Remember When: 1965

From the Shakopee Valley News

Jan. 7, 1965

Representing 50 years of service to the Shakopee Volunteer fire department are two members, Christie Rein, 968 Scott, and Assistant Chief Clarence Schmitt, 925 South Fuller, both retiring, and to be honored at an event Saturday evening, January 16, at the Shakopee fire station with a dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Other honored guests will be Mayor Ray Siebenaler and other retired members of the Shakopee fire department.

Rein, associated with Rein Trucking in Shakopee, joined the fire department in March of 1938 and served as the department’s secretary for 15 years. He was also a former member of the Common Council of Shakopee and served as the department’s secretary for 15 years. He was also a former member of the Common Council of Shakopee and served as its president.

Assistant Chief Schmitt, who works at the Twin City Ford Motor Co. assembly plant on Mississippi River Boulevard in St. Paul, joined the department in August of 1940 and has been assistant chief for the past four years. He also has served as fire warden for the City’s second ward.

Both joined the department when the compliment had 20 volunteers, and it has now grown to 30 members. They pointed out the blazes at Page & Hill plant, the Riviera club, Happ dance hall and the most recent Valley Warehouse blaze in May 22, 1962, as among the most outstanding fires during their Shakopee firemen careers.


Shakopee Brownie Troop No. 314, under the leadership of Mrs. Frank Badden and Mrs. John Stern. Troop No. 305, under the leadership of Mrs. Richard Schmitz and Mrs. Duane Buttshaw, and Troop No. 301, under the leadership of Mrs. David Frolland and Mrs. Ervin Deering, assisted by Mrs. Richard Nead, enjoyed an afternoon skating party at Huber Park last Saturday, January 2.

Ideal weather contributed to the festivities. After skating, the girls and their leaders gathered at First United Presbyterian church, where they were served refreshments.

Jan. 14, 1965

Special Election On Consolidation Of School District January 26 – Special election to vote on consolidating Rural Independent School District No. 722 with Shakopee Independent School District No. 720, as proposed by a plat approved by the State Commissioner of Education, has been set for Tuesday, January 26, in the Eagle Creek Town hall, with balloting from 3 to 9 p.m.


Parishioners of St. Mary’s invite their friends and fellow Shakopee residents to their centennial dinner to be this Monday evening, January 18, in the new parish hall.

The parish hall is in the newly completed addition to St. Mary’s school to be dedicated at this event. Due to the Confirmation services, to being at 8 p.m., the dinner is necessarily being served at an early hour at 5:30 p.m.

Providing the dinner will be a Minneapolis catering concern. Admission is one dollar and a half. It is expected that tickets will have to be obtained by tomorrow, January 15. They are available at Bill’s Toggery, Eastman Rexall Drug or Christensen’s grocery.


New Shakopee Businessman

Now under new management is the Phillips “66” station in Shakopee on East First across from the Shakopee Shops Shopping center, formerly owned by Lawrence Gelhaye, who began operations at the location when the new station opened for business last May.

New owner and manager is Merv Erickson, who was previously in the service station business at Farmington. The Ericksons and their three children, Jim, age 17; Linda, age 12; and Connie, age 10, after school is out this spring, plan to purchase a home and take permanent residence in Shakopee.

Erickson announced any idea or suggestion to improve the service at the station would be most welcome and appreciated.

Jan. 21, 1965

Handcuffs, 250 Year Old, Add Touch to Robert Vierling’s Weapons Display

One of the first things to catch the eye of the visitors to the Robert Vierling residence in Shakopee, is a pair of early American handcuffs, more than 250 years old.

The handcuffs, surrounded by an array of weapons, add a humorous touch to the outstanding display of firing pieces that have taken Mr. Vierling over 30 years to acquire…


Presbyterians Plan New Church

Architect plans for a new edifice for the First United Presbyterian church of Shakopee were accepted at a meeting held Monday evening of this week with no definite date set for the letting.

The new church building, with an architect’s estimate of between $150,000 to $180,000 is to be located on the previously purchased site at Shakopee Avenue and Scott County Road No. 17.

The Shakopee Presbyterian church congregation now numbers 300 and plans for the new building have been given consideration for several months. Charles Wheelock is chairman of the building committee. Rev. Calvin H. Willemssen is pastor.


Panel Discussion To Be P.T.A. Feature Monday

The January meeting of the Shakopee Public School Parent Teachers’ association will be held at 8 p.m. next Monday, January 25, in the high school lunchroom.

This meeting will feature a panel discussion on the topic, “What the School, Home, And Community Should Give The Child.”

Members of the panel will include Wallace Bishop, Shakopee Public high school counselor, representing the school; Scott County Probate Judge F. J. Connolly, representing the probation department; Dwight Dixon, Scott County Welfare director, representing the Welfare department; the Rev. Calvin Willemssen, pastor of the First United Presbyterian church of Shakopee, representing the church’s role in the community, and David Luis, Shakopee high school senior, representing the students.

Jan. 28, 1965

Civic Leaders to ‘Slug It Out’ In Broomball ‘Bash’

Shakopee governmental officials will battle it out with civic leaders in a Broomball contest at the Huber Park Hockey Rink this Sunday afternoon, January 31. Game time is 2 p.m.

Co-captains for the Government team will be Anthony “Bud” Berens, president of the Shakopee Common Council, and Alvin Unze, chairman of the Shakopee Recreation Board.

Worthy opponents from the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce will be led by Chamber President Earl Lull and Executive Secretary Dr. W. A. Muralt, who will also function as co-captains.

Each of these men hereby send out the call to members of their respective bodies to get in touch with them this week and begin preparation for this “big battle.”…


Sweetheart Dance To Be February 20

The annual Sweetheart Dance, sponsored traditionally by the Junior class of Shakopee Public high school for all students will be held on Saturday, February 20, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the high school.

The committee in charge announced this week that tickets are to be on sale Wednesday, February 10, at the high school, admission being 75 cents stag and one dollar per couple.

The dance, one of the school’s highlight social events of the year along with the traditional Homecoming dance, will feature music by the well-known “Torqueys”.

Feb. 4, 1965

Will Play Tonight on Channel 2 TV

Miss Isla Hottinger, daughter of Attorney Isla Lindmeyer and member of the 1963 graduating class of Shakopee Public high school and now attending St. Catherine’s college, St. Paul, is to appear on KTCA-TV, channel 2, the University of Minnesota station, at 8:30 o’clock tonight (Thursday), February 4.

Miss Hottinger, a clarinetist, will be playing with brass ensemble from St. Thomas college. She also appeared previously on a television program last week as a instrumental soloist.


Name Committees, Make Plans For Pow Wow Days

A committee has been named, and activity has been initiated to, in formulating plans for the 1965 Pow Wow Days, to be held this year on August 13, 14 and 15.

Members serving on the 1965 Pow Wow Days committee are Dick Hullander, chairman; Norm Erickson, assistant chairman; George Muenchow, parade chairman; Jim Stillman, rodeo chairman; Dr. W. Adair Muralt, button chairman; Jerry Kotsmith, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. M. C. Happe, retail; Ray Foslid, of KSMM radio and James Jankiewicz of The Shakopee Valley News, publicity; and the Shakopee Mrs. Jaycees in charge of the Junior Commodore and Queen contest and the Kiddie parade….


Members of the Booklovers club held their January meeting at the New St. Paul House in Shakopee, where Mrs. Grace Sweeney was hostess at a luncheon. Mrs. William Runge presented the lesson on “The Speeches And Quotations Of Sir Winston Churchill.” At the next meeting, to be held next Thursday, February 11, Mrs. Julius Dysterheft will present the lesson on “A Character Study of Shakespeare’s Women.” The Booklovers club is studying Shakespeare this year. Hostess at the February meeting will be Mrs. Kermit Lindmeyer.

Feb. 11, 1965

Rahr Malting Buys Property Adjacent to Present Plant

Rahr Malting Co. has announced the acquisition of properties formerly owned by The Shakopee Foundry and Watkins Lumber Company.

The land lies west of Pierce Street and north of Third Street, south and adjacent to the Rahr plant. It is served by the Milwaukee Road and the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.

Although Rahr has announced no immediate plans for the use of this property, the company has expanded its buildings in the event of possible future needs.

Since first building in Shakopee during 1936, Rahr has made additions to its plant from time to time. The company disposed of its Manitowoc malting facilities in 1962 and moved its general offices to Minneapolis at that time.

Rahr has interests in other enterprises for which this property might also be suited.


To Build Professional Center on East First

Plans for a professional center to be constructed this year were revealed Tuesday night at the regular meeting of the Common council.

Link Bros., contractor, were present to present a request for a commercial building construction permit for lots six, seven and eight, block 26, East First Avenue. This is the area in the three lots to the west of the Presbyterian church on the south side of First.

The structure is to be erected by Valley Properties, Inc. and will be U-shaped, 175 by 180 feet and of colonial style. Planned are facilities and offices suitable for physicians, lawyers and dentists.

Permit for the construction was granted by the council.

Feb. 18, 1965

Shakopee Man To Talk At St. Mark’s

George Spandl of Shakopee will show slides and give a commentary on his engineering work in India at the regular monthly meeting of the St. Mark’s Men’s club to be at 8 p.m. next Monday, February 22, in St. Mark’s hall.

All men of the parish are invited. The program is to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 25, 1965

Western Electric Company technicians are installing additional electronic dial equipment in the Shakopee telephone building, W. A. Boyd, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company manager reports.

Total cost of the project, designed to provide improved long distance service for Shakopee and surrounding area residents, is more than $600,000.

Boyd said a 20-man crew started work December 14 and plans to finish by next June. Western Electric, the manufacturer and supply unit of the Bell System, designs, manufactures, and installs dial equipment for associated Bell System companies such as Northwestern Bell.

The new dial equipment will be installed in the recently completed 32 by 87 foot addition built on the north side of the present Shakopee telephone building.

Boyd said when the new automatic dial equipment is in and working, Shakopee will become a long distance center for approximately 25 communities.


Nine Charged After Shakopee Police Raid

To appear in Shakopee Municipal court before Judge Isla Lindmeyer are nine persons charged following an after hours raid at Vic’s Place on West First by Shakopee patrolmen at 1:30 a.m. last Friday, February 19. All are now released on bail.

Taking the nine into custody were Shakopee Patrolmen Richard Kaley and John DuBois.

Seven were charged with consuming non-intoxicating malt liquor after hours, one of which is a minor.

The owner is charged with displaying non-intoxicating malt liquor after hours.

An employee is charged with selling and serving non-intoxicating malt liquor to a minor.


Abandoned Auto Conference

City council members, City planners, as well as members of the Planning commission, police department and other interested citizens and officials of Shakopee, are invited to attend the first Midwest Auto Salvage conference to be held in Minneapolis today (Thursday), March 25.

Purpose of the conference is to assemble the information available from all of the above named industries dealing with the problem of abandoned automobiles and unsightly storage, evaluate the data received, and make recommendations.

March 4, 1965

T. Boom’s Sporting Tip Gets Him $50

Todd Boom, Shakopee high school sophomore and son of Mr. and Mrs. Royal Boom of Shakopee, who clerks at Burshek’s Hardware after school, made a “sporting tip” pay off $50 for him.

