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1894: Scott County Argus

June 7, 1894

Head engineer Ferguson reports that with the new monster engine and improvements the mill is turning out a barrel of flour with a little less than 20 lbs. of coal. This, as is well known to the craft, is a very creditable state of affairs.

Henry Spielman is about to let the contract for a handsome new hotel building to occupy the same site as his present place of business. We understand he will continue in business up to the first of July, when his liquor license expires and then remain out of business until his new building is completed.

A visit to the Jacob Ries Bottling Works at any time of any day in the week reveals a busy scene. Their excellent beverages are always in demand wherever they become known, and new territory is constantly being acquired, so that even with the increased capacity the work are often crowded to fill orders on time. Mr. Ries informs us that May sales for this year were considerably heavier than for the same month last year, although last year’s trade showed a big increase over previous years. This, in the face of “hard times” is a record in which the firm may take a very just pride.

Theo. Mertz has removed his family to the Heidenreich building on First street, formerly occupied by the Minnesota Post, where he has ample room for family use and also for his shoe-store.

The excavation for Henry Mathis’s new residence has been made and the foundation is about completed. The walls will go up rapidly in the next few days. Woehling & Co. have the contract for the entire work.

Ring & Hammeyer are now at work erecting a one-story brick building adjacent to the west side of the Occidental Hotel. The new structure will be 16 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 10 feet in height. It will be supplied with a glass front and is to be used as a sample room in connection with the hotel.

Jacob Ries, Sr., has let the contract to Ring & Hammeyer for an entirely new front for his main building on First street. The present one is to be torn down and replaced by a front of pressed brick and probably plate-glass windows. The building will then correspond to his smaller store building on the west side and also to the handsome new Broman block adjoining. When Mr. Ries erected the building, in 1865, it was considered one of the finest in the town, but with cheapening material and growing taste in architectural design the familiar looking old building has fallen somewhat behind. Mr. Ries is nothing if not progressive, and so has decided to make the valuable improvement mentioned. Work will begin at once.

June 14, 1894

This weather just suits the tire-setting departments of the blacksmith shops. Records of from fifty to a hundred wheels a day are reported.

The new through wire recently added to the telephone system, instead of giving Shakopee poorer connections, allows this station a double line to the Twin Cities. In the event of damage to one wire we could fall back upon the other. Carver, Chaska, and Shakopee have one line, exclusively, to Minneapolis; but we are also on the Mankato line, so that this station can call up any station on the line direct while those south of us must call Central in Minneapolis to get such connections.

A. Schmitz had the interior of his place of business brightened up by the calciminer’s art.

Ring & Hammeyer are now at work putting on the new four-light glass front at P.A. Preiser’s store in the Condon Block.

Tie up the dogs during this hot weather, and furnish them with plenty of fresh water and but little meat. By so doing Shakopee may, happily, escape a mad dog scare. Some one of the many mongrel curs with which we are blessed is more than likely to go mad during the heat of the summer and sink his poisoned fangs into the body or limbs of a luckless child, perhaps bringing death in one of its most horrible forms into our midst. Too much care cannot be taken. Be on the safe side.

Work on the addition to Deutsch & Zettel’s Drug Store is rapidly nearing completion. The dividing wall has been torn down and the counters and shelves are being rearranged in a way such that the whole constitutes one enlarged salesroom.

H. Nyssen has been making extensive improvements in his brewery this week. A big new brewers kettle and a new mash tub have been put in, and the malt kiln has been entirely rebuilt. With the new equipment his patrons may look for a better, if possible, product than ever.

The work of putting in the new front at Kohler & Schwartz’s was completed yesterday. The improvement in appearance on both the exterior and interior of the store is very marked. The plates of glass are large, the largest one being 84×98 inches, and they are of excellent quality.

This week the roof is going up on the St. Mark’s priest’s residence, and a good idea of the beauty in plan and execution may be formed. The site chosen is a favored one, the lot being surrounded by beautiful shade trees of several years growth, and with a very little work the grounds can be made to fully correspond with the elegant building they surround. The structure itself needs to be seen to be appreciated. It does not suffice to say that it will excell any other residence in the city. It is of pressed brick, two-and-one-half stories high, with a large basement. It faces the south, on which side is a large turreted bay-window of circular form running up to the roof, and a spacious front porch. Within on the left of the large hall is an office 14 x 18, behind it the dining room 15 x 18, then a pantry and beyond a large room for the house keeper’s use. At the front on the right is a large sitting room 18 x 20, behind it the library 12 x 14, then a hall running east and west. Beyond the hall is the large kitchen. In the second story are eight large rooms, besides the bath room. In the basement are the laundry, furnace rooms, and coal and wood bins. The house is to be supplied with all the modern improvements, steam heat, hot and cold water, electric bells, etc., the whole making a fine exhibit of the liberality and enterprise of the members of the St. Mark’s congregation, and a flattering testimonial of the high esteem in which they hold their pastor, Rev. Fr. Stoltz.

June 21, 1894

A force of men is busy this week erecting a big smoke stack at the foundry of the Minnesota Stove Co.

The interior of the new Broman Block is being finished this week. Herman Logenfeil has the contract for plastering.

The contract has been let by Lawrence Stemmer to Ring & Hammeyer for a two-story brick residence of eight rooms to occupy the site of the frame dwelling which was burned two weeks ago. Work will begin next week.

The residence of Henry Mathis is rapidly nearing completion. The brick work is finished and the carpenter work is being pushed forward rapidly by Wm. Beggs. When done the residence will be an ornament to that vicinity of handsome residences, and one in whose comfort and elegance its owner may feel a whole lot of just pride for many years to come.

H. Spielman’s new building will count as a good big item in our boom for 1894. The frame part will be left standing, but the old stone building will be torn down and replaced by a two-story brick structure, 25×60 feet, with a pressed-brick, cut-stone front supplied with handsome galvanized iron cornices. Work will be begun shortly after the Fourth. Ring & Hammeyer have the contract for the entire work.

Jacob Ries’s buildings on First street are rapidly assuming a new appearance, under the trowels of Ring & Hammeyer. The work planned is somewhat more extensive than as first announced, and the improvement will be correspondingly greater. The fronts of both buildings have been removed and these are to be replaced by a well designed front of pressed-brick and ornamented with cut-stone and a galvanized-iron cornice. The entire first story will also be supplied with large plate-glass windows. Tally one more for Shakopee’s healthy little boom.

Reis Bros. have purchased the “Cates Farm” just west of town, and next year, when Jorgen Young’s lease expires, they will establish there a stock farm of considerable proportions. The farm comprises 240 acres, 140 of which make an excellent meadow, while the whole tract is a model one for stock-raising purposes. Naturally, Reis Bros. are congratulating themselves upon their good fortune in getting possession of it, and they modestly hint that we may look for some fine horseflesh in that quarter within the next few years.

Albert Walters has rented the residence of C. A. Stevens on First street. He removed there with his family last Monday.

New Ice Cream Parlors will be opened Saturday in the west half of the Ring Hotel building on Second street, where ice cream will be served afternoons and evenings, Sunday included. Mrs. C. F. Cook.

June 28, 1894

The brick work on the Jacob Ries buildings on First street is completed, and a glance up or down the street shows how great is the improvement both to the buildings themselves and to the entire block. The best (Schroeder’s) repress brick are laid in mortar of the same color, and with the plate-glass front, cut-stone and galvanized iron “trimmings” the building will compare favorably with any in town.

The work of tearing down the old front of the Condon Block was begun Tuesday, and within a few days the new and handsomer one will be in place. Ring & Hammeyer are the contractors.

J. B. Gellenbeck rejoices in the fact that the guest rooms over his restaurant are now ready for occupancy. He has been somewhat handicapped heretofore in not having lodging for the transient trade.

Jos. Nachtsheim’s new brick building is now ready for occupancy, and it is his purpose to remove the salesroom of his bakery into it soon after the Fourth. The size and appearance of the new store makes it count as a very creditable factor in our boom of ’94.

Remember the new icecream parlors in Ring’s Hotel (not Conter House.)

Lawrence Stemmer’s family have removed to a temporary structure near the site of their old residence, where they will live during the time required to erect their new brick dwelling.

Miss Augusta Markus closed a most successful term of school in the “Gifford” district last Friday. This being her sixth term in the same school, Miss Markus may feel sure that her efforts are appreciated by the patrons.

Work on the Athletic Park will be completed this week, and the Diamonds are in high feather. The amount of labor required to fence in an entire block with an eight foot high, closed board fence, remove the sod from the large infield, level off the rest for the outfield, erect seats, backstops, ticket office, etc. was by no means small. But all this has been done at last, and the first game of ball at “Shakopee Athletic Park,” will be played next Sunday afternoon.

A. Schmitz is now a member of the Cherubini Brass Band, and his skill in playing the clarionet makes a very audible improvement in the work of that excellent organization.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

June 6, 1919

Mill to Increase Capacity. The latter end of next week the Shane Bros. & Wilson company will shut down the big mill for the purpose of regrinding the rolls for the resumption of wheat milling. While this is being done a quantity of new machinery will also be installed, including a scout, two sifters and two additional rolls. The addition of the latter will increase the capacity of the mill from about 800 barrels to almost 1200 barrels. These changes will require the services of six millwrights and their crews for the next two months…

Soap Factory Locates Here. The Sunshine Soap company have leased a part of the Southworth block and will commence the manufacture of soap and washing powder as soon as the premises can be fitted up. T. P. Frederick is president of the company, and the local management will be in the hands of Harvey Duncan…

Important Farm Sales. Three important land transfers were made this week, involving large sums. Nic Lenzmeier bought the Vogel farm north of the river in Carver county paying $21,000 for the 200 acres. This is a fine farm, and Mr. Lenzmeier will never regret the deal. Herman Plekkenpol, who was reported to have bought the Vogel farm, bought the 116 acres south of town belonging to Joseph Linhoff, the reported consideration being $20,000. This also is a finely located property and well worth the money. Mrs. Susan Wampach has sold her farm south of town to Peter Hennes.

Jos. Ploumen met with a peculiar accident Monday, resulting in a very sore eye. He was shooting blackbirds with a .22 rifle when the gun backfired and he got the cartridge and the flash of the powder in his right eye. The injury is not serious, but it caused him some pain at first.


Loan Committee Makes Final Report

This Committee submits herewith the report of the Victory Loan.

It will be noted that the county raised almost $700,000 while its quota was $525,000, an oversubscription of nearly $175,000 or 32 per cent…

June 13, 1919

Knights Initiate Large Class. The Shakopee Council of the Knights of Columbus initiated a class of 59 members last Sunday, with the usual impressive ceremonies…

Organize Health Association. A meeting for the purpose of organizing a county health association in Scott county was called to meet at Jordan on Thursday, June 5, by Secretary Donald Childs of the Scott County Red Cross. The meeting was not largely attended, but much enthusiasm was manifested. The immediate purpose of an association in the county is to secure the services of a visiting nurse, and Miss Bray, who was present as a representative of the state association, reported that there was now available for that purpose a sum of approximately $250, while an additional sum would be available in October…

Train Collides With Truck. A deplorable accident occurred near the Hamm Brewing Co.’s storage house last Saturday morning when the 8:06 train on the Omaha struck the brewery truck at the street crossing, almost killing the driver, A. J. Mingo. Mr. Mingo had just started out with a load, and probably his engine was making considerable noise which prevented his hearing the approaching train. The train men, on their part, either did not see him at all or thought that he would drive off the track. But the result was that the train struck the truck and utterly demolished it, and Mr. Mingo was picked up for dead. After hitting the truck the train went for almost a block before stopping. The unfortunate man was found still grasping the steering wheel. Medical aid was summoned and Drs. F. H. Buck and P. M. Fischer responded and he was taken to the Shakopee hospital. It was found that his nose was broken and the fleshy part almost completely severed, and his right shoulder was six inches out of place, but miraculously no bones, except the facial ones mentioned, were broken. Of course, in addition to those major injuries, he had suffered innumerable cuts and bruises. His condition was critical for a day or two, but now he appears to be making favorable progress toward recovery…

Jimmie Fisher is having a racing car built for him at the Walter garage. It will have the lines of a “long, low, rakish craft,” and its estimated speed is eight knots, or thereabouts. Mr. Walter is doing a nice piece of work on this. But perhaps we may be allowed to entertain some misgivings upon the matter of where this cyclone is to travel.

June 20, 1919

Mayor Calls Mass Meeting. A meeting of the citizens of Shakopee will be held at Dawson’s opera house, Friday evening, June 20, at eight o’clock for the purpose of bringing before the people the matter of providing a fitting entertainment in honor of the men from Scott county who served in the American army, navy and marines during the world war…

Citizens Plant Willows. Several dozen of the public-spirited citizens responded to Mayor Mergens’s appeal to plant willows along the dike road on Tuesday, June 17—Good Roads Day. A few of the enthusiastic ones worked all day, but many of the others put in from one to three hours. There was a crew who did the cutting while another force did the planting. In all several thousand slips were planted. As already the banks of the grade were pretty well grown over with willow sprouts it should not be long before a very fast root nest is established. Special credit is due to some for their faithful work. The boy scouts also did their share…

New Lightning Arrester. The General Electric company is having a new lightning arrester installed for the protection of the local pole line system. The installation is being made at the big transformer across the bridge. This improvement has been needed badly for some time owing to the fact, we are told, that the telephone lines in many places cross the high voltage wires.

The Tribune has been trying out the new soap powder made in Shakopee by the Sunshine Soap company. The powder is much better than its odor and appearance. It cuts printer’s ink like magic and leaves the hands soft and clean. If it will do as good a job on other kinds of dirt as it does on ink and oil it should be made by the ton.

One reason why the Kaiser quit has been on exhibition in McMullen’s window for a week or two. This is one of the famous sawed-off shotguns which so shocked the Hun’s sense of decency that for a while he considered the matter of shooting any American caught with one. Whether he failed to capture any Americans so armed or whether expediency dictated a different course we are unable to say. The weapon is shown, bayonet and all, and it must have been a most effective piece in trench warfare where fighting was at close range.

June 27, 1919

Local Legion Gets Chapter. The first meeting of the service men’s club under its new charter as a post of the American Legion was held at the court house Wednesday evening. The meeting being called to order, the members were informed by the president and secretary that the application of the club for a charter as a post of the American Legion had been granted, and that the charter had been received, and that it was designated as Post No. 2 of the Minnesota jurisdiction, No. 1 being at St. Paul. The officers of the old club will hold over under a new election can be held under the charter…

Frank Lenzmeier has just completed a fine new barn.

Ed Kopp is building a new house on his farm.

August Timmermann has been hauling lumber for a new barn.

The Sunshine Soap company has been canvassing the city this week, and has placed a large number of packages of the product in Shakopee homes. Other territory will be canvassed when this is finished. This excellent powder is finding favor with the home people, and is now stocked by most of the home dealers. Additions to the working force have been made this week, as the demand is growing rapidly.

A work train of ten cars of more, containing over 100 workers and a few families is now side-tracked north of the Hamm warehouse. They are Italians, and every night they have been favoring our residents with free concerts. While their instrumental music is not particularly good or interesting, they have one or two good voices in the crowd, and some of their Italian street songs and choruses are well worth hearing. Their playing and singing is spontaneous and unaffected, and for that reason carries a feeling of satisfaction.

Frank A. Leeder of Minneapolis has been appointed district sales representative for the New England Manufacturing company of Chicago, producers of a new acetylene lighting and cooking plant and will make his headquarters in Shakopee. Several of these plants have already been installed in the homes of progressive farmers in this county and are said to be giving satisfaction. They are equipped with appliances for cooking, ironing, and other utilities, besides giving a bright and cheap light. Mr. Leeder’s wife and son arrived some days ago and the family will make a permanent residence here. Until a suitable home can be found they are living at Otto Dierberger’s.

1919: Scott County Argus

June 6, 1919

V. C. Stein is installing a hot water plant and modern bath in the farm home of George F. Huber of Eagle Creek.

Shakopee Secures New Enterprise. A new enterprise will be started here in the very near future or just as soon as the building lately occupied by the laundry can be equipped for operation. This new concern will be known and will do business under the firm name of the Sunshine Soap company of Minnesota…

Shakopee Stove Co. Is Forging Ahead. The Shakopee Stove Co., which had been closed down during the period of the war, since starting up a couple of months ago under its new management, is forging to the front. It is just now busily engaged getting out a number of orders placed for the “Gopher” range that is said to be giving universal satisfaction. The company is adding new men to its force right along and will soon be running up to its present capacity, all of which is good news to the people of Shakopee.

June 13, 1919

John Strattmann returned Tuesday from Milwaukee and intends to make his future home in Shakopee. Mr. Strattmann says that after spending so many years here no other place is like home to him and he is content to remain for the rest of his life.

