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Remember When: February 2019

1894: Scott County Argus

Feb. 1, 1894

Capt. R. J. Chewning has been appointed by the president postmaster at Shakopee. It remains now only for the senate to confirm the appointment and he will receive his commission at once.

Quite an extensive dog poisoning business is being carried on in town lately and several pet canines have gone hence. The matter has all the disagreeable features usually pertaining to such affairs and the best dogs seem to die while the curs go scot free.

The Shakopee Cherubini Brass Band was out Monday night in celebration of the seventy third birthday of Henry Vierling. They also serenaded the new home of Nic Heger. The music was excellent and the playing gave promise of a splendid band after a few month’s practice.

Last Saturday morning when the janitor opened the Lutheran church for the first time since the preceding Sunday he found that the big stove had dropped through a hole in the floor. It seems that before he closed up Sunday he had brought in a quantity of wood covered with snow and piled this around the stove to dry. This snow melted and soaked the floor around the zinc. Before locking up he took the ashes from the stove. The fire probably caught from the intense heat under the stove and burned out to the water soaked wood there to be extinguished. The only damage done was a hole in the floor about six by eight feet in size and hence may be called a lucky affair.

Reopened! Reopened! Great bargains can now be secured at the Shakopee Cash Store. Proprietor P. A. Prieser, suscessor to Gertrude Berens. Reopened! Reopened!

Geo. Kohls, son of H. H. Kohls, has accepted a positon as clerk in the First National Bank here and will devote his time to learning the banking business for some time to come. His many friends will be glad to learn of his preferment.

H. F. Gross of Shakopee says that he can knock out Corbett or Mitchell or any other man, shampooing and dressing ladies’ and children’s hair. He will call at their homes for that purpose at any time. He also cleans hair switches in the latest and best manner.

Feb. 8, 1894

Eagle Creek. The Messrs. Kopp have filled their contract of packing ice for the J. Schank Packing Co.

The first lecture of the course of University Extension will be given in Lander Opera House, next Tuesday evening, when Prof. C. H. Cooper, of the Carleton College, will speak on “America History—The Giants of the Middle Period.” To those who have not secured season tickets the single admission will be 15 cents. There are over fifty pledged members and each one of these has four tickets to despose of, while season tickets may be had for 50 cents for the seven lectures, which makes the course practically free to all.

Feb. 15, 1894

It is reported that the Union School pupils are preparing for public exercises to take place at Busse’s hall next Wednesday evening. It is presumed that the exercises will bear upon the subject of the following holiday, Washington’s birthday.

A social club is being formed by the young men of the town, and organization will probably be effected before the end of the present week. The scheme involves a club room or rooms to which the members may resort for reading, billiards, gymnastics, etc., and it is rightly meeting with marked favor wherever presented.

Henry Vierling left Tuesday for Minneapolis where he will engage in learning the barber trade in the shop of Wm. Germainde.

Representatives of two different electric light companies have been in the city during the last week looking up the matter of putting in a system of electric lights. Now that the larger engine has been put into the flour mill the plan has become all the more feasible and will probably be carried out in the near future, although to what extent remains yet to be developed. Should the city decide not to enter into the scheme for street lighting, the mill company will put in a complete system in its large building and also furnish light for a majority of the business houses of the town. In this late day it is not necessary to state that electricity gives the model light; that the light is cleaner, healthier, safer, handier, and, last but not least, cheaper than either oil- or gas-light. There is probably not a resident of the city that would not rejoice to see the system put in, if the first cost would not place too heavy a burden upon the taxpayers. On this point the wisdom of the city fathers will be brought to bear, and the result will be awaited with interest.

Feb. 22, 1894

Mrs. John Menten of Marystown suffered a stroke of apoplexy last Saturday and this was followed by a second on Sunday, which left her in a very serious condition. She will live, but will suffer from paralysis of the left side.

It is hoped that the prompt action taken by the Board of Health has effectually checked the spread of diphtheria in this vicinity. The two deaths this week were the result of the first exposure, and no new cases have developed. Two houses, the Schmidt and Stephani, are still under quarantine and will be for a week or two. The health officer is quite hopeful that the spread of the epidemic has been checked, but he believes that there is still occasion for the most watchful care in the matter.

The scheme of establishing a steam laundry and electric light plant combined is just now enjoying much discussion pro and con by our local solons. The gentlemen interested propose to secure from the city the gift of the old warehouse on the river bank north of Nic Berens’s, and a contract to furnish the town with twenty arc lights at six dollars each per month, or a total of $1,440 per year. The popular verdict is that a laundry, which would run a wagon to and from Chaska, Carver and Jordan, would prove a paying investment in itself; but there is much doubt as to the advisability of tacking on to the city a yearly bill for electric lights until the number and amount of Improvement Bonds now out have been reduced somewhat. Perhaps, on the whole, the city can afford to wait two or three years in the matter.

The Abeln family in which a death occurred this morning, is located in the Peter Schmidt house, which has been under quarantine for nearly two weeks.

Last Thursday evening the bids for erecting the priest’s residence for St. Mark’s church were opened. Ring & Hammeyer’s bid was $5,784 and this being the lowest, the contract was awarded to them. The plans and specifications call for a two-and one-half story residence, 30×40 feet, the whole to be of red pressed brick. The house will be built and furnished in the most modern style, and when finished, as it is to be before the first of August, that part of our prosperous little city will be graced with as handsome a residence as one could wish to see.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

Feb. 7, 1919

For Rent:—Modern 7 room house, two blocks south of St. Mark’s church. Inquire of H. K. Vierling, Shakopee.

Miss Ida Abel is supplying the 4th and 5th grades at the Union school for an indefinite period.

Strong combination of Chaska and Shakopee musicians will furnish music for the dance tonight. A fine time is anticipated.

Feb. 14, 1919

Matt Hennen of Marystown is hauling the material out to his farm this week for a new 9 room house. Mrs. Valentine Theis is also having a consignment of lumber hauled for a new barn. The lumber was bought from the Interior Lumber Co.


Solons Consider Change

The recommendation of the state board of control that female prisoners be removed from the state penitentiary at Stillwater has been taken up in the legislature.

Provision for the erection of the main building at the woman’s reformatory, Shakopee for the commitment of all women sentenced to prison or reformatory and for the transfer of women convicts from the present state prison and reformatory is made in two bills introduced yesterday by Senator Frank E. Putnam of Blue Earth…

Feb. 21, 1919

Shakopee to Be on Wilson Trail

J. J. Moriarty went to Minneapolis Tuesday to attend a meeting called by the All-Minneapolis Good Roads council for the purpose of organizing the Minnesota division of the “Woodrow Wilson Way.” This division includes towns Emmons, on the Iowa line, and Ely, in the northeastern corner of the state. The “Woodrow Wilson Way” will extend north and south through the country from Ely to El Paso, Tex., and has been thoroughly organized from Albert Lea to Kansas City. The main purpose of the Minneapolis meeting was to organize the trail from Minneapolis to Ely and to talk over the question of merging the Minneapolis to Albert Lea trail with the Wilson project…

If Mr. Moriarty succeeds, as no doubt he will, in arranging for the merger, it will give Shakopee five famous trails: the Daniel Boone from St. Louis to Minneapolis, the Woodrow Wilson from Ely to El Paso; the Scenic Highway from Des Moines to St. Paul; the Saints’ Highway from St. Louis to St. Paul, through St. Joe; and the Sioux Historic trail from St. Paul to New Ulm, by way of Chaska and Glencoe.

Busy Cutting Ice. The ice harvest, such as it is, was commenced this week, and about a dozen teams have been busy all week filling the ice houses of the Jacob Ries Bottling Works, the Hamm Brewing Co., Batch Ring and Lee Gelhaye. The ice is taken from middle lake, across the river and is of only fair quality and about 12 inches thick.

The John Berens store is being connected with the city water and sewer system.

Feb. 28, 1919

Wanted:—Girl, at St. Paul hotel. Wages $6 per week.

Edward Lenzmeier is corn king of Minnesota again, having been notified yesterday by the superintendent of University farm. A more detailed account will appear in this paper next week.

1919: Scott County Argus

Feb. 7, 1919

Miss Elsie Spindler, who has been stenographer in the mill office, gave up her work there the first of the month.

A subscription has been taken up among the business men of Shakopee to pay the expense of graveling and putting the ferry road in condition for travel.

Feb. 14, 1919

Mrs. Val Theis hauled lumber Wednesday from the Interior yard for a new barn on her farm at Marystown. Wm. Diedrich will be the carpenter.

Pupils of the 6th, 7th and 8th grades enjoyed a jolly party at the high school Friday evening, the faculty also being guests. Refreshments were served and a general good time is reported.

Stove Foundry to Re-open. The Shakopee Stove works, which closed on account of the war, will resume operations under new management. An inventory has been completed and William Spoerner and Rudolph Selbig have taken over the controlling interest and will open the foundry as soon as necessary details can be arranged. A. L. Hurr and A. C. Schroeder have disposed of their interest in the institution and the company will be re-organized. Rudolph Selbig will move his family here from Rock Island, Ill., in the near future and a few weeks will find the foundry in full operation for the production of Shakopee stoves.

Feb. 21, 1919

Case Under Advisement. The Frank Miske case came up for trial Friday, County Attorney Geo. F. Sullivan representing Mr. Miske and Jos. J. Moriarty presenting the case on behalf of Mayor Lenertz. Judge Tifft took the case under advisement and will render his decision later.

An important real estate deal of the week was the sale last Monday by E. J. Pond of his farm of 170 acres just east of town to George H. Esch of Jordan. Mr. Esch also bought the entire farm equipment and all livestock. He will take possession March 1st. Mr. and Mrs. Pond, we are pleased to report, will continue to reside in Shakopee and will purchase a home in the city as soon as one suitable to their requirements can be found.

Hamm Brewing Co., Jacob Ries Bottling Works, Inc., and J. H. Ring are cutting ice on the lake below the Littly Fly to insure their summer’s supply. The ice is of fair quality and about 15 inches thick. Veiht Bros. began cutting on the river Wednesday but the water overflowed the surface and they were forced to quit for the time being.

Feb. 28, 1919

Nyssen’s lake was seigned Saturday, the haul yielding 4,000 pounds of rough fish which were shipped.

Would Make Change In Names of Streets. An ordinance which will provide for the change of the name of Lewis street to Hennepin avenue and Sixth street to Victory avenue will be introduced at the next meeting of the city council.

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Feb. 3, 1944

Missing Aviator Awarded Medals. In a letter from the War Department, J. J. Schaefer this week was informed that his son, Captain Robert L. Schaefer, missing in action over Europe since November 5, has been awarded the Air Medal with two Oakleaf clusters…


Trades School Expands Work; More Enrolled

Expansion of the training course in the recently opened Shakopee Area Trades school, was disclosed this week by J. A. Metcalf, superintendent of the Shakopee public schools, under whose supervision the trades school is operated.

The expansion, inaugurated Monday night, is a course of training and experience in machine shop practice and welding. Nine men are enrolled for the work, Mr. Metcalf said…

Feb. 10, 1944

Recreation Program To Be Topic Here Monday Night. To discuss the need and the problems of a recreation program for the youth of the community, men and women, representing the various civic, parish, service and fraternal organizations of the city, are to meet at the high school at eight o’clock Monday night…


Shakopee Optometrist To Preside at State Convention in St. Paul

War industry’s visual problems will have first attention of the Minnesota State Optometric association’s 1944 convention on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, in the St. Paul hotel, St. Paul.

Dr. H. B. Kollofski of St. Paul and Shakopee, state president, will preside…

Feb. 17, 1944

Community Cannery Now Ready for Public Use, Says J. A. Metcalf. That the canning unit at the Shakopee Area Trades school is now ready for use, was announced Tuesday by J. A. Metcalf, superintendent of the Shakopee public school, under whose jurisdiction the trades school is operated…


More Men May Now Take Farm Machinery Course

Four or five more men may now be accommodated in the class in repair and maintenance of farm machinery being offered at the Shakopee Area Trades school, it was announced this week.

Registrations will be received in the office of the Shakopee high school, J. A. Metcalf, superintendent, said.

Feb. 24, 1944

FOR SALE—House on West 3rd St. Also two rolling doors, 10×10; Iron rods, 12 ft. long. If interested—call at 421 West 5th St., Shakopee.


Broken Main Disrupts Water Service Several Days on Fourth Street

A break in a water main discovered late Saturday night, disrupted water service along Fourth street, west from Lewis street, for several days this week.

Water spouting high above the sod in the boulevard on the north side of the M. A. Deutsch residence at the corner of Fourth and Lewis, indicated the trouble, but excavation at the spot revealed only that the water was coming from a leak somewhere in the street.

