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1894: Scott County Argus

June 7, 1894

Head engineer Ferguson reports that with the new monster engine and improvements the mill is turning out a barrel of flour with a little less than 20 lbs. of coal. This, as is well known to the craft, is a very creditable state of affairs.

Henry Spielman is about to let the contract for a handsome new hotel building to occupy the same site as his present place of business. We understand he will continue in business up to the first of July, when his liquor license expires and then remain out of business until his new building is completed.

A visit to the Jacob Ries Bottling Works at any time of any day in the week reveals a busy scene. Their excellent beverages are always in demand wherever they become known, and new territory is constantly being acquired, so that even with the increased capacity the work are often crowded to fill orders on time. Mr. Ries informs us that May sales for this year were considerably heavier than for the same month last year, although last year’s trade showed a big increase over previous years. This, in the face of “hard times” is a record in which the firm may take a very just pride.

Theo. Mertz has removed his family to the Heidenreich building on First street, formerly occupied by the Minnesota Post, where he has ample room for family use and also for his shoe-store.

The excavation for Henry Mathis’s new residence has been made and the foundation is about completed. The walls will go up rapidly in the next few days. Woehling & Co. have the contract for the entire work.

Ring & Hammeyer are now at work erecting a one-story brick building adjacent to the west side of the Occidental Hotel. The new structure will be 16 feet wide, 24 feet long, and 10 feet in height. It will be supplied with a glass front and is to be used as a sample room in connection with the hotel.

Jacob Ries, Sr., has let the contract to Ring & Hammeyer for an entirely new front for his main building on First street. The present one is to be torn down and replaced by a front of pressed brick and probably plate-glass windows. The building will then correspond to his smaller store building on the west side and also to the handsome new Broman block adjoining. When Mr. Ries erected the building, in 1865, it was considered one of the finest in the town, but with cheapening material and growing taste in architectural design the familiar looking old building has fallen somewhat behind. Mr. Ries is nothing if not progressive, and so has decided to make the valuable improvement mentioned. Work will begin at once.

June 14, 1894

This weather just suits the tire-setting departments of the blacksmith shops. Records of from fifty to a hundred wheels a day are reported.

The new through wire recently added to the telephone system, instead of giving Shakopee poorer connections, allows this station a double line to the Twin Cities. In the event of damage to one wire we could fall back upon the other. Carver, Chaska, and Shakopee have one line, exclusively, to Minneapolis; but we are also on the Mankato line, so that this station can call up any station on the line direct while those south of us must call Central in Minneapolis to get such connections.

A. Schmitz had the interior of his place of business brightened up by the calciminer’s art.

Ring & Hammeyer are now at work putting on the new four-light glass front at P.A. Preiser’s store in the Condon Block.

Tie up the dogs during this hot weather, and furnish them with plenty of fresh water and but little meat. By so doing Shakopee may, happily, escape a mad dog scare. Some one of the many mongrel curs with which we are blessed is more than likely to go mad during the heat of the summer and sink his poisoned fangs into the body or limbs of a luckless child, perhaps bringing death in one of its most horrible forms into our midst. Too much care cannot be taken. Be on the safe side.

Work on the addition to Deutsch & Zettel’s Drug Store is rapidly nearing completion. The dividing wall has been torn down and the counters and shelves are being rearranged in a way such that the whole constitutes one enlarged salesroom.

H. Nyssen has been making extensive improvements in his brewery this week. A big new brewers kettle and a new mash tub have been put in, and the malt kiln has been entirely rebuilt. With the new equipment his patrons may look for a better, if possible, product than ever.

The work of putting in the new front at Kohler & Schwartz’s was completed yesterday. The improvement in appearance on both the exterior and interior of the store is very marked. The plates of glass are large, the largest one being 84×98 inches, and they are of excellent quality.

This week the roof is going up on the St. Mark’s priest’s residence, and a good idea of the beauty in plan and execution may be formed. The site chosen is a favored one, the lot being surrounded by beautiful shade trees of several years growth, and with a very little work the grounds can be made to fully correspond with the elegant building they surround. The structure itself needs to be seen to be appreciated. It does not suffice to say that it will excell any other residence in the city. It is of pressed brick, two-and-one-half stories high, with a large basement. It faces the south, on which side is a large turreted bay-window of circular form running up to the roof, and a spacious front porch. Within on the left of the large hall is an office 14 x 18, behind it the dining room 15 x 18, then a pantry and beyond a large room for the house keeper’s use. At the front on the right is a large sitting room 18 x 20, behind it the library 12 x 14, then a hall running east and west. Beyond the hall is the large kitchen. In the second story are eight large rooms, besides the bath room. In the basement are the laundry, furnace rooms, and coal and wood bins. The house is to be supplied with all the modern improvements, steam heat, hot and cold water, electric bells, etc., the whole making a fine exhibit of the liberality and enterprise of the members of the St. Mark’s congregation, and a flattering testimonial of the high esteem in which they hold their pastor, Rev. Fr. Stoltz.

