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1892 Shakopee Courier

Aug. 4, 1892

The steamboat excursion on Sunday was delayed returning home on account of barge getting loose and lodging in the fringing bushes.

That was a big rush of water last week that carried the bridge at the trestle creek away, but our ‘bus men soon managed to get around the difficulty by crossing the creek by a new road.

Aug. 11, 1892

Mr. George Johnson has moved into the Berens house lately occupied by Dr. Dunn and family.

Pig pens are numerous in Shakopee we should judge so any way from the horrible stench one encounters in driving through the city. Health officers look this up.

If the overseer of our streets would see to having some of the ill smelling weeds cut down on some of our main streets, it would add considerably to the looks of our city.

Major Strait has lately had a wind mill erected on his place in Shakopee.

Shakopee Mill has had to put on four teams lately, owing to increase of business.

Mrs. Henschel is intending to move her millinery business into the Condon building in the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Weiland as a feed store.

Mr. Ries has made arrangements with the same firm who built Dr. Smith’s furnace, to have one built in his home before cold weather.

Aug. 18, 1892

Mr. Losaucker has moved with his family to St. Paul, and Paul Fischer has moved into his house.

E. J. Hamilton and family moved to Shakopee from Chaska last Saturday, and are now living in the Parker house west of town.

That must be a very substantial building of Hirscher & Sons, as it is very handsome and capacious, because as Mr. August Logenfiel says he ran into it headfirst the other day, while walking home unattended and didn’t phase it.

Aug. 25, 1892

Police officer Owens has commenced a suit against the Omaha Ry. Co. for $1990 for being assaulted by a brakeman while riding on a freight train.

Mayor Weiland, Arnold Graffenstadt, Alderman Schmitz and Arny Strunk, tried Cedar Lakes for a day’s duck hunt, on the grounds, and got over 50 among them.

1892: Scott County Argus

Aug. 4, 1892

The new sales building for F. X. Hirscher is now prinking and putting on a few finishing touches to be ready for its debut into the business whirl of the city some time next week. The store is a model of convenience and neatness and gives a very wholesome air of solidity to that part of the town.

The excursion given by the Bierline Band last Sunday was made up of about 250 pleasure seekers. The weather was perfect and everyone went in for a good time which was consequently forthcoming. The boat started from Chaska although but few came from that point. It arrived here at about ten o’clock and got under way with the large crowd from this place a half hour later. They arrived at Minnehaha Falls at three o’clock and then the lunch baskets came into play. After a two hours stop at the Falls the return trip began. At the Bloomington bridge the barge broke loose and a delay of an hour resulted, although the dancers lost no time. This slight accident was the only drawback during the whole days outing. At eleven o’clock the boat landed at this point with its tired passengers and then continued on its way to Chaska arriving there an hour later. All who made the trip report a most enjoyable time and better still the band boys congratulate themselves on having quite a few extra dollars on the credit side of their account as the result of the venture.

On Monday last the Conter House was once more closed, Mr. Winter who has managed the hotel for the past year moving to his former home in St. Paul. We understand that it is soon to be opened under the management of a gentleman from Le Seuer who is now negotiating for the place.

Aug. 11, 1892

Dr. H. O. Smith moved into his new residence the first of the week.

A neat gravel walk now graces the east side of lower Lewis street. It was a much needed improvement.

R. J. Chewning has made a telling improvement on his premises in the shape of a woven wire fence which possesses the usual “useful as well as ornamental” qualities.

Aug. 18, 1892

John Gentgen this week added a neat case of cigars to his place of business.

Otto Dierberger has added a new three seated canopy top platform wagon to his livery.

F. X. Hirscher last week added a car load of elegant furniture to his stock and now has it handsomely displayed in his new store.

A Junior Star Kegle Club was recently organized with some sixteen young men as members. Their first contest took place at Nieters’ bowling alley last night.

Mr. Adam Peffer moved into Wm. Heideneich’s new building yesterday. Mr. Peffer comes from St. Paul to take charge of the harness shop recently vacated by Peter Daufelt.

The wire for the telephone line was shipped fifteen days ago from New Jersey but, as yet, has not arrived. The poles are all set and the work will be completed in two or three days after the wire arrives.

