Remember When: February 2019

1894: Scott County Argus

Feb. 1, 1894

Capt. R. J. Chewning has been appointed by the president postmaster at Shakopee. It remains now only for the senate to confirm the appointment and he will receive his commission at once.

Quite an extensive dog poisoning business is being carried on in town lately and several pet canines have gone hence. The matter has all the disagreeable features usually pertaining to such affairs and the best dogs seem to die while the curs go scot free.

The Shakopee Cherubini Brass Band was out Monday night in celebration of the seventy third birthday of Henry Vierling. They also serenaded the new home of Nic Heger. The music was excellent and the playing gave promise of a splendid band after a few month’s practice.

Last Saturday morning when the janitor opened the Lutheran church for the first time since the preceding Sunday he found that the big stove had dropped through a hole in the floor. It seems that before he closed up Sunday he had brought in a quantity of wood covered with snow and piled this around the stove to dry. This snow melted and soaked the floor around the zinc. Before locking up he took the ashes from the stove. The fire probably caught from the intense heat under the stove and burned out to the water soaked wood there to be extinguished. The only damage done was a hole in the floor about six by eight feet in size and hence may be called a lucky affair.

Reopened! Reopened! Great bargains can now be secured at the Shakopee Cash Store. Proprietor P. A. Prieser, suscessor to Gertrude Berens. Reopened! Reopened!

Geo. Kohls, son of H. H. Kohls, has accepted a positon as clerk in the First National Bank here and will devote his time to learning the banking business for some time to come. His many friends will be glad to learn of his preferment.

H. F. Gross of Shakopee says that he can knock out Corbett or Mitchell or any other man, shampooing and dressing ladies’ and children’s hair. He will call at their homes for that purpose at any time. He also cleans hair switches in the latest and best manner.

Feb. 8, 1894

Eagle Creek. The Messrs. Kopp have filled their contract of packing ice for the J. Schank Packing Co.

The first lecture of the course of University Extension will be given in Lander Opera House, next Tuesday evening, when Prof. C. H. Cooper, of the Carleton College, will speak on “America History—The Giants of the Middle Period.” To those who have not secured season tickets the single admission will be 15 cents. There are over fifty pledged members and each one of these has four tickets to despose of, while season tickets may be had for 50 cents for the seven lectures, which makes the course practically free to all.

Feb. 15, 1894

It is reported that the Union School pupils are preparing for public exercises to take place at Busse’s hall next Wednesday evening. It is presumed that the exercises will bear upon the subject of the following holiday, Washington’s birthday.

A social club is being formed by the young men of the town, and organization will probably be effected before the end of the present week. The scheme involves a club room or rooms to which the members may resort for reading, billiards, gymnastics, etc., and it is rightly meeting with marked favor wherever presented.

Henry Vierling left Tuesday for Minneapolis where he will engage in learning the barber trade in the shop of Wm. Germainde.

Representatives of two different electric light companies have been in the city during the last week looking up the matter of putting in a system of electric lights. Now that the larger engine has been put into the flour mill the plan has become all the more feasible and will probably be carried out in the near future, although to what extent remains yet to be developed. Should the city decide not to enter into the scheme for street lighting, the mill company will put in a complete system in its large building and also furnish light for a majority of the business houses of the town. In this late day it is not necessary to state that electricity gives the model light; that the light is cleaner, healthier, safer, handier, and, last but not least, cheaper than either oil- or gas-light. There is probably not a resident of the city that would not rejoice to see the system put in, if the first cost would not place too heavy a burden upon the taxpayers. On this point the wisdom of the city fathers will be brought to bear, and the result will be awaited with interest.

Feb. 22, 1894

Mrs. John Menten of Marystown suffered a stroke of apoplexy last Saturday and this was followed by a second on Sunday, which left her in a very serious condition. She will live, but will suffer from paralysis of the left side.

It is hoped that the prompt action taken by the Board of Health has effectually checked the spread of diphtheria in this vicinity. The two deaths this week were the result of the first exposure, and no new cases have developed. Two houses, the Schmidt and Stephani, are still under quarantine and will be for a week or two. The health officer is quite hopeful that the spread of the epidemic has been checked, but he believes that there is still occasion for the most watchful care in the matter.

