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1893: Shakopee Courier

May 4, 1893

Schroeder’s brick yard is under water, only the upper portion of the main buildings to be seen.

About three-fourths of the seeding has been done by this time (May 4th) in the prairie stretches around Shakopee, but in the timber the work has been very backward owing to the great rains and unusual snows.

Quite an attraction was presented on the main streets on Tuesday afternoon by the hauling by a steam engine of a thresher, clover huller and straw stacker from the How company warehouse. The machines were from Gaar, Scott & Co.

The river has been higher the past week than for some years before. The meadows opposite are way under water, only the narrow road along the river bank east being seen, with the road to the trestle work out of sight for several weeks, boats being used in carrying the mail. It is now one vast lake from the town to the hills opposite.

1893: Scott County Argus

May 4, 1893

Michael Annen proposes to launch into the merchant tailoring business in this city. He will probably locate for the present in the rooms over H. P. Marx’s jewelry store.

Mr. H. Tupper was in town a few days during the past week visiting with his son, Master Fred. Mr. Tupper has decided to locate here, and will erect a comfortable dwelling at some point on the hill south of town.

There is some talk of organizing a mandolin and guitar club in the town. Such a club could be readily worked out of the supply of available timber, and the organization would surely afford much entertainment to both players and “playees.” Let the rumor become a fact.

Mrs. Peter Stiern has moved into the building recently vacated by Marvin Wright.

Koeper’s wagon shop has this week turned out an extra strong wagon to be used in hauling for the mill company. The tires are of the sensible width for farm wagons, three inches. Kopp & Kopp are doing the iron work.

It is understood that contacts have been let for the erection of an elegant and commodious business block at the corner of Lewis and Second streets which will prove quite an addition to the business interests of the city.

The work of replanking the draw-bridge is completed. The old planks were not relaid upon the new ones on the draw, as it was feared that the several tons of extra weight might strain it. There has been much discussion as to the advisability of doubling the planks at all, many contending that the moisture would collect and remain in the crevices between the planks, thus rapidly rotting the new ones. This is the case in laying a sidewalk which rests on the ground; but on the bridge the air has access to the planks from all sides and will, no doubt, keep them perfectly dry. The council will thus have saved the city some two or three years’ wear of expensive planking.

May 11, 1893

Michael Annen has located his tailor shop over H.P. Marx’s jewelry store. He commenced work last Tuesday.

On Monday a new dressmaking shop will be opened on Holmes st. two doors north of the post-office.

The east bound Milwaukee last Friday morning tossed up and off the track at a point near the Methodist church a cow belonging to Henry Teich. A leg was broken in the shuffle and the cow was afterward killed.

John P. Ring, the new night watchman, has moved his family into C. E. Busse’s tenement on First street.

The Occidental Hotel is this week making a decided improvement in its appearance by the building of a veranda in the place of the old porch which has graced its front so long. The roof will be surrounded by a railing and used as a balcony.

The street committee of the common council has rightly decided that a pretty general repairing of old sidewalks and the building of some new ones this year are demanded by the best interest of the town. They are not yet ready to report, but it is understood that sidewalks are to be built on both sides of the street leading to St. Mark’s church, and also on one side of Sommerville to the Methodist church. There are, too, some half dozen condemned walks that will be rebuilt.

May 18, 1893

Agt. A. H. Smith has purchased the Rudolph Teich farm near the high trestle.

C. W. Newell has rented Wm. Hinds’ beautiful residence and will occupy it immediately.

Last Tuesday morning the H. & D. freight again left a box car about half way across Lewis street. Cortin, the conductor, has been warned many times and has shown no inclination to obey the ordinance. So officer Rose was on hand when the train returned in the evening, and Corton was invited to come before Justice Wilson. He came, and was called upon to balance the scales of justice with a few extra silver dollars. The authorities have rightly decided that it is about time this nuisance was abated.

G. S. Lander has about completed the arrangement of the interior of his hardware store, and the result of his labors is a very attractive place of business.

Jacob Bierlein is occupying rooms in the Conter house.

