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1892 Shakopee Courier

June 2, 1892

Frank Heinen left here Monday for New Prague where he will take a position in the bank in that town.

Mr. Simar is now surveying some land for Mr. Hattenberger. He expects to start up to the north in about ten days.

George and Jake Kunsman are doing the painting at the Wampach factory this season which is good enough to tell, and hope they will continue to hold the place as long as they wish to.

John Dunn of Minneapolis is here this week in the interest of the Culver system of hot air heaters and ventilators, which he is putting into Dr. Smith’s new residence, for the Minneapolis agent W. C. T. Hamilton.

Michael Sullivan working at the mill, while endeavoring to remove the belting, got his right arm caught and broken in two places, a serious injury but under the skillful care of Dr. Entrup and Smith in a very neat surgical operation, it is believed that the arm can be saved.

June 9, 1892

Mr. Pope painted Mrs. Thomas’ house this week.

Mrs. Simar spent Sunday in Belle Plaine where Mr. Simar has been doing some surveying.

Mrs. Julia Gantizky practical midwife has moved to Shakopee, beside Mr. Philipp’s on First street.

Mr. E. Kahle will move with his family to St. Paul the middle of July where his only daughter resides.

June 16, 1892

George Edwards of Bloomington drove in with 2,700 weight of wheat via the Stemmer road, last Saturday.

John Dunn of Minneapolis was here Monday and Tuesday finishing the furnace job on Dr. Smith’s building.

The Minnesota Stove Co. of Shakopee are doing all their own nickel plating now, under the Supervision of Mr. Fagin. A speciman in shape of a large shell was shown us, Mr. Nye assuring us it was 5-times better than they can do in either St. Paul or Minneapolis.

June 23, 1892

H. J. Gross has been obliged to get his shop re-roofed, too much soaking rain this season.

Prof. L. Asire is in our city for the purpose of opening an evening school in book keeping and writing, as per more extended notice elsewhere.

F. X. Hirscher and Sons new furniture building is going right up under the management of Ring, Shell, and Hermyer.

June 30, 1892

W. F. Witt and Adolph Schmiz are going into partnership with Johnson and Finer to buy the circus balloons, to practice on with their shot guns.

The ladies will be glad to learn that glass jars will be plenty and cheap this year. Quart jars being already advertised at 98 cents a doz.

Last Sunday there was a family reunion at Henry Vierling Sr.’s place in this city. There were 42 children and grandchildren present at the occasion. Good enough Henry!

Going Into Camp.—The employees of the Minnesota Stove Company will go into camp at Prior Lake on July 5th. for the balance of the week. The camp will be located a short distance from Grainwood Park. They will be more than pleased to receive any of their friends who may visit them during their encampment, but Thursday will be set apart for general ladies’ reception day. The camp will comprise a number of tents and will no doubt present an attractive appearance.

1892: Scott County Argus

June 2, 1892

J. W. Squires will arrive from California, Ohio, tomorrow. He will be employed as a moulder in the stove foundry.

Ice cream and strawberries will be served with the supper by the Occidental hotel tomorrow night.

Theo. Weiland has purchased from Gerhard Hilgers the two dwelling houses just north of the court house. The price paid was $1250.

Mat Theis’s little son Frank found a cartridge while at play last Thursday and succeeded in making it explode. One of his fingers was split open, though not seriously, as a result.

Architect Bornarth has just completed a creditable set of plans for W. V. Johnson’s prospective two story and a half frame residence which will be located near the park in upper town.

June 9, 1892

On Monday night about midnight burglars got into Father Duffy’s residence and started to ransack the house. Mrs. Duffy, his mother, and Maggie McGovern, the only occupants of the house at the time ran over to Mayor Weiland’s and roused him to action. Mr. Weiland got the sheriff and they then searched the house but the birds had flown to a more congenial climate than that presented by these two with their shot guns. It was probably the work of some gypsies who camped in the city limits over night.

Rev. Mr. Pullen and family removed this week to their future home in Austin this state.

John Donnersbach has nearly completed a story and a half frame house on his lot on the corner of Sixth and Sommerville streets.

