Remember When: 1990

From the Shakopee Valley News

Jan. 4, 1990

Don Mertz and Bill Wermerskirchen of Bill’s Toggery in Shakopee couldn’t make it to New York City, so regrets were sent to the New York Times and Liz Claiborne Inc., sponsors of the 1989 Excellence in Advertising awards contest for Father’s Day/Mother’s Day advertisements. Two of Bill’s Toggery ads were among nine national winners, and store representatives were invited to join those of other winners, including Bloomingdales, New York; Marshall Field & Co., Chicago; and Macy’s, New York, for a luncheon in Manhattan. Since somebody had to mind the store, Mertz and Wermerskirchen declined the offer. Instead, they were treated to breakfast by the Shakopee Valley News, which published the ads, at Happy Chef Restaurant. Bob Suel, an advertising representative for the paper, presented Wemerskirchen with an aluminized replica of the ads.


Inmate work program in second year

Super Valu Stores Inc. has completed its second year of a telemarketing program utilizing inmates at the state correctional facility for women in Shakopee, and company officials say they are pleased with the results.

Super Valu’s marketing research department established the telemarketing center at the Shakopee prison in December 1987 with 10 calling stations. Between 10 and 15 inmates are employed, making survey calls within the trading area of Super Valu grocery stores…

Jan. 11, 1990

Junior high principal Cole to retire after 34 years

John “Jack” Cole, principal of Shakopee Junior High School, will retire June 30 after nearly 34 years in the district.

Cole’s resignation was announced at the Shakopee School Board meeting Monday night, and accepted “with regret” by board members. He has served as Shakopee’s only junior high school principal, filling the role since July 1964 when the position was created.

“It is with a great deal of mixed feelings that I tell you that Jack Cole has tendered his resignation as junior high school principal,” said Ron Ward, the district’s director of administrative affairs. “Jack has been an exemplary leader for this district for many years.”

Cole came to the district in June 1956 as a music teacher. Eight years later, he was named junior high school principal. Among his varied duties over the years, Cole has helped his staff through a remodeling of what is now the Central Elementary School building, overseen four years of split shifts at the high school, and seen the development of a staff that started with eight teachers and grew to its current 44. He also played an important role in the construction of the present junior high school, serving as superintendent/clerk of construction.


Building permit OK’d for FMG

The Shakopee City Council on Jan. 2 authorized the issuance of a building permit prior to the final platting of property for a large manufacturer planning to build a plant and offices in the city.

The council authorized the permit prior to the normal completion of the platting process for FMG Tsumaura, on certain conditions. FMG, which makes home fragrance products, hair-care products and additives, plans to build a $7 million, 295,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and offices on 30 acres at Canterbury Business Park to consolidate its operations, which are now spread among several buildings mainly in the Chaska area. It would employ around 350 workers when it opens later this year…

Jan. 18, 1990

Spring cleanup in January – Monday’s record 43-degree temperature enticed Shakopee’s Emil Halden, who will be 89 next month, to wash his car outside. So he pulled out his garden hose, bucket and sponge and set to work. Why didn’t he go to the car wash? Because he can do a better job by hand, he said, adding with a laugh, “And I’m a cheapskate.”


Musicians chosen for honor bands

Three members of the Shakopee High School band have been chosen to perform with honor bands at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Chosen for the Meistersinger Honor Band at Wartburg College were alto saxophonist Debra Bode, trumpeter Steve Dahl, and clarinetist Mark Muenzhuber. The honor band will perform Jan. 20-21.

Jan. 25, 1990

Lights OK’d for Tahpah

The Shakopee City Council on Jan. 16 approved agreements with local civic organizations, which will install lights at ballfields at Tahpah Park.

The Shakopee Jaycees, Rotary and Softball Association have worked with Shakopee Community Recreation (SCR) to raise funds to put additional lights at park fields at no direct cost to the city. However, the city in the past has obtained bids for such projects and takes care of administration contract work for the organizations. The city also has made the payments for the projects after receiving funding from the organizations.

On Jan. 2, the council tabled action on the agreement until it received information on schedules of games at the park after a neighbor complained that lights and noise were bothersome late at night.

SCR Director George Muenchow told the council last week that all games are scheduled so they will end at 10 p.m. or before. However, occasionally games will be completed later when they go into extra innings, he said.

The Jaycees has proposed to install lights on the new football field at the park. The Rotary and Softball Association plan to install lights on two softball fields initially, and others as funds become available. Football field lights will cost around $25,000 and lights at two softball fields will cost around $50,000.


Microfilm printer/reader donated to library by Lions

No longer do you have to pour over old, brittle newspapers if you want to research your family history or find out what happened in Scott County 100 years ago. Now you can look up newspapers dating back to the 1850s on a microfilm printer/reader recently donated to the Scott County library system by the Shakopee Lions club.

The $3,700 donated by the Lions for the microfilm printer/reader was in memory of Anna Mae Walsh, longtime Shakopee librarian who died recently. Walsh had worked during her lifetime to obtain the microfilm reader/printer, and her friend Gert Roepke was able to fulfill this dream after Walsh’s death with the help of the Lions Club, according to Janet Williams, director of Scot County libraries…

Feb. 1, 1990

Keep on truckin’?

A semi-trailer truck, loaded with asphalt shingles from CertainTeed in Shakopee, took a trip without its driver Tuesday. Tim Wagner, Brandon, Minn., parked it next to Hardees and reported it stolen about 10 minutes later. The truck was found near the river, where it stopped after an apparent brake failure. Wrecking crews spent nearly six hours removing the truck, which had struck at least two trees. Damage was estimated at more than $55,000.

Feb. 8, 1990

Ervin Deering of Shakopee has been named president of the board of directors of the Memorial Blood Center of Minneapolis.

Deering succeeds Dr. John W. Jones, a resident of Edina and staff member of Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. Deering will lead the activities of the board as the center enters its 42nd year of blood banking service to area hospitals.

Deering has served the Memorial Blood Center as a volunteer for more than eight years.


Schools face $700,000 aid loss due to error

Without legislative help, the Shakopee School District will lose an estimated $700,000 in state aids for the 1991 school year due to adjustments in tax-base calculations to correct a county auditor’s error. And although the loss of state aid wouldn’t make a difference in district coffers, it would mean less money in taxpayers’ pockets…


Report: 30 Scott County bridges among those in state in need of repair

A quarter of Minnesota’s bridges, including 30 in Scott County, are considered deficient and another 2,000 will reach that condition in this decade, according to a study release last Thursday by a Washington-based highway research group.

The study reported that 4,899 Minnesota bridges are deficient and another 2,000 will be in that category in the 1990s, according to The Road Information Program (TRIP)…


SACS finishes in first place

The Shakopee Area Catholic Schools (SACS) girls basketball team beat Savage 46-22 Feb. 1 to finish its season with a 12-2 record and in first place in the Catholic River Valley League.

Nichole Spandl led SACS in scoring against Savage with 16 points.

SACS will start post-season play Feb. 10-11 at Young America and Feb. 14-18 in Chaska.


Fire Calls

Jan. 30: False alarm, 5:35 p.m., 1100 Block of Minnesota Street. Smoke was seen coming from a house under construction, but it was determined to be a sand pile being heated. Fire units were canceled before arriving at the scene.

Feb. 15, 1990

City acts to acquire railroad depot

The Shakopee City Council last week adopted a resolution that authorizes the city to acquire the railroad depot near downtown to allow for the construction of Second Avenue between Atwood and Scott streets.

To acquire the property, the city is employing eminent domain, a legal procedure that allows government bodies to take private property for public use, with the property owner usually being compensated.

The city has proposed construction of two one-way roadways, one on each side of the railroad tracks, for the one-block section of Second Avenue. An engineering feasibility report indicated that the vacant depot would need to be relocated to complete the project.

