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50th Anniversary Celebration
50th Anniversary LogoCity of Burnsville Celebrates 50 Years

How It All Began
On Aug. 23, 1961, Township of Burnsville residents learned that their neighbor to the north – the City of Bloomington – had voted to annex the township’s largest source of tax revenue, the Black Dog Power Plant.

Two days later, nearly 500 Burnsville residents flocked to the town hall to protest what many described as a “land grab” that would have a significant impact on Burnsville, and northern Dakota County.

Over the next two-and-a-half years, the “Battle for Black Dog” waged on in courtrooms – until April 1964, when the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Burnsville. Two months later, Burnsville officially became an incorporated City (referred to as the Village of Burnsville at the time).

50th Anniversary Celebration
To commemorate its 50th year as a city, the City of Burnsville worked with community partners – including the Burnsville Historical Society and Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau – to plan 50th-themed events throughout 2014.

April 29 – June 18:  The City of Burnsville highlights “50 Years in 50 Days” through its Social Media channels using #50in50.
May 8 – June 15:   Burnsville 50th Anniversary Exhibit on display at the Ames Center Art Gallery, in conjunction with Burnsville Historical Society “Burnsville’s Attic: 1939” Exhibit.

Download a PDF version of the 50th Anniversary Exhibit
Tuesday, May 20:  Burnsville’s City Council proclaims 2014 as Burnsville’s “50th Anniversary” at the night’s Council Meeting 
Friday, June 6: I Love Burnsville Week’s” Friday Fest has a 50th Anniversary theme, including:          
  • Open viewing of the Burnsville Historical Society's "Burnsville's Attic: 1939" exhibit, and City "50th Anniversary" exhibit at the Ames Center Art Gallery 
  • 50's music by "Shake Down"
  • Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks showing of Mary Poppins (G) -- the movie also celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014! 
Saturday, July 12: 50th Anniversary activity/display as part of the International Festival of Burnsville
Saturday, Sept. 6:  Community 50th Anniversary Celebration as part of the Burnsville Fire Muster.  

Postcard Series
The City of Burnsville released six commemorative postcards for the 50th Anniversary celebration. The postcards show areas of Burnsville "then and now" and merge historical images with recent images. Some hard copies of these postcards are still available at Burnsville City Hall.  

May Heart of the City Beats Strong at Nicollet Avenue and Burnsville Parkway 
June What Happened to Lyndale Avenue?
June The Many Faces of Village Hall
July Fun in the Sun at Crystal Lake Beach
September Protecting and Serving the Community for 50 Years
September Committed Fire and Medical Service in Burnsville 

History Videos
How Burnsville Became a City    A History of Burnsville Slideshow

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