A clothes-line thief has been getting in some nights of labor during the past week. Some benefactor ought to lay for him to seek honester employment with a shot gun and some rock salt judiciously applied.

June 16, 1892

There is some talk of having a few events in the shape of trotting and bicycle races on the coming Fourth at the Driving Park. Good races never fail to interest the public and some very interesting events could be gotten up. Many people are not aware that a bicycle can be run fast enough to crowd a trotting horse but the best record is really about 2.15, which beats almost any Minnesota trotter now in the field. Many horses and wheelman would be drawn in by very modest purses and the races would create a lively interest in the day. The matter deserves favorable consideration.

The work at the mill is about completed although a little more time is required for the boilers. The machinery will be put in motion on Saturday.

F. X. Hirscher is now at work on his new brick furniture store. One of the former buildings was torn down and the other moved back to the rear of the lot. The new structure covers the site of the old ones.

The nickle plating department of the stove foundry was put in operation on Tuesday of this week. Several pieces of their work are on exhibition at John McMullen’s hardware store. The work is superior to that which they have been receiving from St. Paul firms and they expect now to turn out some even more excellent work than they have in the past.

June 23, 1892

Michael Berens moved into his new store last Saturday evening and his present environment looks as bright as a new dollar.

John Gutenberg recently purchased for $400 block 105 in this city and will build a residence there at some future time. This block is just east of the Spearman place and is one of the pleasantest building sites in the town.

The last vestige of that peace disturbing Second street switch was removed last Tuesday and public feeling now runs along in its accustomed channels without a jolt or jar.

The mill is now turning out six hundred barrels of flour every twenty-four hours. This institution is one of the several prosperous industries in this city in which every resident may feel a swelling pride.

June 30, 1892

Charles Heinen is now engaged in learning the tonsorial art in Barber Velz’s shop.

A new lawn tennis court on Mr. H. J. Peck’s lawn is now furnishing excellent exercise to the young people of that vicinity.

The three brilliant hose wagons which were built for the Minneapolis Fire Dept. by the Wampach Mfg. Co. were shipped by road this morning. They look strong and substantial, well suited for their use. One of them tipped the beam at 2750 lbs.

It is reported that a steamboat excursion is to wake the echoes of the answering hills on Sunday next. With a circus, an excursion, and a big celebration piled one upon the other in a single week the salaried young man may well wear a look as depressed as the state of his pocket book while his girl smirks smiles enough for two.

M. Berens has graced the front of his new building with a brand new awning which adds much to its appearance and comfort.

Last Monday evening a duo of ragmuffins one armed with a tin horn and the other with a bagpipe attacked our fair little city. They executed a few selections on the before mentioned instruments of torture and then successfully escaped into outer darkness. Bagpipes skillfully played may perhaps put tears in the eye and the scent of heather in the nose of a Scotchman, but murdered as they were on last Monday evening they serve rather to put blood in the eye and fury into the nostrils of every one who is so unfortunate as to hear them. The authorities should be more careful as to whom they allow to strike tuneful lyre inside the city limits for this remarkable pair certainly proved themselves to be a public nuisance.

1917: Shakopee Tribune

June 1, 1917

Wanted:—Good garage man. Inquire at Schoch’s Garage, Shakopee, Minn.

Ford Owners, Attention! You can get a guaranteed headlight regulator for $2.75. It can be attached in an instant to the socket of the lamp. If not satisfactory, return it. A. L. Hurr.

The 6th and 7th grades of the public school picnicked at the bluffs on Tuesday.

For Sale:—On reasonable terms my residence in East Shakopee. May be had with either 3 or 7 lots. Mrs. Jas. McHale.

The new fire auto made its initial run early last Tuesday morning. A blaze in the woodpile in the rear of the E. B. Ketterer home called them out at 12:30 o’clock. The fire was extinguished by a pail brigade before the department arrived with little damage done.

Shakopee Shoe Repair Shop. Shoe repairing of every description done neatly and quickly. We carry a good line of boys’ and men’s shoes in stock. Fred Wessel, Prop.