The Shakopee Mill Co. are having a tin roof put on the mill, E. J. Gellenbeck having the job.

Report comes this morning that the residence of Mr. Joseph Linhoff four miles west of Shakopee was destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is not stated, but it was discovered at about two o’clock in the morning and was then so far under way that the family barely escaped with their lives. Everything else was destroyed; also the barn and four horses. It is learned from B. A. Kohler’s insurance agency that Mr. Linhoff’s house and contents were insured for $1000, but this covers only a small part of the loss.

May 25, 1893

It is reported that Dr. D. N. Cassily V. S., has located in the city.

The residence of John McMullen is becoming quite fin de siecle under the paint brushes of Paul & Heroux. Terra cotta is the color and the result will be an even more attractive dwelling than before.

P. J. Foley left last night for Chicago, where he will engage in work in the drug business. J. G. Kiesel is again at his accustomed post.

Travel to the high trestle has resumed. The turnpike is in excellent condition considering the fact that it has been inundated for over a month. The beneficial results of the receding of the water were evidenced during the past few days, when our streets were filled with teams that had brought into town a goodly number of erstwhile Robinson Crusoes, all here to trade.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

May 3, 1918

W. C. Mellor returned to his duties at the Central Cafe on Thursday, after a week’s absence in Rochester.

R. L. Brown moved his family here from Minneapolis this week. They are comfortably domiciled in the Mergens house on Second street.


Barberry Bushes Eradicated

Mr. Alfred Grant, Government expert, was in the city last Friday in the interest of the Barberry Rust campaign.

Mr. Grant spoke to the high school students at nine o’clock, later interviewed the county agent, Agricultural instructor, Superintendent of schools and some of our prominent businessmen.

Mr. Grant is working on the campaign to eradicate the common barberry bush, which spreads the disease called, Black Stem Rust to wheat. This disease caused a loss to Minnesota farmers of thirty million bushels of wheat in 1916…

May 10, 1918

V. C. Stein, who has been installing the heating plant at St. Mark’s church, has opened a plumbing shop in the Reis building and intends to take up his residence in Shakopee. He will bring his family from Minneapolis in the near future.

Mr. and Mrs. George Jones moved into the Reis house on Fifth St, the fore part of the week. Mr. Jones is the agricultural instructor in the high school.

Mr. and Mrs. Irving Oltmann are occupying the lower rooms in the Spindler house, on Fourth St.

T. E. Harris arrived here from Hallock on Monday morning and has taken charge of the electric light plant. Mr. Harris has been elected superintendent, which position he held several years ago. His family is expected here in a short time to remain.

May 17, 1918

Posters are out announcing a pavilion dance to be given by the Scott County Agricultural Association, Friday evening, May 24. Tickets $1.00, ladies, unescorted, 25 cents.

An automobile accident occured near the Naenicke home, west of here, early last Monday morning, when a Ford coupe, with six occupants turned turtle. The party were from the cities and four suffered bruises about the head and body. The machine was a complete wreck.

May 31, 1918

School Consolidation Up to Voters. State Supt. C. G. Schulz was down from St. Paul last Thursday to confer with County Supt. T. J. Nickolay and the school officers of district Nos. 1, 3, and 41 with regard to the proposed consolidation of the three districts. Only a few of the officers were present at the conference, which took place at the high school but the preliminary steps were taken in the matter, and as soon as possible the proposal will be submitted to the voters. County Engineer Donald Childs is now drawing a plat of the proposed new district, and a table of valuations is also being drawn up, and these will be presented to the State superintendent, and when they have been approved and the county superintendent notified, then the call will be issued for the election…

Dr. Buck Now Examiner. Dr. F. H. Buck has been appointed to the local draft board as chief medical examiner, the position formerly held by Dr. P. M. Fischer, whose resignation was announced last week. Dr. Buck’s successor on the advisory board has not yet been announced.

