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150 years of population growth in Apple Valley and Burnsville29 viewsDecember 2010 Dakota County Historical Society's Over the Years Magazine looks at 150 years of population growth in Dakota County. Featured on this page, Apple Valley and Burnsville.
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Halloween Fest 201728 viewsThe 2017 Halloween Fest was moved indoors to the Diamondhead Education Center due to inclement weather. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Halloween Fest 201728 viewsThe 2017 Halloween Fest was moved indoors to the Diamondhead Education Center due to inclement weather. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Burnsville City Hall 201728 viewsExterior view of the City Hall compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Holiday Tree Lighting28 viewsGetting ready for the Holiday Tree Lighting 2019.
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Halloween Fest 201727 viewsThe 2017 Halloween Fest was moved indoors to the Diamondhead Education Center due to inclement weather. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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2019 Holiday tree lighting27 views2019 Burnsville Holiday Lighting - compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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7 Travelers Trail, between Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue27 views2017 This was the approximate site of the Minnesota AAA office, then torn down when they moved to a smaller location also on Travelers Trail.
At the time of this photo the property was for sale, and would become the site of the Maven Apartments. Historically this was the McCoy family farm land.
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Heart of the City Race 201626 viewsABOUT HOTC Race - photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.

This annual event began in 2012 and transformed into A Run to Remember two years later when one of the event founders, Trish Wehling, lost her daughter, Jordan, in a car accident. All participants are invited to use the race to celebrate and honor lost friends and family, with all net proceeds benefiting the Kids Feeding Kids program.
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Heart of the City Race 201926 viewsABOUT HOTC Race - photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.


This annual event began in 2012 and transformed into A Run to Remember two years later when one of the event founders, Trish Wehling, lost her daughter, Jordan, in a car accident. All participants are invited to use the race to celebrate and honor lost friends and family, with all net proceeds benefiting the Kids Feeding Kids program.
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I love Burnsville 201926 viewsFrom the City of Burnsville's Facebook page, June, 2019.

We heard from a lot of people at Saturday's #BackToThe80s car show and food truck rally – but we want to hear from you! Good, great, bad or ugly – we want your feedback to help determine what makes Burnsville, “Burnsville.” What is the community’s personality? Why do people choose to live or work here? What are people’s favorite things to do? What could be improved?

The survey deadline has been extended so please take the two-minute survey before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

Feel free to invite neighbors and friends to provide their input as well -- the survey is open to residents and non-residents. http://bit.ly/BvilleCommunitySurvey
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Cable tv at Holiday Tree Lighting25 viewsBurnsville's Cable tv crew at the Holiday Tree Lighting 2019.
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Glo Run 201922 viewsNEW in 2019 GLO RUN NIGHT RACE FOR ALL AGES SEPT. 28, 2019.

Moms, dads, kids and people of all ages are invited to a “Run in the Dark at Lac Lavon Park.” Participants will receive glowing items before the race to help light up the course. Runners can wear their own neon attire for extra fun and glow. Neon signs and lights throughout the course will guide runners on the one-mile route.DJ music and carnival games before the start will help participants get their blood flowing. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Find your pulse in the Heart of the City - attractions21 viewsThe 2019 - 2020 Burnsville Community Guide, page 16, published by Sun/Thisweek News profiles Burnsville attractions including the Burnsville Center, Buck Hill, Heart of the City, Nicollet Commons Park and the Garage.
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Burnsville Community Theatre 201819 viewsBurnsville Community Theatre is run through Community Education in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

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Burnsville Community Theatre presents 'Cinderella' this month

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com

Burnsville Community Theatre’s production of Cinderella opens Aug. 9 at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center.

Earlier this summer, “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” kicked off the inaugural season for the community theatre. Cinderella marks the second production for the group, which is operated through District 191’s Community Education program and open to anyone — including those outside the district.

The cast, ranging in age from just 5 years old to adults, is preparing to entertain audiences with the classic tale.

The Burnsville Community Theatre brings not only a range of ages to the stage, but a range of theatrical experience.

Georgia Martin, 9, said it’s her first time in a real production. Her favorite part of the show is the performance of “In My Own Little Corner,” where she plays a sleeping mouse.