June 8, 1917

Lee Schaefer arrived here from Stanford, Mont., last Friday and on Monday took charge of the jewelry store he recently purchased from Lorenzo Nachtsheim. We welcome him to our city.

Joseph Hentges sold his saloon business to William Prehal of St. Paul, on Monday. The Hentges family will remain here for the present, Mr. Hentges having not as yet decided on the future.

A new elevator is being erected, in connection with the local mill, recently purchased by Shane Bros. Wilson & Co. of Minneapolis.

June 15, 1917

A deal was closed on Tuesday whereby the Walters Mercantile Co. of Minneapolis bought the D. A. Bookstaff Variety store. The new proprietors took possession at once, have added a fine line of new stock and will have a grand opening tomorrow Saturday June 16. The name has been changed to “The Golden Rule” and the outlook is very bright for a prosperous future. Mr. Bookstaff will leave for his home in Milwaukee on Saturday where he expects to re-enter the business world in the fall. He wishes to thank the people of Shakopee, through these columns, for the excellent patronage afforded him during his stay here.

The First National Bank of this city, to date, has 190 subscribers to the Liberty Loan, a sum of $27,000, paid in full.

I am paying $12.00 for any kind of iron delivered in my yard for the next 45 days. Joe Hontz, Shakopee, Minn.

The Philipp building on First street occupied by John Heinen is being treated to a new coat of paint, Peter Paul wielding the brush.

June 22, 1917

An average of 5000 pounds of milk is being delivered at the local creamery every morning.

The Henry Bludorn family have moved into Mrs. Bludorn’s house, recently vacated by the Seidler family.

The pavilion dance given by the Scott Co. Agr. Ass’n. last Friday evening was a grand success. A large crowd was in attendance, many being here from Cologne, New Market, Jordan, Carver, Chaska and Excelsior. Crescent orchestra of St. Paul furnished the music.

St. Mary’s Catholic church at Marystown, which was destroyed by fire a few months ago will be rebuilt this summer at a cost of $16,000. Contractor Schmidt of St. Paul has charge of the work.

June 29, 1917

Red Cross Organized Here. A chapter of the American Red Cross was formed in this city Tuesday. This chapter has full control and jurisdiction over all Red Cross activities in the country and the township of Chanhassen in Carver county. The following officers were elected. Chairman: Julius A. Coller; Vice Chairman Dr. H. W. Reiter; Secretary L. D. Nye; treasurer John Thiem. The executive Committee to be composed of twenty members has not been appointed and the selection of the trustees has been deferred. A vigorous campaign will be inaugurated for membership.

The P. J. Mahowald family moved in the rooms above the harness shop this week.

Mrs. Mary Abel has returned here from Minneapolis to live and is occupying the upstairs rooms in the Henry Rottgart home.

Jos. Fischer and his crew of helpers are putting a cement floor in the warehouse which is being built by the Jacob Ries Bottling works.

A real estate transfer of the selling of the Jacob Zettel house on Holmes street to Mrs. Dora Timmermann of Louisville township. Mrs. Timmermann will take possession in the fall.

1917: Scott County Argus

June 1, 1917

Road Work Donated. The community spirit that actuated the men of the city and nearby districts to repair the trestle road is again manifest in work now being done on Shakopee avenue. Since Monday a large force of citizens and their teams have been busy graveling that thoroughfare and putting it into first class repair without expense to the city other than the gravel used. The material is furnished by Sherman Turner at ten cents a load, the labor and teaming being donated. The road work done this spring by our public-spirited citizens is of incalculable value to the community at large and has saved the city hundreds of dollars expense. Let the good work go on.

James Dean has rented his farm south of town to Matt Marschall who will take possession next fall.

Mr. and Mrs. John O’Donnell of Cedar Lake have rented the new residence just completed by Herman Boehmer in East Shakopee and expects to move here in ten days. The Argus is pleased to welcome them as residents.

June 8, 1917

Volkert & Jansen’s meat market is undergoing renovation at the hands of the painters this week.

