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Burnsville Community Events

International Festival of Burnsville

Burnsville is a city that truly values and celebrates cultural diversity! Join us at the seventh annual International Festival of Burnsville in Burnsville’s Nicollet Commons Park on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Rain or Shine. During this event guests can peruse food & vendor tents and admire cultural displays. Dancers, musicians and other entertainers exhibit our city’s diverse population and traditions. Volunteers are needed for the festival’s planning committee.

I Love Burnsville Week

Every June, Burnsville hosts a week-long celebration of everything that makes our community a great place to live, work, and play! Hundreds of people turn out to participate in events, meet their neighbors and have lots of food and fun. Every year brings new and exciting activities as well as perennial favorites. For event updates and cancellation notices visit the City's Facebook and Twitter pages (#bvillelove).

You can find new ways to show your love by extending random acts of kindness to your neighbors and community. That's also an easy way to continue the love all year long!

Burnsville Fire Muster

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Burnsville Fire Muster.

The Burnsville Fire Muster is one of the great community festivals in the Upper Midwest, drawing more than 18,000 guests over a 4-day run  in early September.

Our mission is simple. We strive to “bring the community of Burnsville together.” With that in mind, we have dozens of events, activities and demonstrations planned to entertain everyone from small children to seniors.

Last year we experienced record attendance while celebrating the 50th birthday of our host city, Burnsville. We continue to add new events, sponsors and entertainment to make the 2015 Burnsville Fire Muster even better for you and your family. Below you will find a listing of some of our key events along with some details to assist in your planning and attendance.  

Burnsville Winter Lighting Ceremony

Burnsville’s Heart of the City will once again shine with holiday lights this winter season when the area is set aglow during the community’s 16th-Annual Winter Lighting Ceremony.


Burnsville Businesses

Big Woods and Stellar Hearth Products

Stellar Hearth Products is a brand of Big Woods Hearth Products, Inc. The team stems from decades of collective experience in the hearth industry.

Our engineering team has won multiple hearth industry awards for fireplace innovation, as well as several patents, and have succeeded in breathing new life into an industry where all the fireplaces started looking the same. As you browse our website, you'll find a fresh line of direct vent gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts that have been designed with you in mind. Our products have features that look great from every angle.  We also incorporate accent lights that enhance the flames and create ambiance even when the fire isn't burning, and use innovative burner designs and log configurations - all creating unique looks that truly stand apart from the rest. We've built ease of installation and maintenance into the design as well, with special considerations towards making the product as user-friendly as possible.

Along with the standard fireplace and insert product lines, we also have a Custom Fireplace Division where each fireplace is custom made to the clients' specific wants and needs. For residential or commercial installations - if you bring us a concept, we'll bring it to life.

We're coupling these great products with old-fashioned customer service and have partnered with some of the finest hearth dealers and distributors across the United States and Canada. We share a commitment to providing great products with great service for an overall great experience. To us - fireplaces are fun, and we are going to do our best to convey that idea in everything we do and every product we create.

Northern Tool and Equipment

Mission Statement

Northern Tool + Equipment is a family business that takes pride in our ability to equip you with the tools to tackle tough challenges. We strive to build lasting relationships and promote a fun and unique Northern experience.

Core Values

Know your customer, provide value, act with integrity, empower the individual, be entrepreneurial, have fun!

Our Story

I grew up on Minnesota's Iron Range, between Hibbing and Chisholm. As a youngster, I worked for my father, whose scrap yard recycled industrial debris, such as old train parts and mining equipment. The Range is three hours north of the Twin Cities and it has an up-and-down economy. That has meant that sometimes there was a lack of access to the right equipment, so people there had developed a make-it-yourself mentality. While I was still a teenager, I started my own business, refurbishing and selling used hydraulic components to loggers.

After earning a degree in finance and business from the University of Minnesota–Duluth, I came down to the Twin Cities in 1972 and worked as an accountant for Montgomery Ward and Northwest Airlines. I then took a sales job at Ziegler, a heavy equipment dealer. But in 1980, sales of bulldozers, loaders, and the like were slumping, so Ziegler and I parted ways.

I responded to the situation with a Ranger's resourcefulness. I dusted off my hydraulics knowledge and set up shop in my garage, selling cylinders, valves and how-to manuals for log splitters by mail. Northern Hydraulics was born! My family was right there along side me, mailing catalogs, answering calls, taking orders, strapping packages, and coordinating the shipping.

As our business grew, we began adding other products such as tools, tarps, water pumps, snowplow parts, and air compressors. In 1981, we opened our first store, renting warehouse and showroom space in Burnsville, MN. What we couldn't get from suppliers, we often made ourselves. In 1991, we launched a manufacturing business that builds bigger, tougher products under the NorthStar brand, including log splitters, generators, pressure washers, and air compressors. In 1998, we changed our company's name to Northern Tool + Equipment to better reflect our product offering.

Northern Tool + Equipment remains my family's business today. I enjoy working with my sons, Ryan and Wade. Together, along with thousands of motivated employees, we are able to bring the things we value to millions of loyal customers. We continue to provide a large selection of useful products at a great price while backing them with product expertise and customer care. We provide you with the tools to tackle tough challenges. It's what a Ranger would do.

Ames Construction

Our clients can get construction services from other companies but they choose to use Ames—over and over again. Why? It starts by knowing that we keep our promises and can self-perform the majority of the work. Yet, the reason clients rely on Ames goes much deeper than our ability to perform.

When Ames takes on your project, we also take on accountability. That translates to less stress for you by knowing unexpected challenges are handled quickly from first contact to final sign off. Our one-source project control instills true confidence that, when you work with Ames, you work with trusted professionals who manage the entire process.

Successful delivery is about more than the end product—it's about continual monitoring to ensure we meet each targeted milestone throughout the process. You'll have peace of mind that your project is proceeding as planned every step of the way, with no surprises and no excuses. That's the Ames assurance for a job done right.

History of Burnsville

In the early 1960s, when Burnsville was starting to grow and incorporate, it was envisioned that the “downtown of Burnsville” would be located around the intersection of Nicollet Boulevard and Burnsville Parkway (which was named the Crosstown at the time). A few of strip malls, some office buildings, gas stations, restaurants and a K-Mart store developed on the surrounding area.

In the mid 1970s, the Burnsville Center opened. Within the next five to ten years, a number of retail centers were built near the Burnsville Center. Eventually Rainbow Foods (later to become Cub Foods) and Holiday both built large stores near the Center. With all the development around the Center, County Road 42 became a major retail area of Burnsville. This development put Burnsville on the map as a retail center of Minnesota, but it also shifted the focus from what would have been “downtown” to the County Road 42 area.

In the early 90s, Burnsville conducted a city-wide planning process called “Partnership for Tomorrow.” More than 700 residents and business people met over months in different groups to help chart the future of Burnsville. One of the concepts that arose was the feeling that Burnsville needed an area that could be more of a “downtown.” Toward the end of the decade, a “Vision for Tomorrow” group was formed to revisit and revise the future plans for Burnsville. One of the outcomes of this process was to enhance the Nicollet Boulevard and Burnsville Parkway area with a streetscape project.

Once the streetscape project had begun, the idea of recreating the area as the “downtown of Burnsville” reemerged. The various groups that worked on ideas for the streetscape project morphed into planning groups to redevelop the area with an urban downtown feel; thus the Heart of the City was created.

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