Remember When: January 2019

1894: Scott County Argus

Jan. 4, 1894

The County Commissioners yesterday appointed John C. Lies Overseer of the Poor and awarded the contract for running the recently purchased poor house to John J. Ring.

Curt Manaige leaves on the evening train for Wilmot, S.D., and from there he will go to Sisseton City where he has accepted a position as a clerk in a general merchandise store.

Go to Bornarth to get your notary work done. He also has several very fine residences in the city for sale at a sacrifice. Call and see him.

That big engine is now attracting considerable attention as sections of it are being hauled down to the mill each day. Last night the steam chest was dragged down with three of the mill’s big teams as motive power and they seemed to have about all they cared to haul. The mill will not run for perhaps three weeks to come while the engine is being put in place. However nearly all the mill force will be at work during that time, and the mill will continue to pay the highest market price for wheat, or exchange flour for it as desired.

The firm of Flaherty & Lies will continue business at the old stand and solicits the patronage of all as before.

Our popular restauranteur, J. B. Gellenbeck, entertained some twenty young men at dinner on New Year’s Day. If the old saying be still true that the easiest way to affect the heart is through the stomach, the hearts of the young men who partook of the spread provided for that occasion must be very warm toward their host, who had certainly spared nothing in his efforts to make the menu attractive and the occasion an enjoyable one. That he succeeded goes without saying.

The Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company shipped here for trial from their works at Hopkins last week one of the new rigs which they are now manufacturing. The test was made last Thursday on Wm. Groskopp’s farm and the results were most satisfactory to all concerned. The 36-56 separator and 16 horsepower engine were used. The engine, with the separator in tow, moved through the snow with but little difficulty both to and from the farm. The work of the separator was excellent. On Friday Mr. Groskopp took a load of the wheat to the L. Christian & Co. mill where it was received without dockage. Mr. Groskopp is more than pleased with the results of the trial and renders the unqualified verdict the machine is a “daisy.”

If Dame Rumor is correct Shakopee is soon to have a brass band of no ordinary size and ability. The constitution and by-laws of the organization are now being prepared and the full arrangements will be completed in another week. There is plenty of good timber in the town out of which a good creditable band could be built up, and the scheme is certainly worth trying. The best players are to be picked out from the three bands which have held sway at one time and another in the town and a strong aggregation is looked for as the result.

Farm for Sale.

Must be sold before Jan. 10. Will be sold at a sacrafice. Situated on the town line road three miles south of town. 160 acres; 52 acres under the plow; 30 acres pasturage; flue meadow and plenty of young timber; good garden, large orchard; lake and well. Specially suitable for stock farm. Stock, machinery, hay, fodder, everything will be sold.

Write to or enquire at this office, or on the premises.

The Edward O’Dowd Place.

Jan. 11, 1894

If your clock or watch stops take it to H. P. Marx. He will repair it at a reasonable price and warrant it to run and keep good time for one year.

Deutsch & Zettel are headquarters for all kinds of fancy goods such as vases, lamps, toilet articles, stationary, books, fine perfumes, odor sets, plush albums, card cases and an endless variety of other things. They carry besides a full line of drugs and medicines.

New Blacksmith Shop. I am prepared to do all kinds of Horse Shoeing. My special attention will be given to this and to all kinds of General Repairing at Wagner’s Blacksmith Shop. Albert Ziethen.

C. E. Busse has purchased and placed in his hall 160 opera chairs that for neatness, convenience and real solid comfort cannot be beat. They are of a late pattern, with lift seats, hat racks, etc., and their color fits the neat finish of the hall to a dot. While the hall is arranged to seat 160, a fair sized Shakopee audience, the capacity can be increased some 30 or 40 before the “standing room only” sign need be hauled out.

A notice for bids for the general merchandise stock and fixtures of Gertrude Berens, insolvent, appears in our legal columns this week. Look it up.

The members of the new band, The Shakopee Cherubini have elected officers as follows: Pres., H. A. Zettle; Vice Pres., Geo. Hirscher; Sec., John Gentgen; Treas., Fred Spindler; Director of Music, Jacob Bierline. The members so far signed are Jacob Bierline, solo B cornet; Ernest W. Haack, first B; Fred Spindler, second B; Jos. Spindler, E clarionet; Adam Teich, first B clarionet; Bert Ketterer, solo alto; Fred Mueller, first alto; John Vierling and Joseph Bierline, first tenors; Rudolph Wengler and Sam Bierline, second tenors; Theo. Mueller, baritone; Wm. Uschman, B bass; Linus Vierling and Herbert Zettle, tubas; John Gentgen, tenor; and Geo. Hirscher, bass drum. There are yet to sign an E cornet, first B cornet and second alto. This will swell the membership to 20, a number sufficiently large to form an excellent brass band.