June 21, 1894

A force of men is busy this week erecting a big smoke stack at the foundry of the Minnesota Stove Co.

The interior of the new Broman Block is being finished this week. Herman Logenfeil has the contract for plastering.

The contract has been let by Lawrence Stemmer to Ring & Hammeyer for a two-story brick residence of eight rooms to occupy the site of the frame dwelling which was burned two weeks ago. Work will begin next week.

The residence of Henry Mathis is rapidly nearing completion. The brick work is finished and the carpenter work is being pushed forward rapidly by Wm. Beggs. When done the residence will be an ornament to that vicinity of handsome residences, and one in whose comfort and elegance its owner may feel a whole lot of just pride for many years to come.

H. Spielman’s new building will count as a good big item in our boom for 1894. The frame part will be left standing, but the old stone building will be torn down and replaced by a two-story brick structure, 25×60 feet, with a pressed-brick, cut-stone front supplied with handsome galvanized iron cornices. Work will be begun shortly after the Fourth. Ring & Hammeyer have the contract for the entire work.

Jacob Ries’s buildings on First street are rapidly assuming a new appearance, under the trowels of Ring & Hammeyer. The work planned is somewhat more extensive than as first announced, and the improvement will be correspondingly greater. The fronts of both buildings have been removed and these are to be replaced by a well designed front of pressed-brick and ornamented with cut-stone and a galvanized-iron cornice. The entire first story will also be supplied with large plate-glass windows. Tally one more for Shakopee’s healthy little boom.

Reis Bros. have purchased the “Cates Farm” just west of town, and next year, when Jorgen Young’s lease expires, they will establish there a stock farm of considerable proportions. The farm comprises 240 acres, 140 of which make an excellent meadow, while the whole tract is a model one for stock-raising purposes. Naturally, Reis Bros. are congratulating themselves upon their good fortune in getting possession of it, and they modestly hint that we may look for some fine horseflesh in that quarter within the next few years.

Albert Walters has rented the residence of C. A. Stevens on First street. He removed there with his family last Monday.

New Ice Cream Parlors will be opened Saturday in the west half of the Ring Hotel building on Second street, where ice cream will be served afternoons and evenings, Sunday included. Mrs. C. F. Cook.

June 28, 1894

The brick work on the Jacob Ries buildings on First street is completed, and a glance up or down the street shows how great is the improvement both to the buildings themselves and to the entire block. The best (Schroeder’s) repress brick are laid in mortar of the same color, and with the plate-glass front, cut-stone and galvanized iron “trimmings” the building will compare favorably with any in town.

The work of tearing down the old front of the Condon Block was begun Tuesday, and within a few days the new and handsomer one will be in place. Ring & Hammeyer are the contractors.

J. B. Gellenbeck rejoices in the fact that the guest rooms over his restaurant are now ready for occupancy. He has been somewhat handicapped heretofore in not having lodging for the transient trade.

Jos. Nachtsheim’s new brick building is now ready for occupancy, and it is his purpose to remove the salesroom of his bakery into it soon after the Fourth. The size and appearance of the new store makes it count as a very creditable factor in our boom of ’94.

Remember the new icecream parlors in Ring’s Hotel (not Conter House.)

Lawrence Stemmer’s family have removed to a temporary structure near the site of their old residence, where they will live during the time required to erect their new brick dwelling.

Miss Augusta Markus closed a most successful term of school in the “Gifford” district last Friday. This being her sixth term in the same school, Miss Markus may feel sure that her efforts are appreciated by the patrons.

Work on the Athletic Park will be completed this week, and the Diamonds are in high feather. The amount of labor required to fence in an entire block with an eight foot high, closed board fence, remove the sod from the large infield, level off the rest for the outfield, erect seats, backstops, ticket office, etc. was by no means small. But all this has been done at last, and the first game of ball at “Shakopee Athletic Park,” will be played next Sunday afternoon.

A. Schmitz is now a member of the Cherubini Brass Band, and his skill in playing the clarionet makes a very audible improvement in the work of that excellent organization.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

June 6, 1919

Mill to Increase Capacity. The latter end of next week the Shane Bros. & Wilson company will shut down the big mill for the purpose of regrinding the rolls for the resumption of wheat milling. While this is being done a quantity of new machinery will also be installed, including a scout, two sifters and two additional rolls. The addition of the latter will increase the capacity of the mill from about 800 barrels to almost 1200 barrels. These changes will require the services of six millwrights and their crews for the next two months…

Soap Factory Locates Here. The Sunshine Soap company have leased a part of the Southworth block and will commence the manufacture of soap and washing powder as soon as the premises can be fitted up. T. P. Frederick is president of the company, and the local management will be in the hands of Harvey Duncan…

Important Farm Sales. Three important land transfers were made this week, involving large sums. Nic Lenzmeier bought the Vogel farm north of the river in Carver county paying $21,000 for the 200 acres. This is a fine farm, and Mr. Lenzmeier will never regret the deal. Herman Plekkenpol, who was reported to have bought the Vogel farm, bought the 116 acres south of town belonging to Joseph Linhoff, the reported consideration being $20,000. This also is a finely located property and well worth the money. Mrs. Susan Wampach has sold her farm south of town to Peter Hennes.

