Compiled by Don McNeil, Shakopee Heritage Society
From the Shakopee Valley News
Microwave antennas are becoming a familiar sight in the Shakopee area as more and more residents search for alternatives to commercial and cable TV. Microwave antennas, the increasingly familiar dish-on-a-stick that towers 10 ft. or more above residential roof-tops, are used to pick up microwave signals sent from the top of the IDS Tower in Minneapolis that carry broadcasts of Home Box Office (HBO) – the primarily first-run, recent and classic movies without commercials. Willy Anholt is the only person the Shakopee News found who sells everything necessary to set up a complete microwave antenna. He is confident the future of the antenna will continue to be bright.
The Scott County Commissioners have voted to raise the salaries of non-union county personnel by 5% for fiscal 1982, after freezing their own salaries at their current rates. The Scott County Board has also adopted a resolution fixing the 1983 minimum annual salaries for officials elected this year; county attorney – $31,692; county auditor – $25,075; county recorder – $22,502; county sheriff – $25,075; county surveyor – $23,491; and county treasurer – $22,502.
Shakopee ISD #720 has joined the city of Shakopee and Scott County in having aid payments withheld by the State. Superintendent Dr. Robert Mayer confirmed that the district didn’t receive its $480,000 check for the month of December. If the state decides to withhold more aid next month, Mayer said the district will begin studying the possibility of borrowing on anticipated tax revenues to make ends meet.
There is a possibility that at least one out of every 11 Shakopee homes has a potential “time bomb” sitting in the basement utility area. That “time bomb” could be a liquid propane or natural gas water heater, Shakopee Building Inspector, LeRoy Houser, stated.
If Shakopee is to become the tourist center that some people say it has the potential to be, city businesspeople, government officials and residents will have to work together to promote the city and its environs as a package.
It appears now that the attempts to move the Minnesota Renaissance Festival from southwest of Shakopee to Lakeville may not be dead.
There is a tendency of some cross-country skiers to leave established trails and venture onto the ice of Sand Creek. Currently the ice is dangerously thin in many places. To avoid the risk of drowning or hypothermia, visitors should always stay on the trail, ski with a friend and remember to read directions and regulations on informational signs.
Local Indians sell tax-free smokes…for the past two years, Norman Crooks has been trying to get some smoke signals going on the Mdewakanton Sioux Reservation and last week he finally succeeded. With the arrival of 26 cases of cigarettes from a Nevada tobacco dealer, the tribal chairman and 116 Mdewakanton are officially in the cigarette business – a business they hope will bring as much as $50,000 a year for tribal members. However, officials from the Minnesota Department of Revenue are hoping to throw a wet blanket on the whole idea.
Attorney at Law, Vicki Luoma; basic will – $35.00; divorce (uncontested) – $195; DWI – $300; Title Opinion – $60; Adoption (uncontested) $125; bankruptcy (Individual Chapter 7) plus court costs – $395.00.
Members of a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Welfare and Corrections will tour the Minnesota Correctional Institution for Women in Shakopee, with an eye toward possible replacement of the facility suggesting that the reformatory be moved to a site in Rochester.
Alien reporting dropped by I.N.S. – Gerald L. Coyle, District Director, Immigration and Naturalization Service, St Paul, announced today that service will no longer require aliens in the United States to report their address to the agency each January. The requirement had been in effect since 1952. However, all aliens residing in this country are still required by law to report a change in their address within 70 days of such change to the nearest Immigration Field Office.
A local juvenile has been arrested and formally charged with extorting between $5000 and $8000 from a 41 year old Shakopee man by threatening to tell police that the man has taken pictures of young boys in the nude.
The average Shakopee sixth grade student is reading at a level of one year and six months above the national average.
Solid cedar full-sized bunk beds…sturdy 3 inch posts, includes springs, side rails and ladder…while they last $47.00 – L.N. Gephart Furniture, Lakeville, MN.
A group of concerned Shakopee residents are out to save O’Dowd Lake. The shallow lake and its companion, Thole Lake, are frequent victims of winter kill that wipes out much of the fish population every few years and makes the water miserable for fishing and swimming. The group is planning on installing a number of aerators in the lake to provide oxygen and hopefully end the problem.
Minnesota business forecast – What’s ahead for business in Minnesota? That topic will be addressed by legislators at the Shakopee Area Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Shakopee House. Sen. Robert Schmitz and Rep. Tom Rees will speak to the general membership.
Recent extreme cold temperatures and high winds appear to be the cause for the ten-minute electrical blackout that hit nearly all of Shakopee. The outage was the result of a “failed insulator between New Prague and Jordan.” All of Shakopee except Valley Industrial Park, which gets its power from a different transmission line, lost electrical power.
Two masked men robbed the owner of Arnie’s Friendly Folks Club at knifepoint early Sunday. He was tied up and the thieves left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police reports say the robbery took place from 2:20 to 3:02 am, after Arnie Theis closed his bar down for the night.
The National Weather Service had said there was supposed to be a blizzard last weekend and a return of 70 below zero wind chill temperatures. It got cold…26 to 28 below zero according to one thermometer in town, but the heavy snows never came.