Emily Powers — who goes by her stage name, Seralina Powers — went on to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City after graduating from Burnsville High School. She returns to the Burnsville stage this summer portraying Cinderella’s evil stepmother.

“It’s fun to be one that no one likes,” Powers said. “It’s about developing the backstory personally, for me, to understand why she acts the way she acts.”

The show is directed by Amy Stead and runs Aug. 9-11 and 16-18 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.mrazcentertickets.com.
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Burnsville Community Theatre 201819 viewsCinderella, played by Tess Mueske, is surrounded by mice in the Burnsville Community Theatre production of “Cinderella,” which concludes this weekend. Photo from Burnsville Community Theatre.

Burnsville Community Theatre is run through Community Education in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
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Dakota County Fair19 views2016 - Farmington is the site of the Dakota County Fair.
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Growth minded Burnsville mulls its strengths, weaknesses 201818 viewsJuly 26, 2018 - Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News reports:


Growth-minded Burnsville mulls its strengths, weaknesses

by John Gessner Jul 26, 2018


Burnsville is at a turning point in its development — and it will take effort to build new property wealth, revitalize areas such as Burnsville Center, keep home values rising and attract new families.

That’s the message from the City Council and Economic Development Commission as they develop a strategic plan for economic development. The EDC, a council-appointed advisory group, will draft the plan over the next several months.

The groups met July 18 after offering candid views about the state of the city in member phone interviews with consulting firm Ehlers.

“Cities can’t be complacent,” said Stacie Kvilvang of Ehlers, who led the meeting. “You can’t say the private market is going to take care of it.”

The interviews elicited positive and negative views of changes in Burnsville over the last decade, according to an Ehlers report.

The Heart of the City redevelopment, construction of a performing arts center, completion of the Highway 13/County Road 5 interchange and growing ethnic diversity were among the many positives, the report said.

Negatives included the reputation of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, an aging population and dearth of young families, the diminished fortunes of Burnsville Center as online retailing grows, and a “growing shabbiness” of aging housing and commercial and industrial buildings.

“Many folks thought that the city is at a turning point,” Kvilvang said.

Burnsville isn’t sitting still. Officials are already working on a master redevelopment plan for Burnsville Center and the surrounding County Road 42 retail corridor. And the council has authorized new programs to buy and assemble parcels for redevelopment and help businesses with building teardowns and renovations. Those programs have more than $1 million in start-up funding from a Dakota County grant.

City involvement in redevelopment pays dividends, the Ehlers report suggested.

Jason Aarsvold of Ehlers pointed to a 21.14 percent rise in total market value in St. Louis Park — an exemplar of “positive and effective redevelopment” — from 2012 to 2017.

Burnsville’s market value rose 14.35 percent during the same period. Eagan’s market value rise was similar and Apple Valley’s even lower, compared with bigger spikes in Bloomington, Richfield and Savage.

Richfield, another city aggressively courting redevelopment, has outpaced Burnsville in rising home prices, Aarsvold said.

Richfield’s median year-end sale price in 2014 was $183,750, compared with Burnsville’s $209,000, according to Ehlers. So far in 2018, Richfield has reached $254,000, compared with Burnsville’s $258,500.

“They’ve almost caught up,” Aarsvold said.

After topping metro home sale prices in prior years, Burnsville fell below the metro median price in 2017 and so far in 2018, according to Ehlers.

Home prices are an extension of buyers’ confidence in a community, Aarsvold said. Prices can vary from city to city by up to $50,000 based on that confidence, he said.

Among other demographic data, Burnsville’s median income is growing but losing ground to the metro area, according to Ehlers. High school graduation rates, at about 94 percent in both 2000 and 2016, still slightly outpace the state.

Burnsville outpaces the state in percentage of people with bachelor’s degrees — 36.8 percent in 2000 and 38.5 percent in 2016. But it slipped slightly behind Dakota County as a whole in 2016.

School district

The perception of School District 191 has been a perennial topic as the district has grown more racially and economically diverse. Many local officials say the district gets a bad rap from Realtors and word-of-mouth.

At most grade levels, scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments have lagged state averages in recent years. The district also has steadily declining enrollment.