Excavation which uncovered a joint in the main in the street north of the boulevard, again revealed water but no leak at that spot. A third excavation at a main joint east of the second excavation showed the leak to be not at the joint, but somewhere between the two ends of the pipe.

Enlarging the digging operations workmen found the break in the main where it spanned an obsolete fire cistern. By 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, water service was restored to the affected area, but the repair of the main cannot be completed for several days.

1969: Shakopee Valley News

Feb. 6, 1969

For Teen Center. A public pancake breakfast with proceeds to be in support of the Teen Center for the youth of Shakopee, will be held Sunday morning, March 2, under the sponsorship of the Shakopee Rotary Club.


School Bond Vote Next Tuesday

…YOU’RE NEEDED!

This fact is dramatized by this banner now spanning Holmes Street near midblock, just North of Second Avenue, opposite the location of the First National Bank of Shakopee. Residents of Shakopee School District No. 720, aided by Citizens Committee, are presenting facts on the proposed $2.1 million bond issue, for a three-stage facilities expansion, to be presented next Tuesday, February 11. Balloting is to be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Band room, Junior High Building, Fifth and Lewis…


Announces New Owner At Rubber Industries

George F. Waters was elected chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Flo-Tronics, Inc. at a special meeting of its Board of Directors Tuesday of last week, January 31, and announced was the sale of the Rubber Industries Division, located on Highway 101, east edge of Shakopee.

Succeeding Waters as president of the firm is Robert A. Floyd, formerly vice president and general manager of Flo-Tronic’s Waters Company Division and its Northern Signal Company Division. Floyd will continue as a director, and will be charged with improvement of profit margins and controls…

Feb. 13, 1969

To Discontinue Scott Schools’ Nursing Service. That service to Scott county schools by the Scott County Nursing office is to be discontinued after July 1, 1970, was revealed at the regular meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education Monday night of this week, February 10, at the board room, Shakopee Senior High School on Tenth Avenue…

Immediate Library Need Told City Council By Directors. With all members of the Scott County Library board of directors present, along with Scott Commissioner George J. Mingo of Glendale township, liaison to the Scott Library board, an urgent plea was made to the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting Tuesday night of this week, February 11, that consideration be given to the immediate need for expanded facilities for the City of Shakopee branch library, as well as temporary offices for the Scott County Library System headquarters…


Named New Northwestern Bell Manager

Northwestern Bell Telephone Company this week announced the appointment of Lorenz VonKreuzhof as manager of Excelsior and Shakopee.

He succeeds W. R. Mahady, who will be working on special assignments in the company’s division office in Minneapolis…


School Bond Issue Carries Near 3 To 1

Voters in Shakopee School District No. 720 Tuesday of this week, February 11, approved the proposition of a $2.1 million bond issue to finance a proposed three-stage program by a near three to one vote…

The proposed three-stage building program includes the $160,000 remodeling of the present Junior High facility at Fifth and Holmes, with this project expected to begin immediately; a new Elementary School, similar to the Sweeney Elementary, to be located in East Shakopee, possibly on the Hillary Drees property at Dakota and Shakopee Avenue with completion in August of 1970, and an addition and new auditorium at the Senior High School on Tenth Avenue with completion tentatively scheduled for August of 1971.

Feb. 20, 1969

New Locations. Now located in the former Radio Station KSMM offices, 119 South Lewis, is Kopisca Accounting, Wally Kopisca, Proprietor, formerly located at 105 South Lewis. Radio Station KSMM studios are now in the new commercial apartment building, between Ray’s Kwik Shop and the Clark Oil Station on East First.

Touch-Tone Calling For City Phone Patrons Beginning Mar. 3. Starting March 3, Touch-Tone Calling will become available on an optional basis to one and two-party telephone customers in Shakopee whose numbers start with “445” prefix…

Feb. 27, 1969

City Annexation Proposal Defeated By 15-Vote Margin. Voters in the five norther Scott county townships Tuesday of this week, February 18, defeated the proposal for annexation to the City of Shakopee by a slim 15-vote margin, and the proposal for annexation to the Village of Prior Lake by a 370-vote margin…

Scott Courthouse Group Organizes. The Citizens Committee, named by the Scott County Board of Commissioners to serve as an advisory group in consideration of plans for the need for expanding facilities at the Scott County court house in Shakopee, organized at a meeting held Wednesday evening of last week, February 19, in the Commissioners’ room at the court house in Shakopee…


School Board Approves Junior High Plans

Unanimous approval was given the preliminary plans for the remodeling of the Junior High School Building, Fifth and Holmes, and the architect was directed to get approval of these plans from the State Department of Education School Planning department by the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education at its regular meeting held Monday night of this week, February 24, in the Board room at the Senior High school on Tenth Avenue.

This is the first stage of the three-stage expansion program of the school district to be financed by the recently approved $2.1 million bond issue.

Action on these preliminary plans was taken after representatives of the architectural firm discussed with District No. 720 board members the remodeling of the present combination auditorium-gymnasium at the Junior High building into an expanded gym facility, the remodeling of the third floor science area, the remodeling of the Home Economics area, as well as plans for installation of proper lighting throughout the building to include classrooms and corridors…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

Feb. 3, 1994

Terwedo proposes countywide teen curfew. Scott County Attorney Jim Terwedo is proposing a countywide curfew for minors as a way to curb escalating juvenile crime…


City rejects $325,000 offer for Murphy’s

With no discussion, the Shakopee City Council Tuesday night dismissed an offer from an unidentified group to buy Murphy’s Landing for $325,000…

After the unanimous vote, the council directed staff to prepare a new three-year lease agreement with the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP), the current operators of Murphy’s…


Neighborhood hears annexation pros, cons

Whether the P & V addition in Jackson Township should be annexed by the city of Shakopee was debated on Jan. 26 when almost every resident of the 35-household neighborhood near County Road 78 attended a meeting held by the Town Board…

Township residents will vote in April whether to become part of the city…


Carlson building program includes funding for Bloomington Ferry Bridge

Gov. Arne Carlson last week proposed a $648 million building program that includes funding to complete the Bloomington Ferry Bridge replacement project.

The governor proposed $13.4 million as the state’s share to complete the bridge, which is already under construction…

Feb. 10, 1994

No surprise: Study confirms Minnesota is most polluted river. A four-year study released last week has confirmed what many environmentalists and local residents have suspected for years: the Minnesota is the state’s most polluted river…

Purchase price of hospital sweetened for County Board. Officials from St. Francis Regional Medical Center on Tuesday delivered a sales pitch to the Scott County Board, inviting the county to buy the Shakopee hospital for $2.9 million, about $5 million less than it originally wanted for the structure…

Contract OK’d for courthouse project. On the recommendation of its consultants, the Scott County Board on Feb. 1 awarded the contract for the county courthouse’s basement and entry remodeling project to Northfield Construction of Northfield, Minn…


Carlson’s building plans include juvenile center to serve area

Gov. Arne Carlson’s proposed $648 million capital budget includes $6 million for construction of a regional juvenile detention center that would serve Scott County.

The center, which would be called the South Metro Area Juvenile Detention and Post Adjudication Extended Program Facility, would be located in Dakota County and contain 48 beds. It would house males and females the ages of 14 and 17 who require secure detention or have extended secure-program needs…

MVRP told county will give funding for Murphy’s in 1994

Two representatives from the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP), the organization that operates Murphy’s Landing, received reaffirmation from the Scott County Board Tuesday that the county will continue to fund the museum in 1994.

The $40,000 county allotment will help fund a new executive director position…

Feb. 17, 1994

Hospital, other sites to be studied for county justice center. The Scott County Board on Tuesday directed staff and a recently formed site-evaluation committee to determine whether the St. Francis Regional Medical Center building would be adequate for a criminal justice center. However, the committee also will continue to search for additional sites…


Jacobs willing to sell, and groups are willing to buy

By confirming last week that he is willing to sell his latest acquisition – Canterbury Downs – Twin Cities businessman Irwin Jacobs has again renewed hope among the thoroughbred horse-racing community that the industry in Minnesota is not dead.

At least two interested parties have approached Jacobs about buying the Shakopee racetrack, which has been closed for just over a year. And rumors that other interested parties may now make a run for the track have been circulating for the past four days…


New Murphy’s director named

An Apple Valley woman with extensive experience in helping organizations with financial problems has been named executive director of Murphy’s Landing.

Shirley Olson, 46, who has been executive director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, was appointed Friday by the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP) board, which operates Murphy’s…


Ferry Bridge contract OK’d; board gets project updates

The Scott County Board Tuesday awarded the contract for stage five of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project to Lunda Construction Co. of Black River Falls, Wis., for $13,394,633.

The stage-five portion of the bridge includes the Shakopee Bypass construction at the County Road 18 interchange…

Feb. 24, 1994

SHS’s Johnson lauded. Shakopee High School girls’ basketball coach Neil Johnson was recently named the Section 2AA Coach of the Year…


New elementary school boundaries proposed

A Shakopee School District task force has come up with a boundary map that will be used to determine which elementary school children will attend.

The Attendance Boundary Task Force presented its map to the School Board Feb. 16. It proposed a border that runs from Naumkeag Street south to Fourth Avenue, then goes west on Fourth to Sommerville Street; then it extends south on Sommerville to 10th Avenue, and east on 10th to Spencer Street; the border then goes south on Spencer to Vierling Drive, where it continues east to a point three-quarters of a mile east of Marschall Road, south to the district boundary.

Kindergarten through fourth-grade students who live on the east side of the boundary would attend Pearson Elementary, and those on the west side would attend Sweeney.

The School Board unanimously approved the task force report, but decided to have a public hearing on the matter before making final approval of the boundaries…

School district takes over ECFE programming beginning next year

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) in Shakopee will be “moving home” in more ways than one during the next school year.

Not only will it change locales from the high school to Sweeney Elementary, but its programs will be administered solely by Shakopee School District staff.

The change was unanimously approved Feb. 16 by the Shakopee School Board…


Local firm gets contract for phase two of athletic complex

A contract for the second-phase construction of the athletic complex at Shakopee High School was approved Feb. 16 by the School Board.

The contract was awarded to Greystone Construction Co. of Shakopee, which was the low bidder at $581,670. The project will include construction of a football/soccer field, areas for track events, and a track, along with three options: the addition of a 10th lane on the track, and expansion of west- and east-end bleachers on the home side…


Plans to widen Co. 16 advance

The Shakopee City Council on Feb. 15 authorized a feasibility report to determine the cost and proposed assessments for the county’s reconstruction of County Road 16, between county roads 17 and 83.

Scott County has proposed reconstructing that portion of County Road 16 from a two-lane to four-lane road in 1995. Design for the project will be completed this year…


If city moves house, Stans will donate it

Shakopee city councilors, meting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) on Feb. 15, directed city staff to attempt to find a location for a house that will be donated to the city if it agrees to pay to move it.

The city received a request from the Stans Foundation to pay for moving the house at 135 Third Ave., after which the foundation would donate the two-story structure to the city.

The house, owned by the foundation, needs to be moved by April to make way for a Stans Museum, which will be located on the property…

Remember When: January 2019

1894: Scott County Argus

Jan. 4, 1894

The County Commissioners yesterday appointed John C. Lies Overseer of the Poor and awarded the contract for running the recently purchased poor house to John J. Ring.

Curt Manaige leaves on the evening train for Wilmot, S.D., and from there he will go to Sisseton City where he has accepted a position as a clerk in a general merchandise store.

Go to Bornarth to get your notary work done. He also has several very fine residences in the city for sale at a sacrifice. Call and see him.

That big engine is now attracting considerable attention as sections of it are being hauled down to the mill each day. Last night the steam chest was dragged down with three of the mill’s big teams as motive power and they seemed to have about all they cared to haul. The mill will not run for perhaps three weeks to come while the engine is being put in place. However nearly all the mill force will be at work during that time, and the mill will continue to pay the highest market price for wheat, or exchange flour for it as desired.

The firm of Flaherty & Lies will continue business at the old stand and solicits the patronage of all as before.

Our popular restauranteur, J. B. Gellenbeck, entertained some twenty young men at dinner on New Year’s Day. If the old saying be still true that the easiest way to affect the heart is through the stomach, the hearts of the young men who partook of the spread provided for that occasion must be very warm toward their host, who had certainly spared nothing in his efforts to make the menu attractive and the occasion an enjoyable one. That he succeeded goes without saying.

The Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company shipped here for trial from their works at Hopkins last week one of the new rigs which they are now manufacturing. The test was made last Thursday on Wm. Groskopp’s farm and the results were most satisfactory to all concerned. The 36-56 separator and 16 horsepower engine were used. The engine, with the separator in tow, moved through the snow with but little difficulty both to and from the farm. The work of the separator was excellent. On Friday Mr. Groskopp took a load of the wheat to the L. Christian & Co. mill where it was received without dockage. Mr. Groskopp is more than pleased with the results of the trial and renders the unqualified verdict the machine is a “daisy.”