Gets Bullet Intended for Sparrow. Tuesday evening, while standing on the Minnesota river bridge, Peter Cassellius, clerk for Flaherty & Lies department store, was wounded in the right leg by a bullet fired from a 22 calibre rifle. For a moment Peter believed that the Kaiser’s men had sneaked up on him, but the mystery was soon cleared up when Earl Hatton, 14-year-old boy, showed himself. He had been shooting sparrows, and a bullet from his rifle had hit the bridge and glanced, hitting Cassellius and causing a painful flesh wound. As soon as he realized what had happened he went to Dr. Reiter’s office and had his wound dressed, after which he went home. He will be laid up for several days, perhaps longer…

A real estate man is in town boosting the latest war industry—cranberry farming. Raise cranberries and give the Kaiser a bellyache.

1918: Scott County Argus

May 3, 1918

A chimney fire which smoldered for hours in the James McKown residence finally caught in the wall and started a blaze in the attic about nine o’clock Wednesday evening. Fortunately it was seen by a passerby before gaining much headway and after an hour’s work by the department the fire was extinguished without great damage resulting. While working about the chemical engine Ed Thiede had the index finger of his left hand cut to the bone, necessitating several stitches to close the wound.

FOR SALE—Good corner lot on southeast corner of Lewis and Second streets. Fine location for garage. Inquire Otto Spielmann, Shakopee.

FOR SALE—House and five lots in good location; or two lots will be sold separately. Mrs. John Spielmann.

May 10, 1918

Two Men Crushed Under Falling Wall. A bad accident occurred at Shane Bros. & Wilson mill Monday in which Anthony Baseman and Michael Brum were seriously injured. A crew of men were at work installing a new track scale when a wall supporting the scale gave way without warning and the two men were caught in the falling debris…

School Exhibit. On next Friday afternoon, May 11th, at two o’clock, the public is cordially invited to view an industrial exhibit at the high school, including domestic science and art handiwork and manual training products. The exhibit will contain much of interest to parents of the high school and grade pupils as well as to others and it is hoped that as many as can will come and look over the work. Everyone is welcome.

E. W. Haack, who has been employed at P. J. Huth’s barber shop, left Sunday for St. Paul to remain.

John Smith purchased of Otto Fehlandt three lots south of the Smith residence property for $375.

Mrs. John Gentgen and children departed Monday to join Mr. Gentgen in Rochester, their new home.

The city council has purchased 500 feet of new 2-inch hose for the fire department and the old hose will be used for sprinkling the streets in the business district.

A spark from a bonfire started a blaze on the roof of Peter Lebens’ residence Friday evening. The department was called out but their services were not needed as the fire was put out before they reached the house.

The remains of Mrs. Josephine Seaman, an Indian woman, were brought here Friday from Hastings for interment in Valley cemetery. Deceased died Wednesday of lobar pneumonia. Mrs. Seaman was a relative of Chas. Weldon of this city.

May 17, 1918

A force of men and teams are at work hauling materials for the construction of the bridges on the trestle road before the actual road work is begun. The work will be pushed as rapidly as possible.

E. M. Phillips of St. Paul, state high school inspector, was in town Tuesday and expressed himself as being well pleased with the conduct and condition of our high school.

Frank Huber has sold 260 acres of the former Wm. Ryan farm to Joseph N. Geis of Louisville. Mr. Geis is putting up a new house, barn and silo and will move onto the farm as soon as they are completed.

Mrs. August Gelhaye has opened the pavilion at Riverside park for the summer and serves light refreshments every Sunday. The park has been mowed and raked and presents a fine appearance and is already attracting automobile parties as a picturesque picnicking spot.

May 24, 1918

Misses Gertrude Scherkenbach and Matilda Ring left last evening for Washington, D. C., to accept positions with the government in stenographic and clerical work.

Supt. T. E. Harris has rented the late W. F. Duffy residence in east Shakopee and Mrs. Harris and children will arrive this week from Minneapolis to make their home here.

R. C. Byrde has rented the rooms in the J. A. Dean residence recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hurr and will bring his family here in the near future from Colorado.

Mill Will Buy Wheat. To accommodate farmers who were unable to get in their wheat by May 15, Shane Bros. & Wilson have been advised by the Food Administration to accept wheat at the elevator at any time. This is operative until further notice by the mill company.

