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1894: Scott County Argus

May 3, 1894

Night-watchman-elect John P. Ring has resigned, and Mayor Weiland has appointed John Bohls to that position for the ensuing year.

The Washta Club’s parlor has been handsomely carpeted during the past week.

The new millinery store, Mrs. C. M. Nachtsheim’s, will remove in a day or two to John Schwartz’s building two doors west.

Wm. Schank has removed to Mrs. H. J. Peck’s tenement north of Mrs. Jennie Heth’s residence. The Reis tenement, vacated by him, will be occupied by Jos. H. Coller and family.

Several big pickerel have been pulled out of the river this week. Ferdinand Gross and Ed. Markus landed two that weighed seven and eight pounds each. H. F. Gross has mounted the head of the larger one and it resembles very much the head of a wolf.

A windmill is to be purchased and set up in the Valley Cemetery. It will make a valuable improvement.

John Thiem has sold to John B. Hoffman of St. Paul the Northwestern House property for a cash consideration of $2,400. We understand that the new owner will conduct a hotel and saloon in the building.

Henry Dieken’s residence is being improved by the addition of a two-story wing on the west side. The new part will be built of brick to correspond with the main structure, and when completed will be similar in size and appearance to the Wilson house adjoining.

The residence of Hon. Henry Hinds is undergoing extensive repairs this week. The flat roof which for twenty years has covered the north wing is being replaced by a gabled shingle-roof which, while more serviceable, will change the familiar appearance of the place somewhat.

May 10, 1894

During the thunder storm of yesterday forenoon, lightning struck and set fire to the barn on the Woodruff farm near the Driving Park. The building and contents are a total loss.

The steamer Geo. Hayes came up the river yesterday with an immense barge to be used on the excursion from Belle Plaine to St. Peter next Sunday. An excursion to St. Paul from Carver, Chaska, and Shakopee is being made today.

Louis Demers has removed with his family from Rush City to this city. He will make extensive repairs upon the old homestead, which he is now occupying.

During the heavy wind Monday the tent covering the “merry-go-round” was blown down. Luckily no damage was done, and the gaily caparisoned steeds seemed to move around even more merrily after their slight scare.

J. B. Gellenbeck’s restaurant will move on the 24th inst. to the second store north on the How block. The second story of the block has been finished for guest rooms, and Mr. Gellenbeck will thus be enabled to furnish excellent hotel accommodation for his patrons.

Within two or three weeks the post office will be established in its new quarters in the corner store of the How block. The building is a model one for such a purpose, is convenient for delivering the mails, and while not so suitably located for the businessmen will prove very acceptable to the public after it has become accustomed to the change.

A peripatetic acrobat gave a creditable street performance opposite John McMullen’s store last Saturday afternoon. He was rewarded by a good many nickels and dimes through the time-honored custom of “passing the hat.”

May 17, 1894

Miss Emma C. Busse has accepted a positon in the National Bank of Lester Prairie, McLeod Co. She left the latter part of last week to take up the duties of her new position.

L. Schaefer will remove to the M. Berens building on or about the first day of June. He intends to put in a big stock of jewelry and silver-ware before the fall trade begins, and his new quarters will prove excellent for its display.

On Tuesday morning at 8:30 o’clock the fire department was given a long run and some hard work by a lively fire which consumed Wm. Kurtz’s barn and shed together with their contents. So rapidly did the tinder-dry material succumb to the flames that when the fire department arrived on the scene the barn and shed were beyond rescue. The firemen were given some lively work upon an adjoining shed and several cords of wood which had caught fire, and those were but slightly damaged. The cause of the fire is unknown. The loss is estimated at $300 or $400, with $100 insurance.

Dr. L. G. Mitchel has removed his offices to the second story of the How Block.

An ornamental street lamp has been placed in front of Otto Spielman’s saloon.

A. Schmitz has removed with his family to the Erb house near J. Schank’s residence. The Northwestern House property will be occupied by its new owners within a few days.

We learn that Henry Mathis will soon begin work upon a new residence. His present concrete dwelling he will tear down and upon the same site will erect a handsome two story brick house something after the plan of Henry Dieken’s recently enlarged residence.

The upsetting of a lamp in Kohls & Berens’s store last Saturday night occasioned considerable excitement for a few minutes. The fall of the lamp broke it and the oil caught fire, but this was quickly smothered after a blazing box had been thrown into the street. A large number of people were in the Opera House just across the street, and when some small boy in the rear of the room hinted “fire” and the glare of the flames began to dance on the walls the crowd wavered for a moment on the verge of a panic. A reassuring cry of “It’s all out” caught the ear just then and the danger was averted.

Farm for sale. I have for sale an improved farm, of 40 acres, within city limits, good house, barn, well and cistern on premises. One of the finest views in the city. For further information inquire of Wm. Willson.

May 24, 1894

R. C. Newell hauled out of the creek near Pond’s mill yesterday an eleven pound catfish.

Dr. L. G. Mitchell has removed his offices to the second story of the How Block.

A clothes-line thief has been working on Second street. Be on the watch for him.

Val. Zoller received yesterday from his nephew, Peter Remberg’s, nursery at Chicago a box containing nearly a hundred large rosebushes, many of them in bloom. Mr. Zoller set out a large number in his garden and, besides, made many of his friends the pleased recipients of two or three fine bushes.

The front of H. H. Philipp & Sons’ furniture store is adorned with large new curtains.

The Meinsenbur property on First street was disposed of Tuesday, P. A. Preiser buying one lot for $450, and Mrs. Mat Yost purchasing the other for $550.

May 31, 1894

J. J. Ring has secured the agency for the famous Fonthill Nursery of Canada, a nursery whose goods and prices cannot be beat. See ad. next week.

Peter Yost is again about town in the discharge of his duties as assessor, which office he is filling for the twenty-second time this year. His record is one of which any man might be proud.

Last Saturday night burglars attempted to enter the store of G. S. Lander by boring out a doorpanel, but they were evidently frightened away before an entrance could be effected. In the lower half of the single door on the west side several inch holes were bored and a few more minutes of work would have sufficed to cut out a hole large enough for a man to crawl through. At a rear window, covered with iron bars, a hole was bored directly toward a hook which fastened it to the casing, but the bars proved too much for the gentlemen. It is presumed that the job was the work of local talent or of a gang that is working up and down the river.

Jeweler L. Schaefer will remove to his new store in M. Berens’s building tomorrow.

Officer Rose is again around with that smile and a bunch of dog-tax tags, the only difference from last spring being the date on the tags. That difference, however, costs the owner of the pet canine a big round cartwheel.

The brick work on Chas. Broman’s new building will be completed today, thanks to the speedy work of Messrs. Schmidt, Rohlfs & Woehling. The building is an exact counterpart of the one adjacent and gives the block a very handsome appearance.

And still the good work goes on! Fritz Rohlfs is now at work on a set of plans for a handsome two story brick corner store for John McMullen. The plans will represent a store with a corner entrance and plateglass fronts on both First and Lewis streets.

The Argus Block is this week undergoing alterations that will make a marked improvement both in its appearance and its utility. The large glass front in Kohler & Schwartz’s store is to be replaced with plate glass, and the store of Deutsch & Zettel is being made more commodious by the addition at the rear, of an ell 18×24 feet in size, one story high. The new structure will have an entrance at the south end, and the interior will be well lighted by large windows at either side of the door. It is to be used as a wall-paper department.

Yesterday afternoon the postoffice was moved into its elegant new quarters in the corner store of the How Block, and it is safe to say that Shakopee has now one of the finest post offices in the state, outside of the large cities. The spacious room has been divided by the wall of boxes so that the public has a space 12×22 feet, lighted by one large side window the handsome glass-paneled double doors, and the plate-glass front consisting of two plates 6 x 8 feet in size. The postmaster has an abundance of room, all well lighted, and also a large fire-proof vault wherein to store his stock-in-trade. The change seems to please the majority of the townspeople, and will grow in favor as all get accustomed to the change.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

May 2, 1919

Resume Work on Road.Jas. McKillip of Faribault, the road contractor, moved his tractor grader over from Chaska late last week and resumed work on the dike road. This machine is considerably smaller than the line drag which was used last fall, but the work is also lighter, being mainly the job of filling low spots and surfacing…

Victory Loan Away Over.The Victory Loan, so far as Scott county is concerned, went over with a whoop. On Wednesday of this week the total subscribing reported had reached almost $620,000, or $95,000 more than the county allotment. As many of the allotment cards had not been returned at that time, and as oversubscription cards are still coming in, it is not beyond the bounds of probability that the total may reach $700,000…

Bad Runaway Accident.Last Sunday morning as Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Delwo and Otto Schlink were driving to church, the clip fell off of the front axle, causing the team to become scared and run away. Mrs. Delwo, who was holding a young baby, was thrown out head first and was stunned, but neither she or the baby were injured. Mr. Delwo fell between the wheels and the vehicle went over one leg, but he escaped with minor bruises. But Otto Schlink was not so fortunate. In an attempt to hold the horses he was dragged over the dash board and into a wire fence. His left ear was almost severed, his head horribly cut and both hands injured. In spite of his hurts he followed the team and caught them. John Mather came along with his car and brought them all to town, where Otto was taken to the hospital. A dozen stitches were required to close the wound on his head and as many more for his hands. He is recovering satisfactorily.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Dierberger moved into the Hinds house on Sommerville St., recently vacated by Thomas Walsh.

Miss Tillie Ring departed for Washington, D. C., on Monday where she has accepted a position in the Internal Revenue department. She will remain permanently. Her sister, Miss Helen, accompanied her as far as St. Paul.

Rev. Skluzacek, pastor of the Marystown church for several years past was called to take charge of a parish in Minneapolis. HIs successor has not yet been named.

May 9, 1919

The street commissioner had a tractor and grader on the city streets yesterday. As the rains had left the streets in worse condition than usual the improvement is quite noticeable.

Miss Beulah Bowdish is the happy possessor of a nifty gray racer, into which the family car was cleverly converted this week at the Walter auto shop. Jos. Klinkhammer is responsible for the finishing touches.

J. P. Kreuser and J. T. Kreuser placed the large plate glass lights in the new front of the Hartmann building yesterday.

May 16, 1919

John Thole has bought the ten lots adjoining the property from Mrs. Rottgart.

Fritz Poehls is remodeling and modernizing his home on Spring street.

We understand that the road leading to the upper Catholic cemetery is to be improved.

M. T. Regan sold a home and two lots in East Shakopee Monday to Mrs. Louis Larson. This was the property which formerly belonged to Otto Thielen.

Appreciative friends of County Attorney Geo. F. Sullivan presented him with a handsome leather manuscript carrier one day this week, a gift that an attorney is always truly grateful for.

Road Overseer Frank Miske wishes us to tell our readers that the tractor which has been used on the street the past week was put at the service of the street department free of charge through the courtesy and public spirit of Veiht Bros. The tractor was used for three days and did the work of many horses when horses were not to be had. The boys have a vote of thanks coming.

The road past the Indian village is now open for travel.

Not a very large number attended the mass meeting at the schoolhouse last Monday evening which was called for the purpose of discussing the heating plant. Inspector Chandler was here from St. Paul and advised the board to repair the existing plant, rather than to install a new one. It was not brought out at the meeting what repairs would be necessary, but it is possible that a new boiler may have to be put in before satisfactory results are obtained.


Service Men Organize Club

A service men’s club for Scott county was organized Wednesday evening at the court house at a meeting called for that purpose…

The club will be known as the Scott County Service Men’s club. Its objects are social, but potentially political. A committee is now making inquiries into the status and purposes of the new American Legion, and in all probability the club will be merged into this organization if the report of the committee is favorable…

May 23, 1919

President Invited to Speak.Promoters of the Woodrow Wilson Way, of which J. J. Moriarty of this city is president, are hopeful that they can persuade President Wilson to address the coming highways conference in Minneapolis this summer after his return from Europe…

Can at Schoolhouse Monday.All who wish to can pie plant or asparagus should take their jars and materials to the schoolhouse next Monday morning at 8:30, when the canning will be done.

A five room bungalow is being built in the eastside of town for John Thole, Jr. Herman Boehmer is the contractor.

Miss Emilia Ahlswede has bought the old Ahlswede home in the southern end of town from Chas. Grosshauser, the executor of the estate.

Mrs. Lena Elsner, who recently held a sale on her farm near Excelsior, has bought the Brum property on Second street and is now moving in.

Chas. Dorn has bought the Chris Duede property. We understand that he does not intend to occupy it himself, at least not at present, so it will probably be rented.

The Rudolph Selbig family arrived from Rock Island, Ill., this week, to make their home here once more. Mr. Selbig, who is manager of the Shakopee Stove Works, has been here for several months.

August Dorn has purchased the Herman Boehmer residence property on East Fourth street and will move to town in the near future. Mr. Dorn’s health has not been particularly good for sometime and he needs to take it a bit easier than farm work allows him.