The city for several months has attempted to buy the depot from its owners, two railroad companies, but has been unsuccessful.

In September, the City Council authorized commencement of eminent domain proceedings.

The city hopes that the building can be sold to a private party when it is moved.


Police officer has dare for local students: Stay away from drug abuse

Shakopee police officer Brian “Barney” Clark dares students to stay off drugs.

Clark may be best-known in the community as Officer Friendly the police officer who talks about safety with area school children. However, Clark has gone from talking about such things as safe bicycling to teaching students about the danger of drug abuse. And he’s doing it by daring them to make good decisions…

Feb. 22, 1990

Pink honored

Tracy Pink of Shakopee was one of the 32 outstanding high school athletes for the week Feb. 8 on WCCO Radio’s “Prep Parade” program.

Pink, a sophomore, played goalie for the Indians hockey team this season.

Athletes are selected by WCCO Radio and the Prep Parade Advisory Board, made up of sportswriters and broadcasters from across the state.

March 1, 1990

Prow re-elected association president

Betti Lu Prow, owner of Betti Lu’s women’s clothing store in Shakopee, was re-elected to a second one-year term as president of Midwest Specialty Stores.

Midwest Specialty is a 25-year-old association of 34 women’s clothing stores in the upper Midwest.

Prow has been a Midwest member for 19 years, tops in the association.


Youth building panel retained by council

The committee appointed by the City Council to operate the Community Youth Building was given new life last week, despite some sentiment to disband it after months of problems.

The City Council directed staff to send a letter to the committee spelling out the city’s expectations regarding building maintenance. The committee has five members who represent local scouting groups, the primary users of the building…


Area residents can be part of Olympic torch run (or walk)

The Olympic torch will be carried through 105 Minnesota communities beginning in June to herald the 1990 U.S. Olympic festival, which will be held in the Twin Cities area July 6-15. Shakopee-area residents will have their chance to participate July 1 as the torch is carried from Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Chaska through Shakopee and into Prior Lake.

March 8, 1990

Student-leave program to be tested

A pilot program at the high school will allow seniors to leave school grounds by signing out of one study hall per day.

The Shakopee School Board gave its approval Monday night to the pilot program, which will be introduced at the high school spring trimester. It will allow students with at least 43 credits to leave the school during one study hall per day, a total of 49 minutes…

March 15, 1990

Hockey merger gains approval

The Shakopee/Prior Lake (SPL) Hockey Association announced that the hockey merger between the two communities could continue into its second year for the 1990-91 season.

The decision was approved through an opinion poll by the SPL Hockey Association. Of the 225 members that received an opinion sheet, 129 voted to keep the program while 17 voted against it…


City lends $25,000 to groups for field lights

The Shakopee City Council on March 6 agreed to lend local service organizations up to $20,000 to install lights at ball fields in Tahpah Park.

The groups agreed to pay back the city within three years, and the city will not charge interest on the loan.

The Shakopee Jaycees, Rotary and Softball Association are working with Shakopee Community Recreation in an effort to install lights on several fields at the park at no expense to the city…

March 22, 1990

Sale of Canterbury Downs to Michigan investors is official

Canterbury Downs was officially sold last Thursday, brightening prospects that the Shakopee track will open as scheduled April 27.

Herbert Tyner and Bernie Hartman, who own a racetrack near Detroit, purchased Canterbury’s stock from Brooks Fields Jr., Brooks Hauser, Scottland Inc. and Santa Anita Realty Corp. The Michigan investors also purchased Santa Anita’s management contract.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but the price was reportedly less than $4 million.


Sweeney’s first Student Council

Sweeney Elementary School in Shakopee recently inaugurated its first Student Council. Students from each grade were chosen by teachers to serve on the Student Council this year. However, in subsequent years, school elections will be used to determine council members.

March 29, 1990

Firm owner is certified pet adviser

Purina Mills Inc., St. Louis, has announced that Bill Stemmer of Stemmer Farm & Garden Supply, 134 Scott St., successfully completed a course in dog and cat nutrition to become a Purina certified pet adviser.

The pet-food company said Stemmer is qualified to provide consumers with information on dog and cat nutritional needs.


‘Birdie’ marks director debut of Merry Mears

Girls dressed in poodle skirts will take over Shakopee Senior High this weekend when “Bye, Bye Birdie” is staged for three performances.

The musical comedy, written by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, includes 28 cast members, an orchestra, and a stage and set crew that have been preparing for the production since the second week of January.

Breaking a 20-year tradition, the play will be under the direction of Merry Mears, a Shakopee native and prodigy of Carl Olson…

April 5, 1990

Fire won’t delay season

An early morning fire last Thursday that destroyed the scoring tower and damaged bleachers in the center seating section will not delay the April 22 opener at Raceway Park, according to track owner John Ostdiek….

Ostdiek said temporary bleachers will be in place by Friday in the damaged section, and that he is also replacing bleachers not damaged. After the racing season is completed, those bleachers will be used in the southern seating area, and better quality seating, perhaps chairs, will be added to the center section. Ostdiek said that that section may be a reserved seating area, with higher ticket prices.


Pizza maker wins 500 pounds of cheese

Shakopee’s Pizza ‘n’ Pasta won’t have to buy mozzarella cheese for a week or so.

The Shakopee restaurant was one of three in the state to win 500 pounds of the cheese in a contest sponsored by the American Dairy Association (ADA) of Minnesota. The winners were selected in a drawing involving about 120 entries. Only certified users of real cheese were eligible, according to the state ADA.

Dan Pecha, who operates the Shakopee restaurant, said pizza sales make up between 70 and 80 percent of his business, which he owns with his parents. The family owns a total of seven franchise restaurants, which Pecha said use about 4,000 pounds of mozzarella cheese each week. The 500 pounds of cheese represents about a week’s worth at the Shakopee restaurant, he said.

April 12, 1990

Shakopee showcased Monday

It’s that time of year again when local organizations are on display at the Shakopee Showcase.

The Showcase will take place Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Canterbury Downs. The event will feature more than 80 booths displaying the community’s many non-profit organizations, service groups and governmental agencies. Local children and adults will provide continuous entertainment and participants will have the opportunity to meet with members of local organizations and learn about the services they provide.

“This will be our second year at Canterbury,” said George Muenchow, director of Shakopee Community Recreation, which organizes the event. “At the high school where it’s been held for many years, we simply ran out of space. It became an unpleasant experience for people because of the overcrowdedness.”

At Canterbury Downs, however, people will have the opportunity to browse leisurely among the booths, which are spread throughout the building to give people room to move, said Muenchow.

One of the improvements this year, Muenchow said, is the expanded food booths. People attending the Showcase will be tempted with the smell of pizza, popcorn, hot dogs, coffee, hamburgers, corn dogs, french fries, and more. Showcase organizers are hoping the tempting smells pay off – proceeds from the food stands go to the Shakopee Dollars for Scholars program, which provides post-high school scholarships for Shakopee students…

April 19, 1990

St. Mark’s plans $1 million project to meet space needs

The corner near St. Mark’s Church in Shakopee will take on a new appearance this year as the congregation builds a parish center to house church offices and meeting rooms.

The project will cost the 5,000-member parish nearly $1 million, according to the Rev. Robert Hazel, and will meet a number of the church’s needs. Right now, he said, the church offices are crammed into a small room in the rectory, and there is virtually no meeting space for church groups. Unlike many of Shakopee’s churches, St. Mark’s has no basement, leaving parishioners with few places to meet. The new parish center, which will be connected to both the existing church and school through tunnels and walkways, will provide the much-needed space, said Hazel…

A committee of parishioners looking at space needs considered using a wing of the school. The group also thought about using the vacant brick building just down the hill from the church. However, neither option proved feasible…

The $980,000 needed to demolish the brick building and construct the parish center will come largely from parishioners, said Hazel, through pledges or participation in fund raisers. The church hopes to begin construction this fall, Hazel said.