John Thole has bought four lots on east Second street of Wm. Hinds in block twenty-six. The lots are in the square southeast of the octagon house.

Chas. Koeper has sold his farm of 160 acres to his sons Joe and Lawrence, the consideration being $25,000.

Chas. J. Hartmann has bought of Mrs. John Goenen of St. Paul the block of bottom land adjacent to the skating rink on the west, which he will use for pasture. The consideration was $300.

Sneak thieves gained entrance to Flaherty & Lies’ general store thru the basement entrance Saturday night and helped themselves to a small quantity of change in the cash drawer. Nothing else was taken. No clue has yet been discovered as to the identity of the thieves.


School Law To Be Put In Motion

Now that there has been enacted a law providing for the consolidation or rather a law making it easier to bring about consolidation when there are two or more districts in the same village or city when only one maintains a state high school, there is some question as to its scope and application.

Section 1. of the law reads as follows: When an incorporated village or city of the fourth class contains two or more school districts of any kind situated wholly or in part within the corporate limits of such village or city, when only one of such districts maintains a state high school, such districts may be consolidated and form one district.

It appears from the foregoing section that a petition for consolidation may or may not include all of School Dist. No. 3, as well as Districts Nos. 1 and 41, depending entirely of course on the form of the petition presented to the state superintendent. In any event the conditions of the proposed consolidation must warrant the calling of an election before such a step is ordered by the state superintendent.

At a mass meeting called last Monday evening a committee of five was named to circulate a petition and to take such steps as the law requires. As such committee, Alex Schaefer, John (Bach) Ring, J. A. Dean, Herman Schroeder and Will Theide were named.

June 15, 1917

Reis Bros. have bought the Collins place of 102 acres adjoining their farm from S. Lindefield of St. Paul.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lebens have rented John Mertz’s property adjoining his residence and moved in Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Leibold have rented Mrs. Jasper’s house recently vacated by Chas. Plumstead and moved in this week.

Mrs. Fannie Thomas has rented Miss Sarah DeMers’ home and took possession Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. George Dellwo moved into their comfortable new home at Faribault Spring Saturday and have a most attractive place.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bluedorn have moved into the latter’s home formerly occupied by Mrs. Seidler and Mr. Bluedorn’s home has been rented by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ries.

Shane Bros. and Wilson who recently purchased the L. Christian & Co. mill are tearing down the old elevator and replacing it with a new building 60 feet high. T. E. Ibberson Grain Elevator Construction Co. are doing the work. The milling company are also putting in additional machinery and making improvements in the grounds and the mill is the scene of active operations night and day under the new proprietors.

June 22, 1917

Marystown. A hauling bee was held Monday, about 25 or 30 teams hauling brick from Shakopee depot for the new Catholic church to be built here.

Sheriff C. M. Kopp is driving a new Ford delivered Wednesday.

June 29, 1917

J. A. Ring has purchased of Miss Elizabeth Ries, her property on First street adjoining John McMullen’s store on the west, the building on which was destroyed by fire early last spring. Mr. Ring is negotiating with Contractor J. P. Kreuser in the expectation of rebuilding but definite plans have not yet been decided upon as to the size and kind of a building to be erected.

A transport company of the First Minnesota regiment camped here for dinner Saturday on a practice march from Fort Snelling to Jordan where they remained until Sunday evening. The company comprised sixty men and seventeen four-mule transport wagons.

At a meeting last Thursday the Cadet band boys decided to hold a celebration at Riverside park, July 4th, and are advertising the attractions in this issue of the Argus. Riverside park is an ideal spot in which to spend a day and it is expected that many visitors from out of town will be present to help celebrate our national holiday with the homefolks.

1942: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

June 4, 1942

State Firemen’s Convention Opens in Shakopee Monday. More exciting and entertaining than the memorable street fairs that years ago were the vogue in Shakopee, the annual state firemen’s convention, attracting thousands of congenial visitors to this hospitable city, will be in session here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday…


Ten Babies in Five Days Record at Hospital Here

Ten babies in five days, four of them born on Friday were reported at St. Francis hospital here this week. In addition to the Friday births two were born Saturday, one Monday and three Tuesday.