“We can market the good things the school district does, but until they improve their test scores, nothing’s changing,” Burnsville Economic Development Coordinator Skip Nienhaus said.

Focusing on test scores is common for parents going online to shop for schools, Burnsville Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Harmening replied.

“And the challenge we have is that Realtors compare us to Savage, to Lakeville, to neighboring communities,” Harmening said. “And the difference here that we as a community need to grasp — because the school district is on the front lines of what we’re going to be dealing with as a community — is the emerging diversity of our community. We need to compare ourselves to communities who have embraced that and marketed it and done well. We need to compare ourselves to Richfield, to other communities that have gone through this wave.”

The district is prepared to do that with new communications strategies, chamber Board Member Tom Taylor said. The expanded, refashioned Burnsville High School is at the forefront of a national trend toward more vocational education, he added.

“So there is a really good message to tell on that,” Taylor said.

Priority areas

Burnsville Center, the Cliff Road/Larc Industrial Park area, the Minnesota River Quadrant and the Heart of the City emerged as priority areas for redevelopment in Ehlers’ phone interviews.

Full redevelopment of the industrial river quadrant area west of Interstate 35W and north of Highway 13 is decades away, but properties along 13 offer more immediate prospects.

Four parcels remain undeveloped in the Heart of the City 1 district clustered around Nicollet Avenue. All could have been developed by now had previous City Councils allowed new apartment projects, according to Nienhaus.

The council seated this year thawed the city’s longstanding, unofficial apartment freeze, which many welcome at a time when apartment construction is booming. One project already approved in the Heart of the City remains hung up in court over a parking dispute.

More land is available in the Heart of the City II district, where transit-oriented development could follow the future Orange Line rapid bus route.

Burnsville Center was ranked the highest priority area by interview respondents. It’s “going to be your game-changer,” Kvilvang said.
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City of Burnsville Community Life from David Olson18 viewsLocal Realtor David Olson includes this profile of Burnsville on his website.
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Local firefighters provide new coats to Burnsville -Eagan- Savage District students 201818 viewsNovember 12, 2018 Savage Pacer reports: Local firefighters handed out hundreds of new coats to elementary students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District last month, according to a news release.

It's the second consecutive year that students were given coats through a partnership with Operation Warm — a national nonprofit that manufactures brand-new coats for kids in need. Coats were purchased through donations from individuals, groups and local corporations.

Members of the Burnsville Professional Fighters Local 2910 and 4481 presented 360 coats to all students who wanted them in at Vista View Elementary School in Burnsville.

“We hope students realize there are many people in the community who think they are very special and want to make sure they stay warm all winter long,” said Capt. James Glover with the Burnsville Fire Department.

Last year, firefighters from Burnsville provided nearly 400 new coats to students at Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville.

They encouraged firefighters in Eagan to join the effort and provide new coats to students this year, Glover said. On Oct. 26, 150 coats were given to students in preschool, kindergarten and first grade at Rahn Elementary School in Eagan.

He thanked donors and also praised school social workers Katie Keller at Rahn and Kelly Freeburg at Vista View for coordinating distribution day.

At both events, firefighters assisted students in selecting brightly-colored warm coats that fit them just right. Then they helped students write their names in the coats with permanent marker.

“As our Minnesota winter approaches, we greatly appreciate local firefighters providing coats to our students to keep them warm and to show support for their success in school,” Superintendent Cindy Amoroso said in a statement. “This is truly what we call Community Strong.”
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Minnesota Valley Transit Authority18 viewsMinnesota Valley Transit Authority bus stop, South River Hills in Burnville.
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Halloween Skating party18 viewsMonsters, princesses, superheroes and the like are invited to Burnsville Ice Center's Annual Halloween Skating Party. Costumes are encouraged, meaning skaters might skate next to a zombie, Spiderman or a Pokémon. This event includes prize drawings and trick-or-treating.
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Glo Run 201918 viewsNEW in 2019 GLO RUN NIGHT RACE FOR ALL AGES SEPT. 28, 2019.