Jos. Ploumen met with a peculiar accident Monday, resulting in a very sore eye. He was shooting blackbirds with a .22 rifle when the gun backfired and he got the cartridge and the flash of the powder in his right eye. The injury is not serious, but it caused him some pain at first.


Loan Committee Makes Final Report

This Committee submits herewith the report of the Victory Loan.

It will be noted that the county raised almost $700,000 while its quota was $525,000, an oversubscription of nearly $175,000 or 32 per cent…

June 13, 1919

Knights Initiate Large Class. The Shakopee Council of the Knights of Columbus initiated a class of 59 members last Sunday, with the usual impressive ceremonies…

Organize Health Association. A meeting for the purpose of organizing a county health association in Scott county was called to meet at Jordan on Thursday, June 5, by Secretary Donald Childs of the Scott County Red Cross. The meeting was not largely attended, but much enthusiasm was manifested. The immediate purpose of an association in the county is to secure the services of a visiting nurse, and Miss Bray, who was present as a representative of the state association, reported that there was now available for that purpose a sum of approximately $250, while an additional sum would be available in October…

Train Collides With Truck. A deplorable accident occurred near the Hamm Brewing Co.’s storage house last Saturday morning when the 8:06 train on the Omaha struck the brewery truck at the street crossing, almost killing the driver, A. J. Mingo. Mr. Mingo had just started out with a load, and probably his engine was making considerable noise which prevented his hearing the approaching train. The train men, on their part, either did not see him at all or thought that he would drive off the track. But the result was that the train struck the truck and utterly demolished it, and Mr. Mingo was picked up for dead. After hitting the truck the train went for almost a block before stopping. The unfortunate man was found still grasping the steering wheel. Medical aid was summoned and Drs. F. H. Buck and P. M. Fischer responded and he was taken to the Shakopee hospital. It was found that his nose was broken and the fleshy part almost completely severed, and his right shoulder was six inches out of place, but miraculously no bones, except the facial ones mentioned, were broken. Of course, in addition to those major injuries, he had suffered innumerable cuts and bruises. His condition was critical for a day or two, but now he appears to be making favorable progress toward recovery…

Jimmie Fisher is having a racing car built for him at the Walter garage. It will have the lines of a “long, low, rakish craft,” and its estimated speed is eight knots, or thereabouts. Mr. Walter is doing a nice piece of work on this. But perhaps we may be allowed to entertain some misgivings upon the matter of where this cyclone is to travel.

June 20, 1919

Mayor Calls Mass Meeting. A meeting of the citizens of Shakopee will be held at Dawson’s opera house, Friday evening, June 20, at eight o’clock for the purpose of bringing before the people the matter of providing a fitting entertainment in honor of the men from Scott county who served in the American army, navy and marines during the world war…

Citizens Plant Willows. Several dozen of the public-spirited citizens responded to Mayor Mergens’s appeal to plant willows along the dike road on Tuesday, June 17—Good Roads Day. A few of the enthusiastic ones worked all day, but many of the others put in from one to three hours. There was a crew who did the cutting while another force did the planting. In all several thousand slips were planted. As already the banks of the grade were pretty well grown over with willow sprouts it should not be long before a very fast root nest is established. Special credit is due to some for their faithful work. The boy scouts also did their share…

New Lightning Arrester. The General Electric company is having a new lightning arrester installed for the protection of the local pole line system. The installation is being made at the big transformer across the bridge. This improvement has been needed badly for some time owing to the fact, we are told, that the telephone lines in many places cross the high voltage wires.

The Tribune has been trying out the new soap powder made in Shakopee by the Sunshine Soap company. The powder is much better than its odor and appearance. It cuts printer’s ink like magic and leaves the hands soft and clean. If it will do as good a job on other kinds of dirt as it does on ink and oil it should be made by the ton.

One reason why the Kaiser quit has been on exhibition in McMullen’s window for a week or two. This is one of the famous sawed-off shotguns which so shocked the Hun’s sense of decency that for a while he considered the matter of shooting any American caught with one. Whether he failed to capture any Americans so armed or whether expediency dictated a different course we are unable to say. The weapon is shown, bayonet and all, and it must have been a most effective piece in trench warfare where fighting was at close range.

June 27, 1919

Local Legion Gets Chapter. The first meeting of the service men’s club under its new charter as a post of the American Legion was held at the court house Wednesday evening. The meeting being called to order, the members were informed by the president and secretary that the application of the club for a charter as a post of the American Legion had been granted, and that the charter had been received, and that it was designated as Post No. 2 of the Minnesota jurisdiction, No. 1 being at St. Paul. The officers of the old club will hold over under a new election can be held under the charter…

Frank Lenzmeier has just completed a fine new barn.