Local Job Service Gets Reprieve…Because of the worsening unemployment rate, a temporary hold has been placed on the possible closing of the Shakopee Job Service branch office. Cuts in federal spending had threatened to lay off more than 200 employees of the Minnesota Department of Economic Security, the federally funded state agency that runs Job Service, matching employers with job hunters. Those layoffs, which had been announced several weeks ago and then delayed, would likely have resulted in the closing of the local Job Service branch in Shakopee. Duke Henke, Area Office Manager at the Hopkins branch of Job Services, said the reason for the hold on layoffs in the Job Service is due to a $2 billion bill proposed by President Reagan to deal with the unemployment rate which is hovering precariously close to 9% nationwide.
Had Ronald Reagan chosen a career in the military he might have become a brilliant combat tactician. Instead, he entered the political arena and now gives every indication of being the General Patton of political warfare.
Formal charges are expected to be filed soon against Shakopee Girls Basketball coach, Jim McCormack, as a result of threats he allegedly made toward a Hutchinson player during a recent game. While McCormack denies the nature of the allegations, he confirmed that an incident did take place during the game involving himself, Hutchinson coach, Mark Anderson, and a Hutchinson player. The complaint states that McCormack, apparently upset over the rough style of play on the court, threatened the coach and the Hutchinson player in the following manner: “If you don’t get her out of here, she’s dead; if you don’t get her out of here, we’ll drop her.” McCormack stated that those words were never used and that “nothing really happened.” McCormack stated that all he was doing was trying to take care of my players. It was a fact that they were over-reacting to their being humiliated on the court (Shakopee 52-37). Hutchinson had 27 fouls called against them in the game compared to Shakopee’s 17. Anderson said games between the two teams have traditionally been physical.
The Shakopee Police Department will be getting a portable breath tester soon to give preliminary tests to suspected drunken drivers. The ALERT unit, short for Alcohol Level Evaluation Road Tester, will be on loan from the state at no cost to the city.
The thought of having 250 teenagers over to play doesn’t bother Gary Sheehan in the least. It may surprise some, but Sheehan finds them to be well behaved, polite and good for business. He is the owner of the Sub Machine Shop, a popular spot where one can get a good submarine sandwich and play a wide variety of the hottest video games at 25 cents a slot.
Elaine Klancke is anxious to relocate her store. “I’m kind of at the stage where I’ll believe it when I see it,” said the general manager of the Photo Mill store in the Minnesota Valley Mall. The decision to introduce a Photo Mill store in the Shakopee area, she said was based on a number of factors. “Demographics pointed toward the fact that there were a lot of new people in the area,” Klancke said. Also today’s higher costs for travel are conducive to localized sales. It was also clear, she said, that the city lacked photographic processing service. When another photo finisher closed their doors in the mall, Klancke made her move.
Even in an area of high growth potential such as Shakopee, the effects of an unstable economy on the housing market were readily apparent in 1981. Like other parts of the county, high interest rates kept housing sales down, according to city officials, even if housing starts lagged behind at moderate levels. Shakopee housing inspector, LeRoy Houser, said there were 77 starts in 1981, compared with an average of 85-90. Sales were sluggish.
A sign of progress and growth in any community is the revitalization and expansion of its banking and savings institutions. The opening of the new offices of the Citizens State Bank last year attests to Shakopee’s prosperity. “The growth potential for banking in Shakopee is tremendous,” said bank president, Ted Rietveld, who is also new to the bank and the community.
St. Francis Hospital has begun a $6.7 million modernization program that will temporarily cause some inconvenience for staff members, but will provide many conveniences and a great deal more space once the project is completed.
Bernie Carlson is not your average hardware man. He is a certified public accountant, has an almost completed master’s degree in business administration and teaches two classes in financial management at St. Thomas College every week. Before taking over the re-opened Shakopee OK Hardware Store in November, Carlson, 37, was making $53,361 a year as the City of St. Paul’s Financial Director. With those skills and that income, why would anyone go into the hardware business? “I’ve always wanted to be in business for myself,” Carlson said. “I didn’t want to continue working in a large organization.”
Stagecoach’s New Owner Keeps Traditions…If the Stagecoach was a friendly place for the past 45 or 50 years under Ozzie and Marie Klavestad, that much hasn’t changed since they sold the place last July. While the old town and opera house are closed down for the winter, the coffee’s on and the door is open at the Stagecoach Stores, Inc.’s gun shop. Cal Hotzler, proprietor, said, “We basically are geared for the hunter with an obvious bias towards ducks.” “We would like to do more work on the old town, but with interest rates the way they are, it’s hard to do anything and do it right.”
Prime retail space available now in 212,000 square feet enclosed mall shopping center complex, including K-Mart. This center is located in a dominant growth area of greater Minneapolis’ Southwest Suburban market serving a trade area in excess of 40,000 in population. The mall, located on US Highway 169, has been completely upgraded.
Dennis and Barb Sigurdson have received a lot of trophies and awards in the past year. The trouble is, all of them have come unassembled, in bits and pieces. Last June the couple took over as owners of Championship Awards, where assembling trophies is something they have more or less had to adapt to. Mr. Sigurdson is happy enough with the results of the new business so far that he is considering selling his sewer establishment to go into awards full time with his wife.