Jan. 18, 1894

John Reis is improving his store building by putting in a new stairway leading to Dr. Sabin’s office. The rise is to be only six inches and the rests are much broader, making the ascent a much easier task.

To advertise my new gallery, Cabinet Photos for 30 days 50 c. less than the Minneapolis advance. Come now. Gallery opposite the How residence on Second street. H. M. Brown, Photographer, Shakopee, Minn.

Rosaline Oil, the World’s finest Kerosine Oil, now on sale at G. S. Lander’s Hardware Store.

An interesting scene is presented in the engine room of the mill these days. The removing of one big engine and the setting in place of another and more formidable monster is a job of no small proportions as the force of men now fast bringing the feat to a successful close can testify. The fact that, so far, the work has been carried on without an accident of any kind speaks much for the skill of Engineer Ferguson and Millright Finnegan, who have joint charge of the work. The old engine has been removed and shipped to Minneapolis, the ponderous fly-wheel of the new engine, weighing over 20,000 pounds, the pillow, and high and low pressure cylinder have all been put in place and the remaining work can be pushed to rapid completion. The field of action presents a busy scene from morning till night, and the manipulating of the massive parts of the giant is a sight well worth seeing. The walls of the mill itself will be pasted over with the “poultice of silence” for perhaps two weeks more, and then they will witness a gay scene of merrily bobbing, cheerily whirling machinery whose tireless ceaseless activity will give ample evidence of the new energy infused by the powerful giant below.

The sheet and pillow case dancing party to be given by the Pastime Dancing Club at Lander Opera House next Monday evening promises to be productive of whole lots of fun. While it is hoped that a larger part of the dancers will mask, no one need stay away should he not feel disposed to get himself “rigged out.” The admission to all is 25 cents, and it is hoped that large numbers will attend it for no other purpose than to hear the excellent music and watch the progress of the fun, although all will be free and welcome to dance.

Jan. 25 1894

Prof. J. F. Parsons has succeeded in getting pledged nearly the amount required to secure for Shakopee a course of university extension lectures, and it is probable that the first of a series of six will be given within a week or two. A meeting for the selection of a local committee will be held at the Union School tonight at eight o’clock.

If you want your laundry work done up neat and whole, bring it to Gross’ barber shop not later than Tuesday afternoon.

John P. Ring has received an appointment as mail clerk at $800 a year and will enter upon his new duties in the near future. Mr. Ring passed the rigid examination required with flying colors and is in every way worthy of the preferment. He will advance rapidly in grade.

J. A. Wilder has purchased a new “I X L” windmill which is now perched upon his sixty-feet-high tower. The old one has blown down regularly with each heavy gale for some years past, and has been as often replaced, but its flight of a week or so ago proved too much for its robust constitution and it now lies upon a bed of snow a mere wreck of its former self. The new one is of iron and ought to weather almost any Minnesota zephyr that sees fit to tackle it.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

Jan. 3, 1919

The fire department was called out about 9:30 yesterday morning to extinguish a small blaze in the Veiht Bros. garage, caused by the explosion of a kerosene heater. Very little damage resulted.

Creamery Reopened. George Dellwo has reopened the Shakopee creamery, operations having been resumed this week. The machinery has been thoroughly overhauled and the building put in repair, and Mr. Dellwo is now prepared to turn out first class butter. He also expects to manufacture ice cream…

Jan. 10, 1919

Police Matter Unsettled. At the meeting of the city council Monday evening, Mayor Lenertz appeared and further insisted upon the dismissal of Frank Miske from the police force and defended his positon in the appointment of John Weinzierl some weeks ago to serve as nightwatchman. There is a sharp divergence in the opinions of the mayor and council both as to Miske’s efficiency and as to the power of the mayor under our charter to make appointments, and the latter question, which is the important one, has been referred to City Attorney Southworth.

The east side of the Busse building on First St. is being painted and repapered this week preparatory to Miss Emma Busse moving her millinery stock therein. The building Miss Busse vacates has been rented by Veiht Bros. who will use it as an office for their garage next door.

Jan. 17, 1919

Miss Lizzie Linhoff has rented the Linhoff residence to Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Watcher, who have already taken possession. Miss Lizzie is occupying the upper floor, where she will continue doing dressmaking.

William Kruppe of Louisville shot a gray wolf near his farm on Wednesday, receiving a bounty of $10.

Willie Gross of Shakopee is the fortunate one in the Boys’ and Girls’ state garden club contest to win first place in the south central district and will be given a free trip to the annual meeting of the Minnesota Horticultural society. Willie is a good honest worker and is to be congratulated on his success.

