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1893: Shakopee Courier

April 6, 1893

Miss Eva Riggs has come to Shakopee to attend school and is boarding with Mrs. Julia Lord.

Mr. and Mrs. Adams are intending to start for California in a few weeks with the intention of making their home there.

Fred Teschmer, who has been living in the Conter House, and working for Bierlein, will build a brick residence on a lot he lately purchased on the First street E. Shakopee, opposite W. A. Cole’s.

April 13, 1893

There will be a dance a week from Friday night given by the moulders. Admission fifty cents.

Mrs. Julia Lord is intending to improve the appearance of her residence by giving it a coat of paint.

The bus lines to the “St. Louis” station are still waiting for the subsiding of the sudden rise of waters whereby the road is passable only with rowboats.

April 20, 1893

D. M. Storer & Son have got moved into the Condon block on First street.

Pete Roth has started a grocery store in the room lately vacated by D. M. Storer.

April 27, 1893

Mrs. Peter Stearn moved into the house lately vacated by Marve Wright, who has moved into his mother’s house.

Mr. Lander has arrived ad moved into his lately purchased store under the opera house, where he will keep hardware. He has also bought out Weiland’s feed store.

1893: Scott County Argus

April 6, 1893

Wm. Kress is fencing two lots on east Second street near the old fair grounds.

Wm. Beggs has the contract to add three rooms to one of Henry Hinds’s small tenements on First street.

The Rev. Mr. Sherman has been appointed by the bishop to take charge of St. Peter’s parish. He will take up his duties here on next Sunday morning.

J. A. Dean sold four wheeled vehicles Monday, including a handsome $175 buggy, and took orders for two more. Besides his sales and blacksmith work he traded horses, talked politics and discussed the weather.

This week Messrs. Bierline have shipped three of the famous Nameless Brick machines and a fifteen horse power engine. The engine and one of the machines went to Jefferson Wis., another machine to Mankato, and one to Alexandria, this state.

E. J. Gellenbeck is making improvements in his hardware store, that, when completed, will add materially to its size, appearance and convenience. By removing a partition between the store and tin shop he will add the twenty-five feet of the building, which has been used as a store room, to the main room, which will make the latter eighty-five feet long. To better light the long room a skylight has been put in the back part of the roof, which, with the windows already on the west side of that part, will make it a well lighted store. The neatness of the internal appearance of the store has been greatly enhanced by throwing out the old green and red pasteboard boxes for the shelf hardware and replacing them with handsome oil finished drawers, ranging in size from more than a foot square to the little screw boxes about two inches square. There are 441 of these drawers and seventy-five more will be put in. Each drawer is provided with a white pull, and a label to show what goods are contained therein.

Frank Tesmer is digging a cellar for a brick house on First street opposite Wm. A. Cole’s.

Jos. Linhoff will commence work on his new brick residence on Lewis street in about ten days. The house will be of modern design, and of good size. The plans were drawn by Aug. F. L. Bornarth.

Wm. Beggs is preparing to make quite extensive improvements to Mr. Groshauser’s dwelling in the third ward. The old part of the house will be torn down and two or three rooms will be added to the newer part.

There are two places in particular where sidewalks are urgently needed. On the north side of Second street to the depot, and on the west side of Holmes street, from Second a block south on the way to the court house. It is a crying shame that they have not been built long before this.

April 13, 1893

A. Greenberg has moved into Mrs. Louisa Pinger’s house on Second street. Mrs. Pinger will make her home with her daughter Mrs. Keifer in Washington.

New planks are being laid on the draw-bridge this week. The old ones are torn up, the new ones laid in their place, and then the old ones relaid upon them, thus protecting the new ones for some time to come.

Patrick Condon’s wind mill succumbed to the force of the wind yesterday after withstanding all kinds of weather for twenty years. The tower was forty feet high and the wheel twelve feet in diameter. It was the first wind mill erected in that section.

Valentine Reis is having a varied experience this spring in carrying the mails to and from the trestle. Yesterday the high wind made it impossible to go by boat so he tried to make the trip by land. He and two runners got Mr. Withey to take them part way, but after swimming one creek they abandoned the rig and took to wading. Mr. Reis carried a heavy mail sack to and from the station and succeeded in getting back at about three o’clock in the afternoon in a rather disturbed state of mind and some very wet clothes.

John Gentgen has had that old landmark barber pole repainted, and it now makes a very creditable sign. Klinkhammer & Gentgen applied the pigment.