Surplus cheese is on its way to Scott County. The county’s portion of the 575,000 pounds of surplus cheese that is designated for Minnesota will be distributed. The processed cheese is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and it will be distributed in 5 pound blocks to households whose incomes are at or below eligibility guidelines used by the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program…household size -1 person…income $7616, 2 per persons…income $9,959, 3 people…income $12,302, 4 people…income $14,645
Shakopee residents lost a chance to have their taxes lowered when the Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled against the city’s argument that the Fiscal Disparities Law was unfair. The court’s decision, upheld a ruling made last March by the tax court, and exhausted Shakopee’s last legal recourse in changing the law which commits 30% of the city’s total industrial/commercial valuation to a metropolitan valuation pool.
9-1-1…3 digits that could some day save your life or that of a friend or relative. Planned since 1973, the 911 Emergency Telephone Service for Minnesota is scheduled to become a reality in the metro area by the end of the year.
The financial troubles plaguing the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (“Murphy’s Landing”) paint a pretty bleak future for the historic site east of Shakopee. Ed Sharkey knows as well as anyone how bad things are, but the interim manager who took charge of the operation on June 1st is an optimistic realist. He knows that the 75-year old project that captures life in Minnesota from 1840 to 1890 will somehow survive. Donations from private sources have dwindled from $146,000 in 1980 to $79,000 in 1982. Funding from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) which provided for a staff of 35 has gone from $98,815 two years ago to zero in 1982.
Computer in court may be nation’s first…There is something unique about Courtroom D at the Scott County Courthouse. The computer now has its foot in the door of what may be one of the greatest bastions of resistance to change…the courtroom.
Kawasaki Motor Corporation of California has announced that its research and development center in Shakopee will be closed and its entire line of snowmobiles discontinued. The small engine department will remain open strictly on a marketing and sales basis. Nine of the seventeen employees will be retained in clerical, administrative and technical positions.
The Shakopee City Council voted unanimously to grant a one-year lease of $1 to Minnesota Job Service to occupy the second floor of City Hall. The space is currently occupied by the Minnesota Stamp and Coin Co., which will be moving to a new location near the end of April.
After four special sessions and a regular session of the Minnesota State Legislature that saw massive budget cuts and increased taxes, Sen. Robert Schmitz is concerned, stating, “We’re going to have serious problems in the next few years, not just months. If the recession continues, there will be more shortfalls.”
Gas prices are coming down, though not as fast as most would like. A glut of oil on the world market has sent station owners throughout Shakopee scurrying up ladders to change their gas prices. Can 50 cents a gallon be far away???
Construction of a $500,000 research and administrative headquarters for Betaseed, Inc., a major producer of sugar beet seed, is underway in Shakopee. Betaseed, owned by Northrup King and a West German partner, will operate a 40-acre sugar beet farm with eight to 10 acres devoted to research.
Opening soon…Performance Cycle and Supply, Inc. – One-half mile south of Shakopee on Highway 169. Complete line of motocross, enduro and street accessories…repair service on major brands – street and dirt.
All things being equal, residential property taxes in the city of Shakopee increased on average 30% this year, while agricultural areas experienced the majority of the tax burden in the county.
April 2 and Holding…Last Friday the car for the “Save O’Dowd Lakes Guess When It Falls Through The Ice” contest was still hanging in there. Warm weather caused the car to sink some, but recent cold blasts held it in place.
Secretary of Agriculture, John Block promised “solutions” to dairy surplus problems Tuesday, but would give no indication as to what the Reagan administration solutions might encompass.
Judging by the computer game craze that seems to be reaching epidemic proportions across the country, the masses appear to be fascinated by the challenge and sophistication that these machines are capable of. Shakopee senior, Drew Topel, sits beside the school’s Apple computer, which displays his computer game he calls “Froggy” for which he recently won a first-place award in the annual Metropolitan Educational Computing Consortium contest.
Shakopee has been chosen among American cities as the site for the National Consumer Education Week kickoff on April 26. President Reagan has already signed a proclamation and so has Gov. Al Quie, who will read his proclamation during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. April 26 at the First National Bank of Shakopee. Shakopee was chosen as the site because this is where Consumer Education Week first started, said Virgil Mears, who coordinates the program for Shakopee Independent School District 720.
Toro Co. of Bloomington has announced tentative plans to sell its Shakopee Die-Casting facility as part of an overall consolidation of operations in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Toro is the largest independent marketer and manufacturer of snow removal and lawn equipment in the country. Erratic snowfall and tight economy over the past couple years are largely responsible for the $20 million in losses realized over the last 18 months.
Shakopee Mayor Eldon Reinke, speaking as chairman on behalf of the other mayors in the county, noted the growing concern in the county over government spending, and he cited the need for an assessment of the situation at the local level. “We believe that, as cities, we have begun the process of looking at ourselves,” he said, by asking two fundamental questions: “Who receives or benefits from a program or service,” and “Who pays for that service?”
Citizens of Shakopee, which cable TV system is best for you? … We believe it is Progress Valley Totalvision…local ownership, most advanced system, programming and lowest monthly rates. If you are thinking about cable TV, why not think about the costs involved, the difference between PVT Cable and Zylstra Cable, and come to the public hearing April 27 at 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.