Jan. 24, 1919

Will Reopen Gallery. George E. Blackford of Algona, Iowa, has reopened the photograph studio here this week. Extensive improvements are being made to the interior of the building, after which Mr. Blackford will be pleased to meet the public. He comes here highly recommended and will be ready to serve the public with portraits, Kodak finishing, views, enlargements and picture framing. Give him a trial.

Miske Case in District Court. Mayor Lenertz, through his attorney, J. J. Moriarty, has instituted quo warranto proceedings in the court against Nightwatchman Frank Miske. The papers have transmitted to Glencoe, where Judge Tifft is now holding court, and without doubt a writ will issue from the court citing Miske to appear and explain by what authority he exercises the powers of a police officer. As the Tribune understands it, this move on the part of the mayor has merely to do with Miske’s police powers and does not affect his status as watchman. According to the statement of Alderman Coller, published in the Argus last week, the city has entered into a contract with Mr. Miske to perform certain services as a watchman, and this contract cannot be rescinded save by mutual agreement. There is nothing in the contract conferring police powers, which powers seem to be the matter at issue. It would seem that the matter is not beyond the bounds of amicable settlement.

The sewing classes of the Red Cross will continue their work next week as Scott county has quite a large allotment to complete for the month. Two thirds of the articles are for hospitals and the remaining third for the French and Belgian exiles.

Jan. 31, 1919

Wolves Numerous. In spite of the warm, open winter we are enjoying, complaints have been received from many parts of the surrounding country that wolves are attacking sheep and other farm animals. One or two were seen at the Hubert Pass farm near town this week. The county commissioners now pay a bounty of $2.50 on grown wolves and $2 for cubs on top of the state bounty of $7.50 and $3, respectively.

Home from France. John Hein, who has seen several months of service in the front line trenches with a machine gun battalion, arrived home Wednesday, honorably discharged at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. He was severely wounded and was confined in a hospital for many weeks. He is glad to be back home and glad of his experience in warfare.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kurvers and little daughter have moved to Hopkins, where Mr. Kurvers has accepted the position of section foreman.

Willie Gross went to Minneapolis on Thursday to be in attendance at the meeting of the State Horticultural society. Willie was fortunate in winning a free trip to the meeting being the champion gardner of the south central district. He will remain for a week-end visit with relatives and friends and will return Sunday.

1919: Scott County Argus

Jan. 3, 1919

L. V. Larson of Henderson is the newly elected teacher of agriculture at the high school. Mr. Larson comes here from the Overland building, St. Paul, having just received his honorable discharge from the aviation department in which he enlisted.

Reformatory for Women

Shakopee may get another building that was not included in the original plan as indicated from the following recommendation:

The first building of the greatly needed Reformatory for Women, at Shakopee, the receiving hospital and administrative center will be ready for use by July 31, 1919. When the board made its recommendation urging such an institution to the legislature of 1915, as had previously been done, it was suggested that in time no women be sent to the state prison but to the reformatory. At that time it was thought wise to have a building for women prisoners at the prison, taking them out of their cramped quarters and utilizing the building for other purposes in case of their subsequent removal, and $40,000 was appropriated for this purpose. This was never used. One cottage would be ample for this class, in our judgment, for a long time to come. We recommended that the $40,000 originally appropriated, and unused, be re-appropriated for this purpose. For every purpose of confinement, of training and of care, the mature woman offender will be much better off at the reformatory.

Jan. 10, 1919

The new bus conveying the children of District No. 3 to and from school arrived Tuesday and was put to immediate use by Driver George D. Smith on his trips Wednesday.

A flue in the boiler at the high school building burst Monday, necessitating a day’s vacation until repairs could be made. Following closely upon two enforced vacations caused by the influenza epidemic, the accident proved a most annoying interruption to the reestablished routine of school work and was summarized succinctly but humorously by Judge Weiland, president of the board of education, when the reporter inquired of him the cause of Monday’s vacation as “too much flue.”

Jan. 17, 1919

Joseph Jasper has been appointed a member of the board of education of Independent District No. 1 to fill the unexpired term of W. S. Newgard, resigned.

The street committee of the common council is looking up the feasibility and cost of improving and putting into passable condition the road known as the old ferry road, to be used until such time as the trestle road can be completed for general traffic and the use of Mudcura sanitarium. Dr. H. P. Fischer, president of Mudcura, was asked to be present at the council meeting Tuesday evening to advise and counsel with the members as to what might be done in reference to the proposition. This matter should be gone into thoroughly as the trestle road cannot be traveled for some months to come and the ferry road would provide a very necessary highway to the north.