Aug. 25, 1892

The Occidental Hotel parlor is now resplendant in a new upholstered parlor set of six pieces put in by F. X. Hirscher.

A man wearing a cork leg and a banjo gave a free entertainment on First street Monday evening. His songs and sallies were swell received by a large and patient audience and from them a neat little sum was extracted by means of that lucrative employment known as “passing the hat around.”

A. Scherkenbach & Bros. received a beautifully carved monument direct from Italy yesterday. The freight alone amounted to sixty-four dollars, and the stone is certainly a valuable one of itself. On each of the four sides is a finely carved bunch of roses all of which are marvels of handiwork. It is to be set up in a country cemetery some twenty miles out from town.

F. X. Hirscher has added two neat awnings to his now complete furniture store.

1917: Shakopee Tribune

Aug. 3, 1917

The Compton-Plumb tent show are showing here this week and are drawing large crowds each evening.

Several auto loads of our young people were in attendance at the Ford raffle and dance at Chaska, last Friday evening.

A new awning was placed on the front of the Ploumen bakery on Monday.

Aug. 10, 1917

The old warehouse at the mill has been torn down and a new one is being erected, Ray Barney Superintending the work. New mill rolls are being installed and the new elevator machinery is being put in place preparatory to opening the new elevator in a short time.

The Red Cross Chapter will meet at the city hall this week to arrange work and see about soliciting membership in the rural districts.


Scott Co. Fair at Shakopee, New Horse Barn Nearly Finished—Interest Keen

Never before has interest in the autumn agricultural fair at Shakopee been quite so keen as this year. Hundreds of premium books are in the hands of interested exhibitors, and applications for reservations and display space are far more numerous than ever before. It appears now, with the big annual event and agricultural and live stock show of Scott County at Shakopee about three weeks away, that every available foot of display space will be taken when the gates on the first day of the fair will be thrown open to an interested public. One small locality in Scott County has already made arrangements to ship a car-load of exhibits mostly live stock, and reservations have been booked. Those people really and truly appreciate the importance and the great value of a show of this character as a real, live source and medium through which and by which their products are advertised.

The large new horse barn will be finished in a few days more and it will then be ready for the painter and decorator’s brush. The stock department of the fair this year promises to be by far the best ever seen in Shakopee. It would be well to make reservations as early as possible. Of course, the association will do its utmost to take care of all who come, but the first who come are assured of the best accommodations. Do not delay too long. Call up the president, Dr. H. P. Fischer or Wm. Ries the secretary, and they will cheerfully mail you application blanks for making reservations. Do it now, today. Prepare your exhibits and arrange to attend…

Aug. 17, 1917

The Dave Hewitt home near the Minnesota stove foundry was entered by robbers last Friday afternoon while the family was away and looted. The robbers entered by way of the back door and upset the whole house in search of money. The loot taken was a revolver, gold watch, diamond ring, two razors, eatables and a small amount of money. No trace of the miscreants could be found.

The T. J. Duffy family of Eagle Creek are enjoying the comforts of a new Cadillac Eight automobile.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Brauch moved their household furniture to Faribault this week, where they will reside permanently. The home they vacated has been purchased by August Koeper, who will occupy it in the near future.

Aug. 24, 1917

Mrs. Frank Dellwo resigned her position as pianist at the Gem theater, to take effect September 2. Miss Helen Huth has been engaged to succeed Mrs. Dellwo.

A picnic was held at the Faribault Springs on last Friday afternoon in honor of Misses Martha Sawatsky and Sophia Chervenney of Hopkins. Those in the party were Mrs. George Kleeman, Mrs. Ray Ames, Mrs. Neal Churchill, Misses Lucy Tuttle, Grace Griffith, Maud Dean, Clara Kirkeby, Mary Evans, Eva Turner, Myrtle and Bertha Hurr.

For Sale:—6 lots and building. Inquire of Henry Sand.

Messrs. Schesso and Anderson of Jordan have gone into the auto repairing business here and are occupying the building on First street, recently vacated by Durose and Schmidt.

Aug. 31, 1917

The lower floor of my house for rent, furnished. Mrs. M. H. Fitzpatrick.

The Donald Childs family are moving into the Buchanan house on Fourth street his week.