The scheme of establishing a steam laundry and electric light plant combined is just now enjoying much discussion pro and con by our local solons. The gentlemen interested propose to secure from the city the gift of the old warehouse on the river bank north of Nic Berens’s, and a contract to furnish the town with twenty arc lights at six dollars each per month, or a total of $1,440 per year. The popular verdict is that a laundry, which would run a wagon to and from Chaska, Carver and Jordan, would prove a paying investment in itself; but there is much doubt as to the advisability of tacking on to the city a yearly bill for electric lights until the number and amount of Improvement Bonds now out have been reduced somewhat. Perhaps, on the whole, the city can afford to wait two or three years in the matter.

The Abeln family in which a death occurred this morning, is located in the Peter Schmidt house, which has been under quarantine for nearly two weeks.

Last Thursday evening the bids for erecting the priest’s residence for St. Mark’s church were opened. Ring & Hammeyer’s bid was $5,784 and this being the lowest, the contract was awarded to them. The plans and specifications call for a two-and one-half story residence, 30×40 feet, the whole to be of red pressed brick. The house will be built and furnished in the most modern style, and when finished, as it is to be before the first of August, that part of our prosperous little city will be graced with as handsome a residence as one could wish to see.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

Feb. 7, 1919

For Rent:—Modern 7 room house, two blocks south of St. Mark’s church. Inquire of H. K. Vierling, Shakopee.

Miss Ida Abel is supplying the 4th and 5th grades at the Union school for an indefinite period.

Strong combination of Chaska and Shakopee musicians will furnish music for the dance tonight. A fine time is anticipated.

Feb. 14, 1919

Matt Hennen of Marystown is hauling the material out to his farm this week for a new 9 room house. Mrs. Valentine Theis is also having a consignment of lumber hauled for a new barn. The lumber was bought from the Interior Lumber Co.

Solons Consider Change

The recommendation of the state board of control that female prisoners be removed from the state penitentiary at Stillwater has been taken up in the legislature.

Provision for the erection of the main building at the woman’s reformatory, Shakopee for the commitment of all women sentenced to prison or reformatory and for the transfer of women convicts from the present state prison and reformatory is made in two bills introduced yesterday by Senator Frank E. Putnam of Blue Earth…

Feb. 21, 1919

Shakopee to Be on Wilson Trail

J. J. Moriarty went to Minneapolis Tuesday to attend a meeting called by the All-Minneapolis Good Roads council for the purpose of organizing the Minnesota division of the “Woodrow Wilson Way.” This division includes towns Emmons, on the Iowa line, and Ely, in the northeastern corner of the state. The “Woodrow Wilson Way” will extend north and south through the country from Ely to El Paso, Tex., and has been thoroughly organized from Albert Lea to Kansas City. The main purpose of the Minneapolis meeting was to organize the trail from Minneapolis to Ely and to talk over the question of merging the Minneapolis to Albert Lea trail with the Wilson project…

If Mr. Moriarty succeeds, as no doubt he will, in arranging for the merger, it will give Shakopee five famous trails: the Daniel Boone from St. Louis to Minneapolis, the Woodrow Wilson from Ely to El Paso; the Scenic Highway from Des Moines to St. Paul; the Saints’ Highway from St. Louis to St. Paul, through St. Joe; and the Sioux Historic trail from St. Paul to New Ulm, by way of Chaska and Glencoe.

Busy Cutting Ice. The ice harvest, such as it is, was commenced this week, and about a dozen teams have been busy all week filling the ice houses of the Jacob Ries Bottling Works, the Hamm Brewing Co., Batch Ring and Lee Gelhaye. The ice is taken from middle lake, across the river and is of only fair quality and about 12 inches thick.

The John Berens store is being connected with the city water and sewer system.

Feb. 28, 1919

Wanted:—Girl, at St. Paul hotel. Wages $6 per week.