Doctors officiating at the arrivals insist that the stormy weather that has prevailed in the area recently is a contributing factor in the “bunching of births.”


Members of New Local Club At Dinner Meeting Monday. The members of the new local club recently organized held a dinner meeting at the St. Paul House Monday evening, at 7 o’clock. Among a number of matters which came before the club was the adoption of a name for the organization. At the session previous a number of names had been submitted. Through a process of elimination all but two of the dozen or more names proposed were eliminated. They were Co-Op and Washta. The members of the club Monday evening, by quite a decided majority voted to adopt Washta as its name…

June 11, 1942

State Firemen Official Victim of Heart Attack. A tragic note in the otherwise jovial mood was injected into the State Firemen’s convention here with sudden death, Tuesday, as the result of a heart attack, of William J. Luedke, 56, White Bear Lake, president of the Minnesota Firemen’s Relief Association…

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Davis have moved into their recently purchased home in St. Louis Park. Mr. Davis has been an instructor at the N.Y.A. camp since last fall, but is now doing similar work in Minneapolis.

Wanted.—Woman to operate established coffee route. Age 25 to 35. Must be free of family responsibilities and able to operate car. Guaranteed salary of $25.50 per week plus commissions on sales and bonus on increase. Car furnished; all expenses paid. Salary during training period. Write JEWEL TEA CO., Inc., E. M. Sandstrom, 635 E. 3rd St. Shakopee for interview stating qualifications in letter.

June 18, 1942

Northrup-King Addition To Plant Being Rushed

With a crew of 15 men on the job Fischer Brothers are rushing to completion the large concrete addition to the Northrup-King and company seed processing plant in West Shakopee.

Footings have all been poured, walls and bins are now taking shape and before many days the project will be well on its way to the finishing phase.


Blacksmith Shop Here Sold To Prior Lake Man

…In a transaction completed late last week Shakopee’s last blacksmith shop passed out of existence. The transfer involved the sale of equipment and stock of the Jaspers shop which had operated in Shakopee for many years.

Victor Schrader, who purchased the merchandise, moved it to Prior Lake where he has a shop. George Jaspers, who since the death of his father several years ago, had operated the business here, is now permanently employed by the International Harvester company in St. Paul…

June 25, 1942

Appointed Chief Guard At Cargill Boat Works. Donald Dunn, Shakopee, has been appointed chief of guards for the ship building division of Cargill, Incorporated at Savage, it was learned this week…

Donald Childs Resigns from Scout Committee. Donald Childs, for nearly 20 years a valued and energetic member of the Shakopee Boy Scout troop committee, resigned that post this week. He is succeeded on the committee by R. C. Schroeder, state highway patrolman…


Page and Hill Plant Starting Operation

The buzz of saws, shapers and other woodworking tools emanating from the Page and Hill plant here is ample proof that that industry is “getting into gear”. It is, as workmen aver, no place for that famous puppet, Charlie McCarthy.

Three carloads of lumber have arrived at the plant and now await transformation into grain storage bins under a federal government contract. Three hundred carloads of lumber, officials say, will be used in completing the order that calls for 3200 granaries.

Applications from men and women seeking employment in the plant are pouring in. More than 20 men were at work Tuesday completing preliminary production work; more will be hired as production is speeded and eventually, it was said, two shifts of 250 each are expected to be engaged.


Merchants To Open War Stamp Drive July 1

Complete cooperation of the Shakopee merchants in the sale of war stamps was announced this week by R. C. Kline, Shakopee chairman.

Under the plan set up throughout the nation food stores will inaugurate their stamp sales effort July 1. On that day from 12 to 12:15 at noon every store will suspend regular business and concentrate on the sales of war stamps.

From July 1 until the effort is no longer necessary, merchants will daily continue their stamp sales work. It will be their job to encourage customers to take war stamps in change for grocery purchases, as well as to urge patrons to make outright purchases of bonds and stamps.

