Remember When: 1985

Compiled by Don McNeil, Shakopee Heritage Society

From the Shakopee Valley News

July 10, 1985 – Thom and Linda Gode are getting their 120-year-old house on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. A six-piece brass band ensemble will perform, the couple will wear 1860s costumes and more than 100 friends and relatives will celebrate the occasion. The tiny brick home on Second Avenue is one of five sites in Shakopee listed on the National Register. The others are: the Godes’ neighboring house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Steven Poppler; the farm within the city limits near the Minnesota Valley Mall; the Bjornberg home; and the Rice building, most recently called Cactus Jack’s at the corner of Holmes Street and First Avenue.

Sept. 18, 1985 – “Prison escapes may result in barriers at new facility.” Two escapes in less than one month have led state corrections officials to reconsider their plan to open the new women’s prison in Shakopee without barriers of any kind. The prison has no fence, wall or barrier of any kind. “We could give women a lot more freedom on the grounds if we could contain them on the grounds.”

Sept. 4, 1985 – “‘Ask Me’ Winners.” This week’s winner in the “Ask Me About Shakopee” contest is Jim & Lucy’s. Sponsored by the Shakopee Jaycees and the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, the contest is intended to recognize businesses and employees who are particularly helpful to tourists and others needing information about the Shakopee area.

June 14, 1985 – “Water Slide Opening.” The water slide at the city pool at Lions Park is scheduled to open June 22. The last pieces of the fiberglass slide are being installed.

Dec. 14, 1985 – New Shakopee Chamber of Commerce officers and board include: President Lee Hennen; Vice President Linnea Stromberg-Wise; board members Lucy Rein, Diane Johnson and Bill Wermerskirchen.

April 3, 1985 – Opening day at Canterbury Downs – commemorative pictorial postmark cancellation stamp will honor the occasion.

May 4, 1985 – In its Downtown Redevelopment Plan, the city is considering locating walkways over the proposed mini-by-pass north of First Avenue along the river.

July 3, 1985 – “Where should the City of Shakopee build a city hall?” After contemplating the question for almost a year, city officials brought the issue, in the form of a survey to the public this week. The Shakopee City Hall Site Committee has so far narrowed a field of 24 locations down to eight.

April 7, 1985 – Pow Wow at Murphy’s Landing – jointly sponsored by the Mdewakanton Sioux of Little Crow’s band and Murphy’s Landing.

June 23, 1985 – Closing of Pelham Hotel – formerly the Merchant Hotel – was on the National Register of Historic Places.

May 29, 1985 – Every service station in the city dropped its price for regular gasoline to $.99/gal. Gasoline hasn’t been that cheap for 7 years, and may drop lower because OPEC recently reduced crude oil prices to $1/barrel.

April 12, 1985 – Postal rates go up – 1st class stamp $.22.

June 4, 1985 – Bert & Bonnie Notermann, owners of Lions Tap, are in the final phase of expanding and remodeling project. Originally opened as Peterson Bros. Roadside Market in 1933, Sears and Irene Lyons introduced the now famous hamburger in 1958.

June 4, 1985 – Shakopee will be getting quite a bit of attention next week when Canterbury Downs opens. History will be made and recorded in many ways, including a first for the Shakopee Post Office – a commemorative pictorial postmark cancellation. Postmaster Cormac A. Suel has announced that the design and authorization for the special pictorial cancellation stamp was given by the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C.

Oct. 25, 1985 – “Pelham Hotel, which was home for many, now closed.” One factor that may have contributed in the recent increase in homelessness in Scott County is the closing of the Pelham Hotel, formerly the Merchant Hotel.

Nov. 15, 1985 – Shakopee Area Chamber of Commerce celebrating 30 years of advancing the economic, industrial, professional, educational, civic and general interests of the Shakopee area.

Jan. 23, 1985 – “Bed and Breakfast: Local women propose unique facility to serve tourists.” The city is looking at a proposal by three local women to transform the large turn-of-the-century house at the corner of Fourth and Lewis into a “bed and breakfast” home or inn. “We want to preserve a piece of local history for the people of Shakopee,” explained Marcia Spagnolo, who, with partners Julie McNearney and Joan Lynch, has proposed the plan.

Jan. 30, 1985 – $180 million. It’s only a “guesstimate,” but Shakopee Area Chamber of Commerce Linnea Stromberg-Wise told members. She came up with the $180 million figure by using a 2.5 million people visited the four operating attractions – Little Six Bingo Parlor, Valleyfair, Murphy’s Landing and Renaissance Festival – last year. Canterbury Downs is estimated to draw an additional 1 million people.