If Dame Rumor is correct Shakopee is soon to have a brass band of no ordinary size and ability. The constitution and by-laws of the organization are now being prepared and the full arrangements will be completed in another week. There is plenty of good timber in the town out of which a good creditable band could be built up, and the scheme is certainly worth trying. The best players are to be picked out from the three bands which have held sway at one time and another in the town and a strong aggregation is looked for as the result.


Farm for Sale.

Must be sold before Jan. 10. Will be sold at a sacrafice. Situated on the town line road three miles south of town. 160 acres; 52 acres under the plow; 30 acres pasturage; flue meadow and plenty of young timber; good garden, large orchard; lake and well. Specially suitable for stock farm. Stock, machinery, hay, fodder, everything will be sold.

Write to or enquire at this office, or on the premises.

The Edward O’Dowd Place.

Jan. 11, 1894

If your clock or watch stops take it to H. P. Marx. He will repair it at a reasonable price and warrant it to run and keep good time for one year.

Deutsch & Zettel are headquarters for all kinds of fancy goods such as vases, lamps, toilet articles, stationary, books, fine perfumes, odor sets, plush albums, card cases and an endless variety of other things. They carry besides a full line of drugs and medicines.

New Blacksmith Shop. I am prepared to do all kinds of Horse Shoeing. My special attention will be given to this and to all kinds of General Repairing at Wagner’s Blacksmith Shop. Albert Ziethen.

C. E. Busse has purchased and placed in his hall 160 opera chairs that for neatness, convenience and real solid comfort cannot be beat. They are of a late pattern, with lift seats, hat racks, etc., and their color fits the neat finish of the hall to a dot. While the hall is arranged to seat 160, a fair sized Shakopee audience, the capacity can be increased some 30 or 40 before the “standing room only” sign need be hauled out.

A notice for bids for the general merchandise stock and fixtures of Gertrude Berens, insolvent, appears in our legal columns this week. Look it up.

The members of the new band, The Shakopee Cherubini have elected officers as follows: Pres., H. A. Zettle; Vice Pres., Geo. Hirscher; Sec., John Gentgen; Treas., Fred Spindler; Director of Music, Jacob Bierline. The members so far signed are Jacob Bierline, solo B cornet; Ernest W. Haack, first B; Fred Spindler, second B; Jos. Spindler, E clarionet; Adam Teich, first B clarionet; Bert Ketterer, solo alto; Fred Mueller, first alto; John Vierling and Joseph Bierline, first tenors; Rudolph Wengler and Sam Bierline, second tenors; Theo. Mueller, baritone; Wm. Uschman, B bass; Linus Vierling and Herbert Zettle, tubas; John Gentgen, tenor; and Geo. Hirscher, bass drum. There are yet to sign an E cornet, first B cornet and second alto. This will swell the membership to 20, a number sufficiently large to form an excellent brass band.

Jan. 18, 1894

John Reis is improving his store building by putting in a new stairway leading to Dr. Sabin’s office. The rise is to be only six inches and the rests are much broader, making the ascent a much easier task.

To advertise my new gallery, Cabinet Photos for 30 days 50 c. less than the Minneapolis advance. Come now. Gallery opposite the How residence on Second street. H. M. Brown, Photographer, Shakopee, Minn.

Rosaline Oil, the World’s finest Kerosine Oil, now on sale at G. S. Lander’s Hardware Store.

An interesting scene is presented in the engine room of the mill these days. The removing of one big engine and the setting in place of another and more formidable monster is a job of no small proportions as the force of men now fast bringing the feat to a successful close can testify. The fact that, so far, the work has been carried on without an accident of any kind speaks much for the skill of Engineer Ferguson and Millright Finnegan, who have joint charge of the work. The old engine has been removed and shipped to Minneapolis, the ponderous fly-wheel of the new engine, weighing over 20,000 pounds, the pillow, and high and low pressure cylinder have all been put in place and the remaining work can be pushed to rapid completion. The field of action presents a busy scene from morning till night, and the manipulating of the massive parts of the giant is a sight well worth seeing. The walls of the mill itself will be pasted over with the “poultice of silence” for perhaps two weeks more, and then they will witness a gay scene of merrily bobbing, cheerily whirling machinery whose tireless ceaseless activity will give ample evidence of the new energy infused by the powerful giant below.

The sheet and pillow case dancing party to be given by the Pastime Dancing Club at Lander Opera House next Monday evening promises to be productive of whole lots of fun. While it is hoped that a larger part of the dancers will mask, no one need stay away should he not feel disposed to get himself “rigged out.” The admission to all is 25 cents, and it is hoped that large numbers will attend it for no other purpose than to hear the excellent music and watch the progress of the fun, although all will be free and welcome to dance.

Jan. 25 1894

Prof. J. F. Parsons has succeeded in getting pledged nearly the amount required to secure for Shakopee a course of university extension lectures, and it is probable that the first of a series of six will be given within a week or two. A meeting for the selection of a local committee will be held at the Union School tonight at eight o’clock.

If you want your laundry work done up neat and whole, bring it to Gross’ barber shop not later than Tuesday afternoon.

John P. Ring has received an appointment as mail clerk at $800 a year and will enter upon his new duties in the near future. Mr. Ring passed the rigid examination required with flying colors and is in every way worthy of the preferment. He will advance rapidly in grade.

J. A. Wilder has purchased a new “I X L” windmill which is now perched upon his sixty-feet-high tower. The old one has blown down regularly with each heavy gale for some years past, and has been as often replaced, but its flight of a week or so ago proved too much for its robust constitution and it now lies upon a bed of snow a mere wreck of its former self. The new one is of iron and ought to weather almost any Minnesota zephyr that sees fit to tackle it.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

Jan. 3, 1919

The fire department was called out about 9:30 yesterday morning to extinguish a small blaze in the Veiht Bros. garage, caused by the explosion of a kerosene heater. Very little damage resulted.

Creamery Reopened. George Dellwo has reopened the Shakopee creamery, operations having been resumed this week. The machinery has been thoroughly overhauled and the building put in repair, and Mr. Dellwo is now prepared to turn out first class butter. He also expects to manufacture ice cream…

Jan. 10, 1919

Police Matter Unsettled. At the meeting of the city council Monday evening, Mayor Lenertz appeared and further insisted upon the dismissal of Frank Miske from the police force and defended his positon in the appointment of John Weinzierl some weeks ago to serve as nightwatchman. There is a sharp divergence in the opinions of the mayor and council both as to Miske’s efficiency and as to the power of the mayor under our charter to make appointments, and the latter question, which is the important one, has been referred to City Attorney Southworth.

The east side of the Busse building on First St. is being painted and repapered this week preparatory to Miss Emma Busse moving her millinery stock therein. The building Miss Busse vacates has been rented by Veiht Bros. who will use it as an office for their garage next door.

Jan. 17, 1919

Miss Lizzie Linhoff has rented the Linhoff residence to Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Watcher, who have already taken possession. Miss Lizzie is occupying the upper floor, where she will continue doing dressmaking.

William Kruppe of Louisville shot a gray wolf near his farm on Wednesday, receiving a bounty of $10.

Willie Gross of Shakopee is the fortunate one in the Boys’ and Girls’ state garden club contest to win first place in the south central district and will be given a free trip to the annual meeting of the Minnesota Horticultural society. Willie is a good honest worker and is to be congratulated on his success.

Jan. 24, 1919

Will Reopen Gallery. George E. Blackford of Algona, Iowa, has reopened the photograph studio here this week. Extensive improvements are being made to the interior of the building, after which Mr. Blackford will be pleased to meet the public. He comes here highly recommended and will be ready to serve the public with portraits, Kodak finishing, views, enlargements and picture framing. Give him a trial.

Miske Case in District Court. Mayor Lenertz, through his attorney, J. J. Moriarty, has instituted quo warranto proceedings in the court against Nightwatchman Frank Miske. The papers have transmitted to Glencoe, where Judge Tifft is now holding court, and without doubt a writ will issue from the court citing Miske to appear and explain by what authority he exercises the powers of a police officer. As the Tribune understands it, this move on the part of the mayor has merely to do with Miske’s police powers and does not affect his status as watchman. According to the statement of Alderman Coller, published in the Argus last week, the city has entered into a contract with Mr. Miske to perform certain services as a watchman, and this contract cannot be rescinded save by mutual agreement. There is nothing in the contract conferring police powers, which powers seem to be the matter at issue. It would seem that the matter is not beyond the bounds of amicable settlement.

The sewing classes of the Red Cross will continue their work next week as Scott county has quite a large allotment to complete for the month. Two thirds of the articles are for hospitals and the remaining third for the French and Belgian exiles.

Jan. 31, 1919

Wolves Numerous. In spite of the warm, open winter we are enjoying, complaints have been received from many parts of the surrounding country that wolves are attacking sheep and other farm animals. One or two were seen at the Hubert Pass farm near town this week. The county commissioners now pay a bounty of $2.50 on grown wolves and $2 for cubs on top of the state bounty of $7.50 and $3, respectively.

Home from France. John Hein, who has seen several months of service in the front line trenches with a machine gun battalion, arrived home Wednesday, honorably discharged at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. He was severely wounded and was confined in a hospital for many weeks. He is glad to be back home and glad of his experience in warfare.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kurvers and little daughter have moved to Hopkins, where Mr. Kurvers has accepted the position of section foreman.

Willie Gross went to Minneapolis on Thursday to be in attendance at the meeting of the State Horticultural society. Willie was fortunate in winning a free trip to the meeting being the champion gardner of the south central district. He will remain for a week-end visit with relatives and friends and will return Sunday.

1919: Scott County Argus

Jan. 3, 1919

L. V. Larson of Henderson is the newly elected teacher of agriculture at the high school. Mr. Larson comes here from the Overland building, St. Paul, having just received his honorable discharge from the aviation department in which he enlisted.


Reformatory for Women

Shakopee may get another building that was not included in the original plan as indicated from the following recommendation:

The first building of the greatly needed Reformatory for Women, at Shakopee, the receiving hospital and administrative center will be ready for use by July 31, 1919. When the board made its recommendation urging such an institution to the legislature of 1915, as had previously been done, it was suggested that in time no women be sent to the state prison but to the reformatory. At that time it was thought wise to have a building for women prisoners at the prison, taking them out of their cramped quarters and utilizing the building for other purposes in case of their subsequent removal, and $40,000 was appropriated for this purpose. This was never used. One cottage would be ample for this class, in our judgment, for a long time to come. We recommended that the $40,000 originally appropriated, and unused, be re-appropriated for this purpose. For every purpose of confinement, of training and of care, the mature woman offender will be much better off at the reformatory.

Jan. 10, 1919

The new bus conveying the children of District No. 3 to and from school arrived Tuesday and was put to immediate use by Driver George D. Smith on his trips Wednesday.

A flue in the boiler at the high school building burst Monday, necessitating a day’s vacation until repairs could be made. Following closely upon two enforced vacations caused by the influenza epidemic, the accident proved a most annoying interruption to the reestablished routine of school work and was summarized succinctly but humorously by Judge Weiland, president of the board of education, when the reporter inquired of him the cause of Monday’s vacation as “too much flue.”

Jan. 17, 1919

Joseph Jasper has been appointed a member of the board of education of Independent District No. 1 to fill the unexpired term of W. S. Newgard, resigned.

The street committee of the common council is looking up the feasibility and cost of improving and putting into passable condition the road known as the old ferry road, to be used until such time as the trestle road can be completed for general traffic and the use of Mudcura sanitarium. Dr. H. P. Fischer, president of Mudcura, was asked to be present at the council meeting Tuesday evening to advise and counsel with the members as to what might be done in reference to the proposition. This matter should be gone into thoroughly as the trestle road cannot be traveled for some months to come and the ferry road would provide a very necessary highway to the north.

Jan. 24, 1919

Miss Josephine Fitzpatrick, who has been teaching the fourth and fifth grade classes in Independent District No. One, resigned her position Friday to accept work in Washington, D. C., for the government and left yesterday. Her sister, Miss Lulu Fitzpatrick, is also in Washington. Miss Clara Abel, the former primary teacher, has succeeded Miss Fitzpatrick and Miss Grace Griffith has charge of the primary work.

Schroeder Brick and Lime Mfg. Co. loaded a car of brick for Winsted Tuesday.

Misses Blanche Gelhaye and Lena Kurvers will go to St. Paul next week to begin work in a wholesale millinery house as trimmers.

