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1892 Shakopee Courier

April 7, 1892

Street overseer is getting away with lots of dirt on First street between Holmes and Lewis.

Herman Schroeder has been loading brick for the past two months on cars amounting to at least one and a half million brick.

Messrs. Jas. Reynolds and John Donnersbach are building in the 2d ward, and John Haack is adding to his home in 3d ward.

There has been quite a rumpus kicked up this week at the Union school, on account of dissatisfaction regarding promotion, or rather non-promotion, of scholars, some parents thinking there was partiality shown.

A class of a dozen scholars was promoted to the high room this week at the Union school.

A new butcher shop is started in Hempfer’s place on 1st street by Jacob Oettinger of Chaska.

Jorgen Young has rented the place he lives on for 5 years, and bought the stock. This will be good news to the Shakopee people, as Mr. and Mrs. Young are most worthy residents such as we would like more of.

S. L. Hill had her windows trimmed up on fair day, in regular city style, a perfect bower of beauty. If the day had only been fair so that more might have been out to see the, ‘twould have been more gratifying to her.

April 14, 1892

The Koerner residence in the 3d ward has been rented to a Mr. Peters of the Dieken cooper shop force.

Mr. and Mrs. George Kinsey are having the large stones removed from their lots in East Shakopee, preparatory to building a residence in the near future, hoping some day to make Shakopee their permanent home, which we sincerely hope they will be able to do.

The mill owners having decided to sell no more bran here, guess our bran and shorts consumers will have to “bear” some other market. Mayor Weiland informs us that Mr. Christian didn’t want to retail brain from the first, but he prevailed upon by Mr. Buchanan to let it be done, for the interest of Shakopee, so he concluded to depart from his usual custom.

Dr. Smith has shown us the well-drawn plans of his new house to be located where his old one is, and from the same we should judge it to be, when finished, a great acquisition to the residence part of the town. It will be handsome and commodious, and if the doctor can afford to build such a fine mansion, he and his accomplished lady certainly deserve to enjoy its full comforts. August Bornarth drew the plans, and did the work well. The doctor has moved into Mr. Markus’ house, temporarily.

Robbery.—Adolph Schmitz’s saloon drawer was robbed Monday evening about 6 o’clock by effecting an entrance through the back window, and a dozen dollars more or less in different denominations of coin were taken. Alderman Schmitz was to supper and finding on his return what had been done, immediately suspected a stranger who had been in his place most of the afternoon. Obtaining the service of Chief of Police Rose, they traced the stranger to Chaska, where he was about to take an M. & St. L. train. Schmitz caught hold of him and calling Rose up, they took him in charge, and on searching his pockets money was found that corresponded sufficiently to that lost by Schmitz, some pieces of which were new and had been previously observed in the money drawer, so they brought him to Shakopee that evening. The next day he was brought before Justice Stevens, an examination was held, and the man, called Charles Cochran, was committed to jail to answer to the next term of district court the charge of grand larceny in the second degree, he failing to give $500 bail. The affair created quite a stir and the court room was crowded.

April 21, 1892

Miss Busse sold out her millinery establishment to a Mrs. Henschel.

The city bakery team had a slight run-away yesterday evening, upsetting flour etc. near the Lewis street corner.

Grandpa Allen—as he is most frequently called—created quite a disturbance yesterday by taking it upon himself to go to St. Paul. As his friends did not know where he was they were quite alarmed. As he is 86 years old it is not considered safe for him to go off alone.

April 28, 1892

Mr. Woehling’s yard has been nicely sodded. He lives on 1st street in 3d ward.

Dr. A. A. Sabin of Minneapolis is expected here about the 1st of June to take Dr. Jno. B. Dunn’s place while the latter is away on a professional study abroad.

Frank Haack of Cannon Falls, son of old soldier John Haack of the 3d ward, will remove to Shakopee soon, occupying the brick house of Griebentrog. He is an engineer by profession.

