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1893: Scott County Argus

July 6, 1893

Call on Newcomb & Grafenstatt for the best Threshers, corn cultivators, Binders, Mowers, Hay Rakes.

C. E. Busse has commenced tearing down his old store preparatory to erecting a fine brick block on the same site. This little frame building has looked down upon First street travelers for the past thirty years, but must now give way before the spirit of enterprise so contageous in Shakopee in the last two years. The new store will be patterned after the Jacob Ries building on First street.

The fire department enjoyed a little run Monday afternoon at about one o’clock. The roof of an old frame building in the rear of Otto Spielman’s saloon caught fire from the stove chimney and made quite a scare for a few moment’s time. The fire was quickly extinguished by a bucket brigade, although the fire department got a stream playing on it also in a surprisingly short space of time. The frame buildings near the burning roof were as dry as tinder from the long drought and a little delay would have shown us a disastrous fire.

On Tuesday morning the barn, granary and outbuildings belonging to Frank Huber about three miles east of town burned to the ground. No one was home at the time, as al save the hired man had come in for the celebration, and by the time neighbors arrived everything was lost. While these were attempting to extinguish the flames, smoke was discovered arising about a mile north from Huber’s. Six men were detailed to run over there and when they arrived they found Francis O’Reilly’s house in flames. The wife and children were home at the time the fire started but were unable to save any of the contents. The origin of neither fire is known, but it “laid at the door” of tramps that have infested that locality for some time past. The insurance on Huber’s property amounts to $1,000, on O’Reilly’s house and contents $700, both insured by the B. A. Kohler insurance company.

B. A. Kohler has sold his drug business to Messrs. M. A. Deutch and Herbert Zettel, of Jordan, the deal being concluded last Saturday. The purchasers take possession about the first of August. Mr. Deutch has had six years experience as prescription clerk with Jos. Kerer, of Jordan, and comes to his duties here very well recommended. The gentlemen are to be congratulated on securing a neat and progressive business in our thriving little city.

Five large pieces of iron work were delivered for the new brick block by the Nameless Iron Works this morning.

On Tuesday night burglars cut out the screen at A. Grafenstatt’s house but were frightened away by a puppy’s timely alarm.

Last Sunday morning the door of the vestry room of St. Mark’s church was found forced open. On investigation it was discovered that burglars had ransacked the room and drilled a hole through the door of the safe. Evidently they were frightened away suddenly for they left their kit of tools on the floor of the room. One cold chisel bears the mark of the M. & St. L. railroad giving rise to a suspicion that the gang was connected with the coming circus. The combination was smashed but when the safe was forced open the contents were found unmolested.

July 13, 1893

We were in error last week in stating that C. E. Busse’s store would be patterned after the Jacob Ries building. The store will be constructed similar to Chas. Broman’s new brick building and will have an iron front with three large plate glass show windows running across its entire width. The upper story of the front will be built of pressed brick. The store will be divided into two parts, one having a single and the other a double entrance. The old building has been entirely removed and now the new one will be pushed to rapid completion.

Burglars entered G S. Lander’s hardware store through the basement last Monday night and secured two good rifles, a 22 cal. revolver, and some twenty boxes of cartridges. Evidently the work was that of young boys, or at least persons very young at such a business and they may yet be apprehended.

Last Tuesday afternoon as Dr. Sabin and father were driving along First street their horse suddenly shied, throwing himself flat and tipping the buggy completely over. Dr. Sabin was thrown out but his father was caught in the buggy top. The doctor, however, succeeded in holding the desperate brute down until the old gentleman cleared himself of the wreck. The horse then kicked himself free from the traces and betook himself to the barn. He has an ugly wound in his side caused by a piece of broken thill piercing it. The buggy as well as the harness is almost a total wreck. The cause of the accident, thus saith the doctor, was nothing but the pure wickedness in heart of that dark horse, whose spirit has never been broken.

Voelker and Koenig received their new and complete meat market outfit yesterday and will be ready for business within a few days.