Ed Kopp is building a new house on his farm.

August Timmermann has been hauling lumber for a new barn.

The Sunshine Soap company has been canvassing the city this week, and has placed a large number of packages of the product in Shakopee homes. Other territory will be canvassed when this is finished. This excellent powder is finding favor with the home people, and is now stocked by most of the home dealers. Additions to the working force have been made this week, as the demand is growing rapidly.

A work train of ten cars of more, containing over 100 workers and a few families is now side-tracked north of the Hamm warehouse. They are Italians, and every night they have been favoring our residents with free concerts. While their instrumental music is not particularly good or interesting, they have one or two good voices in the crowd, and some of their Italian street songs and choruses are well worth hearing. Their playing and singing is spontaneous and unaffected, and for that reason carries a feeling of satisfaction.

Frank A. Leeder of Minneapolis has been appointed district sales representative for the New England Manufacturing company of Chicago, producers of a new acetylene lighting and cooking plant and will make his headquarters in Shakopee. Several of these plants have already been installed in the homes of progressive farmers in this county and are said to be giving satisfaction. They are equipped with appliances for cooking, ironing, and other utilities, besides giving a bright and cheap light. Mr. Leeder’s wife and son arrived some days ago and the family will make a permanent residence here. Until a suitable home can be found they are living at Otto Dierberger’s.

1919: Scott County Argus

June 6, 1919

V. C. Stein is installing a hot water plant and modern bath in the farm home of George F. Huber of Eagle Creek.

Shakopee Secures New Enterprise. A new enterprise will be started here in the very near future or just as soon as the building lately occupied by the laundry can be equipped for operation. This new concern will be known and will do business under the firm name of the Sunshine Soap company of Minnesota…

Shakopee Stove Co. Is Forging Ahead. The Shakopee Stove Co., which had been closed down during the period of the war, since starting up a couple of months ago under its new management, is forging to the front. It is just now busily engaged getting out a number of orders placed for the “Gopher” range that is said to be giving universal satisfaction. The company is adding new men to its force right along and will soon be running up to its present capacity, all of which is good news to the people of Shakopee.

June 13, 1919

John Strattmann returned Tuesday from Milwaukee and intends to make his future home in Shakopee. Mr. Strattmann says that after spending so many years here no other place is like home to him and he is content to remain for the rest of his life.

Real Estate Transfers. Real estate transfers of the week were the sale of the Jos. Huth and John Kopisca farms. Jos. Huth sold to Max Vogel 52 acres of his place at Reilley’s lake, retaining 224 feet fronting on the lake near his present home on which he will build a cottage. The price was $10,000. Ferdinand Marschall bought the Kopisca farm of 60 acres, paying $115 per acre. Mr. Marschall is living on the farm at present.

June 20, 1919

Mr. and Mrs. John Pink were in town last week to bid farewell to relatives and friends before leaving for New York where John will have charge of a business for his brother-in-law.

C. J. Hartmann’s building is having the finishing touches put on it this week by Peter Paul. With its new plate glass front, tiled show windows and fountain the Hartmann meat market is strictly up-to-date in appearance and when completed will be one of the finest businesses places in the city.

During the severe electrical storm Tuesday evening lighting struck the Marschall home in East Shakopee, damaging the telephone and roof and knocking plaster from the ceiling in an upstairs room and a post from the porch. No fire resulted and the house being unoccupied no person was near enough to be injured although neighbors saw the bolt strick.

Record Price on Land. J. J. O’Dowd set a record price on Scott County land Wednesday when he paid John P. Vierling $300 per acre for ten acres without improvements.

June 27, 1919

J. J. O’Dowd beat his own record set last week by the purchase Friday of a block in the city limits for which he paid Thos. McMahon $1500 or about $750 per acre.

J. J. Evans sold his farm of 208 acres north of town to John Brueggemann for $31,000. The new owner will take possession October 1st. Mr. Evans is undecided as to his future but contemplates moving onto his Eden Prairie farm.

John Strattmann left Friday for Milwaukee where his marriage to a lady of that city will take place next week. They will return early in July to make Shakopee their home and Mr. Strattmann has rented the house now occupied by Rupert Stemmer.

Frank Siebenaler has purchased the home and two and one-half lots belonging to Louis DeMers, the consideration being $3000. Mr. Siebenaler will not take possession until this fall when Mr. DeMers will build a bungalow on his lot adjoining the Wm. Engel residence property.

After July 1st L. E. Dawson will again resume management of the Gem theatre.

James E. Dean sold 35 acres of the east end of the Plumstead farm to his son, George Dean, this week.