1967: Shakopee Valley News

June 1, 1967

2 Reformatory Escapees’ River Swim Futile After Camper Hideout. Two women who escaped from the Shakopee State Reformatory For Women were captured Monday of this week, May 29, as they were attempting a getaway swim in the Minnesota River, just under and to the east of the Holmes Street bridge near the old pier, within two hours after they were reported missing…

330 Attend First HS Lettermen’s banquet. Three hundred and thirty were in attendance to make the First Annual Shakopee High School Lettermen’s banquet held Tuesday evening of last week, May 23, in the Shakopee Senior High School on Tenth Avenue, under the sponsorship of the Shakopee Boosters, a most successful and outstanding event…


Forming Optimist Club In Shakopee

“Be A Friend Of The Boy” is a slogan of the Optimist International Club, beginning to take shape in the Shakopee area.

Membership is open to all men, interested in aiding and encouraging the development of youth. Meetings are held Monday nights beginning June 5, at the Dugout at 6:30 o’clock. Area men are invited to come in and have a “dutch lunch,” and to learn of the objectives of the Optimist Club.

June 8, 1967

Expansion at Shakopee Ford, 1400 East First, East Edge of Shakopee, is now under way as a newly added body repair shop addition takes shape. Located to the west of the showroom, fronting Highway 101, and adjoining the present garage, the new 83 by 51 foot structure is to be finished to match the existing facility. Body Shop manager Fred Thies, RR 2 Shakopee, points out features of the new facility to Gary Abear of Hastings, Shakopee Ford sales manager. Manager Thies reported that they have been touring new body shops in the area to assure having the latest in equipment for the modern shop that is to include a painting department with spray booth and drying oven. He said that the new body shop is expected to be in operation by the middle of July.

First Archery Tourney For Shakopee Saturday. The Minnesota Valley Archers will sponsor their first tournament this Saturday evening, June 10, at Riverside Park, with scoring to begin at 7:30 p.m., and registration for contestants at 6:30 p.m.…


Opens New Bakery On East First

Charles Goebel this week opened his new Shakopee firm, Chuck’s Pastry Shoppe, in the location on East First, just east of the Holmes Street intersection on the north side, the former location of LaTour’s Shoe Store.

The shoe store is now across the street in the former location of the M. J. Berens & Sons department store…

June 15, 1967

Residence Razed. Razed on Tuesday of this week, June 13, was the brick home, known as the Dow residence, 901 East First, at the northwest corner of Dakota and East First, the crew of Fox and Weiler of Shakopee manning the crane and trucks. The site is to be the location of a new off-sale liquor store, “The Jug,” planned by Ken Santleman, former owner and operator of the A & W Root Beer at the east edge of Shakopee.

Free Movies Begin Friday. Beginning tomorrow evening (Friday), June 16 and each Friday evening thereafter, free movies are to be shown at the Huber Park Rodeo Arena, under the sponsorship of Shakopee merchants…


Will Seek School Site in East Shakopee Area

Decision to sell the present site of 35 acres, located south of Shakopee on O’Dowd’s Lake road and seek a new site of from eight to 10 acres in East Shakopee for a future Elementary school was made at the regular meeting of the Shakopee District No. 720 board of education Monday evening of this week.

Board Chairman Russell Nolting named board members Calvin Brown and James O’Neil to serve with him on a committee to consider the trading or selling of the 35-acre site, gained in the consolidation with Rural Independent School District 722, which had purchased the land at the south edge of Shakopee, and to investigate possible suitable sites in east Shakopee…


To Open Office

Richard P. Klimmek, RR 2, Shakopee, was awarded his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Minnesota Commencement held last Saturday, June 10 at Memorial stadium.

He now plans to begin practice in Shakopee with his clinic to be located one mile south of Shakopee on the Marystown Road…

June 22, 1967

New Municipal Swimming Pool Assured By Council Action Tues.

The construction of a new municipal swimming pool in Shakopee was assured Tuesday evening when the Shakopee city council accepted the transfer of $60,000 from the Public Utilities Commission to the general fund. This sum together with $48,000 already on hand and dedicated to the pool fund, plus $12,000 due August 1 for the sale of unneeded city real estate assures the cash requirement for the $120,000 recreational project.