July 20, 1893

When you visit the World’s Fair, and become satiated with viewing strange sights and wish to rest your eyes upon some object familiar and homelike, just wend your way into the Agricultural Building, up to the second floor, and down column I until you come to the Mineral Water Exhibit, and there will be found a square plate glass case labeled Jacob Ries Bottling Works, Shakopee, Minn. which contains a neatly built pyramid of bottles containing Jacob Ries’s well known specialties, Pear Champagne, Ginger Ale, Lemon Soda, Sarsaparilla Tonic, and Rock Spring Mineral Water, altogether making a pyramid about eight feet in height. The case itself is 6 feet square and 10 feet high and its base is painted white and trimmed with gold. The four sides are of plate glass. The exhibit presents a very attractive appearance and reflects much credit upon this enterprising firm, whose reputation for fine temperance drinks, by the way, is far from a local one. It is an expensive it of advertising, but Mr. Ries knows that advertising pays and pays well, and he expects to lose nothing from placing such an exhibit. He has already filled an order from the officers of the Columbian Guards, and they commend his goods in a very flattering letter. It will prove interesting to the visitor at the fair to look up our town’s only exhibit save Mr. Gross’s sand and seed pictures and egg plant, which have been spoken of before.

Geo. D. Wilder has accepted the position of bookkeeper in the Minnesota Stove Co.’s office.

Herbert Zettel and family arrived here from St. Joseph yesterday. They have located in the Charles Wampach house. Mr. Zettel will assume the duties of druggist at B. A. Kohler’s “old stand” within a week or ten days.

John Edert is improving his First street property by the building of a brand new sidewalk along its front. Now that the ice is broken we may expect others to follow in the good work. Sidewalks will wear out even in such hard times and this year Shakopee surely has her share of decrepit walks.

July 27, 1893

New sidewalks have been ordered built on Atwood street, both sides to St. Mark’s church; on Sommerville street; both sides, to the Methodist church; on the north side of Second street from Holmes street to Fuller street, and on the west side of Holmes street from Second to Third street leading to the court house.

Last Tuesday three telegraph poles proudly reared their heads along the south side of First street, and “this cruel war is over.”

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Snelling Troops Visit Shakopee. Shakopee was host to “F” company and Machine Gun company of the 36th U. S. Infantry, Monday and Tuesday, on special invitation from Mayor Lenertz to the commanding officer at Fort Snelling…

The first consignment of building material for the construction of the Women’s State Reformatory arrived here this week. Work on the excavation of the basement will be commenced next week.

B. J. Aanes came from Eau Claire, Wis., Sunday to take temporary charge of the studio following the departure of the lady who had been managing it for some weeks and who was called to Indiana by the illness of her mother. Mr. Aanes will put the studio in charge of a competent photographer as soon as he can find one, but in the meantime he is attending to the business himself, which circumstance should be taken advantage of by those of our people who are in need of work, Mr. Aanes being considered one of the best artists in the northwest.


Consolidation Proposal Wins

The election on the proposition for consolidating school Districts No. 1, 3 and 41 was held at the high school in District No. 1, Saturday afternoon and evening, June 29, and resulted in a victory for consolidation…

It is said that Shakopee was the only incorporated city in the state which was divided into two school districts. It was an archaic state of affairs which is well done away with, and our schools are bound to be the better for the change.

July 12, 1918

To Blaze Albert Lea Trail. President Moriarty of the Minneapolis to Albert Lea Trail, appeared before the Board of County Commissioners on Monday, and secured the necessary means with which to blaze the Trail through Scott County. The County Board of the various Counties from Minneapolis to Albert Lea has taken up the work and our own efficient County Board generously arose to the occasion and showed their enthusiasm in Good Road Movements in granting the request of President Moriarty to blaze the Trail through Scott County. This Trail will bring through New Prague, Jordan and Shakopee a tremendous traffic from the South and West as well as from the Twin Cities and is a valuable asset for our County. Joseph Klinkhammer is in charge of the work in Scott County.

The first annual picnic of the Scott county beekeepeers’ association will be held on Sunday, July 14, at the farm of John Sames, one mile east of Marystown. A full attendance is desired.

July 19, 1918

Butchers Picnic at Riverside. The nineteenth annual picnic of the Minneapolis Retail Meat Dealer’s association was held at Riverside park Wednesday, and the attendance was quite large, there being at one time or another during the day several hundred automobiles in town and on the grounds. The picnic was brought to Shakopee partly through the efforts of our local dealers, Chas. Hartman and Volkert & Jansen, and partly through choice of the executives of the association; but in any case, no better place for holding such an affair could have been hit upon than Shakopee and Riverside Park, and this seems to have been the opinion of the crowd, which very evidently enjoyed the outing…

Sid Dierberger has added a fine new 5 passenger Chevrolet car to his livery equipage and is better prepared than ever to handle all kinds of work in the livery line.