Todd sent the suggestion to “Sports Afield” national magazine and was mailed the $50 check. The tip—how to keep your soap out of the sand and dry while on a camping trip—put the bar of soap in a nylon stocking and hang it from a tree!


Boy Scout Paper Drive This Saturday

This Saturday, March 6, is the date of the Boy Scout paper drive this month.

As spring approaches, the boys are thinking of the camping season. There will be several weekend camping trips in addition to the two week trip to Many Point Scout camp. Income from the sale of paper helps make these camping experiences possible, those in charge pointed out.

Contributors are asked to please have their papers and magazines tied into bundles and placed at the curb by 9 a.m. this Saturday, March 6.

March 11, 1965

Twins Hurlers To Open ‘Dugout’ March 22

Two Minnesota Twins baseball pitchers, are the new owners of a restaurant in Shakopee.

Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual have purchased Don’s Cafe on First Avenue, for many years known as Gelhaye’s restaurant, Brown of Suburban Realty & Insurance, who handled the transaction, announced this week.

Brown purchased the building and had leased it to the two Twin players.

The new firm is to be known as Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascaul’s Dugout. Managing the new restaurant will be Doug Vierling of Shakopee, formerly associated with the New St. Paul House.

The cafe is now closed for extensive remodeling and it is to re-open on Monday March 22. Hours are yet to be determined for the new business.

The Twin’s hurlers said that they contemplate personal appearances of Minnesota Twins’ players along with those in other major leagues.

Kaat is associated with Shakopee radio station, KSMM, as sports director.


Resigns Shakopee School Board To Make Rural Representation Possible

Accepted Monday night by the Shakopee Public school board of education, district No. 720, effective April 1, was the resignation of board member and treasurer, Robert Jasper, whose action makes possible the board appointing a new member to represent the former Rural Independent School District No. 722.

The Shakopee School District and Rural District consolidation became effective yesterday, March 10.

Shakopee Board Chairman Vern Lang commended Jasper on his unselfish action to make possible the fulfilling of a commitment of the Shakopee board that the rural area would be given representation and consolidation could be effected “smoothly.”…

March 18, 1965

Eighty Shakopee youngsters were present to hear a talk on law enforcement by Acting Police Chief Kenneth Hanel of Shakopee at the first session of the Mrs. Jay-Cee sponsored Baby Sitting Clinic held Tuesday of last week, March 9, at the Shakopee Public school lunch room.

Meeting Sunday on New Church

The fifth in a series of meetings will be held this Sunday evening, March 21, by families interested in organizing a Missouri Synod Lutheran church in Shakopee.

The meeting will be at 8 p.m. at the First National Bank of Shakopee Community room. All area people interested in this mission endeavor are cordially invited.

The first formal worship services will be held on Sunday morning, April 4 at 9:30 o’clock at the same location. Rev. Otto Kohn, former pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Chaska, will serve as interim pastor for this group until a permanent pastor is called.

March 25, 1965

New 76-Bed Nursing Home To Open on May 1

Announcement was made this week that the new $400,000 76-bed nursing home, nearly completed at the west edge of Shakopee, is to have an opening date of Saturday, May 1.

The facility, erected by National Funds, Inc., a Minneapolis investment corporation, has been purchased and is to be operated by Friendship Home, Inc. of Jamestown, North Dakota. This new owner announces the new structure, definitely, an outstanding asset to the community, will be known as Shakopee Friendship Manor Nursing Home…


Prospect of Riverside Park Flood Prompts Moving Of Diamond Talk

Consideration of the possible flooding of the ball park at Riverside park at the Common Council meeting Tuesday night led to discussion on the possible moving of the ball park.

City Engineer Don Eichers reported that climatologists report the flood stage this spring is expected to exceed the high water mark of April 1952 of 716.20 and that the ball field is presently diked for a stage of 710.25 which was the high water mark in April 1962.

Alderman Anthony Berens pointed out that if the flood waters go over the highway it is almost impossible to dike the ball field properly.

Alderman Edward Garlock countered, “It’s time to take the light standards up to the seven and one-half acres we have on the hill, referring to the recently acquired Shakopee Reformatory For Women farm land.

James Stillman, who was present at the meeting suggested consideration of the acquiring of Vierling property adjacent to the new high school site and tennis courts on Tenth avenue. He also announced that the state Babe Ruth baseball tourney was slated for Shakopee for the last week in July and first of August, adding that the West End diamond would be suitable if Riverside is flooded out.

Aldermen then suggested that the Utilities commission be told to hold up on any work on the light standards at Riverside park. Following the formal meeting, further discussion was held on the possibility of the ball park move.


Prospect of State Facility In Shakopee, Rep. Morlock Reports

Prospect of land currently owned by the State of Minnesota as property for the Shakopee Reformatory For Women being used as the site of a future proposed state institution was announced this week by Scott County Representative Henry Morlock of Jordan, in a radio broadcast over the Shakopee radio station.

Morlock announced that a bill had been introduced in the state legislature to authorize the state department of corrections purchase of a site for a proposed facility for delinquent girls and mentally retarded. He added that he had proposed an amendment that only presently state-owned property be considered and that will be included in the legislature. Morlock explained that three other potential sites were available in addition to the state land in Shakopee.


Rec Marble Tourney on April 3

The 1965 Shakopee Marble tourney sponsored by the Shakopee Recreation association will be held Saturday morning, April 3, at 10 a.m. in the Shakopee high school lunchroom.

April 1, 1965

Don’t be… used car… “April Fooled!” … or fooled any other month… You’ll never lose your shirt, or anything, else, when you buy a value-rated used car! You will be tickled with the good honest deal … never fooled at Shakopee Ford. 338 E. First.


Research Project of Scott Probation Dept.

A research project, initiated by the Scott-Carver county probation department, has been accepted by the State Department of Corrections division of research. The state agency will assist in the compilation of data through use of IBM computer cards.

Scott-Carver Probation Officer Richard T. Mulcrone explained this week that the research project was initiated in order to determine the effect of probation in regard to how aware the individuals become of their own personal problems that led to their delinquency and how much is learned about one’s self during the probation period…


Gymnastics at P.T.A.

The Shakopee P.T.A. held their regular monthly meeting Monday, March 22, at the school auditorium where they viewed a gymnastic demonstration, presented by the school’s physical education department.

Mrs. Frank Bawden talked on the growth pattern and physical development of the child from first grade through high school. The gymnastic demonstration included exercises, drills, tumbling and square dancing, and was presented by grades seven through ten. Student narrators were Barbara Bawden and Robert Wacke.

Miss Gretta Johnson and Dale Montgomery, physical education instructors at Shakopee Public high school, were in charge.

April 8, 1965

Says Surgery Saturday Proves Medical First

Herman Abeln of Shakopee reports this week that medical history has been made.

He explained that in 1964, his sister, Miss Helen Abeln, also of Shakopee, had three pins placed in her hip in 1964 when she experienced an infection.

Last Saturday, April 3, Miss Abeln underwent surgery at St. Francis hospital with one of these pins, discovered to be missing from her hip, removed from the wall of the stomach.

The patient, who is in Room 107 at St. Francis, is making good recovery and expects to be confined for two to three weeks.

Abeln in discussing what he considers to be a medical first, said, “you can say that the St. Francis is one of the best hospitals in the Northwest.”

Full scale precautions from flood damage were being made this week at the Millpond club, east edge of Shakopee, under the supervision of F. J. “Pat” O’Connor, who has had for the past week some 15 men on the job and at the first of this week work was on a round the clock basis.


St. John’s Lutheran Moves Into Third Phase With Educational Unit Approved

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Shakopee with a membership meeting of more than 1,000, has moved into the third phase of its Christian campus, the building of the educational unit.

This building is not a day school as are most parochial schools, but rather a place where the youth, the teen-agers, the couples, the elderly and the entire family can gather to learn by activity and study, the committee chairman explained.


Public School Faculty Wins Volleyball Meet

The Shakopee Public School faculty, which recently emerged as champions in local Men’s basketball play, continued their winning ways by copping the Recreation Board Men’s Volleyball tournament held in the Shakopee Public high school gym.

In the championship game, results could have gone either way with runnerup, Norm’s Barber Shop, having taken the first game of the two out of three series, but the Faculty team stormed back taking the second and third games, to emerge as champions

April 15, 1965

Huber Park Boy Scout Cabin Swamped; Now Seeking Assist From Community

Leaders of Shakopee Boy Scout Troop No. 218 evacuated the Boy Scout cabin last Thursday, just barely in advance of the rising flood waters in Huber park. Now with the flood height reaching even above the early predictions, Shakopee Scouts are faced with the possibility of needing new facilities with some equipment….

Last Sunday morning revealed that the cabin roof was lifting off the sidewall at the front edge. This was caused by the river current and the swirl of flood water around the back edge of the building as it turned the structure off its foundation.

Due to extremely high river level resulting in this unexpected damage to the building, it is expected the cost of repair will make the building unusable in the future. There is also the possibility that as flood water recedes, causing a suction, that the cabin could be pulled apart….


Unleashed Minnesota Exceeds 1952 Record By 5.6 Feet

At the Shakopee Holmes Street Bridge the rampaging Minnesota River reached the highest level in recorded history yesterday morning as waters of the flood-swollen stream inundated hundreds of thousands of acres of land in the valley, resulting in millions of dollars in damage and forced scores of families in other communities and rural areas to flee from their homes.

Hardest hit of all the valley communities was the neighboring City of Chaska where it was reported that more than one-third of the city including part of the business district was under water as the inundation moved in over the weekend to as far as five blocks north from the river…

With the National Guardsmen ordered in by Governor Karl Rolvaag the first of the week, volunteer workers continued efforts to protect the city’s year-old sewage plant and brand new Carver County courthouse. It is estimated that about one thousand residents were evacuated.

Gauge reading at the Holmes street bridge in Shakopee yesterday showed that the river held steady for a 24-hour period of 721.86 feet above mean sea level. With flood stage considered at 710.06, this gave the river a total rise over flood stage of 11.80 feet, 5.66 feet more than the record 716.20 level on April 16, 1952…

April 22, 1965

Waters Now Receding With Cleanup Under Way, Highway Detours Lifted

The Minnesota River this week was making strong evidence of receding and getting back to normal conditions as inspections of flood damage and the job of cleaning up was well under way.

River gauge readings at the Holmes street bridge by Harold Ballinger showed that by last Thursday morning the receding was under way but, of course, by no means the pace of the rapid rise to a record level of 5.6 feet above the former record of April 16, 1952 for a crest of 11.80 above flood stage…


Resigns Following 40 Years’ Teaching

Mrs. Grace Sweeney, Shakopee Public high school teacher and former principal, will retire at the end of the current school year, after a teaching career that has a span of more than 40 years.

April 29, 1965

Harrowing Flood Waters Experience As Boat Sinks

Phillip Pond, RR 1, Shakopee, who resides on County Road 83 and farms the river bottom land to the east and north of the Highway 101 intersection, had a harrowing experience last Friday evening after clinging to a tree after his wooden row boat sank while he was inspecting his farm land.

