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1893: Scott County Argus

June 1, 1893

John Mertz says many of his country friends do not know he has again opened a saloon. He has, and it is a neat one located in the Mergens building.

A team belonging to Pat’k Dougherty took a lively sprint down First street Tuesday. They were stopped near Ring’s Hotel. The harness was hors de combat at the finish, but otherwise no damage was done.

Dr. J. G. Mitchell who has been practicing in Jordan for several years past has selected a new field of labor in this city. He will commence work here on Monday next. The doctor has had quite an extended experience in work in the medical profession and will, no doubt, prove an acceptable addition to Shakopee’s intelligent and progressive corps of physicians.

H. F. Schroeder has a big new whistle at his brick yard, and whenever it lifts up its voice the small boy starts off on the jump for the bridge, expecting a steamer.

The Milwaukee road has been suffering from a car famine and the mill company is shipping all its grain over the Omaha line as a consequence.

June 8, 1893

The steamer “Geo. Hayes” has been engaged by the people of Bloomington for Wednesday, July 14th to take a voyage up the river. The boat will leave Lyndale avenue landing at an early hour and will reach Shakopee at about eleven o’clock and will go up as far as is convenient to return the same evening. Any further information will be given by S. Ellingson or W. J. Hopkins, of Bloomington.

Dr. Mitchell is now located in the offices of the late Dr. Entrup. Notice his card in this issue.

Aug. F. Heitkamp, a photographer from Jordan, has decided to cast his lot amongst us. He has rented the gallery recently vacated by D. H. Brown, and will be ready for work in a few days.

Last Thursday night burglars entered the store of John Berens & Co. and made off with about $400 worth of dry goods. They entered by a rear window which they pried open with some pieces of scrap iron. The job was done before midnight. So far no clew has been found that would lead to their arrest, but it is thought that they went down the river in a boat, landing at some point between this place and St. Paul. Another idea is that they took the goods away in a wagon. A suspicious looking outfit drove past a farmhouse beyond Eden Prairie at about three o’clock that morning. A boy rushed out to see whether or not the farmer’s wife could get a ride into the city with them and they replied with three shots from a revolver. This may have been the outfit. In either case the burglars are probably feeling very safe and secure by this time. This is the first case of burglary in the town for six years, or since Chas. A. Rose became chief of police; and this is the more surprising when one considers our proximity to the big cities. It is to be hoped that the disease will not prove contageous.

Two new pneumatic tired Eclipse bicycles are now circling around town incorporating some extra life and energy into the muscles of Messrs. John Marx and Walter Southworth. The wheels are handsome and serviceable ones in every respect.

June 15, 1893

Henry Koerner this week sold the old homestead on First street to Mrs. M. Jost.

A large stuffed eagle is on exhibition at Strunk & Sons. It is a fine specimen of the American bird, measuring eight feet from tip to tip of its wing. It is worth a visit.

John Marx has just sold four first class Pneumatic Bicycles, and wishes to announce that he can furnish any high grade bicycle on short notice. Get his prices.

The beauty of St. Mark’s church is much enhanced by the addition of four corner spies this week.

The excavation for the new brick block is now completed and work on the foundation will be pushed to rapid completion.

Prof. Parsons, of Northfield, has accepted the position of principal of the Union school for the coming school year.

The Jacob Ries Bottling Works building is now nearing completion. All the outside work is done and Mr. Ries expects to have everything in ship shape order on the inside in another week. The building is a most creditable structure, just what one would expect from this enterprising firm. A description of the building will appear in these columns next week.

June 22, 1893

A new covered icewagon is staggering around town this week distributing those dear good ice-cakes to suffering humanity.

A good many citizens have saved their oaks, elms and ashes from the tent worms by bandaging them with strips of tarred cloth. Below the tar the trees are sometimes brown with a coating of worms half an inch deep.

Wm. Willson has sold all his real estate in town, including his residence and several lots in East Shakopee, to Rudolph Teich. Consideration, $1,600. Mr. Willson is to occupy the residence up to the first of November.

During the storm yesterday a bolt of lightning struck near the end of the bridge about three blocks from our sanctum. That is close enough for all practical purposes. Mr. Rose was near the bridge at the time and grabbed his hat. His hair had projected it into the air. Mr. Buchanan was outside the mill at the time and had to tighten up his coat to keep his heart from popping out. Several men with guilty consciences were loafing on K & S’s corner and they retired from the field with all haste and no les speed. The telephone bell rang continuously just preceding the discharge and the wires burned out with the shock. A little of such playfulness on the part of Dame Nature goes a great ways.