July 26, 1918

Glass in His Breakfast. Wednesday morning Jud Holman lost his breakfast in a manner which is probably unique in the history of lightning freaks. It was during the electric storm around 7 o’clock and breakfast was steaming on the table when a blinding flash of lightning followed by a terrific peal of thunder disturbed the even tenor of the meal. But this was nothing to what happened when at the same instant the telephone emitted a blinding flash and a mirror on the wall above the table was shivered to atoms, the glass showering the table and everything on it so that the meal had to be thrown away. This is one story of glass in food that’s authentic, but not Hun spy is responsible, for the Huns all live in the other direction from whence came the lightning.

War Pictures At Gem. Manager Shelton of the Gem Theatre has leased the government series of war pictures which the pathe company has been authorized to film. In presenting these pictures to the public of Shakopee Manager Shelton is not only bringing to his house the most interesting feature now obtainable, but is also performing a patriotic service in compliance with the request of the government war publicity service. That no attempt is being made to make money out of this feature is evidenced by the reduced prices which prevail on those nights when these pictures are shown. Every man, woman, and child in the community should make it a point to see these pictures of our boys and the life they are leading over there as often as possible.

Studio Changes Hands. Last Friday B. J. Aanes effected a deal for the sale of the Shakopee studio to Oscar F. Haering of Jordan, who was given possession Monday of this week…

Walter Huth and family moved here from St. Paul last Friday and are now comfortably domiciled in the Mahoney house on Fourth street.

Rev. John Detgen, who has had charge of St. John’s Lutheran church the past six months, departed for Heron Lake on Wednesday, where he has been assigned to the Lutheran church at that place.

Rev. George Matthae and family arrived here from Heron Lake and are occupying the Lutheran parsonage, east of the Herman Schroeder residence. Rev. Lehne of St. Paul was here on Sunday and conducted the ceremony, incident to the installation of the new pastor.

1918: Scott County Argus

July 5, 1918

Material Arrives For Reformatory. The first car load of building material to be used in the construction of the Woman’s State Reformatory has arrived here. This material is to be used in the construction of the basement walls. The excavation of the basement will be commenced the first of next week.

William and Herman Duede have gone to St. Paul where they will be employed at their trade as molder, their families remaining here for the present.

Lee Gelhaye has purchased the John Strattmann residence and will take possession in about a month.

Wm. Spoerner left this week for St. Paul where he will work for a stove company, which has a large government contract.

July 12, 1918

Local dealers in gasoline yesterday received official notice that after July 15th no gasoline may be sold after six o’clock, on any day of the week and its sale is absolutely prohibited on Sundays and holidays. Sales will also be strictly for cash.

Trail Will Be Blazed. President Moriarty of the Minneapolis to Albert Lea Trail, appeared before the Board of County Commissioners on Monday, and secured the necessary means with which to blaze the trail through Scott county. The county board of the various counties from Minneapolis to Albert Lea have taken up the work and our own efficient county board generously arose to the occasion and showed their enthusiasm in good road movements in granting the request of President Moriarty to blaze the trail through Scott county. This trail will bring through New Prague, Jordan and Shakopee a heavy traffic from the south and west, as well as from the Twin Cities, and is a valuable asset for our county. Joseph Klinkhammer is in charge of the work in Scott county.

Ground Broken for Woman’s Reformatory. The contractor who has the job of constructing the first building, the administration building of the Woman’s State Reformatory at Shakopee, arrived on the ground the first of the week with a part of his necessary equipment. On Wednesday morning work was started and the ground broken preparatory for the excavation of the large basement to be put in under the entire structure.

St. Mark’s Parish Raises New Flag. The flag raising and ice cream social held at St. Mark’s church Wednesday evening was an event that will long be remembered in the annals of the parish for its many delightful features, chief of which was the dedication of the handsome flag 10×20 feet in dimension donated by John J. O’Dowd. The emblem is said to be the largest in Scott or Carver counties and flies from a flag pole 80 feet high erected midway between the church and the parish residence on the spacious lawn of the parish grounds. The dedicatory ceremonies consisted of music by the Mandolin club, the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” by St. Mark’s girl choir, patriotic speeches by Rev. Fr. Savs and Sen. Julius A. Coller and the closing song “America” by the assemblage. To Miss Ruth Brunner, enlisted as a Red Cross nurse, and Private Henry Thul, at home on furlough from Camp Dodge, fell the honor of raising the flag amid the wildly enthusiastic plaudits of the hundreds in attendance. The banners is a valuable gift and a beautiful addition to the church grounds and St. Mark’s parish is deeply appreciative of the generosity of the donor…

Mrs. E. Drechsler has bought the former Paukner home on Third street from Frank Boehmer who recently purchased it and remodeled it for his own use. The consideration is reported to be $1600.

July 19, 1918

Miss Pearl Bassett returned Wednesday to St. Paul to resume work at Stronge and Warner’s wholesale millinery house.