Edward Lenzmeier is corn king of Minnesota again, having been notified yesterday by the superintendent of University farm. A more detailed account will appear in this paper next week.

1919: Scott County Argus

Feb. 7, 1919

Miss Elsie Spindler, who has been stenographer in the mill office, gave up her work there the first of the month.

A subscription has been taken up among the business men of Shakopee to pay the expense of graveling and putting the ferry road in condition for travel.

Feb. 14, 1919

Mrs. Val Theis hauled lumber Wednesday from the Interior yard for a new barn on her farm at Marystown. Wm. Diedrich will be the carpenter.

Pupils of the 6th, 7th and 8th grades enjoyed a jolly party at the high school Friday evening, the faculty also being guests. Refreshments were served and a general good time is reported.

Stove Foundry to Re-open. The Shakopee Stove works, which closed on account of the war, will resume operations under new management. An inventory has been completed and William Spoerner and Rudolph Selbig have taken over the controlling interest and will open the foundry as soon as necessary details can be arranged. A. L. Hurr and A. C. Schroeder have disposed of their interest in the institution and the company will be re-organized. Rudolph Selbig will move his family here from Rock Island, Ill., in the near future and a few weeks will find the foundry in full operation for the production of Shakopee stoves.

Feb. 21, 1919

Case Under Advisement. The Frank Miske case came up for trial Friday, County Attorney Geo. F. Sullivan representing Mr. Miske and Jos. J. Moriarty presenting the case on behalf of Mayor Lenertz. Judge Tifft took the case under advisement and will render his decision later.

An important real estate deal of the week was the sale last Monday by E. J. Pond of his farm of 170 acres just east of town to George H. Esch of Jordan. Mr. Esch also bought the entire farm equipment and all livestock. He will take possession March 1st. Mr. and Mrs. Pond, we are pleased to report, will continue to reside in Shakopee and will purchase a home in the city as soon as one suitable to their requirements can be found.

Hamm Brewing Co., Jacob Ries Bottling Works, Inc., and J. H. Ring are cutting ice on the lake below the Littly Fly to insure their summer’s supply. The ice is of fair quality and about 15 inches thick. Veiht Bros. began cutting on the river Wednesday but the water overflowed the surface and they were forced to quit for the time being.

Feb. 28, 1919

Nyssen’s lake was seigned Saturday, the haul yielding 4,000 pounds of rough fish which were shipped.

Would Make Change In Names of Streets. An ordinance which will provide for the change of the name of Lewis street to Hennepin avenue and Sixth street to Victory avenue will be introduced at the next meeting of the city council.

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Feb. 3, 1944

Missing Aviator Awarded Medals. In a letter from the War Department, J. J. Schaefer this week was informed that his son, Captain Robert L. Schaefer, missing in action over Europe since November 5, has been awarded the Air Medal with two Oakleaf clusters…

Trades School Expands Work; More Enrolled

Expansion of the training course in the recently opened Shakopee Area Trades school, was disclosed this week by J. A. Metcalf, superintendent of the Shakopee public schools, under whose supervision the trades school is operated.

The expansion, inaugurated Monday night, is a course of training and experience in machine shop practice and welding. Nine men are enrolled for the work, Mr. Metcalf said…

Feb. 10, 1944

Recreation Program To Be Topic Here Monday Night. To discuss the need and the problems of a recreation program for the youth of the community, men and women, representing the various civic, parish, service and fraternal organizations of the city, are to meet at the high school at eight o’clock Monday night…

Shakopee Optometrist To Preside at State Convention in St. Paul

War industry’s visual problems will have first attention of the Minnesota State Optometric association’s 1944 convention on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, in the St. Paul hotel, St. Paul.

Dr. H. B. Kollofski of St. Paul and Shakopee, state president, will preside…

Feb. 17, 1944

Community Cannery Now Ready for Public Use, Says J. A. Metcalf. That the canning unit at the Shakopee Area Trades school is now ready for use, was announced Tuesday by J. A. Metcalf, superintendent of the Shakopee public school, under whose jurisdiction the trades school is operated…

More Men May Now Take Farm Machinery Course

Four or five more men may now be accommodated in the class in repair and maintenance of farm machinery being offered at the Shakopee Area Trades school, it was announced this week.