Kohler & Schwartz have made a decided improvement in the interior arrangement of their store this week. Those long center tables with their stacks of clothing have been relegated to the past, and the result is a neater appearance, better light, and much more room for customers.

A “fortune teller” is around town this week tickling susceptible young maidens’ vanities with her iris-hued prophecies, always, however, for a compensation. These parasites are growing slowly but beautifully less in number as the world moves on, “And the minds of men are broadened with the process of the suns.” Only an occasional one turns up here and there to prey upon the new cop of credulous humanity. Such people would better turn their ready wit and superb gall to some more worthy purpose. They would be bound to succeed.

The people of Shakopee are no generally aware that John Theis has in his garden an object that scientific men would travel many miles to view. In 1860 Mr. Theis was living on the Brown farm near town. He was sitting outside about 9 o’clock one summer evening when he saw an immense ball of fire shoot down from the heavens. It seemed to have landed in an adjoining pasture. He located the spot and the next morning dug out a chunk of black metallic rock weighting 115 lbs. It is of about the same density as iron and hence surprisingly heavy. The surface has no sharp corners, but presents the appearance of a melted substance rapidly cooled. It is a genuine aerolite and no mistake, and is deserving of more attention than it gets by a long way.

Joseph Voelker is putting in the ice box for his new meat market which will be open for business some time in July.

Strunk & Sons have on exhibition in their drug store a little orange tree, five years old. It sports several blossoms and about twenty oranges in different stages of development.

June 29, 1893

Get good new firecrackers at Roth Bros. Every one warranted to pop.

The new brick block is rapidly progressing. The work of the large force of men being now above ground it makes a better showing.

A valuable colt belonging to J. A. Wilder was poisoned last Saturday. It was discovered sick in the Chewning pasture at the end of First street about noon on that day and died at two o’clock. It had eaten a heavy dose of Paris green gotten from some unknown source.

The mill turned out 554 barrels of flour last Monday. The millers intend to turn out 3200 barrels during the week, and will, too, unless they “slip a cog” somewhere. They expect to shut down the first three days of next week in order to do some repairing and, incidentally, take a hand in the proceedings on the day we celebrate.

The steamboat excursion yesterday was a big success. All who attended report an excellent time.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

June 7, 1918

FOR SALE:—9 room house, hard and soft water, electric lights, telephone, garage, fine barn, chicken house, garden, cement walks all conveniences. Time and terms to suit purchaser. Apply to Mr. Jacob Zettel.

F. A. Ross of Stewart is the new first trick operator at the Omaha station.

Ed Unze and John Lenzmeier have purchased of William Nieters the truck and draying business and have already taken possession. Nieters expects to go to St. Paul, where he will be employed by a transfer company.

June 14, 1918

A. Tueten has commenced the construction of a cottage on the hill south of the stove foundry. The dimensions are to be 24×30, and he will have a very comfortable home. R. G. Chapman of the Interior Lumber company contracted the job.

Shakopee’s war gardens draw many exclamations of wonder and approval from people passing through the town. Mike Huss, who won the garden prize last year, is on the job again this year with the intention of breaking his last year’s record. Mike is surely doing his best to give the Kaiser bad dreams.

June 21, 1918

The R. M. Plumb family left for Minneapolis on Sunday evening, where Mr. Plumb will be employed by the Soo railroad company. The Plumb family have been residents here the past several years, Mr. Plumb being employed as agent at the Milwaukee station. The best wishes of a wide circle of friends go with them to their new home. Miss Rose Neiters accompanied them and will be employed in the Soo office.

The Joseph G. Ries family is enjoying a new Nash auto, bought through Pat Donovan of Belle Plaine.

J. R. Pink, the accommodating assistant at the postoffice, expects to be transferred very shortly to Two Harbors, and perhaps later on to the department offices at Washington, D. C. As the Shakopee postoffice will relapse to the third class on July 1, the potion now held by Mr. Pink will be discontinued. Shakopee friends keenly regret the departure of Mr. and Mrs. Pink.