Mr. Withey’s daughter Annie who has been for the past 12 years troubled with night epilepsy, was treated last Monday in Minneapolis and an operation performed on her head, 13 pieces of skull bone being removed, so that everything is favorable for entire recovery, but cannot tell yet.

Miss Florence Humphrey is in the post office now as assistant or deputy. That is very good.

Seymour Van Cleve of Minneapolis was in town the fore part of the week talking up a system of water works. He was before the council Tuesday night, who listened to his proposition without taking action thereon.

1892: Scott County Argus

April 7, 1892

John Donnersbach is digging the cellar for his house in the second ward near St. Mary’s church.

John Dean is this week erecting a warehouse, 20×36 ft., adjoining his blacksmith shop on Lewis street to be used as a carriage salesroom. Mr. Dean intends to put in an extensive and well selected stock of all kinds of vehicles.

Judge Daly and family removed on Monday to St. Paul. Michael Huss is now occupying their former residence.

On Wednesday of this week J. A. Wilder put in place a new wheel for his windmill. The old one was blown down during the terrific blizzard of last month. Residents of this section were more fortunate than were their neighbors west of here, where scarcely a mill was left standing. But two or three were injured in this vicinity.

Our streets are being thoroughly cleaned and will soon present as neat an appearance as the paved street of a city. If our cross-walks, both those which have been stoned and those which have not, were top-dressed with the burned coal and coal used at the stove works they would be greatly improved. This material, being porous, makes an excellent substance with which to improve roads, being equal to small limestone (nut size) and much easier to be obtained.

April 14, 1892

Peter V. Philipp is putting on a brick addition to his house on First street which will render his neat house still more commodious.

Mr. Paul Bierline and family moved to this place from Chaska Tuesday. They have located in East Shakopee, near the Bierline foundry.

E. J. Gellenbeck has put in a few bicycles to supply the “growing” demand for such vehicles.

Mr. Jacob Ries, Jr. has in progress of erection a fine two story residence located on the corner of Holmes and Fourth streets. The house is to be commodious, yet ornamental in design, and will be constructed of Chaska cream brick.

April 21, 1892

T. A. Thayer’s family will move to Minneapolis today. They have rented at 2801 Ninth Ave. South.

Nine residences and a double brick store are being erected in Shakopee. Pretty good for early in the season.

W. W. Carnelie will occupy the house vacated by Mr. Thayer.

Kohls & Berens have polished up their show windows preparatory to a display of new spring goods.

An expert is here preparing plans and estimates for the immediate enlargement of the mill. The work when begun, will necessitate the shutting down of the mill for a short time.

On Tuesday evening while Hubert Wagner’s little son was engaged in playing ball, he accidentally swallowed a round tin whistle which he had been holding in his mouth. The whistle being too large or the little fellows throat too small the whistle lodged in his aesophagus and Dr. Entrup was called to remove it. No serious injury resulted.

The frame house which Dr. Smith has been offering at a nominal sum for a week past was bought on Tuesday by August Stralow and is now being removed to his lot on First street in East Shakopee. The house is one of the oldest in the city, having been built in 1853, but the sills and entire structure are as sound as when the house was constructed so many years ago. The timbers are all hewn and will last for a good many years yet.

Michael Berens is now vigorously at work erecting his new two story brick store. It will make a marked improvement in the appearance of First street when completed. The west building was torn down, and when that part of the new brick store is completed he will move in there and then tear down the east part of the old frame and complete the double store which will be like the Koerner block.

Articles of Incorporation of the Shakopee Mortgage, Loan and Investment Company with E. Southworth, James Sullivan, H. B. Strait, Julius A. Coller, Theo. Weiland, Val. Zoller, and Aug. F. Coller as incorporators, were filed Tuesday. The capital stock is fixed at $50,000. James Sullivan is Pres., Val. Zoller, Vice Pres., Julius A. Coller, Secretary, and Theo. Weiland Treasurer.

April 28, 1892

Mr. Wm. Beggs is erecting a roomy carpenter shop on the lot adjoining his home on Spring street.