Lester Brown has traded his five passenger Haynes for L. E. Dawson’s seven passenger Studebaker which he will use in his auto service to Glen Lake.


Two Autos Stolen

Automobile thieves were busy in the city early Tuesday morning and succeeded in getting away with County Agent Geiger’s new Ford that he won July 4th at the Jordan Red Cross picnic. Mr. Geiger returned about one o’clock from Savage where he had conducted a canning demonstration and put his car in the garage without locking it. In the morning he discovered the garage open and himself minus a new Ford which he had owned just eleven days.

On the same morning about 3:30 o’clock Mrs. Peter Stemmer was awakened by a noise in their garage and flashes of light as though the lights of the car were on. She awakened Mr. Stemmer and he went out to investigate, to find his five passenger Overland backed from the garage into the alley and a man attempting to drive away with the car. In his hurry the fellow killed the engine and becoming scared as Mr. Stemmer appeared, he leaped from the car and ran. Mr. Stemmer was unarmed and not being able to overtake the thief the latter escaped.

Search was immediately instituted but no trace of the stolen car has been found. It is thought that several men were implicated in the theft although no clue to the robbers has been discovered.


Building Begun For Women’s Reformatory

Klarquist and Son of Minneapolis, who have the contract for the general work of the Women’s reformatory have commenced work on the excavation.

The building will be located on the 12 acre tract south of Sixth street. It will face on Sixth St. (south) and will be built on the crest of the hill, commanding a view of the Minnesota valley…

July 26, 1918

Frank Boehmer purchased A. J. Munro’s lot on Third street for $375 and is building a new residence for himself.

While cranking his Ford delivery truck Wednesday, Leander, the seventeen year old son of John Thole tore the cords of his arm seriously. The injury happened in the same place where the arm was broken three years ago. Dr. Buck attended him and he is getting along nicely but will be unable to use his arm for several weeks.

The congregation of St. John’s Lutheran church held a reception Sunday afternoon at the Herman Schroeder home to welcome their new pastor, Rev. George Mattae of Howard Lake whose installation took place Sunday morning. Rev. Mr. Lehne of St. Paul was the installing pastor. Several hundred persons attended the reception and a picnic dinner and supper were served on the lawn. During the afternoon ice cream and soft drinks were served. The event was also arranged as a farewell to Rev. John Detgen, the out-going pastor, who was presented with a handsome gold watch and chain as a token of the regard of his congregation. Rev. Mr. Mattae and family are now established as permanent residents of Shakopee and are cordially welcomed as such.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

July 1, 1943

Shakopee Loses Another Scoutmaster to Military. For the fourth time in the current war the Shakopee Boy Scout troop has lost its scoutmaster to the armed forces. Most recent loss is John Maloney, member of the local high school faculty, who handed in his resignation last week to begin service in the U.S. Army…

Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Herzog and family moved here from Jordan last Thursday, and are occupying the Mat Sames house on South Holmes St. Mr. Herzog is superintendent of the schools in Scott county.

FOR SALE.—CHEAP—Business property adjoining Shakopee Bakery, also dwellings. Estate of the late August Scherkenbach. Tel 279.

FOR RENT.—4-room upstairs apartment, at 612 E. 1st St. Tel. 21-W-4. HERMAN RIES.


13 Shakopee Scouts on Victory Garden Outing

Thirteen Shakopee Boy Scouts are now taking their turn of duty in the vast Scout Victory Garden project at Camp Tonkawa, near Maple Plain. They entered camp Sunday and will remain for two weeks.

Unlike previous summer outings which dealt chiefly with recreation and troop advancement this season’s camp is a wartime work project in which every boy spends half of his time occupied in the vegetable garden helping to produce next winter’s food.

The other half of the time is devoted to recreational activities thru which advancement in scout study and training is achieved.

July 8, 1943

M. E. Ferguson, local manager of the C. Thomas store, has brought his wife and little family to Shakopee. They arrived here from Albert Lea, Wednesday, and for the time being and until a house in town can be obtained, they will occupy the Andrew Kopisca house over at the “Y”. Mr. Ferguson relates an experience he had at Albert Lea last Sunday when the clouds hovering over the city opened up and let go upon that count the heaviest downpour he has ever seen. At the time, he says, he was bringing Mrs. Ferguson and their newly born heir home from the hospital and that the rain came down so heavy they were obliged to remain in their car for over two and one-half hours. Needless to say the Fergusons are welcome to Shakopee, where, it is hoped they may enjoy their residence and make new friends.