The actual construction of the pool will get underway soon and it will be located just south of the Sweeney Elementary school. The pool will be 280 feet by 220 feet and will hold two million gallons of water. It will be a fairly new type of construction with the only concrete being the curb and gutter portion around the perimeter of the pool. The sides will be of clay and the bottom will be sand. It will have a complete filter system which will conform to all state health specifications. Also included in the project will be bathhouse facilities and fencing.


Play Program Keeps Kids Busy

King Arthur’s Puppeteers, Randy Dellow and Sam Rockne will be presenting “Rumpilstillskin” at Hiawatha Park on Tuesday, June 27; Holmes Park on Wednesday, June 28; and Stans Park on Thursday, June 29. The draw bridge will be lowered from King Arthur’s Puppet Castle at 10:00 a.m. All Puppet Shows will be preceded by a fun filled song fest. The puppets for the production are constructed by the Advanced Puppetry Class.

A special treat will be added with the guest appearance of Story Book Characters in life size Puppet form. Anyone interested in joining the Puppetry Program as an assistant or participant is asked to contact leaders at the Park, mornings, or Lorraine Coller at the Recreation Board Office afternoons.

June 29, 1967

Rec. Dept. Schedules Plant Tour. On Friday, July 7, the Shakopee Recreation Department will sponsor a new special event. Youngsters will have a chance to tour the Ford Plant on the Mississippi River in St. Paul. The guided tour will last one hour. The youngsters will be able to see the assembly line and the fascinating process in which cars are put together. They will be under the supervision of playground leaders during the special event…

Local Store Is Big Fish Headquarters. Burshek Hardware, 110 E. 1st Street, last week was named Big Fish Headquarters, in the World’s Largest Fishing Contest sponsored by the St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press newspapers…


Board Inspects New School: Accepts Income Insurance Bid

School board, District No. 720, inspected the new Edward and Grace Sweeney Elementary school in southwest Shakopee Tuesday night and were assured by the contractors that the building will be completed by August 1. Board members expressed satisfaction with the new 16-classroom, $690,000 facility. The new complex is located on Marystown Road just east of 10th Avenue…

The building is designed to accommodate 450 elementary pupils, and includes 12 regular classrooms, three kindergarten rooms and one special education room. Also gymnasium-lunchroom facilities, and a library and offices. It will afford twenty teaching stations including the use of the gymnasium-lunchroom for physical education instruction…


Council Makes Plans For Future Expansions; Survey And Census To Start Soon

In order to be properly prepared for any contingencies that may arise in the future, the Shakopee City Council, in a special session Tuesday night, authorized necessary expenditures for planning for the future growth and expansion of the city.

The council, in discussing the matter, were of the opinion that the time has come where a study should be made as to the feasibility, and desirability of residents, not only of the City of Shakopee, but of Jackson and Eagle Creek Townships as well, whether it may be a logical move for the City of Shakopee at some future date to invite these townships, or portions of them, to join the corporate city…

1992: Shakopee Valley News

June 4, 1992

School bond issue proposed by panel for building needs

Additions to Sweeney and Pearson elementary schools, the development of a science laboratory at the high school, updating instructional technology, and acquisition of land south of the high school for future expansion were some of the recommendations made to the Shakopee School Board by a committee May 26.

The committee, composed of community members as well as district employees, presented a list of eight recommendations. If all the recommendations were accepted at once, it would call for a bond referendum of approximately $10.3 million. The referendum, which would be smaller if only some of the recommendations were immediately accepted, could be held later this year or early 1993, according to the committee and School Board.

