Compiled by Don McNeil, Shakopee Heritage Society
From the Shakopee Valley News
Shakopee Library sets 28,802 book record for 1961. It was the achievement of the community branch of the Dakota-Scott Regional Library system. Of the total, 10,779 were adult books and 17,303 were read by children. This record 1961 total was a 19% gain over the 1960 book circulation of 23,500 and represents an average circulation of 5.3 books for each resident of Shakopee.
Assigned risk drivers in Minnesota, those who because of bad driving records cannot get regular insurance policies, cost the rest of the driving public high insurance premiums. According to the Insurance Information Institute, assigned risk drivers cost the insurance companies $132.50 in losses for every $100 of premiums received from such drivers over the past five years. The point is that the loss to the companies from such drivers is made up in higher premiums for all other motorists.
The Shakopee fire department answered a total of 65 calls in 1961, a decrease of seven from the 1960 figure of 72 according to records completed in the office of the County Sheriff.
Minnesota has suffered heavy out-migration of people in the past 20 years. Minnesota loses 40 people for every 100 it gains. Our rate of growth in the past decade was 14.5%, compared to the 18.4% for the U.S. Most of Minnesota’s population growth was concentrated in the Twin City Metro area. All Minnesota counties with less than 10,000 urban residents lost population – this is nearly half of Minnesota’s 87 counties.
Partial receipts for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 1961, at the Savage post office showed a 20% increase over the past year.
The White Investment Co. of Minneapolis will offer, without obligation, free counsel to explain to you how you can get projected earnings of 9.13% on your protected investments.
Appliance demonstration and laundry clinic…Sears Mail Order Store – Bring your laundry problems, learn how cooking can be fun with a Kenmore gas range. Miss Sonja Oftedahl, Home Services Advisory of Minnesota Valley Natural Gas Co., will demonstrate. Sponsored by Sears Mail Order Store, Shakopee.
Something for everyone…”You may notice some typographical errors in this paper. They were put there intentionally. This paper tries to print something for everyone and some people are always looking for mistakes.”
The shortest line to prompt Rexall service is your telephone. Call us for free pick up and delivery services when it is inconvenient or inadvisable to leave your home…Eastman Rexall Drug.
Selected as one of the 10 national winners of the 1962 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Library Awards, was the Dakota-Scott Regional Library System. The award to be made an official presentation during National Library Week in April, consists of a plaque and a check for $1000 to be used for the purchase of books.
Shakopee Chamber of Commerce’s animated float, one of the entrants in the colorful St. Paul Winter Carnival parade, was awarded the Visitor’s Award trophy. The Shakopee float, with the theme, Sno-Man’s Land, presenting a salute to the Winter Carnival, featured animated snowmen complete with top hats, mufflers, ice skates and skis. One is at the front of the float and revolves on a snowball in a fountain that carry out the bright blue and white, trimmed in silver décor. Two more are at the rear of the float by an ice palace joining the fountain with a water effect.
Scott County Board of Commissioners purchased four used trucks from county road maintenance men to become the last county in the state to discontinue the policy of private ownership of maintenance vehicles for use on county roads.
To board a jet airliner were Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Christensen, Miller’s Trailer Court, who won the grand prize of a free all-expense paid trip and 7-day stay in Hawaii, feature of the fall Twin City area Parade of Homes. Theirs was one of 30,000 names entered.
For the purpose of taking initial sites in the organizing of a Girl Scout troop in Shakopee, interested parents held a meeting at the John Starr residence. Considered at this meeting was current interest shown by the community in the Girl Scout organization, along with the needs in regards to Brownie and Girl Scout troops should the movement be organized locally.
Solid cedar full-sized bunk beds…sturdy 3 inch posts, includes springs, side rails and ladder…while they last $47.00 – L. N. Gephart Furniture, Lakeville, MN.
Hard times and antics lead to the laughs and mystery to be in store for those attending the Shakopee High School Jr. Class Play, “Mummy and the Mumps,” to be held at the high school auditorium. Tickets are on sale from junior class members and at local firms or may be obtained at the door.
Coin operated dry cleaning coming to Shakopee soon…watch for the grand opening announcement. Dry cleaning…8 pounds per load; comfortable lounge facilities; attendant on duty; clean restrooms…Schesso’s Coin Operated Dry Cleaning – Corner of Second Avenue and Lewis Street.
Ninety-five adults enrolled in seven courses of the adult education program at Shakopee High School, John J. Feda announced. Courses are civil defense class, beginning bridge, welding, typing, knitting, woodworking, and cake decorating and fancy party foods. Great books and practical public speaking were not formed due to lack of interest and enrollment.
A former Shakopee student, Jim Steinhoff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Steinhoff, now associated with Phoenix Air Researchers, a Phoenix, Arizona firm producing gas turbine compressors and power units, picked up an extra $1,500 for a suggestion to change a gasket to eliminate 85 parts formerly used in the assembly.