Jos. Lenertz sold his residence property Monday of this week to Rupert Stemmer, possession to be given on or before August 1. Mr. Lenertz informed the Tribune that he has no definite plans for the future, but that it is his intention to take his family on a tour of the country this year. So far he knows he has no intention of leaving Shakopee, which is reassuring news to the many friends of the family who recognize them as valued members of the community. Mr. Stemmer is to be congratulated on acquiring this valuable property.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hough arrived from Hutchinson this week to take over the Central Cafe, which Mr. Hough recently bought. It was reopened early this week, and already he reports a good business. He has the place nicely stocked with confections, fruit and tobacco. Ice cream, soft drinks and lunches will be served as under former managements. Mr. Hough has had many years of experience in ministering to the wants of the public in the refreshment line, and there is no doubt that he will find our people appreciative of the kind of service he is ready to give.

May 30, 1919

Service Men Ask Legion Charter.At a meeting of the Scott County Service Men’s club held last week it was voted that a charter for a branch of the American Legion be applied for. This was done, and at the meeting held Monday evening the officers who had this matter in charge were able to report that the state headquarters had favorably received the application and sent it on to national headquarters with the recommendation that the same be granted. So now it is only a matter of time when a branch of the American Legion will be established in Scott county…

Women Praise Reformatory.Mrs. H. L. Stark of St. Peter, Mrs. G. W. Stewart of St. Cloud, Mrs. W. J. O’Toole of St. Paul Mrs. J. L. Washburn of Duluth and Mrs. T. F. Kinney of Minneapolis, comprising the state board of women visitors, came to Shakopee Monday for the purpose of inspecting the completed administration building of the state women’s reformatory. They were met at the station by a local committee consisting of Mesdames W. F. Duffy, C. G. Bowdish, H. P. Marx, J. A. Coller and H. C. Schroeder, who accompanied them to the reformatory. The building was given a thorough inspection and the visitors were delighted with floor plans, appointments and finish, which they declared to be the best of any similar institution in the state; and once more they were constrained to congratulate the state on its choice of a situation for the institution…

John P. Ring Elected Alderman.At the special election held Tuesday of this week to fill the vacancy caused by the failure of Mr. Hentges to qualify as alderman in the second ward, J. P. Ring was elected…

For Sale. New 6 Room House 2 acres of ground, part of which is planted to garden and small orchard. Fairly good barn. Cheap if taken at once. Geo. A. Dellwo.

The driveway to the upper Catholic cemetery has been graded, and is now to be resurfaced with gravel as soon as the work can be done.

For more than a week the big county tractor and grader have been working on Shakopee’s streets, and many blocks have been graded. Owing to the dry, hot, weather the streets that have been worked are covered with a coat of dust several inches deep, and on that account the work is not showing at its best. But we are assured that the job is to be finished up right, a gravel covering to be given where needed. Over most of the ground that has been covered by the grader nothing is needed but a good rain to make a first class roadbed.

1919: Scott County Argus

May 2, 1919

John Thole will start the construction of a $1500 cottage next week on his property in East Shakopee adjoining his residence.

Mr. and Mrs. George Leng, who have resided here for the past two years, the former being employed in the stove foundry, departed Saturday for St. Ansgaar, Iowa, to engage in farming. They will be employed by the same farmer for whom Mr. Leng formerly worked three years and have a very pleasant location and good remuneration, receiving all their living expense with the exception of that for clothing, and $65 per month. We wish them the best of success and continued prosperity in their new home.

For Sale—Wilder residence south of town, 9 rooms, good well, barn, 4 acres land seeded to alfalfa. Inquire Mrs. C. G. Bowdish, Shakopee.

Change Mail Boxes.Rural mail patrons are requested by the postoffice department to place their mail boxes on the right hand side of the road to secure uniformity and to facilitate the distribution of mail by the carriers as much as possible. This will also tend to lessen the danger of passing autoists colliding with the carriers where stops must be made to deposit mail. Patrons whose boxes are not located as designated will confer a favor by making the change at once.

May 9, 1919

Mill To Be Re-Equipped.Shane Bros. & Wilson expect to close the mill in a few weeks for the purpose or refitting it to grind more wheat. The corn mill will be remodeled into a rye mill but will also be equipped to grind corn if desired.

The Nick Beckrich family moved Wednesday to Cloquet where Mr. Beckrich is employed.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hough, parents of H. M. Hough, have bought from Fred Stelten the fixtures of the confectionery store formerly conducted by H. E. Krebs and will open for business next Monday. In addition to selling ice cream and confectionery, light lunches will be served. Mr. and Mrs. Hough arrived yesterday from Hutchinson and are busy preparing for their opening.


St. Mark’s to Undergo Big Improvements

The church of St. Mark’s of this city promptly responded to the call of the government to aid it in its reconstruction work by furnishing employment to the men from overseas by determining to expend large sums of money immediately in the improvement of St. Mark’s church…

The proposed improvements include: The replastering of the entire inside of the church; placing of three front entrances, with proper steps to same; erection of candelabras, equipped with electric light, in the front of the church; enlargement and strengthening of the gallery; decorating of all altars, statues, and all walls of the church, the decorations to be of white and gold; installation of statuary stations; installing of the very best art windows in all windows; installing of complete new pews, and hardwood floors throughout…

May 16, 1919

County Goes Out Of Road Business.So far as the actual construction of roads by the county, as a county proposition, is concerned the board of commissioners has decided to go out of the road building business and sold all of its equipment except the road machinery at the public sale advertised and held on Wednesday of this week…

Schroeder Brick & Lime Mfg. Co opened their brick yard this week for the season, high water having prevented work earlier in the yards.

August Dorn of Spring Lake has purchased from Herman Boehmer his residence occupied by Geo. O’Laughlin. The price paid was $2200. Mr. Dorn will take possession in August and become a permanent resident of Shakopee.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bromann have moved back to Shakopee and are domiciled in the F. Rohlfs home near Herman Schroeder’s.

Charles Dorn has bought Chris Duede’s home and four lots in East Shakopee, the consideration being $2200. The Duede family will move to the home of Mrs. Joe Plasentia.

Rupert Stemmer this week purchased the residence property of our former mayor, Jos. Lenertz, the latter to retain possession until August. Mr. Lenertz is undecided as to his future course but we hope that he will continue to make Shakopee his home.

May 23, 1919

Putting City Park In Order.The city park board, under the supervision of August Gelhaye, has had a small force of men at work putting Riverside park in order for the summer season. When the supervisor shall have completed the job everything about this beautiful and restful spot on the picturesque Minnesota river will be in apple-pie order.

Bridge Breaks Under Auto.While crossing the bridge over the Minnesota river at Bloomington Sunday morning, John Buckingham’s Acme truck broke through the approach and narrowly escaped going into the river. Two hours of hard work were required before it could be pulled out and scores of automobile parties were stalled on both sides of the bridge because of the accident. All traffic was stopped for several days before repairs upon the bridge were completed. The truck was not badly damaged and fortunately the driver Claude Buckingham escaped injury.


Progress On Trestle Road

The contractor, James McKillip, is to be commended for the rapid progress he is making, under the circumstances, on the trestle road. At the rate the machine and attendants are moving this way, this end of the grade will be reached in about twenty days. A large force of men will then be put to work graveling the completed grade.

When the surfacing shall have been completed Shakopee will be the only point on the Minnesota river having a high water crossing any time and all of the time.

May 30, 1919

Peter G. Huth has bought of W. F. Davy a middle lot facing on Sixth street, the consideration being $400. Mr. Huth expects to build a home in the near future.


Wilson Way Being Blazed

Men with brush and paint are blazing the Wilson Way. They started at the little town of Ely in the extreme northern part of the state and worked this way. They reached Shakopee Monday and are proceeding on southward.

As was stated in a former issue of the Argus, the Wilson Way sign is a dark blue field with white border and the letter ‘W’ in red is set in the center, making a sign that can easily be distinguished a half mile away.

In Shakopee the Wilson Way as blazed passes up Lewis street from the bridge to the corner of Sixth and Lewis, proceeding on Sixth out past the state reformatory and then on south on the Shakopee and Jordan road. The blazing of this way marks the route which later on will be paved as part of the great Wilson highway.

Banner Received.In recognition of Shakopee’s patriotic showing on the Victory Loan, Chairman Joseph Lenertz of the local committee this week received a handsome flag from the Ninth District Liberty Loan committee which was turned over to the city officials and appeared in the Memorial day parade.

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

May 4, 1944

FOR SALE.—House and lot, modern throughout, located on the corner of Second and Sommerville. A bargain if taken now. W. F. DUFFY, Phone 44.

Take Part in Music Meet at Excelsior Friday.Shakopee’s school band and Girl’s glee club were among the seven schools participating in the Eighteenth District Music festival held at Excelsior, Friday afternoon and evening…

Son Reported Missing in Italy.First Lieutenant Virgil F. Herzog, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Herzog of Shakopee, has been reported missing in Italy…

Dogs—Gardens Not Choice Combination.That dogs and Victory gardens are not a desirable combination, is emphasized by the City of Shakopee this week in an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune…


Dr. Malerich Has Leased His Shakopee Hospital

Because of the severe shortage of nurses and the difficulty in maintaining at all time a full nursing staff, a situation brought on as a result of the war, Dr. Malerich has decided to discontinue, for the present at least, his hospital here. His friends in this community will be sorry to learn of his decision.

The doctor has entered into a lease of the hospital quarters to Mrs. John Lynch and Mrs. Fred Stenger, both of whose husbands are in the service of Uncle Sam…

May 11, 1944

Red Cross Knitters Make 126 Garments.A total of 126 garments were knitted by Shakopee women from Feb. 11 to May 5, Mrs. P. M. Fischer, Red Cross knitting chairman, revealed in a report made public this week…

Saturday, May 27th Designated As “Poppy Day” in Shakopee.Saturday, May 27, has been selected as “Poppy Day,” it was announced this week by officers of the Legion Auxiliary, the organization which annually conducts the sale…

May 18, 1944

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Childs and two sons have moved to Shakopee from Minneapolis and have taken an apartment in the former Shakopee hospital. Mr. Childs expects to be called into service in the near future and Mrs. Childs and two boys plan to remain here during his absence.

Shakopee Flyer Held Prisoner of Nazis, Capture Card Reveals

Previously reported “missing in action since February 28 over France,” First Lieut. Arthur P. Hoen, brother of Mrs. E. A. Rademacher, of Shakopee, has since been reported a prisoner of war in Germany.

A capture card from Lieut. Hoen and a telegram from the War Department, both received last Thursday, advised Mrs. Rademacher of her brother’s situation…

Father Savs Critically Ill in St. Francis Hospital.The Very Rev. Dean M. Savs, pastor of St. Mark’s parish, is critically ill at St. Francis hospital here. Although he showed a slight improvement Wednesday morning his condition was still considered grave thruout the day…

Mrs. M. L. Regan and Harold Bigot Named To Education Board.Mrs. M. L. Regan and Harold Bigot were elected members of the board of education of School District No. 1 for three year terms, in the annual election held here Tuesday night…


Plans for Memorial Day Observance Taking Shape

Plans for the observance of Memorial Day here are being completed this week by the Shakopee Post of the American Legion, Butz J. Pass, commander, announced.

Legionnaires, Auxiliary members, the school band and the Boy Scouts as well as the men, women and children of the community, are expected to participate in the program which will include ceremonies in the cemeteries, and at the school auditorium.

The program will also include a timely address and solemn memorial rituals, Pass said.

May 25, 1944

Very Rev. Dean M. Savs Dies; Pastor Here Since 1917.Death came at 9:30 last Thursday evening to the Very Rev. Dean Mathias Savs, who for nearly 27 years had been the pastor of St. Mark’s parish here…


School Commencement Exercises Friday Evening

Tomorrow evening, Friday, will be a gala occasion in the life of 47 Shakopee high school graduates. It will not only be a gala occasion but it will be a highly important event in the young lives of the members of the class of 1944.

It is one of the largest, if not the largest class of graduates to come forth from Shakopee’s institution of learning, and we want to make the observation that it is one of the finest groups of boys and girls you would want to see…

1969: Shakopee Valley News

May 1, 1969

Dedication Day At Municipal Swimming Pool To Be June 8

All indications point to there being a long and hot summer facing us in this area, and if this proves true, thousands will be flocking to the new Shakopee Swimming Pool to seek relief and enjoyment.