Registrations will be received in the office of the Shakopee high school, J. A. Metcalf, superintendent, said.

Feb. 24, 1944

FOR SALE—House on West 3rd St. Also two rolling doors, 10×10; Iron rods, 12 ft. long. If interested—call at 421 West 5th St., Shakopee.

Broken Main Disrupts Water Service Several Days on Fourth Street

A break in a water main discovered late Saturday night, disrupted water service along Fourth street, west from Lewis street, for several days this week.

Water spouting high above the sod in the boulevard on the north side of the M. A. Deutsch residence at the corner of Fourth and Lewis, indicated the trouble, but excavation at the spot revealed only that the water was coming from a leak somewhere in the street.

Excavation which uncovered a joint in the main in the street north of the boulevard, again revealed water but no leak at that spot. A third excavation at a main joint east of the second excavation showed the leak to be not at the joint, but somewhere between the two ends of the pipe.

Enlarging the digging operations workmen found the break in the main where it spanned an obsolete fire cistern. By 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, water service was restored to the affected area, but the repair of the main cannot be completed for several days.

1969: Shakopee Valley News

Feb. 6, 1969

For Teen Center. A public pancake breakfast with proceeds to be in support of the Teen Center for the youth of Shakopee, will be held Sunday morning, March 2, under the sponsorship of the Shakopee Rotary Club.

School Bond Vote Next Tuesday


This fact is dramatized by this banner now spanning Holmes Street near midblock, just North of Second Avenue, opposite the location of the First National Bank of Shakopee. Residents of Shakopee School District No. 720, aided by Citizens Committee, are presenting facts on the proposed $2.1 million bond issue, for a three-stage facilities expansion, to be presented next Tuesday, February 11. Balloting is to be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Band room, Junior High Building, Fifth and Lewis…

Announces New Owner At Rubber Industries

George F. Waters was elected chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Flo-Tronics, Inc. at a special meeting of its Board of Directors Tuesday of last week, January 31, and announced was the sale of the Rubber Industries Division, located on Highway 101, east edge of Shakopee.

Succeeding Waters as president of the firm is Robert A. Floyd, formerly vice president and general manager of Flo-Tronic’s Waters Company Division and its Northern Signal Company Division. Floyd will continue as a director, and will be charged with improvement of profit margins and controls…

Feb. 13, 1969

To Discontinue Scott Schools’ Nursing Service. That service to Scott county schools by the Scott County Nursing office is to be discontinued after July 1, 1970, was revealed at the regular meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education Monday night of this week, February 10, at the board room, Shakopee Senior High School on Tenth Avenue…

Immediate Library Need Told City Council By Directors. With all members of the Scott County Library board of directors present, along with Scott Commissioner George J. Mingo of Glendale township, liaison to the Scott Library board, an urgent plea was made to the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting Tuesday night of this week, February 11, that consideration be given to the immediate need for expanded facilities for the City of Shakopee branch library, as well as temporary offices for the Scott County Library System headquarters…

Named New Northwestern Bell Manager

Northwestern Bell Telephone Company this week announced the appointment of Lorenz VonKreuzhof as manager of Excelsior and Shakopee.

He succeeds W. R. Mahady, who will be working on special assignments in the company’s division office in Minneapolis…

School Bond Issue Carries Near 3 To 1

Voters in Shakopee School District No. 720 Tuesday of this week, February 11, approved the proposition of a $2.1 million bond issue to finance a proposed three-stage program by a near three to one vote…

The proposed three-stage building program includes the $160,000 remodeling of the present Junior High facility at Fifth and Holmes, with this project expected to begin immediately; a new Elementary School, similar to the Sweeney Elementary, to be located in East Shakopee, possibly on the Hillary Drees property at Dakota and Shakopee Avenue with completion in August of 1970, and an addition and new auditorium at the Senior High School on Tenth Avenue with completion tentatively scheduled for August of 1971.