The committee’s recommendations, in order of priority:

* Additions to Pearson and Sweeney elementary schools…

* Development of a science laboratory at the high school, to be constructed using two current regular classrooms…

* Upgrading instructional technology throughout the district, at an estimated cost of $500,000…

* The acquisition of 25 to 30 acres of land south of the high school, which is now on 20.7 acres…

* New outdoor activities facilities at the high school…

* An addition of 6,250 square feet for a new indoor activity area at the high school…

* The inclusion of $400,000 in any future building bond issue to address the most severe roof renovation needs, in particular in the south end of the high school…

* The inclusion of $300,000 in any future building bond issue to address accessibility at district facilities, most notably Central Elementary and the high school, where there are no elevators…

June 11, 1992

Stans receives award from NCEA. Maurice Stans of Shakopee a 1921 graduate of St. Mark’s (Shakopee Area Catholic School), was named a distinguished graduate by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Stans was honored for his work in promoting Catholic education…


Something old, something new

…The Bloomington Ferry Church, located on the grounds of Murphy’s Landing, the historic living museum, has been renamed Murphy’s Landing Christian Church and will be open year-round for Sunday services. The building can seat up to 120 people…

The building was originally a Methodist Episcopal church, built in Shakopee in 1867. Samuel Pond was the first minister for the congregation, but he died before the building was constructed. In the 1890s, the congregation disbanded. But across the river, a church and Sunday school were being organized. In 1899, the Rev. C.H. McCrea took over the Bloomington Ferry group and accepted the Shakopee church, which was moved across the river.

According to information from Murphy’s Landing, “Some say that a church dismantle ‘bee’ was held and the lumber was hauled by team across the river to Bloomington Ferry where it was re-erected. Others say it was pulled on skids by 12 teams of draft horses. We do know moving buildings, as change demanded, was quite common as the towns developed.”

In the 1970s, the congregation of the church disbanded. This time, the building was offered to Murphy’s Landing as a way of providing information about the Protestant history of the area.

In 1972, the church was moved back across the river by barge, attracting worldwide attention…

June 18, 1992

New supplier to save utility $650,000 a year. The Shakopee Public Utilities Commission last week decided to switch wholesale electrical suppliers, from Northern States Power Co. (NSP) to the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA), a move expected to save the utility about $8.7 million over the next 13 years…

June 25, 1992

Firm to move out of city building. The Capesius Agency, which leases space in the building that will become the new Shakopee City Hall this fall, plans to move to another location by Oct. 31…


Board approves expanded programs for junior high

Students at Shakopee Junior High School will have an expanded range of co-curricular offerings during the 1992-93 school year, including intramural and coed sports, and activities such as year-round school newspaper, a yearbook, drama club and computer club.

The expanded program, which is budgeted at $35,000, was approved by the Shakopee School Board Monday…


Tahpah concession stand project gains approval

Shakopee city councilors last week balked at the prospect of paying an architect an estimated $5,500 to design the remodeling and extension of the concession stand at Tahpah Park. In fact, staff was directed to determine if the city could use a draftsman or find someone willing to volunteer their architectural services for the job.

The council also agreed to provide the Shakopee Jaycees with a short-term loan in its plan to pay for the work…


Downed (again) ‘bubble’ has hockey group worried

The sight of Valley Ice Arena’s canvas ‘bubble’ is nothing new to members of the Shakopee-Prior Lake Youth Hockey Association (SPLYHA) or motorists traveling on 10th Avenue in Shakopee. But unlike last winter, when the facility suffered damage because of heavy snowfalls, the most recent blow could be the most serious yet.

The ‘bubble’ came down around 3:30 p.m. on June 18. Strong winds from the north and northwest, along with heavy rains, were the culprit this time. The sagging canvas cover set off a motion alarm at the nearby home of Dave Kaufenberg, SPLYHA’s vice-president. Kaufenberg said the ‘bubble’s’ aged condition allowed rapid drops in the pressure which keeps the facility inflated…

Inspection of Valley Ice Arena’s canvas cover revealed not only a tear on the west side of the structure, near where the rink’s Zamboni machine is stored, but a more serious rip on the north side. It’s that damage to the north side, Kaufenberg said, that presents the greatest concern to SPLYHA members who have volunteered their time to try and mend the damaged facility.

The rip on the west side is ‘L’ shaped and is between five and six feet in length. But on the north side, a hole approximately 20 feet long, four feet wide, was discovered, Kaufenberg said…

Kaufenberg said the hole on the north side may not be fixable, simply because of its vast size…

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