Real Estate Transfers. Real estate transfers of the week were the sale of the Jos. Huth and John Kopisca farms. Jos. Huth sold to Max Vogel 52 acres of his place at Reilley’s lake, retaining 224 feet fronting on the lake near his present home on which he will build a cottage. The price was $10,000. Ferdinand Marschall bought the Kopisca farm of 60 acres, paying $115 per acre. Mr. Marschall is living on the farm at present.

June 20, 1919

Mr. and Mrs. John Pink were in town last week to bid farewell to relatives and friends before leaving for New York where John will have charge of a business for his brother-in-law.

C. J. Hartmann’s building is having the finishing touches put on it this week by Peter Paul. With its new plate glass front, tiled show windows and fountain the Hartmann meat market is strictly up-to-date in appearance and when completed will be one of the finest businesses places in the city.

During the severe electrical storm Tuesday evening lighting struck the Marschall home in East Shakopee, damaging the telephone and roof and knocking plaster from the ceiling in an upstairs room and a post from the porch. No fire resulted and the house being unoccupied no person was near enough to be injured although neighbors saw the bolt strick.

Record Price on Land. J. J. O’Dowd set a record price on Scott County land Wednesday when he paid John P. Vierling $300 per acre for ten acres without improvements.

June 27, 1919

J. J. O’Dowd beat his own record set last week by the purchase Friday of a block in the city limits for which he paid Thos. McMahon $1500 or about $750 per acre.

J. J. Evans sold his farm of 208 acres north of town to John Brueggemann for $31,000. The new owner will take possession October 1st. Mr. Evans is undecided as to his future but contemplates moving onto his Eden Prairie farm.

John Strattmann left Friday for Milwaukee where his marriage to a lady of that city will take place next week. They will return early in July to make Shakopee their home and Mr. Strattmann has rented the house now occupied by Rupert Stemmer.

Frank Siebenaler has purchased the home and two and one-half lots belonging to Louis DeMers, the consideration being $3000. Mr. Siebenaler will not take possession until this fall when Mr. DeMers will build a bungalow on his lot adjoining the Wm. Engel residence property.

After July 1st L. E. Dawson will again resume management of the Gem theatre.

James E. Dean sold 35 acres of the east end of the Plumstead farm to his son, George Dean, this week.

Heavy rains of the past few weeks have sent the Minnesota river out of its banks and the water reached a stage two inches higher than it attained this spring. Gardens along the bottoms are ruined and the corn and hay crops will also suffer. The river began receding Wednesday and dropped a half inch during the night. Traffic from the north is not completely shut off, however, as the trestle road is being traveled although it is in an unfinished condition. The high water put an end to plans for a Fourth of July celebration as the ball grounds and a large part of Riverside park are now under water.

Saloon Men Are Readjusting Business. The proprietors of Shakopee’s saloons have been interviewed with reference to the readjustment of their place of business to conform to the new and arid order of things which will control on and after Tuesday, July 1, and we have been advised as follows: J. H. (Bach) Ring expects to have his place converted into a rooming house and will conduct a soft drink parlor in connection. E. F. Thiede expects to expand his restaurant business and operate it in connection with soft drink and ice cream parlor. Martin Doherty hasn’t decided his future course. Sam Kahn expects to handle tobacco and other small store merchandise, near beer, etc. “Buck” Gelhaye will furnish quick meal service in connection with a near beer and other soft drinks parlor. H. Schlink will operate his place as soft drink stand. Both the St. Paul hotel and the Minneapolis House will continue their hotels. Math Huth has not decided what he will do.

American Legion Post to Organize. Wednesday evening George Scherkenbach, president of the Scott County Service Men’s local club, received a charter from the national executive committee of the American Legion entitling the club to organize as Shakopee American Legion Post No. 2 of the state of Minnesota. A meeting for this purpose will be held Tuesday, July 8th, when the organization will be effected and officers elected. The post will start with more than 80 charter members…

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

June 1, 1944

Because of poor health, William J. Ruetten has been obliged to give up his job as nightwatchman at the State Reformatory here.

FOR SALE.—4-room house and 2 lots. 433 W. 3rd St. See WILLIAM JANSEN.

Now Member of State Hospital Association. St. Francis hospital is now a member of the Minnesota Hospital Service association, it was announced this week with the disclosure the Shakopee institution meets the requirements set up by the hospital association. The membership becomes effective today…

Scott County Organized For 5th Bond Campaign. Advice from Dallas F. Capesius, Scott county chairman of the Finance committee, indicates that his organization has been completed and is ready to launch the campaign to sell $660,000 in War Bonds to back the attack…

June 8, 1944

Mrs. Susan Unze, canning instructor, and M. L. Regan, engineer at the Shakopee Area Trade school, at the former N.Y.A. camp, attended a canning conference in the White Bear Lake cannery, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. Instructions in new methods of canning vegetables and meats were given, which will be used in processing and canning foods at the Trade school this season.

Canning Plant Ready for Use. With all its equipment now in readiness and Mrs. Susan Unze fully trained and skilled in its use, the community canning plant at the Shakopee Area Trade school east of the city, is now in operation, it was learned this week…

June 15, 1944

Believed Pictured in Photo of Wounded Yanks. Although there has been no official confirmation relatives here are certain that Ralph Lebens, son of Mrs. Peter Lebens of Shakopee, was one of the wounded United States infantrymen shown in a recent press picture of the first American casualties in the European invasion…


Loaded Gas Truck Plunged Into Flood Waters Here Sunday

Loaded with 5200 gallons of gasoline a huge tank transport went thru the cable guard rail and rolled over into the flood waters on the west side of highway 169, just north of Riverside park here, Sunday morning.

The driver, whose name was not learned, escaped by leaping from the cab into the water seconds before the transport submerged itself, wheels up, in the water and mud…

June 22, 1944

Miss Evelyn Huber returned to her duties as saleslady at the Bloss Variety Store, Monday after a week’s vacation. She spent several days of last week visiting among relatives and friends in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

FOR SALE—80 acre farm, with good buildings, seven miles east of Shakopee. Tel. 21-W-1. JAMES C. DELLWO.

Students Who Failed in State Exams Must Pass Tests in August. Any student that failed in one or two of the state board examinations required to be given in all unaccredited elementary schools must take another examination and receive a passing grade before they will be permitted to come to Shakopee and register for high school work, J. A. Metcalf, superintendent, announced this week. The examinations will be given at the Shakopee public school during the last week in August…

More Women Needed for Surgical Dressing Work. An urgent appeal for more workers to assist with the Red Cross surgical dressing work in Shakopee was issued this week by Mrs. Al Johnson, local chairman…

June 29, 1944

FOR SALE.—House and 8 ½ lots, known as Charles Boldt house. ART GELHAYE, Shakopee.

FOR SALE—New bee hives, honey extractor, 500 sections. ART GELHAYE, Shakopee.

Father Schiffrer Is New Pastor of St. Mark’s Church. The Very Rev. Dean Valentine Schiffrer, recently transferred from St. Michael to Shakopee, began the duties of his new pastorate at St. Mark’s church here Wednesday succeeding the late Very Rev. Dean M. Savs who had served the parish for 27 years…

C. N. Weis Accepts Position In Cambridge, Minn. C. N. Weis, who for the past seven years was employed as linotype operator, for the Argus-Tribune, resigned this position and has accepted a similar position with the North Star newspaper in Cambridge, Minn…

Decorated. An Eighth AAF Bomber Station, England—Second Lt. Wesley R. Johnson, 221 West First St., Shakopee, co-pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, has been decorated with the Air Medal for “meritorious achievement” on bombing attacks on enemy Europe…


Construction of New Plant Begun

Contracts have been let and work has started for the construction of a new and modern building for the Weinmann Sheet Metal Works, Geo. Weinmann, head of the industry, announced this week.

The 50×80 one-story concrete block structure is to be located on the corner of East First and Spencer streets, fronting on First street…

1969: Shakopee Valley News

June 5, 1969

Holmes Street Bridge To Close This Sunday. Closing of the Holmes Street bridge, carrying Trunk Highway 101 and Trunk Highway 212 traffic over the Minnesota River on the north side of Shakopee, due to need of major reconstruction, is to be closed beginning approximately this Sunday evening, June 8, and will not be open to traffic until August 23…

Killed In Vietnam Action. Hospitalman Third Class, U.S.N., Richard Leigh Cox, 21, Shakopee native, was killed in action Tuesday of last week, May 27, while serving with the Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade in Vietnam…

Police Chief’s Wife Cops Prizes With ‘Sunny’ Catch! Mrs. R. G. Thielen, wife of police chief Thielen of Shakopee, has won a weekly third prize in the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press Summer-Long Fishing Contest with a one pound, four ounce sunfish from Ottertail River near Perham, during the contest’s first week…


Vandalism Reduces Archers’ Clubhouse To Ashes!

Vandalism most deliberate and questionable motives was in evidence at the clubhouse of the Minnesota Valley Archers of Shakopee, with the frame structure now reduced to nothing but rubble and ashes.

The clubhouse, recently acquired by the new archery organization that includes several Shakopee residents and located just to the north and west of Bryan Rock Products on Highway 169 toward Jordan, and just past the Highway 41 intersection, was discovered burned to the ground by Darwin Cohrs of the Shakopee Red Owl, a member the archery group.

Cohrs had been fishing in the area on Tuesday last week, and returned the following evening to again fish, when he discovered the ashes after noticing that the clubhouse was longer standing…


City Swimming Pool Dedication Sunday Features ‘Surf Belles’

The public is cordially invited to attend a brief public Dedication ceremony and Open House at 2 p.m. at the new Shakopee Municipal Swimming pool this Sunday, June 8.

This sand-bottom type facility, which includes a complete re-circulation, filtration, and chlorination system, even though it resembles a lake, is located at 11th Avenue and Adams Street in southwest Shakopee, adjacent to Sweeney Elementary School on Marystown Road.

After the brief ceremony, the public is invited to inspect the pool, scheduled to open for the first time on Saturday, June 14.

Featured entertainers at the Dedication ceremony are to be three senior students, members of the St. Louis Park Senior High Synchronized Swimming team, the “Surf Belles”, a group that has been Minnesota State Champions five out of the last seven years…

June 12, 1969

Offer Dr. Mayer Contract As School Superintendent. Dr. Robert L. Mayer 45, 340 South Oak, Waconia, presently research assistant, Educational Research and Development Council of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, University of Minnesota, by action of the Shakopee School District No. 720 board of education, was extended a contract to become superintendent of Shakopee Schools, to succeed Superintendent John Feda, who resigned to continue his education toward a doctor’s degree…

Dedicate Swimming Pool Sun., To First Open This Saturday. This Saturday, June 14, Shakopee residents will first use the newly dedicated Shakopee Municipal Swimming pool, dedicated last Sunday, June 8, at the site, 11th Avenue and Adams Street in southwest Shakopee, adjacent to Sweeney Elementary School on Marystown road. Mayor Ray Siebenaler in the 2 p.m. ceremony officially dedicated the new facility by pouring Rock Spring water into the pool from a bottle.


Area Resident Gets Inventors Show Top Award

Taking top honors, being one of the more than 100 exhibitors at the 12th annual Minnesota Inventors Congress as the three-day show closed last Sunday night, June 8, at the fairgrounds in Redwood Falls, was Donovan Streed, RR 2, Shakopee, who was presented a Blue Ribbon award, a first-place trophy for the outstanding invention on display and a cash award.

Honors were won by Streed with his invention, called appropriately, the “Humidity Hunter”, a device that will automatically adjust humidity inside a building as outside temperature varies.

June 19, 1969

New Parish For Father Mertz. Father Fred Mertz, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed V. Mertz of Shakopee and brother of Richard Mertz, real estate and insurance agent, has been assigned by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese to the parish of Incarnation Catholic Church, 3817 Pleasant Avenue, South, Minneapolis…

Vandalism Hits Parks; Tombstones Overturned. A wave of vandalism hit the Shakopee parks, as well as St. Mark’s Cemetery adjacent to Sweeney Elementary School on Marystown road, with Shakopee police investigating…

Fire Damages Big Diesel Machine. A diesel crawler-loader machine belonging to Gene Hauer of Eagle Creek Township was extensively damaged by a fire which mysteriously ignited early Monday afternoon as the large machine sat idle on the Hauer farm…


Driver’s Training Classes Set to Roll

Behind-the-wheel driving instruction for approximately 200 high school students and 20 adults will begin Wednesday, June 25, according to Shakopee High School principal Rudy Maurine.

Instruction will be given by professional driving teachers of the ABC Driving School, as a result of the Shakopee Federation of Teachers’ resolve to withhold services because of what the teachers term as a failure of the local school to negotiate on a local level on salaries and working conditions…


Junior High Remodeling Under Way

Now under way at Shakopee Junior High School, Fifth and Holmes, is the $89,627 remodeling project as a part of the three-stage expansion program recently adopted by Shakopee School District No. 720 and financing approved by the public in a $2.1 million bond issue election on February 11 by a near three to one vote…

Included in the remodeling at the Junior High is the removal of the balcony in the former combination gymnasium-auditorium to facilitate expansion of physical education facilities. Also being enlarged are the home economics and science departments, along with the up-dating of the industrial arts department. Also being installed throughout the corridors and facility in updating are more modern lighting fixtures…

June 26, 1969

Council Passes Resolution To Merge Shakopee, Eagle Creek. Members of the Shakopee City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for the merger of Eagle Creek Township with the City of Shakopee Tuesday night of this week, June 24, in the most recent move to consolidate the two governments…

To Issue ‘Warning Violation’ Slips To Bike Riders. Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen advised this week that commencing next Monday, June 30, the Shakopee Police Department is to give out a “Warning of Violation” to all bicycle riders who are observed breaking traffic laws as included in the Highway traffic Regulation Act, adopted as a part of a City of Shakopee Ordinance…


Shakopee Summer School Program Reduced, Driver’s Ed Begins

Shakopee School District 720, which normally operates six or seven remedial and enrichment summer school courses, has sharply cut back summer school programs this year.

Other than Driver’s Training Education, R. G. Maurine, supervisor said only one other summer course is being offered, a class in remedial high school English. The class is being taught by a faculty member…


Social Work Career Nears End As Children’s Home Closes

Ruby Benson, supervisor of the Women’s Reformatory and the Home for Retarded Children in Shakopee for the past decade, will end a life-long career of social work officially next Wednesday, July 2.

Her retirement will coincide almost exactly with the closing of the Children’s Home at the institution, which has been caring for severely retarded children since 1951…


City Agrees To Purchase Of Huber Property

Purchase of property at the corner of Holmes and Second Avenue from Dr. J. C. Huber of Shakopee was authorized in a “last hour” action of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee in coming to an amicable agreement with the owner just prior to scheduled trial proceedings in the Shakopee District Court on the owner’s appeal from condemnation instituted by the city.

This action was considered in two special meetings of the council on the evenings of June 13 and June 17.

The property, located at the southwest corner of Holmes and Second, lots eight, nine and 10, except the right-of-way of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway, in block 30, was previously designated as one of the sites in the city’s off-street parking program…

Possession was to be given upon making a down payment and then the city could level the site off and prepare temporary surfacing for a parking lot yet this year…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

June 2, 1994

Site proposals for possible future courthouse OK’d

As the population of Scott County continues to grow at a rapid rate, officials are considering purchasing land soon that could someday be the home to county offices.

On Tuesday, the Scott County Board accepted the final report and recommendations of a 15-member committee which evaluated various locations for the future county courthouse complex…

The three sites, which are not in any particular order:

  • County Road 17 and the new Shakopee Bypass in Shakopee…
  • The present courthouse site in Shakopee and contiguous blocks…
  • Highway 13, Highway 282 and Highway 17, located in Spring Lake Township, east of Jordan…

Federal highway fund transfer to help bypass. The Shakopee Bypass is not scheduled to be completed until 1997, but it came one step closer May 25 when between $2 million and $4 million earmarked for the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project was tentatively transferred to the bypass account…

June 9, 1994

TP vandalism. Shakopee police received a report at 2:13 a.m. Friday of youths decorating trees with toilet paper on most of 10th Avenue between Marschall Road and Shakopee High School. About 60 properties were littered with tissue paper. Police estimate 10 to 30 youths were involved. The names of three have been referred to the city attorney for possible charges.


Canterbury attendance, handle bring optimism

The owners of Canterbury Downs said attendance and handle figures for the first month of tele-racing at the Shakopee track have exceeded expectations and have brought optimism for the future of live racing in Minnesota…

Total attendance from opening day on May 6 through May 30 was 27,595, with a total handle of $5,361,156. The track has placed $351,382 in escrow for thoroughbred racing purses at Canterbury for the planned 50-day meet in 1995…

June 16, 1994

Hospital rates high in speed of administering drug for heart attacks

According to a national study, staff at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee has a significantly faster rate of administering a life-saving drug for heart attack patients than many other medical facilities.

The drug — TPA, or tissue plasminogen activator – is administered 53 percent faster than the national average, and 48 percent faster than the state average, according to the study…


School shuttle approved by board for one year

The Shakopee School District will provide a shuttle bus between Sweeney and Pearson elementary schools for the 1994-95 school year to provide for students attending a school outside the attendance area of their residence or day care.