Education endowment fund planned here

A group of local residents has formed the Shakopee Educational Endowment Foundation to assist the Shakopee School District in maintaining, improving and further enriching the quality of education it now provides, in an effort to counteract the effects of decreasing state and federal funding.

The foundation board, which includes Jan Adams, Pat Adams, Melanie Kahleck, Phil Kanning, Mary Keen and Gloria Vierling, is planning a fund-raising campaign later this month. The board hopes to make the drive an annual event. All money collected will be placed in an endowment fund. When interest and funds begin to accumulate, the foundation will accept grant requests from teachers of the Shakopee school system, and will award grant money throughout the school year. Only the interest on the funds will be paid out, board members said, thus allowing an ever-increasing fund as the years pass.

The foundation will encourage creative use of the money by teachers, and hopes to fund such things as microscopes, grand pianos, computers and seminars. It is the intention of the foundation to work closely with the School Board to provide opportunity and enrichment for the children of Shakopee, according to board members.


Shakopee firefighters have been busy in the past several days battling grass fires, including one near a gravel pit south of 10th Avenue and west of Naumkeag Street on Friday morning.

April 26, 1990

Comp plan offers look into future

About 35 people attended a public hearing conducted by the Shakopee Planning Commission last Thursday on a proposed comprehensive plan for the city.

Planning Commission Chairperson Melanie Kahleck said that although the public hearing testimony would only be taken last week, the commission will continue to seek written comments and suggestions, which she strongly urged. She said that the city is under no timetable for completing the plan.

A task force appointed by the City Council has met over the past 18 months to develop the plan, which will serve as a development guide for the city for at least 10 years.

After a formal presentation of plan highlights by Bill Weber, of the Minneapolis consulting firm BRW Inc., several audience members spoke.

Weber said that the city in many ways is like a business, in competition with nearby communities for jobs, housing and business development.

He called this a “critical time in the history of modern Shakopee,” as suburbia moves southward from Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“It’s Shakopee’s turn to accept a wave of residential growth” as Eagan and Eden Prairie have before it, said Weber.

Unlike the Metropolitan Council, which has projected only moderate growth for the city over the next two decades, Weber foresees a population of 20,000 by the year 2010, from its current 12,000. With that, there will be 150 new households in the city, he predicted.

Comprehensive plans are developed by cities to provide a framework for development, covering such things as housing, transportation, and industrial and commercial development. With it, the city is able to foresee what Shakopee will look like in coming years. It also provides a glimpse of some decisions that will have to be made.

For example, a major cost for the city in the 1990s will be the extension of city sewer lines south of the future Shakopee Bypass, said Weber.

And the bypass itself will play an important part in the city’s developments. For example, Marschall Road will become a major retail corridor near its connection to the bypass, according to the plan.

The report also suggests that a city hall be built near the downtown, where it would serve as a “civic center” for the community, said Weber. (A city task force is now studying possible sites for a recommendation to the city council.)

Audience members offered a wide range of comments and suggestions. There was concern that County Road 18 not be made into a major highway connection to County Road 42. A group of senior citizens asked that more housing and services be made available for the elderly. Some talked about the need for biking and hiking trails. And former Planning Commission chairman John Schmidt offered a lengthy presentation outlining his concerns, ranging from providing enough acreage for retail growth to the design of parking areas at school athletic fields.

May 3, 1990

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They’re coming through!

Law enforcement officials “stormed” a building at the old women’s prison Monday as they participated in a special “entry team” training session. Minneapolis FBI agents provided training for 33 local law enforcement officials who will form six-member “entry teams” that may be used in drug raids and situations when “no-knock” search warrants are issued. Special training is necessary, said Shakopee Police Chief Tom Steininger, to protect the lives of both citizens and police. Training participants practiced high risk entries at a vacated home near 11th Avenue and Apgar, and the slower and more methodical building searches at the old prison.


Measles case confirmed; booster shots recommended

A measles case involving a Shakopee High School senior student was confirmed Wednesday morning, and officials from the Minnesota Department of Health have suggested that all students at the high school receive a measles booster shot.

High school Principal James Murphy said Wednesday that high school students, as well as ninth-graders who participate in activities at the high school, on Friday will receive parental permission slips for a booster inoculation.

Inoculations would be given next week at the school. Shots likely would be free or provided for a nominal fee, with the vaccine supplied by the state Department of Health.

Murphy said it is also recommended by health authorities that teachers born after 1957 be inoculated.

Maggie Arko, a school nurse, recommended that all parents closely observe their children for signs of measles. Children will develop a rash that begins on the face, and later spreads to other portions of the body. Children may appear to have a cold, with a fever and red eyes.

If measles is suspected, parents should seek immediate medical attention, and if the disease is confirmed, report it to the child’s school, said Arko.

May 10, 1990

Coller’s city career ending after 51 years

Shakopee City Attorney Julius Coller II fully supports the City Council’s decision on May 1 to advertise to hire a full-time, “in-house” attorney.

And if anyone should know the city attorney business, it’s Coller; at the end of the month, he will have held that position in Shakopee for 51 years, one month.

But with the move, Coller, who turns 81 this month, announced a move of his own.

“When you hire a full-time attorney, you’ll have my resignation,” Coller told the council. “In the meantime, the city will have to put up with me. You’d better hurry,” he laughed.


Tsumura breaks ground for $20 million Shakopee facility

Colorful Japanese flags symbolizing the return of spring, the season of newness, greeted guests to the groundbreaking for Tsumura International Inc.’s new FMG division facility in Shakopee last week.

The elaborate ceremony, which included corporate officials from Japan, and state and local officials as well as several Twin Cities media representatives, was held May 2 at 1000 Valley Park Drive…


Council approves park, recreation department

The establishment of a park and recreation department and an advisory board was approved by the Shakopee City Council last week, and will be in place at the end of the year when the Shakopee School District’s formal association with community recreation ends…


Jeanna Meyer is first female president of local Jaycees

The Shakopee Jaycees inaugurated its first female president during an awards banquet on April 28.

Jeanna Meyer took the post of president. Other officers are Terry Joes, Joe Siedow, Ed Vierling, Jodi Meredith, Jack McGovern, and Linda Fleischer…

May 17, 1990

Restaurants ready food for Taste of the Valley

Eleven of Shakopee restaurants will prepare their finest dishes for residents to sample at the annual Taste of the Valley May 18 at the Shakopee Junior High School.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold in advance only. They are available from Tom Thumb, The Treat Factory, Riviera Tan and River Valley Sports Center. There are two seating times available, the first from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the second from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Riverside Community Church and the Shakopee Assembly of God Church. Proceeds of Taste of the Valley will benefit the Scott County Food Shelf.

Entertainment will be provided by a Dixieland band.

Restaurants participating in Taste of the Valley include Domino’s Pizza, Hardee’s, Happy Chef, Lions Tap, Perkins, Pizza ‘n’ Pasta, Something Italian, SuperAmerica, The Treat Factory and the Tom Thumb Double T Deli.


Highway corridors is meeting topic

A study of options on traffic corridors leading south from the proposed Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the Shakopee Bypass will be presented to the Scott County Board next Tuesday.

The study was conducted by Strgar-Roscoe-Fausch Inc. of Plymouth, the county’s design consultants for the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project.

Residents living along Scott County Road 18 have protested the county’s plan to upgrade County Road 18 into a four-land urban roadway to handle the large volumes of traffic heading south off the bridge and bypass. The residents have suggested that the County Board consider routing southerly traffic on other highways, such as Highway 13 or County Road 83.


High school band to sponsor music festival Saturday

The Shakopee High School Band will sponsor and staff the Minneapolis Music Festival, conducted in conjunction with the Creative Arts Workshop Showcase and Valleyfair, at the Shakopee Junior High School on May 19.