Feb. 6, 1985 – MnDOT engineers say the existing Highway 101-169 bridge is structurally sound, and probably would remain so for another 10 years. But they say they’re considering replacing it because federal funds are available and because such a project could be integrated with the city’s plan to improve traffic flow on those two highways through the downtown area.

Feb. 13, 1985 – City video depicts grant application. Shakopee city officials hope a three-minute video is worth $1.3 million. They submitted a three-minute videotape of Shakopee eyesores, truck rumblings and traffic congestion in a bid for $1.3 million state grant to improve the city.

Feb. 13, 1985 – Merchant mania. At opposite ends of the city, Shakopee merchants staged separate sales promotions. At the Minnesota Valley Mall, it was the Big Brand Roundup. The theme was western and involved all the mall merchants, including those employees of Juba’s SuperValu, Harmon’s True Value and a newer store at the Valley Mall, The Treat Factory, which stated many people thanked us for having such a fun event.

March 20, 1985 – City growth reflects anticipation of race track and related projects. More than 20 new businesses came to Shakopee in 1984 – some because of the track and the tourism potential. And Shakopee has already reaped more than $200,000 from building permits from the track and the women’s prison construction alone.

April 3, 1985 – You can get married and depart in a surrey with a fringe on top, pulled by a well-trained horse. That’s an opportunity Scott and Mary Finke of Chalet Valley Stables in Savage are making available.

April 17, 1985 – Shakopee Mayor Eldon Reinke is determined to see that the city’s new van pool service succeeds. As a volunteer van pool driver, he shuttles himself and others between Minneapolis and Shakopee. “If we have a driver and eight other riders,” stated city transportation director Barry Stock, “we can start a van going anywhere.”

May 1, 1985 – Some 70 Scott County senior citizens put some color into local history recently by writing about some of their experiences here. More than 90 of those essays will appear in “As I Remember Scott County,” a book which is now being printed by Scott County under the direction of volunteer Marcia Spagnolo and Senior Citizen Supervisor Betty Pink. The book includes such dates as when Shakopee’s attractions included slot machines, days of shopping at Berens’ millinery store, growing up in the Pelham Hotel and making dandelion wine.

May 8, 1985 – The Scott County jail (circle one): a. adequate housing for the county’s prisoners. b. outdated and needs replacement. c. a crisis waiting to happen. d. I don’t know. “We saw so many problems that could only be resolved through remodeling or building a new jail.” League members Kathy Busch, Gayl Madigan, Paulette Rislund, Kathi Klein, Corrine McDonald and Janet Wendt also researched the issue.

May 8, 1985 – Raceway Park owner John Ostdiek inspected the new asphalt put down. Ostdiek noted that the last time a new surface was put down was in the early 1970s.

May 22, 1985 – W. Adair Muralt, better known as “Doc” because he is a chiropractor, surveyed downtown Shakopee, which he has promoted for many, many years. That promotion of the city along with numerous other accomplishments, earned Muralt the Shakopee Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Month award for March.

May 22, 1985 – Work, Work, Work. Minnesotans work nearly 3 hours a day just to pay federal, state and local taxes. Tax Freedom Day, May 9, is the day when the typical worker would owe no more taxes if, from Jan. 1, 1985, every dollar of income earned was used to pay federal, state and local taxes. After this date, theoretically, workers are free to spend their remaining income as they choose.

Jan. 9, 1985 – Jackie Fleming, supervisor of the Minnesota Correctional Institution for Women, placed a hard hat on the head of her niece following the groundbreaking ceremony for the new women’s prison in Shakopee.

Jan. 9, 1985 – Her name and face are in the news so often she’s familiar to us all. She’s Scott County Prosecutor Kathleen Morris, our choice as Minnesota Newsmaker of 1984. But there’s more to this selection than headlines and T.V. interviews. We think Kathleen Morris personifies society’s willingness but inability to deal with the sexual abuse of children.

Jan. 16, 1985 – An 80-unit hotel/restaurant, proposed for a 7.5 acre lot at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 41, didn’t win the approval of the Scott County Planning Commission.

Jan. 23, 1985 – UFO? Something left markings on man’s roof. If you’d have told Earl Buchholz that you believed in UFOs, he probably would have rolled his eyes and privately thought you were a little unusual. But a few weeks ago, Buchholz became a believer.

Feb. 6, 1985 – Grandson of Shakopee residents wins rodeo title. Dale Anderson, 24, the grandson of two Shakopee couples, became an International Pro-Rodeo Association champion. He is one of Minnesota’s few world rodeo champs. He competes in two to five events weekly during the summer.