Rescue was effected by Scott County Sheriff’s deputies Cy Maxa and Richard Goodspeed who were alerted about 8:30 p.m. They were assisted by Shakopee Policeman John DuBois who was not on duty at the time but joined in the rescue.

Pond had left his home about 5:45 p.m. and was inspecting the farm land in his wooden row boat. The boat sank after it was punctured by a submerged object, with Pond clinging to a nearby tree to stay above the swirling flood waters.

His wife, concerned when he did not return, went to the area to investigate. He saw the lights of her car and called for help. The Scott County Sheriff’s office was alerted and effected the rescue.


100 Attend Mother-Daughter Event Honoring Gold Star Mothers

Approximately 100 were in attendance at the annual Mother-Daughter banquet sponsored by the Shakopee American Legion Auxiliary last Saturday, April 24, in the American Legion clubrooms.

Gold Star Mothers were honored at this event. They were presented with gifts by auxiliary members.

The program included a welcome extended to daughters by Mrs. Tom Adcox, and to mothers by Miss Christine Adcox.

Both last year’s Girl Stater, Linda Dellwo, and the present Girl Stater, Betty Van Eps, were present. They spoke on what being a Girl Stater had meant to them.

Jeffrey Spielman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spielman, performed two dance routines. Judy Effertz gave a reading. Six girls from St. Mary’s fourth grade sang.

May 6, 1965

Miniature Golf Course To Open

Opening this weekend will be a new sports enterprise in Shakopee, the Jayway Miniature Golf Course, located at 523 West First Avenue, across from Shakopee Lumber.

The lay-out, known as the Lomma Deluxe 18-hole miniature course, has been installed and will be operated by Jasper Brothers, Inc. of Shakopee. The new course owners invite all in the community to visit the new course and join in the sports fun experience.


Home Ec Style Show, Shakopee High Highlight, To Be Next Thursday

The Junior and Senior Home Economics department of the Shakopee Public school are now preparing a Spring Style show to be presented next Thursday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Eighth, ninth, eleventh and twelfth grade home economics students will participate.

Featured will be sportswear, dresses and suits and coats made by the girls in the clothing construction classes. Miss Sandra McNellis is the instructor of senior high home economics and Mrs. Jane Rockwell, junior high.

The public is invited to attend and there will be no admission fee. Refreshments will be served. A music group, under the direction of Mrs. Gladys Gustafson of the high school faculty, will sing…


Paper Drive Saturday

The Altar Boys of St. Mary’s church will conduct a paper drive this Saturday, May 8.

Donors are requested to place their boxes and bundles at the curb to indicate a pickup is desired.


No-Hitter for Wermerskirchen

Indian hurler, Senior Greg Wermerskirchen, pitched a no-hitter at the West Fourth Street diamond last Thursday, April 26, when University High’s nine invaded to be handed a 8 to 0 rout in a Minnesota Valley conference contest.

Wermerskirchen, a right-hander, struck out nine and walked one…

May 13, 1965

News Award For Foslid of KSMM

Ray Foslid, news director of Shakopee Radio Station KSMM, was presented an award for outstanding coverage for United Press International on the floods this spring.

Foslid received the award at the United Press International Spring meeting held last Saturday at Metropolitan Stadium club, at which Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, was guest speaker. The 40 broadcast newsmen watched the Minnesota Twins down the Chicago White Sox, 4 to 1, in the afternoon.


Rips Up Lawn After Across Town Police Chase

Two juveniles, age 15 and 16, from Shakopee, following theft of an auto from a Shakopee firm’s car lot and another, age 17, following a 60 mile per hour chase through the residential district of Shakopee, were turned over to juvenile authorities after apprehension by Shakopee Police.

Picked up following a stop sign violation at 10:50 p.m. in Chaska were the 15 and 16-year-olds who had taken a 1965 Chevrolet from Malkerson’s on East First at 10 p.m. Friday, April 30. They were held for auto theft.

Apprehended after the chase at 1:13 p.m. Saturday, May 1, was the 17-year-old who had taken his father’s car without permission and ended up crashing into a stop sign after missing the nearby corner and ripping up the lawn of the residence of John Starr, 706 East Seventh…


Registration 180 At Kindergarten Roundup

Registration for 180 children entering kindergarten this fall was held last Saturday, May 8, at the Shakopee Public School.

The Shakopee Public School Parent Teachers’ association has sponsored these health roundups for many years.

This year, due to the addition this fall, of kindergarten to the curriculum, two roundups were necessary this spring, one for five-year-olds.

Mrs. Frank Bawden, co-chairman of the Roundup, reports that thanks to the co-operation and help of Virgil Mears, principal of the elementary school, and Mrs. K. Lindmeyer, Scott County health nurse, 180 children were registered and 158 physical examinations given at the Kindergarten Roundup held last Saturday…

May 20, 1965

Grand Opening Will Be Next Tuesday

Grand opening of the new Twins A & W Drive-In will be held at the location of the new firm on Highway 101 (East First) in Shakopee next Tuesday, May 25, with owners, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Santelman inviting all in the community to participate in this gala event.

The Santelmans will also be introducing their twins, Mark and Mary, as well as offering special treat on Grand Opening along with free balloons for the children.


Rahr Malting Co. Expansion Told

Rahr Malting Co. this week announced expansion activity to include the firm’s present property that included the former Shakopee Foundry. The announcement states:

“Recently Rahr Malting Co. announced the purchase of land adjoining its property and lying along the railroad tracks directly south of its plant. This purchase included the old Shakopee Foundry. These buildings are now being cleared of Foundry machinery and equipment. Most of the Foundry buildings will be razed, but the west end will be converted to warehouse space which will also be suitable for light industrial use. As previously announced the land is being held for possible future plant expansion or other business purposes.

“Some weeks ago the Company dismantled one of its storage warehouses. At a new location Shakopee General Construction, Inc. is now building a shop addition, which will replace the dismantled warehouse.

“A new kiln will be constructed in the space available between the two malthouses fronting on Highway 169. This building will be erected by McKenzie-Hauge-Gilles Co. who built the original Shakopee plant and all additions. It will incorporate new features and advancements made in modern malthouse kiln design to improve plant efficiency and operational flexibility. Completion is scheduled within ten months of starting date.

“The company is also making certain in-plant changes for disposition of its cooling and processing waters. Under study by the legislature now is the problem of sewage disposal in the Twin Cities, suburbs, and surrounding area. Important decisions to be made are the classification of the Minnesota River and setting standards for it. When these new regulations are issued, needed guidelines will be available, and the Company can then proceed further with that project.

“The Rahr Malting Co. first broke ground in Shakopee almost 30 years ago. Through periodic improvements and additions it has demonstrated its faith in the Shakopee community, and by this new program, its faith in Shakopee’s future.”


Create $100,000 Higher Education Loan Fund For Students Of Shakopee

A unique arrangement executed this week by a former Shakopee resident, with the First National Bank to provide $100,000 of funds for loans to finance education beyond the high school for students of the Shakopee community.

The person whose funds and guarantees made this possible is Maurice H. Stans, a graduate in Shakopee high school’s class of 1925. Through The Stans Foundation, he has made a deposit of $20,000 with the Bank to guarantee the repayment of loans made by the bank to deserving graduates in need of funds to continue their education. The bank in turn has agreed to make $100,000 of loans against this guarantee…

May 27, 1965

SHS Valedictorian Gets Readers Digest Award

Robert Dixon, valedictorian of the graduating class at Shakopee Public high school, has been given the Annual Award of the Reader’s Digest association for students, who by their successful school work give promise of attaining leadership in the community, it was announced this week by Principal Rudolph G. Maurine.


Sunday Feature On Photographer Lebens

A pictorial feature on Shakopee photographer, LeRoy Lebens, is to appear in the Minneapolis Tribune’s Picture Sunday magazine, this Sunday, May 30.

The feature, headed “Brides Look Lovelier Outdoors,” includes photos of brides that Lebens has taken in front of a waterfall, mill pond and at Memorial Park, east edge of Shakopee. One of the brides pictured is Mrs. Jim Wells of Cologne.

L. L. Cavanaugh, public service director of The Tribune, in making the announcement this week said that the Sunday magazine is especially edited and designed for Upper Midwest readers and appears each week with The Minneapolis Tribune.


BPW Club Makes Plans For Bike Registration

Plans for the registration to be conducted in conjunction with the youth of Shakopee making application for bicycle licenses were finalized at a meeting of the Progress Valley Business and Professional Women’s club held Wednesday of last week, May 19, in the Community Room of the First National Bank of Shakopee.

The program of licensing bicycles is in accordance with a recently passed ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee which resulted from a suggestion made to Mayor Ray Siebenaler by this organization that bicycle safety be furthered through licensing by the city…


Seek Participants In Pow-Wow Parade

Shakopee business firms last week received letters from Claud Kolb, chairman of the finance committee of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce Pow-Wow Days parade committee, inviting the underwriting of units for the annual Pow-Wow Days parade.

June 3, 1965

Lions Sponsor Cruise For Parks

Area residents are invited to take a boat cruise on the Tonka Belle Saturday, July 10. The boat will leave from Excelsior Amusement Park at 8:30 p.m. and return at midnight. The excursion is sponsored by the Shakopee Lions Club.

Admission for the evening’s entertainment, which includes music and refreshments, is $10 per couple. Tickets may be purchased from ticket chairman, Gene Brown, or from any Lions Club member.

Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase playground equipment for the Shakopee parks.


Plan To Dedicate

A resolution, dedicating the city park at Tenth Avenue and Fuller Street as “Maurice H. Stans” park, will be presented the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting next Tuesday, June 8, in the council chambers of the city building.

Stans, an alumnus of Shakopee Public high school class of 1925, recently made possible through the Stans Foundation funds through the First National Bank of Shakopee for loans to finance education beyond the high school for students of the Shakopee community…


New Minn. Valley Gas Divisional Office To Be At 2nd and Lewis

Construction will be underway soon for the Minnesota Valley Natural Gas Company’s new Divisional office at Shakopee, to be located at the southeast corner of Second and Lewis.

Link Brothers Construction company of Shakopee, will be the general contractor of the new building, which will be over-all a 7,500 square-foot structure…

The building itself will include a merchandise display room, home service, auditorium and kitchen and office facilities for Divisional personnel.

Personnel will include the Divisional vice president, the Divisional superintendent, credit manager, home service advisor and service personnel. The company, along with the new construction, plans also to increase its complement of personnel to better serve the area.

In addition to the office facilities, there will be attached storage area at the rear of the new building…

June 10, 1965

Name City Park To Honor Native, Maurice H. Stans

The Shakopee City park at Tenth Avenue and Fuller Street, adjacent to the site of the new high school, was officially named Maurice H. Stans Park by resolution of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting Tuesday night of this week.

The resolution, passed unanimously, also provides that a suitable plaque and tablet be located on the grounds memorializing the Shakopee native who recently made possible through the Stans Foundation, $100,000 in funds through the First National Bank of Shakopee for loans to finance education beyond high school for students of the Shakopee community.