If you’ve been in Shakopee very long, chances are you have heard of George Muenchow. He is one of the most visible, enduring and endearing fixtures of the community. You might say George is the father of recreation in Shakopee. He has been director of Community Services for the city’s recreation and adult education programs for 25 years. Shakopee hasn’t played the same since George came to town in 1957. When George was first hired be the City Council it was only for a six month probationary period. The Council wanted to see if the city needed a full time person and if the people wanted a full time program for recreation. He’s been working at helping us play ever since. How many pot bellies have been prevented because of the leagues he formed? How many children have developed more self-confidence through the many individual and group activities? How many adults have had their horizons broadened through the adult education program?
Grr! Hiss! Kill, Kill, Kill! – Look out for “The Claw,” Sunday, April 25 is the night!…Shakopee High School gymnasium is the place and 8 p.m. is the time. The attraction: All-Star Wrestling. All of your favorites will be there: Rene Goulet vs. Brad Rheingans, Tito Santana vs. Jerry Blackwell, Big Bad Bobby Duncum and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan vs. Baron von Raschke and Buck “Rock & Roll” Zumhofe, and in the main event, Greg Gagne vs. The Sheik. Part of the gate receipts will go to support Shakopee Community Services and its many programs.
Warning – Ceramic Fever…Very Contagious…No Known Cure – Shirley Kroger and her husband, Frank are owner and operators of K & S Ceramics at 109 S. Fillmore in Shakopee. Take Mary Stang of Savage for instance. She said she had no intentions whatsoever of getting into such a past time until she stepped off at the local Greyhound Bus Agent, which just happened to be…you guessed it – K & S Ceramics. The reason for their prosperity is due to the simple fact that people are looking for hobby ceramics these days. Shirley said, “Fulfilling a need for creative expression in the classes is supplemented by the opportunity to socialize and meet new people.”
The tension is mounting and bad blood is boiling between the two cable television companies on the final decision to award the Shakopee franchise nears. Exacerbating the situation is the final report from cable consultant, Anita Benda, of Communications Projects and CTIC Assoc. Inc. of Arlington, VA which ranks Zylstra-United Cable Television higher in nearly every category than its competition, Progress Valley Totalvision, owned in part by a local group of businessmen.
Nineteen year old, Dave Fischer talks about his bicycle repair business as if he’s been at it for years. He has! “I estimate I’ve done at least 500 repairs, maybe even more,” said the young Shakopee native who recently moved his operation out of his parents’ garage on Tenth Avenue, where he has re-conditioned bikes since he was nine years old. Now the sign above 120 S. Holmes reads “F & M Recreational Supply and Repair,” with Fischer teaming up with his friend, Scott McDonald, 19, of Prior Lake in an all-out effort toward a full-fledged career in the business. He hopes they can sell anywhere from 50 to 100 new bikes this year and a minimum of 200 every year thereafter.
It was that time again for the Shakopee Community Services and other recreation enthusiasts to display their summer program offerings for another year. The annual Shakopee Showcase attracted more displays and bigger crowds than ever Monday night at the Shakopee Sr. High School, where people had their first opportunity to register for upcoming programs. Well over 1000 residents packed the gymnasium, auditorium and hallways.
Lance Crooks, 12, performed a ceremonial dance before students at Pearson Elementary School last Friday during Pioneer Days. Crooks, a Shakopee student, was performing as part of a “mini pow-wow,” led by Sam Gerenoc, a Native American from the Twin Cities.
The Metropolitan Council may have its friends…but they aren’t in Scott County. Mayors, township leaders and concerned citizens from throughout the county lambasted the intrusions and performance of the Metropolitan Council before the joint legislative commission on Metropolitan Governance at Shakopee Junior High School. Throughout the lengthy hearing, only one county resident had anything positive to say about the council.
Veteran State Representative, Tom Rees (R-Elko) ended area political speculation when he announced he will seek the new District 36 MN Senate seat in November. Rees has served for the past four years as District 36B representative.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Shakopee House Restaurant, a local landmark, have negotiated a three-year installment plan for the repayment of two years back sales taxes. The total amount is approximately $94,000, including interest rates of 20 percent and a 10 percent penalty. The well-known restaurant also owes about $12,000 in local property taxes for 1981 and has until the end of the month to meet the deadline.
Shakopee has come a long way and so have we…Please come and visit us and tour our bank. Our two-story addition and interior remodeling is completed. Guided or unguided tours including the vault…First National Bank of Shakopee. Refreshments, souvenir gifts, balloons and friendship.
“What do you think is the most important problem facing the nation?” This was the lead question in a Gallup Poll. According to the poll results the top concern of Americans today is, “the lack of jobs.” The survey reported 44 percent indicated the category, “unemployment; recession” was our most urgent problem. Second place, with 24 percent, went to “inflation; high cost of living.”
The Shakopee branch of the Minnesota Job Service just completed its first week at its new downtown location above City Hall on First Avenue. Gene Tolzman and Keith Dickey said they were pleased with the new surroundings. City Council gave the Job Service a $1 lease when Federal budget cuts almost forced the closing of the service, which matches job hunters with employers.
Mdewakanton Sioux Smoke Shop, Prior Lake…cigarettes – $4.99 per carton…special sale – 4 days only. 2 cartons per person limit…everyone welcome.
Members of the Shakopee Bowling Team who participated in the City Bowling Tournament over the last two weeks were recently presented awards provided by the First National Bank of Shakopee. Team winners were Izzy Suel, Mary Beckrich and Darlene Schesso.