Frank Buch advertises his lumberyard in this issue. Instead of having a carload of lumber on the road he will always have several carloads in stock.

Paul & Heroux is the name of a new firm of painters in town. They are skilled workmen in painting and paper hanging, and, while their prices are moderate, they guarantee their work to give satisfaction. See their ad on this page.

April 20, 1893

Aug. Woehling has commenced work on a 12×19 brick addition to his house. He is also building a cistern of a hundred barrels capacity.

L. Christian & Co. shipped their exhibit of flour to the World’s Fair on Monday. The exhibit will consist of a sack of patent and half sack of straight flour in handsome silk sacks of different colors.

Aug. Woehling & Co. broke ground yesterday for Jos. Linhoff’s new brick residence of Lewis street. This company has the contract for the stone and brick work. The contract for the carpenter work had not been let yesterday but will be let within a few days. The house will be built of Chaska cream brick, facing on both Lewis and Fourth streets. The extreme width will be 37 ½ feet and length forty-four feet. There will be four rooms besides a square hall, bath room and pantry on the first floor, and five sleeping rooms and square hall on the second floor. The house will be of a handsome modern style of architecture; the plans for which were drawn by Aug. F. L. Bornarth.

Spier Spencer is having the old kitchen at the rear of his dwelling replaced by a new one.

Mr. G. S. Lander has arrived with his goods from Lakeville, and will soon take charge of the Feed Store business which he has purchased of Mr. Weiland.

Joseph Voelker will retire from the saloon business the first of May and, in company with John Koenig will open a meat market in Mr. Voelker’s building on Lewis street.

Peter J. Roth is filling up the shelves of his store with a choice stock of family groceries and provisions. He is putting in a good line of crockery and glass ware and with the newly painted store has everything as attractive as can be desired. The store will be open for business on Saturday morning. John Clemens will clerk for Mr. Roth and have charge of the delivering of goods and taking orders.

Ring & Hamyer have the contract to materially enlarge and improve Jacob Ries’s bottling works building. The length of the building will remain as at present but the width will be increased to thirty-nine feet and the entire building raised to two stories high. The second floor will be divided into three or four rooms and an elevator will be put in to carry cases up and down. Work will be pushed as rapidly as possible without interfering with the operating of the bottling works.

April 27, 1893

The Driving Park Ass’n. is now struggling in the meshes of a law suit brought to recover $220 rent of land on which the Park is located.

John McMullen is making twelve large galvonized iron refrigorators to be used by the Pork Packing Co. in shipping fresh meat to the Cities.

The new grocery store changes the style of the firm from Peter J. Roth Jr. to Roth Bros.; Mr. Joseph Roth taking a half interest in in the store. Peter J. Roth will continue in active charge of the business.

Mr. G. S. Lander has arrived with several car loads of goods, and he will open a hardware store in his Opera House block as soon as the room can be put in condition. He is conducting the feed store business which he purchased of Mr. Weiland.

Mr. Mat Poetz’s large barn in Marystown was destroyed by the wind storm last Thursday. The barn was worth $400, and is a complete wreck.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

April 5, 1918

Relief Corps Adopts Orphan. At a meeting of the Womens Relief corps, held Tuesday evening the ladies decided to pay for the support of a little French orphan girl. The name of the orphan has not as yet been learned but the ladies do know that she is 14 years old. Members of the corps will communicate with her, thus making it more interesting. The name of the little one adopted by Atty. and Mrs. W. N. Southworth is Marie Joubert. She was born October 29, 1916, and lives in Livet, (Sarthe) France.

The newly organized Jewel orchestra of Shakopee will furnish music for the dance, given by the Band Boys, next Friday evening.

“The Little Pal,” shown at the Gem theatre on Tuesday evening drew large crowds at the matinee and performances in the evening. The show was under the auspices of the St. Rose society and a neat sum was realized which was added to the repair fund of St. Mark’s church.

April 12, 1918

Confectionery Changes Hands. A deal was closed Tuesday of this week by which Miss Anna Stelten disposed of her confectionery, ice cream and lunch business on First street to H. E. Krebs of Rochester. Miss Stelten enjoyed a very good business and no doubt her successor will fare equally well. Mr. Krebs will bring his family to Shakopee this week. They will occupy rooms over the store.