Wool dressmaking was the activity in the Community Room of the First National Bank of Shakopee as eight Scott County homemakers were participating in an all-day wool workshop conducted by Scott County Home Extension agents.
New Social Security farm benefits…A Social Security representative will be at the Scott County Court House to answer questions and assist individuals in filing claims. Farmers having a gross income from their farm of $600 or more can get Social Security credits even if they had a loss in 1961.
10% discount on all meats…you can choose your own specials. Harvest Queen cracked wheat bread…2 for $.29, vine-ripened tomatoes – basket of 9 for $.29…Shakopee Red Owl; low, low prices – plus S & H Green Stamps.
Principal speaker at the DFL’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner will be Vice President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson. The event is to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis. This dinner is a major fund raising project of the DFL.
’62 license plates must be on by March 1. New 1962 license plates must be attached to motor vehicles by Thursday, March 1, residents are warned by Deputy Registrar, Brendan L Suel, of the Shakopee Motor Vehicle Registration Bureau, in the Valley News building, 321 W First Ave. Persons driving with 1960-61 plates after the March 1 deadline may be arrested and fined.
Court awards $2,550 in cigarette vending case…a Scott County district court awarded a verdict of $2,550 in the personal injury suit in which the plaintiff, a pharmacist, sought $20,000 in damages. The complaint alleged that in the process of installing a cigarette machine the plaintiff was severely injured about the head and face, causing pain and suffering, permanent disabling injury, and loss of time from employment and medical expenses.
Shakopee’s World War I, Last Men’s Club annual banquet is to be held in the Shakopee American Legion clubrooms with all area World War I veterans being invited to attend this annual get-together event.
Shakopee Legionnaires of Post #2 will participate in the nationwide observance of the American Legion’s 43rd birthday announced Commander Donald Trutnau.
Annual report of the Shakopee Police Department for 1961, released this week, shows 64 criminal investigations were made with more than half solved and a total of 23 accidents being investigated.
Previous authorization of the burning of the Old Mill Pond building in Memorial Park by the Shakopee Fire Department after April 1, with the structure being considered a hazard, was stayed indefinitely by action of the Shakopee Common Council.
Minnesota leaders in industry, finance, labor, communications and savings bond volunteers met in the St. Paul Hotel kick off of the “Freedom Drive,” the most intensive campaign for purchases of U.S. Savings Bonds in 11 years. Theme of the drive “Underwrite Your Country’s Might and Buy Extra Savings Bonds.” The state’s goal for purchase in the campaign has been set at $42 million.
One regular construction program for the 1962 fiscal year in this area… the Highway 101, East First Street project in Shakopee on which preliminary work is now underway.
Quick response by the Shakopee firemen saved the dairy barn at the John Sarazin farm at the intersection of County Roads 16 and 17 from being a total loss when the blaze broke out about 8:55 p.m. Monday night.
Now is the time to trade your used typewriter, adding machine or calculator. We need machines…our stock is low. We are offering top dollar on trade-ins. Call today…Suel Publishing Co.
Protecting Your Dollar…by Walter F Mondale, Attorney General, State of Minnesota…Recent heavy snows have created a specialized market and a greedy few are rushing to fill a genuine public need with their hasty, ill-conceived and overpriced promises…I’m talking about home repair racketeers.
Real Estate Buy-of-the-Week: 4 bedroom rambler in good location on good lot – sacrifice at $14,000….3 bedroom rambler, 2 years old with attached garage, all oak, built-in stove and oven, all assessments in, near church and school – $17,800..Mertz-Horeish, Inc.
Sewing Machine Half Price Sale…Help! Help! – We are snowed under with dozens of late model machines – floor models, repossessions at less than half the original price. Singer late model – $49.00…Valley Sewing Center.
Topic Music Co. has stereo designed for modern living…V-M stereophonic high-fidelity console phonograph. Luxurious mahogany or walnut finished cabinetry. Model 809 only $229.95…Topic Music Co., 126 S. Holmes St.
Drs. J. E. Ponterio and P. J. Adams are now serving patients in their joint practice at the new Shakopee Medical Center clinic, 323 Naumkeag St., moving from their former offices above Strunk’s Pharmacy.
Attractive new addition to the Shakopee commercial district will be the new Berens Super Fair supermarket, with completion expected in about 90 days. The 72 by 100 foot, all steel building with a Roman brick front and two-tone steel panel will be located at 2nd and Fuller Streets.
The Shakopee Common Council revealed that selection of a tentative site for a new post office building has been made. It is planned to erect this building on North Lewis Street on a one-quarter block site. The area encompasses 21,300 sq. ft.