Investigators from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department searched for evidence and dusted for fingerprints in the entryway of the First National Bank of Shakopee following a robbery. The suspect was arrested barely 42 minutes after law enforcement officials were notified. The robbery came at the end of a week-long open house celebration at the newly remodeled First National Bank at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Friday. The bank was crowded with people listening to piano music, watching balloons being tied into animal shapes and touring the bank’s facilities. Wearing a stocking cap the suspect ran out of the bank and down Holmes St. to make his getaway. The Canine Squad dogs led investigators to the Holmes St. bridge where the suspect’s clothing, the robbery note, and the stolen $774 were recovered.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Department has arrested “Agent 007.” For those who don’t listen to police radio communications or scanners, “Agent 007” has been broadcasting “four-letter words” over the airwaves using a Civil Defense radio stolen from the vehicle of the Scott County Water Safety officer.
High winds prevented the Milwaukee Mutual Insurance hot air balloon from taking off Friday as part of the open house festivities for the Capesius Agency. The weather cooperated on Saturday, however. Persons showing up at Memorial Park were treated to a free tethered flight in the balloon.
Zylstra United Cable Television was awarded the cable television franchise for Shakopee by a 4-2 vote of the City Council. The narrowness of the vote was unexpected considering Zylstra-United has been the overwhelming recommendation of the Council-appointed Ad Hoc Communication Committee. ZU would begin digging the day the cable board gives the OK. If all goes well, the system should be operational by late Dec. 1982.
First Step Nears for New Downtown…A simple request to vacate an alley has brought about what may become the first of many projects in redeveloping downtown Shakopee. The request was made to City Council by Dave Moonen several months ago and was recently approved. He wanted to remodel his building on Second Avenue and Holmes, currently housing Link Realty, to face the parking lot across from the First National Bank of Shakopee. That action set wheels in motion down at City Hall and among members of the Ad Hoc Downtown Committee. The idea formed of developing the city parking lot to create an attractive focal point with greenery, shrubs, trees and benches as well as an efficient parking space that might encourage other businesses to alter their buildings to face this mini town square.
Speeders have left city officials little choice…to keep speeds down, the city can install stop signs, which they consider a waste of gasoline, a nuisance, and an unnecessary expense, or they can get drivers to voluntarily comply. It is hoped and studies back it up, that once aware, the problem drivers usually slow down.
Shari Sinn Dance Studio will hold its 15th Dance Recital at the Shakopee Sr. High auditorium, June 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. Sinn has a show every other year and has taught for 23 years in Shakopee. 225 students will present “Stage Door 82.” Boys and girls from Shakopee, Chaska, Jordan and Prior Lake will perform tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatic routines in gala and festive costumes. Three-year-olds and up will be sure to entertain with their daring dance antics.
“Craft Americana” is the theme of the 11th Annual Craft Fair to be held at Murphy’s Landing. Craftspeople dressed in 19th century style costumes will be stationed throughout the eighty-seven acre restoration project, among the many restored homes. They will be demonstrating the techniques and skills required by their crafts, as well as offering the finished projects for sale. The focus of the fair is on the traditional American craft and contemporary crafts which utilize age-old skills. The crafts demonstrated range from homemade dolls to stained glass windows and from wood carving to rug hooking.
Chairman Norman Crooks of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe stands on the site of the proposed 1400-seat bingo palace that’s due to be constructed in the next couple of months. They’re building a million-dollar bingo palace that will be the biggest bingo hall in the country. The “they” that Crooks refers to is the New England Entertainment Co. of Boston, MA, who will construct and manage the building and the bingo operation, taking 45 percent of its overall profits. The rest will go to the Indians for the use of their land. The tribe’s alarming 60 percent unemployment rate could vanish overnight if the project is successful. Employing 70 people over three shifts, the bingo operations managers are obligated to hire Indians first, roughly one-third of which will come from the Shakopee reservation.
The future of Valley Industrial Park has suddenly become bright with the announcement that North American Life and Casualty of Minneapolis has entered a joint venture partnership with Scottland, Inc. An aggressive and intensive marketing campaign is expected to begin within the next 30 days, Scottland President, J. Brooks Hauser stated.
Valley News Editorial…Pat Bouley – Congratulations to Golden Agers Club on their 25th anniversary. Now known as the Shakopee Senior Citizens Club, the group began meeting in January 1957 at the old Shakopee Sr. High School. Twice a week they meet at the First National Bank of Shakopee Community Room. It is a time for our senior citizens to meet with their peers, talk of common concerns and meet new friends. As one of the first groups in the state for senior citizens, the local group has a long and colorful history of which they can be proud. Because of the changes in the family structure in the United States and the often over-powering youth-oriented influence on society, the need for such an organization is greater than ever. To all those who have made it possible over the years for the service to exist…Thank You!
Grand Opening Thursday Thru Saturday, June 17-19 – Minnesota Valley Mall – Ruehle Jewelers and the Photo Mill – free roses to the first 100 people every day…free bottle of jewelry cleaner each day…25% off on all merchandise…one Kodak Instant camera given away each day.
School Board Under Attack … Requests for more money, and the return of certain programs and administrators by the Shakopee School Board has prompted a meeting between a committee and the concerned citizens who are opposed to the way the district is run.