FOR SALE—To Close Estate, homestead with good dwelling and outbuildings and 14 acres; 3 blocks from Shakopee high school, conveniently located, ideal for light farming. Also dwelling with 2 ½ lots, centrally located on Fourth street. Inquire E. J. HUBER, Adm., Elizabeth Engel Est., Shakopee.


NYA Center Here Officially Closed

In conformity with a congressional mandate ordering its cessation, the Shakopee N.Y.A. Center, like 499 others throughout the nation, has been officially closed. The order affects eight projects in Minnesota at Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth St. Cloud, Winona, Tracy, Aitkin and Shakopee.

Arnold C. Stordahl, superintendent of the Shakopee Center, said Monday the local project, equipped to accommodate 500 youth has been officially closed since Saturday, July 3. According to Stordahl only a skeleton crew is still employed at the center carrying out the details necessitated by the closing order…

The Shakopee N.Y.A. project, said to be the first in the United States, was instituted March 4, 1938 with J. A. Whelan, now a lieutenant colonel serving in North Africa, sent here to establish the program. A semi-relief project, it was created to provide industrial training, education and occupation for unemployed youth whose parents were unable to support them or send them to school.

With the advent of the war the program was quickly adapted to training workers for defense industries, but with the war also came the difficulty of obtaining enrollees coming within the 17-25 year age limitation specified in the national program. Ready employment for youth removed the employment problem and the military services and selective service act absorbed many thousands who might have sought the training offered by N.Y.A…

July 15, 1943

School Band May Participate in Aquatennial. Tentative plans are under consideration, weather conditions permitting, to have our school band represent the city of Shakopee as a participant in the Aquatennial parade in Minneapolis, on July 31…

Scrap Drive Nets 100,000 Pounds Metal. That the local scrap drive which terminated Saturday night was a success, was verified by William F. Marschall, drive chairman, who issued the statement Monday that 100,000 pounds of scrap metal had been accumulated at the salvage depot…


13,100 Pounds of Tin Cans Shipped Monday

A carload of salvaged tin, 13,100 pounds of it, was shipped form Shakopee Monday representing six week’s accumulation in the cities of Scott and Carver counties it was learned.

Collected by grocers in the several cities, the tin was brought to Shakopee on trucks operated by Jacob Ries Bottling Works, active in the salvaging of tin container’s. From here the shipment went to Minneapolis, and will then go on to Chicago where it will be run through a detinning plant…

July 22, 1943

Farm Volunteers To Be Summoned. Scott county townspeople who have volunteered to help local farmers get in the critical 1943 war crop, will have a chance to deliver the goods within the next few weeks, says Ernest Wermerskirchen, chairman of the county farm help committee. Unfavorable weather has piled up farm work so that harvest is here while there is still much hay to be cut and corn to put by…

Daylight Alert Successful Here. With the exception of several minor infractions and one traffic offense, the daylight alert staged here Tuesday, under instructions from the State Civilian Defense office, was quite successful, Paul Ries, local chief air raid warden, said Wednesday…

Two New Industrial Buildings Now Under Construction in City. Two new industrial buildings now under construction in Shakopee are nearing completion. One is a 36×120 foot machine shop at the Northrup King and company plant, and the other is a 72×145 foot addition to the west end of the Page and Hill plant. Both are in West Shakopee…

Weinmann Sheet Metal Works Developing into Real Industry. One of the busiest manufacturing concerns in Shakopee these days is the Weinmann Sheet Metal Works, located on East First street. Yes, the Weinmann Sheet Metal Works, from a humble beginning, in a comparatively short space of time, without any fanfare or flourish of trumpets, has developed into an industry of considerable proportions. In fact, so quietly has been the development of this industry that many of our folks were unaware of it—yes, even of its existence in our midst…

FOR SALE.—Fred Spindler home; 5 light rooms, furnace, storm windows, screens, 2 lots, garage; Globe range, kitchen cabinet. 704 E. 1st ST., Shakopee.

ICE—Cash and carry, or with Sanitary Ice Coupons, now available at MAIN OIL COMPANY, Shakopee.

July 29, 1943

Need More Blood for Fighting Men. Although several of the city’s industrial plants have patriotically granted all of their employees paid time to visit the blood donor center and give a pint of blood here August 3, the number of registrants required under the quota had not yet been reached Wednesday, Mrs. W. A. Pomije, Red Cross committee chairman, disclosed…

Dallas F. Capesius Appointed to Again Direct 3rd War Bond Sales. Dallas F. Capesius of this city who, for the past two years has directed the war bond sales in Scott county, will continue in that capacity with enlarged responsibilities, in the newly organized state war finance organization…

Mrs. W. A. Pomije recently received an appointment to serve on the Scott County Welfare board, and has entered upon her new duties in welfare work.