Miss Emma Busse has moved her millinery store into the building adjoining August Gelhaye’s restaurant and is again ready for business.


Eagle Creek Farmers Do Valuable Work

In view of the fact that the road running east from Shakopee into Eagle Creek would be in an almost impassable condition when spring comes and the further fact that the city’s street fund at the present time is practically exhausted, a number of Eagle Creek farmers considerately and generously offered their services to help gravel the road, and the first few days of the week found teams and men at work under the supervision of the street committee.

More than two hundred loads of gravel were hauled and spread on Shakopee’s portion of the road and the timely and valuable assistance so cheerfully given by those farmers who contributed their teams, time and labor are deeply appreciated both by the council and street committee and the city of Shakopee. This is the same road on which Frank Siebenaler did the city a valuable service in December when he ran his road drag over it and put it in a condition to travel upon this winter…

Jan. 31, 1919

George Erkens has purchased the Stratton Implement store at Belle Plaine and Mr. and Mrs. Erkens moved there Monday to reside.

The ferry road is being graveled and otherwise repaired for travel.

Arthur Gelhaye presented his little daughter with a handsome new piano.


Rousing Good Roads Meet At Prior Lake. The good roads meeting called to be held at Prior Lake last Tuesday drew enthusiastic road boosters from every section of the county. About two hundred were in attendance, each one of whom manifested the keenest interest in the various matters presented for consideration…

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Jan. 6, 1944

New Reformatory Head Appointed. Miss Mary Ann Toner, for the past eight years educational director at the State Reformatory for Women here, has been appointed acting superintendent of the institution during the absence of Miss Estelle Jamieson, who has been granted a year’s leave…


School District Gets Entire NYA Educational Equipment

After much consideration and discussion, and several months of correspondence the Board of Education of the Shakopee Independent School District has been given all the machinery, tools and educational equipment at the N.Y.A. Center. This comes on a loan basis for the duration plus six months. The property has been conservatively valued at over $100,000.

The buildings erected by the N.Y.A. are included with the grant. Over 200 acres of land and 37 small buildings belonging to the State of Minnesota, have also been secured on a dollar per year lease…

Jan. 13, 1944

Housewives Urged To Deliver Salvaged Tin Containers Promptly. Reminding residents that the Jacob Ries Bottling Works is shipping another carload of salvage tin cans January 24, E. G. Leibold, county salvage chairman, this week urged housewives to prepare their salvaged tin cans and deliver them to their grocers promptly so that all available tin salvage may be included in the January 24 shipment…


School News of Shakopee Public School

It has been inevitable for some time that the combined seventh and eighth grade with 48 students, would require adjustments. At the November school board meeting the school board voted to employ an additional teacher.

Mrs. Adolph Sandbakken, teaching on a part-time basis in high school, and doing excellent work, was well qualified for the upper grade position. On December 13, Mrs. Sandbakken was employed as full-time teacher of the eighth grade only. Miss Eulalia Kowalcyk will continue teaching the seventh grade. Now that these two grades have been developed the quality of instruction will increase measurably.

Mrs. Betty Buck Sevenants recently returned to Shakopee when her husband was transferred to overseas duty. Mrs. Sevenants has had several years of very successful teaching experience and was elected by the school board to fill the vacancy created by the promotion of Mrs. Sandbakken…

Jan. 20, 1944

FOR RENT—6-room house. ANTON BOEGEMAN.

FOR RENT—Rooms above Shakopee Cafe. Inquire MRS. LEONARD SIEBENALER.

Dr. Halver Heads Humane Society. Dr. D. L. Halver, Shakopee veterinarian, was elected president of the Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Cruelty at the society’s seventy-fourth annual meeting held in St. Paul, last Saturday…


Recreation Program To Be Topic at Meeting Here in February

Inaugurated by the Shakopee Post of the American Legion, a movement is now on here to formulate a supervised community recreational program for the youth of Shakopee.

Through the efforts of the Legion all civic, fraternal, parish and service organizations in the city have been urged to appoint committees to represent their respective groups as members of a master committee which is to meet for a general discussion of the project February 14. The meeting is to be held in the city hall…

Jan. 27, 1944

FOR SALE—The Joseph Ring home, 124 Spencer. Modern; gas heat, hot water heater. Call MRS. HARRY C. MERTZ, Tel. 244.

Shakopee Boy Cast in College Stage Play. Mr. Robert Thilgen, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Thilgen of Shakopee, took part in the presentation of the new play, “Little Women,” given at the St. Cloud State Teachers’ college, St. Cloud, Minn., Jan. 24…

Interest Shown in Community Youth Program. That residents have become interested in the question of a recreational program for Shakopee was definitely established this week, when Legion officers who inaugurated the movement, announced that nearly every fraternal church, service and civic organization in the community had appointed committees to consider the matter…


Shakopee Area Trades School Opens With Enrollment of 37

With 37 farmers registered for instruction in the repair and maintenance of farm machinery, the Shakopee Area Trades school, operated under the supervision of the Shakopee public schools, held its first class Monday night.

The trades school, housed in the shops and employing the tools and facilities of the former NYA center, is now operating on a schedule offering instruction three nights each week, three hours per night…

1969: Shakopee Valley News

Jan. 2, 1969

Municipal Commission Orders On Expanding 3 Areas In Scott County. If proposed annexation gets approval of the majority of the voters in the township areas affected, the City of Shakopee will be expanded from about two and one-half square miles to 41 square miles, similar in size to Bloomington. Approved in the order of the Minnesota Commission on Tuesday of last week, December 24, was the annexing of all of Jackson township (5,440 acres); sections one through 24 and 28 through 32 and all of the township of Eagle Creek, lying south of the Minnesota River in sections 33 through 36 (15,680 acres), and a portion of Louisville township, section 9, 16 and 17, lying southerly and easterly of the Minnesota River and that of section 24, lying east of the center line of Scott County Road No. 79 (9,600 acres). Balloting is to be on Tuesday, February 25, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eagle Creek Town Hall, Jackson Hall and at the residence of Clerk James Theis in Louisville township…


John Rosen To Broadcast From Vietnam Post

Friends of E-3 John R. Rosen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Rosen, 704 West Sixth, Shakopee, may hear his voice from Vietnam over radio station KNUJ, New Ulm, Minnesota.

Rosen will be heard on KNUJ on Thursday, January 16 at 3:15 p.m.

He was interviewed in Vietnam recently by KNUJ reporter Gene Rodewald. Rodewald’s trip to Vietnam to interview area servicemen and the special radio programs being aired daily at 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on KNUJ AM and at 9:30 each evening on KNUJ-FM, featuring these area servicemen was made possible by Supersweet Feed dealers and Rural Electric Co-operative.

Jan. 9, 1969

Circulate Petition To Abolish Shakopee Utilities Commission. Now being circulated, in an effort to secure the 161 required signatures, are petitions within the City of Shakopee that seek to bring before the voters of the city the proposition of a “yes” or “no” vote on the abolishing of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission…

A Pepsi party for Miss Shakopee Contestants was held last Saturday, January 4 at the Shakopee Public Utilities building, with the Shakopee Mrs. Jaycees as hostesses for the event…


Figure Skating Lessons Now Being Held At Swimming Pool

Free figure skating lessons for interested boys and girls began Saturday afternoon, January 4 at the Swimming Pool Skating Rink in Shakopee, sponsored by the Shakopee Recreation Board. This popular program has been made possible by a generous grant from Shakopee Ford, co-sponsor of this annual program.

Instructor is Miss Nikki Howland, a Figure Skating Gold Medalist who recently placed fifth in Senior Ladies Competition in the Midwest Section of the United States Figure Skating Association…

Jan. 16, 1969

$25,000 Stans Grant Pledged To Historical Society Project. Mrs. Margaret MacFarlane, historical co-ordinator of the Scott County Historical Society, announced at the Society meeting on Tuesday evening of this week, January 14, in the First National Bank, that the Maurice Stans Foundation has pledged a total grant of $25,000 in payments of $5,000 at six month intervals, for the Society’s proposed historical restoration project in the Memorial Park area, east edge of Shakopee…

Citizens Committee For School Bond Issue On Feb. 11 Organized. Organized at a meeting held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 9, in the Shakopee Senior High School Library was a Citizens Committee to promote Shakopee School District No. 720’s current building program plans and the pending $2.1 million bond issue to finance the three-stage program…

Take First Step On Jr. High Remodeling. A motion authorizing the district enter into a contract with the architectural firm, Armstrong, Schlicting, Torseth and Skold, Inc. of Minneapolis, to initiate first phase planning of the proposed remodeling of the Junior High building, Fifth and Holmes, the first in a proposed three-stage building program, was approved at the regular January meeting of Shakopee School District No. 720 board of education held Monday night of this week, January 13, in the Board room at Shakopee Senior High School on Tenth Avenue…

New Offices For Fred Kerber. Fred Kerber, agent for Farmers Insurance Group, for the past five years, has recently moved into new office quarters at 112 South Holmes, he announced this week…


To Succeed Sister As Municipal Court Judge For City Of Shakopee

Minnesota Governor Harold LeVander last Friday, January 10, named Kermit J. Lindmeyer, 52, of Shakopee, to be Shakopee’s new Court Judge.

Judge Lindmeyer will succeed his sister, the late Isla L. Lindmeyer, in the post. Miss Lindmeyer died Sunday, December 29…

Jan. 23, 1969

Razing the old flour mill building, recently obtained by the City of Shakopee through condemnation, to gain added area for the city’s downtown improvement program, was under way on Monday of this week, January 20. Leveling of this structure, located at the rear of Montgomery-Ward on Lewis Street, marks the culmination of the acquisition activity that extended for a near two-year period due to litigation. Completing the razing is Hauer Bros. of Shakopee, who had the lowest of three bids, at $4,575. Deadline for removal is February 15, with Hauer reporting good progress and is expected the work to be completed well prior to this date.

Scott Board Authorizes Additional Sheriff’s Deputy, Fred Rgnonti. Following a presentation by Scott County Sheriff W. B. “Rip” Schroeder to the Scott County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting this week, January 21, in the Scott courthouse at Shakopee, authorization was given the hiring Fred Rgnonti, 27, of Credit River township as an added full-time deputy sheriff…

Cormac Suel Heads Scott Library Board. Cormac Suel, Shakopee postmaster, was named president of the Scott County Library Board at its organizational meeting held Tuesday evening, January 7, in the Board of Commissioners room at the Scott County courthouse in Shakopee…

Appoint Bank Officer. F. A. Weiland, president of The First National Bank announced this week that Mrs. Janice Bastyr had been appointed assistant cashier and women’s representative The First National Bank, as the result of action of the board of directors at their annual reorganizational meeting on Tuesday of last week, January 14…

No Coaches; Drop Rec Board. The Shakopee Recreation Board regrets that for the first time in twelve years it has had to cancel its Grade Five Basketball Program. Forty boys were registered in the program but with only one coach the task was impossible…


Now Dial Tone For Phone Users

Starting tomorrow, (Friday), January 24, Shakopee telephone users whose numbers start with the “445” prefix will hear a new, distinctive dial tone.

W. R. Mahady, Northwestern Bell Telephone manager, said the new, lower-pitched dial tone is the first step in the company’s plans to make Touch-Tone calling available to Shakopee customers this spring.

When Touch-Tone calling, with its pushbutton phones, becomes available, it will be offered on an optional basis to customers who have one and two-party service.

Mahady pointed out that the new dial tone is necessary to avoid a conflict with the frequencies used in this new service.


Organize Junior Rifle Club In Shakopee

Howard McBride, … Savage, has been selected Adult Club Leader of the newly organized rifle club, The Shakopee Junior Sportsmen Club of Shakopee, by the National Rifle Association.

Membership in the new junior rifle club will be restricted to youngsters under 19 years of age…

The aim of the club, like thousands of others similarly chartered by the National Rifle Association of America, is to teach youngsters the fundamentals of good marksmanship and safe firearms handling on the target range and in the hunting field.


‘Passage Of School Bond Issue’ Theme Of Dist. No. 720 Adult Poster Contest

Donald Tarr, assistant principal of Shakopee Public Elementary Schools, announced this week that an adult poster contest will be held to promote the passage of the school bond issue on February 11.