Artwork by Heidi VonBokern of Shakopee has been selected for display during the Minneapolis Aquatennial’s “Great American Family Reunion” festivities week. The F&M/Marquette National Bank lobby at 900 South 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis will display a mix of artwork created by Twin City youth and seniors.
Mark Lureen, a recent graduate of the Shakopee Senior High School, is one of ten students selected this year for Outstanding Student Awards by Dunwoody Industrial Institute, Minneapolis. The awards, which provide free tuition for the 1982-83 school year, are given to recognize exceptional high school students and to attract top quality young people to careers in industry and technology.
In what she sees as a continuation of her commitment to reduce government bureaucracy at the local level, Scott County Attorney, Kathleen Morris, 36, has filed for re-election to another four-year term.
Shakopee Police Chief, Tom Brownell, knows how to cut the number of traffic accidents in the city by half…shut down First Avenue. The long-awaited Shakopee highway by-pass could also do the trick. “Unfortunately,” Brownell said sarcastically, “that probably won’t happen in my lifetime.” In 1981 there were 480 traffic accidents in the city. The vast majority of accidents happened on First Avenue where 22,000 vehicles a day pass through the heart of the city.
State Senator, Bob Schmitz (DFL-Jordan), this week expressed the need for more local control over the district’s transportation system by reforming the policies of the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC). “It currently appears as though the property owners of our district are paying much more in taxes into the MTC system than benefits they are receiving from this service,” Schmitz said. “Ideally I would like to see this service more locally controlled.”
Emotions ran high and low, mixed and battled for Shakopee’s Jill Sinn, as she finished second runner-up in the 1982 Miss Minnesota Pageant. As Miss Minnesota Valley, Sinn was caught up in the magic of the contest; meeting new friends, performing before thousands of people, reaching deep inside for strength and stamina and finding it.
The Minnesota Waste Management Board proposed an area in Belle Plaine and Helena Township in Scott County as a “candidate site” for a hazardous waste disposal facility.
Valley News Editorial – Pat Bouley – “Something has got to change in this country’s criminal justice system. A Washington, DC jury’s ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’ verdict for John Hinckley, Jr.’s shooting of President Reagan and three others is nothing short of disgusting. It’s not the jury’s fault. It is a backward judicial system that is suffering from misplaced compassion that put the jury in that unpleasant situation.”
Views about television and its effect on children are as numerous as Saturday morning cartoons. Television has proven itself an effective and interesting teacher, yet some suspect that too much television limits our children’s ability to think creatively and to learn in other ways. While some people claim TV breaks down stereotypes, others say it fosters them. TV exposes children to people, places and cultures they might not otherwise experience, but it also may expose them to situations that frighten them, to ideas they can’t understand or to morals their parents don’t agree with.
Details for a $30 million program to make low interest mortgages available to first time Minnesota homeowners were released by Gov. Al Quie in a press conference with State Auditor Arne Carlson and the Commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA). About 550 mortgages, averaging $55,000, will be available in the first phase of the program. The interest rate of the loans will be 12%.
Any young women interested in participating in the Miss Minnesota Valley Pageant are invited to attend a Pepsi Party at the home of Maggie Klein. The meeting is strictly informational and there is no commitment involved. All eligible women are welcome to participate for the $500 scholarship.
One of the longest-running national youth activity programs – The World Junior Frisbee Disc Contest – will be taking place at the Shakopee Jr. High. The 14th annual observance of the popular contest, sponsored this year by the makers of Wheaties, “Breakfast of Champions,” is expected to draw thousands of boys and girls 15 years of age and younger from throughout the US, Canada and Great Britain.
NEW…People’s Savings and Loan pays interest on checking – 5-¼% on Chextra Account.
Local Duo Does First Album…Bob Cole and Mark Magnuson are good friends. In real life Cole is a photographer who works as a cashier at Juba’s SuperValu. Magnuson is an Electronics Tech Second Class in the US Navy. But when they get together, their imaginations and ambition soar, and their creative juices flow as quickly as the Minnesota River at flood stage. Both are talented musicians who like to write their own songs…songs about friendship, love, life. They write letters, exchange tape recordings of their latest compositions and make plans. Their next project is to do a video disc featuring more of their music.
Junior high students living between one and two miles from school will be provided district-funded transportation for the upcoming school year without increasing the amount of the local levy.
The barn fire in Jackson Township was caused by children playing with matches, according to the Scott County Sheriff. Three young children admitted playing in and near the barn on the Norbert Theis farm where the fire occurred. Approximately 1500 bales of hay and the barn were destroyed.
Firecrackers Caused Auto to Explode…It happened at the Kaposia Days parade in South St. Paul. Moments after the parade had ended, a car driven by a young man exploded. The cause? Firecrackers! The explosion demolished the car, and injured the young man and a woman passenger. The “Firecracker Car” was displayed on the front lawn of the Shakopee Senior High and was sponsored by the Shakopee Lions Club. According to an article in the Minneapolis Star, “debris was thrown about 150 feet…and the blast was so powerful it even blew out a piece of asphalt on the street.”
The largest purses of the summer racing season are on the line for the July 4th weekend at Raceway Park with $7000+ up for grabs. A field of some 100 cars is expected.
Kathi Kraai of Shakopee filled the Minnesota Valley Mall with the sounds of music as she demonstrated the art of bell ringing as part of her speech for 4-H Demonstration Day. Kraai was one of many participants throughout the county trying to win a chance to represent their community at the Minnesota State Fair.