The front of Mike Berens’ store will be built of Schroeder’s pressed brick, and the glass will all be of a high grade of plate.

Last Saturday Chief of Police Rose took a step in the right direction by arresting several boys who are in the habit of catching on passing trains. This is and justly so an offense under the State law and consequently they were taken before justice Wilson and each fined $1 and costs. The little episode may prove a timely warning to others.

1917: Shakopee Tribune

April 6, 1917

A deal was consummated last Friday by which Ed J. Walsh sold his wagon and carriage shop to Rupert Stemmer, the new proprietor taking possession at once. Mr. Walsh’s future plans have not been decided upon. His health has been failing of late and after a rest at home will go to Rochester to consult Drs. Mayo.

The Niedenfuehr home was sold to George Dietrich of Marystown, on Monday, the consideration being $1800. The family will remain here for the summer and expect to leave for Minneapolis in early fall, where they will reside.

For Sale—Cheap. The Heinen residence. Inquire of F. H. Heinen.

High School Notes. State inspecter Barnes inspected us last Friday, and introspectively stated that in all the schools he had inspected he had never seen so many pretty girls. We suspect he expects us to believe the soft impeachment, so we make it a matter of permanent record here.

April 13, 1917

Fred Wessel of Lyons, Neb., and E. Freese of Alliance, Neb., bought out the Carl Exner shoe repair shop last Friday and took possession at once. Mr. Wessel moved his household effects here, the family occupying the rooms behind the shop in the Busse block.

The N. F. Heinz family moved into the Boehmer house on Fourth street, Wednesday.

Rich Wise commenced the work of wiring the Jos. Koeper dairy farm for electric lighting this week.

Mr. Geo. Reiss, piano tuner, will be here Monday Apr. 16, 1917,—on his regular tuning trip—leave orders at Pelham Hotel.

George Dellwo bought the Hamilton house in east Shakopee, owned by Ed Thiede, on Thursday. Mr. Dellwo expects to remodel the house, transforming it into a neat little bungalow.

High School Notes. The playground movement has reached Shakopee, and the manual training department, under Mr. Williams, will begin at once building 12 swings and a lot of see-saws. Other apparatus will be added later.

April 20, 1917

Schroeder Brick & Lime Manufacturing Co. have commenced burning lime this week. Parties wishing to put in a supply will call at the yards.

The Frawley family moved here from Savage on Tuesday occupying their new home, recently purchased of John Thole. Mr. Thole will build a new home this summer.

Joseph Lenertz resigned his position as freight clerk for the Omaha railroad and has gone to Merriam where he is timekeeper for a gang of steelworkers. George Scherkenbach is the new freight clerk.

R. G. Chapman and family are now occupying their new home on Shakopee Avenue, recently purchased from J. M. Spindler. The house vacated by them is now occupied by its owner, Thos. Devenney and family.

Local Girls Aids To Navy. Misses Beulah M. Bowdish, Dorothy D. Dell and Ida E. Ketterer have been appointed by the United states government special aids to navy recruiting in this vicinity, and each has been supplied with the blue blouse and white cap of the U. S. navy uniform to be worn as a reminder that the government would like recruits. Should any young man of suitable age wish to join the navy he has but to consult with them, pass the physical examination before a local physician, and if he is short of funds, the girls telegraph the recruiting station at Minneapolis, and the government will immediately send transportation. They have suitable blanks for parents’ consent, should the applicant be under 21, and the age limit upward is 30 years.

High School Notes. A fine tennis court is being built on the playgrounds, the boys under Mr. Smith doing yeoman service as well as the manual training classes under Mr. Williams. The court is pretty well graded and surfaced already, and a net will be purchased out of some of the athletic club funds left over from the basket ball season. Dozens of rackets have been purchased individually, and in a few days more the cheery cry of “love-fifteen” will be heard. The manual training boys have also built the swings for the playground, and Wednesday the cement was poured into the holes dug for the supports, so that these playground facilities will be busy in a few days with their health-making. We are indebted to the mechanical drawing class for digging the holes on a hot day.