Moms, dads, kids and people of all ages are invited to a “Run in the Dark at Lac Lavon Park.” Participants will receive glowing items before the race to help light up the course. Runners can wear their own neon attire for extra fun and glow. Neon signs and lights throughout the course will guide runners on the one-mile route.DJ music and carnival games before the start will help participants get their blood flowing. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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The year 2019 in Review - Burnsville - growth, planning, Trum and Vonn made the headlines18 views Year in Review: Growth, planning, Trump and Vonn made headlines in Burnsville

by John Gessner Dec 27, 2019 Updated Dec 27, 2019 - Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News

Groundwork being laid for future redevelopment

A new growth phase continued in Burnsville this year, with apartment and senior projects in the works that are expected to add about 1,000 new housing units by the end of 2020.

Visions of large-scale redevelopment are more distant. The city continued laying the groundwork for a Burnsville Center-area revitalization dubbed Center Village, and continued to push for a cleanup program that will safeguard drinking water beneath the old Freeway Landfill and Dump while opening the properties for development.

Burnsville hired its first female police chief and gained national recognition for its abundance of women in leadership roles.

But they weren’t the only VIPs in town. President Donald Trump and skier Lindsey Vonn made stops in Burnsville this year.

From the pages of Burnsville-Eagan Sun Thisweek, here are some highlights of 2019.

Growth and development

“Coming out of the ground” is a phrase Burnsville Economic Development Coordinator Skip Nienhaus uses often these days.

It means development that has broken ground or is in progress. Between three apartment projects in the Heart of the City and a senior housing project on Grand Avenue, Nienhaus figures 1,000 new housing units will be built in Burnsville by the end of 2020.

“Which is pretty good for a city that’s 98 percent developed,” he said.

Years after the Great Recession, Burnsville is hot again, at least in the booming multifamily market. Two major redevelopment efforts — the Center Village plan for the Burnsville Center retail area and the Minnesota River Quadrant — have yet to get fully cooking.

But the city has laid out its visions, and Nienhaus is counseling patience. After 14 years as economic development coordinator he’s retiring Jan. 3, probably years before any significant action.

“That is probably the hardest hurdle in redevelopment, for people to understand that it takes a long time,” Nienhaus said, speaking slowly to amplify his point. “You put a plan together, and that plan’s not going to happen in a year or two. Like in Center Village, we’re looking at five-, 10-, and 15- and 20-year possibilities.”

The city also launched a branding and marketing campaign in 2019, anchored by the slogan “You Belong Here.”

Landfill

City officials and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency agree: The top priority in cleaning up the old Freeway Landfill properties in Burnsville is protecting drinking water from contamination.

But while the MPCA appears to be agnostic on the cleanup method, Burnsville is rooting hard for one that leaves the most land for development and tax base growth.

The city reasserted its position at a Nov. 26 City Council work session meeting with MPCA officials. The city wants a “dig and haul” plan that would unearth some 6 million cubic yards of garbage from the Freeway properties and truck it over a private road to the nearby Burnsville Sanitary Landfill.

The MPCA is preparing to go out for bids on two plans: dig and haul and “dig and line.” The latter would unearth garbage from the Freeway properties but put it back into a new, lined landfill on the Freeway Landfill property west of Interstate 35W.

Either way, city and state officials agree, the Freeway garbage — dumped in the days before liners were required under landfills — needs to be moved to a lined facility. When the Kraemer Mining and Materials quarry south of the Freeway Landfill ceases operations years from now, it will stop pumping huge volumes of water from the quarry, the groundwater flow will reverse, and drinking water supplies for Burnsville and Savage will rise into the garbage, officials contend.

The MPCA says it will bid both options, present the costs to the state Legislature and ask for a decision and funding in the 2021 session. The city prefers dig and haul because it would leave more prime freeway land for development than leaving the garbage on Freeway Landfill property.

A Freeway Landfill solution is the top priority on the city’s state legislative agenda. It’s also the top priority among landfills in the MPCA’s Closed Landfill Program.

Center Village

The city will again in 2020 seek the state Legislature’s approval for tax-increment financing authority to build infrastructure and incent redevelopment in the Burnsville Center area north and south of County Road 42. Efforts fell short this year.

But as officials continued to pursue the Center Village plan the City Council approved in late 2018, some council members wondered aloud if the mall’s owners and managers are doing enough on their own to revitalize the 42-year-old regional mall which, like many malls, has struggled with vacancies.