High school band members will serve as group ambassadors and equipment movers during the festival, which will feature schools from Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota, as well as Minnesota. Participating ensembles will perform for three adjudicators in the morning and will spend the rest of the day at Valleyfair. The judges will provide written and taped critiques as well as a clinic session for each group…

May 24, 1990

Police officers become cowpunchers

Shakopee police officers became cowpunchers Tuesday when a small herd of cows found their way to a residence on Third Avenue.

Larrie Garlock, who lives on the 600 block of Third Avenue, looked out his window at 5:48 a.m. and spotted a small herd of cattle on his front yard – 15 to be exact. At least one early-morning walker also reported seeing the cows.

The cows were herded into the nearby parking lot of St. Francis Regional Medical Center, “in the old-fashioned, cowpunching, western tradition,” said Shakopee Police Chief Thomas Steininger. The animals were loaded onto a truck by animal warden Bob McAlister and returned to their pasture on Highway 169, across the highway from the site of the former Gopher State Truck Stop.


Anderson voted Region 2AA coach of the year by peers

Shakopee High School boys basketball coach John Anderson has been named Coach of the Year in Region 2AA.

Anderson, who also won the honor in 1985-86, guided the Indians to a 15-7 record last season. In what was to be a rebuilding year, the Indians finished third in the Missota Conference and advanced to the region semifinals.

Anderson said he was somewhat surprised by the award, which is voted by the 13 region coaches.

“You would expect a team that usually wins the region for their coach to win,” said Anderson, referring to Chaska Hawks coach Denny Welter.

But the fact that the Indians led the Missota for much of the season with just one returning letterman gave Anderson the nod. “I suppose that had something to do with it,” said Anderson.

Anderson will receive his award at a state coaches’ clinic in the fall.


Cty. Rd. 21 extension proposed

It is said that a strong will can move mountains and it appears that the strong will of residents who live along County Road 18 in Shakopee and Prior Lake have succeeded in moving an entire highway.

They apparently were successful in keeping future volumes of traffic from a new Bloomington Ferry Bridge off their rural roadway.

After a presentation of a study of possible traffic corridors heading south from the proposed Shakopee Bypass, Bloomington Ferry Bridge and Highway 101 interchange, the Scott County Board Tuesday decided to pursue a new northeasterly connection to County Road 21 as the major roadway to handle southbound traffic from the interchange…

May 31, 1990

Tina Serafin awarded scholarship for skiing

Shakopee’s Tina Serafin was awarded the John C. Hinz Memorial Scholarship April 29.

Serafin is the first girl to receive the award and, at 10 years old, the youngest. Skiing on the USSA team from Buck Hill, Serafin has placed in the top three in every race this year. Her events include the downhill, slalom and giant slalom. She is ranked second in the slalom and giant slalom in the region, which includes Minnesota, the Dakotas and part of Wisconsin.


SHS commencement to be held outside on June 8

Rain clouds are, for the most part, a welcome sight this spring, but they won’t be on June 8 as Shakopee High School conducts graduation ceremonies outside.

This will be the first time in several years that the school will hold commencement exercises outdoors. Students in the graduation class approached Principal James Murphy with the request, and after making a few inquiries, Murphy decided it was possible…


Youths learn about hunting, fishing

More than 40 youths and their parents recently attended a fishing and hunting clinic sponsored by the Shakopee Jaycees.

The seminar included topics such as fishing equipment, bait, hunting ethics and dog training. Discussions were led by members of the Scott County 4-H Club, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Scott Carlson, and other volunteers from the Shakopee area. According to event organizers, the seminar was conducted to encourage youth to become interested in outdoor activities and learn more about their specific areas of interest.

June 7, 1990

Burkhart named state’s knight of the year

Jim Burkhart of Shakopee was selected Minnesota Knight of the Year by the Minnesota Knights of Columbus at an annual convention recently in Mankato.

Burkhart, a five-year member of the James F. Campbell Knights of Columbus Council No. 1685 in Shakopee, was selected for the award by the 48,000-member statewide organization. Each year, a state winner is singled out for his work in the organization, his community and church…


Painting the town

Members of the Shakopee Rotary Club took paintbrushes in hand May 5 to give the high school concession stand, grandstand and a garage a fresh coat of paint. Jim Cook, president of the Rotary Club, took the high spots, while Pete Sames did the rest.

June 14, 1990

High school to have deans next year

Concern about the increasing number of students considered to be at risk of failing their classes or dropping out of school will result in the start of the use of deans at Shakopee High School next fall.

Under the system, every high school student will be assigned to one of three deans who will be available to help students plan class schedules and post-secondary options, and provide counseling. They will also work to reinforce students’ responsibility for their choices and the consequences of their choices. The dean system will be a more formalized program than the guidance counselors now in use, according to Principal James Murphy…


Camp Courage Wagon Train to visit Shakopee on Wednesday

The Camp Courage Wagon Train will visit Shakopee next Wednesday.

The wagon train is stopping at area communities as part of a fundraising effort for Camp Courage.

It is expected to arrive at Murphy’s Landing at 10:45 a.m., and stay for about two hours. It will then travel down Fourth Avenue to Marschall Road, then turn onto 10th Avenue until reaching Shakopee Town Square before it heads to Chaska.


The final out

For the first time over a quarter century, there won’t be a Schleper at Shakopee High School when school opens next fall.

Joe Schleper, the high school’s athletic director for the past 24 years, and daughter Jennifer, the youngest of eight children, both graduated last Friday night – Jennifer from high school and Joe into retirement – ending the long line of Schlepers in the halls of the high school…

June 21, 1990

Woman has raccoons stacked in her stack

Bernice Miller of 836 Sommerville St. said when she first heard noises in her chimney over seven weeks ago, she decided to just pretend she didn’t hear them.

When the noises became louder and more regular, she decided it must be birds.

But when they turned into nearly constant thumps and bumps, she decided she had to check it out.

Toward dusk one evening, standing down the street from her house, she saw her problem, or at least part of her problem. There at the top of her chimney stack was an adult raccoon, quietly awaiting darkness so she could go out and forage food.

But the rest of her problem remained, for the raccoon is a mother with a nest of young raccoons apparently housed in Miller’s chimney.

“They must be getting awfully big in there,” commented Miller, who said she tries to picture the raccoons all stacked up inside as they grow larger.

She said she really didn’t mind being a host to raccoons, as long as they stayed in the chimney. She doesn’t plan to start a fire under them or anything like that, but she’s beginning to think it’s time they come out of their nest. And she is getting a bit nervous that somehow they might come down instead of up, even though her damper is apparently closed.

“I’m getting real nervous about going down into the basement. I keep thinking they might show up down there,” said Miller.

She called animal control officials, “but not one is going to want to go down and get them,” she said. She was told that, typically, the young raccoons will crawl out on their own at about six weeks of age.

Miller is hoping that is true, but as the days go by, she’s beginning to wonder about it.

“They (the raccoons) are definitely at the wrestling stage. They’re getting louder all of the time,” she said.

She’s hoping for some peace and quiet soon. When it arrives, she figures she’ll have to get her chimney cleaned, and she definitely plans to put a screen around the top of the stack to keep any more critters from crawling into it.


Workers began removing buildings at the site of the former state prison for women in Shakopee last week. The buildings have been heavily vandalized, and authorities were concerned about youths playing near them. Funds for the demolition project were allocated by the state Legislature in a recent bonding bill.

June 28, 1990

Block 50 eliminated as possible city hall site

On a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Shakopee City Council eliminated Block 50 from consideration as a city hall site.

The council’s vote followed a public hearing on sites proposed by the city’s Community Development Commission and a commission committee.

The council also agreed to hold a work session at a date to be determined to consider remaining sites and other alternatives.

The council’s vote to eliminate Block 50, which is just south of the public library, followed concerns expressed by speakers at the hearing that home owners on the block have lived with uncertainty for six years, since the block was originally proposed as a city hall site. Eight homes would have to be removed under the proposal.