The shuttle was approved by the School Board Monday. It is expected to cost $7,000, which will come from the district’s transportation fund…

City zoning ordinance inches ahead

After more than a year of work, Shakopee officials have drafted a new city zoning ordinance, but the document undoubtedly will undergo much further scrutiny before it is adopted.

City Attorney Karen Marty presented the draft ordinance to Shakopee City Council members at their June 7 meeting. After tacking on a few amendments, the council voted to adopt the ordinance as amended…

Big changes include the creation of a major recreation zone and the elimination of a race track district…

June 23, 1994

Consignment shop opens at city mall. Dwight and Sheri Kallembach of Shakopee have opened Kids Again, a consignment shop for children’s clothing and other items, at Shakopee Town Square…


Group hopes to save surviving trout stream before development

Trout Unlimited, a volunteer conservation group, has filed a petition with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) requesting an environmental assessment worksheet be done on a 500-acre tract of land near Eagle Creek in Shakopee and Savage that is targeted for residential development.

The group’s goal is to save one of the last two remaining unstocked, reproducing brown-trout streams in a four-county area. They also want to preserve two “boiling” springs on the property, which they say have historical and environmental significance. The property is in eastern Shakopee and western Savage, straddling east and west of County Road 18…


Scott, Carver counties led metropolitan area in building growth

All seven counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area showed increases in building construction permits in 1993, and Scott and Carver showed the greatest percentage increase, according to the Metropolitan Council.

Carver showed an increase of 17.6 percent between 1992 and 1993, while Scott County permits increased by 11 percent…


Shakopee Super 8 Motel receives top rating

The Super 8 Motel at 581 S. Marschall Road in Shakopee was awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” for the second quarter of 1994.

The quarterly award is given by Super 8 Motels Inc. to units whose properties exceed company standards of cleanliness, service and quality…


Ries among state’s best, will play in all-star series

The images of a dejected Mitch Ries, his head in his hands, are almost indelible. After a standout season for the Shakopee High School baseball team, the Shakopee High School senior deserved a better fate than to give up a decisive home run in the first game of the sectional playoffs.

But Ries will get another chance to represent Shakopee High School. It’s an opportunity he has earned, a chance to be counted among the state’s best players. Ries has been named to the Metro West team in the 20th Annual Lions All-Star Baseball Series. Play in that tournament begins tomorrow (Junk 24) at Chaska’s Athletic Park…

June 30, 1994

Over 400 helmets sold at bike rally. Over 400 helmets were sold at the Bicycle Safety Rally Saturday, June 4 at Lions Park. The event, sponsored by St. Francis Medical Center, drew nearly twice as many people this year as last…

Power outage shuts down Canterbury. A high-speed, high-volume phone line that connects with the main computer at Canterbury Downs was severed during construction work in downtown Minneapolis last Friday, shutting down simulcasting shortly after noon. A backup line was also cut…


Supporters of trout stream gain victory

Trout Unlimited has scored a temporary victory in its fight to protect the last remaining unstocked, reproducing brown-trout stream in Scott County.

The state Environmental Quality Board ruled Friday that an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) must be completed on the eastern section of a 500-acre tract of land near Eagle Creek in Shakopee and Savage which is targeted for residential development.

About 200 acres located east of County Road 18 will be included in the study…


Council OKs new street

The Shakopee City Council voted 21 to proceed with the construction of a new street located near the proposed Prairie Bend subdivision.

In March, the council ordered a feasibility report for improvements to Viking Steel Road and an unnamed street just west of Viking Steel Road. Owners of the proposed Prairie Bend had petitioned the city for the improvements.

The feasibility report recommended renaming Viking Steel Road “Sarazin Street” since it connects to the existing street of that name and since Viking Steel Road was never officially named or dedicated as a street…


Lumber firm’s plans approved

Scherer Brothers Lumber will soon develop a 22.5-acre tract of land after the Shakopee City Council approved both the project’s preliminary and final development plans at its June 21 meeting.

The proposed development is located on undeveloped land south of Highway 101, north of Fourth Avenue and west of CertainTeed Corp. property. The site is zoned heavy industrial…

The company will develop a warehouse/wholesale operation which provides building materials to commercial builders. The office, dock, mill work/warehouse building will serve as the principal structure on the site.

A railroad spur will be extended into the property from the north to provide transportation of the bulk of the materials to be stored on the site…

Remember When: May 2019

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…

Remember When: December 2018

1893: Scott County Argus

Dec. 7. 1893

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 14, 1893

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

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

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

Dec. 21, 1893

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 28, 1893

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

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

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Dec. 6, 1918

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

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

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

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

Dec. 13, 1918

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

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

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


Contract Let for New Sewer

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

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

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

Dec. 20, 1918

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

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

Dec. 27, 1918

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

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

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

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

1918: Scott County Argus

Dec. 6, 1918

Towns Get Honor Flag

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

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

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

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

Dec. 13, 1918

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

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

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

Dec. 20, 1918

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

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

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

Dec. 27, 1918

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

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

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

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

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Dec. 2, 1943

Meeting of Local Import Called by School Board

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

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

Dec. 9, 1943

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


Selective Service Board Membership Change Indicated

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

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

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


Santa Claus to Arrive in Shakopee, December 18

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

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

Dec. 16, 1943

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


Schools Reopen; Sickness Still Checks Attendance

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

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

Dec. 23, 1943

Benefit Basketball Game Here Tonight

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Skating Rink Hit by Mild Weather Water Shortage

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

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

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

Dec. 30, 1943

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

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


Jap Flag on Display in Post Office Window

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

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

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

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 5, 1968

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

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


Teens Begin Own Center Project Tomorrow Eve

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

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

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


3 From Shakopee In Chorus Chosen For Record Album

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

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


Elizabeth Rockwell Chosen Shakopee Rotary Club First Exchange Student

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

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

Dec. 12, 1968

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


Shakopee Medical Center Expansion Now Completed

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

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

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


Lucille Schwartz Of Bank Staff To Retire Dec. 31

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

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

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


First Action In Proposed 3-Stage School Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SHS Science Club Tours Rahr Malting Co.

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

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

Dec. 19, 1968

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


East First Center Seeks To Expand

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

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


Plans $100,000 Expansion For Area Firm

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

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


Dec. 26, 1968

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

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

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 2, 1993

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


Students: Peer mediation preferable to fights

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

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

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


A step into the 21st century

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

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

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

Dec. 9, 1993

Track ownership goes to court

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

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

Dec. 16, 1993

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


White House called and man’s angel took flight

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

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

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

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


Shakopee School Board OKs bidding for new phone system

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

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

Dec. 23, 1993

City labors over decision on costly major sewer line

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

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

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


Growing with the community

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 30, 1993

City renews Murphy’s contract with MVRP

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

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

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


65-room Holiday Inn Express planned along Marschall Road

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

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

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

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

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


Jail annex will accept minimum-security inmates only

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

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

Remember When: November 2018

1893: Scott County Argus

Nov. 2, 1893

Fresh oysters and fresh fish always on hand at Gellenbeck’s restaurant.

World’s Fair Souvenirs can be purchased at H. P. Marx’s at about half the price sold at the Fair. Call and see the beautiful sterling silver spoons and other fancy articles for Souvenirs. Some goods can only be obtained by leaving orders for duplicates as only a limited number are to be had.

Jos. Linhoff removed his family from his old home at Merriam Junction to his elegant new residence in this city last week.

Plans are being made for a pressed brick, plate glass front to be put into John Schwartz’s building on First street. The work will probably be done this fall.

A beautiful stuffed specimen of a native pelican is on exhibition at Deutsch & Zettel’s drug store. It stands over two feet high and is of the purest white except on the tips of the wing feathers, where the color is shaded to a beautiful drab. The bird was shot, together with its mate, by Otto Zaum at Pleasant Lake. It is a valuable specimen, and well worth a visit.

Little Mat Klinkhmmer met with quite a severe accident a short time ago. While cutting shinny sticks in company with Benny Kohls the latter accidentally struck Mat’s hand with an ax, as he was holding down a desirable stick for Benny to cut off. The middle finger of the left hand was cut nearly off, but hung by a small piece of skin. The finger was put back in place and stitched on, and the chances are now that the severed portion will be saved.

Nov. 9, 1893

Parties wanting wedding cakes or cakes for parties, we will be pleased to fill your orders, at Gellenbeck’s Restaurant.

A decided improvement has been made on First street in front of Pat’k Condon’s buildings, the old sidewalk having been replaced by a new and more substantial one.

A new cigar factory has been started in the Conter House by Gentgen and Simmer. They have bought out the business of C. W. Meyer who will accept the position of foreman under the new firm.

A. Greenberg intends to move into the How building in the spring.

Jacob Ries, Sr., will return from Chicago in a day or two with four awards received upon five displays which his progressive Bottling Works had maintained at the World’s Fair. Mr. Ries received the gold medal at the Paris Exposition, has a state and a county medal, and now with these new awards he may certainly feel that his goods are very much endorsed. It is a source of congratulation both to himself and to Shakopee that the products of his thriving institution meet with such marked signs of merit and approval.

Mathew Lies moved in from Marystown today. He has located for the winter in the Annen house on west Fourth street. Next spring he will build a commodious residence on the lot adjoining the west side.

Peter Yost met with quite an accident Tuesday. While leading a steer the rope got wound around the thumb of his right hand, the steer became unruly and dashed away from Mr. Yost. The rope tightened around the thumb and tore off the first joint, bone and all. It is a most painful accident and one of which his friends will regret to hear.

Val. Zoller has been revelling in a wealth of beautiful roses this week. His nephew who was recently here from Chicago sent up a big box of assorted beauties last Sunday and Mr. Zoller has been busy giving them away to his friends ever since. The greenhouse owned by his two nephews is one of the largest in Chicago, and if the contents of the box sent here are a fair sample, their flowers must be of the very best.

Mrs. M. Henschel expects to remove into her new quarters in the How Block within a week. She will occupy the third store from the Bank corner.

Nov. 16, 1893

A millinery department under the management of Miss Celia Stirn is proving quite a feature at the Shakopee Cash Store. Give it a call.

A work train on the St. Louis deposited several car loads of cinders at the scene of last week’s wreck, just before dark yesterday and this caused the report to spread that another wreck had occurred at the same place. The heavy grade and the sharp curve at this point will naturally cause the empty box cars to hop off the track, so that a wreck is not unexpected at any time. We would suggest that at the cost of a few box cars the road might pick up its track and run it across to this point without any curve. The increase in traffic from this place would pay for the work within a few years.

Mrs. M. Henschel will remove to her apartments in the How Block the first of next week.

The first skating of the season was enjoyed by the “small fry” last Monday on the little pond in the rear of the mill. And the genuine well-developed particle will be at hand within a day or two, if this north wind can maintain its grip for that length of time.

Messrs. Nicholas Berens and John Nachtsheim, who have for some years past been doing business under the firm name of The Shakopee Cash Store on Monday severed their business relationship, Mr. Nachtsheim retiring. Mr. Berens will continue the business here, while Mr. Nachtsheim will either open a general merchandise store in the How Block or accept a position with a firm in Minneapolis.

Nov. 23, 1893

C. Jos. Strunk received from Mr. Willson this week a big official envelope containing five cents, that amount being due him from his accounts of 1889, A. D. when postmaster here. He had remitted five cents too much on a money order, and the department has got up to ’89 in its work and hence remitted the amount as stated. Mr. Strunk was obliged to write a receipt for the amount, which was duly forwarded to Washington.

The first “heat” of the now prosperous Minnesota Stove Co. was run off just two years ago today. The benefits which the town has derived from its well deserved success are patent to all.

John Nachtsheim will not engage in the general merchandise business here as rumored last week. He has purchased a knitting machine and is now prepared to do all kinds of knitting to order at his residence. Children’s hose and men’s socks, 15 c. per pair; ladies, 20 c.

Nov. 30, 1893

Anton Koeper went to Wisconsin yesterday to get select Eastern timber for use in his wagon factory here.

Prof. J. F. Parsons principal of the Union school, treated the scholars to fruit, candy, etc., on Friday afternoon last.

Rev. Mr. Jones, Presbyterian minister, has rented the Octagon house and will move his family here the latter part of this week.

Flaherty & Lies are making an appreciable improvement in the appearance and comfort of their store by having it re-covered with siding.

P. A. Preiser has moved his family into Jacob Clemens’s house on First street.

Deutsch & Zettel have shipped their large soda fountain to a New York firm, in exchange for a new and handsomer one, from which will gush the cooling soda when robins nest again.

A skating rink has been made at the foot of Holmes street which will be owned and operated by Messrs. James Leyde, Michael Hartz, and Geo. Davis. The ice within the enclosure is in excellent shape and, if the institution can be kept running throughout the winter, it will prove a source of pleasure to the skating public and of profit to the owners.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Nov. 1, 1918

Schools Ordered Closed. The influenza epidemic seems to be far from checked so far as Shakopee is concerned. On Tuesday the board of health and the school board judged it best to close the schools. This step was not taken owing to any outbreak among the children, but largely because many parents were keeping their children home, and the classes were pretty badly broken up. St. Mark’s school closed the same day…

The H. J. Hoard family have moved to Derby, Conn., where they will be permanently settled for some time. Mr. Hoard is superintending the building of a dam. He is the resident engineer and will take several years to complete the work.

The Mathias Beckerich family have moved in from Eden Prairie and are occupying the Bieren house. They will reside in town for the winter.

A deal was closed on Thursday by which Jacob Mahowald, bought the harness shop of P. J. Mahowald, taking possession at once. He wishes to state that he will continue in the monument business and solicits your trade. P. J. Mahowald and family will move to their farm near Lakeville next week. The Mahowald family have a wide circle of friends here who regret to see them leave but wish them unbound success in their new home.

Nov. 8, 1918

Miss Helen Huth commenced a six months’ term of school in the Kopp district in Eagle Creek on Monday.

Nov. 15, 1918

All ladies of the Red Cross sewing classes are urged to come and sew every day excepting Saturdays. The chapter is anxious to get its allotment completed by December 1st.

John Kennedy was the victim of an accident which might have resulted fatally for him. Mr. Kennedy was on his way down town on Wednesday morning and while crossing the Milwaukee railroad tracks near the Simons Lumber Co., was struck by the engine and thrown across the tracks. The heavy Milwaukee freight was just coming to a stop and Mr. Kennedy failed to see or hear the train. He was struck on the right hip and suffered severe bruises. He was taken to his home and medical aid summoned. He is as well as can be expected at this writing and it will be some time before he will be able to be about again.


Shakopee Wild When Peace News Comes

Shakopee celebrated the surrender of Germany and the ending of the war as became a city which had sent more than a hundred of her young men into the service of the country. News of the surrender was first received in this city by W. N. Southworth shortly after 2 o’clock a. m. Monday morning, but he was unable to arouse anyone for a half hour. The operator at central who controls the fire bell was skeptical until Minneapolis had branded the report as official from Washington. Then the celebration broke loose. After the fire bell had sounded a few taps, the whistle at the stove works cut loose. St. Mary’s church bell was next, then one after another the other vehicles of noisy rejoicing entered the arena of pandemonium. Although one of the last to begin, the bells of St. Mark’s carried off first honors, for they can be heard for miles out into the country and it was their voices that carried the news to many a farm home hours before it would become known in the ordinary course of events. By 3:30 impromptu parades had been formed, and shouting crowds added their vociferations to the screeching of the whistles and the resounding of the bells. A bonfire was lighted at the corner of First and Lewis and the fire company turned out with the hose and ladder trucks. All day the bells and whistles kept up the fun, the whistles intermittently and the bells steadily. Trainmen added to the noise, and not a train came through that did not herald its approach with wild and prolonged “hip, hip, hoorahs” from its engine. One train on the St. Louis is credited with having tied open its whistle and maintained one long howl from Minneapolis to Albert Lea.

During the day several parades took place. Some of the girls staged one at 11 a. m. and in the afternoon the small boys turned out. The kids rode the Kaiser around in a garbage can, but the motto on their banner is better left unrecorded. In the evening a large parade was formed at the city hall. In this marched contingents from the local Red Cross, the Home Guard company, the Cadet band and other local institutions. In all probably 400 people marched. On one corner the Kaiser in his carriage of state, who had been the main feature of the parade, was surrounded by an armed guard soaked with coal oil and made to expiate his misdeeds in a blaze of fire, while J. J. Moriarty made a short address, the gist of which was a congratulatory encomium for Shakopee on her steadfastness and loyalty through the great days now past and hope that the temperature through which the Kaiser was just passing was not a fleabite to what he was going to get later on in the kingdom to which he will shortly be assigned. The individual celebrations lasted late in to the night. So much for the noise.

In every home, especially in those from which boys had gone out to do battle for civilization, there was rejoicing just as fervent of a quiet and prayerful kind. As Christian people who have prepared to make every sacrifice required for the cause of country, civilization and humanity, our people turned to their God in the hour of victory and though public worship in the churches was unadvisable owing the epidemic, many a thankful prayer was offered in the family circles that the horrors of war had been lifted from the heads of loved ones on land and sea.