June 28, 1918

Merriam Depot Burns. The railway station at Merriam Junction was destroyed by fire, early Monday morning. The night operator discovered the blaze about 5 a.m. but the structure was doomed. He was fortunate enough to save all money and valuable papers. The origin of the fire is not known, but it is supposed a spark from a passing locomotive caused the conflagration. An old boxcar is being used as a waiting station.

County agent and Mrs. Robert Geiger moved here from Jordan on Monday and are occupying the R. M. Plumb home on Fourth street.

Council Lets Contract. At a special meeting of the city council Tuesday night, bids were received for the construction of the sidewalk on the Minnesota River bridge. W. S. Hewitt of Minneapolis, the same who is constructing the trestle on the mile road, was awarded the contract, his bid being for $2,190, as against the bid of the Iowa Bridge Co. for $2,900. Construction will begin as soon as steel can be got onto the ground…

Miss Teresa Schell resigned her positon as bookkeeper for the Shakopee Telephone Company and has accepted a similar positon at the Jacob Ries Bottling works. Miss Lucille Schwartz is filling the vacancy at the Telephone office.

The Michael Regan home has been treated to a coat of fresh paint and new screened porches have been added, making a marked improvement.

Narrowly Escapes Drowning. Last Saturday afternoon about five o’clock, while the children of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Greening were playing about their home, west of town, the little two year old son accidentally fell into a cistern, which had been left uncovered. One of the older children hurriedly called to the mother, who at once gave the alarm. A neighbor, Mrs. Knapp, came to her assistance and with the help of a ladder the little fellow was rescued. He had been in the water some time, and in some way managed to hold on to an iron pipe. The mother went into the water up to her shoulders, but suffered no ill effect. The little fellow seemed lifeless when brought up but was soon revived by first aid treatment. He is able to be up and around and as well as ever.


State Reformatory Will Go Up This Year

Low bidders on contracts for the proposed state reformatory for women at Shakopee were announced by the State Board of Control on the opening of the competitive proposals Tuesday of this week.

S. M. Klarquist & Son, Minneapolis were low with a bid of $65,853 on the general contract. M. J. O’Neil, St. Paul, made the best bid on the heating and plumbing, $18,951. The Adelbert Hubbard Electrical company, St. Paul, was the low bidder on the electrical work at $3,096.

The low bids total $87,870, against the available appropriation of $100,000 which must cover also the architect’s fees and other items. Early awards of contracts are expected.

The fact that the bids come well under the amount of the appropriation make it a certainty that construction work on the buildings will commence this year.

1918: Scott County Argus

June 7, 1918

Will Nieters sold his dray line to John Lenzmeier and Ed Unze, the new proprietors taking charge of the business on June 1st.

Work was begun on Wednesday on the concrete bridge on the trestle road. While the bridge is being built a temporary roadway has been made to the east of the old road.

This week work on the foundations of a new house and barn for Jos. M. Geis has been started on the former Wm. Ryan farm, a part of which Mr. Geis recently purchased. J. P. Schanus of Belle Plaine, a brother-in-law to Mr. Geis has the contact. The house will be a substantial frame dwelling 30×30 ft. in dimensions.

June 14, 1918

Mrs. R. C. Byrde and daughter arrived Monday from Pueblo, Colo., to join Mr. Byrde and make their home here. The family will go to housekeeping in the J. A. Dean home.

Miss Elizabeth Schell and Henry Marschall of School District No. 6, Eagle Creek, turned over $77.75 to the local Red Cross, proceeds of a basket social given last week. The sum of $7.76 was also raised by the Junior Red Cross of the district.

The public library is in charge of Mrs. W. F. Duffy during the summer months at the high school and will be open Saturday afternoons from two to five o’clock. Miss Margaret Buchanan will assist as librarian. The library board has recently added one hundred dollars worth of new books for the younger readers and all young people are urged to continue the use of the library during their vacation time.

Nicholas Sand of Spring Lake purchased the Jos. Kostuch property the first of the week.

Mrs. W. J. O’Toole of St. Paul, member of the Women’s State Board for the Shakopee reformatory, was guest of Mrs. W. F. Duffy last week and appeared before the county commissioners at their meeting, to urge the appointment of a child welfare board for this county.

June 21, 1918

The Milwaukee depot has been merged with the Omaha and A. R. Tabbert has been made local agent for both roads, with three telegraph operators working in consecutive shifts. R. M. Plumb, former agent for the Milwaukee, went to Minneapolis Sunday where he will work in the general office of the Soo road. His family left yesterday for that city and their home will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Geiger.

