apply it.”

Murray’s leadership and pursuit of excellence were cited by the Police Department committee that last month named him Burnsville’s 2021 Officer of the Year.

“Sgt. Murray is an outstanding leader who is universally respected by his staff,” a colleague wrote. “The entire Patrol Division looks to him as a resource due to his exceptional knowledge of law, case law and police procedure.”

Murray, 45, will mark 20 years with the department in April. He’s been a patrol sergeant for 12 years, preceded by three as an investigator and four as a patrol officer.

“To be honest with you, I enjoyed all of them,” he said. “I just tell people it’s different parts of my brain. With patrol you’re in the car, you’re responding, you’re seeing the community more, interacting with them, and of course responding to their calls for help.”

Murray grew up in Bloomington, where his memory of an officer coming to school, meeting the kids and letting them climb into his car still sticks.

“I didn’t set my mind at that age to be in this profession,” he said. “I definitely, though, credit my parents for my upbringing and trying to instill good morals and values in me, which ties into my passion for learning and teaching and passing that on as well. They kind of taught me to work hard and have fun and enjoy what you’re doing.”

He got his bachelor’s in law enforcement from Metro State University and a graduate degree in criminal justice leadership and education from Concordia College.

“I found my joy that came into play when I started taking law enforcement classes and I saw the potential impact I could make in communities, wherever I ended up,” Murray said. “Luckily enough, I ended up in Burnsville.”

He reads widely on law enforcement and has completed one of three courses needed for certification through FBI–LEEDA, the nonprofit Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

Murray has worked his share of critical incidents over the years, including an active-shooter homicide case at the Dollar Tree store on Aldrich Avenue and an armed hostage situation at the Holiday station at Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue.

He was asked about the Kim Potter case in Brooklyn Center, which led to manslaughter verdicts against the veteran cop for the accidental killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.

“I’ve had my own critical incidents, obviously, and we all have to make our own split-second decisions,” he said. “But I do have personal standards, if you want to call them that, for what I will or won’t stop (a vehicle) for and how I believe I would handle things.”

The Potter case “makes us have to stop and think personally about how would I handle this stop, this issue, if it were to be me. Because if we don’t then we’re not going to improve and learn for ourselves.”

He praised the Burnsville department’s training programs and hiring of a mental health contractor. Officer wellness is “a big thing for the organization,” Murray said.

“And my wife has been an incredible rock for me through a lot of the things we’ve gone through,” said the father of two. “This profession takes a toll on everyone mentally and physically, and she has been phenomenal for me as well.”

The “added stresses” of police work, done under a “microscope” these days, hinder recruiting, Murray said.

“We need quality, intelligent, good thinkers,” he said. “Trying to get those people, I worry, is going to be hard for the profession for a while.”


Jan 07, 2022
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Fire Station Number 1History of the Burnsville Fire Department in the new Fire Station 1 - January 2022.Jan 05, 2022
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Fire Station Number 1Interior view of the new Fire Station 1, January 2022.Jan 05, 2022
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Fire Station Number 1Interior view of the new Fire Station 1, January 2022.Jan 05, 2022
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Fire Station Number 1Interior view of the new Fire Station 1, January 2022.Jan 05, 2022
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Fire Station Number 1January 2022 view of the new Fire Station 1.Jan 05, 2022
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Residents will vote on ice arena 1971June 24, 1971 Dakota County Tribune

Burnsville residents will be asked to go to the poles on Tuesday, July 20 for a special election wherein an indoor ice arena bond election will be the only item on the ballot...
Dec 31, 2021
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Redballo Express Bus 1972Ride the new Redball Express from Burnsville.Dec 31, 2021
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Savage - Burnsville Postmasters 1866 - 2012Levi Williams 1866 - Hamilton Station
Martin Quinn - November 1866
Martin Hynes - November 1889
John Carr - December 1893
William H. Carr - December 1895
Martin Hynes - November 1898
1905 Named Savage, Minnesota by the Post Office

John Riley - October 1905
Edward Garvey - April 1908
John Duffy - October 1921
Irene A. Riley - December 1929

James McCoy - March 1954
Eugene T. Kearney - June 1968
Vernon Madson - January 1972
Hazetta Booker-Woods July 1984 - February 1998)
Ray Stanchfield (2000 - 2007)
William Watson - (2008 - 2012)
Dec 30, 2021
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Highway 13 and Interstate 35WMinnesota Traffic Cam photo of Highway 13 and Interstate 35W. Dec 29, 2021
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Sculpture at Fire Station 1 The Burnsville Fire Station #1 Project is a placemaking initiative. Mueller Studio, ISG Architects and the City of Burnsville Minnesota are working collaboratively to create this new gathering space. The place features a Fire Department bench timeline, a painted mural, a Fire Hydrant Mister, and interactive, educational Fire Tetrahedron – Heat, Fuel and Oxygen are required to make combustion. Viewers to the interactive sculpture can “put out the fire” by eliminating any one of these three fire ingredients by pulling any one of the nozzles.
Goals