G. J. Reiss will be here on regular Piano tuning trips April 15. Leave orders at Pelham Hotel.

April 19, 1918

City Offers Free Quarters. At the last meeting of the Shakopee city council a motion was carried which authorized the public buildings committee to offer free of charge the firemen’s room in the city hall to the Scott County Farm bureau for the use of the county agent. The committee was further authorized, in case of the offer being accepted, to make such repairs and alternations as may be necessary for the accommodation of the agent. At the farm bureau meeting held at the court house on Monday the offer of the council was gratefully accepted. The rooms will be put into proper condition immediately for the use of County Agent Geiger and his staff.

An auto filling station has been placed in front of the Kopisca garage, on Lewis street.

April 26, 1918

Mill Increases Capacity

For some weeks past a crew of carpenters under Mr. Geiser of Chaska have been busily engaged in putting up additional buildings at the Shane Bros. & Wilson mill. A new warehouse has been completely finished, and now a twenty-foot, three story addition to the present corn mill is nearing completion. The mill company also intends to enlarge the main building by an addition at the west end. Work on this is scheduled to commence immediately upon the completion of the work on the corn mill.

The company has also turned its attention to the improvement of the appearance of the mill yard, which will be systematically laid out. A considerable quantity of ornamental shrubbery and hedge plants have been ordered and will be planted as soon as the weather permits…


Road and Bridge Contracts Let

At the adjourned meeting of the Scott county board of commissioners held at the court house last Saturday, the bids for building the road across the flat north of Shakopee were opened and contracts let. The contract for the road work was awarded to Jas. McKillipp of Faribault, the figure being $24,336. The contract for the construction of the bridge, which is to be built over that part of the flat which is normally inundated at times of high water, was awarded to W. S. Hewitt of Minneapolis, the bid being $11,923. According to the terms of the contracts the work is to be completed by Sept. 15, 1918.

When this construction work is completed the approach to Shakopee from the north will be over a smooth, wide road in agreeable contrast with the trail which has done service for a road since the early days, which with every considerable overflow has been washed out, cutting the city off from its northern communications for weeks at a time.

1918: Scott County Argus

April 5, 1918

The local Red Cross treasury was made richer by $8.50, deposited by Miss Agnes Meyer, teacher of the Jackson school, being net proceeds of an entertainment given by the said school for the benefit of the Red Cross. Owing to bad weather at the time of the entertainment the attendance was not as large as expected. The school is planning, under the leadership of Miss Meyer, to give a basket social in the near future for the benefit of the Red Cross.

The Schroeder Lime and Brick Manufacturing Co. started their lime kiln this week.

April 12, 1918

Harold Spindler, eight years old, has turned in a sweater that he knitted for the Red Cross. Harold and Thomas Dell, nine years old, are the youngest knitters for the local chapter and both are making good progress.

The Auto Lunch Parlor was sold this week by Fred Stelten to H. E. Krebs of Rochester who took possession Tuesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Krebs and their two children will reside in the living rooms above the store.

The Ed McHugh family of Minneapolis have moved into the Frank Buch residence and Mr. McHugh is employed in the Minnesota Stove works.


Baby Falls In Cesspool

George Hendricks, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hendricks, narrowly escaped death Wednesday evening about six o’clock when he fell into a cesspool in the yard at the John O’Donnell home. The pool was covered with loose planks which the baby must have moved. He was discovered about five minutes after his disappearance and was taken out, unconscious, by Edward Leibold and Frank White.

Dr. Buck was called and worked over the boy an hour before consciousness was restored. The little fellow was apparently none the worse for the accident yesterday but it is feared that he may contract sickness as the result of his horrible experience.

April 19, 1918

A. M. Strunk has been appointed merchant representative to help carry on the work of the Food Administration in this locality.

Shane Bros. & Wilson are building a three story addition to their corn mill to meet the increasing demand. The mill is now grinding about 300 barrels a day.

George A. Dellwo’s cheese factory is now in active operation and its production will be increased as spring continues to advance. During the first two weeks’ run, Mr. Dellwo has paid 60 cents per pound for butter fat. This means that milk testing 4 per cent is worth $2.40 a hundred, and in addition, the amount of whey that the farmer gets back is estimated by the experiment station to be worth 35 cents for feeding purposes, making the total $2.75 a hundred. Farmers in the vicinity are not slow to recognize the advantage of marketing milk at the cheese factory and Mr. Dellwo’s business is growing daily.

April 26, 1918

Road Contracts Let. Last Saturday the county board of Scott county entered into contracts for the construction of the trestle road and the two bridges. The contract for the grading of the road was awarded to the lowest bidder, James McKillipp of Faribault, for $24,330.60, and the building of the two bridges to W. S. Hewitt of Minneapolis for $11,923, the work to be started on or about June 1st and completed within three months.