NOTICE. — Effective immediately, there will be but one grocery delivery daily—at 11 a.m.; Saturday deliveries will be at 9 a.m. and 2 pm. This change must be made because of gasoline rationing. GEORGE A. RING.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

July 4, 1968

High Court Reverses Ruling On Old Mill. The Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota, last Friday, June 26, handed down a decision that the District Court of Shakopee ruling on granting dismissal of the suit of the City of Shakopee vs. Kopp & Associates Inc., et al, is reversed, with the action now to be returned to the District court…


60 Enrolled In Law Enforcement Course Sponsored by Scott Sheriff

A Training School for Law Enforcement Officers, sponsored by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, for auxiliary, full and part-time, law enforcement officers has an enrollment of 60…

The course consists of lectures, sound film strip pictures of standard operating procedures, used by law enforcement agencies in the performance of their duties, and group discussion by class members on “how to do it” and “why to do it” aspects of the work of law enforcement officers…


Now Expanding Medical Center

Now under way is excavation and other work relative to the expansion of the Shakopee Medical Center, corner of Fourth Avenue and Naumkeag.

Planned is an addition to the rear of the present building extending to the east, to facilitate additional offices and other accommodations.


Fast Draw Club ‘Shoot-Out’ Today At Stage Coach

The Fast Draw Club will stage its annual Fourth of July Shoot-Out today (Thursday), beginning at 2 p.m. at the Stage Coach on Highway 101, between Shakopee and Savage.

In addition to demonstration of shooting skill by Fast Draw Club members, there is to be live country music by the Western Wildcats.

Admission charge is one-dollar for adults and 50 cents for children.


Area Highways To Be In ‘First Look’ Of New Study Approach

Proposed reconstruction and future planning of highways in this area are to figure into the first formal application of the New Total Design Team Concept approach to highway planning in Minnesota the Minnesota Highway Department announced this week.

First reconstruction to be considered under this new approach is that of Highway 169 and 212. Further planning to figure in this new concept is that for Highways 41 and 101…

One of the factors to be studied is where to locate the proposed Minnesota River span to crossing on Highway 169.

The State Highway Department has contended that the bridge should be at the west edge of Shakopee near the railroad viaduct at Rahr Malting and run to the present 169 and 212 wye.

City of Shakopee officials pointing out that this would bring unwanted truck traffic through the city, would not adequately serve the needs of Valley Industrial park and other industrial sites in the area, as well as possibly not be compatible with the future planning of the city, has gone on record as designing the bridge site at the east edge of Shakopee near the former city dump just to the north of Highway 101…

July 11, 1968

Break-In At Shakopee House

A burglary at the Shakopee House Restaurant on Highway 101 (East First), East edge of Shakopee, was reported at 5:15 a.m. last Sunday, July 7, after the firm was broken into sometime between the evening closing hour at approximately 1:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. in the morning.

A three-quarter inch tire iron was the probable tool, according to authorities, used to pry off the second story window on the north side of the building, leading to the basement entry way on the northeast side.

The same tool was apparently used to pry the top off a cigar case from which the cigar money was taken, and also to smash the window on the cigarette machine.

Investigating is Patrolman John DuBois of the Shakopee Police Department.


Metro Council To Phase Out Shakopee, Prior Lake Sewer Plants

The Metropolitan Council Monday of last week, July 1, approved “in concept” a seven-county metropolitan area sewer program, utilizing regional treatment plants in 11 districts under the control of a single administrative agency, with a program of phasing out existing plants, including those of Prior Lake and Shakopee.

Under the program, the Metropolitan Council would become owner of all sewage treatment plants and interceptor sewer lines in the seven counties and would determine where new facilities would be constructed…

July 18, 1968

Gets ‘New Look’. Now boasting a “spruced up” look is the Shakopee Fire station and City Garage at Scott and Second, this building have been given an exterior coat of stucco this week.

Approve City Park Land Historic Site. By action of the Common Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening of last week, July 9, the council, on motion, approved the having the City Attorney draw up papers with proper deletions and reverter clause with a time limit, to give title to the land in Memorial Park at the east edge of the City of Shakopee, sought by the Scott County Historical Society for its project of restoration of the area as a historical site and to include a biological study station…


Meet Today On County Bridge; Plan Inventory

Scott County officials are to attend a meeting at 2 p.m. today (Thursday), July 18, at the offices of the Metropolitan Council, Capitol Square in St. Paul, relative to the joint Hennepin-Scott counties project of a new bridge to span the Minnesota River at the present Scott County Road 25, Bloomington Ferry bridge location.