The Lee Schaefer family moved into the Selbig house, east of St. John’s Lutheran church, this week.

Shakopee was well represented at the picnic at Marystown last Sunday. The proceeds will go toward the building fund.


Shakopee Will Have Humane Society

Shakopee is to be included in new organization plans of the State Humane Society, and Welcome W. Bradley, secretary and executive officer of the Minnesota society for the Prevention of Cruelty, has asked the Tribune to announce that he plans soon to arrange the work in this county. Interested people in this locality are requested to forward their names, together with those of a man and a woman who may give special assistance in the work, to the state headquarters at 202 Wilder Building, St. Paul.

Voted a fund of $9,000 by the last legislature, the state society purposes to effect a business-like system in this and other cities and towns throughout the state to prevent cruelty to children and animals. It will be an extension of this work which in the past has been limited largely to a few big cities, Mr. Bradley explains. The new plan has the best features of those of other states and will go far toward eliminating suffering among helpless children and young animals…

1917: Scott County Argus

Aug. 3, 1917

Trestle Road Soon To Be Built. The Argus is informed that the river bridge is soon to be planked and that the trestle road will be constructed in the near future. Last Monday a committee of the council, including Aldermen A. M. Strunk, J. E. Dean, and C. J. Hartmann, accompanied by Mayor J. J. Lenertz, City Atty. W. N. Southworth and ex-mayor Jos. J. Moriarty, went to Minneapolis where the county board of Hennepin county was waited upon. As a result of the meeting we are informed that a working agreement was reached and entered into…

Ries Bottling Works, Inc., are building a large garage on the site of the one destroyed by fire. John T. Kreuser is the contractor.

Michael Hergott has purchased the former Quigley place, a house and lot on Fourth street, from Jud Holman, the price being $875. H. Boehmer is repairing the dwelling and Mr. Hergott expects to move in this fall.


Campaign For Red Cross Starts

At a meeting of the local Red Cross chapter Tuesday afternoon at Chairman J. A. Coller’s offices, committees of young ladies were appointed to thoroly canvass the city and rural districts and solicit memberships for the organization.

The canvass was begun actively Wednesday and is still in progress as we go to press, and it is hoped that the response will be generous and every person will give as liberally as possible to this noble cause.

The membership fee is one dollar, half of which remains in the treasury of the local chapter for immediate needs in the Red Cross work, and the other half goes to the national Red Cross. Every county chapter and its auxiliaries work under the direction of the Department of Minnesota…

Aug. 10, 1917

John Smith of Eagle Creek has sold his farm of 120 acres to George Stark for $100 an acre. Mr. Smith expects to move to Shakopee this fall.

Jacob Zettel sold his house and lot on Holmes street to Mrs. Chas. Timmermann, the price being $900. The latter will move into her new home after this month.

The Tigers, our well-known base ball team, defeated the Bilbow Cubs Sunday in a 12 inning game by a score of 4 to 3. On account of lack of space we are unable to give a write-up of the game.

Jos. Fischer has the contract for building a 200 ton cement block silo for E. V. Green on the old Barnard farm; also for a 128 ton cement block silo for Paul Vogel on the farm which he recently purchased from Chris Gessler.

An important business change of the week was the purchase by Miss Mamie Strunk of Miss Kate Yost’s millinery store, the new proprietor assuming possession. Miss Yost had one of the best established stores in the city and Miss Strunk, being well known to her customers in Shakopee and vicinity, takes up the business with every prospect of the success which has attended her predecessor. Her trimmer for the fall season will arrive in a few weeks.

Charles Dorn, residing north of town, has purchased of Mrs. James McHale her residence property on First street adjoining John McMullen’s residence property. The consideration was $2500. The place has been rented to Shmuel Kahn and the family moved in Tuesday.


Building activities have been given a strong impetus during the summer by the increase in business and prosperity of a number of our leading manufacturing firms. Improved conditions have demanded greater facilities for handling the output of the manufactories and among improvements now in process of construction or just recently completed we note the following in looking about town: Hirscher Bros. cement block addition in the rear of their furniture factory, for which Joseph Fischer held the contract; a large new addition to the fire-proof warehouse just completed by the Jacob Ries’ Bottling Works, Inc.; and a new flour warehouse under construction by the milling company, Shane Bros. & Wilson. The latter are also installing new machinery and increasing the capacity of the mill. A new elevator, of 50,000 bu. capacity, was completed last month and the mill is one of the busiest institutions in the city.