J. H. Moore Appointed on Local Draft Board. A change was made in the personnel of the local board of registration on Wednesday of this week. Brigadier General Rhinow from the state capital was here on that day and appointed Ex-county Auditor John H. Moore as clerk of said board to take the place of Auditor A. J. Mayer.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

April 1, 1943

Poppy Culture Now Banned in Scott County. Poppies, which have grown in Scott county for seed purposes, are now prohibited, it was explained at the weed control meeting, which was held at Jordan last Friday. The new federal act went into effect February 10, 1943. The pods and stems of this poppy plant contain morphine which may readily be extracted in a form adaptable to the gratification of drug addiction. Therefore, crops of opium poppies produced by private growers, would constitute an inforcement hazard by attracting to the locality numbers of drug addicts and peddlers, who are now experiencing great difficulty in the attempt to maintain their meager supply of contraband narcotic drugs…

Mr. and Mrs. Don Dunn and little daughter Donna Mae, left yesterday for St. Louis Park, where they have purchased a home and plan to reside in the future. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have been residents of Shakopee for the past six years and during that time have made many friends here, who regret their departure. Mr. Dunn who, since coming here, was a member of the highway patrol, is now chief guard at the Cargill plant in Savage. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Stordahl have rented the Dunn house and will take immediate possession.


City Election Proposition Would O. K. Rural Power Line Extension

Foreseeing the urgency and value of the possible immediate or post war expansion of Shakopee’s present rural electric distribution system, the City Council last week passed a resolution calling for submission of an “authorizing” proposition to the electorate in the city election next Tuesday, official publications disclose…

According to the resolution and sample ballot published in the Argus-Tribune today, the proposition simply asks the voters if they favor placing the city council in a position to act in the interest of the city if and when the opportunity presents itself.

Although the proposition stipulates a maximum expenditure of $25,000 “for all future extensions,” of rural power lines, it does not necessarily follow, spokesmen said, that the city will spend even half that amount. The resolution and propositions are limiting in that they specifically state “all future extensions.”…

April 8, 1943

M. E. Ferguson Is New Manager, Thomas Store. Verne Wicklander who, for some time was in charge of the C. Thomas Store of this city and resigned his managerial job to take a position with the Cargill, Inc. shipbuilding plant at Savage, effective April 1, has been succeeded by Merle E. Ferguson as the store’s new manager…

Lumber Yard Here Sold. The sale of the Interior Lumber company yard here to the Gipson Lumber company, of St. Paul, was disclosed this week by J. W. Huber, for the past few years manager of the Interior yard here. Mr. Huber will continue to manage the yard for the new owner, he said.

Bowling Tournament Proceeds To Go To Red Cross War Fund. In a concerted effort to help make up the $500 shortage in the county Red Cross War Fund quota, a group of Shakopee bowlers has organized a committee to stage a county bowling tournament on the St. Paul House alleys here, April 15 and 16, it was announced this week…


Minnesota River Hits Highest Points in Years

Out of it’s bank in many places the Minnesota river, encouraged by high-flowing creeks and tributaries, has flooded much of the lowlands that lie along its banks in the Shakopee area.

The football field in Shakopee’s new Recreation Park on the south bank of the stream, is inundated, and the flood waters have spread over a vast area of farm lands on the north and south sides above and below the city…

Flood stage ware reported reached Tuesday, on the Mississippi at Minneapolis and St. Paul, and that rise was expected to affect the Minnesota which empties into the larger stream at Mendota. “The highest in 30 years,” is the regular comment heard these days.


Shakopee Unit Formed to Stimulate More Interest in Victory Garden

As may be noted elsewhere in this issue of the Argus-Tribune at the suggestion and urgent request of the Extension Division of the Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, under the auspices of the Scott County Farm Bureau, a committee was named at Jordan last Friday evening to foster the Victory Garden idea throughout Scott county this season.