H. C. Schroeder this week purchased a motor-boat which he has placed on Long Lake for pleasure trips this summer while the Schroeder family are sojourning at the lake.

A fallen drawbar on a freight car caused a wreck on the Milwaukee road about noon Monday, derailing four cars of coal and one of furniture. The wreck occurred near the Veiht farm and traffic was suspended until Tuesday before the track could be cleared. Fortunately no one was injured.

Frank Robert Thompson, a transient, who was brought here by Constable Wagner from Belle Plaine Wednesday of last week, died Friday night in the county jail of acute alcoholism. Thompson was a barber by trade and came here first on June 2d from Bemidji and spent a day or two at Mudcura sanitarium. From there he went to Belle Plaine where he claimed to have an uncle residing. He was about 41 years of age, of good appearance and well dressed. Coroner Reiter attempted to trace relatives of the man and receive communications from a practicing physician at Sheboygan, Wis., who is thought to be a brother. The latter, however, failed to claim the remains and the body was buried Sunday morning in Valley cemetery.

June 28, 1918

Miss Esther Ross of Rock Rapids, Iowa, is employed at the depot in a clerical capacity.

Miss Lucille Schwartz has been engaged as bookkeeper for the Shakopee Telephone company and began work last week.


River Bridge Here Will Be Rebuilt

The Hewitt Bridge and Construction Company of Minneapolis, the same company who is now building the two hundred and forty foot bridge on the trestle road, was awarded the contract to reconstruct the bridge spanning the river here at Shakopee. The contract price is $2190, $700 less than the next lowest bid. The Hewitt Bridge Company was in a position to do the work for less money than any or either of the other companies bidding on the job because it had its equipment already on the ground.

The construction of the bridge contemplates, among other things the increase of its present capacity so that foot walks may be built for the accommodation of pedestrians or foot-passengers. The work will be started as soon as possible, so that the bridge will have been completed before the Scott County fair at Shakopee Aug. 29-30 and 31.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

June 3, 1943

Surgical Dressings Work To Be Resumed Here. Back in the harness for surgical dressings workers. Material for surgical dressings is now on hand, and Mrs. Al Johnson, chairman of surgical dressings in Shakopee, issues an appeal to all volunteer surgical dressings workers, who became inactive when materials ran low, to return to the job. She hopes there will also be a good number of new volunteers at this time, who will feel it their duty to help with this much-needed work…

A food and needlework sale, under the sponsorship of the ladies of St. John’s Lutheran church is to be held in the Ketterer building next Thursday afternoon. A lunch of sandwiches, ice cream, cake and coffee will also be served.


County Reports Big Rain Damage

Thousands of dollars of damage and loss in farm lands and crops, streets, highways, business and residential property was reported this week as a result of the torrential rains that swept Scott county over the weekend.

In Shakopee, many basements were flooded, streets made impassible, lawns and gardens washed out or flooded late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. An accurate estimate of the composite damage to public and private property was not obtainable but it seemed likely the figure out exceed $5000 in the city…

June 10, 1943

Appeals for Women To Help Can Foods for School Lunches. An appeal to local women to aid in the nation’s food conservation program by giving their assistance in canning foods for the school lunch project, was issued Wednesday by J. A. Metcalf, superintendent…


NYA Here Drops Japanese Youths

Termination of vocational training for all Japanese-Americans enrolled at the Shakopee N.Y.A center, was ordered late last week in a telegram from C. Aubrey Williams, national director of the N.Y.A. Reason for the order is yet unexplained, officials of the Shakopee center said.

The termination order affected 76 youths, ranging in age from 17 to 24 years, who had been brought here under federal government approval, from Japanese war relocation centers in Arizona…

By Monday of this week all of the imported boys affected by the order had severed their connections with the N.Y.A. center. Several, it was learned, were to remain in Shakopee where they had obtained employment. Others have been employed in other sections of the state and those who have no employment are now being housed by the War Re-location authority at a Medicine Lake camp near the Twin Cities.


Buys Produce Business, Moves to New Location

In an announcement in the Argus-Tribune today George Mueller, who operates the Ryan farm west of Riverside park here, advises that he has taken over the management of the Shakopee Produce.