The Minnesota Stove Co.’s enameling plant is now in operation and as that department of the foundry is developed, will give employment to about twenty-five new employees.

All this is indicative of the steady growth of Shakopee, the “City of Progress” and the future holds fair promise of continued greater development of its numerous manufactories and resources.

Aug. 17, 1917

V. A. Kirkeby Gets Patent. It is not generally known hereabouts that Shakopee has an inventive genius but a perusal of the list of northwest patents granted last week discloses the name of Victor A. Kirkeby, Henry Mergens’ efficient foreman. The patent was granted on a combined matchbox and igniter, but with characteristic modesty the inventor declines to exhibit his model or discuss the disposition he will make of the invention upon which the patent rights were obtained, and consequently a description of the article cannot be given in detail. It is said however that the act of opening the box automatically ignites a match, and a windshield is provided to protect the flame. The article is expected to prove a great convenience for smokers and its future development will be watched with interest by Victor’s friends who are interested in his success.

Planking Of Bridge Finished. Planking of the bridge was completed Friday night and the improvement is of inestimable value to the city, as the bridge in its former condition was a real danger to the traveling public. Another gratifying feature in connection with the work was the hearty spirit of cooperation manifested by the volunteer laborers who have saved the city a big bill of expense, the actual cash expenditure for labor on the job totaling $10.35. The men who did their bit in accomplishing the work so speedily and well have earned the thanks of all who may benefit by their public spiritedness and have gained the satisfaction of a consciousness of having contributed to the betterment and uplifting of their home city.

John Smith, who recently sold his farm in Eagle Creek, this week bought of John Frawley his house and five lots on East Third street, the price being $3450. Mr. Smith will not take possession until October.

Aug. 24, 1917

Judge Weiland had the misfortune to get his foot under the wheel of his Packard car as the latter started and is confined to his home for a few days altho able to move about on crutches. Fortunately no bones were broken tho the wheel passed directly over the instep and bruised his foot badly.

About 200 retail lumber dealers of Minneapolis picnicked at Riverside Park Saturday and enjoyed the beauties of our picturesque and popular resort thruout the day. The Cadet band furnished music for the visitors and a couple of ball games were played by picked teams from the latter. The picnic was a quiet affair but the lumbermen had a good time and carried away a pleasant impression of Shakopee.

Suel Bros. who purchased the Shakopee Tribune, last week bought out the Mertz printery of this city.

Excavation has been started on the lots east of Mrs. Rottgart’s residence in East Shakopee for the erection of a new home by John Brum who will move into town to live.

Aug. 31, 1917

Otto Haferman of Dundas has rented the John O’Dowd farm in Eagle Creek which Jacob VanHael has been operating. The latter will move to the Theodore Veiht farm.

Passenger train No. 3 frightened Peter Pink’s team Wednesday morning which ran from Simons’ Lumber yard to the A. T. Dell residence, where the wagon was overturned in the ditch and the horses captured. A load of lumber was scattered over the streets but no damage resulted from the runaway.

J. H. Stans went to Chaska to play with the band at the last open air concert of the season Saturday evening and was accompanied by Mrs. Stans.

1942: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Aug. 6, 1942

New Flag and Flag Pole To Be Dedicated at Boy Scout Cabin. Dedication of a new flag and flag pole at the Boy Scout cabin in Recreation park here has been set for next Wednesday evening, J. J. Schaefer, chairman of the Scout Troop committee, announced this week…


Men Questioned About Industrial Experience

A group of Scott county men who recently returned their occupational questionnaires, reported at the courthouse last Friday in response to a call issued by the United States Employment service.

Men who answered the call said officials questioned them regarding their work experience as set forth in their questionnaires, and indicated the possibility of being assigned to essential wartime jobs.

Another group, it was said, is scheduled to report here Friday morning.


Local Firm Gets Big Contract For U.S. Army Cots

A steady run from now until next May has been assured the Kienzle and Merrick company with the receipt of a government contract to manufacture a large number of army cots, it was learned Wednesday afternoon.