The resolution in part stated that the dedication was to honor one of the nation’s outstanding men in finance and government whose birth place and hometown in Shakopee and a man who has taken an interest in the youth of this community.

Stans, who is president of Glore Forgan, Wm. R. Staats & Co., Inc. well known investment bankers, has held other top executive positions in the banking and investment field, was Director of the Bureau of the Budget, under President Eisenhower, and served as Deputy Postmaster General…


Youth Baseball Begins This Week

 

Approximately 400 boys have registered in the Recreation Board Boys’ Baseball program including the Tee, Pee Wee, Midget, and Babe Ruth Baseball leagues, Recreation Director George Muenchow announced this week.

The Tee league, a program for seven and eight year olds, began at the Marystown Road Fields last evening, and is to continue every Monday and Wednesday evening during the next 10 weeks.

The Pee Wee leaguers, a program for nine and ten year olds, meets at the same time and location.

The Midget leaguers, boys ages 11 and 12, had their first session also at the Marystown Road fields Tuesday of this week, and they will meet every Thursday beginning next week.

The new home of Shakopee Ford is nearing completion, and should be ready for occupancy by July 1.


Located at the east edge of Shakopee, the new facilities of Shakopee Ford will offer new and used car showrooms, complete with mechanical and body work.

Grand Opening is scheduled for early fall of this year.

June 17, 1965

Riverside Park Diamond In Shape

Riverside park diamond was in shape for the Shakopee Cubs-St. Benedict Dakota-Rice-Scott league baseball contest last evening (Wednesday), June 16, thanks to the program of emergency park cleanup conducted through a federal government aid program.

Supervised by Don Aschenbrener of the high school faculty, 12 Shakopee youths, interviewed and screened by the State Employment Service of Hopkins, are now carrying out the sprucing up after flood damage in Shakopee parks. The boys are working 40 hours a week for a period of 60 days on the project.

Monday of this week, the crew was at work at Riverside park preparing the diamond for Shakopee’s baseball activity. They are able to complete work in Huber, Memorial, Marystown Road and Water Tower parks, under this activity in conjunction with President Johnson’s Anti-Poverty program.

The Hopkins office reported that some 40 boys between the ages of 16 and 21 were interviewed for the program with 12 selected for the Shakopee project.


Plan Renting Temporary Classrooms To Facilitate Dec. 1 School Move

Problems confronting the Shakopee District No. 720 board of education resulting from the expected move on December 1 to the new high school, now under construction, and necessary temporary arrangements from the beginning of the 1965-66 term until this moving date, were given consideration at the board’s regular meeting held Monday night of this week in the high school library.

Superintendent John Feda reported that negotiations are being conducted with St. Mark’s and St. Mary’s parochial schools to rent eight or nine classrooms to be used temporarily during the interim from the opening of the school year to the scheduled moving date of December 1.

He explained that the school due to enrollment and limited facilities is now operating on a split-shift. This, along with the addition of kindergarten classes, a first and second grade class and a special education class, prompts the need for renting classroom facilities temporarily.


Floral Firm Will Open On June 24

Opening date of the Shakopee Floral Co. at the former Shakopee Meats location on South Lewis Street will be on Thursday, June 24, Jere Hansen and Carl Jacobsen, co-owners announced this week.

Redecorating is now underway, and the public is invited to come in and browse among the display of artificial flowers presently on display. Both cut flowers and artificial flowers will be offered when the firm opens. Date of the grand opening is set for Thursday, July 8…

June 24, 1965

Shakopee Pow-Wow Days To Feature Rodeo

With the banner going up at First and Holmes this week proclaiming the annual Shakopee Pow-Wow Days and announcing the big parade and rodeo, an RCA sanctioned event, that will attract top competitors, facts concerning the outstanding rodeo organization are presented.

Scene of the activity will be the area in Huber park that was made possible for the first time for Pow-Wow Days last year through outstanding co-operation of Shakopee organizations and citizens. The first event for the Shakopee Pow-Wow Days last year received widespread acclaim…

This Saturday ‘Big’ Day In Shakopee With Welcome For ‘Neighbors’

This Saturday, June 26, is a “big” day for Shakopee.

The event is Shakopee Chamber of Commerce’s “Hi Neighbor” Day, a special occasion when all in Shakopee area are invited to join in with neighbors to not only take advantage of the many unprecedented bargains being offered by the Shakopee merchants, but also to take this opportunity of winning Twins baseball tickets along with valuable gift certificates.

July 1, 1965

Grand Openings Next Thursday

Two new Shakopee firms will stage Grand Openings on next Thursday, July 8. Both have been open for business prior to the observances.

Offering special invitation to area residents to visit their new firms on this date are the Shakopee Floral Co. at the former Shakopee Meats location on South Lewis, and the Dugout Cafe on East First, owned and operated by Twins’ pitchers, Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual, formerly known as Don’s Cafe, prior to this, Gelhaye’s Cafe…


Bloomington Bridge Now Open

Reported as open for traffic this week is the bridge on County Road No. 25, known as the Bloomington bridge, just north of the Stage Coach off Highway 101.

Closed since flood damage in April, work is yet underway on the shoulders with motorists warned to use caution…


In New Location. Burdette Stief, president, announced this week, that the Shakopee Ford is to be located in the firm’s new facility and location at 1400 East First, one block east of the A & W Drive-in. The move from the former location at Spencer and First was expected to be completed yesterday. Construction continues at the new location to complete the expanded sales and service departments in addition to spacious offices and showroom. A grand opening is planned for the near future.


90 Youthful Diamond Aspirants At Clinic

With good weather, Riverside park last Friday, June 25, was the scene of the Dick Siebert baseball clinic held in conjunction with the Shakopee Recreation Summer program that attracted some 90 youthful diamond aspirants.

Sixty youths in the nine through 12 years of age group were on hand from 9 a.m. to noon to gain the fine points of the sport. In the afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. the boys, 12 and over, reported some 30 strong.

Prior to coming to Shakopee, the clinic was held by Dick Siebert, University of Minnesota baseball coach, assisted by Pete Kramer, St. Paul Johnson high school baseball coach and Tom Warner, athletic director at St. Paul Cretin high, at Watertown on Wednesday of last week and Waconia the following day.

Recreation Director George Muenchow of Shakopee, termed it as one of the most successful of the Recreation association sponsored events.


Gun Club Asks Permit In Eagle Creek Twp.

A hearing will be held at 8 p.m. next Thursday, July 6, at the Eagle Creek Township hall on the application of the Minnesota Valley Gun Club, Inc., for special use permit to operate a trap and skeet club in the east half of section three and west half of section 2 and the northwest quarter of section 11 in Eagle Creek township.

The group seeks the permit on a 25-year basis.


53 Per Cent of ’65 SHS Class Planning Further Education

Thirty-eight per cent of the 1965 graduating class of Shakopee Public high school plans to attend college or universities and 15 per cent of this year’s class have indicated they will enroll in trade and vocational schools, according to a report by High school Counselor Wallace Bishop.

This report was presented to the District No. 720 board of education members at its meeting held Monday evening, June 14…

July 8, 1965

Big Local Catch! In the creek behind the NYA camp on Highway 101 just east of Shakopee favorite spot for local anglers, Roman Pumper, 826 South Market, landed an eight and three-quarter pound Northern while fishing last Thursday afternoon, using a minnow. When checking at press time yesterday to verify this “fish story,” report was Pumper was out trying his fishing luck again!


‘Buying Festival’ Sunday

Earl and Fern Lull, operators of the Red Owl Store in Shakopee, have been invited to Minneapolis to do his Christmas shopping early. Next Sunday, July 11, Red Owl stores, Inc., will hold a “Fall Buying Festival” for Red Owl agency store operators in Minnesota, South Dakota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin.

At the buying festival, new non-food and specialty food items will be shown. Merchandise to be previewed will include mostly holiday items, according to Kingsley Johnson, southern division manager of Red Owl wholesale operations. The “Fall Buying Festival”—a new innovation for the grocery chain—will be held in the auditorium of Red Owl’s office facilities in suburban Hopkins.


Stagecoach Opera House Opens

“The Streets of New York,” stirring melodrama, opened the fourth season at the Stagecoach Opera House, just east of Shakopee on Highway 101. It thrilled and delighted hundreds of thousands of playgoers since it was written by Dion Boucicault in 1857…

The performance schedule continues the same as last year; Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. with additional performances at 10:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday matinee.

Admission to Saturday performances is $2.50. Tickets for evening performances Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are $2.00. Tickets for Sunday afternoon performances are $1.50 for adults and 50 cents for children.

Tickets are available at the Downtown Ticket office; Dayton’s, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Southdale; Field-Schlick, downtown St. Paul and Highland. Telephone TAylor 5-4225 for ticket information.

July 15, 1965

Taking a “second blow” was the baseball diamond at Riverside park which had just been “restored” after the record April flood.

High winds ripped down the fence along the north side of the outfield as sections fell like strewn playing cards.

An “editorial blast” was also in evidence as the press box came crashing down and came to a splintered end behind the stands.


3 Bands To Play At Concert Tuesday

Director John Cole announced this week the program for the Community Band Concert in conjunction with Shakopee Summer Recreation program, to be presented from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. next Tuesday, July 20, in Holmes park. Concerts are held each Tuesday evening.

The concert next Tuesday evening will feature two selections by the Beginners’ band; four by the Junior band and six by the Community band…


Now ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ At City’s Dump

Practice of borrowing a neighbor’s permit for use of the Shakopee City dump hit a snag as aldermen took action Tuesday night to put the operation on a paying basis.

Approved was a motion that a pay dump be established with the rate to be 25 cents per car and 50 cents per truck for residents and one dollar per load for non-residents.

Also approved unanimously was Resolution No. 67 which rescinded the former rates set on May 9, 1961 based on permits.

Caretaker of the dump will collect the fees and be furnished with a list of those holding permits. To honor existing permits until they expire, those with residential permits are to get three free loads and those with non-resident permits will get 11 free loads.

Hours were set from 2 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.


To Meet Monday

The Shakopee Mrs. JayCees will meet at 6 p.m. next Monday, July 19, at the home of Mrs. Kenneth Hennen.

Mrs. Norm Erickson will serve as hostess.


Shakopee To Host Babe Ruth State Tournament. Shakopee will be host to the Babe Ruth baseball state tourney to be staged Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 and August 1, at Riverside park, James Stillman, chairman, announced this week…

July 22, 1965

East Enders Will Play In Babe Ruth State Tourney

Contest to determine the Shakopee Babe Ruth State tourney entrant was held Tuesday night at Riverside park with the East Enders, with 11 hits, winning over the Merchants, 10 to 2.

The East Enders will play in the State tourney to be staged Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 and August 1, at Riverside park in Shakopee. The Merchants will now enter District competition to seek a State tourney berth.


‘Handshake Season’ For Shakopee Youth

Filing for playground municipal offices will close tomorrow (Friday), July 23, at the three neighborhood parks, according to Shakopee Recreation Director George Muenchow.

The general election is to be held Friday, July 30. At this time, participants will vote on a mayor-at-large and an alderman from each of the three parks.