The business and equipment, formerly housed in the Schroeder Bldg. on East First street, has been moved to a new location on the west side of Lewis street, between First and Second streets.

Mueller, who has had previous experience in the egg, cream and poultry buying business, is eager to increase the service the produce firm affords farmers in this area. The place will be open for business Saturday and will be open daily except Mondays, Mueller said.

June 17, 1943

McMurray’s Store Windows Attracts Many Passersby. McMurrays store windows are the center of interest on the business streets of Shakopee these days. They attract every passerby. And what is it that attracts them? Well, just this: There are on display several hundred photos of Scott county boys and girls now in the service of their country. Nearly all of them are shown attired in the uniform of their respective branches of service…

Canning Demonstration Today at High School. Under the auspices of the Farm Bureau Agricultural Extension Service a canning demonstration will be held at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon (Thursday) in the local high school…


Scrap Drive Already Gets Results Here

Indicative of the enthusiastic support farmers of the Shakopee trade area will give to the “all-out” scrap metal drive scheduled for the week of June 21 to June 26, several loads of the “precious stuff” have already been delivered to the designated depot this week, William F. Marschall, scrap drive chairman, disclosed Wednesday…

Urban residents and business houses, as well as farmers, are included in the drive and the committee is looking to them to rid their basements, store-rooms and premises of all useable scrap metal. They too, may compete for the prizes, and like the farmers they must deliver the scrap at the depot on Third Street, between Lewis and Somerville streets.

June 24, 1943

Telephone Company Repairing Several Rural Lines Here. A program for improving and repairing several rural telephone lines in the Shakopee area was started June 1, at a cost of about $2,100, according to E. G. Leibold, manager of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co…


Price Complaint Panel Announced for County

Formation of a panel to hear price complaints voiced by consumers in Scott county was announced this week by the Scott county ration board.

In addition to hearing the complaints of consumers, the panel will provide retail merchants with information on pricing.

The panel includes Donald Childs, E. J. Huber, and J. A. Metcalf, Shakopee; E. L. Schmidt, New Prague; Mr. Lundquist, Belle Plaine; and Al Wurst, Jordan.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

June 6, 1968

Archery Tourney Saturday At Riverside Park Diamond. The Minnesota Valley Archers are to stage their Second Annual 900 Round tournament this Saturday evening, June 8, at Riverside Park baseball diamond…


Mrs. Overmire New Deputy Registrar

Secretary of State Joseph L. Donovan announced this week the appointment this week of Mrs. James Overmire of Shakopee, to the office of Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles for Scott County, to succeed Brendan Suel, who recently resigned.

Mrs. Overmire will also continue as Driver License Agent in connection with her automobile registration duties. She will continue to operate the bureau in the same location on East First Avenue in Shakopee, however, she will move from the lower annex to the newly remodeled quarters on the main floor of the building.

Suel, a licensed broker, who has held the Deputy Registrar office since October 1955, announced he will now devote more time to his business brokerage firm, the Suel Agency. He will maintain an office in the same building on East First Avenue.


169 Bridge ‘Now At West Edge’; City Acts On Rahr Sewer Project

Apparent is reversal of the planning for the proposed Highway 169 bridge to span the Minnesota River at Shakopee, along with conflicting recommendations of the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota State Highway Department.

This was revealed at a special meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held at 8 o’clock Tuesday night of this week, June 4, in the City Building Council Chambers, on the call of Mayor Ray Siebenaler.

Read was a letter from Ted Waldor, Commissioner of Highways, State of Minnesota, which after reviewing communications received by the highway department from the City of Shakopee and neighboring communities affected by the updating of Highway 169, stated as affirmation of the State Highway Department’s stand that “westerly crossing is the only accessible one.”…


Short-Wave Now Operational

St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, announced this week that a short wave receiver is now operational.