About 40 people attended the hearing, which was held at the Scott County Courthouse.

Most of the speakers seemed to favor a new city hall on land east of County Road 17, between Fourth Avenue and County Road 16.


Olympic festival torch comes to city Sunday

The U.S. Olympic Festival torch will make its way into Shakopee at approximately 2:45 p.m. Sunday…

The public is invited to watch as several Shakopee residents carry the torch through the city.

The torch will have made its way through 105 Minnesota cities before stopping at the Metrodome in Minneapolis July 6 for the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Olympic Festival, which will be held in the Twin Cities area from July 6 through July 15.


Council approves agreement on bridge, mini-bypass

The Shakopee City Council on June 19 adopted a resolution formally entering into agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation on the city’s share of the costs for the downtown mini-bypass and river bridge project.

Under the agreement, the city will contribute a total of $1.9 million for the project, which is expected to be under construction in 1992 and 1993…

July 5, 1990

County wins national award for its recycling program

The Solid Waste Recycling Program developed by Scott County will receive an award this month from the National Association of Counties (NACo), according to Allen Frechette, the county’s environmental health manager.

In 1988, Scott County developed a solid-waste recycling program in response to state mandates that was considered unique in Minnesota and perhaps the nation, according to Frechette. The program requires garbage haulers doing business within the county to be licensed and provide curbside collection of recyclables along with their regular garbage pickup. The county designates what materials haulers must collect and provides a temporary incentive called a Performance Enhancement Recycling Cost Share (PERCS), which helps offset the haulers’ costs for establishing and operating recycling programs.

The ordinance establishing this program also requires the haulers to offer volume-based fees and recycling incentives. Cities with organized collection modified existing contracts accordingly…

Scott County Commissioner Dick Mertz will travel to Florida in mid-July for the annual NACo convention and will receive the award for the county.


Local youths qualify for state meet

On Saturday, Shakopee Community Recreation and Chaska Parks and Recreation jointly were hosts to the Minnesota recreation and Park Association’s District 4 Hershey Track and Field Meet at the Chaska High School track.

Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 from Scott, Carver, Hennepin, Wright and Anoka counties participated. The top two finishers in each event advanced to the state meet, which will be held in Pipestone on July 14.

Shakopee’s participants did very well, according to Mark McQuillan, the program supervisor for Shakopee Community Recreation. Twenty-two Shakopee youngsters qualified for the state meet…


Construction of $9 million auto auction facility begins

Minneapolis Northstar Auto Auction broke ground Monday for a $9 million facility on the corner of Highway 101 and Valley Park Drive in Shakopee.

The firm, which has operated in Shakopee for nearly 20 years, will move from its present location, 7700 E. Highway 101, when construction is completed, scheduled for January.

The new facility will be built on 49 acres and will feature a three-sided, covered parking enclosure that can hold up to 800 cars, considered to be unique in the auction industry. There also will be a 30,000-square-foot, full-service paint and body shop, capable of reconditioning 150 cars a day…

The new Shakopee facility is part of a $100 million expansion and renovation program underway at Anglo American auction locations across the country.

July 12, 1990

Summer splashers. A summer splash party was held by the Shakopee Community Recreation Department Friday in front of the junior high school. Children got a chance to leap down a plastic water slide, as well as throw a baseball at a dunk tank target and toss buckets of water.


Learning hunting skills. Members of the 4-H shooting sports program and the Shakopee Area Jaycees combined their efforts to conduct a kids hunting and fishing clinic this spring. Fifty-five youth eight and older attended this clinic. Topics included air rifle, black powder, hunter ethics, needs of wildlife, archery, and dog training. In addition, Keith Krasl, Scott County 4-H shooting sports leader, set up a shooting sports display and a see and touch station.


Local endowment fund goal of group

An ongoing endowment fund, designed to enrich and support education in the Shakopee School District, is being organized by the board of trustees of the Shakopee Educational Endowment Foundation.

According to Dr. Jan Adams, the group will try to raise funds that will accumulate up to $100,000 in interest per year. That amount will then be turned over to the school district for items that cannot be met in the budget…

July 19, 1990

Joshua Williams, 8, son of Dean and Michelle Williams, won first prize, an Apple computer, in a coloring contest sponsored by Sunshine Biscuits Inc. His animal crackers artwork was one of about 500 entries, according to his mother. Joshua says he loves art and has wanted a computer since he was 5. He plans to organize his baseball card collection and play games on the computer.


Work on final design of Ferry Bridge to begin

The Scott County Board on July 10 authorized payment to the consulting firm Strgar-Roscoe-Fausch Inc., Plymouth, to begin work on the final design of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project.

The total design of the project will cost about $4.6 million, with $3.4 million of it coming from the federal government.

Acting County Administrator Cliff McCann told the board’s consultant payment is expected to be reimbursed by the Federal Highway Administration once the contract is finalized. He added that there is only a “minimal risk” that Scott County would not be reimbursed for the consulting work.

The payment will allow the consultant to begin work on the project immediately and keep the bridge design on the tight schedule required for federal funding.

McCann said that given the short time allowed for Scott and Hennepin counties to use the federal funds for the project, it is necessary to have as much design work completed as possible so they can act fast when the federal money does come in.


Grand Opening. Shakopee Town Square. Saturday, July 21. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hwy. 169 & 10th Ave., Shakopee, MN.

July 26, 1990

Cat’s mistake leads to two power outages

A cat was the cause of power outages on Saturday and Tuesday in Shakopee, according to Ray Friedges, superintendent of Shakopee Public Utilities.

The cat got into a transformer located near Rahr Malting Co., causing the power to go out around 2:05 p.m. Saturday for all of the utility’s 6,000 customers. Service was restored at 4:25 p.m.

Utility workers attempted to fix the transformer, but the repairs didn’t hold, causing the power to go out again Tuesday at noon throughout the city. Power was restored about an hour later…


Council rejects proposed parking, turn restrictions

The latest proposal to restrict parking and left turns in the downtown area got the cold shoulder from the Shakopee City Council July 17.

The council, on a 6-0 vote, rejected a proposal by a Shakopee Chamber of Commerce subcommittee to make the temporary changes in an effort to improve the traffic flow on First Avenue.

The subcommittee proposal would prohibit parking on the north side of First Avenue from Lewis to Holmes streets to allow for a long right-turn lane for vehicles headed toward the river bridge, and prohibition of left turns onto Holmes or Lewis for vehicles traveling west on Highway 101 between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, and on weekends during the Renaissance Festival as needed during heavy traffic periods.

Aug. 2, 1990

Berg has title role in opera

Antonia Berg, daughter of Phyllis Berg of Shakopee, will be performing the title role in Verdi’s “Aida” with New York’s Amato Opera Company in October. Antonia has also performed with the Pala Opera and the Manhattan Opera Reads Ensemble. She and her husband, Stanford Felix, live in New York City.

St. John’s coach speaks at SHS

John Gagliardi, football coach at St. John’s University in Collegeville, will be the feature speaker at a co-curricular organizational meeting in the auditorium at Shakopee High School at 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

Gagliardi has been a football coach for 46 years, with 38 of those at St. John’s University. He is the second most active winning college football coach in the United States, and is fifth on the all-time winning list of football coaches in the country.

He has led St. John’s in three national championships and numerous MIAC championships.

Mike Fricke, of the Sports Care program at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, and Dale Vaughan, school activities director, will provide information on activities and program eligibility.

The public is invited to attend the program.

Aug. 9, 1990

Leisure Ledger

Families are invited to participate in the Family Fun Night activities scheduled at the pool this Friday evening, featuring various fun games, stunts and music by the local Out of Bounds band. The last day the pool will be open this season is Sunday, Aug. 19. Featured that day is the annual Gold Fish Hunt. Participants should bring their small nets and plastic buckets as they seek the finny creatures…

Bank building chosen as new city hall site

The Shakopee City Council, on a 6-0 vote Tuesday night, decided to buy the Marquette Bank building downtown for a city hall.