Nov. 22, 1918

Shakopee Wants Cannon As Trophy. The war is over and Shakopee has given proof of her loyalty and devotion to the cause by the enthusiasm with which every war effort was supported as well as by her manhood contribution, many of whom joined the colors before the selective service act went into effect. Therefore the Tribune feels that the town should be presented with a public memorial of her activity in the cause of victory, and what could be more appropriate than that the United States government should present us with a cannon, to be placed in some public place, either the city hall yard or the court house grounds, to be a permanent memento to these memorable times. A captured German gun would, perhaps, be preferable as a war trophy, but one of the field pieces which helped to drive the Hun back to his lair would also be highly desirable…

Atty. J. J. Moriarty moved his office from the Busse building on First street to the Hinds block on Lewis st.

Mr. and Mrs. Christ Geisler and little daughter of Eden Prairie moved into the Broman house on First street, yesterday. Mr. Geisler bought the place last week, Mr. and Mrs. Broman going to Minneapolis to reside.

Nov. 29, 1918

August Casselius Badly Hurt. August Cassellius met with an unfortunate accident at the Shane Bros. & Wilson corn mill Monday morning about ten o’clock. He was sweeping and oiling machinery on the second floor, and while oiling a shaft on one of the roller mills his coat sleeve must have been caught by the drive chain. The machine carried a protecting frame, but his arm was inside the frame for the purpose of oiling, and it was probably the frame which was responsible, in part at least, for the injuries he received. The arm, caught in the moving chain and held by the wooden framework, was broken in two places. In addition, the chain, before breaking and releasing him, tore the flesh loose from the bones of the forearm, inflicting a ghastly wound. No one was near at the time, but he was able to walk to the first floor where others were working. He was hurried over to Dr. Reiter’s office where the injured arm was set and dressed, and at the time of this writing (Tuesday) it is not believed that amputation will be necessary, although the torn condition of the flesh makes it somewhat doubtful if it can be saved.

A Boon to School Children. One of the happy results of the road grading job just north of the bridge which was not mentioned in the contract specifications is the gift to the schoolchildren (and the rest of us, too) of an artificial skating pond three-quarters of a mile long and twenty to forty feet wide, reaching from Riverside Park past the new cement trestle. Heretofore parents have had to worry over their children skating on the river, or on the lakes. But here is a skating pond close at hand and perfectly safe for the smallest children, the water being nowhere deeper than a few feet. Just now the ice is as smooth as glass, and it would be hard to find a better winter pleasure ground for the youngsters.

The Thanksgiving dance given at the opera house Wednesday night was fairly well attended, about seventy couples being present. The new home orchestra made its debut and is reported to have given general satisfaction.


Road Work Progressing

The line drag grading outfit engaged in grading the mile road is on the last lap and according to the operators that part of the big job will be completed by the end of next week, well within the time calculated necessary for that part of the operation. The machine was set up late in September, so it will have taken just ten weeks to finish.

The next job will be the packing and leveling of the road bed, which looks as if it might be a stupendous job. And after that will come the surfacing. It looks as though it would be a long time before the road will be in use again. But the temporary inconvenience will be well compensated for in a thoroughfare which will be free from all the hills to which ordinary roads are heir.

1918: Scott County Argus

Nov. 1, 1918

Home Guard to Cloquet. Orders were received at 3:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from Major Williamson of the M. H. G., commanding Company F to go to Cloquet to relieve other companies who have been on duty in the fire-swept region and to assist in the distribution of clothing and money for the refugees. Company F will also have its first experience in standing guard. Twenty-six members left on the evening train for Minneapolis where they were joined by Company A of that city and proceeded at once to Cloquet.

Owing to the absence of a large number of pupils from the grades on account of the fear of influenza, and as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of disease, the public and parochial schools were closed Tuesday for an indefinite time.

Nov. 8, 1918

Airplane Visits Us. Shakopee was “bombed” about noon last Saturday when a Curtis biplane from the United States army air service mechanics school at St. Paul, manned by two aviators came wherring across country and gave an exhibition of aeronautics for the edification of the populace which was not slow in making its appearance when the presence of the machine became known. The aviators sailed low, barely missing the housetops and scattered litature broadcast, advertising the need of mechanics for air service. The driver circled the city and performed numerous stunts for about ten minutes before he headed for the twin cities and was soon lost to view. The same machine is reported by the twin city dailies as having visited other nearby towns.

John H. Moore has resigned his office as secretary of the Scott County Draft Board to accept an appointment by the U. S. Government with the Food Administration to supervise the buying and milling of gains in the northwestern states. Mr. Moore’s wide experience in the grain business has eminently qualified him for the position and his many friends recognize his ability and rejoice in his selection for the important work. Announcement of his successor has not yet been made.

Nov. 15 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bromann have moved to Minneapolis. Their home in this city was purchased by Chris Geisler who will move here in a week or two to reside permanently.

Speaking of the recent influenza epidemic Dr. P. M. Fischer says that after treating 350 cases of the disease in Scott, Carver and Hennepin counties and meeting with all its various forms and complications he is convinced beyond doubt that severe forms of this disease are not to be reached by any medicine outside of anti-toxin. Dr. Fischer introduced Dr. Rosnow’s vaccine two weeks ago and is using it most successfully.

Nov. 22, 1918

Joseph Ploumen, our popular baker, is able to be up again after wrestling with the flu for several days.

Atty. W. N. Southworth has been appointed secretary of the local draft board to succeed John H. Moore who resigned to accept a position with the Food Administration. Mr. Southworth assumed his duties Monday.


Suffragists Organize

Under the direction of Miss Grace Randall of Minneapolis an equal suffrage club was organized in Shakopee Tuesday.

Miss Randall is one of the organizers for the Minnesota Woman Suffrage association. She is appointing committees in various towns to do the final work in making Minnesota women full citizens…

The following ladies were chosen as a ratification committee in Shakopee: Mrs. H. P. Marx, chairman; Mrs. W. F. Duffy, Mrs. Eli Southworth and Mrs. Henry Schroeder.

Nov 29, 1918

A new commercial department has been introduced into the curriculum of the high school, including all subjects embracing a complete business course. Miss Lucretia Lewis of Cannon Falls is the instructor and arrived Sunday evening to begin the work.

Will and Ed Veiht have rented the Condon block on First street and will start a repair shop and garage. The work of remodeling the building to suit their needs will begin in about two weeks.

Dr. H. P. Fischer arrived home Friday from his hunting trip. The doctor met with better luck than the remainder of the Shakopee nimrods having secured a moose and a deer. Mayor Lenertz, M. A. Deutsch, Frank Huber and Peter Klausman, who comprised a hunting party at Cloverton, returned the same day empty-handed, but Will Deutsch of Lake Crystal, another of the party, brought back a fine deer.


Company F, M. H. G. Presented With Flag

Company F of Shakopee, Minnesota Home Guards, is now the proud possessor of a large, beautiful United States flag presented to it by the generous and patriotic mothers, wives, daughters and sisters of the members of the company.

Prompted by the desire that Company F should have its own flag the immediate relatives of the members of that organization got busy and, directed by Mrs. C. G. Bowdish, ways and means were found and a s a result of which their desire was realized and the company has a flag all its own.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Nov. 4, 1943

140 Donors Gave Blood Monday

Bringing to 756 pints the total volume of blood gathered in Scott county by the Red Cross mobile blood-gathering unit, 140 points were taken in Shakopee Monday Mrs. William A. Pomije, chairman, disclosed.

Monday’s collection was the largest obtained in Shakopee, Mrs. Pomije said, and was taken from 145 registrants, 15 of whom were from Prior Lake…

Nov. 11, 1943

Expresses Gratitude for Local War Fund Support. Announcing this week that Shakopee residents and business places had contributed $1130 to the War Service Fund, Mrs. Donald Ries, local chairman, expressed her gratitude to everyone who aided in the work…

FOR RENT.—6-room house; immediate possession. ANTON BOEGEMAN, Shakopee.

Nov. 18, 1943

Surgical Dressings Workers, Attention! The surgical dressings workers are asked to respond to a special call for work Friday, as the present quota of dressings can be completed on that day if any workers are present.

Short Wave Radio Employed by Telephone Company During Storm. Now that telephone communication has been restored to normal, and the damage caused by the recent snowstorm has been repaired, officials of the Northwestern Bell telephone company disclosed this week that a short wave radio transmitter had operated in Shakopee while lines were out of order…

A deal was completed Wednesday whereby Mr. and Mrs. Christ Lenzmeier have purchased the August Scherkenbach duplex, on West 5th street. Mr. and Mrs. Lenzmeier have occupied one of the apartments for the past several months.

Nov. 25, 1943

Eagle Creek Farm Sale Recently Made. Another farm sale of recent days was that of Alton L. Peterson, who sold his farm located immediately east of Shakopee in Eagle Creek township, to Lawrence Boeckman of Jordan. Mr. Boeckman is planning to take possession on or about March 1…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 7, 1968

Proposals At Council On Old Mill Building. Proposals on the old mill building, located behind Montgomery Ward on Lewis Street, being condemned by the City of Shakopee and the court action slated to be heard before a Scott County District court jury next week, were presented at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at a special meeting held Tuesday night of this week…

Sunday Liquor Gets Approval By City Voters. Shakopee voters gave approval to the proposition of sale of liquor being permitted in Shakopee, between the hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight on Sundays, in special balloting held in conjunction with the General election Tuesday of this week, November 5, the total being 1,383 “yes and 1,014 “no”…


$507 Theft At Shakopee Bowl

Discovered early yesterday (Wednesday) morning, November 6, was a break-in and theft of $507 from the Shakopee Bowl Bowling alley on East First…

Owner Norman Schesso who closed the firm on Tuesday evening, discovered the break-in and that the money was missing from a cash box, when he opened up again yesterday morning…


Valley Cues Included In Firms’ Acquisition Plan

A. C. Buehler, chairman, Victor Comptometer Corporation, Chicago, and Earl Feddick, president, Valley Manufacturing & Sales Company, Bay City Michigan, this week announced an agreement under which Victor plans to acquire Valley Cues, Inc. of Shakopee on an “exchange of stock basis.”

Gene Hullander, Manager of Valley Cues, Inc., 240 South Shumway, also announced that the personnel at the Shakopee plant would be retained and that there are to be no changes in management…


To Let Bids On Traffic Signals On November 22

Included among bids, estimated to total approximately $430,000, to be let Friday November 22, in the cafeteria of the Minnesota Highway Building, St. Paul, as announced last Friday, November 1, by Minnesota Commissioner of Highways N. T. Waldor, is the installation of one, full traffic actuated traffic signal and one semi-actuated traffic signal and an interconnect at the intersection of East First (Highway 101) and Lewis and Holmes Streets in Shakopee.

The work is scheduled to start on or before June 2, 1969, and to be completed within 35 working days.


Metro Council For County Rd. 18 Bridge Site

The Metropolitan Council Thursday, October 24, gave its approval to a proposed bridge of at least four lanes over the Minnesota River at Hennepin County Road No. 18.

The Bloomington Ferry bridge site, just north of the Stage Coach on Highway 101, east of Shakopee, Scott County No. 25 extends from the ferry bridge, south to Highway 101…

Nov. 14, 1968

City Seeks Traffic Semaphore At Intersection On West First. A resolution memorializing the State Highway Department to conduct a traffic signal survey at Scott or Atwood on West First with the objective of the installation of a four-way semaphore was given unanimous approval at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday evening of this week, November 12, in the City Building Council Chambers…

New Auto Service Manager. Don Gish has been appointed new service manager at Brambilla Motors, according to an announcement this week by Ron Brambilla…


Fire Routs Tom Berens Family Early Sunday

The Shakopee Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Tom Berens residence, 106 East Sixth, at 5:45 a.m. last Sunday morning, November 10 when a chair in the family room caught fire, routing the couple and their nine children from their beds…

According to Mrs. Berens, the home was not extensively damaged.


Femininity In City’s Parking Lot Proposal

Presented at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee Tuesday evening of this week, November 12, was the adoption of designating the city’s recently completed five off-street parking facilities with a bit of femininity entering in.

Taking note that womanhood is often slighted in such cases, the proposal was that the five off-street parking lots be designated using the first names of women of pioneer families of the city. These included:

Louisa for Louisa Weiland, wife of Judge Theodore Weiland; Annie for Anna M. Gelhaye; Josie for Josephine Ries; Teresa for Teresa M. Lebens and Sophie for Sophia Coller.

Pointed out was that the city administration would need such designation of the lots, similar as is done in Southdale shopping center, in order to carry out maintenance duties, as well as the convenience of the public using the new facilities.

The Common Council took the matter under advisement, with it also being suggested that a system of numbers or alphabetical designation could also be used.

Settle Old Mill Jury Case Just Prior To Trial

Settled out of the court, just prior to a jury trial in Shakopee District Court yesterday (Wednesday), November 13, with Judge John Fitzgerald of New Prague, presiding, was the civil action of City of Shakopee vs. Kopp & Associates, a condemnation suit regarding the old mill building located behind Montgomery Ward on Lewis Street.

In the settlement the city acquires 12,750 square feet of property in a partial taking of the old mill site, including a right of way for the extension of Levee Drive. Settlement figure is reported to be $24,000 plus the city paying costs allowed by the District Court.

The settlement gives three and a half commercial lots to Kopp & Associates, similar to a proposal made at the special meeting of the Common Council held Tuesday evening of last week, November 5.

Kopp & Associates is to receive the payment from the city once a signed statement is received that the premises is completely vacated and ready for the city occupancy. Deadline on receipt of this statement is December 15. Included in the settlement is that the City of Shakopee is to raze the present old mill building. The city’s property acquired is equal to one and a half lots…

Nov. 21, 1968

John Ries, Jr. Fire Chief. Shakopee Volunteer firemen held their annual election to name officers to serve during the 1969 year at a meeting held Monday evening of this week, November 18, at the Shakopee Fire station, Second and Scott, with John Ries, Jr., named chief to succeed Anthony LaTour, Jr…


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Sunday — Area First

A first for the community will take place at 7 p.m. next Sunday, November 24, when an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service of Worship is held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church under the joint sponsorship of five Shakopee churches, with the public cordially invited.

Sponsoring churches are the host Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Shakopee, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Shakopee, Christ Lutheran Church of Shakopee and Shakopee First Presbyterian Church…

Nov. 28, 1968

Shakopee High School Students Host First Regional DECA Meeting. The Shakopee chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America was host of the first Regional meeting held Monday evening of this week, November 25….

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 4, 1993

Scott County to remodel jail annex to house medium-security inmates. The Scott County Board has earmarked $250,000 to turn one wing of the Scott County Jail Annex near Jordan into a medium-security facility for prisoners held by the state Department of Corrections…


Shakopee Bypass in ‘never-never land’?

Festivities surrounding the opening of the Shakopee mini-bypass and bridge Oct. 20 overshadowed the announcement that same day that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) was cutting or postponing $234 million in state road and bridge projects.

DOT Commissioner Jim Denn made the announcement at about the same time Mayor Gary Laurent was cutting the ribbon near the new Highway 169 river bridge with other local, state and federal officials in downtown Shakopee.

Although DOT officials downplayed the action — which include postponing completion of the larger Shakopee Bypass to 1997 or beyond — transportation lobbyists and some legislators are angry with both the Legislature and Gov. Arne Carlson…


Loan for Murphy’s falls through, county is told

Murphy’s Landing has yet to resolve some of its biggest money worries.

Commissioner Ray Foslid of Shakopee last week told the Scott County Board that he attended the most recent meeting of the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP), which oversees Murphy’s operations, and learned that Murphy’s would not qualify for a low-interest loan from an organization that specialized in lending money to non-profit agencies…


School Board hears proposals for future courses in industrial tech

Computer modules, robots and lasers, and home construction may all be components of the Shakopee School District’s industrial technology courses in the future.

Industrial technology instructors from the junior and senior high schools appeared before the School Board Monday to present a report on what they had witnessed in other districts and what they felt could work in Shakopee…

They said they had been most impressed with industrial technology courses at junior high schools in Minnetonka and Edina, which included such areas as research, audio broadcasting, computer-aided drafting (CAD), engineering structures, lasers, robotics and graphic communications…


City to acquire land for water tower, well

The Shakopee City Council Nov. 3 voted to direct staff to pursue the acquisitions of property that would be used as the site for a water tower and well, which would be constructed by Shakopee Public Utilities.

On Nov. 2, the utilities commission voted to acquire the property near County Road 17 and the Timber Trails subdivision…


Alumni hoops tournament slated

Former members of the Shakopee High School boys’ basketball team are invited to participate in the inaugural Shakopee Boys’ Basketball Alumni Classic.