This is the pool that was designed with the family in mind. Sunday, June 8, has been scheduled as Dedication Day, with anyone invited to come and see for themselves this new concept in swimming pools – an artificial lake with a built in re-circulation, filtration, and purification system…

Two Seniors At Rotary Youth Conference.Two Shakopee High School seniors, Jeff Spielman and John Hennen, participated in the 23rd Annual Rotary Youth Conference held this week in St. Paul. Gaylen Case of Shakopee, chairman of the Shakopee Rotary Club Youth Conference committee, announced…

To Reopen May 2.Announcement is made this week by owners, Mr. and Mrs. Osborne Klavestad, that the Stage Coach, located on Highway 101 between Shakopee and Savage, is to re-open this Friday, May 2…

May 8, 1969

Grass Fire Run.Shakopee Volunteer firemen were called out at 2:48 p.m. last Friday, May 2, to extinguish a grass fire at Scott County Roads 76 and 83 in Eagle Creek township near the Plonski residence. The alarm was given by the Prior Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Jaycee Sand Box Project Saturday.The Shakopee Jaycees will conduct their annual Civic Project of sand box filling this Saturday, May 10, when trucks equipped with loud speakers are to tour the alleys of the city.

Park Land Bill Awaits Governor; Merger Stalled.Mayor Ray Siebenaler reported this week that the legislation in the Minnesota State Legislature, regarding the purchase of some 78 acres of State Reformatory land, proposed for use as a park complex by the City of Shakopee, located to the south and west of the new Municipal Swimming pool, has passed both the House and Senate and now awaits the signature of Governor Harold LeVander…


Pool Memoriam In Honor Of Jagt Youth

One of the highlights of the Public Dedication of the new City of Shakopee Municipal Swimming pool to be held, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. June 8, will be the dedication of a flagpole and flag, donated by Mr. and Mrs. David Jagt, 673 Jackson, Shakopee, as a memoriam to their son, David Brian Jagt.

He was killed on July 13, 1968, at the age of nine years, when he was struck by an auto while pushing his bike across Sixth Avenue, 200 feet west of Jackson Street.

May 15, 1969

Gets $5,000 Rahr Grant.Announced this week was that the Rahr Foundation has presented a $5,000 grant to the Scott County Historical Society for use in this organization’s restoration project in Memorial Park, east edge of Shakopee along Highway 101…

Stop Sign At End Of Apgar Brings Council ‘Hassle’.Question of the need for the stop sign at the end of Apgar Street, presented to aldermen by a delegation of some eight consistent users of Scott County Road No. 77, led to a lengthy controversy with aldermen finally approving unanimously a motion that the 30 mile per hour speed limit be moved a quarter of a mile from the city limits, with the stop sign to remain and then its removal to be considered after receiving a police report on the traffic activity in the area…


Women’s Correctional Institution Supt.

State Corrections Commissioner, Paul W. Keve, announced yesterday (Wednesday), May 14, appointment of Robert L. Bergherr, as superintendent of the Minnesota Correctional Institution for Women at Shakopee, effective July 2, 1969.

Superintendent Bergherr is to succeed Miss Ruby Benson, retiring after 35 years of state service including 10 years as Superintendent of the Women’s Institution at Shakopee…


To Be Ordained May 24; First Mass At St. Mark’s

Reading his first Mass at 12 noon at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Shakopee will be Father W. J. Paron, son of the late Alphonse J. and Mrs. Paron, who is to be ordained to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at St. Paul Cathedral, with Archbishop Leo Binz, DD, as the Ordaining Bishop…

The Mass at St. Mark’s Church in Shakopee on the following day, May 25, will be a Concelebrated Mass, with Father Paron as the Principal Celebrant…


New Graduation Requirements Adopted By Dist. 720 Board

Following a discussion, participated in by principals, the Shakopee School District No. 720 Board of Education, on resolution, adopted new graduation requirements for the class of 1972 and subsequent classes at its regular meeting held Monday night of this week in the Board room at Shakopee Senior High on Tenth Avenue.

The new requirements basically change from the present 12 credits each year to 14, with the student given the option of choosing two pass-fail courses in which no letter grade is awarded. These courses are offered in lieu of the former requirements for math which the State Department of Education no longer requires…

May 22, 1969

Eagle Creek Petitions MMC On Incorporation.Petitions requesting the incorporation of Eagle Creek township were filed with the Minnesota Municipal Commission on Monday of this week, May 19…

Chamber Approves Consideration Of Future Full-Time Secretary.To give consideration to the engaging a full-time secretary for the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce in the future was given approval by the membership at a special meeting called for Monday night of this week, May 19, at the offices of Minnesota Natural Gas Company, Second and Lewis, to adopt a unified plan regarding the wishes of the community on proposed future highway construction in the area…

Reflective Tape To Light Bikes In VFW Program.Free reflective tape will be applied to youngsters’ bikes in a “Lite-A-Bike” program to be conducted here by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4046…


Approval Given Tentative Plans For New East Shakopee Elementary

Approval was given the tentative, preliminary plans for the proposed new Elementary school in East Shakopee by the Shakopee School District No. 720 Board of Education at a Special adjourned meeting held Tuesday night of this week, May 20, in the library of the Shakopee Junior High School, Fifth and Lewis.

This came after a presentation of the preliminary sketches by Jim Rydeen of the district’s architectural firm, Armstrong, Schlichting, Torseth & Skold, Minneapolis.

These sketches indicated a basic plan of a large resources center with four learning units as “pods”, two on each side in relative staggered position to offer flexible classroom facilities…

May 29, 1969

Distinguished visitor in the community Wednesday morning of last week, May 21, was Secretary of Commerce Maurice H. Stans, Shakopee native and contributor to the Scott County Historical Society Restoration project through the Stans Foundation…


South 169 By-Pass, County Bridge Endorsed By Council

Approval of Resolution No. 357 Tuesday night of this week, May 27 gave endorsement to the Corridor “A” system of the three proposed in the Interim report of the Minnesota Highway Department on the total concept design approach to the relocation of Highways 41, 169 and 212 in the immediate area, to indicate unified support of this community…

This plan of future area highway construction includes the recommendation of a Minnesota River bridge at the Bloomington Ferry (Scott County Road No. 25 and Hennepin County Highway No. 18) location, and a south by-pass for Highway 169 to skirt the city limits of Shakopee…


Name Shakopee Dentist

A Shakopee dentist was today (Thursday) May 29, elected top Rotary officer for the area by delegates to the Rotary International convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

Dr. Paul F. Nevin, 851 Lewis, is one of 297 men from throughout the world elected a District Governor for the 1969-70 fiscal year…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

May 5, 1994

Racetrack reopens on Friday

The Minnesota Racing Commission on April 27 unanimously approved licenses for Canterbury Park Holding Corp. to conduct both teleracing and live horse racing at the Shakopee racetrack…

Canterbury reopens Friday at 10 a.m. with live racing being simulcast from four major race tracks – Churchill Downs in Louisville, Sportsman’s Park in Cicero, Ill., Hollywood Park in California and Aksarben in Omaha, Neb.

Live racing will not return to Canterbury until summer 1995. The owners and horsemen have already reached an agreement on 50 days of live racing next summer…


3 Shakopee Scouts receive highest honor

Three young men with a combined 30 years of Scouting and a lot of determination became Shakopee’s three newest Eagle Scouts recently.

Ryan Allen, Randall Fahler and Erik Jacobson attained the status when Troop 218 conducted an Eagle Court of Honor at the Shakopee American Legion…


Valleyfair opens for 18th season on Saturday

Valleyfair opens for its 18th season in Shakopee on Saturday with a $1.9 million addition.

Debuting at the family amusement park will be Berenstain Bear Country, a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions covering one acre and designed especially for young children, or more specifically, those under 54 inches tall…

May 12, 1994

Medical campus construction in city could start early next year.…St. Francis Regional Medical Center and its owners, HealthSpan Health Systems Corp. and Benedictine Health System, along with Park Nicollet Medical Center, announced preliminary plans for construction of the medical campus located along County Road 17 (Marschall Road) in Shakopee…

Jeff White recently purchased North Star Appraisal, located at 287 S. Marschall Road in Shakopee, from LeRoy Houser.… North Star Appraisal will provide a full-line of appraisal services including real estate (residential, commercial and industrial), business valuation and consulting…


Canterbury reopens to large crowds

Minnesota’s horse racing fans returned home with a flourish Friday when the doors at Canterbury Downs reopened for televised races at the Shakopee racetrack after 16 long months.

More than $1.4 million was wagered at Canterbury over the weekend, which included Saturday’s 120th running of the Kentucky Derby, telecast from Louisville. On derby day 6,669 fans wagered $862,890, with $297,486 bet on the Kentucky Derby itself. In 1992, Minnesota fans wagered about $10,000 less on the derby, but the track was conducting live racing as well that day.

The attendance and wagering numbers surpassed what Canterbury’s owners expected by a wide margin.

Canterbury’s clubhouse sold out the first day tickets went on sale…


Downtown riverfront study approved by City Council

Downtown riverfront plans are moving forward after the Shakopee City Council on May 3 authorized the hiring of the firm Brauer and Associates Ltd. to prepare a development plan at a cost not to exceed $9,675…

The plan will likely include riverfront amenities, such as landscaping, street furniture, lighting, use of the old Highway 169 bridge, a bicycle lot and the possible relocation and reuse of the old train station.

The council voted 4-1 for the measure, with Councilor Bob Sweeney casting the dissenting vote…

May 19, 1994

Wendt, Wolfe top field of 7

An incumbent will return, and a newcomer will join the Shakopee School Board following the school district’s election Tuesday that drew only an estimated 6.6 percent of the registered voters.

Incumbent Janet Wendt, the current board chair, was the top vote-getter with 350, followed by Robyn Wolfe, a sales and marketing consultant with a local building company, who received 336 votes…


Work on Co. Rd. 18 project delayed by court injunction

A judge’s ruling in a lawsuit filed by opponents of a project to widen County Road 18 likely will postpone the project for this year.

Scott County District Court Judge Eugene Atkins issued a permanent injunction to halt the project, which was to include widening County Road 18 from two to four lanes from County Road 42 to where it would meet the Shakopee Bypass and Bloomington Ferry Bridge…

May 26, 1994

Board approves additions to high school athletic complex.Fence modifications, a protective covering for grounds near the bleachers, and an elevated press box were among additions to the athletic field complex at the high school approved by the Shakopee School Board Monday…

Downtown reconstruction project OK’d by council.The Shakopee City Council approved the plans for the second phase of the downtown reconstruction project at its May 17 meeting and authorized staff to advertise for bids…


Lumber firm interested in locating here requests study

The Shakopee City Council on May 17 approved a request from Scherer Brothers Lumber Co. of Minneapolis to conduct a feasibility study regarding drainage improvements on a 22.5-acre site the company wants to develop.

The property is located just west of Certainteed Corp., between Fourth Avenue and the railroad tracks…


City seeks lower speeds on First Avenue – but increase planned by DOT

With the blessing of the City Council, Shakopee Police Chief Tom Steininger asked the Minnesota Department of Transportation in October to extend the reduced speed limit on First Avenue (Highway 101) eastward to the area near Murphy’s Landing for safety reasons.

Not only did the DOT reject that notion, but it has now proposed increasingthe speed limit on all of First Avenue from 30 mph to 35 mph. to the consternation of Steininger…


MUSA expansion plan approved

The Shakopee City Council last week approved an expansion of its metropolitan urban service area (MUSA) boundary to allow the city to continue its growth and provide urban services to remaining undeveloped properties north of the future Shakopee Bypass.

The expansion area includes an area north of the bypass centerline, and west of County Road 79…

Remember When: April 2019

1894: Scott County Argus

April 5, 1894

For the benefit of those interested we would state that John A. Dean has a veterinary surgeon’s diploma, secured under the provisions of the new law.

Postmaster Chewning has improved his office in appearance and convenience by the addition of thirty new lockboxes which occupy the space formerly taken up by the money order window. That department has been removed to the counter next to the wicket. Nearly all the new boxes have been already engaged.

Fred Scherkenbach is making some extensive repairs on his dwelling on Second street. The main part is being reshingled and the house will be made more commodious by the addition of a two story frame ell 12×15 feet in size.

April 12, 1894

G. L. Nye has removed his family to the Jos. Buch residence, recently vacated by W. W. Cornelie’s family.

At the meeting of the Washta Club last Saturday night it was voted to carpet the floor, decorate the walls, curtain the windows, etc., of their reading room. When the work is completed the Club will have quarters in whose comfort and elegance every member may feel a very pardonable pride.

Jos. Linhoff is enhancing the beauty of his elegant new residence and grounds by grading and sodding the large lawn, planting trees upon it and along the adjacent streets, and erecting a tasty low ironed fence about the whole property. A barn, handsome in design, will be built upon the northeast corner of the plat in the near future. When completed Mr. Linhoff will have one of the most beautiful pieces of property in the city.

The front of the Gutenberg Block is being brightened up with a new coat of paint of a light brown color, which will add much to its usual neat appearance.

M. Berens maintains that summer is coming, and has backed his opinion by purchasing and putting in place a new white awning for the eastern half of his block.