Cash Prizes For Gardeners. Mayor Joseph Lenertz informs us that he will offer three prizes this year for the most productive gardens, amounting in the aggregate to thirty five dollars. The judges will be appointed later from the aldermen of the city, and the three best gardens will receive some handsome cash prizes. Mayor Lenertz will pay the prizes from his own pocket, in the interests of the widespread movement now on foot to cut the high cost of living by raising more and better gardens this year than ever before. Every rod of ground available ought to be made to produce something for food this year, and it would seem as if all in this vicinity appreciate this fact and are getting busy. Mayor Lenertz aims to help the good work along by personally awarding the three cash prizes mentioned above. A good move. Get busy. Win a wad.

April 27, 1917

Miss Rose Philipp, who has been employed as a stenographer in the capitol city the past two years returned home last Friday to remain indefinitely.

The Busse building on First street is being re-papered and otherwise renovated this week to be in readiness for a Mr. Churchill of Minneapolis, who will conduct a restaurant and ice cream parlor.


Fire Destroys Local Elevator

The fire alarm was sounded shortly after one o’clock Thursday morning and hundreds of people answered the call, as the night was one of the worst, in point of wind, the spring has yet brought. The apparatus was hauled down to the Farmers’ elevator in east Shakopee, the building being a solid wall of fire. The heat was so intense that the firemen were unable to get close enough to play a stream on the blaze. Attention was turned to the adjoining residences, sheds and barns and great difficulty was experienced in confining the flames to the elevator property. A northwest wind was blowing and sparks were blown as far as M. T. Regan’s home setting fire to one of his hay stacks. A telegraph pole and railroad ties caught fire several times, about six feet of railroad track being raised by the intense heat.

The loss to the elevator company includes the elevator buildings, 1600 bushels of wheat, 400 bushels of rye 500 bushels of oats, three tons of coal and a barrel of gasoline. An Omaha box car on the side track, half filled with wheat was totally destroyed. The loss is covered by insurance. It is not known at this time whether the elevator will be rebuilt or not.

1917: Scott County Argus

April 6, 1917

H. A. Marx departed Wednesday for Utah, having been appointed state manager of the Investors Syndicate of Minneapolis which firm he has been representing on the road for some time past. His headquarters will be at Salt Lake City.

George D. Smith and Ed Durose who bought the Wm. Camp garage, are making improvements in the building and adding to the equipment of their shop in anticipation of the opening of the automobile season. The new proprietors have adopted the firm name of Smith & Durose Garage and will have an up-to-date repair shop and conduct an agency for cars. Watch for their announcement in the near future.

Schroeder Brick & Lime Manufacturing Co. will begin burning lime next week and are busy loading brick shipments to various points in the northwest.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Andrews moved their household effects to Minneapolis last week where they have rented a flat and will reside permanently. Mrs. Andrews and little son departed the first of the week.

Mr. and Mrs. George Dellwo have rented the second floor of the S. B. Ferguson home and will move as soon as the rooms are in readiness.


For Sale

House and Barn and twenty seven lots adjoining, within few blocks of Court house and St. Mark’s church. This property would be of particular interest to farmers anticipating moving to Shakopee to make their home.

Eight of these lots in block formerly occupied as old baseball grounds located within four blocks of St. Mark’s church on street leading to proposed State Institution. If interested come and look over these properties and pick your choice of beautiful building lots.

George C. Doody,
Shakopee, Minn.

April 13, 1917

Accidentally Shot. H. Hamilton, brakeman on Omaha train No. 12, was the victim of accidental shooting Wednesday evening as the train approached Shakopee, sustaining a bad flesh wound in the thigh.

A real estate deal closed Monday was the purchase of Mrs. B. Niedenfeur’s residence property by George Dietrich, consideration $1800. The latter will not take possession until fall.