Pumping of flood water at the baseball diamond in Riverside Park was underway. Flood waters did not reach the ball diamond as the emergency dike building efforts proved successful, but the ditch to the north of the diamond’s fence filled up rapidly since water backed up through the culvert under the dike road.
Flying Cloud Drive-In Theater, Highway 169 S…Now Open – Paul Newman in Paris Blues also the shocker, “Town Without Pity” all action program in color.
On the construction site of the new Red Owl store to be in the Shakopee Valley Plaza Shopping Center on East First Street between Dakota and Minnesota Streets…Owner Earl Lull is building the new 7700 sq. ft. supermarket and expects the new store will be ready within the next 60 days.
Shakopee Girl Scouts and their adult leaders were officially invested as members of the Girl Scout organization at a candlelight investiture ceremony held at St. Mark’s auditorium. Mrs. John Starr, leader of Troop 300 pinned Linda Dols, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dols, who was one of the 77 local Girl Scouts from the two Shakopee troops to receive pins, along with their seven adult leaders.
A meeting will be held in the Community Room of the First National Bank of Shakopee by the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce Telephone Committee with all interested in obtaining Minneapolis telephone service being invited.
Modern Etiquette by Roberta Lee: Question: Would it be proper upon leaving a hospital in which one has been a patient for some time, to tip a nurse who has been unusually kind? Answer: Better not. A nurse belongs to the professional class and might resent this. A nice gift, however, is in good taste.
Progressing on schedule is the F. H. Peavey & Co. Shakopee elevator, now going up with work on a round the clock basis at the 20 acre site in Valley Industrial Park, just east of the former NYA camp and across Highway 101 from the Owens-Illinois paper products division plant. A Christmas-like fantasy, that can be viewed for several miles results when the many lights are turned on for the work through the night.
Gaslights are back and we’ve got ’em! Nothing’s more modern than a brand new “old time” outdoor gaslight. Install a Cabildo Gas Lite, nothing down…$1.00 per month for 48 months…Minnesota Valley Natural Gas Co.
Dredging of a nine-foot navigation channel on the Minnesota River between Savage and the Valley Industrial Park, miles 14.7 to 21.8 above the river’s mouth, was underway Monday of last week to May 7, with the dredge going upstream on the previous Friday to ready for operation. The dredging operation three blocks east of the new F. H. Peavey & Co. Shakopee elevator and river terminal now going up at a 20 acre site in Valley Industrial Park just east of the former NYA camp and across Hwy 101 from the Owens-Illinois paper products division plant.
Guest speaker at the commencement exercises of Prior Lake High School to be held May 24, in the school’s gymnasium will be Walter F. Mondale, Attorney General, State of Minnesota.
Interest is still mounting for the proposed swimming pool for Shakopee, first discussed in an exploratory meeting held May 7, in the Shakopee Community Council chambers, called by the Shakopee Joint Recreation Board with two representatives from each service club, church and community-wide groups invited.
Mayor proclaims clean-up drive…Shakopee businessmen, homeowners, civic groups and others are asked to give their full cooperation next week in Shakopee’s observance of Spring Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up Week, May 20th to 27th. Aim of the annual drive is improvement and beautification of the community through removal of unsightly rubbish, repair and painting of homes and business places and care of yards, fences, hedges and shrubbery. “At no other time of the year is it more important that we rid our community of the drab, the unhealthy, the offensive and the hazardous,” Shakopee Mayor, Dr. J. C. Huber, noted in designating the week. “A clean, attractive community is necessary if we and our guests are to enjoy to the fullest the beauty of this area.”
The Shakopee Public School Board of Education, District 720, agreed Monday night to accept the invitation of the Rural Independent District 722 to meet with their board members a second time to jointly discuss the merits of a merger.
Sixty-six seniors will receive diplomas from Shakopee Public School at commencement exercises to be at 8 p.m. next Thursday, May 31, in the high school auditorium.
50 Years Ago…March 22, 1912 – William Langer has purchased the Peter Sarazin home for a consideration of $700. They will take possession by May 1st and will rent their present home.
Billowing smoke towering hundreds of feet in the air with accompanying steam could be seen for miles when flames quickly engulfed the Shakopee Warehouse building, destroying the 80,000-square-ft. wooden structure and all its contents.
Bob Ryan, award-winning television and radio newscaster for KSTP, will deliver the 1962 annual Shakopee Memorial Day address May 30th.
New first for the area will be accomplished by a group when they literally drop through space over the John Clark farm, two and a half miles east of Shakopee, as members of the Minnesota Sky Divers Club of Minneapolis stage their tri-state parachute meet on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. President Wagaman invites all in the area to attend the meet for which there is no general admission.
The Shakopee Community Theater group is now readying for its coming season, and is in the midst of preparations for its first presentation, “The Miracle Worker,” a dramatic three-act play by William Gibson, to be staged during the latter part of June.