Phil Kanning, a 35-year-old Shakopee lawyer, has filed for the office of Scott County Attorney, where he feels costs can be cut and better cooperation is needed with other county departments and law enforcement personnel.
A Miami police officer arrives at the scene of a property damage accident to learn one driver is a Cuban refugee, the other a Russian immigrant. The drivers can’t understand each other. The English-speaking officer understands neither of them, nor do they have the slightest idea of what he is saying. It’s a complete collapse of communication.
St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary is having their second annual rummage-auction sale. The sale will be in the former Ben Franklin building at 112 Lewis St., downtown Shakopee. The sale will be held in conjunction with the Shak-O-Valley Days.
When wrestling enthusiasts and promoters began to make a mockery of the sport, Tom Grant put away his shoes and tights…that was 52 years ago. Today, at the age of 90, this former contender for the heavyweight championship is busy chronicling his unique and colorful life which began on what is now the John O’Loughlin farm on Valley View Road in Shakopee. “I could go on telling stories forever,” Grant admitted in a recent interview.
Finding and keeping a job is the purpose of CETA class. The topics for the first hour were: “The question I fear most in a job interview” and “having a job interview is _____.” The subjects were those any job holder, and job seeker or any recent high school graduate could relate to. Anybody could fill in the blanks, and yes, the answers were often different. This class of 15 students at the Carver-Scott Cooperative Center in the old junior high had many answers.
Sparrows…small, brown, brawling birds so common they are often greeted with contempt, are at the forefront of arguments about evolution. Two groups of these birds seem to be evolving into distinctly separate species in the wilds of South America.
The romantic image of an intimate walk in the rain may never be the same, thanks to two U of M physicists who have discovered that rain is radioactive.
If that big elm tree that shades your house is still healthy, consider yourself lucky. If it makes it all the way through the summer, you will be lucky because it appears that this summer will be one of the worst years yet for the spread of Dutch Elm disease. Over 120 boulevard trees were recently marked with the fatal red circle.
The Shakopee Boy Scouts returned home from summer camp after attending “Camp Many Point” operated by the Minneapolis Viking Council North of Park Rapids, MN. The Shakopee scouts totaled 30 boys and were accompanied to camp by Scoutmaster, Wally Kopisca and assistants, Steve Thomas, Louis Greene and Tony Notermann. The group completed over 50 merit badges and numerous other scout rank awards.
Citizens say “porn” law broken…Penthouse offers aid to stores – Local store owners have been offered legal assistance from Penthouse magazine in their defense against charges that they are in violation of the city’s pornography ordinance. Shakopee residents are charging that the companies are in violation of the Shakopee pornography ordinance which states that “it is unlawful for any person to willfully furnish, display, sell or give another person obscene material.”
The map of Scott County was full of pencil marks where Shakopee Postmaster Cormac Suel had pointed out one arc after another where he feels the new county address system will hamper postal deliveries. He seemed anxious to discuss the situation and the circumstances behind his recent refusal to deliver some 350 telephone bills bearing the new addresses in neighboring townships.
Scott County First District Commissioner William Koniarski was greeted by President Ronald Reagan immediately after the President spoke to more than 5000 county officials at the 47th annual convention of the National Association of Counties in Baltimore, Maryland. Reagan told officials that his administration’s “New Federalism” program will return more responsibilities to local government, and best serve the interests of counties.
The Tootsie Rolls for the Handicapped Program, sponsored by the Shakopee Knights of Columbus, netted $1463 for the Scott County Association of Retarded Citizens, and $366.52 for the Carver County Chapter.
Owners and operators of the Valley Auto Plaza in Shakopee have been charged with 38 counts each in connection with an alleged recreational vehicle swindling operation at the dealership. The Minnesota State Department of Public Safety also revoked the dealer license.
Former chairman of the Scott County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments, William Mueller, has pleaded guilty to four counts of cruelty to animals stemming from the discovery of 100 dead animals on his Spring Lake Township farm.
“The View from City Hall” by Judy Cox, City Clerk…Editor’s Note: Beginning this issue, a regular column on what’s happening at City Hall will appear on the community page. Members of the City Council will rotate writing the column. On occasion, city staff and department heads will go to the typewriter to explain an important subject, as City Clerk, Judy Cox does in this first installment.
Voters want spending cuts…Congressman Bill Frenzel of Minnesota’s Third District has released the findings of his annual poll of district residents. The results as related to the federal budget are of interest. The survey indicates majority support for the continuances of spending cuts, including national defense, a reluctance to effectively control entitlement programs, and approval of the tax cuts. Now all Congress has to do is spend less, tax less, provide some services and placate all of the special interest groups.
Rodeo returns to town…The RN Pro Rodeo returns to Shakopee’s Pat Thielen Rodeo Arena – Each show will feature seven events. The Prairie Squares will strut their stuff in lively square dances. During that day’s rodeo performance, the contestants for Miss Minnesota Valley Pageant will be introduced. Tickets are available at Juba’s, Berens’, Bill’s Toggery, Citizens State Bank and Pizza Hut.
Arts and crafts sale…The Minnesota Women’s Correctional Facility in Shakopee will hold an arts and crafts sale on the front lawn of the facility. All arts and crafts were handmade by the women inmates.