Material for the job is now in transit and production is set to start August 24, it was said. Women are to be employed in the work and applications are now being received, the management disclosed.

Aug. 13, 1942

95 Cars Wood for Army Beds. Although they declined to reveal the actual number of finished units called for, officials of Kienzle and Merrick company disclosed Monday that 95 carloads of kiln-dried hardwood had been purchased for completion of the firm’s federal contract for U. S. Army beds…


Distillery Now In Production

After many months of tedious work in getting the plant in shape to pass rigid government requirements upon which its federal permit is predicated, the Northwest Commercial Alcohol Corporation distillery here is now in operation.

The first batch, it was learned, was run August 3 and since that date 3000 gallons of mash (corn, malt and yeast) have been going daily through the vats, stills and pipes. Each 3000-gallon batch nets 500 gallons of 160-proof alcohol and each 500 gallons of 160-proof ends up as 200 gallons of 190-proof alcohol, H. R. Haller, superintendent and master distiller, explained Monday…

Aug. 20, 1942

Air Raid Staff Organized Here. Appointment of six deputy chief air-raid wardens whose first job is to complete the selection of block wardens for the City of Shakopee, was announced by Paul Ries, chief air-raid warden, Monday night…

To Take Over Management of Shakopee Bakery Here Monday. In an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today “Eddie” Ploumen announces that he has taken over the management of the Shakopee Bakery formerly operated by his father, and brother Earl, who has enlisted in the Naval Reserve…


Aubrey Williams Inspects NYA War Training Project Sunday

Aubrey Williams of Washington, D. C., head of the National Youth Administration, was in Shakopee last Sunday on an inspection tour of the NYA resident center located here. Mr. Williams stated that the organization of which he is the national head is training and placing 100,000 vital war industry workers every three months.

The NYA resident center at Shakopee was cited by Mr. Williams as being one of the pioneer project locations, where youth receives employment and training in various lines of mechanical endeavor. In a talk he made to the personnel at the local resident center Sunday morning, he stressed the importance of these fields, and added that thousands of young people must be trained and prepared to take their proper places in both the skilled and semi-skilled fields.

Williams complimented the regional office at St. Paul and the work of the personnel of Shakopee NYA resident center for the efforts put forth in the war training of youth and for its outstanding placement record. He left by plane Sunday night for Seattle, where he will inspect more NYA projects in an effort to integrate the employment of youth and the placement of young people in the various plants of the nation.

Aug. 27, 1942

Kienzle and Merrick To Start Operation on New Contract

Production on the army bed and gray iron castings contracts held by the Kienzle and Merrick company here will get under way Friday, C. D. Pruden, president and manager, disclosed Wednesday…


Shakopee Business House Starts Novel Ad Series

A new and unique series of newspaper advertisements over the signature of the Shakopee Jewelers has been scheduled to appear weekly in the Argus-Tribune. Announcement concerning the advertising is made this week.

The ads will carry sketches of historic characters and each will present a question pertaining to American history. The questions are designed to test the reader’s knowledge of his country. Answers to each question will appear in the succeeding advertisement.

1967: Shakopee Valley News

Aug. 3, 1967

Another razing to make way for the City of Shakopee Improvement program to provide for central business district off-street parking facilities was accomplished this week as the building, formerly occupied by Shakopee Floral, just to the south and across the alley from the KSMM building on Lewis Street, was removed, the project being completed this week. Next slated are the Stephens building, the former TV Shop, just to the south of the former Shakopee post office location on Fuller Street and the former Cities Service Station at the northwest corner of Holmes and First. Two residences were the first to be razed on Tuesday, July 18. The former Strunk-Koelzer residence 211 West Second, a two-story brick dwelling over 100 years old. This was acquired in 1866 by the late Herman H. Strunk, founder of the Strunk’s Pharmacy on First Avenue. It remained in the Strunk family for 55 years, until 1921 and was then used as a duplex. It was then owned by Frank Koelzer, a partner in the Redman Ice Cream and Creamery Co., for 43 years, until removed by the city as a part of the Municipal off-street parking program. The other residence was the Coller-Lebens residence, 132 Fuller, a one and one-half story frame dwelling, 92 years old, built by the late Mrs. Sophia Coller and her young sons, the late Senator Julius A. Coller and his brother, August, upon their return to Shakopee from St. Louis, Missouri. It was then sold to John T. Theis in 1895, whose only daughter, Theresa M. Lebens, resided in the home for 64 years, until her death in 1959.