Anyone may file for candidates for any of the offices, but the one candidate for mayor from each park will be determined in a Primary election to be held tomorrow (Friday), July 23.

In the primary, voting will be held at all three parks, and candidates for mayor may campaign at each of the three parks. As aldermen are to be elected by their own park only, they will confine their campaigning to their own park.

The mock election is a special feature of the Shakopee Summer Recreation program.


Pow-Wow Buttons Now On Sale

Pow-Wow Days buttons are now on sale at all Shakopee business places for one dollar, according to button sales chairmen Jim Rademacher and Don Mahowald.

Purchase of a button entitles the buyer to a chance on a free color television set to be given away Sunday evening, August 15, at Riverside park. The television is currently on display in the lobby of the First National Bank of Shakopee.

The button also entitles the purchaser to free admission to the fireworks program at Riverside park on Sunday, August 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m.


Photographers From Shakopee Get Awards

Two Shakopee photographers won top honors at the Minnesota Professional Photographers Association convention held at the Leamington Hotel, Minneapolis, last week, July 11 through 13.

LeRoy Lebens was a Sweepstake Award winner with six portraits studies which accrued a total of 173 points. Lebens was presented with the trophy that goes with the Sweepstake award at the annual banquet and awards presentation…

James Cox, associated with Loggers’ Photography, was awarded three ribbons for his winning photographs…

July 29, 1965

Shakopee Float Again Winner! For the seventh consecutive year, the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce float was named a winner in the Minneapolis Aquatennial competition. The float received the vice-commodore’s award in the Torchlight parade held Wednesday, July 21. Dr. W. Adair Muralt was in charge of constructing the float…


Old Shakopee Firm To Get Face Lifting

Burshek’s hardware on East First in Shakopee, will in the near future start on an extensive remodeling program.

Main expansion plans include an addition of approximately 2,100 square feet to be added to the present structure. The new addition will adjoin the present building to the rear, to double the floor space.

Feature of the new addition is a show window in the back of the building. All new fixtures will be added to the new section.

Present fixtures are to be rearranged to provide wide aisles for the convenience of the patrons. Also planned is the expansion of selection of merchandise as new departments will be included.

“Our remodeling program will enable us to keep pace with healthy growth that Shakopee is enjoying. By doing this we will be able to carry an even larger line of hardware goods and be of better service to our community,” said Ed and Betty Hopps, owners of Burshek’s.

Ed Hopps became associated with Burshek’s Hardware Corporation in 1959. On June 1, 1962 Ed and Betty purchased the entire stock in the corporation. They have operated the firm under ownership since that time.


Police To Issue Bicycle License

The Shakopee Police department will issue licenses for bicycles today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), July 29 and 30.

Boys and girls are requested to report to the Police station on the second floor of the Shakopee City building. License fee is one dollar.

Following information will be needed to complete the necessary application for a license: frame number; type of frame (boy’s or girl’s); size of wheels (20-24-26 or 28-inch); type of brake (hand or coaster); fenders (front or rear or both); color (red, white, blue, black or green), and trim (white or any other color).


Announce Indefinite Closing of Raceway Park East Of Shakopee. Announcement is made this week of the indefinite closing of Raceway Park, located on Highway 101 between Shakopee and Savage, which has served as the site of popular sports attractions for nearly the past decade…


Shakopee Mobil Has New Owner

Announcement was made this week in the change of ownership of the Mobil service station on West First Street.

Effective Monday of this week the firm, formerly Huss Mobil Service became Vince’s Mobil, with Vince Walter, originally from Chaska and now residing with his parents, the Florentine Walters of Shakopee, as the new owner.

Former owner, Harold Huss, is now associated with Mertz-Horeish, Inc. of Shakopee…

Aug. 5, 1965

Plan Pow-Wow Button Canvass

Shakopee Jaycees will conduct a house to house canvass beginning next Thursday evening, August 15, for the purpose of selling Pow Wow Days buttons to Shakopee residents.

Friday evening, August 6, the Jaycees will sell Pow Wow buttons in the downtown business district. Anyone wishing to purchase a button who has not been personally contacted may send $1 to Box 203, Shakopee, and they will receive a button by return mail.

Buttons are still on sale at all Shakopee business places, according to chairmen Jim Ramaker and Ron Mahowald. Purchase of a button entitles the buyer to a chance on an RCA color television set to be given away Sunday evening, August 15, at Riverside Park.

The button also entitles the purchaser to free admission to the fireworks program at Riverside Park Sunday, August 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Sale of Pow Wow Days buttons is sponsored by the Shakopee Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Trade Magazine Features Photos of Shakopee Hardware

Shakopee Hardware in Shakopee Shops Shopping center on East First was featured in an article appearing in the June 24 issue of “Hardware Age,” the hardware dealers’ magazine, regarding the merchandising and display of housewares.

In conjunction with the article, three photos depicting the open and airy look of displays and the effective use of pegboard panels, all taken at the Shakopee firm, were published in this issue of the trade magazine.


Foslid, Boyd Buy Interest in KSMM, Zellmer Resigns

KSMM Vice-President and General Manager, Robert Zellmer, announced this week that he has resigned as general manager of Shakopee radio station KSMM, effective August 1.

Zellmer also announced the sale of his interest in the station to Ray Foslid and Mike Boyd of the KSMM staff.

In making the announcement, Zellmer revealed that Ray Foslid has been named by the board of directors to the post of general manager, effective August 1. He further stated that no other personnel changes are anticipated and also that the station’s programming policy will continue basically along the same lines as in the past with emphasis on local and area news, special events and good music.

In concluding his announcement, Zellmer did not reveal specific future plans, except to say that he will enter business in western Minnesota, pending final arrangements now in progress.


First Kindergarten Begins September 7

The first nine-month kindergarten classes at Shakopee Public school are to begin on Tuesday, September 7, Elementary Principal Virgil S. Mears announced this week…

It should be pointed out that those children who are to attend the Public school will be required to have kindergarten prior to the first grade entrance, Principal Mears further pointed out, providing they have resided in Shakopee School District No. 720 the previous school term.

Instructors at St. Mark’s and St. Mary’s parochial schools strongly recommend the kindergarten advantage for their first grade prospects, he added…

Again, it is strongly urged that all eligible youngsters have the advantage of kindergarten, Principal Mears emphasized. Those undecided about sending children and would like information as to kindergarten advantages, are urged to contact the Public school, St. Mark’s or St. Mary’s school for information, he added.

Aug. 12, 1965

Given Recognition For Professional Achievement

Mrs. John (Gertrude) Roepke, secretary at the Shakopee public high school since 1941, is among the educational secretaries in the nation this year who have qualified for a Professional Standards certificate, issued by the national Association of Educational Secretaries. Only 34 such certificates have been awarded in Minnesota.

Mrs. Roepke was presented her certificate at the association’s annual convention banquet held in Whitewater, Wisconsin, on Saturday, July 24…

The Professional Standards Program recognizes the experience, education, and professional activity of office personnel in education.

Achievement in the program indicates an interest in continuing education and personal achievement to the association’s four-fold concept of service, information, fellowship and recognition…

During the week-long convention in Whitewater, Mrs. Roepke took courses in Data Processing for Schools, English Usage for Secretaries, Psychology and Mental Health in Daily Life, and Everyday Legal Problems…


KSTP Newscaster Will Join Event

Making an appearance in the Shakopee Pow-Wow Days parade this Saturday, August 14, and also at the first performance Saturday evening of the RCA rodeo will be KSTP newscaster John MacDougall.

MacDougall who will visit and talk with Pow-Wow Day participants, is a native of Minneapolis but has had 13 years of experience in New York as a successful free-lancer doing live and filmed commercials for major companies. This top-rated newsman has daily newscasts on Minneapolis Channel KSTP-TV.

Aug. 19, 1965

Last day of summer kindergarten at the Shakopee Public school last Friday was observed with treats for the pupils.

Despite the heat, Mrs. Virgil Mears took her class outside to enjoy a picnic atmosphere.

One hundred and fifty children were enrolled in Summer kindergarten this year, the final year that this program will be conducted, now that the Shakopee Public school will have regular kindergarten classes during the school year, beginning next month.


Richard Nixon Featured Speaker At Stans Public Testimonial

A community recognition dinner for Maurice H. Stans, former Shakopee resident who served as Director of the Bureau of the Budget, under President Eisenhower, is scheduled for Thursday, September 16.

The event, which is sponsored by the Shakopee Education Association and the Shakopee Federation of Teachers, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Shakopee high school.

Richard Nixon, former vice-president of the United States, will be the main speaker.

Razing of the former Shakopee Foundry was underway on Wednesday of last week to accommodate expansion plans of the adjacent Rahr Malting Co.

Rahr recently announced the purchase of land adjoining its property and lying along the railroad tracks directly south of the plant.

Foundry machinery was cleared from the buildings with most of them to be razed.

The west end is to be converted to warehouse space which will also be suitable for light industrial use. The land is being held for possible future plant expansion or other business interests.


Grand Opening To Be August 23-28

Vincent Welter, now operating the Mobil service station formerly Huss Mobil Service on West First, announced this week that he will stage a grand opening beginning next Monday, August 23, and continuing through Saturday, August 28.

The event will feature specials as outlined in the firm’s advertisement in this issue, along with free treats for the kiddies.


Prize Photos Now Exhibited At Bank

Six prize-winning photographs by Shakopee Photographer LeRoy Lebens are currently on display in the First National Bank of Shakopee.

Lebens’ six portraits won the Sweepstake Award at the Minnesota Professional Photographers’ Association held at the Leamington Hotel, Minneapolis, July 11 through 13.

The portraits include three outdoor bridal photographs in color, two studies of the St. Paul House sextet, one in color and one in black and white, and a character study of a harmonica player.

Aug. 26, 1965

To Negotiate Job Cleaning Contract For Post Office

A new job cleaner contract will be negotiated at the Shakopee post office effective Saturday, September 11.

Persons interested should contact Postmaster Cormac Suel prior to September 1.

The job cleaning contract requires about 5 ½ hours of work, six days per week. No set price, on an annual basis, is established, but a minimum of $1.25 per hour, based upon a 32 hour week, must be paid. The cleaning work must be accomplished during the hours that the post office is open.


Shakopee Hosts Foreign Visitors

Shakopee was host to two distinguished visitors from overseas Thursday of last week.

Judge J. B. Marcus-Jones of Sierra Leone, in the United States to study courtroom procedures and attend the World Peace Through Law conference, and Mrs. Elaine Middleton, assistant head of the Social Development Department in British Honduras, were the visitors.

Sept. 2, 1965

Now Reigns As TV Show Queen

Miss Mary Jo Philipp of Shakopee was selected as Queen of the Late Don Dahl show on WCCO-TV last Saturday night, August 28.

She received an attractive trophy and will be appearing on the Late Don Dahl show every Saturday night until her reign is over…


George, the bald eagle, long a favorite of patrons at the Stagecoach Restaurant on Highway 101 five miles east of Shakopee, has been taken to the Como Park zoo.