Heavy rains of the past few weeks have sent the Minnesota river out of its banks and the water reached a stage two inches higher than it attained this spring. Gardens along the bottoms are ruined and the corn and hay crops will also suffer. The river began receding Wednesday and dropped a half inch during the night. Traffic from the north is not completely shut off, however, as the trestle road is being traveled although it is in an unfinished condition. The high water put an end to plans for a Fourth of July celebration as the ball grounds and a large part of Riverside park are now under water.

Saloon Men Are Readjusting Business. The proprietors of Shakopee’s saloons have been interviewed with reference to the readjustment of their place of business to conform to the new and arid order of things which will control on and after Tuesday, July 1, and we have been advised as follows: J. H. (Bach) Ring expects to have his place converted into a rooming house and will conduct a soft drink parlor in connection. E. F. Thiede expects to expand his restaurant business and operate it in connection with soft drink and ice cream parlor. Martin Doherty hasn’t decided his future course. Sam Kahn expects to handle tobacco and other small store merchandise, near beer, etc. “Buck” Gelhaye will furnish quick meal service in connection with a near beer and other soft drinks parlor. H. Schlink will operate his place as soft drink stand. Both the St. Paul hotel and the Minneapolis House will continue their hotels. Math Huth has not decided what he will do.

American Legion Post to Organize. Wednesday evening George Scherkenbach, president of the Scott County Service Men’s local club, received a charter from the national executive committee of the American Legion entitling the club to organize as Shakopee American Legion Post No. 2 of the state of Minnesota. A meeting for this purpose will be held Tuesday, July 8th, when the organization will be effected and officers elected. The post will start with more than 80 charter members…

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

June 1, 1944

Because of poor health, William J. Ruetten has been obliged to give up his job as nightwatchman at the State Reformatory here.

FOR SALE.—4-room house and 2 lots. 433 W. 3rd St. See WILLIAM JANSEN.

Now Member of State Hospital Association. St. Francis hospital is now a member of the Minnesota Hospital Service association, it was announced this week with the disclosure the Shakopee institution meets the requirements set up by the hospital association. The membership becomes effective today…

Scott County Organized For 5th Bond Campaign. Advice from Dallas F. Capesius, Scott county chairman of the Finance committee, indicates that his organization has been completed and is ready to launch the campaign to sell $660,000 in War Bonds to back the attack…

June 8, 1944

Mrs. Susan Unze, canning instructor, and M. L. Regan, engineer at the Shakopee Area Trade school, at the former N.Y.A. camp, attended a canning conference in the White Bear Lake cannery, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. Instructions in new methods of canning vegetables and meats were given, which will be used in processing and canning foods at the Trade school this season.

Canning Plant Ready for Use. With all its equipment now in readiness and Mrs. Susan Unze fully trained and skilled in its use, the community canning plant at the Shakopee Area Trade school east of the city, is now in operation, it was learned this week…

June 15, 1944

Believed Pictured in Photo of Wounded Yanks. Although there has been no official confirmation relatives here are certain that Ralph Lebens, son of Mrs. Peter Lebens of Shakopee, was one of the wounded United States infantrymen shown in a recent press picture of the first American casualties in the European invasion…


Loaded Gas Truck Plunged Into Flood Waters Here Sunday

Loaded with 5200 gallons of gasoline a huge tank transport went thru the cable guard rail and rolled over into the flood waters on the west side of highway 169, just north of Riverside park here, Sunday morning.

The driver, whose name was not learned, escaped by leaping from the cab into the water seconds before the transport submerged itself, wheels up, in the water and mud…

June 22, 1944

Miss Evelyn Huber returned to her duties as saleslady at the Bloss Variety Store, Monday after a week’s vacation. She spent several days of last week visiting among relatives and friends in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

FOR SALE—80 acre farm, with good buildings, seven miles east of Shakopee. Tel. 21-W-1. JAMES C. DELLWO.

Students Who Failed in State Exams Must Pass Tests in August. Any student that failed in one or two of the state board examinations required to be given in all unaccredited elementary schools must take another examination and receive a passing grade before they will be permitted to come to Shakopee and register for high school work, J. A. Metcalf, superintendent, announced this week. The examinations will be given at the Shakopee public school during the last week in August…

More Women Needed for Surgical Dressing Work. An urgent appeal for more workers to assist with the Red Cross surgical dressing work in Shakopee was issued this week by Mrs. Al Johnson, local chairman…

June 29, 1944

FOR SALE.—House and 8 ½ lots, known as Charles Boldt house. ART GELHAYE, Shakopee.

FOR SALE—New bee hives, honey extractor, 500 sections. ART GELHAYE, Shakopee.