Dry Talk Tonight. Tonight at Dawson’s opera house Dr. George W. Young of Kentucky will speak on War-Time Prohibition under the auspices of the Anti-Saloon League. His subject will be “The Issue of the Age.” All are invited to be present. Admission free.

May 31, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. John Abeln are the happy parents of triplets, two girls and a boy, who arrived at their home Tuesday, May 28th. The babies weigh five pounds each and are doing fine.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

May 6, 1943

Donor Quota Is Exceeded Here

Unquestionable proof of the patriotism of the men and women of the Shakopee and Prior Lake areas is the disclosure that many more than the necessary quota offered their blood to the Red Cross here last weekend.

A mobile blood gathering unit, set up in a building at the State Reformatory and staffed by a highly efficient group of technicians, began the job at nine o’clock Saturday morning and concluded at four p.m.

More than 100 pints of blood was taken, Mrs. W. A. Pomije, local Red Cross Blood Donor committee chairman, said Monday, and she expressed her gratitude for the splendid cooperation received in the community. The blood is to be used for transfusions on the world’s battlefields, and those who gave may well take satisfaction in the thought their blood may save the life of a fighting man…


Local High School Team Wins Baseball Conference

Going through the season undefeated the Shakopee high school baseball team hung up its final victory Tuesday afternoon, defeating Chaska 15 to 3, to emerge as champions of the Valley conference…

As conference champions the Shakopee team will meet the champs of the Lake conference, not yet determined, to decide who will claim the laurels of the district title…

May 13, 1943

Test Blackout Well Executed. Much more successful than in the larger cities of the state, the semi-surprise half-hour black out in Shakopee, Friday night was executed with a minimum of confusion, Paul Ries, chief air-raid warden disclosed…

Electric Co-op. Buys Two Rural Lines Near Shakopee for $12,000. On a bid of $12,000 the Minnesota Valley Electric Co-operative, with offices at Jordan, purchased the two rural electric lines operated by C. J. Conroy east and north of Shakopee. The sale was consummated at Chaska, Saturday…


Fifty Years In Medical Field

It was back in 1893 that he graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He was then a young man 30 years old. Today still hail and hearty, Dr. H. W. Reiter still continues the active practice of his profession in Shakopee.

For 50 years he has been a doctor and Tuesday night he, with eight others in the state, will be honored by becoming members of the Minnesota State Medical association’s “Fifty Club”. The ceremonies and dinner are to be held in the Minikahda club, Minneapolis…


Emergency Farm Workers Mobilize

Every business man, retired farmer, town boy and girl is asked to join the “Crops Corps” now being mobilized in Scott county, Ernest Wermerskirchen, county farm help committee chairman, announced this week

Starting Friday, the mobilization will get under way throughout the county, the chairman said. The program is being actively supported by businessman in every community where recruitment centers have been established to handle the registration…

Farmers are asked to contact their local placement center when in need of help because the man in charge will know just who will be available on the day the farmer needs help. Business men will be asked to go out only when requested through the local placement center and farmers will pay the emergency workers for the services rendered…

May 20, 1943

Philip Hill, Shakopee, Local Slogan Winner. Philip Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hill, of this city, with his slogan: “Half the Road Your Driving Code,” gets the award offered by the Argus-Tribune, in the contest for the best wartime Traffic Safety slogan. This is a statewide contest instituted by the Minnesota Editorial association, who offers to school students as first prize a $25 War Bond, second prize, $10 in War Stamps, and third prize, $5 in War Stamps. As stated above Philip gets the award of $5 in War Stamps offered by the paper…

A Meeting of Interest to the Boys and Girls of This Community. The Victory Garden club of Shakopee has called a meeting of the boys and girls members of the club, as well as all local 4-H club members, and all boys and girls who may wish to join, to be at the Shakopee high school tomorrow evening—Friday, May 21, at 8:15 p.m. This meeting is listed as one of considerable importance to the boys and girls of this community. All present members, both boys and girls, and those who want to join up with them are cordially invited. You will be the guests of the Victory Garden Committee of Shakopee. Chief topics of discussion will be “Food Production and Food Conservation.”…

Mrs. Harold Pink and Miss Ruth Dellwo, have accepted positions with the Western Union Telegraph Co. and left Monday for Minneapolis where they will be employed in the office of the company.


