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191 Honors Volunteers 200799 viewsby John Gessner '
THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS
Burnsville High School senior Lynnea Durand spends most weekday afternoons at Sky Oaks Elementary School, working in a kindergarten classroom.
Richard Pomije spearheaded a 50th- anniversary celebration for the high school that grew into a giant community party and led to formation of an alumni foundation.
Durand and Pomije are two of the nine volunteers to receive 2007 John Coskran Volunteer Awards in Burnsville-Eagan- Savage School District 191.
The winners were chosen from among 45 nominees. The award is named for for­ mer School Board Member John Cosk­ ran, a longtime advocate for volunteerism and retired associate director of volunteer services for Catholic Charities.
Durand said her personal care atten­ dant got her started in volunteering. She started by volunteering in a nursing home, and is now an aide to Sky Oaks kinder­ garten teacher Jackie Ritchie. “I chose to go here because I like kids,” said Durand, who has Asperger syn­ drome. “I like seeing them smile when I try to help them.”
She has also worked with Sky Oaks second-graders in the Seekers program, helping them with research, writing and class presentations.
Earlier this year, Durand befriended a BHS student with autism.
“She just didn’t have many friends, so I decided I would change that,” said Du-
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rand, who plans to study cu­ linary arts at Dakota County Technical College. “I knew her a little bit. I think I knew her in seventh grade. I wasn't friends with her then. She was in need of a friend, so I decided I would be one of her friends. She really appreciates it.”
Pomije, Class of 1974, lit­ erally grew up at Burnsville High School. His father, Rob­ ert, was principal for 13 years
and a District 191 assistant superintendent. Pomije would often play in the gym when his dad was working.
Now he has a daughter, Brittany, who’s graduating in June.
Pomije served on a com­ mittee raising funds to replace the school's monument sign last year, which was also the school’s 50th anniversary.
He, resident Dolly Kai­ ser and Principal Kay Joyce spearheaded the anniversary
celebration. Pomije was egged on by his father, who now lives in Illinois.
“I could tell he was excited about it,” said the longtime Burnsville resident. “I half did it for my father and half did it to show my daughter volun­ teer work — what you can do to help the community, to give back. I thought it would be a good experience for both of them.”
Anniversary events Aug. 25 and 26 drew 4,000 to 5,000
people, Pomije said. They in­ cluded a dance at Buck Hill Ski Area, a school hall of fame induction, and a series of “decade” class reunions.
It went so well Pomije is repeating the celebration this Aug. 24 and 25. The newly formed BHS Black and Gold Alumni Foundation plans to make it an annual event.
The foundation will raise money for the school.
“It’s in the charter thabit benefits the high school,” Po­ mije said. “The first person who volunteered to be on the board was (former teacher and coach) Dick Hanson.”
The other Coskran Award winners are:
• Ozan Kalpak, a Nicollet Junior High ninth-grader and
peer tutor.
• Jackie Maddaloni, parent
and volunteer coordinator at Harriet Bishop Elementary.
• Carolyn Neville, Edward Neill Elementary school secre­ tary and volunteer.
• Autumn and Chad Olinger, parents and volunteers at Wil­ liam Byrne Elementary.
• Tammy Dylla, a parent at Gideon Pond Elementary who helps students with reading.
• Kim Depies, a parent and volunteer at Edward Neill El­ ementary who led the Read­ ing Buddies program for many years.

John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc. com.
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Fire Muster 201499 viewsOne of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked the 35th year of the Burnsville Fire Muster. What began as small group of fire truck collectors gathering together in a parking lot in Burnsville has become a 4 day celebration for community members and visitors alike featuring beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages from local restaurants, and, of course, the combined fire truck and community parade.
fairview_ridges_senior_companions.pdf
Fairview Ridges Senior Companion Health Coach 201792 viewsBurnsville based Fairview Ridges and Lutheran Social Services offer a program where volunteers assist Fairview Ridges patients.
civic_leader_and_mentor_dies____slipka.pdf
Civic Leader and Mentor Ken Slipka dies at 67 - 201388 viewsThe Burnsville Sun/ThisWeek News October 31, 2013 reports on the death of Ken Slipka and recalls his life and years in Burnsville since 1979.
2016_community_builders_named.pdf
City Council recognizes 10 community builders 201687 viewsOctober, 2016 - The Bursnville City Council recognized ten community organizations and members of the Burnsville Community with their community builder award. These included:
Arbors at Ridges Senior Living Community, Public Safety Fundraisers
Polly Bergson, Election Volunteer
Barb Dorry, Community Services Volunteer
Sam Dalal, Dale Yohnk, Nick Pechman - Heart Restart volunteers
Patrick Henney - Burnsville Fire Muster Grounds Chair
Christian Kibler - Burnsville Youth Collaborative Coordinator
Sean Lenhardt- Burnsville Robotics Mentor
Tyrese Leverty, High school student and leader
Laurie Thulien - Kids n Kinship mentor
Beth Torstenson, Birnamwood Homeowners Association
comunity_builders_2017.pdf
City Council recognizes 9 community builders 201787 viewsThe Community Builder Award began in 1998 and has been presented each year to individuals, groups or businesses that make contributions that build community and a lasting impact on the quality of life in Burnsville. Those honored in 2017 were: Tami Allen, Mary Jo DeLise, Jim and Lois Finan, Teagan Langeness, Justin Lassen, Beverly Price, John Quallery, Vernon Standing and Heather Walberg.
be_a_burnsville_volunteer.pdf
Burnsville Mobile Volunteer Network 201786 viewsBurnsville's Mobile Volunteer Network (MVN) is o group of dedicated volunteers who assist Police and Fire personnel
during special events or emergency situations. Members ore able to toke their skills to the front lines,working side by side
with police officers and firefighters.
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Burnsville Lions - Splash Pad84 viewsShown Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and members of the Burnsville Lions at the ribbon cutting/ dedication of the Splash Pad

The splash pad at Burnsville Lions Playground in Cliff Fen Park held its grand opening on July 16, 2015. The splash pad covers approximately 2,000 square feet, with 12-15 water features meant to spray, soak, sprinkle and splash those who step within its reach.