The tourney will be held Dec. 26-27 at SHS and will serve as a fundraiser for the SHS boys’ basketball program. The tournament is open to all former SHS players, graduates from 1950 to 1993. The tournament includes a single-elimination competition with a losers’ bracket. Each team is guaranteed at least two games. Interested individuals can either form a team of alumni or enter as individuals and be grouped on a team. The cost is $20 per person. Participants will receive a T-shirt…

Nov. 18, 1993

Fire destroys home in former brewery. An out-of-control brush fire apparently was the cause of a blaze on Sunday that destroyed a former brewery in Jackson Township which was home to a woman and her dogs and cats, according to the Shakopee Fire Chief Frank Ries…

Mini-bypass ramps scheduled to be open. Construction on entrance and exit ramps on the downtown mini-bypass and bridge project was expected to be completed Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT)…

Warehouse for firm being built here. Construction has begun on a 299,600-square-foot warehouse for American Can Co. on a 16-acre site in the Valley Green Business Park in Shakopee…


Fire destroys 19th century barn at Murphy’s

An historic 19th century barn that housed four horses and a mule at Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee was destroyed by fire on the night of Nov. 10.

Although quick action by a staff member saved the animals, a number of 19th century artifacts as well as the barn itself were lost in the blaze, according to Ann Hittler-Grover, a member of Murphy’s operating board…

The barn originally was owned by a family named Ryan that farmed in 1860 near Jordan. The farm was located off Highway 169 — then a mere dirt trail heading south.

The barn was moved to Murphy’s in 1973 by Al Breimhorst, then-owner of the farm, according to Murphy’s Director Gerry Barker. At that time it joined the original Ryan log farmhouse, which was moved to Murphy’s from where it was built in Sibley County.

Also lost in the fire were 19th century harnesses and other workhorse equipment. In addition, a Pieta and a pew from a former Catholic church were lost…


Alley closed: Is onetime favorite headed for the gutter?

Back in the good-old days, bowling was counted as one of America’s favorite recreational past times. But have things changed? Is the once-beloved sport of bowling headed for the gutter?

Locally, with the closing of Shakopee Bowl and Prior Place bowling centers, the only remaining facilities for area bowlers are located in Chanhassen, Burnsville, New Prague and northwest Shakopee, near the Chaska-Shakopee border…

Nov. 25, 1993

Church with rich history celebrates 125th anniversary

A Shakopee landmark will be celebrating its 125th anniversary Sunday, Dec. 5.

The special occasion is for St. Mark’s Catholic Church, the building with the spire that is a distinctive part of the Shakopee skyline. Its congregation will have special liturgies during Masses at 9:30 and 11 a.m. A beef and sausage dinner, open to the public, will be held after that in the school cafeteria, with serving until 2:30 p.m…


City terminates ice arena lease with hockey association

The Shakopee City Council Nov. 16 ordered the termination of a lease agreement between the city and Valley Ice Arena Inc., and approved the organization’s request to store its ice-cleaning machine in the former ice arena.

Valley Ice Arena wanted to terminate the lease, in which it utilized the “bubble”-covered hockey rink at Lions Park because the arena can no longer be used due to the poor condition of the covering…

Remember When: October 2018

1893: Scott County Argus

Oct. 5, 1893

Last night at about seven o’clock county commissioner Henry Brueggemann met with an accident at Kauth’s hotel barn that is a most serious if not a fatal one. M. T. Theis and he were about to hitch up and drive home. Mr. Theis walked down to his brother’s to get his overcoat, leaving Mr. Brueggemann to get the horse out. When Mr. Theis returned after the lapse of ten minutes he found the unconscious form of his brother-in-law lying near the door where he had evidently dragged himself after receiving a fearful kick in the side from a horse. It was found that four lower ribs of the left side are broken and internal injuries may also exist. The injured man recovered consciousness this morning but at last reports was very low. The news of the accident will be received with sorrow, as Mr. Brueggemann is a favorite with all who know him.

The J. Schank Packing Co. is now ready to buy at the highest market prices all the hogs offered them.

The Rademacher boys who shot the old man John Wojohn one evening last summer, and afterwards claimed to have mistaken him for a bear, were found guilty of manslaughter in the second degree by the Chaska court last week, and each was sentenced to a fine of $350 and one year in the penetentiary.

Wm. Beggs will remove to the Moore house on east Third street.

Oct. 12, 1893

Misses Kate and Anna Flaherty intend to engage in the dress making business in the Jacob Reis building within a few days.

C. E. Busse moved into his new and elegant place of business last Monday with a fresh stock of goods. The appearance of the store well nigh eclipses anything in that line in the valley. The building as a whole is certainly a most valuable addition to the town. The other rooms of the building have not as yet been rented.

The brick work on the Berens building is completed and some idea of how greatly it will add to the appearance of the north side of First street may now be formed. The block is made up of solid brick or stone buildings from the opera house to the bank and is faced on the other side by another block of excellent brick stores, the whole making a business street which takes the shine all off of our sister towns, and in this fact do we glory, yea, without ceasing.

The usual weighty blanket of silence that settles down upon us on the first day of the week was on last Sunday evening at about 6:30 o’clock torn all into shreds by the clanging of the firebell. The effect was similar to that of a stick thrust by the inquisitive small boy into a big sleeping hornet’s nest. All was instantly turned into motion and commotion. The fire department got out in a remarkably short space of time and made a quick run to Kohls & Berens’ store, only to find that the blaze had been already squelched. It seems that Geo. Kohls had opened the store to get some cotton batting for a farmer. He struck a parlor match to get a better light on the subject, and a spark flew into the inflammable substance. He jumped down with the two rolls which seemed afire and started for the door, but on looking up saw the whole pile in a blaze. The alarm was given, but a few who rushed in were able to carry all out before any serious damage was done. It was a narrow escape from a disastrous fire, and was attended by all the excitement which usually accompanies a serious conflagration.

The Scott County Driving Ass’n held a meeting last Tuesday night and decided to give a free matinee next Saturday the 21st. A committee of business men has agreed to conduct the races and farmers will be chosen as judges in their race for another harness. Particulars next week.

Oct. 19, 1893

B. J. Gellenbeck has rented one of the commodious new stores of the Busse Block and hopes to be ready for business by the first of next week. Beside the restaurant business he will engage in the retail grocery trade.

The Misses Flaherty have opened a dress making establishment in the Jacob Ries building on First street and would solicit a share in the public patronages. Latest styles and methods of work at satisfactory prices.

A. M. Strunk claims the distinction of having shot the first wild goose of the season. The bird tipped the scales at nine pounds.

The union depot is being treated to a coat of real fresh paint, heroically applied both externally and internally. The interior walls are light and dark drab and the ceilings are sky blue, while the outside has assumed the sombre hue of clay. The whole makes a most appreciable and acceptable improvement.

The merry-go-round left for greener pastures this morning. The outfit does not carry away with it quite so big a lump of the lawful coin of the realm as did the first one. This fact is due, however, to the inclemency of the weather, and not to any feeling of satiety of fun on the part of the infant, the schoolboy, the bashful lover, the merchant, and the old man. Each and all have given themselves up to its fascination on the pleasant evenings. But when the gaily painted horses and carriages have passed away, when the little nigger has faded from sight, and the air so lately rent by those little tunes lies all about so wounded and still, then will remorse come crowding in and one will wonder how he ever could have made such a fool of himself as to pay his nickel, straddles diminutive broncho, and go sailing around the track in his innocent glee for the space of five times sixty seconds. It does seem foolish, but we wager that when the next one comes along, and the engine begins to puff, the gaslight to flicker, the rollicking music to burst forth on the ear, and those little horses go bobbing around the circle, the very fellow who philosophizes thus will be the first one to hop on for another whirl. ‘Sic eunt fata hominum. [See Webster’s Unabridged, p. 1685.]

Peter Annen is erecting a commodious barn upon his residence lot.

Rev. C. H. Sweatt will move into the brick house on east Third street lately occupied by Paul Fischer.

In the list of veterinary surgeons licensed last week we note the names of Otto Dierberger and August Entrup.

Mathew Lies will remove his family from Marystown to this place within a week or two. His son Peter who is soon to be married will run the farm in the future. Mr. Lies intends to build a comfortable residence here in the spring.

The mill company is indulging in a feeling of pleasure over the recent award of a medal by the World’s Fair judges to their “Our Matchless Quality” brand of flour. It is a source of congratulation both to the company and to the town.

The three houses recently purchased of F. C. Heroux by Aug. Scherkenbach have been reshingled and repainted. Their value is much enhanced by the result.

B. A. Kohler has purchased a half interest in the carrouselle which has just removed from town. The outfit will be shipped to California direct, and the owners will depart for that sunny clime within a week or so. The outdoor life and light occupation will no doubt have a most salutary effect upon Mr. Kohler’s health.

An addition to the cooper shop is soon to be built. The increasing amount of business demands more store room as well as working room. A three story brick addition 24×24 will give the additional space needed. This will make the shop about 120 feet in length and three stories in height at the rear. Another drop in the bucket of Shakopee’s little boom.

Frank Huber met with another severe loss by fire last Tuesday. Wm. Groskopp’s steam thresher was busy at a setting on his farm when sparks from the engine set fire to the grain. Six stacks of wheat and separator were burned. It will be remembered that Mr. Huber suffered the loss of all his buildings except the residence last Fourth of July, and this makes his second loss seem doubly unfortunate.

Nic Heger is tearing down his old residence and will immediately erect a substantial brick dwelling upon the same site. The new building will be two stories high, its width 28 feet, and its length 38. About twelve feet of the rear of the old building has been left standing to serve as a kitchen, and together with the new part will make a most commodious dwelling. The old structure was one of Shakopee’s landmarks, having been erected in 1856 by Thos. H. Pitts, who used it as a general merchandise store for several years. Many will remember the old sign on the front of the building just above the door. Its ghost is still there under the paint and may yet be read thus: “CHEAP CASH STORE.” After many vicissitudes the building fell in the way of a school and played an active part as a hall of learning for some time. It was finally made over into its recent form and had been occupied as a dwelling up to this week when it was forced to succumb to the influence of Shakopee’s boom.

Oct. 26, 1893

The Misses Flaherty, located in the Jacob Ries building, are busily engaged in dressmaking, with new methods and at new prices.

The steamer G. A. Mower of St. Paul was the first one to take advantage of the high stage of water in the Minnesota. The boat passed up the river Monday afternoon, returning the next day. The effect of the dam at the foot of Pike Island is most noticeable. The water is several feet higher and there seems to be little or no current. There is water enough between the banks to float a Diamond Jo line steamer. And won’t it seem like old times, though, when the musical notes of the river steamer’s whistles are again heard every day, the dray loads of freight go rattling and creaking to and from the levee, and the deck hands trot back and forth in a steady stream across the gang plank with their loads of produce and merchandise, while the big engines chough with a mighty rythm that grows louder and louder as the smoke begins to pour in a black torrent from the smokestacks, the bell rings “all aboard,” the gang planks are hauled in, the big fellow settles slowly and gracefully away from the bank, the great wheels revolve, the boat turns, and speeds rapidly away down the green hedged banks of the river. And the old steamboating days it would seem are about to be revived. They should be. Even if there be no profit in it, someone ought to run a steamboat on the Minnesota just for the poetry there is in it. We should ourselves were we not so busy. But with the business of our mills and factories, the shipments to our merchants, and the passenger traffic that would soon fall into line, there is no reason why the owner of a boat might not pick up quite a little profit along with his poetry. All will be glad to see the thing tried next spring at any rate.

Frank Buch, our progressive lumberman and coal dealer, has erected a spacious coal shed 16×30. The walls are made of 2×6 timbers and give a very substantial look to the structure. It is located near the depot and beside the north sidetrack of the Milwaukee road.

There are on exhibition at Val. Zoller’s shoe store some fine specimens of corn and mangel wurtzel. One root of the latter tips the beam at over twelve pounds. Michael Klerrer of Marystown poses as the husbandman.

Berens and Nachtsheim have decided on a complete change of base. Hereafter goods will be sold invariably for cash and their prices have been reduced to accord with the new method of business. Try them and see if the change is not for your good as well as their own.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Oct. 4, 1918

Building Looming Up. Work on the new women’s reformatory has been progressing with satisfactory rapidity, in spite of the difficult labor and material situations, and Mr. Snell, the state’s supervising architect, was of the opinion Wednesday that the brickwork would be completed in a week or ten days, unless delayed by the non-arrival of the stone for the facing. The plumbers have been at work for a matter of weeks. Practically all of the steam pipes have been laid in the basement and the force is now working on the first floor. We saw Ted Veiht wrestling with the 8-ton boiler Wednesday and probably that’s in place by now…

Bold Auto Thieves. A representative of Hewitt, the Minneapolis contractor, who was here Tuesday to look after the painting of the foot bridge, came very close to losing his car. He and his boy went up town to eat lunch and left the car at the roadside where the ditching machine is working. When they got back the boy saw the car moving off. He told his father, who at once gave chase. As luck would have it, the thieves tried to make Teig’s hill on high and killed the engine. They must have had more than ordinary difficulty in starting the engine, for the owner was able to overtake them. As soon as they saw that they couldn’t get away with the car, the thieves jumped out and ran for it. There were two of them, and as they jumped from the car their pursuer noticed one’s hat fall, and he was quite certain that he recognized the head of a woman as the robber stooped to recover the hat. The other was a man, without doubt. Having recovered his car, it did not occur to the owner to report the attempted theft. Had he telephone the police from Teig’s there is no doubt that they would have been apprehended. From the description given of them it is believed that the thieves are a couple who spent Tuesday morning in Shakopee.

John Abeln bought the Buch home, east of St. Mark’s church this week and moved his family therein on Tuesday. The McHugh family is occupying the upper floor.

A service flag, containing eight stars was dedicated at the Presbyterian church last Sunday. Short services were held, H. D. Funk of Macalaster college officiating.

Jacob Mahowald moved his stock of tombstones to his house on First street and has given up the office in the Scherkenbach building for the present.

Mrs. W. S. Newgard and daughters, Lillian and Marion left for their new home in Devils Lake, N. D., this morning. Several farewell parties were given in their honor the past week.

Oct. 11, 1918

Capt. Geo. H. Jones to Leave. It is a matter of general regret that George H. Jones has resigned his position as agricultural instructor at the high school and will move to Minneapolis this week. Owing to the fact that Mr. Jones has taken only one year at the Minnesota U he also had two years at Ames and the state board requires two, it transpires that the school would be unable to get its full appropriation for agriculture with Mr. Jones in charge of the department. Hence his resignation…

Work was begun this week on the new depot at Merriam, to replace the one destroyed by fire some time ago. The building will be of brick and will be built by the M. & St. L. railroad company.

The Red Cross chapter shipped two large boxes of clothing for the Belgians, this week.


Road Work Progressing

The popular point of interest at present seems to be the road across the river where the big dredge is at work. Since the commencement of operations less than two weeks ago the machine has advanced about 1500 feet from its starting place just north of the park and all along that distance has piled earth 8 to 10 feet deep upon the old roadbed. The machine, which has drawn the interest of so many since it commenced its career down the road, is well worth a few minutes of one’s observation as it plunged its scoop into the earth, scoops up a yard or so of unloosened soil and with another movement swings its load over the grade and dumps it, repeating the operation at the rate of better than once a minute. Just where operations are now under way the soil is sticky and hard to work and things are going slower, but in dry soil the machine can probably throw two yards a minute.

At the present rate of progress the grading job should be completed by the end of the year…

Oct. 18, 1918

August Gelhaye has rented the Busse building on First street, and has opened a first class restaurant. He will also have a line of confectionery, ice cream and soft drinks.

Miss Rose Lenertz has accepted a position in the freight depot at the Omaha station, on Monday. Her positon at the mill has been supplied by Miss Spindler.


Home Guards Busy

Sunday afternoon Co. F, M. H. G., of Shakopee received orders to mobilize for duty in the fire area near Duluth. At 4 o’clock the company was drawn up in front of the court house, and after being instructed by Lieut. Childs to hold themselves in readiness for immediate call the men were dismissed.

Next Sunday morning at 9:10 the company will fall in at the schoolhouse and from there it will march down the St. Paul road to the place where the review will take place before Maj. F. E. Williamson. The Red Cross Girls will serve dinner for the battalion.

Oct. 25, 1918

Organize Red Cross Orchestra. Some time ago C. G. Bowdish was requested by some members of the Shakopee Red Cross chapter to organize an orchestra of home musicians to play for Red Cross dances and other functions, the idea being to turn into the treasury some of the money paid out for mere expenses of outside orchestras. Sometimes this expense amounts to as much as the wages of the players. By engaging home people this can be saved. Mr. Bowdish succeeded in getting together four people with whom will be associated a first class drummer. This will make a five-piece orchestra consisting of violin, cornet, trombone, piano and drums. The drummer, of course, will carry bells and miscellaneous traps. The first rehearsal was held Monday evening and the first dance will be given on Thanksgiving, if the Influenza epidemic has subsided by that time. So far the personnel of the orchestra includes Miss Beulah Bowdish, piano; Howard Delwo, violin; R. C. Byrde, cornet; August Lebens, trombone.