Jan. 24, 1919

Miss Josephine Fitzpatrick, who has been teaching the fourth and fifth grade classes in Independent District No. One, resigned her position Friday to accept work in Washington, D. C., for the government and left yesterday. Her sister, Miss Lulu Fitzpatrick, is also in Washington. Miss Clara Abel, the former primary teacher, has succeeded Miss Fitzpatrick and Miss Grace Griffith has charge of the primary work.

Schroeder Brick and Lime Mfg. Co. loaded a car of brick for Winsted Tuesday.

Misses Blanche Gelhaye and Lena Kurvers will go to St. Paul next week to begin work in a wholesale millinery house as trimmers.

Miss Emma Busse has moved her millinery store into the building adjoining August Gelhaye’s restaurant and is again ready for business.

Eagle Creek Farmers Do Valuable Work

In view of the fact that the road running east from Shakopee into Eagle Creek would be in an almost impassable condition when spring comes and the further fact that the city’s street fund at the present time is practically exhausted, a number of Eagle Creek farmers considerately and generously offered their services to help gravel the road, and the first few days of the week found teams and men at work under the supervision of the street committee.

More than two hundred loads of gravel were hauled and spread on Shakopee’s portion of the road and the timely and valuable assistance so cheerfully given by those farmers who contributed their teams, time and labor are deeply appreciated both by the council and street committee and the city of Shakopee. This is the same road on which Frank Siebenaler did the city a valuable service in December when he ran his road drag over it and put it in a condition to travel upon this winter…

Jan. 31, 1919

George Erkens has purchased the Stratton Implement store at Belle Plaine and Mr. and Mrs. Erkens moved there Monday to reside.

The ferry road is being graveled and otherwise repaired for travel.

Arthur Gelhaye presented his little daughter with a handsome new piano.

Rousing Good Roads Meet At Prior Lake. The good roads meeting called to be held at Prior Lake last Tuesday drew enthusiastic road boosters from every section of the county. About two hundred were in attendance, each one of whom manifested the keenest interest in the various matters presented for consideration…

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Jan. 6, 1944

New Reformatory Head Appointed. Miss Mary Ann Toner, for the past eight years educational director at the State Reformatory for Women here, has been appointed acting superintendent of the institution during the absence of Miss Estelle Jamieson, who has been granted a year’s leave…

School District Gets Entire NYA Educational Equipment

After much consideration and discussion, and several months of correspondence the Board of Education of the Shakopee Independent School District has been given all the machinery, tools and educational equipment at the N.Y.A. Center. This comes on a loan basis for the duration plus six months. The property has been conservatively valued at over $100,000.

The buildings erected by the N.Y.A. are included with the grant. Over 200 acres of land and 37 small buildings belonging to the State of Minnesota, have also been secured on a dollar per year lease…

Jan. 13, 1944

Housewives Urged To Deliver Salvaged Tin Containers Promptly. Reminding residents that the Jacob Ries Bottling Works is shipping another carload of salvage tin cans January 24, E. G. Leibold, county salvage chairman, this week urged housewives to prepare their salvaged tin cans and deliver them to their grocers promptly so that all available tin salvage may be included in the January 24 shipment…

School News of Shakopee Public School

It has been inevitable for some time that the combined seventh and eighth grade with 48 students, would require adjustments. At the November school board meeting the school board voted to employ an additional teacher.

Mrs. Adolph Sandbakken, teaching on a part-time basis in high school, and doing excellent work, was well qualified for the upper grade position. On December 13, Mrs. Sandbakken was employed as full-time teacher of the eighth grade only. Miss Eulalia Kowalcyk will continue teaching the seventh grade. Now that these two grades have been developed the quality of instruction will increase measurably.

Mrs. Betty Buck Sevenants recently returned to Shakopee when her husband was transferred to overseas duty. Mrs. Sevenants has had several years of very successful teaching experience and was elected by the school board to fill the vacancy created by the promotion of Mrs. Sandbakken…

Jan. 20, 1944


FOR RENT—Rooms above Shakopee Cafe. Inquire MRS. LEONARD SIEBENALER.

Dr. Halver Heads Humane Society. Dr. D. L. Halver, Shakopee veterinarian, was elected president of the Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Cruelty at the society’s seventy-fourth annual meeting held in St. Paul, last Saturday…

Recreation Program To Be Topic at Meeting Here in February

Inaugurated by the Shakopee Post of the American Legion, a movement is now on here to formulate a supervised community recreational program for the youth of Shakopee.

Through the efforts of the Legion all civic, fraternal, parish and service organizations in the city have been urged to appoint committees to represent their respective groups as members of a master committee which is to meet for a general discussion of the project February 14. The meeting is to be held in the city hall…

Jan. 27, 1944

FOR SALE—The Joseph Ring home, 124 Spencer. Modern; gas heat, hot water heater. Call MRS. HARRY C. MERTZ, Tel. 244.