F. X. Hirscher and Sons have just received an order for two altars to be used in a Minneapolis church. The large one upon which they are now working is rapidly nearing completion.

J. A. Wilder, for twenty-nine years past a leading lumber-dealer of this town, on Tuesday last made an assignment to Atty. E. Southworth. The move was made to protect his interests against the execution of a judgment held against a stock company of eight which purchased some West St. Paul property several years ago. Two of the members are dead and Mr. Wilder was the only one in business on whom a levy could be made. As he had already paid his share of the judgment, he felt that it was unfair that he should be compelled to pay anything more; hence the assignment. The judgment mentioned constitutes the main portion of the liabilities, a schedule of which has not yet been filed.

The office of the County Auditor is being brightened with a supply of tasty wall-paper laid on by the skilled hand of Peter Mergens.

April 19, 1894

The front of the Heidenreich Block is resplendent with a new and tasty coat of paint, dark green in color.

George Allen disposed of his personal effects at an auction held at the old fair grounds Monday, and will soon remove his family to middle California.

John Gordon has rented rooms on the second floor of Hubert Marx’ building, where he will make his headquarters during the coming driving season.

Wm. Beggs is this week moving out to his recently purchased farm, the old fair grounds. The house vacated by him will be occupied by Anton Ring and family.

Employees at the mill have been busy since Monday putting in a Reynolds Air Pump which will increase the working power of their big compound engine at least thirty horse power. The work of the old condenser was not sufficient for the needs of the monster. With the additional power the mill can turn out a hundred barrels more of their excellent flour each day, and the thousand barrel mark is now only a hundred barrels distant.

Plans have been drawn for Charles Broman’s new brick block which is to be built on the lot between his present store and that of John McMullen. The structure will be similar in design to the new part of the Argus Block and will be 20×60 feet in size. The whole will be of brick to present a uniform appearance with his present building. Contractors are now figuring on the plans and the contract will soon be let, when work will be begun at once. Tally one more for Shakopee’s steady boom.

April 26, 1894

The iron front of Otto Spielman’s new building is much improved by a shining coat of black and dark green paint.

M. A. Deutsch, of the drug firm of Deutsch & Zettel, now sleeps in Dr. Fischer’s office over the drug store, and will be ready to fill prescriptions at any hour of the day or night.

The interior of H. H. Strunk & Sons’ drug store has been brightened up with a triple coat of white lead, and as a result the usual neat appearance of the place is much augmented. The ceiling, 105 feet in length, has just one hundred pounds of fresh white paint shining down upon the patrons of the store.

Mrs. H. Fuller has just purchased a handsome upright piano as a gift for her daughters.

Work on the Broman building is progressing merrily. The excavation will be completed this week.

With two new brick business blocks, a $5,000 brick dwelling, extensive additions to three residences, and new barns, and fences galore, all in process of construction, Shakopee is right royally maintaining her reputation as a progressive town, through thick and thin.

The interior of Lins Bros.’ Meat Market looks as bright as a dollar. The big new refrigerator has been put in place, the whole interior of the shop has been neatly painted, and the new galvanized iron meat racks are groaning under their loads of juicy, fat meats. Gebrueder Lins are to be congratulated upon the decided improvement made.

Work was begun this morning upon Jos. Nachtsheim’s new building on the lot adjoining his bakery. The new structure will be of solid brick 16×25 feet in size with a kitchen 16×16 feet at the rear. The front is to be constructed with double doors in the center between the two large show windows, something after the plan of M. Berens’ new building.

Last Thursday the old frame building for some time past occupied as a sample room in connection with the Occidental Hotel was sold by Jos. Nachtsheim to Adam Flecken, who proposed moving it upon his lots at the rear of the hotel and facing on Sommerville street. On Friday he changed his mind and started to move it upon the vacant space between the west wing of the hotel and the alley. The space is sixteen feet wide and the building was fourteen. Mr. Nachtsheim repurchased the building and tore it down. The old site is now to be covered by a new solid brick structure that will be an ornament to that part of the city.

Fred Spindler has purchased the Mrs. Moor residence in East Shakopee, the consideration being $800.

The interior of the How Block is rapidly being finished.

Wm. Willson has opened an office in the Condon Block, in the rooms formerly occupied by Aug. F. L. Bornarth. See his card on first page.

Dr. H. P. Fischer, a graduate of the Detroit College of Medicine, has located here, and will be established in the pleasant office rooms over Deutsch & Zettel’s drugstore within a day or two. Dr. Fischer is a competent physician, speaks German fluently, and is, withal, a very pleasant gentleman to meet. As such he will be welcomed to the professional and social circles of the city.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

April 4, 1919

Miss Anna Gruen is the new clerk in Heinen’s confectionery and commenced work on Monday morning.

The R. C. Kline family are moving into the Peck house this week. The rooms vacated by them will be occupied by the Charles Kuhns family.

Dr. J. G. Newell moved his dental offices from the Condon building on First St., to the Hinds building on Lewis St., the doctor occupying the rooms above the Deutsch pharmacy.

Hoodlums Paint Mayor’s House. Without exception, the most disgraceful piece of work that has ever been perpetrated in this town was last Saturday night’s outrage on the house and property of Mayor Joseph Lenertz. A few low-lived hoodlums, no doubt aided and abetted by others just as ill-intentioned but less bold, defaced the home of Mr. Lenertz with yellow paint, and broke into his garage and wreaked their stupid vengeance for imaginary grievances on his two cars. The tires of the Ford were punctured with some sharp implement, the cushions were cut open and the stuffing thrown about, the upholstering slashed, and the tonneau scratched and daubed with paint. The big Winton suffered more yet; the mohair top was slashed to ribbons, the heavy leather upholstery was cut and torn, and the tonneau was gouged, cut and smeared with paint. The tires were cut but the casings resisted the implement…

April 11, 1919

John T. Kreuser and son are engaged in building an addition to the Joseph Ploumen home.

Roman Berens left for Redfield, S. D., on Wednesday evening, where he has accepted a positon in a jewelry store.

The Edwin Leibold family moved into the Thomas Donlon home on Thursday. The house vacated by them will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Walsh.

James Doyle is having the house on his place, formerly the Poetz home, torn down. A fine new bungalow will replace the structure and work will be commenced at once.


Control Board Make Inspection

Messrs. R. W. Wheelock, Chas. E. Vasaly and C. J. Swendson, members of the state board of control, Engineer Wallace and Assistant-Architect Nelson were in Shakopee Wednesday for the purpose of inspecting the recently completed main building of the women’s reformatory…

The board and the accompanying experts made a thorough inspection of the new building. They were enthusiastic, and had no hesitancy in declaring it to be the most perfect of its kind in the state, and a model for others to follow.

The board carefully examined the grounds belonging to the state adjacent to the building, with a view to selecting the sites which the two proposed cottages would occupy. After mature deliberation it was decided that these cottages shall be erected one to the southeast and one to the southwest of the main building, the three to compose a harmonizing architectural group. The penal cottage, which will house the female prisoners transferred from Stillwater, has already been authorized, and an appropriation of $50,000 made for it. The budget, which is yet pending in the senate, carries $45,000 for the reformatory cottage. It was the opinion of the board that both of these would be commenced within the current year.

April 18, 1919

St. Paul House Sold. J. E. Jones, who has managed the St. Paul Hotel here for the past two years, closed a deal on Tuesday of this week whereby he took over the management of a hotel at Hopkins which he has had his eye upon for some time. Mr. Jones advertised the St. Paul for sale last week, and this week John Abeln took over his lease, but will run it as a rooming house only for the present. The building is the property of Hubert Nyssen. The Joneses did a good business here, and doubtless will make a success in their new location.

P. G. Miller departed Saturday for Raymond, S. D., where he will have charge of an elevator. Mrs. Miller and children will follow later.

April 25, 1919

Council Still Deadlocked. The adjourned meeting of the city council was held at the council room Tuesday evening. The principal matter of business was the renewal of the balloting on health officer. On the first ballot or two the vote stood as before, 4 for Dr. Fischer and 4 for Dr. Reiter. Then Henry Schroeder was nominated in the hope of breaking the deadlock, but he also failed to get the necessary five votes. After several more ballots the job was again abandoned, and Dr. Reiter still holds over.

John A. Kopisca, as agent for the Manhattan Oil company, presented a petition for permit to erect two 15,000-gallon oil tanks at the west end of the railroad yards. The council granted the permit.

Benefit For War Orphan. A benefit play will be given at the Gem Theatre next Tuesday evening by the Women’s Relief Corps for the purpose of raising funds for the support for the year of their adopted French orphan, Emma Bordelanne. The ladies have been fortunate in securing the star, Vivian Martin, in “The Fair Barbarian”, for the performance. The mandolin orchestra has consented to furnish music for the occasion and other numbers will include a song by Miss Beulah Bowdish and a cornet solo by R. C. Byrde. The entertainment is being given in a most worthy cause, and is deserving of a full house. A matinee for children will be given in the afternoon after school.

Hartmann Remodels Front. C. J. Hartmann has a force of men employed in remodeling the front of his business block. When the work is completed the entrance to the meat market and the Schaefer jewelry store will be on opposite sides of the same vestibule. The entire front will be of the most modern design and will add greatly to the general appearance of the street. The stairway to the second floor is being closed and the rooms will be used by Mr. Hartmann for storage.

The Thomas Walsh family moved into the Jasper house on Third street, on Monday.

1919: Scott County Argus

April 4, 1919

Frank Ellis and family moved to Spring Lake Monday where they will engage in farming.

A real estate transfer of the week was the sale by J. E. Dean of his 115-acre farm for $17,250 to A. B. Bandy of Louisville town. Mr. Bandy will not take possession until October 1st.

Dastardly Outrage by Lawless Hoodlum. At an early hour last Sunday morning some unknown person or persons deliberately and lawlessly destroyed and mutilated the private property of Mayor Lenertz of this city. Not being satisfied with disfiguring a part of the front and west side of the house by the generous use of paint, the criminals went to Mr. Lenertz’s garage and most shamefully cut and slashed the tops, tires and upholstering of his seven passenger Winton Six and Ford runabout. Five hundred dollars will not repair the damage done to the cars…

April 11, 1919

Wm. Lynch May Be Next Postmaster. The report is common that William Lynch, having received the highest marking in the competitive civil service examination, will no doubt be appointed as Shakopee’s next postmaster…

For Sale, St. Paul Hotel. Modern, up-to-date hotel; 16 rooms, filled with regular boarders. Good location, one block from depot. A bargain if taken at once.

For Sale—Six room house with two lots, good barn and garage and good well. Enquire Peter C. Schmitz, Shakopee.

The Schroeder Brick & Lime Co. began burning lime last week.

The Frank Veigel family left the forepart of the week for Blue Earth where Mr. Veigel has bought a confectionery store.

Carl Plekkenpol of Route 3 came in Monday and marketed a 2-year-old hog for which he received a check for $111.25 from Manager John Doyle of the Farmers Livestock Shipping association.

Vocal Instruction. Miss Frances Kenney, who has recently been engaged as supervisor of music in the Shakopee public schools, will accept a limited number of vocal pupils…


Board Accepts Building

Members of the Board of Control, Messrs. C. E. Vasely, Ralph Wheelock and C. J. Swendsen, accompanied by the state engineer and the architect, came up Wednesday to inspect the new Women’s reformatory building and accepted the same for the state. They pronounced it the best constructed building belonging to the state.

The board is planning for the erection of two additional cottages this year, if possible, one to cost $50,000 and the other $45,000. These cottages will be built on the north side of the highway near the completed building, one on the southwest corner and the other at the southeast corner of the state’s property…


Jos. J. Moriarty Is Wilson Way President

The Woodrow Wilson Way association effected a permanent organization Tuesday, April 2d, at Kansas City, at a meeting of delegates from Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri assembled for that purpose. The highway will extend from Ely, Minn., to El Paso, Texas, and the work will be done by state organizations. Civic organizations in almost every city covered by the road have pledged financial support.

Joseph J. Moriarty of Shakopee, H. J. Hruska of Waseca, A. E. Missen of Minneapolis and H. J. Merdink of Ely represented Minnesota.

Joseph J. Moriarty was elected temporary chairman of the meeting and was also made permanent chairman of the executive committee…

April 18, 1919

August Scherkenbach has improved his cottage on Second street by an addition of two rooms, and it will also be given a coat of stucco and the interior be redecorated.

For Sale—7-room house, good cistern and well, 1 ½ blocks from St. Mark’s church. Enquire of Herman Tieben, Shakopee.

We were all pleased last week when the wheels of Shane Bros. & Wilson mills, one of Shakopee’s chief manufacturing industries, started to move again after an extended shut-down on account of government regulations which grew out of the late war conditions. They are now running steadily and are at present turning out several large government orders.