‘Curb Service’ In Girl Scout Number Painting

Shakopee Senior Girl Scout Troop No. 312 will soon be completing house number painting on those streets, east of Holmes, and moving on to the streets, west of Holmes. Anyone, living east of Holmes, desiring to have a house number painted and has not been contact, is requested to call the Douglas Kelm residence… or the Harlan Olson residence…

Cost for the house number painting is $1.25 for one set of numbers; two dollars for two sets and 50 cents for each additional set.

All profits are going toward the Shakopee Scouts’ project of a trip to their Cabana in Mexico…

Aug. 10, 1967

Third annual VFW picnic was held Sunday, July 30, at Holmes Park in Shakopee with 263 adults and 352 children present for the afternoon of fun.

Worthy community project of the Shakopee Jaycees now nearing completion is the construction of a sandbox at the Children’s Home at the Correctional Institution For Women in Shakopee, to give retarded children an added play facility. Expected to be poured yesterday (Wednesday), August 9, was the concrete for the permanent sandbox, with the project to be completed this weekend…


Space Day Balloon Prompts Turkey War; Iowa ‘Invaded’

A Shakopee balloon landed near Des Moines, Iowa – this claiming the prize for the farthest distance in the Shakopee Recreation Department Space Day event, staged on Friday, July 14, with a deadline to end the contest set for Tuesday of last week, August 1. One prompted a “turkey war”.

Launching the balloon that went the farthest was Kin Henderson, 233 East Fifth. Others with balloons to reach the Iowa area were those of Kayleen Beny at Story City; Benny Berns at Stratford, and Richard Menden at Stratford…

Aug. 17, 1967

Sweeney School Dedication Oct. 1. Date for the dedication of the new Edward and Grace Sweeney Elementary School on Marystown Road was set for Sunday, October 1, by action of the Shakopee School District No. 720 Board of Education, at its regular August meeting Monday night of this week…

Shakopee Royalty To Give Big Event TV Exposure. Shakopee’s royalty to further the area’s interest in Shakopee’s Pow-Wow Days this weekend, as well as the RCA Championship Rodeo, the highlight of the three-day weekend celebration, today (Thursday), August 17, will make two appearances on WTCN-TV, Minneapolis, and two other appearances tomorrow (Friday), August 18…


Search Widens For Six Reformatory Escapees

Search has been widened into several states with Scott County Sheriff’s department giving the alert in an attempt to recapture six fugitives who escaped Monday evening of this week, August 14, from the Minnesota Correctional Institution For Women at Shakopee.

The alert has gone out to authorities in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Five of the escapees were from the Twin Cities and the other from Cicero, Illinois…

Aug. 24, 1967

New Scott County Lumber Manager. Robert A. Johnson of Cambridge, Minnesota, effective Tuesday of last week, August 15, succeeded Jerry Schauer as manager of the Scott County Lumber, 135 South Atwood in Shakopee…

Proposed Annexation By City To Get Council Action On Sept. 12. Presentation of the completed survey in conjunction with the City of Shakopee’s proposed annexation of the first 24 sections of Eagle Creek township and all of Jackson township, was at the adjourned meeting of the Common council Tuesday night of this week, with aldermen agreeing action and disposition on the matter be taken at a meeting on Tuesday, September 12, the regular monthly meeting of this body…


To Sell $450,000 Bonds, Letting Bids In City’s Improvement

Two important steps were taken at the adjourned meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee Tuesday night of this week to further the completion of the proposed three-stage, over the years City Improvement Program.

This includes the further development of Levee Drive and the proposed Central Business District off-street parking areas, along with several street and sewer improvements for which plans and specifications have been previously approved by the council…


Trigger Or Bow – The Fast Draw To Count!

Plans are being made for a future match between pistol shooters of the Shakopee Sportsmen’s Club and the Minnesota Valley Archer’s bow and arrow shooters.