Feb. 20, 1969

New Locations. Now located in the former Radio Station KSMM offices, 119 South Lewis, is Kopisca Accounting, Wally Kopisca, Proprietor, formerly located at 105 South Lewis. Radio Station KSMM studios are now in the new commercial apartment building, between Ray’s Kwik Shop and the Clark Oil Station on East First.

Touch-Tone Calling For City Phone Patrons Beginning Mar. 3. Starting March 3, Touch-Tone Calling will become available on an optional basis to one and two-party telephone customers in Shakopee whose numbers start with “445” prefix…

Feb. 27, 1969

City Annexation Proposal Defeated By 15-Vote Margin. Voters in the five norther Scott county townships Tuesday of this week, February 18, defeated the proposal for annexation to the City of Shakopee by a slim 15-vote margin, and the proposal for annexation to the Village of Prior Lake by a 370-vote margin…

Scott Courthouse Group Organizes. The Citizens Committee, named by the Scott County Board of Commissioners to serve as an advisory group in consideration of plans for the need for expanding facilities at the Scott County court house in Shakopee, organized at a meeting held Wednesday evening of last week, February 19, in the Commissioners’ room at the court house in Shakopee…

School Board Approves Junior High Plans

Unanimous approval was given the preliminary plans for the remodeling of the Junior High School Building, Fifth and Holmes, and the architect was directed to get approval of these plans from the State Department of Education School Planning department by the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education at its regular meeting held Monday night of this week, February 24, in the Board room at the Senior High school on Tenth Avenue.

This is the first stage of the three-stage expansion program of the school district to be financed by the recently approved $2.1 million bond issue.

Action on these preliminary plans was taken after representatives of the architectural firm discussed with District No. 720 board members the remodeling of the present combination auditorium-gymnasium at the Junior High building into an expanded gym facility, the remodeling of the third floor science area, the remodeling of the Home Economics area, as well as plans for installation of proper lighting throughout the building to include classrooms and corridors…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

Feb. 3, 1994

Terwedo proposes countywide teen curfew. Scott County Attorney Jim Terwedo is proposing a countywide curfew for minors as a way to curb escalating juvenile crime…

City rejects $325,000 offer for Murphy’s

With no discussion, the Shakopee City Council Tuesday night dismissed an offer from an unidentified group to buy Murphy’s Landing for $325,000…

After the unanimous vote, the council directed staff to prepare a new three-year lease agreement with the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP), the current operators of Murphy’s…

Neighborhood hears annexation pros, cons

Whether the P & V addition in Jackson Township should be annexed by the city of Shakopee was debated on Jan. 26 when almost every resident of the 35-household neighborhood near County Road 78 attended a meeting held by the Town Board…

Township residents will vote in April whether to become part of the city…

Carlson building program includes funding for Bloomington Ferry Bridge

Gov. Arne Carlson last week proposed a $648 million building program that includes funding to complete the Bloomington Ferry Bridge replacement project.

The governor proposed $13.4 million as the state’s share to complete the bridge, which is already under construction…

Feb. 10, 1994

No surprise: Study confirms Minnesota is most polluted river. A four-year study released last week has confirmed what many environmentalists and local residents have suspected for years: the Minnesota is the state’s most polluted river…

Purchase price of hospital sweetened for County Board. Officials from St. Francis Regional Medical Center on Tuesday delivered a sales pitch to the Scott County Board, inviting the county to buy the Shakopee hospital for $2.9 million, about $5 million less than it originally wanted for the structure…

Contract OK’d for courthouse project. On the recommendation of its consultants, the Scott County Board on Feb. 1 awarded the contract for the county courthouse’s basement and entry remodeling project to Northfield Construction of Northfield, Minn…

Carlson’s building plans include juvenile center to serve area

Gov. Arne Carlson’s proposed $648 million capital budget includes $6 million for construction of a regional juvenile detention center that would serve Scott County.