The eagle was brought to Mrs. Osborne Klavestad at the Stagecoach after someone had apparently mistaken him for a chicken halk and shot him. Mrs. Klavestad set his broken leg and wing and nursed him back to health. He has been at the Stagecoach for the past seven years.

George weighs 20 pounds and has a wing span of seven feet. Because he is a national bird, George is government property, and Mrs. Klavestad thinks perhaps this is the reason why he was taken to the zoo.


Indians Again Go To State!

The Shakopee Indians, champions of the Region 6B tourney after gaining a 4 to 3 win over Lonsdale, Dakota-Rice-Scott champions, at Riverside park Monday evening, will enter the State tourney for the third year in a row.

The Indians’ opponent will be Pipestone with the state tournament scheduled at St. Cloud. Shakopee is to play the sudden death contest in the opening round of the state tourney this Sunday, September 5. The Indians’ game is the second set for this Sunday and will likely begin around 3 or 3:30 p.m.


Can Now Win Viking Season Tickets—Give School Assist

Thanks to the Shakopee Junior Chamber of Commerce the physical education department of Shakopee Public high school has prospects of getting new movie equipment for putting Indians’ games on film and to be used in team evaluation.

This was announced this week by the committee of the Shakopee Junior Chamber of Commerce heading the project that offers the opportunity of winning two Minnesota Vikings season tickets, an $80 value. This opportunity is offered at 50 cents each or three for one dollar.

Jaycees sanctioned the project at its August 19 membership meeting and members are now active in the hopes of raising some $470 needed for the movie equipment…

Sept. 9, 1965

Buys Angus Bull. Wes Borchardt of rural Shakopee, recently purchased an Aberdeen-Angus bull from Wallace Le Febvre of Princeton, Minnesota.


Special Election next Tuesday On Changes In City’s Charter

Voters in Shakopee will go to the polls next Tuesday, September 14, to vote on the proposition of sanctioning changes in the Charter for the City of Shakopee…

Unchanged for the past 95 years, the City Charter proposals, in effect, incorporate present proven City policies regarding these objectives. In addition, there are included four proposals that will effect definite changes in the operation of the City of Shakopee. They include:

Five aldermen instead of nine with salaries of the mayor and aldermen to be increased. (The five aldermen are to be elected at large, replacing the former three aldermen each from the three wards.)

Eliminated will be expensive City special elections on sales of property, on vacating streets, and on the filling of vacancies in elective offices.

Farm properties of 10 acres or more are to be taxed at one-half of the city’s mill rate, in an effort to encourage orderly annexation.

For the first time in the history of Shakopee, the Home Rule privilege of voter referendum is to be extended…


Rahr Announces Plans For Storage Elevator

Rahr Malting Co. announced this week, plans to build an additional malt storage elevator at its Shakopee plant.

The new structure will be erected west of the existing malt elevator and head house completed some years ago…

The company is currently building a new kiln announced earlier this year. Both facilities are scheduled for mid-winter completion.

Rahr has also completed razing most of the Shakopee Foundry on property acquired last year lying south of its present plant.

Two newer units at the west end of the foundry property were preserved. They are being renovated and made suitable for warehouse and light industrial use.

The property is understood to be held in reserve for possible future needs of the malting company or other enterprises in which the firm is interested.


Tar Tank Burns At Second & Holmes

Shakopee firemen were called out about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday of this week to the Minnesota Valley Gas Company showrooms at Second and Holmes when a tank of tar being used in roofing repair caught fire.

No major damage resulted. A roofing workman was singed and received a minor burn. Shakopee firemen, with quick response, soon had the blaze under control.

As the dense black smoke spiraled skyward, it first appeared to be a serious mishap. Only slight damage, however, resulted to the north wall of the building with tar splashed on the concrete, and to the tar tank from the intense heat.

Sept. 16, 1965

Jaycee Attractions On Gridiron Friday

Added attraction at the Shakopee High School Indians-St. Anthony gridiron contest tomorrow evening (Friday), September 17, will be the Shakopee Junior Chamber of Commerce special booth in front of the grandstand near home plate in Riverside park, along with a presentation to be made by the new Miss Shakopee, Loaune Hickman, at half-time.

The Jaycees will be offering the opportunity of winning two season tickets to the Minnesota Vikings football games right up to half-time. A limited number are also being offered by Jaycee members today and tomorrow…

Also included in this half-time highlight will be the Shakopee Junior Chamber of Commerce presenting a check to Art Hoen, Shakopee High athletic director, and Superintendent John J. Feda, to be used for the purchase of movie equipment, the project that prompted this Jaycee activity…


$190,000 Plant Locating At West Edge Of Shakopee

To join Shakopee’s business community is the $190,000 firm, American Rubberizing Company, moving to a site, diagonally across from the Friendship Manor Nursing Home and across the railroad tracks from Rahr Malting, at the west edge of the city.

Ground was broken at the four-acre site Tuesday of this week to begin construction of the new facilities for this firm moving from the present location at 617 11th Avenue, South, in Minneapolis to further its expansion…


Voters Tuesday Approve Charter Changes balloting 222 to 208

The proposition of sanctioning changes in the City charter of Shakopee was approved in a special election Tuesday of this week by a vote of 222 to 208, a 14 vote margin…

Unchanged for the past 95 years, the City Charter proposals, sanctioned by voters on Tuesday includes four proposals that will effect definite changes in the operation of the City of Shakopee. They include:

Five aldermen instead of nine with salaries of the mayor and aldermen to be increased. The five aldermen are to be elected at large, replacing the former three aldermen each from the three wards.

The present Charter stipulates that another special election is to be held in December to choose the five aldermen-at-large to serve until the regular City Biennial election in April of 1967. These are to take office on January 1, 1966.

At the regular Biennial election, a mayor is to be elected for a two-year term and two aldermen-at-large for two-year terms and three aldermen-at-large for four-year terms.

The present Common council is authorized to set the date for this special election which, according to the charter, must be in December in order that the new aldermen-at-large can take office in January of next year.

The city’s fiscal year, in accordance with the approved Charter changes, also is now to begin in January instead of the previous April.

Sept. 23, 1965

Matinee Sunday At Shakopee Theatre. The Shakopee Theatre announces a special matinee this Sunday, September 26, at 3:15 p.m. for the showing of the Technicolor movie, “Taffy And The Jungle Hunters,” that depicts a baby elephant, an amazing chimp and an eight-year-old boy as an incredible trio in Africa’s wonderland of thrills.


Lockers Damaged At New School Site

Shakopee police investigated an act of destruction, resulting in delay of locker space available when the school is to be occupied along with hundreds of dollars in damage, that occurred sometime between Sunday evening and early Monday morning at the site of the new Shakopee Public high school under construction on Tenth Avenue.

The Shakopee police have in custody the six juveniles who admitted the destruction.

Reported was that the building was entered with some 520 lockers, to have been installed Tuesday of this week, tipped over and extensively damaged, some with frames twisted and others with paint extensively scratched.

The lockers were being assembled in the gymnasium of the new school and were to have then been installed in the corridor locker recesses on Tuesday…

It was determined that entrance was gained through a grating on the roof of the school building.


To Salute Shakopee, Four Other Suburbs In TV Progress Report

Five Twin City suburbs will be “stars” of a series of television programs scheduled to premiere this month.

The Minnesota Federal Savings & Loan Association is sponsoring this series of community TV profiles to salute the suburbs in which it maintains branch offices. The non-commercial programs are being produced by WCCO-TV and will be shown on the station’s Sunday “Business & Finance” Show. Two programs are planned for this fall, and the other three are scheduled for spring…

Minnesota Federal president Frederick Bjorklund said “the growing economic and social importance of our suburban areas” was what motivated this unique community relations project.

All too often our suburbs are referred to as “commuter communities,” Bjorklund said, “or publicized mostly for their outstanding high school athletic teams. We simply want to show people that these suburban areas are dynamic communities in their own right and are making a real contribution to the economy and culture of the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.”

Sept. 30, 1965

Red Owl Acquires Lull’s Supermarket. Red Owl Stores, Inc., announced this week its purchase of Lull’s Red Owl store in Shakopee from Earl E. Lull, owner and operator of the 8,000 square-foot super market.


Page From Old West Recreated In Scout’s Stockade Project To Replace Flooded Cabin

Shakopee Boy Scouts are currently in the process of recreating a page from the old West. In June the Scouts obtained a lease on the State of Minnesota Reformatory farm buildings, located south of Sixth Avenue, and they are now engaged in remodeling the buildings.

The new location will be officially known as the “Boy Scout Stockade.” The buildings and adjacent area will be transformed into a frontier-type stockade fort similar to those used for Indian defense in the pioneering days of our country…

The Boy Scout Troop committee made the decision not to rebuild the former Boy Scout Cabin located in Huber park after it was severely damaged in the 1965 flood. This former Scout building was erected in 1927 by the Scout committee and fathers of the Scouts. The most recent addition was built in 1960 at which time the meeting room size was doubled…

In early May the idea was conceived to look into the possibility of securing the farm buildings on the State Reformatory farm property. By June the lease had been obtained and plans were underway for the Stockade…

To date, the construction has included removal of all downstairs dairy equipment, concrete floor, concrete stanchions, and ventilator equipment. Steel beams have been installed to support the building so that now one post can replace the 12 posts which were formerly required to support the building.

A wood floor has been put in for added warmth. The equipment room and conference rooms have been roughed in and the plumbing, heating, and wiring are now being installed…

S. M. Hennen of Shakopee is chairman of the building project. He has designed the structural features of the building as well as doing a considerable amount of the work himself. Working closely with Hennen on the project is Vernon Bjork, also of Shakopee.


Building Commission At Reformatory $39,500 Sought For Improvements

Five major requests, totaling $39,500 were presented to the State Building Commission last Saturday, September 25, by Miss Ruby Benson, superintendent of the Shakopee State Reformatory for Women, when the commission visited the reformatory to tour facilities and study first-hand proposed remodeling projects at the reformatory and the Home for Children to be furthered by the requested funds.

A sixth long-term program request, to be considered in future appropriations, was also presented to the commission. It seeks fund for a multi-purpose building.

This additional building would provide a center in which activities could be centered and would include space for educational and vocational training, a library, chapel, visiting rooms and recreational facilities.

The five major requests, presented the commission, in priority order, are:

  1. Replace the roof, approximately 7,810 square feet, on the administration building, Higbee Cottage–$8,500.
  2. Paint trim on all buildings, plus storm windows and screens and necessary repairs–$7,500.
  3. Install new steps and stoop leading to the entrance of Shaw Cottage, which houses the Children’s Home–$2,500.
  4. Additional funds to complete the project of modernization and repair of the kitchens and bathrooms in all buildings, including the replacement of outmoded fixtures, pipes and fittings, and installation of showers for inmates where not completed–$15,000.
  5. Remodel the basement of the Children’s Home to make a more adequate play area for the children. This would include elimination of the oversized garage door and provision for adequate heat in the main section of the basement, as well as tile flooring in that area and proper lighting–$6,000…

Oct. 7, 1965

Kaat Gets ‘Shakopee Summons’ For Series

A ‘Shakopee Summons’ was served on Minnesota Twins hurler, Jim Kaat, who operates the Dugout on First Street with Camilo Pascual, fellow Twins hurler, about 5 p.m. Monday as Kaat and his family arrived in town.