Shakopee Boy Cast in College Stage Play. Mr. Robert Thilgen, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Thilgen of Shakopee, took part in the presentation of the new play, “Little Women,” given at the St. Cloud State Teachers’ college, St. Cloud, Minn., Jan. 24…

Interest Shown in Community Youth Program. That residents have become interested in the question of a recreational program for Shakopee was definitely established this week, when Legion officers who inaugurated the movement, announced that nearly every fraternal church, service and civic organization in the community had appointed committees to consider the matter…

Shakopee Area Trades School Opens With Enrollment of 37

With 37 farmers registered for instruction in the repair and maintenance of farm machinery, the Shakopee Area Trades school, operated under the supervision of the Shakopee public schools, held its first class Monday night.

The trades school, housed in the shops and employing the tools and facilities of the former NYA center, is now operating on a schedule offering instruction three nights each week, three hours per night…

1969: Shakopee Valley News

Jan. 2, 1969

Municipal Commission Orders On Expanding 3 Areas In Scott County. If proposed annexation gets approval of the majority of the voters in the township areas affected, the City of Shakopee will be expanded from about two and one-half square miles to 41 square miles, similar in size to Bloomington. Approved in the order of the Minnesota Commission on Tuesday of last week, December 24, was the annexing of all of Jackson township (5,440 acres); sections one through 24 and 28 through 32 and all of the township of Eagle Creek, lying south of the Minnesota River in sections 33 through 36 (15,680 acres), and a portion of Louisville township, section 9, 16 and 17, lying southerly and easterly of the Minnesota River and that of section 24, lying east of the center line of Scott County Road No. 79 (9,600 acres). Balloting is to be on Tuesday, February 25, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eagle Creek Town Hall, Jackson Hall and at the residence of Clerk James Theis in Louisville township…

John Rosen To Broadcast From Vietnam Post

Friends of E-3 John R. Rosen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Rosen, 704 West Sixth, Shakopee, may hear his voice from Vietnam over radio station KNUJ, New Ulm, Minnesota.

Rosen will be heard on KNUJ on Thursday, January 16 at 3:15 p.m.

He was interviewed in Vietnam recently by KNUJ reporter Gene Rodewald. Rodewald’s trip to Vietnam to interview area servicemen and the special radio programs being aired daily at 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on KNUJ AM and at 9:30 each evening on KNUJ-FM, featuring these area servicemen was made possible by Supersweet Feed dealers and Rural Electric Co-operative.

Jan. 9, 1969

Circulate Petition To Abolish Shakopee Utilities Commission. Now being circulated, in an effort to secure the 161 required signatures, are petitions within the City of Shakopee that seek to bring before the voters of the city the proposition of a “yes” or “no” vote on the abolishing of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission…

A Pepsi party for Miss Shakopee Contestants was held last Saturday, January 4 at the Shakopee Public Utilities building, with the Shakopee Mrs. Jaycees as hostesses for the event…

Figure Skating Lessons Now Being Held At Swimming Pool

Free figure skating lessons for interested boys and girls began Saturday afternoon, January 4 at the Swimming Pool Skating Rink in Shakopee, sponsored by the Shakopee Recreation Board. This popular program has been made possible by a generous grant from Shakopee Ford, co-sponsor of this annual program.

Instructor is Miss Nikki Howland, a Figure Skating Gold Medalist who recently placed fifth in Senior Ladies Competition in the Midwest Section of the United States Figure Skating Association…

Jan. 16, 1969

$25,000 Stans Grant Pledged To Historical Society Project. Mrs. Margaret MacFarlane, historical co-ordinator of the Scott County Historical Society, announced at the Society meeting on Tuesday evening of this week, January 14, in the First National Bank, that the Maurice Stans Foundation has pledged a total grant of $25,000 in payments of $5,000 at six month intervals, for the Society’s proposed historical restoration project in the Memorial Park area, east edge of Shakopee…

Citizens Committee For School Bond Issue On Feb. 11 Organized. Organized at a meeting held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 9, in the Shakopee Senior High School Library was a Citizens Committee to promote Shakopee School District No. 720’s current building program plans and the pending $2.1 million bond issue to finance the three-stage program…

Take First Step On Jr. High Remodeling. A motion authorizing the district enter into a contract with the architectural firm, Armstrong, Schlicting, Torseth and Skold, Inc. of Minneapolis, to initiate first phase planning of the proposed remodeling of the Junior High building, Fifth and Holmes, the first in a proposed three-stage building program, was approved at the regular January meeting of Shakopee School District No. 720 board of education held Monday night of this week, January 13, in the Board room at Shakopee Senior High School on Tenth Avenue…

New Offices For Fred Kerber. Fred Kerber, agent for Farmers Insurance Group, for the past five years, has recently moved into new office quarters at 112 South Holmes, he announced this week…

To Succeed Sister As Municipal Court Judge For City Of Shakopee

Minnesota Governor Harold LeVander last Friday, January 10, named Kermit J. Lindmeyer, 52, of Shakopee, to be Shakopee’s new Court Judge.