The Metro Council set the meeting for a discussion of Hennepin and Scott proposal for the new bridge in alignment with Hennepin County Highway 18 and extending south along the boundary line between Bloomington and Eden Prairie.

The meeting announcement from the Metro Council stated that the joint bridge project is scheduled for 1970, but involved counties would like to begin soil tests yet this year to determine precise location. It added that a representative of Hennepin County would be present to discuss the proposal…


Propose Trailway Project Along Minnesota River From Fort Snelling, To Le Sueur

The Minnesota River Boating and Trail Association held an informational meeting at 8 p.m. on Monday of last week, July 8, at the Carver County Courthouse in Chaska to discuss a proposed trailway project along the Minnesota River with area sportsmen…

The group calls for development of a 75-mile stretch along the Minnesota River from Fort Snelling to Le Sueur, to include a system of riding and snowmobile trails; separate hiking and bicycling trails; campgrounds, accessible by automobile, and along the trail other access by horseback only, with picnic grounds along the entire length.

The proposed plan would emphasize points of interest in the valley, historic sites that are significant, reconstruction of old sites, and points of biological and geological interest. It would also include river access sites and a study of marinas, as needed…

July 25, 1968

Hold First Reading Of Ordinance Combining City Administrator, Utilities Secretary

First reading of Ordinance No. 268, dealing with the combining of certain city offices with that of City Administrator, particularly that of secretary to the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission, was held by the Commons Council of the City of Shakopee at its adjourned meeting Tuesday night of this week, July 23, in the City Building Council Chambers…

1993: Shakopee Valley News

July 1, 1993

Tired of gridlock? Try riding the river waves

John Constantine’s Emmy Lou is more petite and a lot quieter than Mr. Charles Allnut’s African Queen.

The Minnesota River is also less treacherous (although the mosquito population is comparable) than the leech-loaded river that the African Queen traversed. Nevertheless, both ferry boats are dedicated to service in an otherwise unserviceable situation.

Since the flooding of the Minnesota River last week, Constantine — who is cleaner shaven and much tidier than the greasy Allnut character played by Humphrey Bogart — has looked for a way to ferry passengers across the river.

Owner of Creative River Tours in Shakopee, Constantine this week gained permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to land Emmy Lou on the west end of Murphy’s Landing on the Shakopee side of the river, and near the Lions Tap restaurant on the Eden Prairie side of the river…


City OKs land purchase near school

The city of Shakopee has approved the purchase of land behind the high school that could be used for recreational facilities in the future and includes parcels that the Shakopee School District will buy from the city for school expansion and the renovation of athletic fields.

The land was purchased from Gold Nugget Development Inc., of Brooklyn Park, for $838,464. The city eventually will sell about half of the 63 acres to the school district. In deciding to make the purchase, the City Council reasoned that if recreational facilities are not built on the site, the property could be sold, probably at a profit, at a later date.

July 8, 1993

Sames is named court administrator of year. Roger W. Sames of Shakopee has been named the 1993 Minnesota Association for Court Administration’s Administrator of the Year.

County seeks disaster declaration. With Scott County sustaining about $2.1 million in flood losses during the past two weeks, commissioners Tuesday declared it a disaster area — a procedure that formally asks Gov. Arne Carlson to petition President Clinton for federal aid in the form of low-interest loans for businesses and farmers…


Funding shortages to delay bypass by a year

Transportation funding shortages at the state level will result in a one-year delay in the completion of the Shakopee Bypass, according to Shakopee city officials.

The city was notified that due to funding problems, remaining construction contracts will be delayed and the completion date of the bypass will be pushed back from fall 1995 to fall 1996…


Red Cross recruitment by student paid off

When Ruth Mattson, a recent Shakopee High School graduate, promoted a fund-raiser and disaster-volunteer campaign on behalf of the American Red Cross at her school in April, she had no idea that a disaster would stake Scott County.

Mattson, a board member of the American Red Cross and her school’s Student Council, coordinated a campaign designed to enhance awareness that disaster can strike anywhere at any time. Students and staff were encouraged to donate a dollar or more and to register to donate up to three hours of time to help with disaster relief in the community.

With flood waters cresting at 14 to 16 feet above flood stage, Scott County definitely was experiencing a disaster. The Emergency Operations Center at the Scott County Courthouse in Shakopee needed immediate help operating special phone lines set up to provide the public with flood, weather and road information. The American Red Cross was contacted for volunteers, and the organization’s Shakopee branch had a list available with volunteers to contact due to the high school recruitment campaign…


Appeals court rejects claim against city

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has dismissed a claim by a Shakopee gravel mining business that the refusal by the city to grant a mining permit from 1985 to 1988 constituted a taking of property and that the company should be compensated.

