Wednesday, November 7, 2012
On Tuesday, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz was re-elected by a wide margin over two-time challenger Jerry Willenburg.
The battle for Burnsville's mayoral office is over, and the victor is incumbent Elizabeth Kautz, who snagged her seventh term by a margin of almost 15 points. By 2:30 a.m. the final tallies were in: 12,379 votes for Willenburg, 16,600 for Kautz. Kautz defeated her opponent Jerry Willenburg 42.6 percent to 57.12 percent. Approximately .28 percent of the ballots cast went to write-in candidates. A large retinue joined Kautz at Mediterranean Cruise Cafe for a post-poll party. Among them were quite a few incumbents, including School Board Members Sandra Sweep and DeeDee Currier and County Commissioner Liz Workman, all of whom retained their seats during this election. "I'm feeling good, but I don't know how many precincts are in," Kautz said …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
At long last, a Walmart store will open in Burnsville on Oct. 26, 2012.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us When opening day comes on Oct. 26, Burnsville officials are expecting a warm welcome for Wal-Mart, which successfully pushed through a proposal in May of 2011, at long last. Wal-Mart's arrival is more than 20 years overdue. The mammoth retailer beat a longstanding retreat after what Mayor Elizabeth Kautz calls "the huge brouhaha" that erupted during its first bid for Burnsville in the 1980s. At the time, the mammoth retailer hoped to plant a discount store on a quadrangle of land off of Crystal Lake Road West and Burnhaven Drive, a spot that is the present site of the Gramercy Club at Greenhaven. Residents in the nearby neighborhoods revolted after …
Friday, May 25, 2012
In nearly 20 years, longtime Mayor Elizabeth Kautz has only faced one serious threat to her seat: Jerry Willenburg, who lost 46-54 in 2008. Thursday he filed for the 2012 mayoral election.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Jerry Willenburg is making another run at the mayor's office. On Thursday, Willenburg filed for office, thus beginning round two in the contest with longtime Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Willenburg vied with Kautz for the seat in 2008 as well. At the time, Willenburg hoped to tap into the controversy surrounding the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, which had recently gotten the city council's stamp of approval. According to a Star Tribune article dating to 2008, he argued that Kautz had been in office for too long and was out of touch with her constituents. "People are sick and tired -- angry, in fact -- at a city government that is not listening to what they have to…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The former member of the Burnsville City Council who passed away in 2011 will be honored with a plaque at the Alimagnet Dog Park.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Editor's Note: This is a press release from the City of Burnsville. Known for his love of dogs – and balanced budgets–former Burnsville City Council member Charlie Crichton will be honored with the unveiling of a plaque at Burnsville’s Alimagnet Dog Park on June 5. The memorial dedication is planned for 5:30 p.m. at the park, located at 1200 Alimagnet Parkway. The ceremony will coincide with the City’s “I Love Burnsville Week” festivities, and will include remarks from Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Crichton, who was 84 years old, died on March 13, 2011, shortly after being reelected to a sixth term on the Burnsville City Council. He served on the Council for 18 years; beginning in 1993 after serving on the City’s planning commission …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Council votes to allow more frequent info changes on electronic reader board signs, but one member says they are a distraction and a visual blight.
Electronic reader board signs: A public nuisance? Burnsville City Council Member Dan Kealey says “no,” but his council counterpart Mary Sherry says “yes.” That sums up the Burnsville City Council debate over proposed changes to the sign ordinance as it relates to what’s known as changeable copy signs. Earlier, Sherry herself advocated for a review and revision of the city’s sign ordinances, but she admits to getting more than she bargained for after the council gave their approval on two sign-related issues during the Tuesday night meeting. “I’ve opened up a can of worms here,” she said. At issue was just how long a message on a reader board should stay static. Burnsville’s policy has allowed for changes every 60 seconds. Some communities…
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Catch up Mayor Elizabeth Kautz.
Mayor Elizabeth Kautz dishes on the Burnhaven Library, I Love Burnsville week and more.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Catch up with Mayor Elizabeth Kautz.
Mayor Elizabeth Kautz spoke about I Love Burnsville, a series of festivities that kick off tomorrow. For a full listing of events go here.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Suburban homeowners pay bigger share of income compared to those in Greater Minnesota
Friday, May 6, 2011
Editor's Note: This column was written by Mike Maguire and Elizabeth Kautz. Maguire is Mayor of Eagan and chair of the Municipal Legislative Commission Board, and Kautz is Mayor of Burnsville, board member of the Municipal Legislative Commission, and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. For years, we’ve been told Greater Minnesota communities needed to be specially protected from property tax increases because property taxes hit wallets in their communities harder than in ours. But a report from the Minnesota Department of Revenue shows these long-held assumptions are not true. Homeowners in the Twin Cities metro area pay a 39% higher share of their income to property taxes than their Greater Minnesota counterparts. That fact is …
Monday, March 28, 2011
Charlie Crichton emphasized public safety, road improvements and low taxes. He died March 13 at 83.
Charlie Crichton was known to have a sense of humor, so it's a good bet he would have been amused at the location for his public memorial service. Crichton, who spent more time as a member of the Burnsville City Council than anyone in the city's history, died March 13. He was 83. In spite of Crichton's steadfast opposition to the $20 million Burnsville Performing Arts Center in the Heart of the City redevelopment district, his March 17 memorial service took place there. Crichton – who often ruffled feathers during his 19-year tenure on the council – was praised by colleagues for his tenacity and his outspoken refusal to spend taxpayer money on projects he deemed unnecessary. As he told the Star Tribune in 2010: “We need to listen to the …
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Omaha-based department store chain offers discounts on national brand names - and community involvement.
It’s not often that a new department store enters the Twin Cities marketplace, which explains why locals are buzzing about Gordmans, which opened Thursday at Burnsville Center. Gordmans' location at the mall, 901 County Road 42 W., is a site formerly occupied by a furniture-liquidation outlet and prior to that, a Steve and Barry’s sportswear store. Gordmans has drawn comparisons to stores like J.C. Penney and Kohl’s, but according to CEO Jeff Gordman, what really sets the store apart is its commitment to carrying only nationally known brand names in apparel, accessories, footwear, gifts, furniture and other household goods. “Gordmans features everyday savings of up to 60 percent off department and specialty store prices,” said Gordman from…