April 20, 1917

On Friday last C. J. Hartmann closed a deal with T. J. Condon & Son for their butcher shop and took possession Monday. It is Mr. Hartmann’s intention to remodel his building on First street, including that part now occupied by Lawrence Nachtsheim, into an up-to-date meat market and also to install a line of canned goods in connection with the meat business. He is now consulting with architects but is not definitely prepared to say just what improvements will be made. Mr. Hartmann’s sons, Gregor and Carl will be associated in the business with their father who needs no introduction in this city where he has been one of our most progressive and successful merchants. He re-enters business circles with the goodwill of all former patrons and his well-known square dealing and always courteous treatment of his customers assure him a prosperous trade.

Frank Gelhaye and John Hirscher have been appointed delegates to the Firemen’s convention to be held June 12-13-14 at Montevideo.

A. D. Nicholas, who last winter bought out T. H. J. Notermann’s meat market, has sold his building and fixtures to R. B. Larson of Minneapolis and his stock to C. J. Hartmann and will move his family back to their old home in Menaliga, Minn. Mr. Nicholas will work for his brother in the butcher business part of the time and also deal in livestock. Mr. Larson expects to put a man in charge of his shop.

Mrs. J. M. Spindler moved into the upper rooms of her home Monday, Mrs. Susan Franklin occupying the first floor.

Chas. Cassellius is putting in the concrete foundation for the large new warehouse which the Minnesota Stove company has contracted for.

Frank Boehmer has been busy this week putting in the foundation for John Thole’s new residence in East Shakopee which will be completed as rapidly as possible.

George Dellwo, who recently bought the E. J. Hamilton property at Faribault Springs is remodeling the home and will have a very fine place when all contemplated improvements are made. As soon as the house is ready for occupancy Mr. and Mrs. Dellwo will take possession of their new home.

Reformatory Buildings For Shakopee Assured. Within another twelve months, the Minnesota state reformatory for women, an institution for which the women of Minnesota have been striving for more than twenty years, will be an accomplished fact…

April 27, 1917

As we go to press we learn that the home of Herman Breeggemann at Marystown was destroyed by fire late yesterday afternoon, the building being a complete loss. The contents of the home were saved. The cause of the fire has not been learned at this writing.

J. W. Schmidt has purchased the home on Fourth street formerly owned by him from his mother and will take possession in about two weeks. Mrs. Schmidt is recovering nicely from her recent operation and was able to leave Shakopee hospital Wednesday for the home of Mr. Schmidt’s parents in Eagle Creek.

Every punchboard in the city was ordered out of commission Wednesday and the ban went into immediate effect.

The Schroeder Brick and Lime Manufacturing Co. began making brick this week for the season. All of last year’s product has been sold and the yard will be run to capacity.

On Friday last August Koeper purchased of P. C. Brauch his property in South Shakopee, consisting of his home and one block of land, the consideration being $5500. The Brauch family expect to remain here until fall when they will move to Iowa.

1942: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

April 2, 1942

Miss Jeanne Dennig, who has been attending the Rogers and Benner school of beauty culture, in Minneapolis, completed her course there recently and returned to Shakopee where she accepted a position as a member of the staff in Milady’s Beauty Shoppe. She assumed her duties there the past week.

Gone to Milwaukee. Frank Simones, who for the past few months has successfully operated a shoe repair business here, has accepted a position as leather cutter with the Milwaukee Saddlery company, which holds prime defense contracts. Mr. Simones left here last Friday and began work on his new job the following day. Mrs. Simones will remain in Shakopee for a time until she disposes of the business and other items.

Page & Hill Company Getting Plant Ready. Page & Hill Company arrived in Shakopee today, Thursday, with a force of men who were immediately put to work lowering the Omaha sidetrack to conform with the company’s plans for more conveniently arranged necessary trackage, and considerable additional building in order to give it the required floor space. The building program, the Argus-Tribune is informed, is expected to be gotten under way just as soon as possible.