Father Schiffrer Is New Pastor of St. Mark’s Church. The Very Rev. Dean Valentine Schiffrer, recently transferred from St. Michael to Shakopee, began the duties of his new pastorate at St. Mark’s church here Wednesday succeeding the late Very Rev. Dean M. Savs who had served the parish for 27 years…

C. N. Weis Accepts Position In Cambridge, Minn. C. N. Weis, who for the past seven years was employed as linotype operator, for the Argus-Tribune, resigned this position and has accepted a similar position with the North Star newspaper in Cambridge, Minn…

Decorated. An Eighth AAF Bomber Station, England—Second Lt. Wesley R. Johnson, 221 West First St., Shakopee, co-pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, has been decorated with the Air Medal for “meritorious achievement” on bombing attacks on enemy Europe…


Construction of New Plant Begun

Contracts have been let and work has started for the construction of a new and modern building for the Weinmann Sheet Metal Works, Geo. Weinmann, head of the industry, announced this week.

The 50×80 one-story concrete block structure is to be located on the corner of East First and Spencer streets, fronting on First street…

1969: Shakopee Valley News

June 5, 1969

Holmes Street Bridge To Close This Sunday. Closing of the Holmes Street bridge, carrying Trunk Highway 101 and Trunk Highway 212 traffic over the Minnesota River on the north side of Shakopee, due to need of major reconstruction, is to be closed beginning approximately this Sunday evening, June 8, and will not be open to traffic until August 23…

Killed In Vietnam Action. Hospitalman Third Class, U.S.N., Richard Leigh Cox, 21, Shakopee native, was killed in action Tuesday of last week, May 27, while serving with the Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade in Vietnam…

Police Chief’s Wife Cops Prizes With ‘Sunny’ Catch! Mrs. R. G. Thielen, wife of police chief Thielen of Shakopee, has won a weekly third prize in the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press Summer-Long Fishing Contest with a one pound, four ounce sunfish from Ottertail River near Perham, during the contest’s first week…


Vandalism Reduces Archers’ Clubhouse To Ashes!

Vandalism most deliberate and questionable motives was in evidence at the clubhouse of the Minnesota Valley Archers of Shakopee, with the frame structure now reduced to nothing but rubble and ashes.

The clubhouse, recently acquired by the new archery organization that includes several Shakopee residents and located just to the north and west of Bryan Rock Products on Highway 169 toward Jordan, and just past the Highway 41 intersection, was discovered burned to the ground by Darwin Cohrs of the Shakopee Red Owl, a member the archery group.

Cohrs had been fishing in the area on Tuesday last week, and returned the following evening to again fish, when he discovered the ashes after noticing that the clubhouse was longer standing…


City Swimming Pool Dedication Sunday Features ‘Surf Belles’

The public is cordially invited to attend a brief public Dedication ceremony and Open House at 2 p.m. at the new Shakopee Municipal Swimming pool this Sunday, June 8.

This sand-bottom type facility, which includes a complete re-circulation, filtration, and chlorination system, even though it resembles a lake, is located at 11th Avenue and Adams Street in southwest Shakopee, adjacent to Sweeney Elementary School on Marystown Road.

After the brief ceremony, the public is invited to inspect the pool, scheduled to open for the first time on Saturday, June 14.

Featured entertainers at the Dedication ceremony are to be three senior students, members of the St. Louis Park Senior High Synchronized Swimming team, the “Surf Belles”, a group that has been Minnesota State Champions five out of the last seven years…

June 12, 1969

Offer Dr. Mayer Contract As School Superintendent. Dr. Robert L. Mayer 45, 340 South Oak, Waconia, presently research assistant, Educational Research and Development Council of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, University of Minnesota, by action of the Shakopee School District No. 720 board of education, was extended a contract to become superintendent of Shakopee Schools, to succeed Superintendent John Feda, who resigned to continue his education toward a doctor’s degree…

Dedicate Swimming Pool Sun., To First Open This Saturday. This Saturday, June 14, Shakopee residents will first use the newly dedicated Shakopee Municipal Swimming pool, dedicated last Sunday, June 8, at the site, 11th Avenue and Adams Street in southwest Shakopee, adjacent to Sweeney Elementary School on Marystown road. Mayor Ray Siebenaler in the 2 p.m. ceremony officially dedicated the new facility by pouring Rock Spring water into the pool from a bottle.


Area Resident Gets Inventors Show Top Award

Taking top honors, being one of the more than 100 exhibitors at the 12th annual Minnesota Inventors Congress as the three-day show closed last Sunday night, June 8, at the fairgrounds in Redwood Falls, was Donovan Streed, RR 2, Shakopee, who was presented a Blue Ribbon award, a first-place trophy for the outstanding invention on display and a cash award.

Honors were won by Streed with his invention, called appropriately, the “Humidity Hunter”, a device that will automatically adjust humidity inside a building as outside temperature varies.