May 29, 1985 – 150-room “upscale” hotel proposed. Robert Behringer will have an idea about whether Shakopee wants a large, upscale hotel in the community. Behringer wants to develop an eight-story hotel with 150 rooms that will be associated with a fine restaurant, a conference center and usual hotel amenities, as well as an adjacent retail complex that will feature two other restaurants.

May 29, 1985 – Sheriff warns of con schemes. Scott County Sheriff Douglas Tietz reminds residents that the time of year is upon us when various confidence schemes may surface in the area. In the past, there have been bogus bat exterminator schemes, phony painting operations and illegitimate driveway sealing business. For the most part, Tietz said, area senior citizens fall prey to these con schemes.

June 5, 1985 – “Hey, Cub Scouts, I love ya and I’m truly sorry for suggesting that some of you were giving incorrect turn signals on your bicycles.” Howard W. Voigt, Editor Shakopee Valley News.

June 5, 1985 – Dan Pecha and his parents, Carol and Leo, own Pizza ‘N’ Pasta, which opened late last month in the Tom Thumb Mall in Shakopee. The family owns two other restaurants, located in the Burnsville and Eden Prairie Malls.

June 12, 1985 – Shakopee baseball manager Joe Schleper stated that the seats and steel are already here and the ground breaking for the permanent stands should be here next week. The veteran Shakopee player and manager commented that anyone interested in buying a seat, priced at $50, should contact anyone connected with the Shakopee Baseball Lighting/Stadium Committee.

May 29, 1985 – A group of Shakopee citizens opposing pornography has scheduled picketing of area retail stores which sell alleged pornographic magazines for Saturday,

May 29, 1985 – A development group from Bemidji which proposed a 100-unit Super 8 Motel for Shakopee is continuing with their plans. Bemidji Super 8 Partnership has reduced its original application for $2 million in bonds to $1.8 million.

May 29, 1985 – Win, Place and Show: Playing the horses for fun and profit. The Shakopee Valley News inaugurates a weekly column which will cover the action of the newest spectator attraction in the valley, horse racing at Canterbury Downs.

June 1, 1-3 p.m. Interested citizens should assemble at Shakopee Senior High School’s parking lot at 12:45 p.m.

June 5, 1985 – The Shakopee Public Library is sponsoring free movies weekly for children through grade six. Movies will be shown every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. through August 17.

June 26, 1985 – The first phase of downtown redevelopment is finally nearing its beginning with the hiring of Westwood Planning and Engineering to establish streetscapes for the entire project. The Downtown Ad Hoc Committee has decided that some sort of “old-time” theme, such as employed in downtown Wayzata, be implemented.

June 26, 1985 – “Minister wonders why graduation so unruly.” Adults and children run up and down the bleachers. Is this a circus or is this a graduation ceremony? Shakopee School Board members would say it’s a little of both. “He must have overheard us talking,” said board member Becky Kelso.

June 26, 1985 – Parishioners of Calvary United Methodist Church of Shakopee modeled 19th century attire that will be worn during church services at the Bloomington Ferry Church at Murphy’s Landing.

June 26, 1985 – Shakopee Ice Arena faces uncertain future. The bubble is in trouble. With a life expectancy of less than four years, the Shakopee Ice Arena is rapidly running out of time. Another heavy snow storm or damaging wind and the bubble will go down again.

June 27, 1985 – Shakopee businesses realize positive impact of track. The first of the 180 million tourist dollars expected this year started pouring into Shakopee businesses yesterday. “This is the biggest night we’ve ever had,” exulted Shakopee House Manager Tony Strupeck.

June 27, 1985 – St. Francis prepared for any emergency. With tons of horseflesh sprinting shoulder to shoulder around a track at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, there is a great potential for serious injury to the comparatively frail jockeys who guide those thoroughbred mounts. “The ambulance will follow the horses in each race, with the doctor in the ambulance, right on the track.”

June 27, 1985 – Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich and his wife Lucy, besides receiving the gift of a brand new thoroughbred race track, were given something very special and valuable by Shakopee Postmaster Cormac A. Suel. The governor officially opened the temporary Shakopee postal station inside the grandstand.

July 3, 1985 – Key Canterbury officials: Stan Bowker – Vice President, J. Brooks Hauser – Senior Vice President/Treasurer, Louis H. Eilken – Director of Racing, Nat Wess – Assistant General Manager, Walter Brook Fields Jr. – President/Chief Executive Officer.

July 3, 1985 – “Couple finishes 500-mile bike trip.” Bill and Barb Anderson of Shakopee spent their days from Saturday, June 22, through Thursday, June 27, bent over a bicycle, pumping pedals furiously as they made their way on the ride to the Red River.