Joseph Fisher and his helpers are laying cement sidewalks on the north and east sides of the high school block.

The Poehls home in east Shakopee is being remodeled.

Miss Ida Scherkenbach is assisting in the office of the local Draft Board, temporarily.

Fire destroyed the farm residence of John Cameron, known as the Fewer farm, last Sunday afternoon. The origin of the fire is unknown and the loss is covered by insurance. The Cameron family were planning on moving into the house this week and had already moved canned fruit and vegetables, which were consumed by the flames.

1918: Scott County Argus

Oct. 4, 1918

Shakopee Merchants Comply War Order. It may be noted elsewhere in this issue that the merchants of Shakopee are going to comply with the Conservation and War Industries Boards whose orders are that all business houses must adjust their business to the end that the expenditure of every ounce of time and energy may be conserved. The nation’s business—your business and my business right now is the prosecution of the war, yes, the winning of the war in the shortest possible time. In meeting this requirement the loyal merchants of Shakopee are adjusting themselves to a situation over which they have no control, but in doing so they are contributing their bit to the sum total of the nation’s forces which at this time are being waged that freedom “shall not perish from the earth.”

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Swanson have rented the home of Mrs. Lena Spindler and will take possession as soon as it is vacated by Mrs. Spindler who will reside in Minneapolis.

Jos. M. Geis, who was one of the prize winners at the Scott county fair, this week sold four fine Shorthorn calves. The purchasers were E. J. Pond, Matt Sand, Matt Stocker of Jordan and a stockraiser of Jordan.

Miss Matilda Marschall is spending this week in Minneapolis. Miss Marschall has resigned her position at the University Farm school and will return home to remain until after the holidays when she will return to the twin cities.

Jacob Mahowald, proprietor of the Shakopee Marble and Granite Works, has moved his stock to his home and the Scherkenbach building formerly occupied by him is now vacant. Mr. Mahowald will continue in the business, with his office at his residence.

John Abeln has purchased the residence property of the late Frank Buch and moved in Tuesday.

Oct. 11, 1918

Mrs. P. M. Fischer Heads Child Welfare Work. One of the most important lines of war work prosecuted by the Woman’s committee of the Council of National Defense is that of child welfare. Mrs. P. M. Fischer has been placed in charge of this work for Scott county and will carry it on under the direction of Mrs. James Swan of Minneapolis who is state chairman. An article is published elsewhere bearing on this work.

Home Guards Mustered In. Thursday evening of last week the Home Guards recently organized by George H. Jones were mustered into service, Major F. E. Williamson, commanding the 13th Minnesota Home Guard battalion of Minneapolis, administering the oath to some 30 members. Major Williamson was accompanied by his staff officers, Capt. T. C. Snider, Capt. Carroll Crowl of A Company and Capt. J. R. Kelly…

Oct. 18, 1918

Peter Paul is busily engaged in renovating John Berens’ store with a fresh coat of paint.

As a result of being accommodating Will Dietrich is carrying his right arm in a sling and will lose the use of it for several weeks. While in Jordan Saturday Will offered to crank a Ford for a friend and the car back-fired, breaking his wrist in the joint and causing a very serious injury. All of the Jordan physicians happened to be away and Will was forced to return home before he could receive surgical attention. Dr. Reiter is his attending physician.

Oct. 25, 1918

Farm Home Burned. Last Sunday afternoon fire of unknown origin destroyed an unoccupied frame building on the John Cameron farm in Eagle Creek. The house was formerly the old Fewer home. The fire had gained great headway before it was discovered and the building was burned to the ground. Mr. Cameron was planning to move into the place and had the cellar stored with vegetables and a large quantity of home canned goods which had been put up for the winter. All of it was a total loss but insurance was carried on the building.

The Wm. Habeck family have moved into Wm. Sudmann’s home in East Shakopee.

Cement sidewalks are being laid on the north and east sides of the high school block, Joseph Fischer having the contract.

The home on First street formerly occupied by the late Mrs. G. W. Kinsey has been rented by George LaValle.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Oct. 7, 1943

Red Cross Group Convened Friday. Comprehensive reports of the vast amount of mercy work and gratuitous service rendered in the past few months by the Scott County Chapter of the American Red Cross were presented when the officers and committee heads of the organization met with Miss Estelle Jamieson, county chapter chairman, at the Women’s Reformatory here, Friday night…

Telephone Co. Employees Entertain at The Riviera. Employees of the local telephone office, entertained at a luncheon, Wednesday evening of last week, at The Riviera, in compliment to two of its members. The honored guests were Mrs. Milton Greta, chief operator for a number of years who has been transferred to a St. Paul office, and for Miss Evelyn Hauer, whose marriage will be an event of the near future…

Oct. 14, 1943

New Company In Operation Here. A new corporation known as Alloy Metals Co., has taken over the operation of the Kienzle & Merrick Co. here, P. W. Casey and Henry C. Klages, Minneapolis, two of the three incorporators, disclosed in an interview Monday afternoon. The third incorporator is Willard Morse, also of Minneapolis. J. A. Coller, II is the attorney for the new company…

798 Tons Scrap County’s Quota. A total of 798 tons of scrap iron and steel has been set as Scott county’s quota in the Victory Scrap Bank drive now under way, E. G. Leibold, county salvage chairman, said today…


Shakopee Girl Vies for Utah War Queen Title

The Salt Lake (Utah) Telegram of Oct. 4 carried a pleasing photograph of a Shakopee girl with this caption and copy:

“Her hopes are high—Miss Wynnie Huber, blond secretary, is the choice of the personnel placement department of service command unit 1904, at Fort Douglas for the title ‘Utah State War Queen’.”

Miss Huber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Huber, of Shakopee, was one of the first candidates announced, the paper disclosed, and “she will vie with queens from war plants and organizations all over the state and will take part in the night parade scheduled for 7:30, October 12.”

The contest winner is to be selected by Lorraine Day, Hollywood celebrity.


Local Cigarette Fund Provides 3,000 Packs

Approximately $150 was obtained from the “milk bottle” cigarette fund recently sponsored here by the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association, Dallas Capesius, secretary, disclosed Tuesday.

The fund has purchased 3000 packages of cigarettes, which have been consigned to General Eisenhower’s men with the compliments of the Shakopee civic group.


Fire Threatens Industries Here

The Kienzle and Merrick plant and the adjoining Page and Hill plant in West Shakopee, were seriously threatened by a fire of undetermined origin, on the roof of the Kienzle and Merrick plant, Tuesday afternoon.

Chaska and Jordan fire departments were summoned to assist the Shakopee department in fighting the stubborn blaze that centered at the terminus of a blower system which carries wood dust and particles from the Page and Hill plant. The blower terminates in a hopper and it was in that area that the fire fanned by a strong south wind, raged…

Oct. 21, 1943

Red Cross To Gather More Blood in County

New opportunities for Scott county residents to give their blood to save the lives of the nation’s fighting men, will be afforded in November and December, when the Red Cross mobile blood-gathering unit returns to the county, Miss Estelle Jamieson, county Red Cross chairman, announced Tuesday.

The mobile unit is scheduled to visit Shakopee, Nov. 1, and Jordan Dec. 1…

Two Pet Dogs Victims of Recent Poisoning. Two 5-month-old rat terriers, the pets of Frank Dircks and Jerry Regan, were reported to be the victims of poisoning this week. Jerry’s dog has partially recovered from the violent effects, but Frank’s dog failed to respond to treatment…

Oct. 28, 1943

Offers Reward for Dog Poisoning Information. A communication from James Nankivell, executive agent of the Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, advises that his society is investigating the recent epidemic of dog poisoning in Shakopee and is offering a reward of $150 “to anyone giving information leading to the arrest and conviction of dog poisoners.”…


National Tea Opens New Food Market in Shakopee

The National Tea Company Food Stores, purchaser of the assets of the former C. Thomas chain, opened its new store in the Dawson building, here last Thursday. A. J. Hillesheim is the store manager, and “Bud” Wendling is in charge of the meat department.

Redecorated and fitted with new fixtures and equipment, the modern food market offers the accommodation of semi-self-service, which, according to the management, is proving popular…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Oct. 3, 1968

Plan To Hire Scott County Library Director. The Scott County Board of Commissioners in session Tuesday of this week, October 1, at the Commissioners’ room in the Scott County Courthouse at Shakopee, directed Scott County Auditor Joseph Ries of Shakopee to advertise for applicants for filling the position of director of the new Scott County Library System to become effective on January 1, 1969…

GOP Headquarters. Now at the northwest corner for First and Holmes, adjacent to Shakopee Realty, is a house trailer located this past week to serve as the Nixon-Agnew headquarters for the City of Shakopee.

New manager of the Montgomery Ward and Company Catalog and Retail Store, First and Lewis Street, Shakopee, is Remo Peterson, who took over the manager ship duties this week, according to an announcement by company officials…


New 200-Bed Package Disaster Hospital On Hand To Meet Any City Emergencies

St. Francis Hospital administration announced this week that the strength of St. Francis Hospital, Shakopee has been increased many fold with the delivery of a 200-bed package disaster hospital.

The unit augments the present 117-bed capacity of St. France Hospital, and is a complete hospital unit in “every sense of the word,” hospital authorities said.

The “package” includes an X-ray unit, operating room tables, instruments, medical supplies, sterilizers and two stand-by generators for light and power.

City and Scott County officials present for the unloading of the unit, which is now stored partly in the new Shakopee Public Utilities building, Fourth and Naumkeag, and partly at St. Francis Hospital, stated they were impressed with the completeness of the “hospital.” They added that it is a boost for the area should a disaster occur.

According to hospital officials, the package hospital is so complete that “it is like having a 200-bed wing available in the event of need.”

Stored in the new utilities building are many cases and crates of unperishable items such as beds, instruments and the generators. Each package is marked and coded for delivery and set-up so that the entire “hospital” could be put into service within 24 hours…


Light Bulb Sale To Aid Day Center

The Shakopee Lion’s club will begin a house-to-house light bulb sale canvass, beginning next Monday October 7, and continuing through next Wednesday, October 9. Bulbs are to be sold in “Thank You” packs, containing two 60-watt bulbs, two 75-watt bulbs and four 100-watt bulbs at the regular retail price of two dollars.

Proceeds from the project are to be given to the Scott Day Activity Center, Inc. at Belle Plaine. According to Mrs. John Strunk, chairman of the board of directors for the Center, the money will be designated for the children’s transportation fund…

Oct. 10, 1968

Dick Hennen Plow Contest Winner. Dick Hennen of Marystown won first place in the Minnesota Horse plowing contest last Saturday, October 5, at Owatonna…

City Sunday Liquor Vote To Be On Nov. 5. Approved on a unanimous roll call vote at the regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday night of this week, October 8, was that the proposition of Sunday liquor be placed on the ballot, with voting by residents of the city to be during the General election on Tuesday, November 5…


Maurice Stans Among Nixon’s Cabinet Choices

Maurice Stans, former Shakopee resident and member of the 1925 graduating class of Shakopee High School, has been named as possible Secretary of Treasury in a Nixon-Agnew administration…

Stans was named in a recent issue of “Newsweek”, along with other prominent citizens, as GOP Presidential Candidate Nixon’s preferred choices for the nation’s Cabinet. Among others named were Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, Governor George Romney of Michigan and Governor William Scranton of Pennsylvania…

Oct. 17, 1968

The Crow’s Nest is the nickname for the press box recently erected behind the bleachers at the Shakopee High School gridiron on Tenth Avenue. Purpose of the structure is to allow faculty members to photograph movies of the football games in progress. The movies are shown the following Monday to players enabling the coach to make individual suggestions on player improvement, and to point out mistakes as well as to review successful plays. The movies are also shown to Sportsmen’s groups, including the Shakopee Sports Boosters. Reported at a Shakopee School District No. 720 Board of Education meeting Monday of this week, October 14, was that the structure is to be completed with the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club volunteering financial assistance.

Lauren Sorenson Assumes Duties As New Cubmaster For Pack 218. Lauren P. Sorenson, 721 South Madison, assumed duties as new Shakopee Pack No. 218 Cubmaster at Parents night, for all parents of Shakopee Cub Scouts, held on Monday of last week, October 7…


School Board Inviting Architects To Confer On Future Building Needs

Decision to invite three architects to a special meeting on Monday, October 28, of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education, set to consider future building needs of the school district, as well as to hold an adjourned meeting tonight (Thursday), October 17, to further consider this topic, was made at the regular meeting of the District No. 720 Board held Monday evening of this week, October 14, in the Board room at the Senior High School on Tenth Avenue.

At the meeting this evening, District No. 720 board members plan to further consider the alternates of construction of a new Elementary school in the southeast sector of the city, remodeling the present building at Fifth and Holmes for a Junior High facility; addition of a possible wing on the present High School; need for an auditorium, as a further stage of the present Senior High School’s building program; or a combination of these, along with the consideration of the “round school concept” and the “middle school approach” to curriculum presentation…

Oct. 24, 1968

Smash Glass In Break-In Attempt. An attempted break-in at Great North Trading Post on Highway 101, east of Shakopee, was apparently foiled when the thermo-pane window, at the front, cracked through the burglar alarm system. The incident occurred sometime during the night or early morning hours last Thursday or Friday, October 17 or 18…

Recommend Reformatory Replacement. Among recommendations made by the task force of the Minnesota Governor’s Crime Commission last Thursday, October 17, was that the obsolete Women’s Reformatory at Shakopee should be replaced with a possible institution to care for women from several states…

Razed to make way for an addition to the present warehouse of the Jacob Ries Bottling Works, at the corner of Holmes and West Third was the former J. J. Berens residence, just west of the bottling firms’ facility that includes the plant, offices, and a warehouse. The home of the former pioneer Shakopee merchant is believed to be some 85 years old…

Taking shape, with the structural steel being erected, is the extensive addition to Valley Cues, Inc., 240 South Shumway, pool cue manufacturing firm. The expansion is a 30,000 square-foot addition that will, in effect, double the floor space of the firm and is being erected to the north of the present facility and along Second Avenue.


Area Highways, South City By-Pass Included In Studies

The Minnesota Highway Department has signed contracts with two consulting engineering firms to conduct in-depth studies for two highway planning areas, including those in the immediate Shakopee area.

The agreements are the first attempts in Minnesota to utilize consulting engineering firms in what is called “the total design team concept approach” in highway planning.

The larger of the two projects involved portions of Trunk Highways 169, 212 and 41 in Hennepin, Carver and Scott Counties. The object is to determine the most favorable approach to providing updated highway facilities for the area immediately southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area…

In addition the preliminary design will include a recommendation for a Trunk Highway bypass south of Shakopee…


New Two-Mile Road For VIP; Now Negotiating With 15 Firms

Valley Industrial Park (VIP), on Highway 101, just east of Shakopee announced it has begun construction of two miles of blacktop roadway to save new industrial tenants.

Dr. John Clegg, president of North Star Research and Development Institute, developer of the park, said the new roads, 66 feet wide, will make available an additional 250 acres of land for industrial sites. He said that nearly 200 acres already have been developed and are occupied by six firms…

Oct. 31, 1968

Ordinance On Utilities Secretary Post Fails. Ordinance No. 263, dealing with the combining of certain city offices with that of the City Administrator, and particularly that of the Secretary of the Shakopee Public Utilities commission being combined with the office of the City Treasurer, after a second reading failed to pass on a roll-call vote with all four aldermen present voting “no.”…


Architect Presentations At School Board; Vote For Same Firm

Following presentations by three architectural firms, the Shakopee School District No. 720 Board of Education on a four to two roll call vote chose Armstrong, Schlichting, Torseth and Skold, Inc. of Minneapolis, architectural firm for the Sweeney Elementary School, to be consultants with the District No. 720 board on its present planning for future school facility needs…

Discussion also reflected that the District No. 720 board in planning of future school facility needs is considering possibilities of a new Elementary school building for southeast sector of the city; a possible remodeling of the present building, known as the Junior High building at Fifth and Holmes, to include more complete science, home economics and industrial arts facilities, and a possible new auditorium to serve all schools tentatively considered as another phase of the building program at the present Senior High School building on Tenth Avenue.

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Oct. 7, 1993

Downtown bypass, river bridge to open on Oct. 20. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a grand-opening ceremony for the long-awaited downtown Shakopee mini-bypass and new Highway 169 river bridge for Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m…


School expansion costs below projections

A contract for the construction of additions to Pearson and Sweeney elementary schools was awarded Monday during a special School Board meeting.