The distance will probably be at 30 yards with the contest to be held at the Sportsmen’s Club range, east edge of Shakopee, along Highway 101…

Aug. 31, 1967

Plywood Theft At Building Site. Shakopee police received the report of the theft of 70 sheets of construction plywood, valued at about $280 from the site of the new apartment now under construction at Scott County Road No. 17 and Shakopee Avenue east by Shakopee Contractor Don Link…

Ask Tenth Avenue Be Improved Now. The board of education of Shakopee Public School District No. 720 in special session held Monday evening of this week, August 27, at the new Sweeney Elementary School, Tenth Avenue, and Marystown Road, unanimously approved a motion that the school board petition the Common Council of the City of Shakopee for the improvement of Tenth Avenue from Pierce Street to Marystown Road, with this petition to ask for immediate action on this proposed improvement…

Sweeney School Ready For Sept. 5 First Opening. Highlight of the special meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 board of education special meeting Monday night of this week, August 28, was an inspection tour of the new Edward and Grace Sweeney Elementary School, Tenth Avenue and Marystown Road, with it evident all as in readiness for school opening use on next Tuesday, September 5…


Now To Extend Annexation Survey As Requested By Eagle Creek

Approved by Shakopee aldermen on a unanimous roll call vote was the extending of the city’s annexation survey to include the remaining 12 sections of Eagle Creek township and all of Louisville township, the original survey having been completed for 24 sections of Eagle Creek and all of Jackson township.

This section came at extraordinary session of the Common Council of Shakopee, on the call of Mayor Ray Siebenaler, held Tuesday evening of this week, August 29, in the Council chambers of the Shakopee City building with representatives of the townships involved invited and present. In all, some 25 interested parties turned out for this specially called meeting, instituted at the request of the Eagle Creek Town board…

1992: Shakopee Valley News

Aug. 6, 1992

Fleming to retire from corrections post in Shakopee. D. Jacqueline Fleming is retiring Aug. 21 after serving almost 22 years as superintendent of the Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women in Shakopee…


Supreme Court declares off-track betting is unconstitutional

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that off-track betting on horse races at Canterbury Downs is unconstitutional.

In a 6-0 decision filed last Friday, the high court said it was compelled to take the literal meaning of the 1982 constitutional amendment approved by Minnesota voters. The language in the ballot question specifically authorized “on-track parimutuel betting.” The ruling confirmed a lower court opinion…


The other race track in town

Local racing devotees are well aware of Shakopee’s two big palaces of speed – Raceway Park and Canterbury Downs. But what many don’t know is that the community has a third place where being the first across the finish line is the goal, a place where pedal power is more important than horsepower…

That place is the Shakopee Bicycle Moto Cross track located on County Road 16, near the village of satellite dishes. Although the track has been in existence since the early 1980s, many local residents don’t even know of its existence thanks to the tall grass which hides the track from passers-by…

Aug. 13, 1992

K mart to cut 115 jobs here. The K mart Corp. has informed the city of Shakopee that it intends to terminate about 115 jobs at its Shakopee Distribution Center – about 25 percent of the workforce – by Nov. 27, and shift some operations to a new center near Chicago…

City council agrees to consider plan for ice arena. In a reversal of its earlier stand, the Shakopee City Council last week directed city staff to explore the possibility of constructing a hard shell over the hockey rink at Lions Park…

Aug. 20, 1992

Hockey group pulls the plug. Homeless and without a desirable alternative, the Shakopee Prior Lake Youth Hockey Association (SPLYHA) announced this week that it is canceling its coming winter indoor hockey season…


Council tables arena design proposal

With no discussion, the Shakopee City Council last week quickly moved to table a staff recommendation that an architect be hired to design the construction of a hard-shell cover and walls for the hockey rink at Lions Park.

By delaying action until the second council meeting in September, the council will likely have the results of a community survey, from which they hope to learn what kind of recreational facilities city residents want – and are willing to pay for.