Dressed as an Oriole (assimilating those found in Baltimore) was Mayor Ray Siebenaler who served the ‘summons’ after Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen did his assigned duty, commandeering Kaat in his car.

Appearing before Municipal Judge Isla Lindmeyer in the courtroom at the City building, the hometown Twins player faced “fabricated offenses.”


Car Showings At Malkerson Motors

Showing of the complete lines of 1966 Chevrolets and Pontiacs will be today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), October 7 and 8, at Malkerson Motors, Inc. on East First in Shakopee.

The event on both days will feature serving of free coffee and doughnuts along with balloons for the children. The public is invited to visit the showroom and view the array of models to be on display.


Attends Seminar On Data Processing

A four-day seminar on “Educational Data Processing” was held in Rochester, co-sponsored by the Educational Research and Development Council of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Inc. (ERDC) and the Data Processing division of IBM Corp. and was attended by Shakopee Superintendent of Schools John Feda.

The seminar, for Twin Cities area school superintendents, was designed to increase their understanding of the applications, capabilities and implications of educational data processing. The seminar opened on last Sunday and concluded yesterday (Wednesday), October 6.

Oct. 14, 1965

Shakopee Marksman, 16, Gets Title In Fast Draw Meet

Winner of the first annual Fast Draw Championship held at the Stage Coach, on Highway 101, east of Shakopee, last Sunday, October 10, was William Zaudtke, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Zaudtke of Shakopee.

William is a junior at Shakopee Public high school and has been target shooting only two years.

Using a Colt .22 pistol, he won with a time of 45 hundredths of a second. In addition to a trophy, he was presented a translator radio and a fishing tackle box. The contest was judged on both speed and accuracy.

Added highlights of the contest were the firing of a Civil War cannon at the start of the contest and the firing of a Gatling gun at the conclusion. The State Coach Civil War club was in charge of these two events.


Boom Brings ‘Bovine Bolting,’ Sky Herding

The peaceful tranquility of Monday evening of last week, October 4, was shattered by a loud “boom”—later determined to be a sonic boom that resulted in bovine bolting and a week-long search and roundup that enlisted the aid of the Scott County Sheriff’s office and that of an Army Air Force helicopter pilot.

The change from apparent tranquility to “outer space reverberation” was just too much for the eight beef cattle, including Black Angus and Holstein, at the Henry Stark farm in Eagle Creek township.

They bolted and began their meandering trek through neighboring cornfields. This presented the problem of the errant bovines gorging themselves on the corn and becoming those to be listed on the ailing list.

By Monday evening a trace of the confused cattle was reported, and a search was organized with seven on horseback joining the effort.

With the search yet not successful and on advice from the Scott Sheriff’s office a “rider in the sky” was called on to participate in the roundup.

He appeared on the scene in his helicopter being in the area last Saturday to participate in the Army Air Force reserves parachute jump exercise, finding a new challenge in this unexpected role of “herding from the sky.”

The sky herding efforts resulted in seven of the eight missing cattle being returned to the Stark farm. The Starks report one errant bovine is still missing.

With it apparent that the returned cattle were still “shook up” with a case of “sonic boom jitters,” they were shipped out to market last Sunday afternoon.

These sonic booms are to be heard in this area for the next three months as Strategic Air Command B-58 Hustler bombers make simulated bombing runs over the area.

The bombers are making their 1,300-mile-an-hour runs at altitudes of 35,000 feet along a 40-mile wide path running from north central North Dakota to near Nelson, Wisconsin.

The B-58 bombers, are not carrying live bombs, and according to the Air Force, should make “comparatively mild” sonic booms due to the high altitudes.

Oct. 21, 1965

The Shakopee Public school art department, instituted this school year, under the direction of Mrs. Margaret McFarlane, includes instruction in sketching, oil painting, water color, tempura, sculpture and ceramics.


Ueland Trucking, Inc., of Shakopee has recently moved to a new location on Scott County Road 16, one quarter of a mile east of the Spring Lake road.

The 12 year old firm was formerly located at 805 East Seventh Street in Shakopee for the past eight years.

Owner Don Ueland reports that the company presently employs 10 permanent employees all local, and operates nine trucks, four of which are larger units.

Future plans for the company, Ueland added, include enlarging the present facilities as business grows.

All nine trucks are equipped with two-way radios and do local hauling of bulk material. Ueland started the business in 1952 with $300 and a borrowed truck.

The new building houses offices and a garage used in the maintenance work.


Grand Opening event will be staged at Shakopee Ford, east edge of Shakopee on East First, this Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, with hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The gala event marking this new dealer facility in the community, considered most modern from both the standpoint of displaying as well as servicing autos, will be highlighted with the appearance of Jim Kaat, hurler for the Minnesota Twins.

Personnel at Shakopee Ford will serve as hosts and hostess for the two-day event with free cider and doughnuts to be served. Those participating will also be given the opportunity of winning transistor radios.

Free pumpkins for Halowe’en are also being offered the kiddies.

Burdette C. Stief, owner, invites all the community to visit his facility, a definite business asset to Shakopee, during the event at which 1966 models of the complete Ford line will be on display.


Set Special Election For Aldermen December 6

Approved unanimously by the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting Wednesday night of last week was Resolution No. 79 calling a special election for the City of Shakopee in accordance with the recent voter approval of proposed charter changes.

The special election is called for all wards of the City of Shakopee on Monday, December 6, at the regular polling places for the purpose of electing five aldermen at large.

In accordance with the recent voter approval of charter changes, the present nine-man council, with three aldermen representing each of the three respective wards, is now to be comprised of five aldermen to be elected at large…

Oct. 28, 1965

Burning Bush Tues. Prompts Fire Alarm

A burning bush alongside St. Mark’s Convent, 312 Atwood, prompted a fire alarm at 10:31 p.m. Tuesday of this week.

One of the sisters noticed the blaze and summoned the Shakopee Volunteer fire department which responded quickly to extinguish the burning bush. No serious damage resulted.


No UFO Reports Here But Satellite Sighted

As yet there have been no reports that have reached us that can top that of the northern Minnesota radio newsman who claimed to see the flying saucer complete with “tripod occupants” this week in the middle of a state highway, after his car mysteriously ceased running and the car radio blacked out.

But, there is a report this week of Shakopee residents who, while driving home from Waconia, sighted a satellite.

Mrs. Harry Annen and son, Richard, 428 East Second, after spending the day with Mrs. Arlene Swiers and family started on what is normally a routine trip back to Shakopee.

While driving, they noticed a very bright star-like shining object in the sky that appeared to have some red hues. First dismissing it as another airplane, they continued to observe and curiosity won over. After stopping the car and looking more intently, they noticed what appeared to be a round circle surrounding the object, which first seemed to stand still but yet was large and glittering like a star.

Again driving along, they further observed the object and it appeared to move now and then just a little. Again the car was stopped for more observation.

Still not certain as just what was claiming their attention, when they got to Shakopee they called radio station WCCO in Minneapolis and described their experience. The newsman at the station informed them that all the while they had watched this object they were observing a satellite.

Seems the radio newsmen now have the last word on UFO’s (unidentified flying objects) and orbiting objects in space!

Nov. 4, 1965

3-Day Grand Opening Event Begins Today

Grand opening event for three days, beginning today (Thursday), November 4, and continuing Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, marks the completion of extensive remodeling and expansion of Burshek Hardware on East First.

Ed and Betty Hopps, owners, invite all in the community to visit and inspect the enlarged facilities. The event will feature free coffee and popcorn and a grand prize award of an electric dryer, along with an array of other free gifts…


Seek Christmas Help At Post Office

Shakopee Postmaster Cormac Suel announced this week that special Civil Service examinations will be given for seasonal assistants to be employed during the Christmas season at the Shakopee post office…


Monday To Mark Beginning Of New Shakopee High Sport—Wrestling

This Monday, November 8, marks the beginning of a new sport at Shakopee Public high school.

That sport is wrestling. It has been one of the fastest growing sports throughout the nation’s high schools. Last year more than 160,000 boys participated in high school wrestling programs throughout the United States. This year new high school programs, including that of our high school, will boost that figure substantially, Coach Ronald Kolb pointed out…


Friendship Manor Considers New Wing For Required Therapy Room

Gordon S. Riffe, administrator of Shakopee Manor, and his family traveled to Jamestown, North Dakota, where Riffe met with members of the directors of the new Shakopee home in a special business session.

One matter under consideration was the extension of one wing of the present new nursing home to accommodate space for an occupational room.

Under the new government Medicare program and the new Veterans’ program, occupational therapy is a requirement. Also, a stepping up in requirements for accreditation makes it mandatory to provide certain special service, not previously required, Riffe explained…


Mertz-Horeish Will Change Location

Mertz-Horeish, Inc., Shakopee real estate firm, 112 South Holmes, was the successful bidder for the present Minnesota Natural Gas company two-story building at 140 South Holmes, when sealed bids were opened at 9 a.m. Monday of this week at the Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis.

Richard Mertz of the real estate firm stated that Mertz-Horeish, Inc. expects to occupy the quarters at 120 South Holmes around the first of the year, following necessary remodeling.

Minnesota Natural Gas Company in the specifications for bidding, state possession would be given on December 15. The gas company will move to its new facilities on Second and Lewis, now nearing completion.

Mertz also stated that prospective tenants and buyers had indicated an interest in acquiring the real estate firm’s present facilities at 112 South Holmes.

Nov. 11, 1965

New Shakopee Presbyterian Edifice Expected To Be Completed Next June

Groundbreaking for a new $153,700 edifice for the Shakopee Presbyterian church was held last Sunday at the site at the east end of Shakopee Avenue and County Highway 17, Spring Lake Road, with the new church and Christian Education unit expected to be completed in June.

H. R. Nolting, chairman of the board of trustees, announced this week that the contract has been signed with G.A. Anderson, who just completed the Shakopee St. John’s Lutheran education unit. He added that work is to begin immediately and is expected to take seven months.

Approval for the building plans was given at a congregational meeting of the church held on July 18 of this year by a vote of 49 to four.

The building project is the culmination of years of activity by the congregation, that includes 100 families with funds raised by subscription…


Erecting Laundromat

Construction is now under way on a new Laundromat to be located adjacent to the Sears-Roebuck Catalog sales office on West First Street. The building is being erected by John L. Ries, Shakopee plumbing contractor, owner of the property.


Winter Sports Night Monday At Shakopee

A prevue of winter sports at Shakopee Public high school has been planned for next Monday evening, November 15, at the First Annual Winter Sports night to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There is no admission.

The event is particularly planned for parents and other interested adults. Children will be admitted only if accompanied by adults…


City To Negotiate Property Purchases For Public Use

Approved by the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting Tuesday night with all aldermen present were appropriations from the city’s capital fund, one of $10,000 and another for $25,000, to be allocated for acquisition of real property for public use.

Following unanimous approval by aldermen for the allocation of these funds, motions were also unanimously approved for the city recorder to begin negotiations for specific parcels of land in the two instances with the property to be considered in future planning for off-street parking and for use by the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission.