Though the vote to buy the bank was unanimous, it was not the preferred site of all council members. The bank was chosen after motions for other sites were defeated. In fact, an earlier motion for the bank lost on a 3-3 vote.

Bank officials plan to construct a new facility, possibly on Marschall Road, and told the city that the current building could be available in one year.

The relative cost of the bank compared to the other site alternatives swung the vote in the building’s favor…

Aug. 16, 1990

Perpich lauds efforts of local firefighters

Gov. Rudy Perpich recently sent a letter to Shakopee Fire Chief Charlie Ries, commending his department for its efforts in controlling a fuel-oil spill in the Minnesota River near Eden Prairie on June 12…

Ries said the fire department in Savage notified Shakopee firefighters that oil was in the river. Shakopee firefighters used a boat and discovered the leak coming from the Eden Prairie side of the river, and then built a dam to halt the spread.

Aug. 23, 1990

Tractor theft. Shakopee police are investigating the theft of a $63,000 tractor from Case Power and Equipment, 6340 E. Highway 101. According to police, the tractor was reported missing Friday.

Booster group hopes local residents will be seeing red

Members of the newly-formed Shakopee Boosters organization would like to “see red” at school activities this year.

No, they don’t want to promote anger – they want to bring out school spirit and community pride.

One way they hope to do that is by selling red sweatshirts with the Shakopee Indians logo on it – and they’d like people to wear those at every school activity, and become part of a ‘red wave’ of supporters…

Pride and school spirit are two ways communication between the school and community can be improved, according to the members of the organization…

Aug. 30, 1990

Jonckowski celebrates 25th year on radio. Long-time local sports personality Dick Jonckowski will celebrate his 25th year as host of KKCM Radio’s “Coaches’ Roundtable” when his first broadcast of the 1990-91 school year airs Saturday from 8;30 a.m. – 10 a.m. This season the remote broadcast location will be Lenzen Chevrolet in Chaska…

Shooter hits all 50 sporting clays for record

Jon Kruger, the 1989 National Sporting Clays Champion, set a new record for sporting clays at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake Friday, August 10.

Kruger shot a perfect score of 50 sporting clay targets on the front part of the course.

“It was the first perfect score ever shot on sporting clays at the club in five years of operation,” said the club’s manager, Terry Correll. “The previous record set was 49 out of 50 and we had a couple scores of 48.”


Accident was ‘a real zoo,’ says officer

An accident involving three vehicles, two trailers filled with animals, a fire, and traffic from the Renaissance resulted in a scene that Don Hamilton, an investigator with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, called “a real zoo.”

The accident occurred Sunday at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of highways 169 and 41 southwest of Shakopee. According to David Sutherland of the Minnesota State Patrol, a pickup truck driven by Daniel Robbins, 19, of Tracy, rear-ended a trailer loaded with hogs pulled by a picked driven by James Christian, 18, of Garvin. The collision pushed the Christian vehicle into a car driven by Jeffrey McCann of Sioux Falls, S.D., whose wife and two children were passengers. The vehicles were all southbound on Highway 169, with McCann and Christian stopped at the signal light.

When the Robbins pickup struck the Christian trailer, it apparently pushed the hitch of the trailer off the truck and punctured the gas tank, which resulted in a fire, according to Shakopee Fire Chief Charlie Ries, whose department was called to the scene.

Before emergency vehicles arrived, however, passerbys helped get the people and animals away from the fire and accident scene…

Ries said the animals, which were corralled on the grass near the intersection by passerbys, didn’t appear to be hurt. They did get a free shower from the fire department to cool them down from the 90-degree heat. They were later taken to a nearby farm on 133rd St. until arrangements could be made to haul them home…

Sept. 6, 1990

R & R Marine was nation’s top dealer in Crestliner boats over year period

R & R Marine, located two miles south of Shakopee off of Highway 169, was the largest Crestliner boat dealer in the U.S. between July 1989 and June this year.

It was also only the second dealer to record over $1 million in sales in Crestliner history, which dates back to the 1940s…

Sept. 13, 1990

Teddy bears fixed at St. Francis. St. Francis Regional Medical Center will again sponsor its “Teddy Bear Clinic” Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon, allowing children to become familiar with the emergency medical system, as well as have their favorite doll or teddy bear bandaged…


Board seeks moratorium on development near high school

The Shakopee School Board Monday voted to request that the City Council consider a moratorium on land development south of the high school near Vierling Drive while long-range plans are made regarding building needs of the school.

As proposed, the moratorium would put a freeze on development of approximately 60 acres for up to 18 months, with the possibility of a one-year extension, according to Bob Loonan, a co-chairman of the Athletic Complex Steering Committee, which is interested in including an athletic complex as part of any school expansion.

Members of that committee, as well as the School Board, are hoping the moratorium would buy the school district, and city, time for development of long-range plans…


College courses held at SHS

College courses will be held at Shakopee High School this fall.

Minneapolis Community College will offer General Psychology on Monday evenings, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and Human Relations in Business on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 9 p.m. These classes will begin Sept. 17 and 19, respectively. Human Relations in Business is part of the 14-credit Management Certificate program offered by Minneapolis Community College…

Mankato State University will offer Social Deviance on Monday evenings, Sept. 24 through Dec. 3, from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Women’s Cycles of Aging on Wednesday evenings, Sept. 26 through Dec. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m.…

Sept. 20, 1990

Shop project a state fair winner. Martiqua Post, an eighth-grader at Shakopee Junior High, won a blue ribbon at the state fair for her “teardrop box,” a wooden object she made in Roger Koskela’s shop class. Post gave the box to her mother, who uses it to hold jewelry.


Study: Road improvements will spur job, population growth

Traffic congestion and limited accessibility have stunted job and population growth in Shakopee during the last decade compared to neighboring cities. But three highway projects planned in the area will reverse that trend in the 1990s, including the addition of between 2,200 and 5,000 new jobs, according to a report issued by Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED).

Those jobs would be in addition to the 2,000 new jobs predicted for the decade by the Metropolitan Council, which did not consider the highway improvement effect, and added to the city’s existing total of 8,000, would give Shakopee up to 15,000 jobs, according to the study…

Using projection data from various studies, the city’s population is predicted to grow to 13,900 by the year 2000, at an annual growth rate of 1.1 percent. However, it was based on projections that the city’s population could reach 12,500 this year. Preliminary Census Bureau figures set Shakopee’s population this year at 11,721.

Despite the projections for population and general economic growth, the study does not predict significant retail growth, suggesting that large shopping centers and retail trade centers will continue to be concentrated in Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Burnsville.

A major highway project planned calls for the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to be replaced and County Road 18 upgraded to an arterial linking Interstate Highway 494 in Bloomington with Highway 101 in Shakopee. The other projects planned include the nine-mile Shakopee Bypass, which would be south of the downtown, and the downtown “mini-bypass” and Highway 169 river bridge replacement, which are expected to alleviate congestion downtown, particularly the number of trucks making their way to and from grain terminals along the banks of the Minnesota River…

Sept. 27, 1990

Hall of Famer. Shakopee’s Joe Schleper was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday at a banquet attended by 600 people at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn. All nine of Schleper’s children were present for the ceremonies. A former baseball player and longtime coach of the Shakopee town team, Schleper is activities director at Shakopee High School.


Racing Commission approves televised racing at Canterbury

At its meeting on Sept. 19, the Minnesota Racing Commission approved a request by Canterbury Downs for televised racing from Oct. 10 through April 19.