Hotel Changes Hands. The St. Paul hotel was sold Tuesday to John Abeln, the former proprietor, J. E. Jones, having purchased the St. Elm hotel at Hopkins where he took possession yesterday. The St. Elmo is the largest hotel in Hopkins and Mrs. Jones’ experience in the business promises a first-class hostelry for that city. He has conducted the St. Paul House successfully for two years and leaves Shakopee with the best wishes of all for continued prosperity. He extends a cordial invitation to Shakopee friends to call on him whenever they may be in Hopkins. Mr. Abeln will conduct the St. Paul as a rooming house only until such time as he can find some one to take charge of the regular hotel business with dining service in connection.


Court Hands Down Decision Miske Case

Judge Tifft handed down a decision this week in the quo warranto proceedings instituted by Mayor Lenertz to determine and adjudicate the question raised to establish whether or not the mayor under our charter has the authority to declare the position of nightwatch vacant and to fill same by appointment whenever, in his opinion, it becomes necessary.

Judge Tifft holds in substance that under our existing charter the mayor has no authority to discharge the nightwatch who has been appointed by the city council. However, we have it from Jos. J. Moriarty, attorney for Mayor Lenertz and the state, that the question involved will not be considered settled until the supreme court of Minnesota reviews the situation and passes judgment upon it. Notice of appeal has already been served.


Fire Destroys Shed

Monday morning at 5:45 o’clock fire was discovered at John A. Dean’s home by Mrs. L. M. Brown who saw the reflection from her home nearby. The alarm was turned in at once but before the department reached the scene Mr. Dean and a number of his neighbors had the flames well under control.

The fire started in a shed back of the residence which contained a quantity of flooring, old lumber and auto equipment among which the blaze spread rapidly. The woodshed in the rear of the residence was badly scorched and will probably have to be rebuilt on the north end. A small hose attached to a hydrant on the house proved effective in fighting the fire until the arrival of the department who made quick work of extinguishing the flames. The shed was completely destroyed.

Mr. Dean had burned grass in his backyard the day before and although he took precautions to put the fire out and turn the hose on it, it is probable that a spark lodged in the dry lumber and set fire to the building. He estimates the loss at $150 which is covered by insurance.

April 25, 1919

The Shakopee Telephone company have bought a new Ford roadster for the use of the superintendent.

Miss Gertrude Jasper came up from Minneapolis Thursday of last week to assist her mother in packing her household goods preparatory to moving and to remain until the latter leaves for Minneapolis to reside. Mrs. G. H. Wagner and sons Clarence and George of the latter city were visitors here Sunday and Monday.

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

April 6, 1944

Car of Salvaged Tin To Be Loaded Here Apr. 14. Loading of another car of salvaged tin cans has been scheduled for April 14 by the Jacob Ries Bottling Wks., E. G. Leibold, county salvage chairman, announced this week…

Shakopee Raises $3,300 in Red Cross Fund Drive. Conclusively proving their appreciation of the sacrifices and suffering endured by the men and women in military service, Shakopee residents and business houses dug deeply into their pockets and contributed $3301.76 in the annual Red Cross War Fund drive, it was learned this week. Shakopee’s quota was $1800…

April 13, 1944

150 Gave Blood Here Wednesday. Although falling short of the goal of 200 pints, the Red Cross mobile blood donor unit gathered 150 pints of blood here last Wednesday, Mrs. W. A. Pomije, blood donor chairman, revealed this week…

Two Shakopee Airmen Killed in Action, Telegrams Advise. Two of Shakopee’s native sons, Captain Robert L. Schaefer and Ensign Anthony Mannix Moriarty, have been officially reported “killed in action” in telegrams received by relatives here the past week…

C. J. Kohler Moving Back To Shakopee. C. J. Kohler and family, who moved onto his farm in Washington county a year ago, are moving back to Shakopee to live. Mr. Kohler reports that he has sold his farm and is moving into his business block to re-engage in the ice cream business. Their friends here will be pleased to learn of his intentions and will extend a hearty welcome.


Homemade Sausage Supper Sunday in St. Mark’s Hall

A cafeteria supper will be served Sunday, April 16, in St. Mark’s school hall, under the auspices of the ladies of the parish.

Homemade sausage, sauerkraut and baked beans will be among the many tempting foods on the menu…

April 20, 1944

Mrs. Reuben Groll, chairman of the Red Cross sewing division, urges more ladies to assist in this work. Sewing rooms in the City Hall are open every Friday afternoon and the help of many workers is solicited.

FOR SALE—Modern 10-room house with two baths. E. A. RADEMACHER, Shakopee.

Shakopee Boy Gets U.S. Navy Wings of Gold. James G. Harris, 26, son of Mrs. Lottie Harris of 536 E. 1st St., Shakopee, won his Navy “Wings of Gold” and was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve April 7, following completion of the prescribed flight training course at the Naval Air Training Center, Pensacola Fla…


Dunn Manufacturing Co. Advertising for Help

The Dunn Manufacturing company, getting into operation some of the buildings constituting the former N. Y. A. Center, east of Shakopee, is advertising for skilled employees in an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today.

According to A. C. Dunn, company head, his firm is engaged in war work, producing aluminum castings and forgings for aircraft. Although at present primarily concerned with war production, the management anticipates a healthy postwar business, Mr. Dunn said.

April 27, 1944

Boy Scout Program Sponsored by Legion. A substantial boost to the Boy Scout program, and a move that is intended to bring scouting to more boys in the Shakopee community, came this week when a newly organized 12-man troop committee applied for the local Boy Scout troop charter under the sponsorship of the American Legion…


Valley Sportsman Club To Hold Meeting, May 2

The Valley Sportsman Club is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening, May 2, at the Boy Scout Cabin, and all members and others who may be interested are urged to attend…

Paul Farrell, game warden of this district, has promised to be on hand to discuss the various phases of wild life. Tuesday evening, May 2 is the date—Shakopee Boy Scout Cabin is the place. Members are asked to mark their calendars accordingly.

1969: Shakopee Valley News

April 3, 1969

Dakota-Scott Library Now Dissolved. Approved at the regular meeting Tuesday of this week, April 1, of the Scott County Board of Commissioners was the dissolution of the Dakota-Scott Library system, effective March 31. Scott officials signed the agreement at this meeting…

Elect Kreuser, Harbeck To Council; Mayor To Return. The present Mayor is to return and the Common Council the City of Shakopee is to have a new face and a previous alderman returning, as registered voters of the City of Shakopee gave a wide, more than four-to-one margin to Incumbent Mayor Ray Siebenaler and elected former alderman, Francis Kreuser, and Northwest Airlines Pilot Walt Harbeck, the newcomer…

To Introduce Bill On Merger Soon. The bill, seeking permissive legislation to effect the proposed merger of the City of Shakopee, Eagle Creek township and possibly the Village of Prior Lake and a portion of Spring Lake township, is now in the hands of the Reviser of State Statutes Joe Bright, City Attorney Julius Coller reported yesterday…

Scott Board Approves Entering Into Comprehensive Planning. Approved at the regular meeting of the Scott County Commissioners Tuesday of this week, April 1, were resolutions providing for Scott County entering into phase one of the 701 Comprehensive Plan and naming Midwest Planning And Research, Inc. of Minneapolis, the firm that completed the Comprehensive Guide Plan For the City of Shakopee, as consultant…

Paul Wermerskirchen Elected By State Registers Association. Paul Wermerskirchen of Shakopee, Scott County Register of Deeds, was named first vice President of the Minnesota Register of Deeds Association for 1969 at the Registrars convention held February 5 through February 7, in St. Paul…

Mrs. Jaycees Babysitting Clinic Producing ‘Child Care Experts’ Assembly Line Style. Shakopee was blessed with approximately 95 more trained and competent babysitters last week, thanks to the assembly-line production carried on by the annual Mrs. Jaycees Babysitting Clinic…


To Close Holmes Bridge 3 Months

City Engineer Don Eichers reported at the adjourned meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee last Thursday evening, March 27, that the State of Minnesota Highway Department has revealed that the Holmes Street Minnesota River bridge is to be closed for repairs for a three-month period from June 9 until September 1.

Eichers said that it was his understanding that the project planning include new decking and guard rails for pedestrian traffic to protect them from vehicular traffic. It was also stated that repaving was to be included, with Highway 169 to be improved possibly from Shakopee to the Twin Cities…

April 10, 1969

City Drops Administrator Post; Council Appoints New Recorder. In a near half-hour session, one of the shortest in the past several months, the Common Council of the City of Shakopee reorganized Tuesday night of this week, April 8, with newly elected officials sworn in, the post of city administrator dropped and a new City Recorder appointed…

Egypt Comes to St. Mary’s. A complete Egyptian meal – from lentil soup to Egyptian cookies – was prepared and presented by S. A. Sidholm at a dinner honoring Parish lectors, ushers and choir members of St. Mary’s Parish last Thursday evening, April 13…

April 17, 1969

‘Open-Mike’ Cancer Program Apr 23. The Scott County American Cancer Society is sponsoring a “Cancer Open-Mike” broadcast next Wednesday, April 23, at Radio Station KSSM…

John DuBois Now Detective-Sgt. Advanced in classification from First Patrolman with the Shakopee Police Department to detective-sergeant was John DuBois, 1040 South Apgar…

Ingenuity to achieve further flood water protection came into play as the Shakopee Utilities crew made use of a new wood chipper, ordinarily employed to chop up tree limbs, as the source of power for an emergency standby pump. Located at the sewage treatment plant in case flood waters get out of hand is the pump, right, which had its drive shaft connected to the drive shaft of the wood chipper. This pump will have a capacity of 2,000 gallons a minute. The wood chipper is powered by a Ford industrial 300 cubic-inch engine. Although the job could have been handled by the electrical pumps, this standby equipment was used in a test run to pump out the infiltration tanks at the sewage treatment plant on East First. Up to press time, pumping to control flood waters was not necessary at the plant site. Superintendent Lee Monnens pointed out the specially rigged equipment could possibly be used to pump out flood waters at the ball park once things start getting back to normal.


Warns Boats May Be Confiscated

Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen this week issued a warning against boat owners who persist in operating them in the area flood waters, adding that they are likely to be confiscated.

Chief Thielen said this is particularly true if the craft has not been authorized to be used; that is a boat operating on the flood backwaters or on city property (such as the flooded Huber Park area), and if anyone is operating his boat in an unsafe manner.


Scott Board Interviews Five For County Administrator

Five applicants, including one woman, for the post of Scott County administrator, recently authorized by the Scott County Board of Commissioners, were given half-hour interviews at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday of this week, April 15, with no action taken pending further consideration.

Applicants interviewed were in order, Donald J. Kes of Prior Lake, Oliver Bortness of Jordan, Scott County Auditor Joseph F. Ries of -Shakopee; Karen Drescher of Prior Lake, and Melvin Lebens of Shakopee, former City of Shakopee administrator…

April 24, 1969

Swimmers Can Take ‘First Plunge’ On Sat., June 14! Open for general swimming will be the new City of Shakopee Municipal swimming pool, located on Marystown road, just to the south of the Sweeney Elementary School, on Saturday, June 14, Recreation Director George Muenchow announced this week…

To Begin Work On Lewis Street Signal June 2. City Engineer Don Eichers reported at the April 17 adjourned regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee that the State Highway Department informed him that the contract on the traffic semaphore at Lewis Street and Highway 101 (East First) has been let and work is to begin on or before June 2, with the installation to be completed within 35 working days…

City Chief Triple ‘Good Samaritan’ During Flood. Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen, who has been most active during the flood conditions in this community, was “good samaritan” via his runabout navigating three times in one 24-hour period, as three emergency hospital cases presented across the river transportation problems…

To Honor 3 On Shakopee Ford Sales Staff. Three members of the sales staff of Shakopee Ford, 1400 East First, Shakopee, will be honored for outstanding sales performance during 1968 at a Ford 300-500 Club banquet in April, Gary Johnson, Tom Mayer and Larry Deal…


Prospects Good On City Merger, Proposed Park Land From State

Prospects of the merger of the City of Shakopee with the township of Eagle Creek and the Village of Prior Lake look good, and the possibility of the City of Shakopee acquiring State Reformatory land of some 78 acres, located to the south and west of the new Municipal Swimming pool appears likely.

This was the report of City Shakopee officials after attending hearings held in the State Capitol this week…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

April 7, 1994

Half of Scott County work force goes on strike. The union representing nearly half of Scott County employees went on strike at 6:30 a-m. Tuesday, after rejecting a final labor contract offer Monday night. Apparently, it is the first strike in county history…

Volunteers sought to help during cleanup at Murphy’s Landing. Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee will conduct a spring-cleaning day on Saturday, April 16, and its staff is asking area residents to volunteer time, supplies and skills toward readying the historic living museum for its May 1 opening…


Murphy’s to hire four managers to oversee chief operations at site

Murphy’s Landing is advertising to hire four managers to replace staff whose jobs were terminated by the site’s board of trustees in January.