“I think our biggest problem, or biggest opportunity, in the mall is the ownership,” Council Member Dan Kealey said during a council work session in October. “We’ve been hearing lip service for the last three and a half, four years, and I’m, quite frankly, tired of it. And I think they need to get off it, move on, or get serious about investing in that center.

“And there’s not much we can do as a council. But I’m tired of listening to chatter and seeing absolutely nothing happen there other than backfilling at low rents and not taking care of the place.”

The mall is owned by Tennessee-based CBL Properties, which also manages it; Seritage Growth Properties, which owns the Sears space that closed in 2017; and Macy’s and J.C. Penney.

“I will say that the Burnsville Center is not high on my priority list personally, as a council member, until they decide it is high on their priority list,” Council Member Cara Schulz said. “We do have other parts of this city that are revitalizing.”

New chief

Tanya Schwartz, a 23-year Burnsville police veteran, was promoted from captain to chief May 9 by City Manager Melanie Lee. Burnsville’s first female top cop replaced retiring Chief Eric Gieseke, who endorsed her for the job.

Her connection to policing can be traced to Augsburg College, where the Minneapolis Edison High School graduate majored in psychology and minored in sociology.

“I really wanted to work with kids and families,” Schwartz said. “That was really my passion.”

After graduating she worked briefly with disabled adults but didn’t chart a career path until a friend at the Eden Prairie Police Department got her on a ride-along and she spent a summer as an Eden Prairie park ranger.

“Psychology is really about human behavior,” Schwartz said. “You get an up-front seat to seeing people and their behavior and what they’re going through, and I just saw a lot of compassion in that from law enforcement.”

Women in leadership

With Schwartz’s appointment, female leadership in Burnsville reached a “critical mass,” said Elizabeth Kautz, the city’s mayor since 1995. The former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who served from 2009 to 2011, said she checked around with colleagues from across the nation and was assured Burnsville’s abundance of female leadership is an anomaly.

Nine of those leaders, including Schwartz, Kautz and then-newly hired School District 191 Superintendent Theresa Battle, were interviewed on July 8 at City Hall for NBC’s “The Today Show.” The others were Lee, Dakota County Commissioner and board Chair Liz Workman, District 191 School Board Chair Abigail Alt, City Council Member Cara Schulz, Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Harmening and Experience Burnsville Executive Director Amie Burrill.

Codes and inspections

In actions initiated by City Council Member Cara Schulz, the council took steps in 2019 to relax property codes and inspections.

A council majority agreed at an Aug. 13 work session to rewrite its the ordinance for trash enclosures at commercial and apartment buildings, dropping requirements that they have roofs, gates and building materials compatible with those of the principal structure. Among 15 comparable cities, only Burnsville and St. Louis Park required roofs.

On Dec. 3, council members voted unanimously to drop the screening requirement for trash and recycling bins in Burnsville neighborhoods. Bins stored outside in single- and two-family neighborhoods will no longer have to be fully screened from view, hidden behind fences, shrubs or trees.

On Dec. 17, the council voted 3-2 to end street-level inspections of each single-family neighborhood every three years and return to mostly complaint-driven responses to code violations. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Council Member Dan Gustafson cast the dissenting votes. Supporters were Schulz and council members Dan Kealey and Vince Workman.

But the council voted unanimously against Kealey’s proposal to inspect each rental unit every six years instead of every three. Code inspection and fire officials opposed the change.

The multifamily and single-family proactive inspection programs were the city’s responses to decrepit conditions at Country Village Apartments in 2011 and 2012 that led to the city emptying the buildings so they could be repaired and relicensed.

Trump on Tax Day

In a Tax Day visit to Burnsville, President Donald Trump said Republican tax cuts he signed in 2017 have fueled an economic boom in the country.

“We promised that these tax cuts would be rocket fuel for the American economy,” Trump said Monday, April 15, “and we were absolutely right.”

His private, invitation-only appearance at Nuss Truck and Equipment on Dupont Avenue in northwest Burnsville was billed by the White House as a “roundtable on the economy and tax reform.”

The hourlong program doubled as a rally for Trump’s re-election campaign. He reminded the audience of about 350 that he “almost won” Minnesota in 2016, losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton by 1.5 percent.