Races from Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields will be simulcast to Canterbury Downs with common wagering on these races with bettors at the host track. Also approved was the simulcasting at Canterbury on Oct. 27 of the Breeders’ Cup from Belmont Park – seven races with the highest total purses in American history…


Owners to relinquish either Raceway or Elko auto tracks

Local auto racetrack owners John and Mary Ostdiek announced Monday that they will relinquish one of their two tracks next season.

Citing personal reasons, the Ostdieks, who own Elko Speedway and Shakopee’s Raceway Park, said they will keep only one of the tracks next season. The other one would be sold, leased, or turned into industrial, residential or retail development property…

Oct. 4, 1990

After 60 years of competing, insurance firms have merged

After 60 years of friendly competition, two of Shakopee’s oldest insurance agencies merged on Monday.

The Mertz-Horeish Agency, established in 1922, will become part of the Capesius Agency, which has existed since 1930.

Mertz-Horeish was owned by R.E. “Dick” Mertz and managed by Betty Dols, who decided on the merger due to their pending retirement from the insurance business and their desire to ensure that their policyholders will continue to experience professional service, according to Lee Hennen, who along with Sue Sichmeller owns and manages the Capesius Agency…


Cross-county teams to take first hike for football team

It’s a good thing the Shakopee High School football team isn’t playing International Falls Friday in its homecoming game.

As part of the homecoming festivities, the Shakopee boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams will run relay Friday to carry the game football from St. Louis Park – home of Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, the football team’s opponent that night – to Shakopee.

Coordinating the event is Scott County Sheriff Bill Nevin, who helped map the safest route for the runners and contacted various police departments for cooperation in escorting the runners.

“We’ve received outstanding support and cooperation,” said girls’ cross-country coach Bob Britz. “We’d like to make this an annual thing.”

Britz estimated the journey to be about 30 miles, noting it takes about 40 minutes by the more conventional school bus.

Captains of the cross-country teams will present the game ball to the football team captains prior to the 7:30 p.m. game.


98-year-old Marystown school torn down to make room for parish center

The “walls came tumbling down” last week when the Marystown school was demolished to make room for a new parish center for St. Mary’s of the Purification Catholic Church.

The school, built in 1892 and remodeled in 1936, held many memories for the hundreds of students who sat in its classrooms. The school was closed in 1970, but the building was used until last month for parish functions, such as funeral lunches, Sunday school, and some religious education classes.

The parish has already begun construction of a new facility, which will cost an estimated $600,000. As is usual for the small, close-knit parish, much of the work will be donated by parishioners who have skills in the various building trades. The project contractor is Floyd “Hecker” Haeg, with several of the subcontractors also being members of the church.

The new facility will include two levels and will be able to hold up to 900 people. The upstairs will feature a large hall. A large meeting room with classrooms are planned for the downstairs. The complex will be connected to the church for easy access between the two facilities in all seasons.

Parishioners have been planning for a new facility for several years. The 98-year-old school was in need of repairs and was no longer able to accommodate the needs of the parish…

Oct. 11, 1990

Shakopee Quilt Club has show Oct. 18-20

The Shakopee Quilt Club will have its second annual quilt show Oct. 18-20 at Marquette Bank, 129 S. Holmes St. About 50 wall quilts have been entered in the competition, according to Mary Ann Hron, of Mary Ann’s Quilt Shop. Those quilts will be displayed in the lower level of the bank, with $1 admission charge.

Some quilts may be viewed free of charge in the lobby of the bank. Other quilts can be seen in area stores. Hron notes that two of the quilts combine a school-community theme – one features Chief Shakopee, while another emphasizes school spirit…


State to provide full bypass funding

Gov. Rudy Perpich gave credit to a local transportation lobbying group and area officials for Saturday’s announcement in Shakopee that the long-awaited Shakopee Bypass will receive full funding to be completed as planned.

“If it wasn’t for the commitment of the community, the Department of Transportation and the perseverance of the Scott County Transportation Coalition, this day would not have arrived,” Perpich said.

“The coalition in particular applied the principle of the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

The formal announcement and ceremonial groundbreaking at the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce building sealed plans for a project that sat on the drawing board for more than 25 years…

The project is expected to be completed in November 1994.

The bypass will cost $31 million to complete. The DOT will pay $30 million while the city of Shakopee will contribute $1 million.

The nine-mile bypass will connect with Highway 169 in Jackson Township in the west, travel south of downtown and residential Shakopee and connect with Highway 101 on the east side of County Road 89…

Oct. 18, 1990

10% budget cuts may be imposed by County Board

After a lengthy discussion, the Scott County Board Tuesday proposed 1991 budget cuts for a number of departments to make up for a $90,000 deficit.

The proposed cuts will require departments not meeting their budget guidelines to trim 10 percent from their budgets. In most cases the proposed cuts will result in staff or service reductions.

Oct. 25, 1990

Shakopee’s ‘Mr. Recreation’ to step aside at year’s end

He’s been referred to as a “Mr. Recreation of Shakopee” by co-workers and other friends. And he’s also known as true gentleman both on and off the playing field.

But George Muenchow, 62, more modestly calls himself a “practicing Christian” who has used that perspective, and dedication to service, to build the Shakopee Community Recreation program.

After 33 years, Muenchow has decided to step down. His retirement will be effective Dec. 31.


Road may be built around depot

The Shakopee City Council last week directed the city’s engineering staff to prepare a report on the feasibility of extending Second Avenue from Atwood to Scott streets around the railroad depot, whose location has long been a hindrance to project plans.

An earlier feasibility report indicated that in order to construct Second Avenue from Atwood to Scott streets on the north side of existing railroad tracks, the depot should be removed. If the building were to remain, it would sit between railroad tracks and a city street, making it less than desirable from a development standpoint. The depot is owned by two railroad companies, and is no longer used except for storage.

The city considered purchasing the depot, with the hope of moving and selling it. It also considered condemning the property for code violations, which would force the owners to make repairs or have it moved, or the city would tear it down. However, the building and property was appraised at $84,000, which made council members have second thoughts about buying it. And the city building inspector reported that there were not sufficient code violations to condemn the property.

The council did initiate eminent domain proceedings, in which the city could take the property for the purpose of constructing a public road, with the property owner being compensated at a fair price.

But again, the cost of the property was considered too high by council members. If the building were to remain, city Public Works Director David Hutton said the city would have two options:

* Eliminate a node at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Atwood Street to correct a traffic problem…

* Construct Second Avenue around the depot building to the north…

Council members canceled the condemnation order, which was to have been part of a public hearing on Nov. 7, and directed staff to complete a feasibility report on constructing the street around the depot.


Board seeks grant to expand successful teacher program

The potential for the creation of more partnerships between parents, students and teachers in the Shakopee School District became more of a possibility following action by the School Board Monday.

On a unanimous vote, the board agreed to apply for a state grant that would allow for expansion of the district’s Career Teacher Program. The request for $27,000 will allow the district to add 15 career teachers – part of the newly-named “Care Force” – to the two already in the program, according to Joy Robbins, the district’s educational services coordinator.


Parent/student switch day set

Shakopee High School will invite the community to join in celebrating American Education Week, which is a national event that takes place Nov. 12-16. This year the high school has planned two activities.

On Monday, Nov. 12, community members will teach classes. The staff assembled a list of community members who might be interested, and these people have been invited…

Wednesday, Nov. 14, will be a day when parents can experience high school from the perspective of a student. Parent/Guardian-Student switch day will be a day on which either the parent/guardian or the student must attend. Students must sign up in advance. All attendance rules will apply. The teachers have been asked to teach a regular lesson, but not give any tests.

Nov. 1, 1990

Church anniversary celebrated

St. Mary’s Church in Shakopee celebrated its 125th anniversary with a marathon of events Oct. 12-14. Friday’s Fun Night featured a live band, “Out of Bounds,” now known as “Smoke Screen,” and the “Rock Solid” disc jockeys. Saturday’s program was luncheon of 125 years of favorite recipes and fashions. Murphy’s Landing and Valleyfair contributed items for the fashion show.