Judge Lindmeyer will succeed his sister, the late Isla L. Lindmeyer, in the post. Miss Lindmeyer died Sunday, December 29…

Jan. 23, 1969

Razing the old flour mill building, recently obtained by the City of Shakopee through condemnation, to gain added area for the city’s downtown improvement program, was under way on Monday of this week, January 20. Leveling of this structure, located at the rear of Montgomery-Ward on Lewis Street, marks the culmination of the acquisition activity that extended for a near two-year period due to litigation. Completing the razing is Hauer Bros. of Shakopee, who had the lowest of three bids, at $4,575. Deadline for removal is February 15, with Hauer reporting good progress and is expected the work to be completed well prior to this date.

Scott Board Authorizes Additional Sheriff’s Deputy, Fred Rgnonti. Following a presentation by Scott County Sheriff W. B. “Rip” Schroeder to the Scott County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting this week, January 21, in the Scott courthouse at Shakopee, authorization was given the hiring Fred Rgnonti, 27, of Credit River township as an added full-time deputy sheriff…

Cormac Suel Heads Scott Library Board. Cormac Suel, Shakopee postmaster, was named president of the Scott County Library Board at its organizational meeting held Tuesday evening, January 7, in the Board of Commissioners room at the Scott County courthouse in Shakopee…

Appoint Bank Officer. F. A. Weiland, president of The First National Bank announced this week that Mrs. Janice Bastyr had been appointed assistant cashier and women’s representative The First National Bank, as the result of action of the board of directors at their annual reorganizational meeting on Tuesday of last week, January 14…

No Coaches; Drop Rec Board. The Shakopee Recreation Board regrets that for the first time in twelve years it has had to cancel its Grade Five Basketball Program. Forty boys were registered in the program but with only one coach the task was impossible…

Now Dial Tone For Phone Users

Starting tomorrow, (Friday), January 24, Shakopee telephone users whose numbers start with the “445” prefix will hear a new, distinctive dial tone.

W. R. Mahady, Northwestern Bell Telephone manager, said the new, lower-pitched dial tone is the first step in the company’s plans to make Touch-Tone calling available to Shakopee customers this spring.

When Touch-Tone calling, with its pushbutton phones, becomes available, it will be offered on an optional basis to customers who have one and two-party service.

Mahady pointed out that the new dial tone is necessary to avoid a conflict with the frequencies used in this new service.

Organize Junior Rifle Club In Shakopee

Howard McBride, … Savage, has been selected Adult Club Leader of the newly organized rifle club, The Shakopee Junior Sportsmen Club of Shakopee, by the National Rifle Association.

Membership in the new junior rifle club will be restricted to youngsters under 19 years of age…

The aim of the club, like thousands of others similarly chartered by the National Rifle Association of America, is to teach youngsters the fundamentals of good marksmanship and safe firearms handling on the target range and in the hunting field.

‘Passage Of School Bond Issue’ Theme Of Dist. No. 720 Adult Poster Contest

Donald Tarr, assistant principal of Shakopee Public Elementary Schools, announced this week that an adult poster contest will be held to promote the passage of the school bond issue on February 11.

A $10 prize will be awarded for the winning poster and all posters will be displayed in the community…

Tarr pointed out that the adult contest is in addition to a student poster contest also underway at all Public Schools…

Jan. 30, 1969

Firms ‘Happy’ With Off-Street Parking Lots. The survey of members of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, presented at the adjourned meeting at the Common Council last Thursday evening, January 23, indicated merchants in general are happy with the new off-street parking lots, think they should be named, but did not accept the previous suggestion presented at a previous council meeting of using names of women of pioneer Shakopee families, and are about evenly divided on whether parking should be angle on both sides or all parallel on Fuller, Holmes and Lewis Streets between First and Second…

City Officials Surveyed On Highway Plans

Shakopee’s city officials at the adjourned meeting of the Common Council held last Thursday evening, January 23, were presented three possible alignments in proposed relocation of area highways, and were asked to complete attitude surveys to be used to rate the relative importance of six highway planning considerations in determining the relocating of Highways 169, 212 and 41…