Memorial Day Observance held May 30 at the court house grounds was somewhat marred with reports of flag vandalism. As is customary each year, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars placed flags on graves in the area cemeteries May 26 in preparation for the observance. The grave designating was completed by 2:30 p.m. and within less than an hour at 3:15 a call was received that vandals had been at work.
Intention of filing for State Senator when filing opens on June 13, is announced this week by Richard Mertz, Shakopee, real estate and insurance agent. Mertz will be seeking selection in the new twelfth legislative district created by the statewide redistricting enacted by the 1959 legislature. The new district is comprised of LeSueur and Scott counties.
Freedom was short-lived for three escapees from the Women’s State Reformatory in Shakopee. The trio, including one 19-year-old who had previously escaped and was apprehended and given an indeterminate sentence by Judge Harold E. Flynn last January following a hearing in Scott County District Court, left the reformatory together at approximately 7:50 p.m. Friday in a car stolen on the grounds. All three were apprehended last Saturday and Sunday and face charges of escape and auto theft.
The new Shakopee Shops shopping center on East First Street between Dakota and Minnesota is now taking shape and plans on that construction to be completed and tenants will take occupancy by early fall. Major tenant will be Earl Lull whose new Red Owl supermarket will occupy a 70 by 110 foot space at the northwest corner of the new structure. The center includes the entire block, with the exception of the northwest corner retained by the American Oil Company.
310 gallons of paint give “new look” to Holmes Street highway bridge. They first put on the orange colored primer coat, using some 50 gallons, then the black paint of which 225 gallons were needed. Railings were given a coat of green paint and this took 35 gallons. This handiwork being a complete repainting job by the State Highway maintenance crew. The bridge was last painted in 1940.
St. Francis Hospital will expand to 100 beds with a $400,000 wing. The three-story addition, 51 feet wide and 126 feet long, to be erected to the west of the present building. On the second floor will be two nurseries with 20 rooms for the maternity section.
Start of construction of a second traffic lane on T.H. 101 between Shakopee and Interstate Route 35 has been scheduled for 1964. Estimated costs of the three major projects in the Shakopee area are: T.H. 101 grading the westbound roadway from Shakopee to one mile west of T.H. 35, a distance of 10.5 miles is $370,000; grading two roadways on T.H. 169 is $1,356,000 and the T.H. 169-212 bridge is $240,000.
The Shakopee Community Theater Group presented its dress rehearsal of “The Miracle Worker” for the Shakopee Reformatory inmates. The play was presented in the theater barn in Riverside Park, with transportation provided by reformatory employees.
“Protecting Your Dollar,” by Walter F. Mondale, Attorney General, State of Minnesota…I have just completed a study that convinces me fictitious pricing is becoming more and more of a problem for the unwary consumer. Fortunately, not many retail businesses use this technique. Some do, however. These are the merchants who advertise an inflated “list,” “usual,” “ordinary,” or “regular” price in connection with a so-called sale price. Close checking, however, reveals they never have charged the so-called “regular” price for merchandise. The “sale” price is not much different than the price the merchant usually charges for that particular item. The deception is that at casual inspection, the sale appears to offer a great savings. These “savings,” I am sorry to say, are too often illusory.
Reports of incidents of stray bullets resulting in minor property damage to two area residents were given, with occupants of one of the homes sitting in the living room as the bullet came through the kitchen screen door and then ricocheted to hit the screen door on the back porch, the slug later being found on the porch.
Current rates offered on your investments are: 4% interest on 12 month time certificates of deposit, 3.5% interest on 6 month time certificates of deposit, and 3% on savings accounts.
Featured in the “Press” section of Time Magazine was Maurice H. Stans, former Shakopee resident. Presently head of Western Bancorporation in Los Angeles, Stans has served as Deputy Postmaster General and Director of the Budget in Eisenhower Administration. He is now writing, as a sideline, a weekly column which is syndicated in a number of U.S. newspapers including the St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press. Even though he is president of the nation’s largest bank holding corporation and earns $100,000 per year, Maurice Stans is a “moonlighter.”
Peterson (?) Where are you?…Seattle man wants his suit! … There’s a fellow by the name of Peterson or Petersen, apparently from this area that is walking around with some other fellow’s suit on, the other man being a resident of Seattle, WA, and this has prompted some three weeks of unsuccessful sleuthing and several long distance phone calls to William Wermerskirchen, owner of Bill’s Toggery. The proprietor of the local firm was brought into the hunt for the missing suit as the unclaimed suit, still on the rack at the dry cleaning establishment in Seattle, has a Bill’s Toggery label inside the suit jacket. Seems that Peterson or Petersen believed to be C. E. but not definitely established, left his suit to be dry cleaned and ended up with a rather expensive one belonging to the Seattle resident.