April 9, 1942

Shakopee High School To Sponsor KSTP Barn Dance Saturday, Apr. 18. On Saturday night, April 18, the famous KSTP Sunset Valley Barn Dance will appear on the stage of the Shakopee high school auditorium for the big two and one-half hour stage show and radio broadcast. Scores of old-time entertainers, singers, yodlers, fiddlers, accordionists, harmonica players, and comedians will take part in this tuneful, colorful, radio show…


Special Attraction To Be Offered at Red Owl Store

In an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today the Red Owl store announces a special attraction to be held in the store Saturday.

The attraction is “Professor Mark Question” who will conduct quiz shows at the store at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.…

April 16, 1942

Child Health Day Set. A national child health day program in which Shakopee will co-operate, has been announced for May 1. On that day, through the cooperation of physicians and school authorities, all children in the public and parochial schools are to be given immunizations and vaccinations, it was disclosed.

Scouts In Contest. Members of the Shakopee Boy Scout troop entered in the competition incident to the Minnetonka district Walle-Ga-Zhu held at the Chaska high school last Friday night. Five troops competed in the various contests. Conflict with the district band contest at LeSueur that night deprived the local troop of several of its main-stays and as a result Shakopee was not represented in all the matches. Failure to compete gave the boys fourth place, although they took a first and second in two of the contests.

Shak-O-Hi News. The school paper drive put on by the Shakopee high school, brought the following results: the seniors brought the largest amount – 1683 pounds; the grades came next with 1271 pounds; the sophomores bringing 958 pounds, and the freshmen, 862 pounds. The juniors brought up the end with 216 pounds.

April 23, 1942

A change in ownership of the Purol service station is announced in an advertisement in this week’s issue of the Argus-Tribune. In a recently-completed business transaction Jerry Hennen sold his interest to Wilmar Radermacher of Jordan. Jerry Hennen, who has operated the station for the past several years, is now employed at the Rahr Malting plant. Mrs. Radermacher is the daughter of Walter Huth of Jordan, a former resident of Shakopee.

Emergency Landing Field May Be Located Near Shakopee. The possibility of a military emergency airfield being established near Shakopee, was hinted this week when it was learned that two navy men were here checking ownership on a tract of farm land southeast of the city…

Shakopee Lawyer Gets Appointment To F.B.I. Francis G. Thompson who had practiced law in Shakopee for the past few years, has been appointed to service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover, it was learned this week…

April 30, 1942

C. C. Eheim has returned to his duties as pharmacist at the Strunk Pharmacy after an absence of several weeks. He was seriously injured in a traffic accident some time ago and has recuperated sufficiently to resume his work here.

Page & Hill Company Renovates Building, Moves in Machines. Although construction on a large addition to the present building has not yet begun the old American Range enamelling plant here, recently conveyed to the Page & Hill Mfg. company of Minneapolis, has been generally renovated…

George A. Philipp Buys Out W. Majerus Interest. The announcement of George A. Philipp to the effect that he has purchased from Walter Majerus his entire interest in the Philipp & Majerus, furniture and funeral business, is an item of news of more or less local interest. They had conducted the business on a co-partnership basis for ten and one-half years…


Boy Scouts Aid Adults in Tree Planting Work

Energetically aided by the Shakopee Boy Scout troop, several adult volunteer crews have engaged in an extensive tree planting project at Recreation park here.

In addition to planting more than 100 trees the men and boys have completed the regular spring clean-up work throughout the park.

The tree planting is a part of the long-range goal of having every native species of tree planted in the park.


Once Popular Garment in Style After 30 Years

After 30 years, a linen duster, owned all those years by a Shakopee man, has again come into its own. The youngsters are now wearing them and when Lee Gelhaye blossoms out in the one he bought when he was a “young feller,” he’ll be right in the swim.

It’s a fact, related by relatives, that Mrs. Gelhaye this week removed the duster from moth balls. It’s fresh and new looking and the material is said to be superior to today’s version of the same garment.