Archbishop Roach presided over the anniversary Mass. Father Capoun’s band played at the dinner/dance. Sunday’s activities included old-fashioned games of gold fishing, frog jumping, turtle racing, hot air balloons, and bubblegum blowing. The variety show included performances from First Avenue Dance Studio, Shari’s Dance Center, and Valleyfair artists…


New program plugs ‘cracks’ for students

Students in Shakopee High School who have problems fulfilling graduation requirements are not falling by the wayside or slipping through the cracks.

Instead, they are taking part in a new program, GRAD, or Growth by Responsible Academic Development. The name of the program describes what its goal is – helping students graduate.

Ron Dreier, coordinator of the GRAD program, describes it as an umbrella of an alternative school, which serves to assist students who may have difficulties with standard curriculum requirements…

GRAD does not remove the students totally from the mainstream environment, but it takes them out for two classes that help them deal with their standard course work…

Nov. 8, 1990

Band students learn about music careers. Dr. Barry Kopetz, assistant director of bands and a composer from the University of Minnesota, was the guest speaker for the Shakopee High School band on Nov. 1. Kopetz spoke to the band about various careers in music, his composing career and participation in music after high school. He also took student questions…

Nov. 15, 1990

Program boon to downtown buildings

Several storefronts in downtown Shakopee are looking a little brighter through the assistance of the city’s Downtown Rehabilitation Grant Program…

The grant program was created by the city of Shakopee and the Shakopee Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) “to encourage property owners to improve their building facades in an attempt to make the downtown area more attractive,” explained Barry Stock, assistant city administrator.

The HRA set aside $50,000 to match private or merchant financing at a ratio of 25 percent grant money to the property owner’s 75 percent commitment, with grant amounts ranging from $500 to $25,000.

Expenses eligible for funding include construction materials, labor costs, architect or engineer fees, building permit fees, and sign costs…


Heavy training

Does might make right? Rick Allex thinks so.

Allex is the Shakopee High School football and track coach. No, he doesn’t advocate muscle over mental power. But to ensure his athletes are in the best physical condition, Allex advises them to use the new weight room facilities in the high school.

The spacious weight room, which was built last year thanks to the donations of various local organizations, is open to all Shakopee students. And it’s gotten a lot of use, according to Allex…

Nov. 22, 1990

Effort begins to reduce area drunk-driver incidents

A group of Shakopee establishments that serve alcohol have joined with the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce and Police Department to sponsor a program with hopes of reducing the number of drunk-driving incidents in the area now through New Year’s Day.

Participating bars will provide free soft drinks to “designated drivers” who agree not to consume alcoholic beverages for an evening and to provide transportation to other members of their group who are drinking…


No Lie: Band plans gig for song’s anniversary

When Jim Donna sat down at the piano one day to write “Liar, Liar,” he had no idea it would be the song that would sell over 2 million records for the Castaways, the Minneapolis band for which he played keyboards.

Twenty-five years later, the song that he says “was just one of those things” will be celebrated by the Castaways with a party and dance on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Dan Patch American Legion ballroom in Savage. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each, or $4 for those who come before showtime…

Nov. 29, 1990

75% of gambling funds must be spent locally. The Shakopee City Council adopted an ordinance Nov. 20 that will require organizations that participate in charitable gambling to spend at least 75 percent of the revenue available from gambling within the city’s trade area. The council had previously considered requiring that 90 percent of the funds be spent locally, but lowered the amount after some organizations reported that because they must send funds to national organizations, or causes, it would be difficult or impossible…


Cordes all-state football/academic award recipient

Shakopee’s Jason Cordes has received the Minnesota Academic All-State Football Class “A” Award.

The awards are presented to high school students who are top athletes and students. Cordes is ranked first in his senior class with a grade-point-average of 3.959. He is the president of the Student Governing Board and has been a member of the National Honor Society the past two years. He received the Sharp Award the past two years for being a top classroom performer in English, science and Spanish.

A two-year starter at quarterback in football, he was an all-conference member in his junior and senior years. He was captain of the team this year.

Cordes was also an all-conference basketball team member, and was team captain as a junior. He was also named to the all-conference team in baseball as a junior.

Dec. 6, 1990

Dirks expanding

The owners of Dirks Furniture have begun expanding their store at 1038 E. First Ave. in Shakopee. The expansion will give the store twice the showroom space, to 3,500 square feet.

The expansion will allow the store to add more styles to the showroom floor, said Peter Dirks. The store also expects to carry more leather and catalog items that people have asked to see, he added.

The expansion is also being undertaken to promote co-owner Allen Dirks’ newest business pursuit – selling custom cedar homes…

Dirks’ current building was once a marine sales store. Next year the Dirks plan to remodel the entire building in the Lindal cedar style. “We decided to stay at our present location, rather than move because the main drag is ideal for our customers,” Peter Dirks said.

Dec. 13, 1990

City Council approves land sale

The Shakopee City Council approved the sale of a parcel of land near Routson Motors at a special meeting Tuesday morning.

The land was sold for $18,000 to Dan and Teri Routson, owners of the dealership. Although the city owned the land, which is adjacent to the business, the former dealership at the location, Malkerson Motors, had used it as a display lot. The city had long negotiated with Malkerson over the price of the land, which is about 80 feet by 142. The Routsons purchased the dealership earlier this year.


School district gets $27,000 grant for outreach program

A $27,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education has been awarded to the Shakopee School District’s Career Teacher program, “Networking for Change.”

The $27,000 grant will enable Shakopee to hire 15 additional career teachers, as well as continue financial support for current instructors Sue Pratt and Audrey Breuning.

Dec. 20, 1990

Shakopee dance students’ routines qualify them for national competition

Students of Shari’s Dance Center competed in the Symposium Dance Competition at the Thunderbird Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 9. They competed against students from around the state. Routines that took a first or second place are eligible to compete in the nationals held in Rochester the first week of August.

All of Shari’s students took a first or second place, qualifying them for the nationals…


Student wins part of wall

Chad Rasmussen, a student of German at Shakopee High School, won a piece of the Berlin Wall by taking part in a quiz on German history. On Oct. 3, West and East Germany became one united Germany. The German students at the high school celebrated the event by completing the history test. All of the students’ quizzes were sent to the Goethe House in New York to be checked and entered into a contest. The students had a chance to win a free trip to Berlin or a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Out of over 100,000 students taking part in this contest, Rasmussen was one of 1,000 to win a piece of the Berlin Wall. He recently received the item along with an official certificate showing where it was taken from.

Dec. 27, 1990

District band director leads music session

Barbara Lauer, director of elementary bands for the Shakopee school District, served as a guest clinician and conductor for the 1990 New Music Reading Session. The event was hosted by Schmitt Music and was held at Normandale Community College on Saturday Oct. 27.

Lauer conducted the Normandale College Concert Band in readings of recently published elementary band music. As clinician, she also helped choose which selections were to be played. The New Music Reading Session is annually sponsored by Schmitt Music as a tool for band instructors in the five-state area. Lauer was the only elementary band clinician. Other clinic areas were junior high band, jazz band, and high school band…


Moratorium on development near school approved

The Shakopee City Council on Dec. 18 placed a one-year development moratorium on 150 acres of land south of the senior high school to allow the school district and community groups time to determine land needs for possible school expansion and the addition of an athletic complex.

City officials will also work with state and Scott County officials to determine land needs in that area for roadways and a storm-water drainage system in relation to the future Shakopee Bypass…


City honors Muenchow in resolution

George Muenchow was commended for his 33 years with the Shakopee Community Recreation department during a City Council meeting Dec. 18.

A resolution of appreciation notes that the department, under Muenchow’s leadership, “blossomed into nine community parks, a modern-equipped swimming pool, miles of public trails, five public school buildings and a vigorous modern comprehensive recreation program…

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