Burnsville is a city in the state of Minnesota with, as of the 2010 census, a population of just over 60,000. Located on the Minnesota River, Burnsville is the ninth-largest suburb in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The city received its name from early Irish settler William Byrne, whose surname was incorrectly registered as “Burns.”
Members of the Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe were the first inhabitants of Burnsville. After ceding their native land in 1851, the Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe members relocated to Chief Shakopee’s village in nearby Prior Lake. Due to its considerable distance from Minneapolis, Burnsville served as a resort town throughout much of the 20th century.
The largest employers in Burnsville include the Independent School District 191, fFairview Ridges Hospital, UTAS Sensor Systems, Northern Tool + Equipment, Pepsi-Cola, YRC, Mackin Educational Resources, Cub Foods, Frontier Communications and AMS Holding. Countless car dealerships border I-35W on the north and south ends of the city.
Burnsville boats the Ames Performing Arts Center, Burnsville Community Television (BCT) and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Burnsville is also home to Burnsville High School, Cedar Alternative High School, Eagle Ridge Junior High School, John Metcalf Junior High School and Joseph Nicollet Junior High School. Elementary schools include Harriet Bishop, Edward D. Neill, Gideon Pond, Hidden Valley and Marion W. Savage.
Notable residents include Lindsey Vonn, Melissa Peterman, Laura Osnes, Kirsten Olson, Breanne Duren and Kristina Koznick. The Dakota County District Courthouse is located at 14955 Galaxie Avenue in Apple Valley, Minnesota, 55124.