1967: Shakopee Valley News

April 6, 1967

Hearing on Third Car Wash Mon. A public hearing is to be conducted by the Planning Commission of the City of Shakopee at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, April 10, in the Council Chamber, Shakopee Building, to review the conditional use building permit application of John Kopp and Dorothy Halver for installation of a car wash facility on lots two through five, block seven, East Shakopee on Minnesota Street between First and Second…


National “Spotlight” On Shakopee’s Site Assets

Shakopee and its assets as an area for business and industrial expansion is being spotlighted this month as more than 55,000 executives of the nation’s top industries will have this fact called to their attention.

This will happen when these executives read the April issue of “Dun’s Review,” a publication that circulates primarily among presidents and other corporate officers who have major responsibilities for the growth and expansion of their companies.

This promotion of Shakopee is a part of an industrial development program, sponsored by Minnesota Natural Gas Company. Officials of Minnesota Natural Gas Co. have inserted an advertisement in the April issue of “Dun’s Review” as a part of this program…

April 13, 1967

Levee Drive Project Gets Approval Of City Council. Approved at the special meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held last Thursday evening, April 6, was the inclusion of the improvement of four blocks of proposed Levee Drive from Atwood to Sommerville Street, to give further impetus to the instituting of the city’s project of updating the Central Business district….

Now Four Car Wash Facilities In City Limits…Approved at the meeting of the Common Council Tuesday night of this week were car wash facilities at the two locations, one on lots two through five, block seven, East Shakopee on Minnesota Street, between First and Second, and another adjacent to the Kopisca Pure Service, 406 West First….

To Know Hwy. 169 Bridge Location Within 3 Months. That a sounding and cost analysis is to be taken within three months for the new Highway 169 bridge in Shakopee that would skirt the southerly and easterly city limits of Shakopee, eventually extending into Eden Prairie township in the vicinity of Hennepin County Road 4, was the report given by Dick Hullander of the Shakopee Planning Commission to the Common Council at its special meeting held last Thursday evening, April 6…

City Now Seeks Scott County Land For Pool. A communication was read to the adjourned meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee last Thursday evening, April 6, from Minnesota Corrections Commissioner Paul W. Keve, indicating hopes to abandon the 47-year-old Women’s Reformatory at Shakopee and build a new one, which definitely rules out the acquisition of Reformatory farm land for the city’s possible park complex and municipal swimming pool site…


Pupils Tour Bank; ‘Locked Up’ With Dollar Bills

The sixth grade of St. Mark’s Parochial School of Shakopee was guest of the First National Bank of Shakopee Tuesday of last week, April 4…

A $1,000 bill was especially ordered in preparation for the tour and the children were locked in the vault for the novel experience of being confined with thousands of dollar bills. They were also shown antique bills and drafts…

April 20, 1967

Second Phase in the expansion of the St. Francis Hospital of Shakopee, a million dollar project, to include three floors and a basement addition, was under way this week with excavation initiated to the north at the corner of Scott and Fourth. The basement of this newly initiation addition is to be for general storage; the first floor a Convent for the Sisters; the second floor for the operating room, recovery rooms, and an intensive care unit, and the top floor for the delivery room and a new complete pediatrics department…

Computer Expert To Lecture At Junior High. Doug Kenney an expert on computers is to be at the Shakopee Junior High School auditorium, Fifth and Holmes at 2:30 p.m. next Wednesday, April 26, to lecture and demonstrate the wonders of the computer age. His title is “Computers, An Adventure In Time Saving.”…


State Agrees To Land Transfer For Swimming Pool

Mayor Ray Siebenaler announced this week that the State of Minnesota officials have agreed to the transfer of land for the most recent considered site of the proposed municipal swimming pool.

The tract is the present Scott County property south of the Sweeney Elementary School on Adams Street. With the Scott County Board of Commissioners giving up title to this land, it automatically reverts back to the State of Minnesota…


Principal Mears At Sweeney School

Donald Tarr of Crosby Minnesota, a 1955 graduate of St. Cloud State, who received his Master’s degree in Elementary administration from St. Cloud State last year, has accepted a contract of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 to teach fifth grade and serve as building principal of the present Elementary School at Fifth and Holmes.