Adolfson & Peterson Inc. of Minneapolis was awarded the contract with a base bid of $6.4 million. The School Board voted an additional $462,000 to be spent on contingencies, including folding partitions for classrooms at Pearson, corridor carpeting at Sweeney, and air-conditioning at both buildings, for a total project cost of $6.86 million…

Oct. 14, 1993

New Boy Scout Troop No. 12 starts in Shakopee. With the growth of Shakopee comes the addition of a new Boy Scout Troop— Troop No. 12. Larry Underkoffler, the district executive for Minnetonka District of the Viking Council of America, which covers Shakopee, said that the council has recognized the need for an additional troop…


Names differ, but grocers strive to provide Super Valu

Workers from Lyle’s Sign Co. drove into the parking lot at Cleve’s Red Owl in Shakopee recently and removed the big red owl face which at one time represented 400 Red Owl supermarkets across Minnesota. It was a face that looked out to First Avenue since 1965.

In its place now is the name “Cleve’s Super Valu” — a name that store owner Dick Cleveland has long wanted to call his own. After remodeling the store and putting up the Super Valu name, Cleve’s held its grand opening Oct. 3…


Cop to be assigned to schools

The Shakopee School Board Monday approved a plan in which a Shakopee police officer will spend about two hours per day each in the junior and senior high schools.

Under the joint school district-city program, officer Tom Crocker would start school visits on Monday…

Oct. 21 1993

St. Francis, HealthSpan reach accord

The affiliation of St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee with HealthSpan Health Systems Corp. of Minneapolis was made official last week…

Under the agreement, HealthSpan will be responsible for day-to-day operations at St. Francis…


Schleper named baseball coach

Back in the early 1980s, Shakopee High School’s Tom Schleper was one of the stars who helped SHS earn a reputation as an area baseball power. Now, about a decade later, Schleper will be leading the Sabers as the head baseball coach.

Schleper was recently hired as the school’s head baseball coach, replacing Bob Britz. Britz has taken the year off from his teaching duties to explore a business venture. His absence from the teaching scene created the coaching vacancy…

Oct. 28, 1993

Old bridge to remain for pedestrians, bikers

The old Holmes Street Bridge is only supporting its own weight now that the new Highway 169 bridge has opened.

The old bridge will be maintained for bicyclists and walkers, but only for a time: State and local officials say it will be torn down within five to seven years to make way for a smaller, wooden bridge that will tie to a Chaska walking trail and new pedestrian tunnel under the mini-bypass…


Word circulating that track will be sold soon

Reports are circulating among the Minnesota horse racing industry, legislators, and local officials that Canterbury Downs may soon have a new owner.

Rick Reichow, vice-president and chief financial officer of Ladbroke Racing Corp., the Shakopee racetrack’s co-owner, declined comment when asked whether there were negotiations underway for the purchase of Canterbury. Reichow did say that should a buyer emerge, it would be the new owner — not Ladbroke — that would make the public announcement…


Rezoning request for housing tabled by city

A Minneapolis developer has asked the Shakopee City Council to rezone approximately 68 acres of land south of Fourth Avenue and about a half-mile west of Canterbury Downs to allow for the construction of single-family homes in an area that is now zoned for multi-family units only.

After discussing the matter for two hours at its Oct. 13 meeting, the council tabled the matter until Nov. 16.

The proposed development, called Prairie View, would include 142 single-family homes in the mid-$90,000 range, and 280 multi-family units. It would also include about eight acres of park land. The property is held in the estate of Lorraine Lenzmeier…

Remember When: September 2018

1893: Scott County Argus

Sept. 7, 1893

Michael Berens started in to tear down his frame building Tuesday. Work on his new brick structure will commence immediately, and under the skillful hands of Roehlfs & Woehling, will climb up to rapid completion. Tally one more for Shakopee’s little boom.

Chas. Siewert moved his family to Cologne last Monday. He has sold his property here and will open a blacksmith shop in Cologne.

J. A. Wilder is having his pleasant residence remodelled, just to help the boom along. A neat piazza and corner tower are to effect a most appreciable improvement in the dwelling.

Probably 1500 people from Shakopee, Jordan, Chaska, and Chanhassen were present at the dedication of the new parochial school building at Marystown last Sunday afternoon. The Shakopee contingent is estimated at four hundred. The members of St. John’s society to the number of fifty were in attendance and took part in the exercises. Prof. Soengerath, of St. Thomas Seminary, Merriam Park, delivered the oration.

Plans are not yet fully completed for Otto Spielman’s new building between the City Hall and Voelker & Koenig’s meat market. It is understood however that the building will be a two story brick structure as wide as the lot, leaving a narrow alley way, and running back about eighty feet. The upper part is to be used as a dwelling and the first floor will be occupied by Mr. Spielman in his saloon business. The building is to be a modern one in every way and an ornament to that part of the town.

W. W. Cornelie and family will soon vacate the rectory to occupy Joseph Buch’s new house in upper town.

O. S. Brown will make some extensive improvements in his residence this fall. The entire front of the building is to be reconstructed, a large plate glass window will be put into the front parlor, and a piazza across the front will adorn the whole.

O. J. Brown reports that the bodies of two dead horses lie just below the bridge opposite the fair sheds. One is already decomposed, he says, and the stench which arises is a menace to the public health. If this be true, action should be taken and at once by the health officer. The spot mentioned is inside the city limits.

Sept. 14, 1893

We learn that August Scherkenbach has bought the Heroux houses on Second street.

Ground was broken for both the Berens and Otto Spielman blocks this week. The brick work on both the Busse and the How blocks is now about completed and some idea of their attractiveness can be formed. Each is an ornament to the city and deserves all the praise it receives. Mr. Busse will occupy his smaller store as soon as it is ready to receive him, which will not be for at least two weeks yet. The How building will be ready for occupancy in another month.

At a meeting of the Scott Co. Driving Ass’n held in the offices of Dr. L. G. Mitchell last Monday evening it was decided to have a race meeting on Monday the 2nd day of October. $100 in purses will be hung up. There will be six events during the afternoon, the free-for-all, green trotting, farmers’, running, and professional and amateur bicycle races. The event of the day however will be the farmers’ race. This will be an event for farmers’ horses alone. It is probable that many buyers will be on the track and no better occasion could be had to make sales in horse flesh. No entrance fee will be charged for this race and a splendid harness will be hung up for the first horse under the wire so that each one has something to lose and lots of sport and a fine harness to win. The Shakopee Cornet Band will probably furnish music for the occasion. A 25 cent admission fee to the grounds will be charged, and a fine day’s sport is promised to all who attend. The stock fair will be the largest of the year and farmers would do well to bring in their families with the intention of staying all day. A day’s pleasure will not hurt anyone.

The American Express Office at the depot was entered by burglars last night but no money and no articles of value were secured. The moneys of the office are sent away every night and Mr. Cornelie’s plan is to leave the cash drawer open for inspection. This he forgot to do last night and the miscreants broke the drawer in getting it open. A burglary was attempted at the Milwaukee depot in Chaska last night but the student who sleeps there opened fire with a revolver and the fellow fled toward Shakopee. Here they broke in by breaking a pane of glass in the window and pulling out the catch. The work was undoubtedly that of our home talent.

Sept. 21, 1893

A little steam yacht brought up from St. Paul last Sunday eight young “bloods” from that city. They arrived here at three o’clock Sunday morning and, thinking they were in the back woods, set about having a real lively little spree. Officer Ring heard the sound of revelry by night and straightway proceeded to lay the strong arm of the law upon the devotees of the god of Bacchus. They were weighed in the balance the next morning but were let off with a fatherly injunction to “go and sin no more.” They left for down river points at three in the afternoon.

A gong has been put into the mill office ad connected by wire to the telephone office. This arrangement was found necessary to accomodate the mill’s ever increasing business.

John Reis has painted his dwelling and tenement on Fifth street. The color and style of work are quite up with the times, and render a most attractive effect.

Antoine Gentgen is making some substantial improvements in his dwelling at the corner of Lewis and Third streets. The house has been raised three feet and the lot will be filled in and sodded. The interior is to be remodelled and a bay window put in on the south side. A new roof will complete the whole.

The excavation for the Berens block is completed and the walls are rising. The excavation for the Spielman block also is nearly finished. All the building sand for the structure was taken out from the cellar. At a depth of eight feet an inexhaustable bed of sand was struck. It is of excellent quality and comes in just right for Mr. Spielman.

Perhaps you are not aware of the fact that we have among us a first class mechanic, jeweler and watchmaker. We have had the opportunity to examine a C. K. of A. solid gold watch charm, made entirely by hand of Mr. H. P. Marx for Chas. Grafenstatt. We have never seen any better work of the kind, the engraving being particularly good. As an engraver Mr. Marx far excels the average. He wishes to announce that he will make gold rings and other jewelry out of old gold. Take your old gold to him and have it made into something you can use. Silver and gold engraved bangles are made the same day the order is left.

The Milwaukee switch track between Sommerville and Lewis streets is being raised some eight or ten inches.

Sept. 28, 1893

August Scherkenbach has had the house occupied by Mrs. O’Dowd in the Third ward re-shingled.

Doctors Mitchell and Sabin have been appointed members of the pension examining board of the county.

The members of the firm of Paul & Heroux have dissolved partnership.

Mrs. Tessmer last Sunday accidentally swallowed a tack and in coughing it up sent it into her nose. A specialist from St. Paul came down Sunday night but was unable to find it. However, he thinks it will work out all right of itself, and the lady is rapidly recovering.

Another merry-go-round is affording amusement for the fun loving for a week or so. It is located on the same lot which the first one occupied and looks just the same with the exception that the nigger which plays the organ is a little lighter colored. This, however, makes no appreciable difference in the tunes he grinds out. They sound just like the ones evolved by the first one. It is claimed though that this one has two brand new ones for your delectation.

B. J. Gellenbeck will open a restaurant in the building now occupied by Mrs. Henschel within a week or two. This we think is a wise move. There is probably no other one thing that Shakopee needs so badly as a good restaurant, and Mr. Gellenbeck is certainly the right man to undertake the matter. He may feel assured of success from the start.

Mr. Mertz, our new shoemaker, moved over from Chaska this morning. He has located in the building just east of John Theis’s.

There will be a meeting at the Union School Saturday evening at half past seven o’clock to organize a reading circle. All are cordially invited.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Sept. 6, 1918

The new Ford Sedan belonging to R. L. Brown was badly smashed last Friday evening, while Brown was crossing the tracks near the depot. We are informed that the Milwaukee motor, due at 5:41, with the motor shut off, was nearing the depot and was almost noiseless. The motor struck the Ford sideways, damaging it to the extent of $150. We understand the railroad company will adjust the loss.

Airplanes Visit Shakopee. Shakopee has been given a chance the past week to become quite familiar with airplanes. All day Sunday planes could be seen and heard overhead, and some were flying so low that with the aid of a small glass the occupants could be seen; indeed, those who had telescopes of the ordinary power were able to watch every movement of the flyers. All the machines belonged to the exhibition squadron of the British and American “wildcats” which has been performing at the state fair this week. The first of the machines was observed here about noon, and the hum of the engines was heard by some after dark. One machine came down on the John O’Dowd farm shortly after noon to adjust some engine trouble, but though Mr. O’Dowd hurried over to the spot, the fliers were on their way again by the time he came near. Another machine was seen to turn a series of veritable somersaults in the air as it passed over town to the south. Other machines are reported to have landed in this vicinity. It was a show well worth seeing, and to many it was something new…

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wise and daughters, Florence and Mary left for Faulkton, S. D., on Wednesday, where they will reside. Their home has been rented by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Green, who have already taken possession.


Schools Open This Week

The union school opened its doors on Monday morning when all pupils assembled for enrollment. The year’s work commenced on Tuesday and through the courtesy of Prof. Clark we give the following number of pupils enrolled in the grades and high school. 1st grade, 28; 2nd & 3rd grades, 39; 4th & 5th grades, 37; 6th & 7th grades, 37; 8th grade 18; high school, 54.

Two new subjects were introduced this year, French, the class having an enrollment of 42. Unified Mathematics, a new study, also has a large class. The study of German has been dropped.

St. Mark’s parochial school began the year’s work on Tuesday morning having an enrollment of 264 on the opening day.

Sept. 13, 1918

Mile Road Quite Impassable. Owing to unavoidable obstruction of the roadway where the construction gang is working, the mile road north of town is closed to travel for the next week or so. The obstructions are due to an accumulation of materials in one place and to the assembling of the line drag, with which the dredging is to be done, at another. Notice will be given as soon as the road is clear again.

Two Fire Alarms. The Shakopee fire department has responded to two alarms the past week, and in both instances have shown praiseworthy celerity in reaching the scene. Sunday noon an alarm was sent in to the effect that Lee Gelhaye’s saloon was burning. The company was before the place with the fire apparatus in less than five minutes, but there was no fire. The building was full of smoke all right, but it was caused from a smoke barrage which Lee had put down on the flies. Nothing daunted by this false alarm, the company made an equally prompt appearance the following noon when an alarm came in from the Kirkeby residence. In this instance a chimney fire was the cause of trouble. The fire burned through the interior of one of the rooms but was put out without doing much of any damage.

Mr. and Mrs. Achille Tuyten moved into their new bungalow, near the stove foundry, this week.

Next Friday evening, the last pavilion dance of the season will be staged in the Scott county agricultural society’s pavilion in Riverside Park. Everybody come.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dellwo have taken rooms in the John H. Ring residence on Second street.

Sept. 20, 1918

Gasoline Explosion. Tuesday morning an accident happened at the home of the Misses Bieren which caused considerable damage and came narrowly ending seriously for Miss Mary Bieren. Miss Bieren, having filled the tank of her gasoline flatiron in readiness to do ironing, had stepped out into another room for a minute or two when she heard an explosion, and running back to the kitchen found the room a virtual wreck from the explosion of the gasoline tank, while a blaze had started all over the ironing board. At considerable risk to herself she put out the blaze but did not escape without severely burning her hands. The damage done to the room was considerable and plainly denoted the force of the explosion. Two windows were blown out into the yard, the window casings were torn from the wall, and plaster lay everywhere. The kitchen was as complete a wreck as if 40-centimeter shell from a Big Bertha has landed in it. Had Miss Bieren been in the room when the explosion took place there would have been a more serious tale to tell. The gasoline iron ranks well up with the unloaded gun and the over-driven car as a menace to the continuity of the human race. Theoretically it cannot explode, but somehow or other it gets in its work when there is least apprehension of danger.

Ditching Machine Erected. The road foreman and his men are busy this week setting up the line drag ditching machine with which the excavating for the filling of the mile road will be done. The machine is being set up just north of Riverside Park, where operations will be started in a few days. It consists of a wide platform set on a track, upon which is the hoisting crane, a large kerosene engine and the bucket or dredge. The crane is based upon a circular track so that it may operate in any direction desired. They tell us that the scoop is so powerful that it is capable of cutting through one or two feet of frost. The purpose of the machine, of course, is to scoop earth from the right of way onto the road bed. As the grading is done the machine is moved forward by taking to the front and placing ahead of it the sections of track over which it has already passed. Thus only a very small amount of trackage is necessary. The operators, two in number, can do all their work inside the engine house on the platform, so that operations can be carried on in any kind of weather, from a Florida zephyr to an arctic blizzard.

Mrs. Fred Rohlfs was hostess to a party of Red Cross knitters at her home last Friday afternoon. The afternoon was pleasantly spent, after which a sumptuous supper was partaken of. All report a fine time.

John Strattmann sold his home and furniture to A. J. Mingo, last Wednesday, the consideration being $2200. Mr. Strattmann departed for Milwaukee on Tuesday evening where he will make his future home. Mr. Strattmann has been a resident of Shakopee for many years and has a host of friends who regret to see him leave but who wish him success in his new home.

The Hal Huth family moved here from Savage last Saturday and are occupying the Joseph Ries house, near the depot.

Sept. 27, 1918

The Schroeder Brick & Lime Manufacturing Co. has shipped the brick to be used for the new schoolhouse at Judson, this state.

Every farmer who has a silo doubles his bit for winning the war. So also think Tom Condon and Wm. Wiechman, who are two Shakopee farmers who have bought silos this week from the Interior Lumber Co.

The Irving Oltman family will move to Hopkins next Monday where Mr. Oltman will be employed in the machine shops.


An Historic Meeting

“Gug, Ga, Goo!” said Rose, Roger and Roderick in chorus on beholding Philomine, Marie and John, whose answering “Google, guggle, glug” in baby talk means kid, I love you, too.

It was a most unusual party which met at the Arnold Kopp home south of Shakopee last Sunday, this first meeting of two sets of triplets and their proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Abeln of Shakopee and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Kopp of Eagle Creek. The Abeln triplets, John, Philomine and Marie, are three months old, hale and hearty, and weigh 11 to 13 pounds apiece. The Kopp trio are one month old and are thriving apace, as healthy youngsters as one would wish to see…

1918: Scott County Argus

Sept. 6, 1918

John Heller has resigned as chief of police and Charles A. Rose was appointed to fill the vacancy by the city council.

Mrs. C. W. Daye and Mrs. S. T. Turner spent Wednesday in Minneapolis purchasing material for 100 comfort kits for the Red Cross.