40 Japanese Youths To Be Schooled at NYA Project Here

The first group of a contingent of 40 American-born Japanese boys from the Gila River War Relocation project in a western state, will arrive at the Shakopee NYA center this afternoon, it was learned.

Other groups will arrive Friday and Saturday and more later until the quota of 40 has been reached NYA authorities said. Ranging in age from 18 to 24 years, the new enrollees will be taught the various trades offered at the Shakopee NYA center to fit them into the war effort.

If the experiment works successfully it was said, more Japanese will be brought here from the relocation centers.

May 27, 1943

Red Cross Knitting To Be Resumed Here. Yarn has been received here for Red Cross knitting, which will be resumed in the near future. The knitting rooms in the City hall will be open for distribution of yarn, on Wednesday, June 2, and Monday, June 7. All workers are asked to call for yarn on those days…

Victory Gardens Well Under Way. This community has a Victory Garden club of almost a hundred members, boys and girls who have signed up to plant and cultivate gardens and thus make their contribution to the war efforts on the home front. A meeting of the members was held at the school auditorium last Friday evening. Enthusiasm in the undertaking ran high and the attendance and interest shown by so many young gardeners augurs well for its success…


Carelessness in Garbage Disposal Spreads Disease

Urging the adoptions of measures aimed at the eradication of rats and other disease-spreading vermin, the State Board of Health has issued bulletins to all municipalities and health officers of the state, it was learned this week.

In conformity with the communication Shakopee health officials this week publicly notify all residents of Shakopee to “clean up their own back yards” and to refrain from the dumping of refuse within the corporate limits of the city. The official notice is published in the Argus-Tribune today.

There have been numerous complaints of rats in a section of the city in the vicinity of a dumping ground. The source of the trouble has been traced to the table refuse deposited above ground. Garbage and other table waste, authorities say should be buried, burned or disposed of in some manner that will not attract vermin and thus encourage the spread of disease.


Heads Committee for Post War Jobs

William Ries of the Jacob Ries Bottling Works, Inc., has been appointed Shakopee community chairman of the Committee for Economic Development. The announcement was made today by Edw. B. Cosgrove, chairman of District 3 of the CED, which includes all of Southern Minnesota.

As community chairman for Shakopee, Mr. Ries will carry on the local investigations and field work of the committee, and turn in to the committee’s field development division local information on prospects for employment in the postwar planning group, but is keyed to the one objective of promoting jobs in private industry…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

May 2, 1968

Long-time bump removal project, finally achieved at the insistence of city officials, was under way this week at the railroad crossing at Second and Lewis. The Milwaukee Road section crew was at work improving the crossing with the area blocked off for a few days, an improvement that will be welcome by all motorists using this thoroughfare. The improving include the removing old ties and replacing them with new ones and raising the rails as well, as leveling to achieve the bump elimination.

Levee Drive project has another sign of achieving eventual reality this past week as a storm sewer installation was being made at the corner of East First and North Lewis to accommodate the necessary drainage for this new thoroughfare to be constructed along the Minnesota River from Spencer to Scott Street. The project was authorized by city officials, along with the off-street parking program, with this over-all improvement project now taking shape as leveled. Work is also under way on the route of the Levee Drive in the north area behind the firms in the first block south of Holmes on West First.