The City of Shakopee will be conducting smoke testing of the city sewer lines. The purpose of the testing is to help find leaks which allow rain water into your city sewer system and possibly overload the sewers. The smoke is completely non-toxic, stainless, a chemical mist that has no permanent odor and soon disappears leaving no trace. The smoke may enter your house through faulty plumbing or dry traps. Pouring five gallons of water into seldom used drains will help assure that the traps are not dry.
The Shakopee Jaycees are launching an infant car seat rental program called, “Buckle Up the Babies.” The project is intended to increase the number of area children who are buckled up in proper child restraint devices while in motor vehicles. During the last decade, 10,000 children under the age of five were killed as passengers. Of the hundreds of thousands injured, many remain permanently disabled. Auto accidents continue as the number one killer of children of all ages after the first few critical days of life. The Jaycees have purchased 25 infant restraint devices which can be rented by parents of infants who live or work in Shakopee for $15 (of which $8 will be returned upon the return of the seat) for nine months or until the baby outgrows the seat.
The Metropolitan Council will decide whether to review a bingo parlor proposal for the Mdewakanton Sioux reservation in Prior Lake. A “metropolitan significance review” has been requested by the City of Prior Lake, which contends that the proposed 1400 seat parlor would adversely affect the community. It claims the parlor would generate 1000 or more vehicles per hour, require premature expansion of sewer service and disrupt the community’s agricultural areas.
A group of 10 cyclists, joined by local cyclists, will arrive in Shakopee entering the city as part of a 9500-mile continuing bicycle journey through all 50 states to celebrate the spirit of American freedom and help invigorate the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution. Mayor, Eldon Reinke, will offer a proclamation and a message on our Constitutional heritage of freedom and the future of America.
St. Paul – The resignation of US Agriculture Secretary, John Block, was called for last week by the head of the Minnesota Farmers Union, a 24,200 family strong general farm organization. MFU President, Cy Carpenter, cited several reasons in calling for the resignation of agriculture’s representative on President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet.
Calling Shakopee’s pornography ordinance unconstitutional and in conflict with state statutes, the defense for SuperAmerica stores has made a motion for the dismissal of charges that the company willfully furnished and sold obscene material.
A curious bird playing around a switch at an electrical substation in Shakopee was zapped by 7200 volts, blacking out hundreds of homes in the city…power was lost for approximately 30 minutes.
Charlene Wagner, Shakopee, was recognized for her efforts in this year’s MS Read-a-thon with a picture with Minnesota Viking, Matt Blair, at Valleyfair where she was awarded a ten-speed bike.
State Representative, Tom Rees, IR-Elko, accepted a White House invitation to attend a briefing in support of a national balanced budget.
Elmer and Jeannette Rechtzigel of Shakopee were invited to Rochester, Michigan to tour the Lions Leader Dog for the Blind School. Elmer has been active as District Leader Dog Chairman for District 5-M-2 for several years. The Lions have the largest leader dog school in the nation, with more than 300 blind people per year going through a 28-day training period with their new dog before they return to their home community. More than 6000 blind people received seeing eye dogs over the last 40 years.
Jordan couple delivers baby themselves at Holiday Inn – Although Colleen Herzog had not planned on having her baby in a hospital, the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud was not the alternative she had in mind. The baby was, according to her doctor, overdue by about two weeks. But after several experiences with false labor, Colleen was not about to confine herself to her home any longer.
City gets clean bill of health from State Auditor’s office – The city of Shakopee is managing its finances quite well, according to the “Fiscal Health Profile” released last week by the Minnesota State Auditor’s office. “In the context of government, Shakopee is doing just fine,” State Auditor, Arne Carlson said in a telephone interview, stating his belief that a new commissioner is needed for the newly reorganized Scott County Second District. Lamont “Monty” Hennen began his campaign for the seat. Hennen, 39, a life-long Scott County resident who lives in Spring Lake Township, said he filed for the County Commissioner’s seat following encouragement from friends with the county. “The incumbent is presently serving his 20th year, and I feel it is time for us to have someone new to represent us in this new district.”
The arts and crafts sale held on the front lawn of the Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women, netted over $100 for some of the 15 inmates who offered handmade items. Afghans, pin cushions, wall hangings and clothing were some of the articles on display, with the next group sale scheduled for this December in the Minnesota Valley Mall. In addition, a display case containing inmate art for sale year-round is located inside the institution.
The passage of time is both a great healer and a great teacher…passions ebb, animosities subside, reason prevails – all of which gradually makes possible a clearer understanding of history. This year we mark the eighth anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon as President of the United States – the only president to ever have been forced to take such action.
The View from City Hall…by Mayor Eldon Reinke – One area I have been quite active in is forming of the Mayor’s Committee of Scott County. This committee has been working since February in areas of common concern to all cities in the county. One of these issues being the duplication of services between all levels of local government, whether township, city or county. I feel that the issues we have raised and presented to the Scott County Board are concerns of all cities in Scott County.
Tucked away in Jordan like some precious jewel waiting to be discovered, is a man whose talents have left him little choice but to create and develop his art. “I wonder if it is a blessing or a curse…I’ve got to do it. I’ll go insane if I don’t create,” said Frederick “Bill” Huber, 38, who has been maintaining his sanity by sculpting, painting and drawing ever since he was four years old.