Murphy’s new Executive Director Shirley Olson is working with the board and volunteers with business expertise to overhaul the site’s organizational structure, business plan, and marketing and fund-raising efforts…

Olson said she has divided the operation of Murphy’s into four areas, for which Murphy’s will hire people: financial, management of admissions and the gift shop, physical facilities, and interpretive programs…


Seeger to lead Shakopee High School girls’ golf team

When he was a kid growing up in small-town Iowa, and later as a home-builder in the Twin Cities, Dennis Seeger had a zest for athletics and coaching. Today, as Shakopee High School’s new girls’ golf team, Seeger will have the chance to put his enthusiasm into action.

Seeger is replacing Jim Kohout as the head coach. Kohout is now the SHS boys’ coach, replacing Bob Kieber…

April 14, 1994

Preliminary budget with 4.9% increase OK’d by School Board. A preliminary budget for 1994-95 of $19.2 million, an increase of about $900,000 or 4.9 percent over this year’s of $18.3 million, was unanimously approved by the Shakopee School Board Monday…

School district will switch achievement tests this spring. Shakopee students will be taking Metropolitan Achievement Tests (MAT) this spring instead of the Stanford Achievement Tests, according to Susan Vaughan, director of special services for the school district…

Racing Commission hearing on track license applications will be tonight. The Minnesota Racing Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive testimony regarding license applications for Canterbury Downs racetrack ownership and racing. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at Shakopee City Hall, 129 Holmes St. S…


Video about sisters’ mission is available

“To Live the Gospel Simply and Plainly Among the People” is the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Paul and the theme of a video produced by Kevin Donovan and his team. The video tells the story of the sisters’ life and mission.

The Franciscan Sisters are former owners of St. Francis Regional Medical Center. The hospital, and Sisters Johanna Metzen and Antonice Delury are in the video…

April 21, 1994

County, union agree on contract to end strike. Scott County and its largest labor union reached a two-year contract agreement on Friday, and striking employees were back on the job Tuesday after a 10-day work stoppage…

Council authorizes hiring of full-time assistant attorney. The Shakopee City Council on April 14 authorized the hiring of a full-time assistant city attorney after City Attorney Karen Marty informed them that Pat McDermott, a part-time assistant city attorney, plans to leave his position…

Auto auctioneer, ringman contest this weekend. Northstar Auto Auction in Shakopee will be the site of the 1994 Auto Auctioneer and Auto Ringman Championship this weekend, which is open to the public free of charge…

Suit filed to halt Co. Rd. 18 project. Shakopee residents who own property near the intersection of County Roads 16 and 18 have filed a lawsuit against Scott County in an attempt to slow or halt a 2.6-mile portion of a project to widen County Road 18…


Gravel mining company seeks permit to expand operations

A gravel mining company that has sparred with the city in court over issues related to noise and traffic concerns is proposing to expand its operations.

Fischer Aggregates Inc., formerly known as NBZ Inc., is seeking to get its conditional-use permit amended to expand in size by about five acres, said City Administrator Dennis Kraft.

Fischer Aggregate formerly operated under the name of NBZ at a site west of County Road 83, south of County Road 16 and north of Valley View Road…

April 28, 1994

Terwedo says he won’t seek re-election. Scott County Attorney Jim Terwedo, citing a desire to seek new challenges in his personal and professional career, announced Monday that he will not seek a third term…

City accepts track owner’s guarantee of tax payments. With their personal net worth and business and personal reputations, the new owners of Canterbury Downs received approval from the Shakopee Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and the Shakopee City Council April 19 to replace a letter of credit guaranteeing payments of property taxes for the track through 1995 with a personal guarantee from one of the owners, Curtis Sampson of Hector…

Council approves pawnshop ordinance. Pawnshops in Shakopee will be under new restrictions with regard to hours of operation, police inspections and record-keeping, and will be required to videotape all transactions under a new ordinance approved by the City Council April 19…


School Board approves phone contract

Getting a call through to Shakopee schools will be a little easier once a new telephone and computer cabling system is in place.

The Shakopee School Board on Monday awarded a contract for a new telephone system to Fujitsu Business Communications Systems, Minneapolis, based on a low bid of $228,086, along with 5 percent for contingencies…

Right now, district buildings have the following number of phones: Central Elementary, 46; high school, 27; junior high, 21; and Sweeney and Pearson elementary schools, 13 each.

The problem now is not so much the number of phones, but the extensions, said Elert, which tend to jam up between buildings.

The new system, as proposed, will provide the following number of phones: Central, 50; high school, 72; junior high, 68; Sweeney, 55; and Pearson, 50…


True Value store sets grand opening

True Value Hardware will celebrate the opening of a new store at Shakopee Town Square with a grand opening event on Saturday…

Al Baer is general manager of the store, which opened in July and includes a staff of five full-time and five part-time employees…

Remember When: March 2019

1894: Scott County Argus

March 1, 1894

Wm. Pinger got out Monday for the first time in some six weeks. He has been confined to the house with an obstinate ailment, and while feeling somewhat improved, he is still far from well.

The Minnesota Post office took advantage of Monday’s fine spring weather and removed to the north door of the How Block on Lewis street, whence will come the succeeding issues of Editor Mueller’s paper. The Post is to be congratulated upon its betterment in location, size and appearance of its quarters.

On Tuesday Wm. J. Kauth sold his lumber yard stock and good will to Frank Buch, and the stock has been removed and added to Mr. Buch’s extensive yard east of the depot. Mr. Buch, although he has been in the business only a year, has built up such a good retail coal and lumber trade that he felt warranted in making the purchase.

The Board of Health wisely determined that it was best to be on the safe side in the matter of a threatened epidemic of diphtheria and requested pastors of the churches to dispense with services Sunday; consequently no church bells were rung, and no churchgoers thronged the streets. It was a quiet day indeed.

The remains of the late Hon. H. B. Strait, accompanied by W. W. Strait, of California and a brother of the deceased, will probably arrive here tomorrow morning. The body will be met at the station by the members of the Masonic Lodge and conveyed to his late residence where it will lie in state until Monday noon. The funeral services will take place from St. Peter’s Episcopal church at one o’clock Monday afternoon under Masonic honors. The number of honorary pall-bearers will be very large, but the list cannot be announced as yet. Large delegations from surrounding Lodges will be present. Members of the Masonic fraternity are requested to meet at the hall of King Solomon’s Lodge at twelve o’clock noon, on that day.

Last night at the post office Wm. Willson stepped out of the little wire wicket that separates the public from the government, and as he did so the onerous duties of the Shakopee postmastership were shifted to the shoulders of Capt. R. J. Chewning, who is to dele out the wares of the postal service for the next four, eight or twelve years. Our retiring postmaster, Mr. Willson, may look back upon his four years’ service with considerable complacency, for he has been a model servant from the government standpoint, always faithful, punctual to a dot, obliging, but at the same time a strict adherent to the rules and regulations laid down by the powers that be. He retires with the best wishes of the majority of the office’s patrons. Of Capt. Chewning, his successor, it need only be said at this time that his popularity is well known and his democracy unquestioned. He will prove an able and acceptable postmaster.

March 8, 1894

H. P. Marx has purchased the entire stock of stationery kept by Wm. Willson, and will continue to keep the finest stock of the finest stationery in town.

It should be remembered that the American Express agency is now on the Omaha side of the depot. Those wishing to make use of this old reliable company should take note of the fact.

The ice on the river below the bridge went out Monday, March 5th, probably the earliest within the memory of the Oldest Inhabitant.

March 15, 1894

At the Jackson Town election a law was voted upon and carried making it a crime for any farmer to allow a Russian thistle on his farm to come to seed, and making pathmasters responsible for those growing in the public highways. These wide awake farmers believe in locking the stable door before the steed is stolen. Their example is worthy of emulation.

Ground was broken last Monday for the St. Mark’s Church priest’s residence, and the work will be pushed rapidly from now on to completion. Messrs. Peter Annen, Peter Schneider, and John Roehl have the cellar and basement contract.

The Washta Club has purchased A. Schaeffer’s billiard table and appurtenances, and the table will be removed to their rooms in the Busse Block today.

Last Tuesday night a team belonging to Sam Beisang made things lively on Second street for a few moments. Mr. Beisang had just picked up the reins to drive out of H. Speilman’s yard when the team became unmanageable and started to run. At the corner of the hotel they turned sharply and the reach broke, upsetting the wagon and wrecking it. Neither of the two occupants was hurt. The team ran to the corner of Ring’s Hotel and fell between the fence and a lamp-post where they were caught. With the exception of a few scratches they were found unhurt.

Grand Opening. Next Monday at the M. Berens building a New and Complete Stock of Millinery, Yarns and Hosiery, Knitting at wholesale and retail. Miss Celia Stiern will be in charge of the trimming department. Mrs. C.M. Nachtsheim.

March 22, 1894

Plant a tree or two this spring. Half the acknowledged beauty of Shakopee is due to her many shade trees. Nothing will so embrace the value of property, pay such big returns on a small investment, as the planting of and caring for a few small trees.

Lins Bros. are making some appreciable improvements in their progressive meat market this week, which, when completed will in their opinion give them one of the neatest and most convenient meat markets in this section of the state. The salesroom has been enlarged by removing a partition, and the old refrigerator will be replaced by a new one 10×12 feet in size. The entire shop will then be repainted and fitted up with galvanized iron railings. The firm is to be congratulated upon the spirit of progression and signs of prosperity exhibited in the improvements in hand.

August Vogel removed his family to his newly purchased farm yesterday. The farm is situated in Carver county, some three miles north of Chaska, and is a most desirable one at the price paid, $3,000.

For sale or rent. A brick building fitted for blacksmith and wagon shop and dwelling of five rooms in Shakopee. Reason for sale owner has removed therefrom. Enquire of John Poetz, Shakopee, Minn.

For rent—120 acres of excellent pasturage 3 miles east of Shakopee, on the “blue grass flats.” This pasture is enclosed with good wire fence, is well shaded and has plenty of water for stock. James Sullivan.

March 29, 1894

Postmaster Chewning announces that hereafter the postoffice will be open Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The new arrangement will better accommodate the country people who wish to depart for home immediately after church services are over.

Farmers will want to call at this office and secure samples of the Binder Twine now being manufactured at the State Prison. As stated elsewhere it will be put upon the market at the very low price of seven cents per pound. The long-usering farmer has now an opportunity to put the twine trust to rout.

Their many friends will much regret to learn that Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Cornelie will remove to Webster, S. Dak., the first of next week, where Mr. Cornelie has secured a better-paying position as station-agent in the Milwaukee depot. The agent there will remove to this place to succeed Mr. Cornelie. During their three years residence here this genial family has won many friends and it is with mutual feelings of regret that they and the community separate.

Beginning with Monday, April 16, it is the intention of Capt. Brower of Minneapolis to run his new boat between Shakopee and the Twin Cities three times a week. It is to be hoped that the passenger and freight traffic combined will be sufficiently large to warrant the running of the boat throughout the season. The steamer will be a speedy one and it is thought the beautiful trip from Shakopee to Minneapolis can be made in three hours.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

March 7, 1919

Linotype Graces Tribune Office. This week a Mergenthaler linotype has been added to the equipment of the Tribune. It is needless to describe this machine, as no doubt most of our readers are acquainted with its general points of utility. Suffice it to say that it has become a necessity in the modern newspaper office in these days of increased demand upon the services of the country publisher. In view of these increased demands upon it, the Tribune has for many months been obliged to get linotype service from the New Prague office of this company, but this arrangement is now superceded by the more satisfactory one of home equipment. And in bringing a linotype to Shakopee the Tribune is taking from her the unenviable record of being one of the largest towns of the state without machine composition facilities…

For Sale:—8 room house, barn, sheds, windmill and three acres of grounds. Inquire of Mrs. C. G. Bowdish, Shakopee.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Pond moved here from their farm last Saturday and are occupying the Busse home on First street for the present. Their farm was sold to George H. Esch of Jordan a fortnight ago, Mr. Esch taking possession March 1.

Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Miller and children are expected here from San Francisco, Cal., for an infinite stay at the Charles Kuhns home. Mr. Miller, who has been in the service of the government and employed in the shipyards, has been released and will seek employment elsewhere.

Pauline, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Paron, was operated on for abcess of the brain on Tuesday afternoon. The family is under quarantine and the operation was performed at the home. The operation, which was of a serious matter, was most successful. Her brother, Hubert, is still quite ill with pneumonia.

March 14, 1919

Our Linotype Running. The Tribune this week is set on its own linotype. Joseph W. Koktavy, one of the operators from the New Prague office, assisted by John L. Suel, set up the machine and got it to running, a job usually requiring the aid of a city expert. Later he came again and set the type for the paper. Upon Joe will rest the responsibility for our regular appearance until such time as some of the Tribune force can teach the monster to eat out of their hands.