Added touch was given the Shakopee City Building on East First Tuesday of his week, when the original fire bell that formerly was in the tower of the former city hall and fire barn at the northeast corner of Second and Lewis, was decoratively placed for posterity at the front of the city offices. The bell, cast in bronze, was sandblasted at Rahr Malting to get a “revived look” and then took a scheduled “ride” on a fork-lift truck from Rock Springs Bottling Co. of Shakopee. This new attractive decorative and unique focal point at the Shakopee City building also bears the names of officials of these earlier times cast in relief on the side of the bell. They are George E. Strait, mayor; David L. Howe, president of the council; Julius Coller, city recorder, and Jacob S. Kursmann, chief of the fire department…

Good food at reasonable prices! Your Favorite Beverage on Tap…Short Orders, Delicious Hamburgers, Steaks, Chicken, Ribs and Orders to Go. Vic’s Place…


Award Bids On Swimming Pool, Completion Date August 28

Bids for the Municipal Swimming pool, an estimated $193,571 project, were awarded by the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at an adjourned meeting held Tuesday evening of this week, April 30, in the City Building Council Chambers.

Announced was that the facility, to be located directly south of the Sweeney Elementary School on Tenth Avenue and fronting on Adams Street, would now have a completion date of August 28.

Recreation Director George Muenchow this week stated that prospects for using the pool for swimming this summer were now not to be considered, but the facility would provide another neighborhood ice skating rink this coming winter…

May 9, 1968

Under the bridge digging at the Holmes Street bridge in Shakopee, now under way, is evidence that the proposed Levee Drive along the bluff, adjacent to the Minnesota River, to extend from Spencer to Scott Street, will soon be a reality. It is also conclusive proof to skeptics who have previously pronounced that there is not just enough width or “head-room” under the Holmes Bridge for such a thoroughfare installation. The Common Council of the City of Shakopee authorized this improvement as a part of the planned off-street parking program in the central business district, which is also now showing several signs of progress and becoming soon a reality.

Firing of furnace at Midland Glass Co. in Valley Industrial Park, just off Highway 101 and east of Shakopee, marked the relighting of the rebuilt furnace after a lengthy shut-down, it having gone out of production in the fall of 1967, as well as putting the Shakopee plant’s furnace production and employment back to having prospects of full capacity. The lighting ceremony was held last Thursday afternoon, May 2, with it to take 10 days for the furnace, “Mannerva”, to heat up…

Wins Cycle Trophy. Terry Stern of Shakopee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Stern, 706 South Spencer won the motorcycle scramble race Consolation trophy at Waverly last Sunday, May 5, competing with 23 others entered in his class. Races were sponsored by Competition Cycles.

May 16, 1968

Counties Act On Bloomington Ferry Bridge. The proposed bridge, to span the Minnesota River at the Bloomington Ferry location on Scott County Road 25, just north of the Stage Coach, a joint Hennepin and Scott County project, was given impetus this week, as both Hennepin County and Scott County took action by resolutions to seek that the Metropolitan Council further consider and comment on this project…

Milwaukee Road, City Officials To Meet on Track Relocation May 23. That officials of the Milwaukee railroad are now interested in the proposal of relocating the tracks on Second Avenue in Shakopee and have requested a meeting with city officials, was revealed at the regular meeting of the Common Council held Tuesday night of this week in the City Hall Council Chambers on East First…


Pool Excavation Now Underway

The Shakopee Municipal Swimming Pool project was underway this week as excavation began at the location directly south of the Sweeney Elementary School on Tenth Avenue and fronting on Adams Street.

Recreation Director George Muenchow previously stated that prospects for using the pool for swimming this summer were now not to be considered, but the facility would provide another neighborhood ice skating rink this coming winter.

Completion date is now set for August 28.

May 23, 1968

Getting “spruced up” is the City of Shakopee water tower on Tenth Avenue adjacent to the Shakopee Senior High School. This water reservoir tower will be also in blue, matching that of the more recently erected reservoir, adjacent to St. Mark’s Cemetery and just to the rear of Sweeney Elementary School on Tenth Avenue.

Damage was in evidence to the Eagle Creek Village Hall sign on Sunday of this week, May 19. The sign, on the Village Hall grounds, was defaced by several bullet holes and has evidently been used for target practice by vandals, according to reports.