As Lester Brown was driving to the depot Friday evening last he turned out to avoid a woman pedestrian and before he could turn back was struck by the approaching motor on the Milwaukee road. His Ford Sedan was upset and a wheel ripped from it but otherwise suffered little damage. Lester was pulled from the car by scared witnesses of the accident but escaped without a scratch and is considered very fortunate as he might easily have been killed.


Elsewhere in the Argus are published articles of incorporation of the Buchanan Grain company, capitalized at $50,000, with Wm. Fulton and Paul M. Marshall, millers of Minneapolis, and C. T. Buchanan of this city as directors.

The company has taken over the elevator at the depot and will engage in grain buying exclusively, principally of wheat. The business will be conducted in connection with the mill but as a separate part.

The first meeting of the directors is called for Tuesday, September 17th.

Sept. 13, 1918

Is Home Guard Possible? Whether or not Shakopee is to have a Home Guard will be determined by the number of men in attendance at a meeting called for next Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock at the court house. There are now 55 enrolled and in order to form a company 65 or 70 men must be signed up by September 20th. Regular drill nights are Monday, Wednesday and Friday and with the coming draft the advantage to be gained by the drill is incalculable. Chaska and other neighboring towns are organizing and it is hoped that Shakopee may also have a company. G. H. Jones the drill master, is deeply interested in the project and makes a special appeal to the men of Shakopee to attend the meeting Monday evening and for a Home Guard that will be a credit to the city.

Joseph Huettle has given up his position in Charles Hartmann’s meat market and left Tuesday for St. Paul to work for the McMillan company. Mrs. Huettle expects to move to that city the first of October.

Frank Boehmer moved into his new home on Third street Wednesday.

Sept. 20, 1918

Little Child Scalded. Rosella Powers, the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Powers of Marystown, was the victim of a shocking accident at the home of her grandmother in Chaska Saturday. The little girl fell into a pail of hot water standing on the porch and was so badly scalded that pneumonia developed and she died at two o’clock Monday morning. The funeral was held yesterday at Chaska. The sorrow-stricken parents have the sympathy of the community in their affliction. Their only surviving child is a baby boy ten days old.

Andrew Mingo this week bought the John Strattmann home and will take possession October first. Mr. Strattmann left Wednesday for Milwaukee to spend the winter with friends there.

Peter J. Mahowald was at Lakeville several days this week plowing his farm in readiness for spring. Mr. Mahowald will give up his business in his harness shop and return to farming as he prefers that occupation to indoor work. He has not yet disposed of his shop and will not move immediately.

Sept. 27, 1918

Wm. Sudmann has rented the Peter Piske residence and will move there as soon as it is vacated by Andrew Mingo.

Carl Linhoff, who has been engaged in electrical work at different points during the summer, has returned home. He expects to enter the university later.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Sept. 2, 1943

Revenue Dept. May Establish Office Here. The possibility of the collector of internal revenue establishing a full-time office in Shakopee, was hinted this week by Mayor J. J. Cavanaugh, who disclosed that a representative of the Treasury Department was in the city inquiring about space for a permanent office quarters…

There is considerable activity in the sale and purchase of city property in Shakopee. There is much demand for homes. The latest purchase to come to our attention was that of Albert Herrgott, who bought the house and lot advertised in this paper by our local citizen, John Garvey. He is advertising another house for sale in this week’s issue. Mr. Garvey says he will build more houses just as soon as he can obtain building material—after the war.


Christmas Seals May Be Obtained at Any of Shakopee’s Drug Stores

Tuberculosis Christmas Seals, a penny apiece, to be used on overseas mail for men and women in service have been placed on sale downtown for the convenience of local people, Mrs. M. L. Regan, chairman, announces.

They are available at the following places: Shakopee Drug store (bus depot), Strunk’s Pharmacy and Deutsch Drug store…

Sept. 9, 1943

Mr. and Mrs. Math Sames have moved from the house they occupied for a number of years, near the State Reformatory, into their own home at 618 Holmes St. Mr. Sames, having retired from the duties as engineer at the reformatory, will now, with Mrs. Sames, enjoy the fruits of their labors in their new home.

FOR SALE.—7-room house, priced $2,000—$100 down, balance $35 per month. Inquire at SINCLAIR OIL STATION, or Call 332-W.

Sept. 16, 1943

FOR SALE.—Shakopee kitchen range, laundry stove with water jacket, ice box, good stanchion. JOHN SAMES, Shakopee. Tel. 689-J.

FOR SALE.—To close estate; 197-acre farm, mile north of Marystown, 5 miles south Shakopee. Well improved buildings; electricity, water in house and barn; hot air furnace. Known as Mrs. Val Theis farm. Inquire HARRY V. THEIS, Adm., Tel. 486, Shakopee.


694 Pupils in Shakopee’s Three Schools

A substantial increase in the total enrollment of pupils in Shakopee’s three schools was disclosed this week in the announcement of registrations. Still greater increase is anticipated in the next few days, it was said, when students, now employed in farm work and other essential industry, return to their studies.

Registration records revealed that 694 pupils were enrolled in Shakopee schools on the opening day this year. Opening day registration last year was 678…

Sept. 23, 1943

Northrup King Co. Plant Now in Season’s Rush. Seed, many thousands of pounds of it, for next year’s sweet corn crop, is now being processed at the Northrup King and Company seed processing plant in West Shakopee…


T. B. Control in County Effective

Scott county is making encouraging progress in the march toward tuberculosis control, according to the Minnesota Public Health association, the State Christmas Seal organization.

Scott county now has its tuberculosis death rate down to 23.1 having decreased it by 1.8 within a span of two years. It ranks 54 among the counties in its tuberculosis death rate…


PAGE & HILL CO. HAS NAVY AND RAIL CONTRACTS

If you have been one of the many who have pondered the “what-for” of the mountainous piles of lumber in the vicinity of the Page & Hill plant in the west end of the city, you may find a partial answer in the disclosure made by plant officials, Tuesday.

Right now the firm, employing 100 men and women, is engaged in the manufacture of 100,000 grain donors for the Omaha railroad; 70,000 loading pallets for the United States navy, and in the last 90 days completed 3000 hog feeders for use on northwest farms…

Sept. 30, 1943

Another Repair Shop to Keep Our People Shod. Our fellow-townsman, Fred Wessel, has decided to operate a shoe repair shop in the rear of his home located on the corner of Third and Lewis. Fred is not a stranger to the people of this community, as he and his good wife have ben residents of Shakopee for a number of years. He conducted a shoe repair business here with success before disposing of it to others to carry on when he accepted a position as instructor in the shoe repair department at the Shakopee N.Y.A. Center.


Cigarette Fund Here Reported Gratifying

Although officers Wednesday afternoon, were just in the midst of counting the nickles, dimes and pennies, they reported that the Civic and Commerce association’s milk bottle campaign had been a gratifying success.

Milk bottles were placed in the city’s various business places where contributors could deposit their small change in the bottles. The coin thus accumulated is to be used to purchase cigarettes for the men in service…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Putting the finishing touches on the blacktopping installation of Shakopee’s thoroughfare, Tenth Avenue was the achievement of the contracting crew this week. This project is a part of an approximate $150,000 1968 Street Improvement program for the city.

Meat Truck Blaze. Shakopee volunteer firemen were called out at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday of this week, September 3, to extinguish a blaze that originated in a Hormel meat truck at the Shakopee Red Owl supermarket in the Shakopee Shops Shopping Center on East First. The truck was unloading at the supermarket, and there was not meat in the storage area of the vehicle at the time of the blaze. It was quickly extinguished with no serious damage resulting.

Advisory Committee Meets Tues. Eve To Consider Courthouse Need. An initial meeting, to include a tour of the Scott County Courthouse and Public Safety annex building in Shakopee, was held Tuesday evening of this week, September 3, by the committee, named by the Scott County Board of Supervisors to assist the county board with the planning and determination of needs for new facilities…

Sept. 12, 1968

3,200 Tour St. Francis Hospital At Open House. Approximately 3,200 attended the Open House, dedicating the new wing at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. last Sunday, September 8…

Shakopee Council No. 1865, Knights of Columbus building committee looks over the site of the new Knights of Columbus clubrooms for which construction is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall. The building is to be located approximately one-half mile east of County Road 17 on County Road 82 or East Fourth Avenue, and will include a lounge for members and guests and a large hall with kitchen facilities, meeting room and recreation room. The hall will be 52 by 72 feet to accommodate large receptions and parties. The large kitchen and service bar will adjoin the hall. The meeting and recreation rooms will be below the lounge and kitchen area, and will be open for youth, clubs or other activities…

Milk Shed Lost In Blaze Friday. Lost in a blaze at 4:15 p.m. last Friday, September 6, at the Bernard Schmitt farm, RR 2 Shakopee, five miles south of the city in Louisville township, was a small milking shed…

Sept. 19, 1968

Art Open House Sunday

An art exhibit and Open House will be held at the Minnesota Correctional Institution For Women at Shakopee, Sixth and Adams, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, September 22.

Featured on exhibit will be the art work of Mrs. Mary Malekar of Eden Prairie, art instructor at this state institution…


Need For Courthouse Expansion To Get Further Study By Scott Board Next Tues.

The project of need for new facilities at the Scott County courthouse site in Shakopee is continuing to get active consideration, with Scott County Auditor Joseph Ries of Shakopee to make a special report at the meeting of the Scott County Board of Commissioners, at the Board’s scheduled meeting on next Tuesday, September 24.

Auditor Ries is presently preparing a report to indicate the present dimensions of office space, used by the county offices and agencies in Jordan, the Public Safety Building annex, adjacent to the Scott Courthouse as well as the courthouse itself, with these statistics to be presented to the Scott Commissioners at next Tuesday’s meeting…

Discussion of the committee at this time brought out the possible return of the Scott County Welfare department, presently located on East First in Shakopee and formerly located in the Public Safety Annex building, back to the courthouse site. Also discussed was the locating the Scott County Agent and Home Agent, now with offices in Jordan, in the proposed new facilities in Shakopee.

Also discussed at length was a possible judicial wing to the present court house facilities, and the need for remodeling the present respective offices and facilities in the present courthouse…


Reveals Plans For $1.5 Million Amusement Park Near Stage Coach

Plans for a $1.5 million amusement park in Eagle Creek township, south of the Belle Union Opera House-Stage Coach Restaurant – Frontier – City complex, just to the south of Highway 101 and east of Scott County Road 89, between Shakopee and Savage, was revealed last week at a meeting of the Scott County Board of Commissioners.

Raymond J. Colihan of Excelsior, the developer, said that the amusement park is proposed to be on 60 acres in Eagle Creek township. He said the park, tentatively called “Wildwood,” will include about 20 rides, a dance hall, restaurant, picnic area and parking for 2,600 cars. He added that he also has an option on 70 acres immediately south of the proposed amusement park site…

According to preliminary plans shown to the Scott County Board yesterday, the amusement rides will be located around a circular “mall” in the park. Colihan said the concept is similar to large amusement parks recently built in Texas.

Colihan, who declined to identify the source of financing for the park, said he hopes construction can start this fall. Because of the length of time required in building a roller coaster, that ride may not be available during the first year, Colihan said.

Sept. 26, 1968

Municipal Swimming Pool Now Nearing Completion. Shakopee’s new municipal swimming pool on County Road No. 15, just south of Sweeney Elementary School, nears completion with just the finishing touches to be added, according to Shakopee Recreation Director George Muenchow…


Teachers Expect 5 Per Cent More Increase In Salaries By 1970-71

Expected further increases in teachers’ salaries was revealed Monday night of this week, September 23, at the adjourned meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education, when a letter was read to board members.

The letter, by Gary Volding of the Shakopee High School faculty, chairman of the teachers’ salary and welfare committee, was directed to the chairman of the District No. 720 board…

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Sept. 2, 1993

Kugath named new hoops honcho. After months of meeting and debate, Bruce Kugath is Shakopee High School’s new boys’ basketball coach. Kugath was awarded the position by Shakopee’s School Board Monday evening…


Tribute to Vietnam vets starts Saturday

The Vietnam Veterans “Moving Wall” Memorial will be in Shakopee from Saturday through Sept. 10 at Canterbury Downs.

The display is part of a week-long celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords that ended combat involvement for the United States in the Vietnam War. The Minnesota Veterans Color Guard is host of the week-long events, which will feature speakers Chris Noel and Adrian Cronauer…


Two Shakopee schools receive arts grants

Two Shakopee schools are the recipients of Artists in Education School support grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Central Elementary received a $1,600 grant for the residency of artist Sean Brown, who will assist student and teachers in becoming more skillful in the art of storytelling, while increasing their knowledge of various cultures.

Pearson Elementary received a $1,300 grant for the residency of artist Susan Warner, who will work with students in creating a permanent tile artwork which will be incorporated into the school’s new addition…

Sept. 9, 1993

Funding, weather may delay bridge, bypass projects. The chairman of the Scott County Transportation Coalition (SCTC) told county commissioners Tuesday that the transportation picture looks bleak due to funding cuts, flooding and rains, and Gov. Arne Carlson’s opposition to a gas tax to help pay for transportation projects…

Hospital auxiliary’s 40th anniversary. The St. Francis Auxiliary will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 on the front lawn of St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 325 W. Fifth Ave…


Valleyfair to spend $2 million

The parent company of Valleyfair, the family amusement park in Shakopee, said that it plans to make $21 million in capital expenditures on its three amusement parks for the 1994 operating season, including about $2 million at Valleyfair.

Cedar Fair L.P., based in Sandusky, Ohio, said it plans a family-oriented addition to Valleyfair featuring Berenstein Bear characters in Bear Country, an indoor/outdoor area.

Sept. 16, 1993

School reorganization approved

Additions and remodeling are not the only changes taking place at the Shakopee district’s elementary schools.

As of next year, its organizational structure will be different, too.

On Monday, the School Board approved a recommendation to designate two kindergarten through fourth-grade schools at Pearson and Sweeney Elementary and a fifth- and sixth-grade school at Central Elementary starting with the 1994-95 school year…


The place to be

With the changing traffic patterns that are expected once the Shakopee Bypass project is completed, the city’s two drug stores this summer made a decision to relocate along Marschall Road, which is expected to be a major retail corridor once the highway project is complete.

Roberts Drug opened June 1 in the strip mall on Marschall between Fourth Avenue and County Road 16. Owners Charlie and Dan Bartz were able to find a location that allowed them to double their floor space. Since moving from another strip mall at 814 First Ave. E, they added many new products and services, Cherie Bartz said.

The owners of Eastman Eagle Drug recently broke ground for a new drug store just west of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Marschall Road. Owners Gary and Melissa Gustafson and Greg and Sharon Wiser expect to open an independently owned Snyder Drug Store there in November. They also own the Snyder franchise in Chaska…

Sept. 23, 1993

Shakopee instructor is music teacher of year. Colette Sherman, a music teacher at Shakopee Junior High School, has been named Classroom Music Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Sherman was recognized for excellence in classroom instruction…


Fields of dreams

Aug. 20 was a field day, literally as well as figuratively, for Shakopee School Board members and high school staff.

That was when a ground-breaking ceremony was held to signify the start of work in the first phase of the development of an outdoor activities complex at the high school…

Sept. 30, 1993

Ferry Bridge completion may be delayed. Work on the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge is again in full swing, but the loss of most of the summer construction season due to the Minnesota River flooding and heavy rains may now mean the $144 million project will not be completed until July or August 1995, said Scott County Highway Engineer Brad Larson. The project was scheduled to be completed by November 1994…


Downtown project’s phase two approved

About a dozen downtown business owners told the Shakopee City Council last week that they favor a proposal to begin work on the second phase of the downtown reconstruction project — and the sooner, the better.

After hearing testimony from business owners at a public hearing Sept. 21, the council voted 3-1 to begin preparing plans for the $360,302 project. Councilor Bob Sweeney cast the lone dissenting vote, and Councilor Michael Beard was absent…


City Council approves plans for flying-disk golf course

The Shakopee Lions Club plans to install a 12-hole flying-disk golf course in Lions Park after receiving approval from the Shakopee City Council on Sept. 21.

The project is expected to cost about $8,000, and is on the park’s five-year capital improvement plan as a 1995 project. However, the Lions asked that the project be approved for this year, and the council agreed…


KKCM to celebrate 30th anniversary Wednesday

Shakopee radio station KKCM-AM will celebrate its 30th anniversary next Wednesday.

When it signed on the air in 1963 with the call letters KSMM and a 500-watt non-directional signal at 1530 on the AM dial, the station was located on Lewis Street. In 1968, the station moved to its current home at 421 First Ave. E. In 1987, after an ownership change the station changed its format to a contemporary Christian music station and its call letters became KKCM.

In 1989, the station again changed ownership and in 1991, KKCM changed its format to Christian news-talk with an 8,600-watt signal, which reaches Wisconsin to the east and Willmar on the west, and can be heard as far north as Mille Lacs Lake and in Sauk Centre to the northwest.

The station has added more local news and sports programming, and this school year, a regular schedule of live play-by-play sports programming for Shakopee and Chaska high schools was added…