25 years ago…1937 – The grasshopper situation in Scott County as well as in many other sections of the northwest is taking on serious proportion. The situation has become so serious that a countywide meeting has been called for in the school house at Jordan to consider and discuss ways and means of meeting the situation.
What constitutes the central business district? Should future development be concentrated in the downtown area or will it follow a “strip business district” along the entire length of First Ave.? What is the growth potential of Shakopee? Will it be sustained growth reaching 13,200 population by 1980, will it be moderate growth reaching 20,000 population by 1980, or will it be rapid growth reaching 40,000 by 1980?
With the completed survey by the Telephone Committee of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce indicating 62.5 percent of telephone users in favor of extended area service, it is expected the request for expanded phone service will get the sanction of the Minnesota Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner as this meets the Commissioner’s requirements.
This newspaper does not accept every advertisement offered to it for publication. Perhaps this policy goes virtually unnoticed, as most readers are not aware of the misleading libelous or false advertising that is offered. In this category might be included the advertisements for vending machines, earn-at-home rackets, fly-by-night promotions and the like.
Fire, fanned by a strong southeast wind, destroyed a large dairy barn at the George Shutrop farm, five and one-half miles east of Shakopee on County Highway 16. The fire also considerably damaged a second barn and three other out-buildings as well as taking a calf and 55 pigs and thousands of bales of hay in its wake. Shutrop estimated the loss between $12,000 and $15,000.
The Shakopee public school eighth graders will begin to receive television instruction in science. The course being three days a week and broadcast over St. Paul education station KTCA, Channel 2.
A flotilla of 15 boats and 79 family member enthusiasts had a breakfast cruise last Sunday on the Minnesota River, coming up-river from the Aquacrafts Marina just off Lyndale Ave. in Bloomington to the Millpond Club on the east edge of Shakopee.
With the passage of several weeks since the end of the lengthy 120 day strike of the Minneapolis newspaper, it’s revealed that the economic ravages of the long work stoppage were crippling to both sides. It was estimated that the employees of the newspaper lost more than $3 million in wages plus another $1.2 million in lost wages to carrier boys and circulation personnel. Actual loss in revenue to the management was placed at about $13 million.
25 years ago…In a statement this week, R. L. Brown, Shakopee police chief, warned users of rifles and firearms that their weapons would be confiscated if shooting within the city limits continued.
Hey Kids…Today is Grand Opening Day for the new Lull’s Red Owl. Come and join the fun with activity to get underway at the all-new supermarket, the first to open in the Shakopee Shops shopping center at Dakota Street and First Avenue. Axel and His Dog will be handing out prizes and for Mom and Dad the drawing for the Grand Prize…a beautiful autumn haze mink stole, plus…free $1000 insurance policy for one year. The firm that has moved from the former location on Lewis Street is now one the largest privately-owned Red Owl stores in the area. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be by Mayor J. C. Huber and Frank J. Schneider, Shakopee Chamber of Commerce President.
Savage Bridge Breaks Down…The Minneapolis Northfield and Southern Railway swing bridge across the Minnesota River near Savage broke down Friday, and has been closed to navigation. Parts for the bridge’s operating mechanism were being fabricated with all possible urgency.
Miss Shakopee 1962-63 will be crowned at a special coronation banquet at the new St. Paul House. The banquet is sponsored by the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce. Selection of the new queen will be made from a group of 18 candidates.
Ground was broken for the new $100,000 production laboratory and office facilities for Rubber Industries, Inc. of Shakopee, a subsidiary of Flo-Tronics, Inc., Minneapolis, at the new site on the south side of Highway 101 at the east edge of Shakopee, adjacent to Viking Steel Production in Valley Industrial Park. The firm’s facilities are presently located on the north side of Highway 101 in the former NYA campsite area just to the east of Memorial Park.
An organizational meeting at which a new Lions Club for Shakopee was formed and first term officers were elected was held at the Millpond Club. The new Shakopee Lions Club is to meet the second and fourth Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Millpond Club. The Shakopee Lions Club will be sponsored by the Chaska Lions. Some 30 in the community have already signed up as members of the new organization.
Approved by the City Council was a resolution stating that the council was in accord with the preliminary plans for the City of Shakopee access in the highway department’s proposed alignment of Highway 169, prime highway construction project for this area.
With the traditional pomp and pageantry, Miss Betti Lu Wermerskirchen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wermerskirchen, was selected as the new “Miss Shakopee.” The 19-year-old newly crowned queen is employed at the Minneapolis division of the National Foods Store in Hopkins and plans to attend the U of M to major in physical education.
Beginning today and continuing tomorrow and Saturday, is the Grand Opening event at the Berens Super Fair, relocated from the former location at First and Holmes to the new site at Second and Fuller Streets. The new all-modern supermarket, now expanded to include 8640 sq. ft. of merchandising facilities on a three-lot site that provides customer parking for 60 cars, is offering an impressive list of grand opening prizes. All in the community are invited to visit and inspect these new quarters for a firm that is a Shakopee institution having been in operation for nearly 90 years.