Principal Virgil S. Mears will have offices in the Edward and Grace Sweeney Elementary School now under construction and to open this coming fall. John Cole will continue as Shakopee Public Junior High School principal, with offices at the present building at Fifth and Holmes.

April 27, 1967

New Location For Drivers License Exams. Effective next Tuesday, May 2, the office of the Driver License examinations is to be located at 115 South Fillmore, the former First United Presbyterian Church basement annex, located four blocks east of the traffic signal at First Avenue (Highway 101) and Holmes Street…

Firms Sponsor Trap League, Need Teams. The Shakopee Sportmen’s Club has formed a Trap league, comprised of 10 teams, sponsored by Shakopee firms, with these teams to compete with each other for trophies to be awarded at the end of the season…

1992: Shakopee Valley News

April 2, 1992

Entrepreneurs offer own version of thousand points of light

One day, about 2 years ago, Doug Calhoon hit on an idea—one he hoped would keep him from hitting joggers and skaters.

Combining his interest in LED (light-emitting diode) technology with the in-line and Rollerblade craze, the Hopkins man designed Skatemates, strap-on blinking LED lights that joggers, skaters and bikers can wear to be seen at night.

Calhoon, president of MTO Design, Inc., along with his partner Paul Ryan of Shakopee, has presented the product to retailers such as Herman’s World of Sporting Goods and K mart, and expects Skatemates to be on the market by late May or early June…


St. Francis advertisement wins award

An advertisement designed to accent St. Francis Regional Medical Center’s advanced life-support ambulance service and its involvement at the U.S. Open golf tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska recently was named an Award of Excellence winner in the print advertising category by the Wisconsin Hospital Public Relations and Marketing Society.

The ad, titled “Pack of Lifesavers,” was designed by Minneapolis ad agency Grant & Palombo and was featured in print and billboard advertising. The ad, released in May 1991, was submitted with several others from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and was judged on the quality of the entry and measurable results of the ad’s effectiveness…

April 9, 1992

Justice Center plans put on shelf by County Board. Plans for the construction of a justice center in Scott County have been put on hold due to financial considerations, according to county commissioners…

Schools feel space crunch. Although Metropolitan Council statistics indicate that Shakopee will not experience the same explosive growth as the communities of Eden Prairie, Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan, annual census and enrollment projections show that the school district is likely to grow by 31 percent over the next 10 years…


Precinct 6, population 0

The city of Shakopee now has six precincts, up from five, but you won’t find any political candidates knocking on doors there any time soon.

The City Council adopted an ordinance March 31 that creates the sixth precinct – even though no one lives there and there are no buildings within its boundary. But the city did so to comply with state law.

Under the new redistricting plan formulated by the Legislature and almost certain to survive a U.S. Supreme Court review, a small section of the city near County Road 18 will be in legislative District 41B, according to City Clerk Judy Cox, with the remainder of the city in District 35B. Under state law, no precinct may lie in more than one legislative district. So the city had to create a Precinct 6 for the affected area…

April 16, 1992

Do you want it? Will you pay? The city of Shakopee will hire a professional firm to survey community residents to determine what they want – and are willing to pay for – in recreation facilities. The survey scope may also be expanded to include questions on city services…

SPUC plans to spend $3 million to expand system. The Shakopee Public Utilities Commission (SPUC) has approved a five-year, capital improvement plan with about $3 million in expenditures, including $2.1 million for an electric substation, which will be built in the southern section of the city to upgrade systems and prevent power outages as the service area continues to grow…

April 23, 1992

Bid-letting for bridge set Friday. Bid-letting on the Highway 169 river bridge project in downtown Shakopee is scheduled for Friday, according to city officials…

April 30, 1992

School Board approves district strategic plan

The Shakopee School Board unanimously approved a strategic plan for the district Monday…

The strategic-planning effort began in winter 1990 and included members of the School Board, citizens, staff and parents of district students. Dr. Nelson Otto, president of a Minneapolis-based consulting firm, assisted in the planning process.

Goals of the group included gathering data from the district and community and using it as a blueprint to plan for the future…

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