The receiver is battery-powered in an event of a power failure, and gives the Hospital direct contact with Sheriff’s office at Shakopee…

June 13, 1968

Community Band Concerts To Be Each Tuesday. Weekly band concerts by the Shakopee Community Band, a group of area adults and teen-agers, will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm. at Holmes Park each Tuesday evening, beginning June 25 and ending August 13…

New Shakopee librarian, Mrs. Darlene Kelzer, assumed duties at the Shakopee Library on Tuesday of last week, June 4, succeeding former librarian, Mrs. Sandra Moe of Burnsville…

SHS Teacher Accepted For NDEA Institute. Ronald C. Kolb, Spanish teacher at Shakopee Public High School, has been awarded a grant to attend the National Defense Education Act Institute for Secondary School Teachers of Spanish, being one of 45 applicants accepted out of 330…


New Hospital Open House Date

New construction and remodeling of existing facilities that have been underway for close to a year at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee will not be sufficiently completed in order for the hospital to have Open House as previously planned for June 30, announcement was made this week…

Accordingly the St. Francis administration further announced that an Open House is to be held, Sunday September 8, 1968. Dedication by the Most Reverend Archbishop Leo Binz will be Sunday, September 29, 1968, as originally planned…


Shakopee District 720 seeking Parochial Schools’ Correlation

A meeting previously scheduled with St. Mark’s and St. Mary’s Parochial schools to correlate inter-school programs for the coming school year has been postponed, it was announced at the regular June Board Meeting of School District 720 held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday of this week, June 10, at the Shakopee Senior High School.

It was noted that there seems to be some dissension in adopting the shared time and other programs of previous years and the two Parochial schools wish to meet with each other before meeting with the District No. 720 board…

June 20, 1968

Seek Title To Part Of Memorial Park For Restoration Project. The Scott County Historical Society informally requested title to the site of the Pond Grist Mill and adjoining area in the City of Shakopee’s Memorial Park, just north of Highway 101 at the east edge of the city, for a proposed Historical site and Biological Study station at a special dinner and meeting at 7:30 p.m. last Saturday, June 15, at the Shakopee House and at the Community room, First National Bank of Shakopee.


Canceled Check From Tracy Found On Weckman Farm

Gerald Weckman, RR 1, Shakopee, was walking on his farm located out Apgar Street, two and a half miles south of Shakopee, when he came upon a canceled check.

It was a check from a bank in Tracy, Minnesota.

This was another of the several reports in the area of “fallout” from this Minnesota community ravaged by the tornado that hit Tracy last Thursday night. Tracy is about 150 miles southwest of Shakopee…


Everyone’s invited. Grand Opening of Riverview Office and Apartment Building. 421 East First Avenue, Shakopee.

Ron Inc., of Shakopee, extends a cordial invitation to everyone to view their new, modern Riverview Office and Apartment Building. Fri., June 21, 1968.

June 27, 1968

Named Business Administrator For Shakopee Medical Center. J. E. Ponterio, M. D., P. J. Adams, M. D. and A. A. Spagnolo, M.D. announce the appointment of Frank J. Schneider of Shakopee as business administrator of the Shakopee Medical Center, 323 Naumkeag, in Shakopee.


O’Dowd Road Project Hampered By Rains

To be completed within seven to 10 days pending good weather, will be the reconstruction of Scott County Road 79 (O’Dowd’s Lake Road) extending south from the end of Spencer Street, which is being widened and resurfaced in preparation for blacktopping scheduled for next year, Scott County Engineer Lawrence Ploumen said this week.

He added that the project under way three weeks ago was to have been completed by next Monday, July 1, but it has been hampered by the recent rains…


Shakopee Post Office Gets Top Awards For Excellence

The community of Shakopee and its postal employees have been awarded a Citation for Excellence from the Postmaster General, Shakopee Postmaster Cormac Suel announced this week.

The honor was awarded for superior maintenance of the building and grounds of the Shakopee Post Office branch in such a manner as to provide a clean, attractive and pleasant place in which the public may conduct its business. The awards signed by John L. O’Mara, assistant Postmaster General and Lawrence F O’Brien, Postmaster General…

1993: Shakopee Valley News

June 3, 1993

Amphitheater plan being challenged by city of St. Paul

Although Minnesota’s horse racing community has offered few comments on a proposal to turn Canterbury Downs into an outdoor amphitheater, and few local residents have voiced opposition to such a plan, the St. Paul City Council has wasted no time in bidding for that same amphitheater for the city’s riverfront district.

The council, acting as St. Paul’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority, agreed May 27 to solicit proposals for an amphitheater and put the bidding on a fast track to persuade the four companies interested in developing an outdoor music venue to come to St. Paul instead of Shakopee…


Longtime educator Vaughan dies

Dale C. Vaughan, Shakopee High School’s activities director and longtime educator and former football coach, died suddenly Tuesday evening, just six days before he was to retire after 30 years.