To further the idea and get such a movement under way, temporary chairmen were named for the various towns in the county, as you will note form the story, cited in the foregoing paragraph. Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Schumacher were named for Shakopee. Accordingly Mrs. Schumacher called a meeting which was held at the court house Monday evening, and at which a Victory Garden committee, including Mrs. R. T. Schumacher as chairman, Mrs. Donald Ries as secretary, Supt. J. A. Metcalf as the representative of the schools, Wm. F. Marschall, International Harvester Co.; Florian Dircks, city recorder; A. A. Mertz, county auditor; Mrs. H. C. Schroeder, Shakopee Victory Aide; Miss Mary Whitlock, civilian defense nutrition; R. T. Schumacher, county welfare board; Geo. Philipp, vice-president Civic and Commerce association, and W. F. Duffy, representing the press, was set up…


County War Bond Committee Set To Open Drive To Raise $350,000 in April Campaign

Se to do its part in the national drive to raise 13 billion dollars by the sale of government war bonds, Scott county township and precinct chairmen will hold their final meetings this week, Dallas F. Capesius, county chairman, announced…

Faced with the responsibility of raising $350,000 in Scott county, the bond sales committee is confident that every resident of the county realizes that the loan of their money to the “finest investment in the world” is but a small service when compared to the suffering, sacrifices and unstinted giving of the men and women in service, in the camps and battle-fronts of the world…

April 15, 1943

Second Drive for Cast-off Hosiery. The women of Shakopee and vicinity are again asked to contribute their cast-off silk and Nylon hosiery, to the war effort, as many more pairs are needed…

Closes Business Here. Temporarily closing their ice cream and soda fountain business here, the C. J. Kohler family have moved to their farm near New Brighton. The change was made late last week. Their many friends in Shakopee regretted their leaving and sincerely hope they will soon return.


Fire Hits Stock Barn Near Here

Believed to have been caused by the friction of binding twine in a corn shredder, fire destroyed the barn on the Ray Huber farm east of here, early last Thursday evening…

“I just can’t keep a barn on that place,” Huber said. In 1925 he built a new barn on the farm, and in 1940 it was demolished in a severe windstorm that swept that area. Another new barn was completed last year and it was that one which was hit last week…

April 22, 1943

Pin Meet Nets Red Cross $323. Exceeding the fondest hopes of the men and women who conceived the idea, the Red Cross benefit bowling tournament held on the St. Paul House alleys last Thursday and Friday evenings, was an outstanding success. The Red Cross war fund in Scott county was enriched by $323.45 as a result of the tournament, Judge F. J. Connolly war fund chairman, disclosed…


Air Raid Wardens To Meet at High School

In preparation for the area-wide blackout scheduled for May 7, all Shakopee air-raid wardens are to meet in the high school here at 8 p.m. May 5, Paul Ries, chief warden, announced this week.

New directives has been issued by civilian defense and military authorities, Ries said, and it is imperative that every warden be properly informed…

April 29, 1943

Telephone Company Has Unique Machine for Recording Voice

If you’d like to hear yourself as others hear you, and if you can stand knowing the truth, then you’ll want to accept the invitation of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company and step into that office  here, this week.

For the remainder of the week the company’s Mirrorphone will be available to Shakopee residents. It is nothing to fear, but simply a unique and scientific voice-recording device that records what you say and how you say it, and then plays it right back at you so that you can detect the flaws in your speech…


New Air Raid Warning Signals To Be Employed in Statewide Blackout

Residents of the state are being advised of the revised air-raid warning signal system which will be generally used for the first time tin the statewide blackout ordered for some time between 9 and 11 p.m., May 7.

Formerly, the “alert” signal was a prolonged series of intermittent siren blasts, calling for a complete blackout; the “all clear” was a steady siren blast. The new warning method, uniform throughout the nation, employs, three siren signals sounded in sequence; and the “all clear,” indicating that all lights may be relighted and the danger of air-raid has passed, will now be given by the lighting of city street lights.

Under the new system, a pictograph of which is published in the Argus-Tribune today, the preliminary signal, indicating the approach of enemy planes and the danger of an impeding air-raid, is known as the “blue signal.” This warning is to be a steady two-minute blast of sirens. When it is sounded pedestrians may continue to their destinations, vehicles must dim their lights but may continue, transportation continues, but all houses and buildings (except war industries), must blackout immediately.

In the event of an actual air-raid, another signal known as the “red signal,” short blasts of the sirens, will be sounded. This signal demands that pedestrians immediately take cover, traffic stop and all traffic lights go out, buses and other transport vehicles must stop with lights out and all passengers take cover, houses and buildings remained blacked out and all industrial plants, including war industries, must black out.

When the raiders have left, another “blue signal” will be sounded implying that pedestrians may resume, vehicular traffic may resume with dimmed lights, buses and transportation may resume with dim lights, war industries may resume work, but all houses, buildings and civilian industries must wait for the “all clear” which will be the lighting of street lights.


Notice!

The Fire Wardens in the City of Shakopee will make a survey of all the basements and cellars in the near future, for old paper boxes, rags, oils and paper. Have these places clean so that the Wardens can give a good report. This is an order of the State Fire Marshall.