Joins Local Firm. Malkerson 3 announced the addition of Dick Jonckowski to their sales staff. Jonckowski, who is known as “Mr. Muskie” because of his past year’s association with the Minnesota Muskies Basketball Team as a member of their public relations department, joined the Malkerson three company on May 8…


Shakopee Churches Co-operate To Bring Project Friendship To Hosts’ Homes In This Area

Five Shakopee Churches have united in a ecumenical effort to encourage all area residents to co-operate in Project Friendship – the Minnesota Vacation Visitors program.

At a meeting held Tuesday of last week, May 14, in the Rectory of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, representatives of Christ Lutheran, First Presbyterian, St. John’s Lutheran, St. Mark’s Catholic and St. Mary’s Catholic agreed to make an all-out effort to boost Project Friendship, a program whereby children, hemmed in by poverty and lack of opportunity, may share in a vacation away from their immediate environment…


Rahr Malting Joins Nation-Wide Effort In All-Out Litter Prevention Program

Rahr Malting Co. of Shakopee is now participating in an all-out effort with active promotion in a litter prevention program.

The project is sponsored on a nation-wide basis to enlist the special support of all members of the brewing industry, their suppliers and distributors…

May 30, 1968

Suggest Action On City Charter As ‘Public Utilities Gap’ Solution. Amending the present charter of the City of Shakopee to give it home-rule status was the proposal made at the special meeting of the Common Council held last Thursday evening, May 23, as a possible means of effecting a more solid base for an understanding between the Common Council and the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission…


Favorable Outlook Seen on City RR Track Relocation

Favorable outlook on the possible relocation of the Milwaukee railroad tracks within the city of Shakopee was in evidence at the special meeting of the Common Council last Thursday evening, May 23 with a delegation of five from the Milwaukee Road present to indicate agreement and an interest in carrying out the improvement program…

Now proposed is the Milwaukee tracks, the diagonal cut-off from Fuller Street to a point 750 feet east of County Road 17 (Spring Lake Road) would be removed, with the Milwaukee to tie into the Chicago and Northwestern tracks at a point near Legion Street behind the American Legion clubrooms. This in effect is a relocation of the Milwaukee mainline track. A common rail with the Chicago and Northwestern would then be used between the two railroads from Legion to Fuller Street on Second Avenue…

1993: Shakopee Valley News

May 6, 1993

Prison expansion tied to growth in inmate population

The dramatic increase in the number of females committing felony offenses and drug-related crimes will have in direct impact on the Shakopee community when work on an $11 million addition the Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women begins this month.

The expansion will not only mean the addition of 45 living units, a 10-bed mental health unit and a 28,000-square-foot industry building, but an increase in the number of people who work at the prison by 50 to a total of 158…

The prison expansion, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-summer 1994, is a necessary response to growing crime among women, according to state corrections officers.

When the current prison opened in 1986 — replacing an antiquated and overcrowded facility in Shakopee built in 1920 — only 47 women were incarcerated. Today there are 151. Due to increases in the inmate population, a minimum-security unit for women was opened in Moose Lake. About 55 inmates are housed in Moose Lake, which is a coed prison. The prison expansion will allow state Department of Corrections authorities to bring the women to the Shakopee prison, which will be the only facility for females in the state…


Lions Club funds learning-skills program

Students at Central Elementary are learning about more than just math, reading and social studies.

They’re also being instructed about their self-esteem and self-development through “Skills for Growing,” a program sponsored by the Shakopee Lions Club.

This is the first school year of the program, which is being taught by Sally Juba, Carolyn Kinney, Christina Espie, Sharon Boyden and Melanie Altonen, who each teach a section of first through fifth grade respectively.

Now the Lions Club want to expand the program so it can be offered to all first- through fifth-grade classes at Central. And eventually they’d like to offer the program to all elementary schools in Shakopee…


City completes purchase of property

The city of Shakopee has completed the purchase of the former Pelham Hotel property, which it plans to convert into a parking lot.

The city purchased the property from Gene Brown of Shakopee for $82,000, plus the property tax due for the remainder of the year after April 15 — approximately $2,186 — and about $2,500 of a special-assessment balance on the property.