Vaughan was in charge of the Section 2AA girls’ softball tournament at Shakopee’s Tahpah Park when he died at approximately 7:15 p.m. He apparently suffered a heart attack. Vaughan recently celebrated his 61st birthday…


65,000-square-foot addition at Inland plant to cost $4.75 million

Construction has begun on a 65,000-square-foot addition to Inland Container Corp.’s corrugated box manufacturing plant in Shakopee.

The $4.75 million expansion will increase the size of the building to 215,000 square feet and increase plant capacity by 50 percent. The company, which employs about 135 in Shakopee, expects to grow to 150 workers within three years…

June 10, 1993

Far apart on art

After months of philosophical discussion on the power of art, a debate on the year Shakopee became a city and discussion on whether the etching of a church steeple constitutes a violation of separation of church and state, the Shakopee City Council last week gave final approval to a new logo and tag line for the city.

The city’s tag line will now read: “Community pride since 1870”. The logo is a small silhouette of the city’s skyline…


St. Francis completes land purchase for new medical center, campus

The governing board of St. Francis Regional Medical Center on June 8 approved the purchase of a 60-acre site directly south of the new Shakopee Bypass on the east side of County Road 17 (Marschall Road), where it plans to construct a $30 million medical complex. Hospital officials declined to reveal the purchase price…

Construction of the first phase of the medical complex is scheduled to begin in September. The first phase includes a 17,000-square-foot medical clinic. The one-story structure will house about 80 employees. By the end of 1994, officials hope to begin the second phase, which would include a two-story, 70-bed hospital and a 34,000-square-foot medical office building. Additional development after the year 2000 is also planned…

June 17, 1993

Board has look at plans for athletic complex

Terraced fields, additional parking, and a combination football/soccer field are elements of the conceptual design for the new Shakopee High School outdoor activities complex…

According to the first two phases of the plan, expansion is expected to be directly south of the existing high school and fields. A new football/soccer field, track, bleachers, lighting and areas for track events such as the shot put, discus, long jump and pole vault are planned in these phases, along with additional parking accessible from County Road 79. The phases also include a path between existing and new facilities, leading to the city’s proposed community center, which could be located west of the school’s new facilities.

The master plan includes additional softball fields and parking located directly south beyond expansions from the first phases…


Met Council will plan for metro radio system

The Metropolitan Council has been given the lead role in developing a regionwide plan to share local government two-way radio channels and equipment. A bill signed into law by Gov. Arne Carlson directs the council to develop several alternatives and make recommendations to the 1994 Legislature…

The proposal has not been received warmly by local government officials in Scott County. They say there is no radio capacity problem in this area, and they fear that people in the area will be paying for a system that will benefit larger counties, such as Ramsey and Hennepin.

June 24, 1993

DOT provides update on downtown mini-bypass. The flooding of the Minnesota River may actually work to area motorists’ advantage in one respect. Officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) said the closing of the Highway 169 bridge on Holmes Street in Shakopee will give workers more time and space to complete the west-end portion of the downtown mini-bypass project…


Shakopee voters reject $8 million bond issue for facilities

Shakopee voters Tuesday rejected an $8 million bond issue that would have provided for a community center, ice arena and second fire station.

The referendum question failed on a vote of 1,211 to 907, or by 57.2 to 42.8 percent, or 304 votes…


Water levels may approach those of ’65, ’69 floods

The Minnesota River swept through Scott and Carver counties this week at levels that could rival the history-making floods of 1965 and 1969. From Mankato to St. Paul, residents and government officials prepared for the water that swirled over highways, bridges, businesses and some homes beginning Monday.

The National Weather Service said that this week’s flooding will come close to — but likely will not exceed — the flooding levels that occurred in this area in 1965 and 1969…


The new AD is an old coach

For the nearly quarter-century that he stood before a classroom full of students, John Anderson has never worn a wristwatch. But that’s all about to change with his new position at Shakopee High School.

Anderson is the new director of activities for Shakopee Schools, a position which oversees all activities — athletic and non-athletic — in grades seven through 12. The Shakopee School District created the positon to take care of all activities this past spring. The old position, held by the late Dale Vaughan, was responsible for activities at the high school only. A position expanded starting with the coming school year, Anderson will no longer be teaching the social studies and history classes he taught since he came to Shakopee in the early ‘70s…

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