A three-judge panel, in an opinion filed June 29, dismissed the claim, brought by NBZ Enterprises Inc…

July 15, 1993

Amphitheater proposal advanced to City Council. The prospect of Shakopee becoming home to a major amphitheater moved forward last Thursday when the Shakopee Planning Commission on a 3-2 vote recommended that the City Council allow such a use at the failed Canterbury Downs horse track…


Vietnam wall replica to be part of events honoring war dead Labor Day weekend

An event that will honor military service people who served in Vietnam will be held at Canterbury Downs over Labor Day weekend.

“Operation Stand Down,” which will bring the traveling replica of the wall in Washington, D.C. that honors those who gave their lives in the Vietnam War, and a week-long series of ceremonies, dances, reunions and parades is expected to draw up to 250,000 people to the Shakopee racetrack…


July 22, 1993

City Council rejects amphitheater on 5-0 vote. About 125 area residents and thoroughbred racing supporters applauded the Shakopee City Council Tuesday night after its unanimous vote against a proposal that would have allowed an outdoor amphitheater and entertainment complex at Canterbury Downs…


Consultant to aid in search for a county justice center site

The Scott County Board has hired a consulting firm to help a citizens committee develop a site selection process for a new county justice center.

Although the construction of a justice center — that four years ago was estimated to cost $15.4 million — is not on the county’s five-year capital improvement plan, $1.5 million is in the plan to acquire a site for such a facility by the end of 1994…


Juba’s to close to allow for conversion to County Market

Juba’s Super Valu next to Shakopee Town Square will close from Friday, July 30 to Tuesday, Aug. 3 as workers make the finishing touches on the store’s conversion to a County Market. The store plans an Aug. 4 grand opening.

Over the past six months, construction workers have expanded the store by more than 15,000 square feet to 35,000 square feet. Store equipment has been replaced with the latest in technology, new flooring and fixtures and new products have been added, and each department has been expanded, said store owner Dick Juba…

Juba said he decided to convert the store to the County Market concept to meet customer convenience needs. It will include such amenities as wider aisles, a full customer service center, a drive-up lane where customers can load groceries with a protective overhang, and a larger collection of merchandise…

July 29, 1993

Bridge closing helps mini-bypass work progress

While the Highway 169 bridge in Shakopee was closed for nearly a month due to flooding, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) and contractor C.S. McCrossen Co. were able to complete the portion of the downtown mini-bypass project from the south end of the old bridge to First Avenue. The bridge reopened July 16.

Work on the south side of the roadway — on the west end of the project on First Avenue between Atwood and Holmes streets — is completed. That portion of roadway has been paved, and curbs, gutters and sidewalks have been installed. Traffic will now be restricted to the south side of First Avenue in preparation for work on the north side of the road. That portion of the project will not be as extensive since a majority of the utility installation has been completed, according to the DOT. Some of the utilities will be hooked up during work on the north side of the roadway. Curbs, gutters and sidewalks will then be added. Scheduled opening for this portion of the project is in late August…


County Board considers spending $1.2 million remodeling courthouse

The Scott County Courthouse will undergo about $1.2 million in renovations and furnishings within the next year if the Scott County Board elects to adopt the proposal at its meeting next week.

Meeting as a committee of the whole Tuesday the board indicated it will approve spending the money – which will be taken out of the county’s cash flow fund — to create more space for employees in three departments and more room for records storage, improve the reception area and result in the move of juror rooms to the jail annex area near Jordan…

The seven remodeling projects will include the construction of a record storage area in the courthouse garage; remodeling the annex storage area for juror rooms; the move of court services to the third floor; the redesign of the layout of Human Services on third floor; remodeling the southwest entrance to the courthouse for a new reception area, and remodeling the lobby entrance for the Veterans Services office.


Shakopee’s Marschall farm was site of recent ‘Dairy Month’ tour

A dairy farm owned by the Roy Marschall family of Shakopee was the site of the “June Dairy Month” tour sponsored by the Scott County Dairy Initiatives Team.

The Marschall dairy farm, two miles south of Shakopee, has been a dairy farm since 1862. The family milks approximately 120 cows with an annual herd production of nearly 23,000 pounds of milk per cow. The family farms land in the Shakopee area, raising all the feed for its dairy herd. The entire family takes an active part in the operation of the farm…

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