SHAKOPEE FIRE DEPT.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

April 4, 1968

A boost to the project of the Scott County Historical Society of restoring the old grist mill in Memorial Park just off Highway 101 at the east edge of the city was in evidence as Dr. W. Adair Muralt of Shakopee, pres. elect of the Shakopee Rotary Club, presented a $200 check to Ron Weiler of Shakopee, president of the Scott County Historical Society…

Population explosion a good start on the way to a dairy herd itself, was the oddity that occurred at the farm, one mile south of Shakopee on Scott County Road No. 77 in Jackson township, operated by Gerald Weckman and Jim Realander. The “big event” was the birth of triplet Holstein calves, a first for this farm and possibly one of the few in this area, on Monday of last week, March 25. Included in the trio are two females and a male…

Grand Opening of LaTour’s new Western Shop will be tomorrow (Friday) and this Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the firm, located at the southeast corner of Holmes and First. The new shop has been added following extensive remodeling of this firm’s location, the former M. J. Berens & Sons department store. The new Western Shop features a complete line of Western apparel for both men and women, as well as children, and includes an attractive Tack shop. Free prizes are to be a feature of the two-day gala Grand Opening event, along with the serving of free coffee and doughnuts and orange drink…


New Manager Of Sears Shakopee Mail Order

Dick Snyder of Richfield, who has been associated with Sears, Roebuck and Company for the past tix years, assumed the managership of the Shakopee Sears Mail Order Store in Shakopee, Monday of this week, April 1, company officials announced.

Snyder replaces Mrs. Leona Bulkley of Prior Lake, who has retired…


DECA Students To Take Over Store As ‘Merchants For Day’

Students active in the Distributive Education Classes at Shakopee High School will have an opportunity to test the knowledge and skills learned in classroom work this Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, as they become “Merchants for a Day”, at Case’s Skogmo Department Store in Shakopee.

The students, all juniors, will take over all departments of Case’s store, under the supervision of regular employees, in order to gain first hand sophisticated adult customer contact not available through classroom instruction or from the limited range of customers who patronize the DECA Store located at Shakopee High School…


Stagecoach Opens For 16th year; Expansion Plans Now Under Way

The Stagecoach on Highway 101 will open for the season last Friday, March 29, with Ozzie and Marie Klavestad welcoming guests for the 16th consecutive year…

The Klavestads are hopeful that additional dining facilities and an old time saloon will be completed during the current season…

April 11, 1968

Plan Youth Hosteling Club For Shakopee. The Shakopee Recreation Board is in the process of making arrangements for the organization of a Hosteling group in Shakopee for the benefit of interested young people…

Grand Opening at the newly remodeled Maus’ Super Valu grocery store, 441 West First, opened Tuesday of this week, April 9, and will continue through Saturday, April 20. In announcing the Grand Opening dates, Dave and Ken Maus, who have operated the store since May of 1966, stated “We believe the people of Shakopee deserve the finest facilities possible, and this is what we have tried to bring them.” Making an appearance for this gala event at 6:30 p.m. on next Thursday, April 18, will be “Clancy, the Cop.”

April 18, 1968

City Swimming Pool Proceeds; Delay As Bids Over Estimate. That the Municipal Swimming pool is to become a reality yet this season, although perhaps delayed some 30 days, despite the bids received on Tuesday of last week, April 9, coming in to be in excess of $76,500 over available city funds for this project, was the heartening announcement this week…

$150,000 Improvement For Shakopee Phone Service. Western Electric Company technicians are installing additional long distance equipment and local dial switching equipment in the Shakopee telephone building, W. R. Mahady, Shakopee Northwestern Bell Telephone Company manager, announced this week…


Forming Police Auxiliary

The Shakopee police department, in accordance with action taken by the Common Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening of last week, is presently recruiting members for a police Auxiliary group.

This unit is being formed to aid the local department, as well as the fire department and Common Council, in a variety of police duties under both normal and emergency conditions…


Scott Historical Society Gets $12,000 Wilkie Brothers Foundation Grant

The project of restoration of the Pond Grist mill and adjoining area in the City of Shakopee’s Memorial Park, just north of Highway 101, at the east edge of the city, was given further impetus this week when R. M. Weiler, president of the Scott County Historical Society, revealed that the society has received a check in the amount of $12,000, from the Wilkie Brothers Foundation.

President Weiler explained that his grant was offered for the following purposes:

To provide funds for the payment of services and expenses of Mrs. Margaret MacFarlane, presently a member of the Shakopee High School faculty, to co-ordinate an investigative study on the preservation of the Pond Mill site and adjoining area.