June 19, 1969

New Parish For Father Mertz. Father Fred Mertz, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed V. Mertz of Shakopee and brother of Richard Mertz, real estate and insurance agent, has been assigned by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese to the parish of Incarnation Catholic Church, 3817 Pleasant Avenue, South, Minneapolis…

Vandalism Hits Parks; Tombstones Overturned. A wave of vandalism hit the Shakopee parks, as well as St. Mark’s Cemetery adjacent to Sweeney Elementary School on Marystown road, with Shakopee police investigating…

Fire Damages Big Diesel Machine. A diesel crawler-loader machine belonging to Gene Hauer of Eagle Creek Township was extensively damaged by a fire which mysteriously ignited early Monday afternoon as the large machine sat idle on the Hauer farm…


Driver’s Training Classes Set to Roll

Behind-the-wheel driving instruction for approximately 200 high school students and 20 adults will begin Wednesday, June 25, according to Shakopee High School principal Rudy Maurine.

Instruction will be given by professional driving teachers of the ABC Driving School, as a result of the Shakopee Federation of Teachers’ resolve to withhold services because of what the teachers term as a failure of the local school to negotiate on a local level on salaries and working conditions…


Junior High Remodeling Under Way

Now under way at Shakopee Junior High School, Fifth and Holmes, is the $89,627 remodeling project as a part of the three-stage expansion program recently adopted by Shakopee School District No. 720 and financing approved by the public in a $2.1 million bond issue election on February 11 by a near three to one vote…

Included in the remodeling at the Junior High is the removal of the balcony in the former combination gymnasium-auditorium to facilitate expansion of physical education facilities. Also being enlarged are the home economics and science departments, along with the up-dating of the industrial arts department. Also being installed throughout the corridors and facility in updating are more modern lighting fixtures…

June 26, 1969

Council Passes Resolution To Merge Shakopee, Eagle Creek. Members of the Shakopee City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for the merger of Eagle Creek Township with the City of Shakopee Tuesday night of this week, June 24, in the most recent move to consolidate the two governments…

To Issue ‘Warning Violation’ Slips To Bike Riders. Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen advised this week that commencing next Monday, June 30, the Shakopee Police Department is to give out a “Warning of Violation” to all bicycle riders who are observed breaking traffic laws as included in the Highway traffic Regulation Act, adopted as a part of a City of Shakopee Ordinance…


Shakopee Summer School Program Reduced, Driver’s Ed Begins

Shakopee School District 720, which normally operates six or seven remedial and enrichment summer school courses, has sharply cut back summer school programs this year.

Other than Driver’s Training Education, R. G. Maurine, supervisor said only one other summer course is being offered, a class in remedial high school English. The class is being taught by a faculty member…


Social Work Career Nears End As Children’s Home Closes

Ruby Benson, supervisor of the Women’s Reformatory and the Home for Retarded Children in Shakopee for the past decade, will end a life-long career of social work officially next Wednesday, July 2.

Her retirement will coincide almost exactly with the closing of the Children’s Home at the institution, which has been caring for severely retarded children since 1951…


City Agrees To Purchase Of Huber Property

Purchase of property at the corner of Holmes and Second Avenue from Dr. J. C. Huber of Shakopee was authorized in a “last hour” action of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee in coming to an amicable agreement with the owner just prior to scheduled trial proceedings in the Shakopee District Court on the owner’s appeal from condemnation instituted by the city.

This action was considered in two special meetings of the council on the evenings of June 13 and June 17.

The property, located at the southwest corner of Holmes and Second, lots eight, nine and 10, except the right-of-way of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway, in block 30, was previously designated as one of the sites in the city’s off-street parking program…

Possession was to be given upon making a down payment and then the city could level the site off and prepare temporary surfacing for a parking lot yet this year…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

June 2, 1994

Site proposals for possible future courthouse OK’d

As the population of Scott County continues to grow at a rapid rate, officials are considering purchasing land soon that could someday be the home to county offices.

On Tuesday, the Scott County Board accepted the final report and recommendations of a 15-member committee which evaluated various locations for the future county courthouse complex…

The three sites, which are not in any particular order:

  • County Road 17 and the new Shakopee Bypass in Shakopee…
  • The present courthouse site in Shakopee and contiguous blocks…
  • Highway 13, Highway 282 and Highway 17, located in Spring Lake Township, east of Jordan…

Federal highway fund transfer to help bypass. The Shakopee Bypass is not scheduled to be completed until 1997, but it came one step closer May 25 when between $2 million and $4 million earmarked for the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project was tentatively transferred to the bypass account…

June 9, 1994

TP vandalism. Shakopee police received a report at 2:13 a.m. Friday of youths decorating trees with toilet paper on most of 10th Avenue between Marschall Road and Shakopee High School. About 60 properties were littered with tissue paper. Police estimate 10 to 30 youths were involved. The names of three have been referred to the city attorney for possible charges.


Canterbury attendance, handle bring optimism

The owners of Canterbury Downs said attendance and handle figures for the first month of tele-racing at the Shakopee track have exceeded expectations and have brought optimism for the future of live racing in Minnesota…

Total attendance from opening day on May 6 through May 30 was 27,595, with a total handle of $5,361,156. The track has placed $351,382 in escrow for thoroughbred racing purses at Canterbury for the planned 50-day meet in 1995…

June 16, 1994

Hospital rates high in speed of administering drug for heart attacks

According to a national study, staff at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee has a significantly faster rate of administering a life-saving drug for heart attack patients than many other medical facilities.