Now under construction at Port Cargill in Savage is a two-mile dike that will completely surround the property to afford flood protection. The new levee is to be one foot higher than the 1952 flood level of 715, with normal elevation being 687.
Beginning next week the Dakota-Scott Regional library in Shakopee will discontinue being open Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., these special hours having been added during the summer vacation to accommodate patrons. The library also announced that it intended exhibiting the work of Shakopee art students and would appreciate them contacting the library so that facilities can be offered them to exhibit their work.
Area school enrollment up 14%…Increase of 93 in Shakopee and 100 in Prior Lake, coupled with the continued larger increase in the Savage area of 421, combined with others to make a 14.1 percent increase in area school enrollment for the 1962-63 school year as compared with 11.4 percent increase last year.
Persistent burglars hit again at Ries SuperValu supermarket over the weekend breaking a hole in the wall at the rear just two feet from where the same type of an attempted break-in was made in June of last year. Similar grocery break-ins occurred last weekend in LeSueur and Montgomery where a 500-pound safe was hauled away.
Two new businesses in the Shakopee Shops shopping center will hold separate grand openings. The events are announced by Big V Department Store and Shakopee Hardware. The Big V will feature dry goods and wearing apparel, as well as a wide selection of variety items. Merchandise will be displayed on attractive gondola-type cases and in a peg board display paneling on the walls. Both new additions to Shakopee will be staffed by local residents.
A steering committee to acquaint the public with the facts concerning a proposed golf course in Shakopee was appointed during a meeting of golf enthusiasts in the community room of the First National Bank. The Shakopee Common Council agreed to place on the ballot the proposal of granting a franchise for the proposed golf course using land in the NYA area. The proposal as discussed by about 35 persons, centered around the possibility of obtaining the use of 35 to 40 acres at the NYA site.
Northwest Premiere…Mail Orders Now! Daryl F. Zanuck’s “The Longest Day” playing at the new Mann Theater, 706 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis – Smoking Lodge seating: $2.80; Main Floor: $2.65; and Balcony: $2.40. Include remittance and stamped return envelope.
“Rather disheartening note does exist with regards to usage of our library. I fear that due to increased demands on our children by means of school and television that reading as a child’s pastime is diminishing to a considerable degree.” This was the comment of Superintendent, John F. Schmidt, in a release concerning the Prior Lake school’s library and its use.
50 Years Ago…1912 – Pursuant to the action taken by the council, a mass meeting was called for last Monday evening at the Opera House. The purpose of the meeting was to get an expression from the people of Shakopee on the proposition as to whether or not the council should enter into a contract with the Minneapolis General Electric Co. to furnish this city with electric energy for light and power purposes.
A gift to gladden the heart of any woman…A mink stole was awarded to Mrs. Edna Larson, 6932 Newton Avenue So., Minneapolis, by Lull’s Red Owl, Earl Lull, during their Grand Opening event.
Two young men escaped Monday night when their car was struck by a Chicago and Northwestern Railway train at the crossing on Naumkeag Street near Second Avenue. The young men were passing through Shakopee planning to stop to visit at 309 7th Street. when the mishap occurred shortly after 9 p.m.
Francis Horrigan, former editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise is the new managing editor of the Valley News, John Suel, editor, announced. A native of North Adams, Massachusetts, Mr. Horrigan has a background of over 20 years experience as a newspaperman.
The annual Shakopee Pet Show will be held on July 27, at Holmes Park, announced Park Recreation Director, George Muenchow. He added that details of this fun activity are to be given in next week’s Valley News. All types of pets are eligible to enter and Muenchow urges those interested to begin making their plans now as the event is just two weeks away.
For the fifth consecutive time the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce’s summer float has won the Vice Commodore’s first place award for out-of-town Chamber of Commerce entries in the Minneapolis Aquatennial competition, being judged in the afternoon Grande Parade.
Successful opening night was the experience of the professional company at the new Belle Union Opera House of the Stagecoach Players, July 12, when the new theater, designed specifically for presentation of melodrama, opened at the Stagecoach on Highway 101 between Shakopee and Savage. The Stagecoach Players will present three productions, each running four weekends during their first summer season.
Picketing continues at the Shakopee Foundry Co. with strikers appearing at the location July 27 after the fourth meeting for negotiations was held the previous day at the Shakopee Public High School auditorium. At the negotiations meeting a staff member of the Shakopee Valley News was present to report the meeting, but at the request of the Federal conciliator, he was instructed to leave the meeting, it being explained that the union representative objected to the press being represented.
50 Years Ago – Oct. 1911 – About 2000 people were on hand to greet President William H. Taft when he arrived in Shakopee from Cologne Tuesday morning on the President’s special train en route to Mankato.