City officials said the property, located between Lewis and Sommerville streets on Second Avenue, will yield about 40 parking spaces.

May 13, 1993

Design project for downtown OK’d. The Shakopee Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) on May 4 voted to hire Steve Cross to complete architectural vignettes for 10 blocks in the downtown area for a fee not to exceed $2,500, plus reimbursable expenses not to exceed $750…

$8 million referendum set. The Shakopee City Council on May 4 adopted a resolution calling for an $8 million bond referendum question that if approved by voters last month would fund a community center, a detached ice arena and second fire station…

Grand Opening. Come join Adventures in Video in celebration of the grand opening of our Shakopee location Friday, May 14-Sunday, May 16.


Contract awarded for high school science lab

The Shakopee School Board Monday awarded a contract for the remodeling of the high school science lab to C.M. Construction of Lakeville, which was the low bidder at $142,332.

That amount includes wood laboratory casework, as opposed to the plastic laminated material that was offered at a lower cost…

Work is expected to be completed between mid-September and Oct. 1, in time for students to use the lab during most of the 1993-94 school year…


Study set on ‘streetscape’ phase two

A feasibility report on the second phase of the downtown renovation project was ordered by the Shakopee City Council May 4.

The feasibility report would address costs, funding sources and proposed assessments to downtown businesses for such a project, which is included in the city’s list of capital improvement projects for a five-year period with a target date of 1994.

The second phase of the so-called “streetscape” project would include complete street reconstruction on First Avenue between Holmes and Sommerville streets.

Such improvements would coincide with work in the downtown area on the mini-bypass, which is scheduled for completion in November 1993, with final work to be done by July 1994. Staff noted last week that if the council wants to complete the second phase of the downtown renovation project in 1994, the feasibility report should be ordered as soon as possible so that public hearings can be held next fall.


City building permits are at record pace; inspector position made full time

Indications are that 1993 will be a record year in Shakopee for building permits, and the City Council last week reacted by voting to fill a full-time building inspector position.

Staff noted that total number of building permits issued for the first quarter of 1993 is up 38 percent over the same period in 1992…

May 20, 1993

Shakopee Storm? Sting? How about Sabers? Students decide today

Shakopee Storm. Shakopee Sabers. Shakopee Sting.

Those are the alternatives Shakopee students in grades nine through 12 will be voting on today as they pick a new school mascot…

The logo receiving the most votes will be presented to the Shakopee School Board Monday at its regular meeting, and submitted for approval…

Amphitheater proposed for Canterbury

The owners of Canterbury Downs Tuesday night proposed converting the closed horse-racing track into a major amphitheater and multipurpose entertainment complex.

The proposal received generally favorable reaction from members of the Shakopee City Council following a presentation Tuesday…

Under the proposal, about 20 concerts would be booked at Canterbury from May through September. During the rest of the year, the facility would be used for events such as jazz festivals, and trade and auto shows…

May 27, 1993

SHS students choose Sabers as new logo

Question: What has sharp claws pointed teeth, and pounces?

Answer: Shakopee High School’s new logo and sports nickname.

Following a student vote May 20 and the School Board’s approval Monday, the Shakopee Indians will become the Shakopee Sabers beginning with the 1993-94 school year.

Sabers, as in “saber-toothed tiger,” was chosen by 52 percent of the students who voted last Thursday. Students in grades nine through 12 were eligible to vote. Other choices were “Storm,” which received 39 percent, or 147 votes; and “Sting,” which received 9 percent, or 32 votes…


State bonding bill contains funds for bridge, affects Shakopee prison

A $69.5 million bonding bill approved by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Arne Carlson includes $6.9 million for what is expected to be the next-to-last phase of the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge project.

Also in the bill is $9.6 million for the first phase of converting the Moose Lake state facility into a medium-security prison housing up to 620 inmates. The total cost will be $25.8 million. The 1994 Legislature is expected to be asked to fund the rest. When renovation is complete, 55 female inmates at Moose Lake will be transferred to the women’s prison in Shakopee after a 100-bed addition to the 144-bed facility is completed in July 1994.

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