The center, which would be called the South Metro Area Juvenile Detention and Post Adjudication Extended Program Facility, would be located in Dakota County and contain 48 beds. It would house males and females the ages of 14 and 17 who require secure detention or have extended secure-program needs…

MVRP told county will give funding for Murphy’s in 1994

Two representatives from the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP), the organization that operates Murphy’s Landing, received reaffirmation from the Scott County Board Tuesday that the county will continue to fund the museum in 1994.

The $40,000 county allotment will help fund a new executive director position…

Feb. 17, 1994

Hospital, other sites to be studied for county justice center. The Scott County Board on Tuesday directed staff and a recently formed site-evaluation committee to determine whether the St. Francis Regional Medical Center building would be adequate for a criminal justice center. However, the committee also will continue to search for additional sites…

Jacobs willing to sell, and groups are willing to buy

By confirming last week that he is willing to sell his latest acquisition – Canterbury Downs – Twin Cities businessman Irwin Jacobs has again renewed hope among the thoroughbred horse-racing community that the industry in Minnesota is not dead.

At least two interested parties have approached Jacobs about buying the Shakopee racetrack, which has been closed for just over a year. And rumors that other interested parties may now make a run for the track have been circulating for the past four days…

New Murphy’s director named

An Apple Valley woman with extensive experience in helping organizations with financial problems has been named executive director of Murphy’s Landing.

Shirley Olson, 46, who has been executive director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, was appointed Friday by the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP) board, which operates Murphy’s…

Ferry Bridge contract OK’d; board gets project updates

The Scott County Board Tuesday awarded the contract for stage five of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project to Lunda Construction Co. of Black River Falls, Wis., for $13,394,633.

The stage-five portion of the bridge includes the Shakopee Bypass construction at the County Road 18 interchange…

Feb. 24, 1994

SHS’s Johnson lauded. Shakopee High School girls’ basketball coach Neil Johnson was recently named the Section 2AA Coach of the Year…

New elementary school boundaries proposed

A Shakopee School District task force has come up with a boundary map that will be used to determine which elementary school children will attend.

The Attendance Boundary Task Force presented its map to the School Board Feb. 16. It proposed a border that runs from Naumkeag Street south to Fourth Avenue, then goes west on Fourth to Sommerville Street; then it extends south on Sommerville to 10th Avenue, and east on 10th to Spencer Street; the border then goes south on Spencer to Vierling Drive, where it continues east to a point three-quarters of a mile east of Marschall Road, south to the district boundary.

Kindergarten through fourth-grade students who live on the east side of the boundary would attend Pearson Elementary, and those on the west side would attend Sweeney.

The School Board unanimously approved the task force report, but decided to have a public hearing on the matter before making final approval of the boundaries…

School district takes over ECFE programming beginning next year

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) in Shakopee will be “moving home” in more ways than one during the next school year.

Not only will it change locales from the high school to Sweeney Elementary, but its programs will be administered solely by Shakopee School District staff.

The change was unanimously approved Feb. 16 by the Shakopee School Board…

Local firm gets contract for phase two of athletic complex

A contract for the second-phase construction of the athletic complex at Shakopee High School was approved Feb. 16 by the School Board.

The contract was awarded to Greystone Construction Co. of Shakopee, which was the low bidder at $581,670. The project will include construction of a football/soccer field, areas for track events, and a track, along with three options: the addition of a 10th lane on the track, and expansion of west- and east-end bleachers on the home side…

Plans to widen Co. 16 advance

The Shakopee City Council on Feb. 15 authorized a feasibility report to determine the cost and proposed assessments for the county’s reconstruction of County Road 16, between county roads 17 and 83.

Scott County has proposed reconstructing that portion of County Road 16 from a two-lane to four-lane road in 1995. Design for the project will be completed this year…

If city moves house, Stans will donate it

Shakopee city councilors, meting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) on Feb. 15, directed city staff to attempt to find a location for a house that will be donated to the city if it agrees to pay to move it.

The city received a request from the Stans Foundation to pay for moving the house at 135 Third Ave., after which the foundation would donate the two-story structure to the city.

The house, owned by the foundation, needs to be moved by April to make way for a Stans Museum, which will be located on the property…

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