The tentative proposals had two standout factors in relation to the City of Shakopee – that, in all three, the relocation of Highway 169 would be to the south of the city limits, possibly a half mile to a mile, similar to the by-pass proposed in the City of Shakopee Comprehensive Guide Plan, and that the bridge for the Minnesota River at Shakopee would be east of the city in two of the proposed realignments, with the original west Shakopee location not considered…

Generally the tentative plans are:

System A – Highway 212 would veer north through Chaska and turn east in a corridor parallel to present State Highway 5. Highway 169 would bypass Shakopee to the south and east to follow a corridor along present Highway 101, south of the Minnesota River, turning north to cross the river, to require a bridge span near the Eden Prairie-Bloomington boundary (Hennepin County 18). The engineers term this a “rectangular” scheme.

System B – A “diagonal” scheme, would have Highway 169 following the same corridor as in System A, but Highway 212 would follow approximately its present alignment. In this plan, the bridge span would be just east of Chaska with the traffic not routed through downtown Chaska.

System C – is considered a combination of A and B. Highway 212 would cross the Minnesota River just east of Shakopee, similar to the proposal by the Council near the former city dump, and converge with Highway 212 in Eden Prairie.

All the plans propose a linking with Interstate 494 and the Crosstown Highway, just northwest of Eden Prairie…

Offer Consolidation Plans For St. Mark’s, St. Mary’s

Three separate plans to provide a co-operative system of education between St. Mark’s and St. Mary’s Parochial Schools in Shakopee were introduced to parents and other interested citizens at the St. Mark’s Home School Association Meeting on Tuesday evening of this week, January 28, at 8 p.m. in St. Mark’s Hall.

Dr. Roland Pistulka, president of St. Mark’s Board of Education told the capacity crowd that the choice was either to make the most possible use of both schools on a co-operative bases, or phase out the Parochial school system in Shakopee altogether.

Plan one, explained by Dr. Pistulka, calls for a unification of the two schools, which are only five blocks apart. St. Mark’s would provide 20 classrooms for an estimated 600 students in grades one through five, with no more than 30 students per class, and St. Mary’s would provide 12 classrooms for an estimated 325 students in grades six, seven and eight…

Plan two calls for the closing of St. Mary’s as a regular school and having only grades one through six at St. Mark’s. Although this would mean that there would be no Parochial Junior High school in Shakopee, the money saved could be used for a more adequate CCD program, including regular release periods twice a week from the public schools for high school students…

Plan three calls for the best of plan one and two according to Father Huber. It calls for consolidation of grades outlined in plan one, with grades one through five at St. Mark’s and grades six through eight at St. Mary’s, plus setting up of a religious education center at St. Mary’s for senior high students and adults, with the hiring of two professional religious instructors…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

Jan. 6, 1994

Trial on ownership of track begins. The battle for ownership of Canterbury Downs began in Scott County District Court Tuesday, with attorneys representing Twin Cities financier Irwin Jacobs and Fargo, N.D. businesswoman Susan Bala each declaring their client has the only valid agreement to buy the failed Shakopee racetrack…

New Snyder Drug Store opens. Co-owners Gary Gustafson and Sharon Wiser opened their new Snyder drug store at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Marschall Road in Shakopee on Monday. The Snyder store replaces Eastman Eagle Drug, 214 S. Holmes St., which Gustafson and Wiser had operated…

Jan. 13, 1994

Jacobs gets track. Scott County District Court Judge Michael Young ruled Wednesday that Twin Cities financier Irwin Jacobs holds the only valid contract to purchase Canterbury Downs. Young issued his decision in a 39-page document…

City gets inquiry on sale of Murphy’s

An unidentified group of investors has approached the city of Shakopee with a proposal to buy Murphy’s Landing.

In a letter to Mayor Gary Laurent, attorney Thomas Reiter of the law firm Thomas Reiter & Associates, St. Paul, said that his unidentified clients were interested in knowing whether the city was willing to part with the 88-acre living historical museum that has been on the brink of financial collapse at least twice within the last 10 years.

On Tuesday night, at a City Council committee of the whole meeting, Reiter asked that a lease the city has with the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP) to operate the site be extended until Jan. 31 so that negotiations for the purchase could be explored…

Bids sought for second phase of sports complex

The Shakopee School Board Monday authorized bid solicitation for the second phase of the athletic complex project at Shakopee High School…

The second phase of the project will include a fenced, nine-lane track; a combination football/soccer field; long-jump, triple-jump. and high-jump areas; areas for pole vaulting, shot put and discus events; home-side bleachers, with a seating capacity of 1,014; fencing around the complex; and walkway lighting…

Fine arts may be graduation requirement

Completion of at least one fine arts course may become a graduation requirement at Shakopee High School.