Most informed observers of state government feel that the sales tax will be a roaring issue in the next state legislative session. Most DFL-inclined legislative candidates, including incumbent Rep. John Fitzgerald and incumbent Sen. Michael McGuire of this district are solidly against this progressive tax.
Lt. Gov. Karl Rolvaag, DFL-endorsed candidate for governor, will be principal speaker at the rally to be held at 12 noon Saturday in Shakopee High School. Senator Eugene J. McCarthy will also address the rally on the Cuban problem. Tickets at $1 each and may be obtained at the door or beforehand from Art DuBois, chairman of the luncheon arrangement committee.
Mrs. Monroe Kopisca, 119 W. Fifth Street, Shakopee, Scott County Chairman for the 1962 “Little Red Stocking” appeal of the Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, announced that organization for the county-wide November appeal had been completed. The Children’s Home Society of Minnesota is the state’s only non-denominational adoption agency.
The barge of grain was loaded at the new F. H. Peavey Co. terminal in Shakopee en route to the company’s flour mill at Alton, Ill. Barges can be loaded at the rate of 20,000 bushels an hour at the Shakopee terminal which provides an accessible facility for grain shippers of the western grain-producing states.
Hunting Headquarters – Deer rifle: Famous German M-91, Mauser 7.65MM-30 cal. – $19.88 (compare at 5 times the price), Quick-Draw gun case – 66 cents, Outdoor insulated boots – $4.22, all-rubberized Hunt Coat – $5.99 – Eastman Drug is now located in Shakopee Shops. Starting today the business, which had been located at 115 E. First Street, will be conducted in spacious quarters in the new shopping center.
More than 500 enthusiastic “Mertz for Senator” campaign supporters attended the LeSueur-Scott County dinner and rally held at the New Prague High School. Motor caravans from key spots throughout the two counties formed late in the afternoon and converged on the meeting place where “Dick” Mertz, state senatorial candidate, discussed campaign issues.
Shakopee businesses again this year will go crazy on Aug. 25. Joe Ries, Chairman of the Retail Division of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce announced traditional Krazy Daze events, with all participating firms making a particular effort to offer special events and attractions to their individual stores. The event met with outstanding success as thousands thronged the business district last year to join the local merchants in their biggest, zaniest and most popular event…Sidewalk sales, displays galore, prizes for shoppers, and the “coolest” of auctions along with free lemonade and the entertaining spectacle of the kiddie parade.
Beginning Tuesday of this week the new depot for the Greyhound Bus Lines is Clem’s 66 Service Station and Cafe on West First Street. Ticket facilities were moved on Monday to the restaurant from the former depot at Eastman Drug on East Fourth, now located in the new Shakopee Shops Shopping Center.
Ray Murphy is now co-owner, with Harry Graff, of the Millpond Club, Inc. in Shakopee. Before becoming associated with Mr. Graff in the local club, Mr. Murphy opened the Chalet in Crystal and more recently Diamond Jim’s in Lilydale. Previously he had been manager of the St. Paul House in Shakopee.
Announcing Dick Finch and Arda Dale are now entertaining nightly Wednesday thru Sunday, organ, drums, vocals and dancing. Membership applications now being accepted – Millpond Club, Shakopee.
Workers were engaged in putting the roof on the new Brambilla Chrysler-Plymouth-Rambler building on West First Street. The E. B. Murphy Trucking Co. of St. Paul transported the 50-foot-long, pre-stressed concrete sections to the site and they were positioned by a large crane. Mr. Brambilla expects that the new facility, with the present staff increase from 11 to 23, will be in full operation next spring.
Northern States Power Co. is paying taxes at the rate of about a million dollars a week, company officials report. NSP paid $9451 in real estate taxes last week in Scott County. The company is the largest taxpayer in Scott and 23 other Minnesota counties, as well as several in Wisconsin and North and South Dakota. NSP’s total tax payments this year amount to $50,517,000.
Minnesota Twins Stars…Two stars of the Minnesota Twins baseball team will appear in Shakopee at a Baseball Appreciation Night. The Twins players – Lenny Green and Rich Rollins, will be featured on the program to be presented at the American Legion Club. Zoilo Versalles will be unable to be on the program since Versalles must be in Chicago to “straighten out” his visa.
A special block of tickets for Shakopee area fathers and their sons has been purchased for the Minnesota Vikings “Free Football for Kids” program. For each adult ticket purchased (cost $5), an adjacent seat ticket will be given free by the Minnesota Vikings, provided that at least a block of 25 tickets (plus the free 25 boys’ tickets) are purchased. George Muenchow, Director of the Shakopee Recreation Department, said arrangements should be made soon so that the best possible seats may be obtained. If sufficient interest is shown locally, a bus will be chartered for transportation.