To Arrange For Cheese Factory. Early next week, either Monday or Tuesday, a meeting will be held at the Shakopee creamery of the Shakopee local of the Twin City Milk Producer’s association, which was organized here last week. At this meeting arrangements will be completed for the installation of machinery for a cheese factory in Shakopee. The association, of which the Shakopee local is the fourteenth organization, paid its members $2,300,000 last year, so it is evident that a local here means much to our local dairymen. J. C. Munsch is president and Anton Marschall secretary of the local branch, while Geo. Dellwo will run the receiving station. The meeting next week will be addressed by W. F. Schilling of Northfield.

Auto Club Will Reorganize. A meeting of the Shakopee Auto club was held at the commercial club rooms Tuesday evening for the consideration of miscellaneous business. Another meeting will be held in the near future for the purpose of reorganizing the club with a view to increasing its scope and membership. Shakopee’s growing importance as a trunk line center has increased interest in everything pertaining to auto travel, and a large and active club here is recognized as a necessary adjunct to the machinery for road-boosting and road-organizing.

For Rent:—5 room house, two blocks east of Minnesota Stove Co. Inquire of Lizzie Linhoff.

March 21, 1919

Farmers Favor Organization. In response to a call sent out by President J. C. Munsch of the new Shakopee local of the Twin City Milk Producers’ association a meeting was held at the creamery building Wednesday afternoon for the purpose of discussing further the proposition of station and installing a cheese factory in the creamery building…

Organize for Victory Loan. A meeting was held at Jordan Monday for the purpose of organizing the campaign in Scott county for the big Victory loan. F. A. Bean, Jr., of New Prague, who has acted as secretary for several of the previous loans, will head the committee…


K. C. Library Open Soon

Sufficient funds have now been obtained by the committee in charge of the Knights of Columbus local library campaign to make it possible to announce definitely that the library will be opened some time within the next thirty days.

Library and reading-room privileges will be free to members of the parishes of St. Mary and St. Mark, the arrangement agreed upon having been that the Knights would pay for maintenance and running expenses, including rent, if the two parishes would supply the money for books and furniture, which they have done.

The rooms now occupied by the K. of C. in the Berens building are being remodeled and repaired to accommodate the new library. Water and sewer connections have been made and the rooms fitted with sanitary plumbing. The library will occupy one of the large rooms off the assembly hall…

March 28, 1919

Large Sums for Reformatory. The state board of control budget which passed the house Tuesday of this week carries an appropriation of $35,000 for a cottage for women prisoners and $20,000 to stock the reformatory farm, besides the regular maintenance allowance. As the bill authorizing the removal of female prisoners from Stillwater to Shakopee is now out of the woods, it would appear that our full expectations are to be realized. This, of course, will not complete the program recommended by the board which called for several cottages, but nothing now can stand in the way of its ultimate completion by future legislatures…

Draft Board Dissolved. Saturday of this week the local draft board will be officially dissolved. On Wednesday all the records were packed for shipment to headquarters and all office fixtures were offered for sale at public auction. As few knew anything about the sale in advance it did not cause much stir, and only a few articles were sold. The remainder will accompany the records for headquarters…

A Nectariferous Wand. No doubt you have noticed J. H. Moore circulating around town with what on first sight appears to be a magic wand. It fooled us, too, until we found out that it was a graduated measuring stick which he uses to determine the amount of liquid there is in a barrel. He is inspecting the stocks of liquor on hand prior to the general inventory report which all liquor dealers must return to the government on April 1. No, you don’t understand yet. You are thinking that he waves the wand three times in the air and the first figure he sees is the right one. But it’s no such thing. He simply takes the bung out of the barrel and jabs the stick in and records how deep the liquor is in the barrel. It’s simple when you know how. The only hard problem is to keep track of how many different kinds of booze the stick has tasted. After the first of July that stick will have to have a body guard to protect it from those who would dip it into their lemonade.

The Scott county allotment of Red Cross sewing for the month of April is 50 boys’ shirts. The material is expected here next week.

Mrs. Elizabeth Jasper sold her home on First St., last Saturday to E. J. Pond, who will take possession about May 1. Mrs. Jasper will go to Minneapolis to reside, several of her children being employed there.

William Gruett sold his home in east Shakopee to August Griepentrog of Lydia, who expects to take possession in the near future. The Gruett family will move to Hutchinson.

1919: Scott County Argus

March 7, 1919

Dr. Buck purchased a new Ford touring car which he brought out from Minneapolis last week.

For Sale—8 lots, blocks 29 and 34. Inquire of Mrs. Henry Rottgart or Tel. 2810.

Hot Lunch Service. The hot lunch service has been resumed again and will continue until the arrival of warmer weather. Only those who come in from the country will be served free of charge, others must pay the bare expense of raw material which amounts to only a few cents. This is in compliance with state law, which requires that consolidated schools must furnish the hot lunch to all pupils from the country in order to draw consolidated aid from the state.

Elected Good Road Delegate. At the All Good Roads association of Minneapolis annual meeting held at the Andrews hotel in Minneapolis, J. J. Moriarty of this city was elected as a delegate from the state at large to accompany one delegate representing Minneapolis to the meeting of the national highway association to be held at Kansas City on March 15th, at which time and place a permanent organization of the great Wilson Way, which is to pass through this city, will be effected.


Memorial Proposed

It has been proposed to erect or establish a memorial in this city as a mark of appreciation for the signal services performed by the gallant boys of Shakopee and immediate community who in response to country’s call, went forth to fight and die for country’s cause…

Such a memorial might be erected by placing a clock on the tower of the church of St. Mark’s of this city in the place long vacant and fitted for same and illuminated by night visible to and its chimes announcing the hour heard by the whole city and surrounding community…

March 14, 1919

Louis Entrup is taking the baths at Hot Springs, Ark., and reports his health improved.

The six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Raduenz is in St. Luke’s hospital where she underwent two operations for the removal of cancer, one on the hand and the other on her shoulder. The child is doing as well as could be hoped for but her condition leads to grave fears for her recovery.

March 21, 1919

The dining room, office and second story of the Pelham hotel are undergoing renovating and redecorating.

C. J. Hartman will have a new glass front placed in his meat market as soon as the weather permits. John T. Kreuser will do the carpentry.

Charles Kuhns has sold his farm to John Vierling, the price being $213 an acre. The latter will take possession about May 1st. The many friends of the Kuhns family will be glad to learn that they do not contemplate leaving Shakopee at present and will continue to reside here until their plans for the future are more definite.

For Sale—About 20 acres of bottom land, 1 mile east of Shakopee. Thos. Notermans, owner, Woodstock, Minn.

For Sale—My residence property, including house and lots. Enquire Mrs. John Spielmann, Shakopee.

March 28, 1919

Frank Lenzmeier is hauling lumber for a new barn, chicken house and garage that he will build as soon as the spring weather becomes settled. The barn will be a modern building 36×80 feet, the chicken house 16×40 feet and the garage 20×24 feet.

For Rent—House and 5 lots, south of Theo. Weiland’s. Inquire of Mrs. Timothy Duffy.

For Rent—5 room house on Fifth street. Inquire of Reis Bros.

Spring will bring many changes among the householders of the city, some having bought or sold homes, while numerous renters will move. E. J. Pond has purchased Mrs. E. Jasper’s home adjoining Dr. Newell’s on First street and Mrs. Jasper will go to Minneapolis to reside with her children. R. C. Kline has rented Mrs. H. J. Peck’s residence and the flat now occupied by him has been taken by the Chas. Coons family. Ed Leibold will move to the former Thos. Donlon home and his present residence will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Walsh, while Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Dierberger will take the home vacated by them.

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

March, 2, 1944

William Ries Member of OPA Advisory Committee. William Ries, president, Jacob Ries Bottling Works, Shakopee, has been appointed to a soft drink advisory committee, Ward L. Tilden, Twin Cities District OPA director, announced this week…

FOR SALE—The McGovern Farm of 127 acres. Inquire of HARRY McGOVERN, 340 West 5th St., Shakopee.

FOR SALE—Business site on Holmes St. GEORGE BECKRICH, Shakopee.


Legion To Meet In New “Dugout” Monday Night

All servicemen, whether Legion members or not, are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Shakopee Legion Post, Monday night, officers said.

The meeting is to be held in the organization’s new quarters, dubbed the “Dugout,” formerly the “Recreation” on Lewis street. The session, scheduled to open at eight o’clock, promises to be an interesting one in which local Legion activities will occupy much of the discussion…

March 9, 1944

School Boards Convene Here. More than 100 men and women, members of Scott county school boards, attended the annual meeting of the Scott County School Officers at the high school here Wednesday…

Recreation Topic To Be Resumed. Another meeting to discuss the possibilities and necessity of a youth program for Shakopee will be held Monday night in the high school library. The session is an outgrowth of a similar meeting held here February 15…

Mrs. Gussie Klemenhagen returned Monday evening from the Twin Cities, where she had spent several days visiting at the homes of her daughters. Mrs. Klemenhagen is the manager of the O.K. lunch room, which was being moved from Holmes street to First street the past week. The new place will be ready for business the latter part of the week.


Cigarettes for Fighting Men Is Legion Project

To provide cigarettes for the men in service, the Shakopee Post of the American Legion this week inaugurated a system of collecting “small change” to finance the program.

In business places throughout Shakopee, there will be displayed a placard mounted on a milk bottle. The placard asks for contributions to the cigarette fund. Money thus obtained will be used to purchase cigarettes in case lots to be sent to the fighting men overseas.


Old Phonograph Records Wanted

Old, worn-out and broken phonograph records are now being collected by the Shakopee Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary, as a part of a nationwide program undertaken by the national organization.

The material of which the records are made is salvaged, thus making new records available for military bases and hospitals throughout the world…

March 16, 1944

FOR SALE.—To close estate. House and 10 lots in Blk. 63, in Shakopee; owned by Joseph Weidler, deceased. Write H. A. GEISENKOETTER, Admn., Big Stone City, N. D., inclosing offer in first letter.

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.


Organizations Continue Youth Program Talks

Continuing the discussion, launched by the American Legion, relative to the needs for and problems incident to a youth recreation program for Shakopee, representatives of local church, civic, fraternal and service organizations held their second meeting in the high school library, Monday night…

The conclusion (reached at the first meeting) that parents and homes were chiefly responsible for the care of their children and to a large degree were at fault if the children were delinquent, was again voiced Monday night. This position was augmented by the general conclusion that the children themselves had definite responsibilities and should be made conscious of them.

With the assembly agreed on those two points discussion centered about the types of recreation sought by the youth, and the most satisfactory method of providing the desired recreation…

To simplify and facilitate the job of getting a recreation program under way the group resolved itself into a committee, composed of one representative from each of the organizations thus far interested in the project.

It will be the task of the committee to formulate a plan based on the ideas and suggestions expressed at the meetings. When prepared, the plan is to be presented at another meeting of the original body for approval or alteration.


Opera Company Coming Tuesday

The American Civic Opera company will sing the first act of the “Barber of Seville,” in the high school auditorium here at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, school authorities announced this week.

Admission, spokesmen said, will be a 25 cent defense stamp. Everyone is invited to attend the performance…

March 23, 1944

$2,001 Raised here in Red Cross Drive. More Gifts Expected. Although all contributions in the city are not yet in Shakopee has raised $2001.76 in the annual Red Cross War Fund drive, it was learned this week. The quota for the city was $1800.00…

Shakopee Team Wins State K. C. Bowling Title in Tournament. Competing with some of the best bowling teams in the class, the Shakopee Knights of Columbus entry piled up a total of 2893 pins to win the state title in the Knights of Columbus tourney held in Minneapolis, Saturday…

To Consider Formation of Sportsmen’s Group. Residents of the Shakopee area, urban and rural, interested in the organization of a Sportsmen’s club are urged to attend a meeting to be held in the Legion Dugout on Lewis street at 8:30 Friday evening…

March 30, 1944

Recent Property Transfers. Two transfers of more or less local interest to folks of this community, publication last week held over because of lack of space, were those of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gelhaye and the old Charles Boldt home in East Shakopee. The Gelhayes sold their little farm home to Lewis Buse, who with his wife came from Pipestone to make their future home in Shakopee. Mr. and Mrs. Gelhaye have bought the Charles Boldt residence in East Shakopee to which they have moved to spend the evening of life.

