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The earliest inhabitants of the Burnsville area were the Mdewakanton Dakota Indians. Around 1750, Chief Black Dog established a permanent village between Black Dog Lake and the Minnesota River, near the present site of the Black Dog Power Plant. After the Dakota nation ceded land in 1851 and moved to Chief Shakopee’s village in Prior Lake, the… Read more »

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The city of Burnsville, Minnesota is home to a wide range of parkland. Burnsville maintains 1,800 acres of parkland spread throughout 79 different parks, providing residents with numerous options for outdoor recreational activities. Over half of Burnsville’s parkland remains undeveloped and is preserved as natural habitat, including much of the city’s  northern border, which is… Read more »

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Located just twenty minutes south of Minneapolis on the northwest edge of Dakota County is the city of Burnsville, Minnesota. This south of the river community first experienced real growth after the construction of Interstate 35 was completed. This major highway allowed Burnsville to experience a population boom, becoming the ninth largest suburb in the metro area, because… Read more »

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The Minnehaha neighborhood is found in south Minneapolis and within the Nokomis community. Minnehaha, as well as its neighbor, Hiawatha, derived its name from an Ojibwe phrase cited in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Song of Hiawatha. Minnehaha means “laughing waters,” as the waterfall in Minnehaha Park was nicknamed in Longfellow’s poem. Tree-lined streets characterize the… Read more »

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The Hiawatha neighborhood is one of five neighborhoods located within the Longfellow community. The neighborhood derived its name for its elementary school, Hiawatha. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the American poet born in 1807, made the names Hiawatha and Minnehaha famous in his poem, The Song of Hiawatha. The Longfellow community in which Hiawatha resides is well… Read more »

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The Longfellow community within the city of Minneapolis is home to a number of parks. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy anything from a small neighborhood park to a large, regional preservation. The parks in the community include: The Cooper neighborhood is home to one park: Brackett Field Park: Brackett Field Park is the only… Read more »

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