The drug — TPA, or tissue plasminogen activator – is administered 53 percent faster than the national average, and 48 percent faster than the state average, according to the study…


School shuttle approved by board for one year

The Shakopee School District will provide a shuttle bus between Sweeney and Pearson elementary schools for the 1994-95 school year to provide for students attending a school outside the attendance area of their residence or day care.

The shuttle was approved by the School Board Monday. It is expected to cost $7,000, which will come from the district’s transportation fund…

City zoning ordinance inches ahead

After more than a year of work, Shakopee officials have drafted a new city zoning ordinance, but the document undoubtedly will undergo much further scrutiny before it is adopted.

City Attorney Karen Marty presented the draft ordinance to Shakopee City Council members at their June 7 meeting. After tacking on a few amendments, the council voted to adopt the ordinance as amended…

Big changes include the creation of a major recreation zone and the elimination of a race track district…

June 23, 1994

Consignment shop opens at city mall. Dwight and Sheri Kallembach of Shakopee have opened Kids Again, a consignment shop for children’s clothing and other items, at Shakopee Town Square…


Group hopes to save surviving trout stream before development

Trout Unlimited, a volunteer conservation group, has filed a petition with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) requesting an environmental assessment worksheet be done on a 500-acre tract of land near Eagle Creek in Shakopee and Savage that is targeted for residential development.

The group’s goal is to save one of the last two remaining unstocked, reproducing brown-trout streams in a four-county area. They also want to preserve two “boiling” springs on the property, which they say have historical and environmental significance. The property is in eastern Shakopee and western Savage, straddling east and west of County Road 18…


Scott, Carver counties led metropolitan area in building growth

All seven counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area showed increases in building construction permits in 1993, and Scott and Carver showed the greatest percentage increase, according to the Metropolitan Council.

Carver showed an increase of 17.6 percent between 1992 and 1993, while Scott County permits increased by 11 percent…


Shakopee Super 8 Motel receives top rating

The Super 8 Motel at 581 S. Marschall Road in Shakopee was awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” for the second quarter of 1994.

The quarterly award is given by Super 8 Motels Inc. to units whose properties exceed company standards of cleanliness, service and quality…


Ries among state’s best, will play in all-star series

The images of a dejected Mitch Ries, his head in his hands, are almost indelible. After a standout season for the Shakopee High School baseball team, the Shakopee High School senior deserved a better fate than to give up a decisive home run in the first game of the sectional playoffs.

But Ries will get another chance to represent Shakopee High School. It’s an opportunity he has earned, a chance to be counted among the state’s best players. Ries has been named to the Metro West team in the 20th Annual Lions All-Star Baseball Series. Play in that tournament begins tomorrow (Junk 24) at Chaska’s Athletic Park…

June 30, 1994

Over 400 helmets sold at bike rally. Over 400 helmets were sold at the Bicycle Safety Rally Saturday, June 4 at Lions Park. The event, sponsored by St. Francis Medical Center, drew nearly twice as many people this year as last…

Power outage shuts down Canterbury. A high-speed, high-volume phone line that connects with the main computer at Canterbury Downs was severed during construction work in downtown Minneapolis last Friday, shutting down simulcasting shortly after noon. A backup line was also cut…


Supporters of trout stream gain victory

Trout Unlimited has scored a temporary victory in its fight to protect the last remaining unstocked, reproducing brown-trout stream in Scott County.

The state Environmental Quality Board ruled Friday that an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) must be completed on the eastern section of a 500-acre tract of land near Eagle Creek in Shakopee and Savage which is targeted for residential development.

About 200 acres located east of County Road 18 will be included in the study…


Council OKs new street

The Shakopee City Council voted 21 to proceed with the construction of a new street located near the proposed Prairie Bend subdivision.

In March, the council ordered a feasibility report for improvements to Viking Steel Road and an unnamed street just west of Viking Steel Road. Owners of the proposed Prairie Bend had petitioned the city for the improvements.

The feasibility report recommended renaming Viking Steel Road “Sarazin Street” since it connects to the existing street of that name and since Viking Steel Road was never officially named or dedicated as a street…


Lumber firm’s plans approved

Scherer Brothers Lumber will soon develop a 22.5-acre tract of land after the Shakopee City Council approved both the project’s preliminary and final development plans at its June 21 meeting.

The proposed development is located on undeveloped land south of Highway 101, north of Fourth Avenue and west of CertainTeed Corp. property. The site is zoned heavy industrial…

The company will develop a warehouse/wholesale operation which provides building materials to commercial builders. The office, dock, mill work/warehouse building will serve as the principal structure on the site.

A railroad spur will be extended into the property from the north to provide transportation of the bulk of the materials to be stored on the site…

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