Bowling Contest Event of Interest at St. Paul House, Evening of Apr. 5. The St. Paul House bowling alleys will have a match game on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., between the St. Paul House teams bowling in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Classic leagues…

Sportsmen’s Club To Be Formed. Interested in the organization of a sportsmen’s club, 30 residents of the Shakopee locality held an enthusiastic meeting in the Legion dugout last Friday night…

1969: Shakopee Valley News

March 6, 1969

2nd Wilkie Grant For Historical Society. The Scott County Historical Society received an additional $12,000 grant from the Wilkie Foundation, Mrs. Margaret MacFarlane, historical co-ordinator for the Society announced at the meeting held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday of last week, February 26, in the Community Room, First National Bank of Shakopee…

Open Intensive Care Unit At St. Francis. St. Francis Hospital of Shakopee officially opened its new Coronary and Intensive Care Unit on Monday of this week, March 3, Hospital officials announced…

Eagle Creek Seeking Merger With Shakopee. In a move, after the 15-vote margin defeat on February 25 of the proposals for annexation, the Town Board of Eagle Creek township is seeking, through special permissive legislation, and in accordance with consolidation proceedings to merge with the City Shakopee and giving the option to the Village of Prior Lake to also participate in this merging…

Shakopee’s New Cub Scout Pack Holds Blue And Gold Banquet. Shakopee’s new Cub Scout Pack No. 421, organized in December of 1968, held its first annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Tuesday evening of last week, February 25, at Christ Lutheran Church in Shakopee…


Public Measles Clinic At Schools In Shakopee, Prior Lake March 20

Several hundred extremely fortunate girls and boys of Scott County will have an enviable experience in protective medicine at the Shakopee Elementary and Junior High School lunchroom, Fifth and Lewis, between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. and at the Prior Lake Elementary School library, between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon on Thursday, March 20, Scott County Public Health Nurse Margaret Lindmeyer of Shakopee announced this week.

A Public Measles clinic is to be conducted, under the sponsorship the Scott-Carver Medical Society and Scott County Public Health Nursing Service, with the assistance and cooperation of all Scott County Public and Parochial Schools. Preschoolers from age one and up and students in grades, three through eight, who have not previously had the disease or been immunized are invited to attend. Students in grades one and two and kindergarten have already been certified. If they have not, they should attend also, Mrs. Lindmeyer added…

March 13, 1969

Supt. J. Feda Resigns; Deny Froiland Coaching. Superintendent of Shakopee School District No. 720, John Feda, tendered his resignation to the Board of Education, and Head Coach David Froiland was told his coaching contract would not be extended for the 1969-70 school year at the regular meeting of the School Board on Tuesday of this week, March 11, at the Board room, Senior High School on Tenth Avenue…

Scott Board Now Seeks Applicants For New Post Of County Administrator. Seeking applicants for the position of County Administrator of Scott County is the Scott Board of Commissioners, who on motion authorized Scott County Auditor Joseph Ries of Shakopee to advertise this opening, a newly created position…

Indecent Literature Public Talk Tonight. The Shakopee Knights of Columbus, Council No. 1685, cordially invites the public to attend a talk on pornography and indecent literature tonight (Thursday), March 13, at the American Legion Clubrooms at 9 p.m.…


Knights Of Columbus To Kick-Off Fund Drive This Sunday For Hall

The Shakopee Council No. 1685, Knights of Columbus, is to kick-off a fund drive for the proposed new Knights of Columbus Hall for Shakopee, to be located at the east edge of the city on Scott County Road 82 (East Fourth Avenue), this Sunday, March 16.

Proposed is that $20,000 be realized for the construction of this new facility.

The Shakopee Knights of Columbus Hall, as planned, has an estimated cost of $70,000 with a program of donated labor from Knights of Columbus members included in the new facility project…

March 20, 1969

Agree On East Shakopee School Site Purchase. That agreement was reached on purchase of the Hilary Drees property, located in East Shakopee, as the site for the proposed new Elementary School for School District No. 720, was announced at the meeting of the board of education held Monday night of this week, March 17, in the Board room at Senior High School on Tenth Avenue…

Secy. Stans On ‘Face The Nation’. Maurice Stans, presently Secretary of Commerce in the Nixon Administration and former Director of the Budget in the Eisenhower Administration, appeared on national television last Sunday, March 16, on ABC’s “Face The Nation” program, televised locally over WCCO-TV, channel four, at 11 a.m.…


Two Applicants Seek Position Of City Recorder-Administrator

Two applicants have indicated an interest in the position of City Recorder-Administrator of the City of Shakopee, the position to be filled in April, Shakopee Mayor Siebenaler announced this week…

The two seeking the position in response to the advertisement are Robert C. Martin, presently assistant to the City Manager at St. Louis Park, and Robert LaBrosse of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, who is presently executive secretary and office manager of The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Northern Pacific Committee…

March 27, 1969

Extend Donald Tarr Contract As Principal

Donald Tarr, who has been on the staff of the Shakopee School District No. 720 for two years as a building principal at Shakopee Junior High, Fifth and Holmes, was extended a contract as full-time on a 10 and three-quarters months basis for the 1969-70 school year, at a salary of $12,000.

This action was taken at a meeting of the District No. 720 board of education held Monday night of this week, March 24, in the Board room, Shakopee Senior High on Tenth Avenue…


Outstanding First For Girl Scouts; Many Turn Out For Father-Daughter Banquet

It was an outstanding first for the Girl Scouts of Shakopee last Thursday evening, March 20, at the Shakopee Senior High School cafeteria on Tenth Avenue.

Event was the first Father-Daughter banquet at 6:30 p.m., so well received that last-minute accommodating, along with an expression of Shakopee Neighborhood Chairman, Mrs. Rosemary Spandl, “flabbergasted at the turn-out despite the fact that the state basketball tourney is on television”, were prompted…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

March 3, 1994

Wins award. Greystone Construction Co. of Shakopee recently received the annual Safety Recognition Award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Minnesota. The awards are presented to organization members that experience excellent safety records. It is the first time that Greystone received the award…


Scholarship to honor memory of Dale Vaughan

A scholarship has been established in the memory of Dale Vaughan, longtime Shakopee High school educator and coach who died last year.

The establishment of the Dale C. Vaughan Memorial Scholarship was announced last week by Shakopee High School and the Vaughan family. The scholarship will first be awarded at high school graduation time in June, and will be given annually to graduating seniors who have demonstrated leadership and service to school and community and who have participated in school activities…


Ground-breaking at Calvary UMC

Calvary United Methodist of Shakopee will be celebrating ground-breaking ceremonies Sunday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. on the building site at Vierling Drive and Emerald Lane.

The new church will include a sanctuary, Christian education classrooms, narthex, kitchen, administrative offices and fellowship area…

March 10, 1994

City public hearing on county plan to impose curfew set for March 22. The Shakopee City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall on a curfew proposal by the Scott County attorney…

Met Council asks Legislature for radio system moratorium extension. The Metropolitan Council is asking the state Legislature to extend a moratorium to reserve 800-MHz channels for a metropolitan-wide radio system that would be used for police, firefighters and other emergency personnel as well as local governments…


No racing, but impact of track still felt

Although Minnesota had no horse racing in 1993, the Minnesota Racing Commission’s (MRC) annual report indicates that the thoroughbred industry still contributed more than 2,000 jobs and a gross of $100 million in agriculture-related products during the past year.

That was in addition to taxes paid to local and state governmental units. Canterbury Downs continues to contribute $1.67 million in property taxes…


Pond 5th at state wrestling

Andy Pond went to the state wrestling competition hoping to finish among the top athletes in the 135-pound weight class. Having accomplished his goal, the Shakopee High School senior also solidified his place in the annals of SHS wrestling.

In addition to the fifth-place finish at the state meet, Pond will leave Shakopee High School with the wrestling program’s most wins during a four-year career…

March 17, 1994

City, MVRP agree on 3-year lease. The city of Shakopee and the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP) board have reached agreement on a three-year lease which will allow the MVRP to continue operating Murphy’s Landing…

City hopes to entice entrepreneur to redevelop two blocks in downtown. The Shakopee City Council on March 8 approved an interim ordinance that will prohibit development on the north side of First Avenue between Holmes and Sommerville streets to allow the city time to seek private parties willing to redevelop the two blocks as a mix of commercial, retail and possibly multi-residential housing…

Top corn grower. Roy Marschall of Shakopee (left) recently was presented with a trophy for being a state winner in the 1993 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association. Loren Brooks, contest chairman, presented the award during a recent conference in Denver. Marschall’s operation placed second in the “AA Non-Irrigated” class with a yield of 175.9 bushels per acre.

Fire that destroyed 2 buildings at Renaissance Festival site investigated. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire early Saturday on the grounds of the Renaissance Festival in Louisville Township that destroyed two structures and heavily damaged a third…

Trauma training at St. Francis. St. Francis Regional Medical Center recently sponsored a trauma nursing core course (TNCC) for providers. This was the first time the course was offered in the Minnesota Valley.

Strike intent notice is filed by county union. The union that represents most Scott County employees told commissioners Tuesday that it will file an intent-to-strike notice after its members soundly rejected the county’s latest contract offer Monday night…

SHS ice hockey coach Dave Hamlin resigns. Shakopee High School will be looking for a new varsity ice hockey coach between now and the start of the 1994-95 school year. That need was created with the unexpected resignation of Dave Hamlin…


Tennis anyone?

A request for the establishment of a high school tennis program for boys in Shakopee was made by a parent at the School Board meeting Monday night.

Tom Stenson, who has a son in ninth grade and a daughter in seventh, said he had spoken with high school Activities Director John Anderson as well as Anderson’s predecessor, the late Dale Vaughan, on the subject…


Interactive television classes in city schools could soon be offered

Interactive television classes may be closer to reality in the Shakopee School District, through the Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative.

Jim Hinck, director of the cooperative, along with Dave Czech, who has been hired to develop interactive television among the cooperative’s member districts, appeared before the School Board Monday to give a brief report on what developments were taking place…


Coach Schleper ready to play ball

When he was being scrutinized during the application-interview process for the head varsity baseball coach’s job at Shakopee High School last fall, Tom Schleper felt confident that even if he didn’t get the job, he’d likely be coaching baseball somewhere.

Fortunately for the 28-year old Shakopee High School alumnus, he didn’t have to worry about finding a different coaching job. This week, Schleper opened practice as the Sabers new head varsity baseball coach…

March 24, 1994

Track in hands of proven businessmen, unlikely risk-takers

Horse breeder Randy Sampson sat buried under piles of papers Saturday in the cluttered Sampson Racing office at the Shakopee Valley Training Center.

Spread out before him lay the future of Canterbury Downs and the Minnesota thoroughbred industry.

Reams of documents containing information on obtaining racing licenses from the state of Minnesota, legislative battles for off-track betting, and contracts for computer systems, television monitors and food vendors, all demand immediate attention…

“I haven’t slept since this deal was closed,” he said.

The deal was last week’s purchase of Canterbury Downs…


Police chaplain corps ready to help

Community residents and Shakopee police officers will soon have another resource to call in times of trouble.

Pastors from several area churches and the Shakopee Police Department are in the process of forming a police chaplain corps. The non-denominational group of volunteer pastors will be on call whenever a community member or police officer asks for pastoral assistance…

March 31, 1994

Council tables action of proposed county curfew. A proposed countywide curfew received lukewarm response by Shakopee city officials during a public hearing March 22, after which the City Council tabled action on the matter until other county cities have the opportunity to consider the idea…

City to impose franchise fee on Northern States Power. The Shakopee City Council on March 22 directed staff to prepare an ordinance that would permit the city to adopt a franchise fee for Northern States Power (NSP)…

City Council OKs hiring of seasonal building inspector. An increase in the workload of the city’s building inspections department prompted the City Council on March 22 to approve the hiring of a seasonal inspector…


School boundary line approved by board

A boundary line that will be used to determine whether a student attends Pearson or Sweeney elementary school was unanimously approved Monday by the Shakopee School Board.

The boundary line runs from Naumkeag Street south, then west on Fourth Avenue to Sommerville Street, south to 10th Avenue, then east on 10th Avenue to Spencer, south on Spencer to Vierling Drive, then east on Vierling to a point three-quarters of a mile east of Marschall Road, and south to the district boundary.

Those who reside west of the line would attend Sweeney, and those east of it would attend Pearson…


YMCA to take over Kids’ Company programs

After-school child care in the Shakopee School District will no longer be provided by Kids’ Company as of April 16, but, instead, will be handled by Burnsville-based Minnesota Valley YMCA, which will bring in its own program at Central, Sweeney and Pearson elementary schools.

The decision to terminate Kids’ Company, and go with the YMCA, was unanimously approved Monday by the Shakopee School Board…


City rejects site firefighters want for second station

Shakopee Fire Chief Frank Ries was unsuccessful in an attempt to convince the City Council on March 22 to approve the purchase of a site for a second fire station near the County Road 17 and Vierling Drive intersection.

The Fire Department for the past five years has asked the city to purchase the site for a fire station, citing the city’s growth and the need for firefighters to be able to respond quickly to fire calls.

Councilors last week directed staff to investigate other possible sites for a second station and to include a land purchase for a site in its 1995 budget, but declined to buy the site that the Fire Department wants…

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…

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!