A $10 prize will be awarded for the winning poster and all posters will be displayed in the community…

Tarr pointed out that the adult contest is in addition to a student poster contest also underway at all Public Schools…

Jan. 30, 1969

Firms ‘Happy’ With Off-Street Parking Lots. The survey of members of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, presented at the adjourned meeting at the Common Council last Thursday evening, January 23, indicated merchants in general are happy with the new off-street parking lots, think they should be named, but did not accept the previous suggestion presented at a previous council meeting of using names of women of pioneer Shakopee families, and are about evenly divided on whether parking should be angle on both sides or all parallel on Fuller, Holmes and Lewis Streets between First and Second…


City Officials Surveyed On Highway Plans

Shakopee’s city officials at the adjourned meeting of the Common Council held last Thursday evening, January 23, were presented three possible alignments in proposed relocation of area highways, and were asked to complete attitude surveys to be used to rate the relative importance of six highway planning considerations in determining the relocating of Highways 169, 212 and 41…

The tentative proposals had two standout factors in relation to the City of Shakopee – that, in all three, the relocation of Highway 169 would be to the south of the city limits, possibly a half mile to a mile, similar to the by-pass proposed in the City of Shakopee Comprehensive Guide Plan, and that the bridge for the Minnesota River at Shakopee would be east of the city in two of the proposed realignments, with the original west Shakopee location not considered…

Generally the tentative plans are:

System A – Highway 212 would veer north through Chaska and turn east in a corridor parallel to present State Highway 5. Highway 169 would bypass Shakopee to the south and east to follow a corridor along present Highway 101, south of the Minnesota River, turning north to cross the river, to require a bridge span near the Eden Prairie-Bloomington boundary (Hennepin County 18). The engineers term this a “rectangular” scheme.

System B – A “diagonal” scheme, would have Highway 169 following the same corridor as in System A, but Highway 212 would follow approximately its present alignment. In this plan, the bridge span would be just east of Chaska with the traffic not routed through downtown Chaska.

System C – is considered a combination of A and B. Highway 212 would cross the Minnesota River just east of Shakopee, similar to the proposal by the Council near the former city dump, and converge with Highway 212 in Eden Prairie.

All the plans propose a linking with Interstate 494 and the Crosstown Highway, just northwest of Eden Prairie…


Offer Consolidation Plans For St. Mark’s, St. Mary’s

Three separate plans to provide a co-operative system of education between St. Mark’s and St. Mary’s Parochial Schools in Shakopee were introduced to parents and other interested citizens at the St. Mark’s Home School Association Meeting on Tuesday evening of this week, January 28, at 8 p.m. in St. Mark’s Hall.

Dr. Roland Pistulka, president of St. Mark’s Board of Education told the capacity crowd that the choice was either to make the most possible use of both schools on a co-operative bases, or phase out the Parochial school system in Shakopee altogether.

Plan one, explained by Dr. Pistulka, calls for a unification of the two schools, which are only five blocks apart. St. Mark’s would provide 20 classrooms for an estimated 600 students in grades one through five, with no more than 30 students per class, and St. Mary’s would provide 12 classrooms for an estimated 325 students in grades six, seven and eight…

Plan two calls for the closing of St. Mary’s as a regular school and having only grades one through six at St. Mark’s. Although this would mean that there would be no Parochial Junior High school in Shakopee, the money saved could be used for a more adequate CCD program, including regular release periods twice a week from the public schools for high school students…

Plan three calls for the best of plan one and two according to Father Huber. It calls for consolidation of grades outlined in plan one, with grades one through five at St. Mark’s and grades six through eight at St. Mary’s, plus setting up of a religious education center at St. Mary’s for senior high students and adults, with the hiring of two professional religious instructors…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

Jan. 6, 1994

Trial on ownership of track begins. The battle for ownership of Canterbury Downs began in Scott County District Court Tuesday, with attorneys representing Twin Cities financier Irwin Jacobs and Fargo, N.D. businesswoman Susan Bala each declaring their client has the only valid agreement to buy the failed Shakopee racetrack…

New Snyder Drug Store opens. Co-owners Gary Gustafson and Sharon Wiser opened their new Snyder drug store at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Marschall Road in Shakopee on Monday. The Snyder store replaces Eastman Eagle Drug, 214 S. Holmes St., which Gustafson and Wiser had operated…

Jan. 13, 1994

Jacobs gets track. Scott County District Court Judge Michael Young ruled Wednesday that Twin Cities financier Irwin Jacobs holds the only valid contract to purchase Canterbury Downs. Young issued his decision in a 39-page document…

City gets inquiry on sale of Murphy’s

An unidentified group of investors has approached the city of Shakopee with a proposal to buy Murphy’s Landing.

In a letter to Mayor Gary Laurent, attorney Thomas Reiter of the law firm Thomas Reiter & Associates, St. Paul, said that his unidentified clients were interested in knowing whether the city was willing to part with the 88-acre living historical museum that has been on the brink of financial collapse at least twice within the last 10 years.

On Tuesday night, at a City Council committee of the whole meeting, Reiter asked that a lease the city has with the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP) to operate the site be extended until Jan. 31 so that negotiations for the purchase could be explored…

Bids sought for second phase of sports complex

The Shakopee School Board Monday authorized bid solicitation for the second phase of the athletic complex project at Shakopee High School…

The second phase of the project will include a fenced, nine-lane track; a combination football/soccer field; long-jump, triple-jump. and high-jump areas; areas for pole vaulting, shot put and discus events; home-side bleachers, with a seating capacity of 1,014; fencing around the complex; and walkway lighting…


Fine arts may be graduation requirement

Completion of at least one fine arts course may become a graduation requirement at Shakopee High School.

At its Monday meeting, the Shakopee School Board heard a report from high school principal Jim Murphy and Andy Mast, director of the school’s instrumental music program, who are members of a committee formed to study a fine arts requirement. The committee took its direction from the district-wide strategic plan, which calls for a fine arts requirement…

The high school’s Fine Arts Graduation Requirement Committee is asking the board to approve a policy that would require students to take at least one credit of fine arts…


DOT: Mini-bypass, bridge project is nearly complete

Work has been halted for the winter with about 90 percent of the downtown Shakopee mini-bypass river bridge project completed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation…

Weather permitting, project contractor C.S. McCrossan Co. will begin finishing work in early May, which is expected to last six to eight weeks, the DOT said. Among the work to be finished includes the final blacktop overlay on the new bypass, alleys, connections to First Avenue and parking lots; trail connections from the north end of the old bridge; completion of the pedestrian park to include rock removal, excavation work, stair construction and handicap-accessible path construction; and landscaping and miscellaneous cleanup work.


Met Center too costly; Sabers to play at EP

Reversing its decision to maintain the Metropolitan Sports Center as its home away from home, the Shakopee High School ice hockey team will be moving to Eden Prairie Community Center after all.

The reason for the switch: money…

Jan. 20, 1994

Down to a science. Fremont Industries Inc., an Industrial chemical company based In Shakopee, recently donated $7,017 to be used to purchase science equipment at Shakopee High School. The school submitted a wish list which included lab items, chemistry videos and graphing calculators. Mark Gruss, president of Fremont, said he wanted the company to get involved in “the business of education.”


Outage – school and electricity

Frigid temperatures closed Shakopee public and private schools Tuesday, and caused outages in the Shakopee area Saturday morning, leaving hundreds of homes without electricity and heat, some for more than four hours.

About 2,000 Shakopee Public Utilities customers were without power for varying periods of time Saturday when two poles holding electrical lines shared by the utility and Minnesota Valley Electrical Cooperative (MVEC) in Jordan snapped in the bitter subzero temperatures.

Power was restored gradually after the 7:05 a.m. power failure, and service was completely restored by 11:30 a.m. Temperatures at the time of the power outage ranged from 25 to 30 below zero…


A place to call home

…Something will be taking place at Cross of Peace on Sunday — “Dedication Sunday,” which will include an open house from 1 to 4 p.m., and a special dedication service at 5 p.m. (Regular worship services will be held at the usual times, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.)

The 266-member congregation is celebrating its new building, which is located on the southeast side of Shakopee on Wood Duck Trail, just off Marschall Road…

Jan. 27, 1994

Minge seeks bypass funding. U.S. Rep. David Minge has asked a key congressional subcommittee on transportation to provide $18.6 million for the Shakopee Bypass. If approved, the money would provide 80 percent of the $23.25 million needed to complete the nine-mile bypass, which will run south of the city. The remaining funding will come from the state…


In Shakopee, the art of graduation just got finer

Beginning with the class of 1997, Shakopee High School students will be required to take at least one fine-arts credit in order to graduate.

The policy change was unanimously adopted by the six School Board members present at Monday’s board meeting. Board member Jessica Geis was absent…


School Board hears concept for ‘new look’ classrooms

Home economics courses are now being called life sciences. And what used to be shop is now technology preparation, or tech prep.

But giving the departments different names is just the tip of the iceberg, according to instructors and other staff in the Shakopee School District.

The classrooms themselves will be transformed from rows of desks and equipment areas to work stations that resemble a business office, should the district decide to go with a “synergistic” lab.

On Monday night, Beth Schneider, a personal and family life science teacher at Shakopee Junior High, and Ken Rood, director of instructional programs, showed the School Board pictures of a trip they took to a middle school in Omaha, Neb., that was using the setup.

They pointed out the synergy labs’ arrangement, in which students were paired off and worked in circular modules. Besides using computers and videos, the students got hands-on experience in technology and life-management by working with such things as robotic arms, audio broadcasting equipment, microwaves and sewing machines.

Schneider said students worked on a variety of short-term — usually seven- to eight-day – projects. Students worked cooperatively with each other, and teachers served more as facilitators than leaders, although they were present to help students figure out solutions…


Neighborhood loses fight to stop street

Residents living on Boiling Springs Lane lost their fight against City Hall Jan. 18 when the Shakopee City Council voted to change the 3,000-foot cul-de-sac they live on into a residential roadway…

The proposed residential development plan for Eagle Creek Bluff calls for construction of a north-south roadway on what is now the cul-de-sac. Those plans, along with the construction of the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the realignment of County Road 18, will provide easier access to new residential neighborhoods, according to city staff…

Then and Now

After purchasing the Hubers’ Shakopee Scrapbook, Joanne Musick became interested in Shakopee’s history. This led to her shooting modern photos of various photos from the scrapbook and other historic photos, making a modern scrapbook. She shares her then and now photos at this presentation at the Shakopee Heritage Society membership meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

World War I Homecoming: October 1919

World War I began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called simply the “World War” or the “Great War.”

More than nine million combatants were killed. It was fought mostly by soldiers in trenches. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with 20 million wounded, and 10 million military deaths.

When WW I ended, Shakopee was one of many towns that had a celebration. It was a huge event, and many people participated. The homecoming parade for World War I soldiers, marines, sailors, and nurses was held on October 4, 1919.

The celebration started with a huge parade that included veterans, organizations, commercial floats, and four bands. The parade was followed by a concert at Riverside Park and a ball game. Dancing at Dawson’s Hall and Berens’ Hall followed into the early hours on Sunday, October 5, 1919.

(Part of this information from Shakopee Scrapbook by Michael, Patricia, and Joseph Huber, and available from the Shakopee Heritage Society.)

Spanish Flu Epidemic: 1918

The Spanish flu epidemic hit Shakopee in October 1918. Fifty Scott county people and 12,000 Minnesotans died from the flu.

Among the first local victims were John and Theresa Deller, a Shakopee couple, and their newborn son. John and Theresa passed away within 12 hours of each other.

John died first, at 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, and Theresa died at 7 a.m. on October 31, 1918. Theresa had just had a baby boy at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The baby died right afterwards. The mother, Theresa, passed away a few hours later, without knowing that her husband had also died.

John was just 38 years old, and Theresa was just 33 years old. The couple had three other children, who suddenly were bereft of both a mother and a father. Theresa’s parents were Mr. and Mrs. George Fischer of the community.

The three people were buried simultaneously from St. Mark’s Catholic Church. But like many other churches, their remains were not taken inside the church, but only to the door for a blessing, and then off to the cemetery for a hasty burial.

Friends were so concerned that they fathered and said their rosaries across the road from the family’s home. They wanted to pay their respects, but they didn’t know what was happening, and were worried that they would also get the flu.

During the month of October the Spanish Influenza epidemic that staggered the nation descended on Shakopee. By October 20, 1918, public meetings were forbidden, schools were closed, and people died by the dozens.

Martin Frank Dorn, who lived north of town, died at 6 a.m. the next day, the fourth victim of the influenza in a week. The young man was just 17 years old, and his death was a crushing blow to his family. He had been ill about ten days, and the influenza later developed into spinal meningitis.

The strain on physicians was another problem, according to one issue of the Scott County Argus. They cautioned people not to call doctors for mild cases.

By the end of the year, burials of residents from 11 other cities and townships in Scott County followed. They included a 32-year-old Prior Lake barber, a 23-year-old farmer from Sand Creek Township, and two infants in Blakeley Township.

According to Gordon Buesgens, people came home from World War I, and they brought that flu with them. Gordon was five months old when he was sent to stay with relatives after his dad became ill.  His father, a young Chaska baker, died from the flu. His mother was too sick herself to attend her husband’s private funeral. Gordon, an only child, spent much of his childhood living with relatives in Shakopee while his mother worked.