But the action has prompted leaders of the Shakopee-Prior Lake Youth Hockey Association to declare that the organization is dissolved. It also almost certainly means there will be no indoor hockey played in Shakopee this winter. The fabric air-supported “bubble” that covers the Lions Park rink collapsed again this spring, and members of the Valley Ice Arena Board have said that even if it can be repaired once again, there’s virtually no chance it would survive the winter…

Aug. 27, 1992

Hockey group says it will press on. It may not have a place to play, but the Shakopee-Prior Lake Youth Hockey Association decided last week that the group will still try and conduct a portion of its indoor season…

Hospital lab accredited. St. Francis Regional medical center’s laboratory has received a two-year accreditation by the Commission of Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on results of an inspection…


Track gets limited simulcast approval.

The Minnesota Racing Commission on Aug. 19 approved a partial simulcast schedule for Canterbury Downs, telling track part-owner and operator Ladbroke Racing Corp. that the remainder to the schedule would be considered only if it comes forth with a proposal for live racing in 1993.

Ladbroke requested permission to conduct simulcast racing from Oct. 10 through April 30, but on a unanimous vote, racing commissioners agreed to only allow simulcasting until Dec. 31…


Stans museum idea still alive

A proposed $1.3 million museum in Shakopee to house memorabilia from the life of city native Maurice Stans could not be operated by Scott County, but remains a feasible idea if the Scott County Historical Society agrees to own and operate the facility, according to Acting County Administrator Cliff McCann.

Scott County was considering the Stans proposal until it received an opinion from the state attorney general’s office that the county has no legislative authority to operate a museum or office of genealogy.

However, the Scott County Historical Society could own and operate the facility. Should the historical society accept the proposal, about 2,500 square feet of the 7,000-square-foot building could be used for the Stans museum, with the balance divided for use by the historical society, an office of genealogy and the county’s library administrative offices…


Rededication of church evokes happy memories

Murphy’s Landing Christian Church will be rededicated in a special service led by Pastor Art Hopkins with music provided by Steve Gamble on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. The news has sparked happy memories for many former members of the congregation.

The 125-year-old building, formerly known as the Bloomington Ferry Church, began as a Methodist Episcopal Church in Shakopee in 1867. After the congregation disbanded, the church stood vacant the last 15 years of the 19th century.

But then a congregation in Bloomington decided to buy the church, which was dismantled and brought across the Minnesota River by horses and sled, rebuilt on the corner of Old Shakopee Road and Louisiana Avenue, and dedicated on Aug. 23, 1900.

From 1900 to 1970, the church was used by a Methodist congregation, which then disbanded and joined the Normandale Hyland United Methodist Church on Normandale Road in Bloomington.

In 1972, the Bloomington Ferry Church was offered to Murphy’s Landing and brought back across the river by barge.

Since then, the church has been restored to resemble what it was like in the late 1800s. But it now serves a modern purpose as a year-round non-denominational Christian church with services at 10 a.m. each Sunday…


Dale Vaughan retires from post office

Dale Vaughan of Shakopee retired Aug. 1 after nearly 26 years of work at the Shakopee Post Office.

Vaughan, a longtime Shakopee educator and coach who is now activities director for the high school, began his postal career in December 1966 working as a clerk-carrier and delivered mail on all city routes and three of four rural routes. Since then he has held the position of part-time flexible clerk, working with incoming and outgoing mail. He also served as a window clerk. In July 1981, he no longer worked as a carrier, but retained a clerk position…


Ferry Bridge plans approved

The Shakopee City Council on Aug. 18 approved plans for the final stages of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation submitted plans to affected local units of government, including the city and Scott County, which must give their approval.

Final stage four includes construction of the interchange with Highway 101, and stage five plans are for the County Road 18 and Shakopee Bypass interchange, and the bridge over the Chicago and North Western Railroad tracks and County Road 18.


Local BMX track vandalized again

Vandals once again damaged the facilities at Shakopee’s BMX track along County Road 16, west of Vierling Drive.

According to track director John Primrose, the privately-owned local track has sustained more than $800 worth of damage in two separate incidents. The damage is has been done to the buildings, including the registration stand and the concession stand. In addition, a number of other pieces of equipment have also been damaged by vandals. Primrose also said that the vandals have removed tires that line the track for the protection of riders…

Despite the vandalism, the track will still host the 1992 State BMX championships this weekend, Aug. 29-30. The first day of the two-day event is for qualifying for the championship race in various classes on Aug. 30. Approximately 150 competitors, and an additional 175 fans, are expected to come to the track from throughout the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin.

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