The City of Burnsville recently completed a state of the art Fire Station #1. The City's vision is to include a public gathering space adjacent to the station for community members to learn more about their Community First Responders.
Process

Mueller Studio in partnership with ISG Architects, Minneapolis were awarded the commission to create a "place" for public gathering. Weber Group Interactive, JTH Lighting and MNFX Minneapolis provided key water and light engineering.
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The Placemaking Project includes 5 elements: 1. Hydrant Mister is a push button water misting activator with an internally lit LED Fire hose wrapping around the gathering space perimeter 2. Radial benches have significant Department historical time-line events engraved into the ash wood slats 3. Mural painting on concrete wall by Duluth, Minnesota artist Paul Legeunesse 4. 16' Ladder of Trust Sculpture (forthcoming spring 2022) 5. Fire Tetrahedron interactive educational sculpture
Dec 28, 2021
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Fire Station Number 1December 2021 - photo by Jack Kennelly, Entrance to Fire Station Number 1.

Kraus-Anderson, a construction management and real estate development enterprise, announced Burnsville's new fire station will be completed in two weeks. It will be open for use in mid-December, the enterprise said.

$17.4 million fire station is located at 14275 Newton Avenue, KA said. This 44,729-square-foot station is replacing Burnsville's Fire Station No. 1, according to the enterprise.

The station was built to address Burnsville's future fire and EMS needs, the enterprise said.
Dec 25, 2021
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Fire Station Number 1December 2021 - full view of Burnsville's new fire station, photo Jack Kennelly.Dec 24, 2021
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Fire Station Number 1December 2021, a view of the recently completed Fire Station Number 1.

Kraus-Anderson, a construction management and real estate development enterprise, announced Burnsville's new fire station will be completed in two weeks. It will be open for use in mid-December, the enterprise said.

$17.4 million fire station is located at 14275 Newton Avenue, KA said. This 44,729-square-foot station is replacing Burnsville's Fire Station No. 1, according to the enterprise.

The station was built to address Burnsville's future fire and EMS needs, the enterprise said.
Dec 24, 2021
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Fire Station Number 1December 2021 view of the recently completed Fire Station Number 1. Photo Jack Kennelly.

Kraus-Anderson, a construction management and real estate development enterprise, announced Burnsville's new fire station will be completed in two weeks. It will be open for use in mid-December, the enterprise said.

$17.4 million fire station is located at 14275 Newton Avenue, KA said. This 44,729-square-foot station is replacing Burnsville's Fire Station No. 1, according to the enterprise.

The station was built to address Burnsville's future fire and EMS needs, the enterprise said.
Dec 24, 2021
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Fire Station Number 1Mural and benches at the new Fire Station Number 1 - photo Jack Kennelly 2021.

Kraus-Anderson, a construction management and real estate development enterprise, announced Burnsville's new fire station will be completed in two weeks. It will be open for use in mid-December, the enterprise said.

$17.4 million fire station is located at 14275 Newton Avenue, KA said. This 44,729-square-foot station is replacing Burnsville's Fire Station No. 1, according to the enterprise.

The station was built to address Burnsville's future fire and EMS needs, the enterprise said.
Dec 24, 2021
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Entry to Fire Station 1December 2021 - photo by Jack Kennelly, Entrance to Fire Station Number 1.

Kraus-Anderson, a construction management and real estate development enterprise, announced Burnsville's new fire station will be completed in two weeks. It will be open for use in mid-December, the enterprise said.

$17.4 million fire station is located at 14275 Newton Avenue, KA said. This 44,729-square-foot station is replacing Burnsville's Fire Station No. 1, according to the enterprise.

The station was built to address Burnsville's future fire and EMS needs, the enterprise said.
Dec 24, 2021
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Orange Line, years in the making 2021December 11, 2021 Savage Pacer

The Metropolitan Orange Line opens in Burnsville...
Dec 16, 2021
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Burnsville City Council 2021At the Annual Tree Lighting event:

Cara Schulz, Dan Kealey, Vince Wokerman, Elizabeth Kautz and Dan Gustafson.
Dec 10, 2021
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Ice CenterDecember 2021 view as the ice center enters its 50th year in 2022. Dec 10, 2021
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