Richard Zaun, a retired teacher from Helena Township, remembers his father Elmer say that the influenza felt like the normal flu. Richard and his five siblings all became sick. They didn’t eat much, other than the raw eggs their mother fed them. According to Richard, it was the only remedy they had.

(Some information from “Influenza Takes Toll in Community,” Scott County Argus, Nov. 1, 1918, and “1918 Pandemic Took Its Toll on County and State” by Shannon Fiecke, Shakopee Valley News, May 7, 2009.)

Nachtsheim’s Bakery: ca. 1893

By David R. Schleper

According to the Shakopee Tribune, on July 17, 1903, the Shakopee Bakery was established “a score or more years ago, and in daily operation ever since….” Baker Joseph Ploumen, along with Joseph Nachtsheim, Jr. and George Vierling were on the job from four in the morning until sometimes late at night with family helping to make bread for the people of Shakopee.

Everyone is familiar more or less with the mysteries of bread making. In the past, the mother kneaded the bread and coaxed into sweetness the fluffy whiteness, the staff of life. But when you stepped into Nachtsheim’s Bakery, where bakers in their white garments and caps mixed up huge barrels with flour to turn into bread, cakes, pies, and cookies, one could see how special it is.

“In the first place it is interesting to note that there is no fire when the baking is done. The big oven is set into a solid brick wall, and one can look into its cavernous maw by the aid of a lard lamp and see where 300 loaves of bread are being browned by the even heat,” noted the Shakopee Tribune. “The bottom is of square stones, and the low ceiling is an arch of brick on which is a lot of sand to hold the heat. The fire is built on one side below, and is kept up in the morning until the oven and its surrounding walls are sufficiently heated for the afternoon’s bakery, after which the fire is allowed to go entirely out for the day.”

While this is going on, the bakers are getting the dough in pans, the rolls into groups of seven or eight dozen, and then the baking begins. “The big pans are placed in the oven and taken out by means of a long wooden shovel, and the workmen are surprisingly deft in handling the pans with the clumsy looking wooden shovel, and the workmen are surprisingly deft in handling the pans with the clumsy looking implement.”

The chef begins to mix up big batches of eggs, flour, and other ingredients in an immense brass pail after the bread and rolls are done. All the ingredients are done by weight, so it becomes easier to do it just like someone would do it at home using a small basinful. White bread, cream bread, rye bread, graham bread, rolls, buns, white and brown cookies, all kinds of pies and cakes, along with special ordered fine pastries are all turned out at the bakery.

The people in Shakopee especially loved the rye bread. “The bakery makes all its wares from the yeast up, even making its own baking powder; and one is impressed with the thought that a baker has to know a lot of tricks of his trade as well as any other artisan. Yeast is one of the mysteries of bread making, and it was interesting to see the workmen boiling in a wash boiler a lot of hops, which are boiled until a match won’t blow out on the surface, the strained product to be used from time to time with the other ingredients in a big barrel….”

Shakopee had many famous products, including the best carbonated beverages, red brick, stones and ranges, and Little Six and Diamond S flour. Added to this list would be the rye bread from the Nachtsheim Bakery.

The Nachtshiem Bakery was a popular place in Shakopee in the 1900s!

(Some information from “The Shakopee Bakery,” Shakopee Tribune, July 17, 1903, p. 4.)

Corporal George B. Clark and the Civil War: 1861-1865

By David R. Schleper

Corporal George B. Clark, of Shakopee, Minnesota served with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company A, and was present at all of the regiment’s battles. The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment was the first in the nation to answer President Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861, and they courageously served with great distinction.

The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment mustered for a three-year term (1861-1864) in the Union Army at the outset of the American Civil War when the prevailing enlistment period was three months. During offensive movements, it sustained high degrees of casualties at the Battles of First Bull Run and Antietam and a catastrophic degree of casualties at the Battle of Gettysburg. It is most noted for its service on the second day at Gettysburg.

At a pivotal moment and position during the 1863 conflict at Gettysburg, Union general Winfield Scott Hancock desperately ordered the 262 men of the First Minnesota to charge the 1,600 advancing Alabama Rebels.

Carpenter recalled, “We advanced down the slope…Comrade after comrade dropped from the ranks; but the line went. No one took a second look at his fallen companion. We had no time to weep.” Only 47 men returned alive, but they preserved a key Union defensive position.

On July 4, Lieutenant William Lochren wrote a letter to his hometown Winona Republican newspaper. “We are in the midst of a terrible battle,” he wrote. “Two thirds of the regiment are killed or wounded. We got the better of the enemy in the fight, and our regiment captured one stand of colors.”

When given the opportunity to speak about the Regiment after the war, both General Hancock and US President Calvin Coolidge were unrestrained with praise. Hancock placed its heroism highest in the known annals of war and ascribed unsurpassed gallantry to the famed attack. Emphasizing the criticality of the circumstances on July 2 at Gettysburg, President Coolidge considered, “Colonel Colvill and those eight companies of the First Minnesota are entitled to rank as the saviors of their country.”

Corporal Clark was captured at Antietam but released through a prisoner exchange and then was wounded at Bristow Station. He re-enlisted with the 1st Battalion of Minnesota Infantry, was captured at Petersburg and incarcerated for eight months.

While imprisoned he endured virtual starvation and lost his teeth due to scurvy. George B. Clark was forty-five years old when he died on March 16, 1887 due to his continuing illness.

Burglars in Shakopee: 1900

By David R. Schleper

Burglars wanted to clean up the whole business portion of downtown, and were successful in entering four of the six businesses. Unfortunately, they only earned about nine dollars and a watch…not exactly fancy living!

The burglars started at the Hoffman house, which was near the depot. They tried to enter the hostelry through the back window, but were probably frightened away. They went two doors farther to the St. Paul House, and boldly forced an entrance through the front window into the saloon. The burglars secured about a dollar in change, and a jack knife, which they probably thought would aid them in their next burglary.

Next, the burglars moved one block east, where they broke into the Crystal saloon. They entered through a back window, which they forced open with a crowbar and chisels. The burglars got their biggest haul: nine dollars in cash and a watch.

Guess where the burglars went next? Another saloon! One block away was Ben Baker’s White Front saloon. Unfortunately, there was nothing there to take, so they were unrewarded, and decided to go down a few doors further to Strunk’s Drug Store.

A displaced screen and marks from a chisel and crow bar gave evidence that they attempted to break into Strunk’s Drug Store. Luckily a good, strong iron bolt prevented the burglars from entering the building.

The burglars passed by the bank and the Flaherty & Lies’ big store. Instead, they crossed the street and broke into Matt Huth’s saloon. They were rewarded by finding a few cents in the till.

After a bit more than a watch and nine dollars and some change, the burglars decided that enough was enough. They disappeared and no further evidence of the burglars and their money was never found. Most people of Shakopee figured this work was evidence of amateurs, and hopefully they would not be back!

Remember When: December 2018

1893: Scott County Argus

Dec. 7. 1893

Last Saturday Mrs. Henschel moved into her new store in the How Block, where she is very neatly and comfortably located.

Miss Hanna Flaherty is now acting as clerk in the store of Flaherty & Lies. Miss Kate will continue their dressmaking business at home.

The newly invented One Roller Disintegrator, invented by the Nameless Iron Works of Shakopee, Minn., was operated in their shop last Tuesday and gave entire satisfaction. It is estimated that it will feed enough clay to supply their machine manufacturing 100,000 brick in ten hours, preparing the clay from the bank for the brick machine to make a first class brick. The clay is not squeezed through rollers as is the case where two rollers are used, but is shaved. Brickmakers will at once see the advantage this invention has over the old process.

On Tuesday morning it was discovered that six of the twenty sheep at Lins Bros.’ slaughter house had been torn to pieces by dogs during the night. Some of the sheep had run into the water and remained there all night to keep away from the savage brutes. One of these was drowned. The injured ones had to be killed at once. Naturally the Lins Bros. are now feeling somewhat hostile toward the canine family and they propose to camp on the trail of the prowlers and deal out vengeance with a righteous hand, ably seconded by a trusty shot gun.

Deutsch & Zettel have displayed a whole lot of enterprise in the purchase of an up to date soda fountain which is certainly a beauty. The top is beautifully of carved oak and contains a large beveled plate-glass mirror while the fountain proper is of three kinds of granite and Mexican onyx, and trimmed with heavily plated silver. It has all the best appliances now out, including an apparatus from which to serve hot soda, and is a model of convenience as well as beauty. The cost of the outfit entire was $825. It is now set up and on exhibition at their store.

Dec. 14, 1893

Children’s eyes grow big when they take a look at M. Berens’ new toy store, which was thrown open Tuesday. The stock is complete in every line and includes interesting mechanical toys, dolls by the hundred, games without number, sailboats, steamboats, steam engines, musical instruments of all kinds, etc., etc., etc., in fact it’s a regular Santa Claus shop moved down from the north. If you doubt it, just give the place a visit.

L. Christian & Co. have closed the deal for the big Forest Mills engine, and it will be removed to their mill here within a few days.

The Shakopee Cash Store, Gertrude Berens Proprietress, made an assignment to Henry C. Koerner last Saturday afternoon. The liabilities foot up to about $4,000, while the assets will amount to some $2,800 or $3,000.

Dec. 21, 1893

Dr. A. A. Sabin is enlarging and remodeling his offices in the Reis Building, and when completed the result will prove a marvel of convenience and attractiveness. A reception room has been fixed up at the end of the stairway, and the old reception room turned into the private office by means of a double door. Besides these there is the electricity room and a bed room. The present reception room has been beautifully decorated with handsome wall paper, rounded ceiling and a cleverly executed dado of silver and gold color, and with elegant furnishings it will be a luxurious apartment. F. C. Heroux is the artist in charge.

The firm of Flaherty & Lies will continue business at the old stand and solicits the patronage of all as before.

A merry sleighload of Chaska youths and damsels enjoyed a moonlight drive and an oyster supper at Gellenbeck’s Restaurant last Monday evening.

Leander Schaeffer of Chicago is now a member of his brother Alex. Schaefer’s family. Mr. Schaeffer is a jeweler and watch maker by trade and will soon enter into that line of business in the Jacob Ries building.

The big engine for the mill is now on the way and will soon be here. Mr. Buchanan informs us that it is here but that they haven’t as yet taken it out of the wrapping papers. When the fact is known that the fly wheel alone weighs about ten tons this remark at once becomes humorous.

Dec. 28, 1893

A very beautiful baptismal font was dedicated at St. Peter’s church last Monday, after the morning service. The font, a costly one of solid carved oak and heavily plated silver bowl and trimmings, was bought and presented to the church by the members of the Sunday School, of which Mrs. H. B. Strait is the energetic Superintendent. It is a valuable addition to the church furniture and reflects much credit upon all concerned.

Leander Schaefer is now located in the Jacob Ries Building opposite the Bank and is prepared to do first class repairing of watches, clocks and jewelry at reasonable prices and satisfaction guaranteed.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Dec. 6, 1918

Reformatory in New Budget. The report of the state board of control, which was presented to Governor Burnquist last Saturday, carries with it a big boost for Shakopee in the recommendation for an additional appropriation of $231,000 for the women’s reformatory…

Don’t forget to visit John Heinen’s toy shop. Elegant new stock for your inspection.

The Shane Bros. & Wilson mill is sporting a big new auto truck.

The John Kopisca family moved into the Newgard house this week.

Dec. 13, 1918

Schoolhouse Robbed. Early last Friday morning the schoolhouse was burglarized and property to the value of $75 to $100 was taken. Theodore Weiland was awakened some time between 1 and 2 a.m. by the sound of breaking glass. Thinking that his house was being entered, he got up, but found that all was well; but on looking over toward the schoolhouse he saw several figures moving, so he took a close look at them, only supposing, however, that they were up to mischief rather than robbery. On Friday when school was called it was discovered that a large part of the equipment had been taken from the various departments, including the science department and the domestic science room. Owing to the very clear view that Mr. Weiland had of the party and the character of the stolen articles, it has been fairly easy for those working on the case to reach a pretty sure conclusion as to who the offenders are. It is not the wish of the school authorities to prosecute in the courts; restitution of the stolen property and payment for other damages seems preferable, and the local papers have been asked to announce in this connection that if the property is promptly returned no further proceedings will be taken. Otherwise, the matter will be pushed through the sheriff’s office.

Ben Levi has opened a meat market in the Notermans building south of the post office.

While skating on the road ditch last Thursday evening, some of the boys built a bonfire too near the ice, with the result that the ice melted and Edward Molke went in. It happened that the ditch at that particular point is nearly six feet deep and the boy had to be helped out.