Representatives of the Shakopee Board of Education will meet with the City Council to discuss use of the Shakopee Public School as a possible Civil Defense fallout shelter. By law, school boards cannot spend money for other than education purposes. Moneys necessary to make school facilities adequate for shelter programs would have to come from an outside source.
The first attempt in 75 years to review and put into step with the modern world Minnesota’s chaotic criminal code is presented to the public after seven years of study by a representative committee of lawyers and judges.
Cooperation in attempting to obtain a more suitable site for a proposed post office building for Shakopee will be given by the Common Council, the aldermen decided. In a resolution, the council had expressed its disapproval of the site originally accepted. The council, in this resolution, expressed disapproval of the site at the northeast corner at Atwood Street and the alley between First Street and the Minnesota River, stating that it would entail great additional expenditure on the part of the city, including the providing of a safe pedestrian crossing of First Avenue at Atwood.
Long time post office employee, John J. Lynch was named Assistant Postmaster of the Shakopee Post Office. He succeeds Miss Elizabeth Schell who had worked as clerk and Assistant Postmaster under six different postmasters since 1923.
Shakopee Rotary will sponsor an “International Student Weekend.” In keeping with Rotary continuing efforts to promote understanding between men of all nations, area residents are urged to invite a foreign student to their home for the weekend.
Minnesota Federal Savings & Loan Assoc. expects to open its branch office in Shakopee. This was learned as the association was advised by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington, DC of the approval of its application to establish an office in the new Shakopee Shops Shopping Center here.
Coming soon, telephone calls to the State Capitol in St. Paul will go through much more quickly than at present. Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. will unveil its new direct inward dialing system known as Centrix. Centrix, in effect, makes private lines out of each Capitol phone extension with most of the 12,000 calls received daily at the Capitol bypassing the console switchboard.
Two area teenagers have been taken into custody by Scott County Sheriff’s deputies following a shooting spree in Cedar Lake Township. The boys allegedly used a .22 caliber automatic pistol or rifle to shoot a dog, a cat, mail boxes, highway signs and real estate signs and an electric meter or a utility pole.
The Grand Lodge of Masons of Minnesota is offering two $500 scholarships to the 1963 graduates of Minnesota public high schools. Pupils submitting applications for scholarship must submit an original composition on the subject “What Public Schools Do for America,” of not over 500 words in length.
New students at St. Cloud State College must prove they can do college work in a shorter period of time under a new plan adopted by the Faculty Senate. The student with an honor point ratio of 1.5 or less after two quarters is placed on trial during his third quarter. If he fails to earn a “C” average in that quarter, he may not apply for re-admission for at least 12 months.
Open tomorrow at their new location on the west side on Lewis Street will be the Gamble Store’s new furniture department being added in the store’s general expansion. Move from present quarters across the street will be completed the first of next month.
Recognition has been give John H. Clay, Commander of Shakopee VFW Post No. 4046 and the post itself by the Veterans’ monthly publication, “Gopher Overseer.” The Shakopee Post receives mention in four separate articles in this issue of publication, which is considered a top achievement in itself.
One hundred fifty-one attained the honor roll at Shakopee Public High School for the second six weeks with 29 students on the “A” honor roll, according to the roster released last week by the office of the principal.
Being unloaded last Thursday were concrete blocks for the new Prior Lake postal facility now being erected at the corner on Dakota and Third Street. Stephen and Orth Development Corporation of St. Paul is building and leasing the facility.
A bank, originally established by a group of Shakopee men, the State Bank of Belle Plaine, observed its 80th birthday with an open house. The Shakopee group established the bank in 1882, but in the following year their stock was purchased by Belle Plaine men. With many changes in stock ownership, it has been strictly home-owned and home-operated.
A 17 year old St. Paul youth who led Shakopee patrolman, Richard Kaley, on a 105-mile-per-hour chase, was charged with four traffic violations. The owner and driver of the car came in with his father and gave himself up. He was charged with speeding 100 miles an hour in a 50 mile zone, reckless driving, improper passing and failure to stop for police. The 17 year old was one of three persons in the car who were apprehended after the car stopped.
Several ways of reducing blood cholesterol concentration are being studied at the present time. The amount of cholesterol in blood usually reflects the concentration of other fatty substances in the blood as well. If cholesterol is reduced, other fats in the blood usually decrease.
Several Army Reserve units in this area, including a unit of about 50 men from Shakopee platoons, will be affected by orders issued recently by Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, in reorganizing the US Army Reserve.
Of the approximately 400,000 blind people in the United States today, more than half are 65 years of age or over according to the latest information supplied by the American Federation for the Blind.
50 Years Ago…Dec. 1912 – Hunters report having seen a silver-gray fox at the lower end of the lake, but the rarity of the animal causes some skepticism as to the species of the beast sighted.