To develop a plan of action for the restoration of this site…


Twins Baseball Clinic Tomorrow At Riverside

Minnesota Twins scouts will give boys in Shakopee and the surrounding area tips on how to play better baseball at a free baseball clinic. The clinic is scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow, (Friday), April 19, at Riverside Park…

Directing the clinic, open to boys ages nine to 18, will be Angelo Giuliani, a scout for the Minnesota Twins and a former major league catcher. He will be assisted by Twins scouts John Mauer and Bill Kane…

April 25, 1968

Buys Taxi Firm. The Shakopee Taxi Company was purchased by Michael Odenwald of 629 East Third, effective last Saturday, April 20, according to Odenwald. The Company was formerly owned and operated by A. J. (Joe) Crimmins, 1226 West Sixth…


Tour Post Office

The fifth grade class of St. Mark’s Parochial School toured the Shakopee Post Office on Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18.

The children had the opportunity to see the new 1968 Hemisphere stamp, a tying machine and a canceling machine.

Accompanying the group were fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Nachbor and Mrs. Klehr and volunteer mothers, Mrs. Robert Mahoney and Mrs. Lester Menden.

1993: Shakopee Valley News

April 1, 1993

SHS’s Anderson decides it’s time to step aside. For the first time since Gerald Ford was president of the United States, Shakopee High School will be looking for a head varsity boys’ basketball coach. The position is open with the retirement of John Anderson, who announced to his team his resignation the day after the season-ending loss to Worthington in the semifinal round of the Section 2AA playoffs…


Scouts scramble to save barn

Although they’ve been the best of neighbors for the past 28 years, Shakopee Boy Scout Troop 218 could be evicted from its clubhouse by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) at the end of this month.

The former dairy barn — located on state property on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Adams Street — could be dismantled or burned to the ground to make way for the DOC’s $11 million expansion of the state correctional facility for women in Shakopee.

Since learning of the DOC’s decision, Boy Scout leaders and community members have tried to persuade corrections officials to allow the building to remain. Last week, Rep. Becky Kelso, DFL-Shakopee, and Sen. Terry Johnston, IR-Prior Lake, became involved in the matter…


Regional radio plan gets cool reception from area officials

Staff from the Metropolitan Council received a cool reception at a meeting in Shakopee March 25 to discuss a controversial proposal to spend more than $100 million — some estimates go as high as $200 million — on a regional two-way radio system that would be shared by local, regional and state government agencies.

Supporters of the 800 MHz radio system say it is needed because about half the governmental units in the seven-county metropolitan area complain that their emergency radio communication systems are outdated and inadequate. Met Council staff said a task force appointed to study the problem has heard from more than 130 agencies, which say they want to resolve radio communication problems.

But apparently Scott County officials were not among them…

Local public safety officials say the current radio system has few problems. And they adamantly believe that the problems that do exist do not require a multimillion-dollar fix…


Murphy’s wagon heading to Missouri

Murphy’s Landing Director Gerry Barker, volunteers and ponies “Duty” and “D.J.,” have been invited to participate in opening ceremonies of the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, Mo. on April 3.

The group will bring with them a German farm wagon that carried homesteader families across the prairie in the 1860s…

Weighing about 1,000 pounds, the wagon usually carried a family of about six. It also held one year’s supply of food, two years’ worth of seed, salt pork, and 100 pounds of flour, cornmeal and dried beans. The wagon is 8 feet long and 39 inches wide, Barker said.

The privately-owned Pony Express Museum invited Murphy’s Landing to participate because of its involvement and expertise in 19th century America…

Dusty, D.J. and the wagon will not be required to hoof it. They will be trucked down for the ceremonies.

April 8, 1993

Bond referendum planned on arena, fire station. The Shakopee City Council Tuesday night voted to direct staff to prepare documents for a multimillion-dollar bond referendum, that if approved by voters would fund a new ice arena just south of Shakopee High School, a second fire station, three fire trucks and a $6 million community center. The referendum could go before voters as early as June…

30 years of service.The Shakopee Jaycees organization will celebrate its 30th anniversary on April 29…

April 15, 1993

Indian logo dropped on 4-2 School Board vote. On a 4-2 vote Monday, the Shakopee School Board decided to discontinue the district’s use of the word “Indians” for sports teams and have a new mascot in place for the 1993-94 school year…


Scout barn saved

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) has worked out a plan that would allow Shakopee Boy Scout Troop 218 to continue to use the old dairy barn for a meeting place as it has for 28 years. The barn is located near the site of the state correctional facility for women, which will be expanded this year…

DOC officials said the barn needed to be removed to accommodate a sewage drainage and a run-off system for the prison’s new wing. Boy Scout supporters scrambled to find an alternative to tearing down the clubhouse. Now, design engineers have come up with a plan to build the drainage ditch on the other side of the barn, said Dennis Roske, a Scout leader, who met with prison officials Monday…

The barn is considered historic by those who have devoted years to the clubhouse. During their years at the barn, the troop has spent more than $14,000 for upkeep and maintenance with money earned through fund raisers.