Contract Let for New Sewer

At the special meeting of the city council held last Friday evening, bids were opened for the construction of the Adams street sewer. Four companies bid for the job…

The bid of Lars Overn, of St. Peter, being the lowest, was accepted, and a contract has been entered into with him to construct the sewer. Mr. Overn is the contractor who has recently completed the job of extending the water works to the reformatory. His bid was approximately $475 lower than the next lowest bidder’s.

The Adams street sewer will run from the new state women’s state reformatory to the river, down Adams street, which is the first street west of the institution. The distance between the reformatory and the river is something over half a mile. A great deal of rock is certain to be encountered, which is liable to make the job an expensive one, but it was not possible to connect with the city sewer father east, owing to the difference in grade. But aside from this, the city sewer is too small to accommodate so large an institution as the reformatory is certain to become in future years. Therefore the council was taking the sensible course in providing now for adequate drainage.

Dec. 20, 1918

Women Convicts to Shakopee? If the 1919 legislature accepts two recommendations of the state board of control as outlined in its biennial report, no more women convicts will be sent to Stillwater, after July next, but special provision will be made for their confinement in a new building in connection with the women’s state reformatory at Shakopee…

While splitting kindling wood last Sunday morning, John Velz had the misfortune to accidentally strike the top of his left hand with the hatchet he was using. The cords were severed and as a result he is nursing a badly mangled hand which will keep him from his duties in the barbershop for some time to come. His son, Clarence, will have charge of the shop during his absence.

Dec. 27, 1918

Closed Down for Holidays. Shakopee’s two largest industrial establishments are giving their employes a holiday lay-off. The Minnesota Stove company is taking the annual inventory and may be shut down for several weeks. The Shane Bros. & Wilson Mill shut down last Saturday evening, but will start up again Monday. The mill has been running steadily at full capacity for a considerable time, and the machinery is receiving some needed attention, or as manager Buchanan puts it, they are “giving the wheels a chance to cool off.”

Theodore Jasper presented his daughters with a handsome new Darhuff piano, as a Christmas gift.

Mrs. Frank Dellwo and children departed for Cloquet on Saturday, where the family will reside, Mr. Dellwo being employed as carpenter in rebuilding that city. Their home has been rented by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kahn Jr.

An entertaining Christmas program was given by the grade scholars of the public school last Friday afternoon. A number of visitors were present.

1918: Scott County Argus

Dec. 6, 1918

Towns Get Honor Flag

The chairman of the Scott county Fourth Liberty loan informs the Argus that each county unit has received as a recognition of the fact that each oversubscribed its quota.

Not a single unit failed to make its expectancy and more.

The percentage of distribution in each precinct is represented on their flag by stars. Where the distribution reached twenty per cent the flag contains one star, twenty-five per cent, two stars, and one additional star for every two and one-half per cent of added distribution, thereafter…

The flags are large and handsome, and in addition to the honor they represent, will be an ornament to any town hall or precinct voting place.

Dec. 13, 1918

Anton Hergott, formerly of Plentywood, Mont., has bought the hotel business of the late John Deller and opened it last week.

Miss Ida Scherkenbach has accepted a position as clerk in the local office of the Minnesota Stove company and began work this week.

The city council voted Tuesday evening to put lights along the ice rink across the river, which will be good news to the young folks who have been enjoying the fine skating afforded there. If the ice can be flooded and some one found to keep it in good condition a splendid rink can be maintained throughout the winter at small expense and trouble.

Dec. 20, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Brown and baby will move to Minneapolis next week where the former will have charge of the Dunwoody Naval club until spring.

St. John’s Lutheran church will have a Christmas tree and program at 7:00 o’clock on Christmas eve and services will be held on Christmas day at 10:00 o’clock a.m.

E. H. Teich’s team indulged in a runaway Wednesday evening when they became frightened and broke from a hitching rail at M. J. Berens & Sons’ store. Racing down First street and across the bridge they struck a pole, when the harness parted and freed the horses. Mr. Teich succeeded in catching one but the other disappeared down the river road and could not be found. The buggy was undamaged except for a broken tongue.

Dec. 27, 1918

The supreme court filed its decision Friday in the case of the Interior Lumber company, plaintiff, against John J. O’Dowd. The decision is in favor of the lumber company and against Mr. O’Dowd. Sen. J. A. Coller was attorney for the lumber company and F. J. Leonard for Mr. O’Dowd.

E. H. Teich’s missing horse which ran away last week Wednesday was found dead in the middle of Feldman’s lake north of town. The animal drowned in a foot and a half of water, being unable to get out of the lake, after it had run out over the ice into open water. Mr. Teich traced it the day after the runaway by its tracks and saved his harness.

Misses Elizabeth and Matilda Marschall will close their home here January first and go to St. Paul to remain.

Lawrence Schlinker, the first of Shakopee’s young soldiers to return from overseas, arrived here Monday morning, having been discharged from further service. Lawrence enlisted nine months ago as a mechanic in the aviation department and had been in England the past four months. He reached New York December 11th on the Adriatic, a 750-foot ship carrying 3,000 men. On account of rough weather the ship made the journey at slow speed to lessen the danger of accident. The trip occupied ten days, only one of which Lawrence suffered a touch of seasickness. He reports the climate of England warm with rains nearly every day at this season of the year. Like all of the boys he is overjoyed to get home and has found nothing to compare with the good old U. S. A.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Dec. 2, 1943

Meeting of Local Import Called by School Board

The Shakopee high school board is calling a meeting of all the people of the community who are or may be interested in the present status and disposal of thousands of dollars of NYA property.

This meeting to which every citizen of Shakopee, and every patron of the district are not only invited but urged to attend, is set to be held tomorrow (Friday) evening, December 3, in the high school building, at the hour of 7:30 p.m…

Dec. 9, 1943

Seal Sales Now $163.30. Mrs. M. L. Regan, local Christmas Seal Sales chairman, reported that up to Wednesday $163.30 had been received here. Additional seals, Mrs. Regan said, may be purchased in the drug stores or bank in Shakopee.


Selective Service Board Membership Change Indicated

Indicating that a change had been made in its membership the Scott County Selective Service board this week issued the following brief bulletin:

“John H. Moore of Shakopee, and John P. Baltes of New Market, have been appointed to serve on the Scott County Selective Service Board.”

The release did not disclose if the numbers were additions to the present three-man board, or if they were replacements for two present members…


Santa Claus to Arrive in Shakopee, December 18

Notwithstanding the war-troubled world, good old Santa Claus appears to be on the job as usual. Evidence of that fact is made clear from a communication just recently received by Dallas F. Capesius, secretary of the Civic and Commerce association.

The latest information is to the effect that Santa Claus will arrive in Shakopee Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18, if he is not held up on account of the flu which is so prevalent all over the country — and if the present outbreak locally has been pretty well cleared up by that time…

Dec. 16, 1943

Civic & Commerce Assn. Christmas Party Postponed. Due to the fact that colds and the flu are still quite prevalent in the community the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association has decided to postpone the annual Christmas party to a later date. Santa has promised to be here as soon as he receives word that all is clear, and he says, too, that he will come with a supply of candy nuts and fruit…


Schools Reopen; Sickness Still Checks Attendance

Almost back to its normal daily student attendance the Shakopee public school had but 43 absentees listed at noon Wednesday J. A. Metcalf, superintendent disclosed.

When the grade and high school closed last Tuesday afternoon because of an epidemic of severe colds and influenza, 146 pupils were on the sick list. With the re-opening of school Monday, 60 were absent and by Wednesday noon the absentee total had been reduced to 43…

Dec. 23, 1943

Benefit Basketball Game Here Tonight

A benefit basketball game, sponsored by the Letterman’s club of the Shakopee high school, is to be played in the school gym here tonight.

Coach Sanford’s team will be opposed by the undefeated Monroe high school quint of St. Paul and that should make for another thrill-packed game.

Proceeds from the match will go toward defraying the medical and hospital expense resulting from the injury received by Norman Pink in a football game last season…


Municipal Water Supply is Hampered When 75 h.p. Pump Motor Breaks

The importance of an adequate water supply for the modern city was forcibly impressed upon Shakopee residents this week when a sharp curtailment in the use of city water was ordered when the deep well pump on the municipal water system unexpectedly broke down Sunday night…

To maintain pressure in the mains and to provide at least a partial supply of water, an emergency system was rigged up at the Rahr Malting company’s plant, where that industry’s deep-well pump was put into steady operation, keeping its storage tank filled to capacity. From that storage tank the water was syphoned to a booster pump on a city fire truck which forced the water into the city water mains.

The water shortage not only affected homes and business places but also “gave the kids a break,” because the city’s schools were forced to close when the shortage rendered the sanitary systems inadequate and the steam heating plants practically inoperative.

Normal water supply, authorities are confident, will be restored today when the repaired motor and dismantled pump have been reassembled in the pump house at the power house.


Skating Rink Hit by Mild Weather Water Shortage

Hampered by mild weather and accompanying temperatures that were not the kind for making good ice, the municipal skating rink in Recreation park is not yet in the best condition.

Skating was permitted for the past few days but renewed and continued floodings, necessary to keep the ice in shape, had to be abandoned when the pump on the city’s water system broke down Sunday night.

With needed repairs completed Wednesday the rink was expected to be in excellent condition for the Christmas vacation period, city officials said.

Dec. 30, 1943

City Establishes New Rural Electric Rates. Affording potential customers on its rural electric lines a “twenty-year plan” for paying the “hook-up” charge for electric service the Shakopee city council has adopted a resolution establishing alternative rates for rural customers…

Reformatory Head Joins Red Cross. Granted a year’s leave of absence, effective January 1, Miss Estelle Jamieson, who since May, 1934 has been the superintendent of the State Reformatory for Women here, has accepted a positon as field representative of home service of the American Red Cross…


Jap Flag on Display in Post Office Window

An honest-to-goodness banner of the “land of the rising sun” made its appearance in Shakopee this week and for several days will be on display in the post office window.

It came with the arrival of Robert Wampach who just returned from naval duty in the South Pacific. The Jap flag, Bob said, was taken by an Australian soldier in the initial landing on Finschaven, an engagement in which the Shakopee sailor participated.

Japanese inscriptions on the red and white banner supposedly are the names of the men composing the Jap unit to which the flag belonged.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 5, 1968

Gets Contract For Hwy. 101 Traffic Signals. Collins Electric Co. of Minneapolis was the apparent low bidder of $28,728 for furnishing and installing signal systems in Shakopee at the intersection of Trunk Highway 101 at Lewis Street and Holmes Street, according to announcement this week by the Minnesota Highway Department…

Yule decorations went up Monday of this week, December 2, in the Shakopee downtown area and along First Street and adjacent blocks with the Shakopee Utilities crew on the job. The decorations of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce will again this year include the traditional Christmas tree to be erected at the intersection of Holmes and West First. The tree this season is being donated by George A. Philipp to be taken from his residence at 626 South Holmes. The Shakopee Public Utilities crew is at work at the Scott and West First intersection early Monday morning of this week as their customary Yule assist was under way.


Teens Begin Own Center Project Tomorrow Eve

Faced with the prospect of Shakopee not having a place for teens to go, a group of enterprising Shakopee Senior High students have taken matters in their own hands and now have found their own place.

Tomorrow (Friday), December 6, at the new Shakopee Public Utilities facility at Fourth and Naumkeag, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 midnight, the teens of Shakopee will prove that they can self-operate and supervise a center of their own.

This center will offer a place for youth between the ages of 13 and 19, inclusive. The event tomorrow (Friday) night will be an experimental teen center activity, and if all goes well, this project is to continue until the City of Shakopee can provide something more adequate…


3 From Shakopee In Chorus Chosen For Record Album

Three Shakopee girls are members of the Good Counsel Academy “A” Chorus, selected this year by Delta Record Company, to cut a Christmas record album of Christmas Choral selections, according to officials of the Mankato school for girls.

They are Mary Kerber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kerber, RR 2, Shakopee; Jeanne Marschall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marschall, RR 1, Shakopee; and Victoria Pieper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pieper, RR 1, Shakopee…


Elizabeth Rockwell Chosen Shakopee Rotary Club First Exchange Student

Elizabeth K. Rockwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Rockwell, 620 East Eighth Street, has been chosen as the Shakopee Rotary Club Exchange Student and will be the first Shakopee student to be given a year’s study in a foreign country as part of the exchange program.