The grand opening included music, ice cream and more! The city and Burnsville Lions Club each pitched in $70,000 for the splash pad, which has about a dozen water features that will spray, soak, sprinkle and splash those who step within their reach. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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The Burnsville Lion tries out the new skate park84 viewsBurnsville Lions Skate Park is a 5,500-sq.-ft.,Tier I outdoor facility for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. 2016 upgrades include an amoeba-shaped bowl with extension, six-stair set with handrail and step up, a variety of grind ledges/boxes, transition hips and a China bank that is designed for all ages and skill levels. The park is located in Civic Center Park between 130th and 134th streets on Civic Center Parkway. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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Be an election judge 201683 viewsDuring the 2016 International Festival the City of Burnsville presents information on becoming an election judge. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Fire Muster 201483 viewsOne of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked the 35th year of the Burnsville Fire Muster. What began as small group of fire truck collectors gathering together in a parking lot in Burnsville has become a 4 day celebration for community members and visitors alike featuring beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages from local restaurants, and, of course, the combined fire truck and community parade.
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Armful of Love83 viewsSkateville collects paper products for the Armful of Love Christmas gift program at Community Action Council. 1978 Burnsville Current.
Ken_Slipka_obit_1.pdf
Ken Slipka obituary82 viewsThe Minneapolis Star Tribune November 9, 2013 reports on the death of Burnsville resident, business man and volunteer Ken Slipka.
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Burnsville Lions 201682 viewsBurnsville Lions 2016
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Community Theatre Burnsville 197782 views
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Community Action Council82 viewsArmful of Love volunteers - Community Action Council's Holiday gift program. Shown are Bill Pelletier, Jeff Stanczak and Rick Vezzoli. December 14, 1977 Current photo.
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Janet Shickell82 viewsNovember 9, 1977 - Burnsville Current. For many years Janet Shickell was one of the volunteers who coordinated the Community Action Council's Armful of Love Holiday gift program.
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Burnsville Lions Club Playground82 viewsBurnsville Lions' Lion at the opening of the Park named in his honor. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
1982_fire_muster_a_success.pdf
Fire Muster an overwhelming success 198282 viewsThe Dakota County Tribune September 16, 1982 reports a review of the 1982 Fire Muster,
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Burnsville Flower Club82 viewsUnidentified members of the Burnsville Flower Club. Circa 1977 Burnsville Current.
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1973 Burnsville Jaycees Telephone directory82 viewsThe cover if this directory depicts the four spheres of influence in the community - Religious organizations, local government, schools and civic organizations. This directory notes it is the tenth anniversary of the Jaycees.
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Burnsville Lions Skate Park (B &W)81 viewsBurnsville Lions Skate Park is a 5,500-sq.-ft.,Tier I outdoor facility for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. 2016 upgrades include an amoeba-shaped bowl with extension, six-stair set with handrail and step up, a variety of grind ledges/boxes, transition hips and a China bank that is designed for all ages and skill levels. The park is located in Civic Center Park between 130th and 134th streets on Civic Center Parkway. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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Community Action Council81 viewsSioux Trail students walk to raise money for the Community Action Council's Food Shelf. October 25, 1978 Burnsville Current photo.
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1984 Burnsville Jaycees Telephone Directory81 viewsFor over a decade the Burnsville Jaycees produced a Community telephone directory for Burnsville. Many of the covers contained submitted photos of places in Burnsville. Actual directories can be viewed at the Dakota County Historical Society. Photo by Mike Fountaine, shot near Buck Hill.
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Burnsville Jaycees81 viewsThis profile of the Burnsville Jaycees appeared in their 1980 - 1981 Burnsville Telephone Directory.
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Burnsville Lions Skate Park80 viewsBurnsville Lions Skate Park is a 5,500-sq.-ft.,Tier I outdoor facility for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. 2016 upgrades include an amoeba-shaped bowl with extension, six-stair set with handrail and step up, a variety of grind ledges/boxes, transition hips and a China bank that is designed for all ages and skill levels. The park is located in Civic Center Park between 130th and 134th streets on Civic Center Parkway. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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Burnsville Lions Club Playground80 viewsBurnsville Lions Playground shown in the fall of 2017.
2014_fire_muster.jpg
Fire Muster 201480 viewsOne of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked the 35th year of the Burnsville Fire Muster. What began as small group of fire truck collectors gathering together in a parking lot in Burnsville has become a 4 day celebration for community members and visitors alike featuring beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages from local restaurants, and, of course, the combined fire truck and community parade.
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Community Theatre Burnsville -197880 viewsAnything Goes 1978
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Community Theatre Burnsville 197780 views
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