July 3, 1985 – Gas prices still on upswing. Since mid-May, gasoline prices throughout Minnesota have increased an average of 5 cents per gallon, continuing a five-month upswing. In the Twin Cities area, self service regular gasoline averaged $1.29 per gallon.

July 3, 1985 – Jamie Fricke, the Country Music Association’s Female vocalist of the year for 1982 and 1983, will perform at Valleyfair on July 4-5.

July 17, 1985 – KSMM radio 1530 is offering area young people a chance to have some fun and do a special favor for a special person. KSMM listener 17 years of age and younger has a chance to win one of eight sets of two tickets to Valleyfair. “Each of us has that special person in our lives who we’d like to take on a great fun-filled day.”

July 10, 1985 – Doris Marschall thought her “Nutty Muffin Crunch” recipe sounded good. Judges in the Bays English Muffin Contest thought the dessert was delicious. Marschall’s recipe was among the top 25 winners up in the national contest which drew more than 1,300 entries. “I just made it up off the top of my head. It sounded so good.”

July 12, 1985 – Sisters make baby pact; nearly fulfill it with births within 24 hours. Nine months ago, two sisters made a deal to deliver their babies on the same date: July 11. Sisters Kathy Nelson and Nancy Giles, both of Shakopee, were within 24 hours.

July 17, 1985 – Bluff Creek Inn, area’s first bed and breakfast inn, features country charm of home. Marge Bush said she likes to think of her new Bluff Creek Inn as a home away from home for her guests.

July 17, 1985 – Bill Roach shows the “serger,” a machine which finishes seams professionally. He and his partner Sue Laurent sell many other kinds of machines as well at their new store – Creative Sewing Center.

July 19, 1985 – A public open house at Canterbury Downs, featuring exhibition races, play money and drawing for prizes will be held Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m. Free admission tickets are available at all eight Brooks Superettes and at the Shakopee House Restaurant.

July 24, 1985 – “How to play winning blackjack” is the title of a free one-hour seminar being offered by Richard A. Canfield of Reno, Nev. A former blackjack dealer, pit boss and owner of casinos, Canfield, who claims of winning $16 million playing the game over 29 years, will be in the metro area to promote his own franchise, “The Winning School of Blackjack.”

July 24, 1985 – Red Baron Squadron, open cockpit, World War I-vintage biplanes flying from Flying Cloud Airport. The Red Baron Squadron, a promotional flying acrobatic group for Red Baron Pizza Service of Marshall, Minnesota. Their appearance highlights a fundraising effort to benefit Courage Center.

July 24, 1985 – “Shakopee bucks for tourism dollars” proclaims the large headline in the Leisure section of the July 21 Des Moines Sunday Register. The lengthy story covers four of Shakopee’s tourist attractions: Valleyfair’s Corkscrew amusement ride; Murphy’s Landing guide Jim Phillips, standing in the doorway of one of the historic buildings on the site; Canterbury Downs race track and the Renaissance Festival. This all wound up in this town of 11,000.

July 24, 1985 – Long hours are part of the job for Shakopee State Farm agent. He doesn’t adhere to strict 9 to 5 business hours. It’s early to late for insurance agent Jerry Kucera. Both father and son sell insurance for State Farm. Jerry recently opened an office in the Professional Building on First Avenue.

July 24, 1985 – Melchior fondly recalls the good times and good people. Tom Melchior played two years for the Shakopee Indians in the 1960s and when they tore down the old Riverside Park and the memories he has of the good times and the good people. Melchior has had a life-long affair with baseball. “I just wish I knew more about the past.”

Aug. 7, 1985 – Cindy Perry, owner of the Wild Iris, Bernie Larson, who manages fresh flowers, and Carol Schneider, who recently opened her own interior design business, combine their talents to provide unique gifts and flowers.

Aug. 7, 1985 – Doreen and Jerald Morehouse of Shakopee recently bought three limousines to establish the new Valley Limousine Service. “Most of the people who hire limousines come from middle-class families. They’re just looking for something to give them such as a wedding or prom an elegant touch. We hope that people coming out to Canterbury Downs, the new horse racing track, hire their service. This is kind of a sideline for us.” Jerald owns a plastic business in the industrial park.

Aug. 14, 1985 – Remember the butch haircut? If you can remember that look, when hair was just silly millimeters longer than bald, you’re dating yourself back to at least the early ’60s. Well, the butch is back, at least in Shakopee. Tom Rein of Tom’s Barber Shop downtown says he has scalped about 15 football players, including his son. How do the girls like the new look? “Negatory.”

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