Miss Rockwell will be leaving for Sweden, the city to be announced at a later date, about August 1, 1969. Shakopee will in turn host an exchange student from Sweden…

Dec. 12, 1968

Joins KSMM As News Director. Lyle Johnson has joined the staff at Shakopee Radio Station KSMM as news director, according to Ray Foslid, manager…


Shakopee Medical Center Expansion Now Completed

Expansion of facilities at the Shakopee Medical Center, 323 Naumkeag, necessitated by the addition of Donald J. Abrams, M.D. to the staff in July, is now essentially complete, according to an announcement this week.

Located in the new addition to the clinic are an improved business office, lounge and new physical therapy department.

Parking lot facilities, with a heated sidewalk, have also been expanded, and other exterior improvements are to be completed in the spring of 1969…


Lucille Schwartz Of Bank Staff To Retire Dec. 31

F. A. Weiland, president of The First National Bank of Shakopee, announced this week the retirement of Lucille E. Schwartz from full-time employment with the bank.

Miss Schwartz joined the staff of the Shakopee bank in 1925, and she has been an officer of the bank since 1947, when she was appointed to the position of assistant cashier…

Weiland added that Miss Schwartz would work on a part-time basis after an extended vacation, visiting her brother in Arizona, following her retirement from full-time employment. She plans to work Mondays and Fridays upon her return to work on a part-time basis…


First Action In Proposed 3-Stage School Project

As the first move in a proposed three-stage building program, with activity proposed for each of the next three years, the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 board of education at its regular meeting Monday night of this week, December 9, authorized the architectural firm of Armstrong, Schlichting, Torseth and Skold, Inc. of Minneapolis, to proceed with plans for the remodeling of the present Junior High building, Fifth and Lewis…

The proposed construction time table, as presented by Architect Ken Skold Monday night of this week includes an estimated $775,000 new Elementary building, to be located in East Shakopee in 1970 and the expansion of the present Senior High facilities on Tenth Avenue, to include a second floor for classroom, a 600 capacity auditorium, and a shop addition, to be completed in the fall of 1971. Estimated cost, as presented by the architect, for the Senior High expansion is $781,000…

Also to be considered is the installation of bleachers in the Junior High building in correlation with proposed remodeling of the present auditorium-gymnasium to provide a larger physical education facility, along with the obtaining from the architect’s possible construction costs based on more detailed research and projections.

The construction time-table as presented in the proposal by the architect:

JUNIOR HIGH REMODELING — Begin immediately with design drawings, and development of the design next month, with March through May of next year to be for completion of working drawings. It is proposed that the bids for remodeling be let in May 1969 and construction to take five months with completion expected in October of 1969.

EAST SHAKOPEE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — this school is proposed similar to that of the present Sweeney Elementary School and to be located on the Hillary Drees property at Dakota and Shakopee Avenue. Proposed is that design drawings be under way January through March of next year, with April and May to be for design development and June through October be for completion of the working drawings. It is projected that bids for construction of this new Elementary facility be let the latter part of October or first of November 1969, with construction to take nine months and completion to be in August of 1970.

EXPANSION OF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL — to include 9,800 square feet to be added as a second floor, 5,400 square feet for an industrial arts facility addition and a 600-capacity, 14,400 square-feet auditorium. Proposed is that the first five months of next year be allotted to the planning of curriculum up-dating with consideration to be given both modular and flexible scheduling, along with the building needs to accommodate curriculum innovations. The months of June through September of 1969 are allotted for the completion of design drawing; October and November are for development of the design, with December 1969 through May 1970 to be for completion of the working drawings. It is proposed that bids for construction at the present high school site be let in June of 1970 with construction to take 14 months and completion tentatively scheduled for August of 1971…

Also noted in the proposed remodeling of the Junior High building was the item of $3,000 for new carpeting for the library. It was pointed out that this could be taken out of the contract and handled independently of the other improvements.

Other proposed improvements at the Junior High building include the removing of the balcony, installation of a floor and partial ceiling, along with new lighting and a curtain divider in the auditorium-gymnasium; remodeling of room on the top floor to serve as a science teaching station; the converting of the faculty room to a dressing and storage room for home economics; the converting of the present drafting room back to a metal shop; installation of new lighting facilities in 17 classrooms and the corridor, and acoustical improvement to the hallway corridor of the gymnasium-auditorium and ventilation improvement to the audio-visual room.

Also during the discussion it was agreed that at the first meeting in January, the District No. 720 board would make a decision on what direction to take regarding the acquiring of the Hillary Drees property in East Shakopee for the site of the proposed future Elementary School. A year ago the board requested the Shakopee Planning Commission to designate this as a future Elementary school site and it is indicated on the zoning map of the City of Shakopee…


SHS Science Club Tours Rahr Malting Co.

The Shakopee Senior High Science Club took a tour of Rahr Malting in Shakopee on Tuesday, November 12. The tour was set up by William Runge of Rahr Malting and conducted by James Stillman.

The Science Club was shown the actual modern processing of barley into malt. The press included the steeping, kilning and germinating steps…

Dec. 19, 1968

City Conveys Land To Historical Society. Approved unanimously on a roll call vote at the special meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday evening of this week, December 17, was Ordinance No. 290, which conveys title of Memorial Park Land east edge of Shakopee, to the Scott County Historical Society for its proposed Minnesota Valley Restoration project…


East First Center Seeks To Expand

Proposed expansion of the Shakopee Shops Shopping center on East First to the west, to include the four lots in the south half of block seven, was revealed at a public hearing held by the Shakopee Planning Commission on rezoning five blocks along each side of East First from present multiple dwelling to commercial shopping district. Following the hearing, the Planning Commission approved recommending to the City Council that the five blocks involved be rezoned…

Involved in the proposed rezoning are block one, two, seven and eight of East Shakopee and block 169 of the original plat of Shakopee. On the north of East First are blocks seven and eight, and the remaining three are located south of East First…


Plans $100,000 Expansion For Area Firm

Western Concrete Products Corp. will expand its facilities at the Shakopee-Chaska location.

Western Concrete Products Corp. of Spring Parks announced plans this week to increase size of plant facilities and install automation at its Shakopee-Chaska block factory location at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 41, two miles west of Shakopee…


Dec. 26, 1968

School Board Sets Bond Issue At $2.1 Million. Approved by unanimous roll call vote at the special meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education Monday evening of this week, December 23, was the presenting a proposition of issuance of $2.1 million dollars to the voters for the financing of a proposed three-stage building program with activity proposed for each of the next three years…

Old Utilities Now Teen Center. Teen-age center plans for the youth of Shakopee now include the use of the former facility of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission located at the foot of Lewis Street, with the youth who organized the activity receiving the support of Jaycee members and city officials.

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 2, 1993

Retired firefighters. Two veterans of the Shakopee Fire Department have each retired after 30 years of service. Gene Pass joined the department in September 1973 and is past president of the Shakopee Fire Department Relief Association. He retired in October. Charlie Ries, a former chief who also held the posts of captain and training officer, and first and second assistant chief, retired in November after serving since June 1973…


Students: Peer mediation preferable to fights

Any time you put a bunch of teen-agers together under one roof, there are bound to be arguments and fights.

But those very same kids are capable of solving those problems amongst themselves, without always having to resort to violence and/or disciplinary action from adults.

That’s part of the premise of the Peer Mediation Program, offered by the Mediation Training Institute of Plymouth. Its director, Gary Moe, visited the Shakopee School District recently to work with 24 sixth- through eighth-graders, along with some instructors, to help them learn how to resolve their own conflicts…


A step into the 21st century

Walking into the nuclear medicine department at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee is like taking a step into the 21st century now that the hospital has the PRISM 1000.

The PRISM 1000 is a single-head nuclear medicine imaging system that allows radiologists and physicians to look inside the body to more accurately diagnose a patient’s condition.

Hospital staff have used the new machine since the beginning of November…

Dec. 9, 1993

Track ownership goes to court

The two sides claiming ownership of Canterbury Downs were told by a judge in Shakopee Tuesday to come to a settlement by Friday or be prepared to go to trial Jan. 4.

Twin Cities financier Irwin Jacobs and Fargo businesswoman Susan Bala squared off for the first time in Scott County District Court with their attorneys. Each contends ownership of the failed thoroughbred racetrack. Canterbury’s most recent owner, Ladbroke Racing Corp., insists it sold the track to Twin Cities businessman Jacobs. And although correspondence describing negotiations between Ladbroke and Bala exists, Rick Reichow, Ladbroke vice president and chief financial officer, vehemently denies any deal with Bala was consummated…

Dec. 16, 1993

City OKs ’94 sidewalk project. The Shakopee City Council Dec. 7 adopted a resolution ordering the installation of sidewalks along Marschall Road from Fourth to 10th avenues and along 10th Avenue from Tyler Street to Shakopee Town Square. Construction is expected next summer…


White House called and man’s angel took flight

It took nearly three days to put 8,000 ornaments on a Christmas tree.

And you think you have a lot of decorating to do.

That’s because this particular tree is over 19 feet high and stands in the Blue Room of the White House…

The tree in the home of Todd Anderson of Shakopee is just a wee bit smaller, but it does have something in common with the one in the White House: a custom-designed angel ornament…


Shakopee School Board OKs bidding for new phone system

The Shakopee School District’s telephone system is being used to its maximum, according to Ron Ward, director of administrative services. And as of January, the system will no longer be supported by AT&T, which would normally provide replacement parts…

In response, the School Board Monday authorized the district to accept bids for a new system…

Dec. 23, 1993

City labors over decision on costly major sewer line

Shakopee City Council members met with representatives from the Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission (MWCC) on Dec. 14 to discuss the construction of a controversial and expensive sewer line that will affect development and city residents for the next 50 years.

At issue is whether the city will pay between $3 million to $5 million for the oversizing of a sewer line that the MWCC will build to phase out the Chaska waste-water treatment plant, which now serves Shakopee. The plant is now over capacity and will need to be replaced or phased out. Under a cost-sharing agreement, the new line would serve Shakopee up until the year 2040.

Under the complicated cost-sharing agreement, the city would need to amend its long-range land-use plan, also known as its comprehensive plan. That is because the agreement involves a number of land-use issues, including the expansion of the municipal urban service area (MUSA) line, within which development is allowed in the metropolitan area, and a land trade that would take about 180 acres of industrial land out of the MUSA area and add 360 acres of land for residential development…


Growing with the community

The congregation at Calvary United Methodist Church has been making maximum use of its building on First Avenue the past 21 years.

An adult class has been meeting in the sanctuary. After worship services, a children’s choir meets to rehearse there. And in the educational wing, folding chairs and tables are put up and taken down, along with wall dividers, depending on what activity is taking place.

The secretary and the church’s pastor, the Rev. Norman Lidke, share an office. Parking is at a premium. When the church has dinners, meals are served in shifts. And some of the larger weddings are held elsewhere…

There is hope in sight, or more specifically, at a four-acre site on Vierling Drive, east of Marschall Road.

The 150-member congregation recently sold the 102-year-old former Lutheran church it has occupied at 705 First Ave. E. to the Flood Brothers (Gary and Jeff) of Jordan, with office space being added for Mystic Motors.

The church will lease the facility until it can move to its new building, which is expected to be completed in September. A ground-breaking service is being set in April…

Dec. 30, 1993

City renews Murphy’s contract with MVRP

The Shakopee City Council on Dec. 21 agreed to a new five-year contract with the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project Inc. (MVRP) to operate Murphy’s Landing…

The City Council agreed to renew the lease on condition that the MVRP assumes policy-making decisions, attempts to obtain grants and donations, and will “delegate the management to a staff that the MVRP will assemble and engage as prudent judgment requires.”

An amendment to the contract states that the MVRP board will continue to search for and retain the services of a qualified museum professional (curator) and that another individual may be retained to assist in the operation of Murphy’s Landing as an assistant administrator…


65-room Holiday Inn Express planned along Marschall Road

A Holiday Inn Express hotel may be built next to the Super 8 Motel at 581 S. Marschall Road by one of the owners of the Super 8.

Developer Murray Williamson, a former U.S. Olympic hockey coach who resides in Edina, owns the Super 8 motels in Shakopee and Chaska as well as Bemidji. He has formed a new corporation, MinTag Limited Liability Corp., to buy the Holiday Inn Express franchise…

The new hotel will be located on 1 ½ acres of vacant land along Marschall Road. Williamson declined to say how much he paid for the property…

“Rather than expand the Super 8 we decided on this project,” he said…

If the city gives its approval, ground could be broken in February, he said. If the corporation does not receive approval in a timely manner, construction will be delayed until after the busy summer tourist season, he said.


Jail annex will accept minimum-security inmates only

The Scott County Jail Annex near Jordan will not house medium-security state prisoners as planned, but will accept minimum-security inmates.

A proposal to remodel a wing of the jail annex to hold medium-security inmates has been nixed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections because state inspectors found that the costs would be too high due to the age of the building, according to Scott County Sheriff Bill Nevin…