About 200 Trump supporters and roughly the same number of detractors gathered along Dupont Avenue as the daily business in the industrial park continued with semi-trailers rolling past and vehicles arriving with invitees.

“Everything went great,” said Burnsville police Capt. Jef Behnken, the scene commander for local law enforcement and the main police liaison with the Secret Service. “Nobody was hurt, and all was peaceful.”

Nearly 70 officers from local communities were involved in providing security, he said.

Lindsey Vonn at Buck Hill

“Anything is possible,” Lindsey Vonn told wide-eyed young skiers Sept. 23 during a dedication ceremony for the tow rope that ferried a young Lindsey Caroline Kildow hundreds of times to the top of Buck Hill in Burnsville.

The tow rope, which was christened “Kildow’s Climb,” includes markers along the way that tell the story of Vonn’s rise to becoming the world’s most successful female skier of all time.

The Kildows lived in Apple Valley during Lindsey’s early years, and she trained under Buck Hill Ski Team coach Erich Sailer, who helped guide several skiers to international success.

“I have a lot of great memories here,” Vonn said. “I would sit up at the shack at the top with Erich sometimes when it was cold.”

Sept. 23, 2019, was designated as Lindsey Vonn Day in Burnsville. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz read and presented a framed copy of the proclamation to Vonn.

Dick Ames dies

Richard “Dick” Ames, whose work as a contractor is spread across the nation and legacy as a philanthropist is abundant in local communities, died Jan. 30 of pneumonia. He was 89.

Ames was the local legend who stayed put, keeping the headquarters of his company, Ames Construction, in Burnsville even as it opened offices in other states and became one of the nation’s premier civil and industrial general contractors.

He built and rebuilt Burnsville’s Nicollet Avenue in the 1960s when it was a gravel road. Decades later he did the grading for the Denver International Airport, one of the megaprojects that vaulted Ames Construction to the top of its industry.

He and his family company donated millions. His name is on the Ames Arena in Lakeville, the Ames Sculpture in Burnsville and the Ames Center, Burnsville’s performing arts center, for which he bought the naming rights. He received the first Director’s Award for his donations to the University of Minnesota Athletics Department.

“I’ve lived a fairytale life,” Ames said a few days before his death, according to his obituary. But you couldn’t tell, say many who knew him, describing Ames as a blue jeans-wearing common man who grew up with the land and still planted crops later in life at his farm in Green Isle, Minnesota.

“When he was in his communities, his Lakeville, his Burnsville communities, he was just an everyday guy,” said Bob Erickson, a former city administrator and current School Board member in Lakeville. “He would always reach out to people. You didn’t have to go to him and say, ‘I’m so and so.’ He would always come to your table. He would always come to you.”

DFL upstarts not seeking re-election

Two Burnsville-area Democrats who unseated Republican members of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018 won’t be on the ballot next year.

Rep. Hunter Cantrell, DFL-Savage, announced Nov. 12 he won’t seek re-election in District 56A. Cantrell, 24, said he’ll leave the House to complete his bachelor’s degree, which he put on hold after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017.

Rep. Alice Mann, DFL-Lakeville, couldn’t be reached to confirm reports that she won’t seek re-election in District 56B. But another DFLer, Burnsville resident Kaela Berg, announced her candidacy this fall.

Mann and Cantrell were part of the 2018 wave of DFLers whose victories in mostly suburban districts helped the party gain majority control of the House. Mann defeated two-term Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, and Cantrell defeated two-term Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Savage.

Cantrell represents part of northwest Burnsville and all of Savage. Mann represents southern and east-central Burnsville and part of northern Lakeville.

More candidates

Pam Myhra, a former Republican state representative from Burnsville who served two terms before seeking higher office, is running for her old seat in the House of Representatives.

Myhra announced her bid at an Aug. 19 meeting of Senate District 56 Republicans, after local party leaders launched a “Draft Pam Myhra” campaign. Myhra is seeking the House District 56A seat held by first-term DFL Rep. Hunter Cantrell, of Savage.

A longtime Burnsville resident and 1975 Burnsville High School graduate, Myhra was a local party officer before her first election in 2010 in the old District 40A. She was re-elected in 2012 in the newly drawn District 56A.