Following approval of the $10,000 allocation, the motion was approved that the city recorder begin negotiations for lots six and seven, block four, this being the property of the Leo Ketterer estate, located just behind the City building and fronting Lewis Street.

It was pointed out that this would be a favorable site both for parking and the relocating of the utilities power plant on high ground to avoid possible flooding. It was pointed out that the high water mark in the flood this spring indicated the potential of the power house, just to the west of the Holmes Street bridge, being flooded out in the future.

Following approval of the $25,000 allocation, the motion was approved that the city recorder begin negotiations for the old flour mill property, located just to the east of the utilities power house and behind Montgomery Ward and to the northeast of the City building.

Nov. 18, 1965

At a meeting held Wednesday of last week, November 10, the Shakopee Community Theatre was disbanded, and tentatively reformed as the Minnesota Valley Playhouse.

Another organizational meeting is set for next Tuesday, November 23, at the Community room of the First National Bank of Shakopee, starting at 8 p.m. Anyone interested in Community Theatre is invited to attend.


Open House This Sunday To Mark St. John’s Lutheran Educational Unit

A public event next Sunday, November 21, will mark the completion of the education unit of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran church of Shakopee…

The unit consists of 12 classrooms, a large youth room, a small chapel, a library-board room, a secretarial office, a nursery, a kitchenette, restrooms, several storage areas and a workshop with a walkout door for storage of outside tools…


Gun Club To Locate South of Shakopee

More than 350 members of the Twin-City-Hopkins Gun club viewed plans for the club’s new trap and skeet lay-out, to be located near the junction of Highways 169 and 41, three miles south of Shakopee, at an annual meeting held at 6 p.m. Monday of this week at Culbertson’s Cafe in Hopkins.

The new location of the 50-acre shooting grounds will be just to the south of the Jackson Heights Trailer Court and extending to Merriam Junction to the south of Highway 41 just beyond the Highway 169 intersection. Plans are that the facility is to be developed by the end of 1966.

Plans include six modern skeet fields, 12 trap fields and a new clubhouse, called one of the finest in the country by Vern Aanenson, club president. Bill Beamish, director of the club, has been in charge of finding and negotiating for the purchase of the new site…


Red Owl ‘Get Acquainted’ Event Now Introducing Managers; Many Prizes

A special “Get Acquainted” promotion to introduce the new managers and services of the Red Owl store in Shakopee to area residents is now being held at the store. The promotion will continue through next Wednesday, November 24.

Manager of the store is Lewis Gade, who has nearly six years of experience with the Red Owl food chain and most recently was manager of Red Owl’s Miracle Mile store in Rochester, Minnesota…

New manager of the Red Owl meat department is Darwin Cohrs. He has more than 10 years of experience with Red Owl. He and his wife and their three children have moved to Shakopee from Austin, Minnesota, where Cohrs managed the meat department in one of the Red Owl stores.

Assistant manager of the Shakopee Red Owl is no stranger to area residents. He is Ronnie Klehr, who was born and raised in Shakopee. He worked for six years at the Red Owl, when it was owned by the Earl Lulls. Klehr is married and has a four-month-old daughter.

Formerly a Red Owl agency store, the facilities were purchased recently from Mr. and Mrs. Lull, by the corporate division of Red Owl.

Since the purchase, the interior of the store has been redecorated. Price changes have been made to bring them in line with those in Twin City and suburban stores, according to Manager Gade.

All meat sold at the store will now be covered by the Red Owl meat insurance policy which guarantees absolute satisfaction as to taste, trim and tenderness of each purchase, said Cohrs.

Although the meat department in the store is primarily self-service, well-trained meat cutters will gladly prepare any customer’s request, he added…

Nov. 25, 1965

No Walls Standing After Blaze Guts New St. Paul House Sunday

Now presenting a bleak and jagged silhouette against the sky is the ruins of the New St. Paul House, Second and Fuller, well known in the area as a supper club and as Shakopee’s 111-year-old landmark, after flames swept through the structure last Sunday evening, leaving well over $325,000 in damages in its wake.

The blaze in the two-story supper club, was noticed by a passing motorist at 6:29 p.m. who reported it to John Abeln, Shakopee’s assistant fire chief, whose tavern and residence is just behind the former restaurant on Second Street.

Shakopee Fire Chief Anthony La Tour, Jr. reported some 65 to 70 firemen were at the scene, with the Shakopee volunteers aided by departments from Chaska, Jordan and Carver. He added that they were there for 16 hours, with Shakopee firemen again called back at 11 a.m. Monday for four hours and again at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday of this week for another two hours as the stubborn blaze again broke out. He stated that the cause of the blaze is yet undetermined. Officials were at the site to sift through the charred ruins to search for the cause…


Shakopee P.T.A. To Sponsor Ice Skate Exchange Program

Shakopee Parent-Teachers Association sponsored Ice Skate Exchange, a community service project, will be held on the first two Saturdays in December, December 4 and 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Public school lunchroom…


Shakopee Mrs. Jaycees To Delight Young Miss Again With ‘Judy’

Shakopee will again have a “youthful visitor that seeks a home” this Christmas season, as the Shakopee Mrs. Jaycees again plan to delight some young miss.

“Judy,” the Shakopee Mrs. Jaycees’ 24-inch Christmas doll, will be on display, with her complete wardrobe, at the First National Bank of Shakopee, from Monday, November 22, through Friday, December 3, and at various other stores from then until Friday, December 17, when she will find a permanent home.

The hand-sewn wardrobe is made exclusively by members of the Mrs. Jaycees. The display stand for Judy’s clothes was donated by Roger Lambrecht.

The award will be made at 8 p.m. Friday, December 17, at the bank. It is not necessary to be present to win.

Public participation is invited, with donations of 10 cents a ticket or three for 25 cents. Proceeds will be used for Mrs. Jaycees charities. Tickets are available from any Mrs. Jaycee or on request at the stores where the doll is to be displayed.


Set Kick-Off Meeting For ‘Sports Boosters’

All Shakopee area men, interested in joining a “sports booster” organization in Shakopee, are invited to attend a kick-off meeting scheduled for Monday evening, December 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dugout Cafe.

Organizers of this meeting are hopeful from this initial beginning enthusiastic support will be generated by the members for all Shakopee sports programs…

Dec. 2, 1965

Minnesota Gas Co. In New Quarters

The Minnesota Natural Gas Company is now located in its new divisional office in Shakopee, at the southeast corner of Second and Lewis Streets, the move being made by Monday of this week from the former location, 140 South Holmes.

Open house at the new facility is to be announced at a later date. The divisional office, erected by Link Brothers Construction company of Shakopee, is an overall 7,500 square-foot brick faced structure, housing a merchandise display room, home service auditorium and kitchen, as well as office and service facilities for divisional personnel.

Dec. 9, 1965

The Noel Christmas decoration that greets people entering Shakopee by way of the Holmes Street bridge on Highway 169, is a new attraction among the community’s Christmas decorations, set up by the Shakopee Utilities Commission, and provided by the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce.


Christmas tree for the Shakopee community is now at First and Holmes, in the traditional location, being erected Monday of this week by the Shakopee Utilities’ crew.

Again this year the some 40-foot tree was taken from the Scherkenbach residence at Fourth and Lewis, as was last year’s tree.

Now adorning the tree is the 600 blue bulbs, provided by the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, with the strings of lights also the handiwork of the Utilities’ crewmen.

The combination of the tree and the added “Noel” sign at the south end of the Holmes Street bridge, gives the community’s Yule decoration an added highlight this season.

Dec. 16, 1965

Holiday Hardwood Tourney Will Be First Highlight Event In New HS Gym

Highlight sports activity of the holiday season to be the initial sports activity in the new Shakopee high school gymnasium on Tenth Avenue will be a Holiday Basketball tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 28 and 29, featuring both Minnesota Valley and Missota conference teams…

Sponsored by the Shakopee high school athletic department, the holiday tourney is a revived activity for the community. Admission to the tourney sessions is 75 cents for adults and 25 cents for students. Tickets are available at the school or at the door.


Tomorrow Will Be Moving Day For Shakopee Public High School

Tomorrow (Friday), December 17, is moving day for Shakopee Public high school.

This was approved by the District No. 720 board of education at its regular meeting Monday night of this week, with board members agreeing to take over the new facility on Tenth Avenue today (Thursday), December 16.

The following announcement is made this week by the office of the superintendent:

“The Shakopee Public School will dismiss grades one through 12 for the Christmas holiday at 1 p.m. Friday, December 17. There will be no afternoon session of kindergarten that day. There will be a morning session of kindergarten, however, and that group is to be dismissed at the regular time.

The early dismissal is being effected to facilitate the moving, and it is planned to enlist the aid of students in moving smaller items from the present school at Holmes and Fifth to the new high school building on Tenth Avenue to be occupied by students when they return to class following the Christmas holidays on Monday, January 3.


Council Buys Ketterer Estate Lots Located Behind City Building

Approval of a $10,000 expenditure included in the regular monthly claims presented to the Common Council of the City of Shakopee Tuesday night of this week, indicated the city’s purchase of the Leo Ketterer estate property, located just behind the City building fronting Lewis Street.

The Common Council at its regular November meeting authorized an appropriation from the city’s capital fund and gave the city recorder authorization to negotiate for this real property for public use…

Dec. 23, 1965

Teacher Residency Clause Before Court

Scheduled for hearing before District Court Judge Robert Breunig of Hastings, in Scott County District Court at 10 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday), December 22, the advisory action of Margaret McFarlane, et al and Shakopee Federation of Teachers, Local No. 1346 vs. Independent School District No. 720 of Shakopee.

The action is brought by the teachers who are seeking a declaratory judgment on the part of the court to declare illegal a residency clause that the Shakopee District No. 720 includes in the teachers’ contract.

The clause in question, requires teachers to be residents of Shakopee, with a deadline of September 1966…

Dec. 30, 1965

Raceway Park Will Re-open In April 1966

Owner and promoter Darwin Hentz announced this week that Raceway Park would open again in 1966.

With the announcement Hentz indicated the most sweeping changes in the history of the track including one class for stock cars and a new incentive percentage payoff giving the drivers a minimum $1,000 purse against 50 per cent of the ticket gate…

Hentz also stated that his entire staff of excellent track officials would be back, and that building plans include the covering of the center section of the bleachers and to install all new modern chair seats to protect fans from sudden showers and cool winds and afford the finest in comfortable seating and also give Raceway a facility to lease for programs other than Auto Racing.

Several special events are being considered to utilize Raceway’s excellent facilities more fully…


Yule Tree Sale Nets Scouts $754

Shakopee Boy Scout Troop No. 218 realized $574 for the troop’s treasury through the sale of more than 500 Christmas trees in this year’s successful Boy Scout Annual Christmas Tree sale.

S. M. Hennen, chairman of the event for the past nine years, stated that he, along with the Shakopee Scouts, wished to thank all volunteers who assisted with the sale of the Yule trees and greenery.

The Scouts were offering trees at their customary location at the Shakopee Shops Shopping center on East First.

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