At its Monday meeting, the Shakopee School Board heard a report from high school principal Jim Murphy and Andy Mast, director of the school’s instrumental music program, who are members of a committee formed to study a fine arts requirement. The committee took its direction from the district-wide strategic plan, which calls for a fine arts requirement…

The high school’s Fine Arts Graduation Requirement Committee is asking the board to approve a policy that would require students to take at least one credit of fine arts…

DOT: Mini-bypass, bridge project is nearly complete

Work has been halted for the winter with about 90 percent of the downtown Shakopee mini-bypass river bridge project completed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation…

Weather permitting, project contractor C.S. McCrossan Co. will begin finishing work in early May, which is expected to last six to eight weeks, the DOT said. Among the work to be finished includes the final blacktop overlay on the new bypass, alleys, connections to First Avenue and parking lots; trail connections from the north end of the old bridge; completion of the pedestrian park to include rock removal, excavation work, stair construction and handicap-accessible path construction; and landscaping and miscellaneous cleanup work.

Met Center too costly; Sabers to play at EP

Reversing its decision to maintain the Metropolitan Sports Center as its home away from home, the Shakopee High School ice hockey team will be moving to Eden Prairie Community Center after all.

The reason for the switch: money…

Jan. 20, 1994

Down to a science. Fremont Industries Inc., an Industrial chemical company based In Shakopee, recently donated $7,017 to be used to purchase science equipment at Shakopee High School. The school submitted a wish list which included lab items, chemistry videos and graphing calculators. Mark Gruss, president of Fremont, said he wanted the company to get involved in “the business of education.”

Outage – school and electricity

Frigid temperatures closed Shakopee public and private schools Tuesday, and caused outages in the Shakopee area Saturday morning, leaving hundreds of homes without electricity and heat, some for more than four hours.

About 2,000 Shakopee Public Utilities customers were without power for varying periods of time Saturday when two poles holding electrical lines shared by the utility and Minnesota Valley Electrical Cooperative (MVEC) in Jordan snapped in the bitter subzero temperatures.

Power was restored gradually after the 7:05 a.m. power failure, and service was completely restored by 11:30 a.m. Temperatures at the time of the power outage ranged from 25 to 30 below zero…

A place to call home

…Something will be taking place at Cross of Peace on Sunday — “Dedication Sunday,” which will include an open house from 1 to 4 p.m., and a special dedication service at 5 p.m. (Regular worship services will be held at the usual times, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.)

The 266-member congregation is celebrating its new building, which is located on the southeast side of Shakopee on Wood Duck Trail, just off Marschall Road…

Jan. 27, 1994

Minge seeks bypass funding. U.S. Rep. David Minge has asked a key congressional subcommittee on transportation to provide $18.6 million for the Shakopee Bypass. If approved, the money would provide 80 percent of the $23.25 million needed to complete the nine-mile bypass, which will run south of the city. The remaining funding will come from the state…

In Shakopee, the art of graduation just got finer

Beginning with the class of 1997, Shakopee High School students will be required to take at least one fine-arts credit in order to graduate.

The policy change was unanimously adopted by the six School Board members present at Monday’s board meeting. Board member Jessica Geis was absent…

School Board hears concept for ‘new look’ classrooms

Home economics courses are now being called life sciences. And what used to be shop is now technology preparation, or tech prep.

But giving the departments different names is just the tip of the iceberg, according to instructors and other staff in the Shakopee School District.

The classrooms themselves will be transformed from rows of desks and equipment areas to work stations that resemble a business office, should the district decide to go with a “synergistic” lab.

On Monday night, Beth Schneider, a personal and family life science teacher at Shakopee Junior High, and Ken Rood, director of instructional programs, showed the School Board pictures of a trip they took to a middle school in Omaha, Neb., that was using the setup.

They pointed out the synergy labs’ arrangement, in which students were paired off and worked in circular modules. Besides using computers and videos, the students got hands-on experience in technology and life-management by working with such things as robotic arms, audio broadcasting equipment, microwaves and sewing machines.

Schneider said students worked on a variety of short-term — usually seven- to eight-day – projects. Students worked cooperatively with each other, and teachers served more as facilitators than leaders, although they were present to help students figure out solutions…

Neighborhood loses fight to stop street

Residents living on Boiling Springs Lane lost their fight against City Hall Jan. 18 when the Shakopee City Council voted to change the 3,000-foot cul-de-sac they live on into a residential roadway…

The proposed residential development plan for Eagle Creek Bluff calls for construction of a north-south roadway on what is now the cul-de-sac. Those plans, along with the construction of the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the realignment of County Road 18, will provide easier access to new residential neighborhoods, according to city staff…

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