Instead of seeking re-election in 2014, Myhra ran for lieutenant governor on the ticket of Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert, who finished third in a five-way primary. Myhra briefly sought the 2016 Republican nomination for Minnesota’s 2nd District congressional seat.

In 2018 Myhra was the Republican candidate for state auditor, losing to DFLer Julie Blaha.

DFLer Jessica Hanson, of Burnsville, has announced her candidacy for the 56A seat.

In Senate District 56, two DFLers are competing to face Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, who is seeking re-election. They are Lindsey Port and Robert Timmerman.

Meeting protest

The Oct. 22 Burnsville City Council meeting collapsed into an angry mass of shouts, chants and profanities as protesters demanded the release of evidence in a fatal shooting by police.

Siblings and supporters of 23-year-old Isak Aden said their early July request for Burnsville police evidence, including body and dash camera footage, had gone unanswered, though the data are public under state law.

Burnsville City Manager Melanie Lee says the city had withheld the data lawfully.

Burnsville was one of nine law enforcement agencies at the scene of a July 2 standoff with Aden at a parking lot on Seneca Road in Eagan. Protesters wanted evidence in the Columbia Heights man’s shooting, which authorities said followed nearly four hours of negotiating with him to drop a gun and surrender. All Burnsville officers wear body cameras.

“And I expect an answer at the end of this, otherwise we will disrupt the meeting,” said Isak’s sister, Sumaya, who delivered as promised near the end of the 35-minute confrontation, which started during the meeting’s open comment period.

She flung council members’ nameplates from the dais, commandeered a microphone and hurled profane insults at Mayor Elizabeth Kautz.

Reviewing the events Nov. 12, council members agreed to review city policy on responding to data requests and to omit rarely invoked references to a 10-minute limit for comments during the citizen comment portion of meetings.

Also in November, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom concluded that police officers, including four from Bloomington, were legally justified in firing their weapons in the fatal shooting.
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Power lines 201917 viewsA view of the powerlines through River Hills.
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Local firefighters provide new coats to District 191 students 201816 viewsA 2018 photo from Independent School District 191 shows an Eagan firefighter helping a Rahn Elementary School student into his new coat October 26. New coats were collected by local firefighters...
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Friday Night Flicks 201816 viewsFriday Night Flicks on the Bricks returns during Friday Fest at Nicollet Commons Park, 2018 compliments of Experience Burnsville.
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Community members come together for a dialogue on race16 viewsThe Burnsville Bulletin Spring 2019 reports: Conversations about race can be tough- however they can also have the power to educate, heal and ultimately transform. Members of the Burnsville community participated in a facilitated discussion earlier this spring that explored issues relatd to race in a safe, supportive environment...
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Heart of the City street scene15 viewsHeart of the City, winter view compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Burnsville Community Theatre 201815 viewsBurnsville Community Theatre is run through Community Education in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

August 2, 2018 Savage Pacer Story: Photo from Burnsville Community Theatre.

Burnsville Community Theatre presents 'Cinderella' this month

By Christine Schuster cschuster@swpub.com

Burnsville Community Theatre’s production of Cinderella opens Aug. 9 at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center.

Earlier this summer, “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” kicked off the inaugural season for the community theatre. Cinderella marks the second production for the group, which is operated through District 191’s Community Education program and open to anyone — including those outside the district.

The cast, ranging in age from just 5 years old to adults, is preparing to entertain audiences with the classic tale.

The Burnsville Community Theatre brings not only a range of ages to the stage, but a range of theatrical experience.

Georgia Martin, 9, said it’s her first time in a real production. Her favorite part of the show is the performance of “In My Own Little Corner,” where she plays a sleeping mouse.

Emily Powers — who goes by her stage name, Seralina Powers — went on to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City after graduating from Burnsville High School. She returns to the Burnsville stage this summer portraying Cinderella’s evil stepmother.

“It’s fun to be one that no one likes,” Powers said. “It’s about developing the backstory personally, for me, to understand why she acts the way she acts.”

The show is directed by Amy Stead and runs Aug. 9-11 and 16-18 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.mrazcentertickets.com.
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