The rooms and the barn’s loft are filled with natural history and Native American artifacts, as well as large collections of Boy Scout memorabilia.

News of the barn’s demise prompted much support for the Scouts, Roske said. “I must have talked to 200 people that called me and supported the troop.”


Board given design suggestion for schools

Schematics and preliminary plans for additions and remodeling at Pearson and Sweeney elementary schools and the high school were presented to the Shakopee School Board Monday…

Kevin Sullivan of Wold & Associates, the St. Paul architectural firm chosen for the design of the projects, brought the plans before the board…

These projects are part of the $10.6 million school bond issue that was passed in February.

The additional science lab at the high school is expected to cost $160,000 and would be adjacent to the two existing labs…

Expansion and remodeling at Pearson Elementary is expected to cost $3.8 million, including 41,193 square feet in new construction with 12 additional classrooms. Expansions will also be made in the area of the media and computer centers, and art, science and physical education areas…

Expansion and remodeling at Sweeney Elementary was estimated to cost $4.345 million, but preliminary design figures indicated $4.375 million.

This is partly because Sweeney’s current design is more complex to work around, according to Sullivan. New construction would include an additional 43,250 square feet, which would include 12 new classrooms, special areas specifically for early-childhood family education and special education, and the removal of temporary classrooms.

Also presented were drawings for additions to the first floor as well as a second story, which would include the 12 new classrooms and a new gym…

April 22, 1993

Classroom ups and downs

They may have been wearing white and blue-colored outfits instead of pin-striped suit, and carrying backpacks instead of briefcases.

But just like their Wall Street counterparts, the students in Colleen Goldman’s classroom Friday at SACS (Shakopee Area Catholic Schools) Middle School were eagerly scanning the stock market reports in the business section of the Star Tribune.

Nine teams of students at the school are playing the Minnesota Stock Market Game, a teaching tool that helps students understand the country’s economic system while using their math, social studies and reading skills, Norwest Bank is sponsoring the game at SACS…

April 29, 1993

$6.85 million bond referendum proposed. Shakopee voters may be asked to approve a $6.85 million bond issue in a June 22 referendum, which would pay for a community center, detached ice arena and fire hall…


Dancers to invade Shakopee

Tap shoes and tutus will be a routine sight in Shakopee this weekend — make that, dance routine.

Sheri’s Dance Center Statewide Competition will be held Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, with performances in the auditorium and gym of the high school and the gym at Central Elementary School…


Board approves students’ criteria for school logo

Criteria for the selection of a new school logo were approved by the Shakopee School Board Monday.

On April 12, the board voted to change the district logo from an Indian head. School athletic teams will no longer be known as the Indians.

The high school Student Governing Board then appointed a committee, composed of seven students, to develop criteria for the new logo.

Committee members Jen Barber, Sarah Anderson and Trent Baer appeared before the board Monday to present the criteria list for choosing the new logo:

  • It should not represent a person or a group of people, or a religious affiliation.
  • It should not be easily converted to a disrespectful name.
  • It will allow for the creation of a mascot.
  • It should not be depicted as something that promotes violence.
  • It should be adaptable for all activities.

The committee also indicated that the high school colors should remain red and white…


It’s a first: SHS girls’ golf team competes

The fact that the standings indicated that Shakopee High School’s girls’ golf team finished last in Monday’s meet at Lone Pine Golf Course meant absolutely nothing to Indians coach Jim Kohout.

All Kohout cared about was the fact that his SHS girls competed. He was not concerned with the individuals’ scores, nor was he troubled that they may have areas of their respective games which need attention. Instead, Kohout was proud of his athletes simply for the way they conducted themselves in the first meet of the season. All but one of Shakopee’s players have no competitive golf experience. And even Emily Jenkins, Shakopee’s lone competing returnee from last year’s two-person team, was not used to being a part of a complete squad representing SHS…

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