Remember When: November 2017

1892: Shakopee Courier

Nov. 3, 1892

For Rent, 4 rooms. Enqiure of Mrs. Eroux.

Mr. Abel’s new barn is being rushed to completion.

Shakopee has some 8 or 10 new young voters this election.

Nov. 10, 1892

D. Brown has moved out of the rectory into the art gallery.

Election day in Shakopee was quiet. The new ballot worked rather slow, and to those who cannot read, is a pretty complete open ballot.

Nov. 17, 1892

The Minnesota Stove company fishing club give a grand dance next Wednesday night, and all should attend that dance. It will be good.

Six cords of Soft Wood wanted by G. L. Nye of Minnesota Stove company.

Nov. 24, 1892

Just received at the Cash Store some fine brick cheese only 15 cents a pound. Try it.

J. B. Conter on Thursday sold to Mrs. Riehlander the “Old man Grosskopp” farm of 160 acres for $3,200 cash.

Insured against burglars; that is what the 1st National Bank of this city has recently done to amount of $15,000, with Fidelity & Casualty Co. of New York.

Fire! On Monday afternoon the nice little barn of Hubert Marx back of his residence, took fire and some of its contents destroyed, although a portion of the building was saved and left standing. How it caught is a mystery. It was first discovered by Mrs. Henry Deaken who gave the alarm, which was taken up until the cry of fire reached the city hall when the bell was rung. Not only that but Mrs. Deaken rushed into the stable and pulling her apron off, threw it over the head of the scared horse and thus got him out unharmed, but almost smothered with smoke. The family carriage being overlooked was badly scorched, especially the top. But Mrs. Deaken bravely saved the horse. The firemen as usual worked hard for the time being and so kept the flames from spreading; and are again entitled to credit for their resolute action. Anyone that makes fun of a fireman ought to be kicked. The oats were saved, but the hay wasn’t. Loss about $150, no insurance.

Jacob Ries Jr.’s new residence is almost finished and he will move into it soon.

Council bought 500 ft. 3 ply rubber hose Tuesday night at 60 cents a foot. Alderman Hilgers was the only one voting against it, because he said he wanted a better quality of hose; a hose costing 75 cents a foot.

1892: Scott County Argus

Nov. 3, 1892

Mrs. Henschel has moved her millinery store into the Schwartz building directly opposite her former place of business.

Mrs. Thomas Notermann gave birth to a son, Sunday Oct. 30th, of extraordinary size; its weight being fifteen and a half pounds, length twenty-three inches.

Mr. J. Schank was out through Cedar Lake three days of last week buying hogs, sheep, veal calves, chickens, etc., for the packing house. He met with good success.

Mr. Schank is entitled to much credit for establishing the first general live stock market in the country. It is a good thing for the farmers and also for Shakopee. Farmers will have a market where they can sell at the very highest cash price and in any quantity. To sell they will necessarily come to town, and our merchants will obtain more or less trade that doesn’t always come here.

Nov. 10, 1892

W. W. Brown, who has been working in the Shakopee Mill for the past three months, left Tuesday for Minneapolis, where he will work in one of the large mills.

Mr. Mat. Berens, jr. purchased an elegant upright piano last week.

Thomas O’Dowd, has returned to work in the cooper shop after an absence of nearly two years.

Ferdinand Gross has lately purchased a barbers outfit and is doing business for himself in Minneapolis.

Nov. 17, 1892

John Gutenberg was in St. Paul Monday and brought home with him some choice venison for his meat market.

J. B. Conter today sold to Peter Pink the Henry Groskopp farm of 160 acres for $3,500.

Nov. 24, 1892

Farm for sale. My farm of seventy acres east of town known as the Mrs. Haas farm. Thomas Pinches.

August Scherkenbach’s boy Will fell last Thursday while playing at school and broke his left arm about an inch above the wrist. Dr. Sabin reduced the fracture and the boy will soon be ready for another game of pullaway.

Ferdinand Gross disposed of his newly purchased barber shop in Minneapolis last week and returned to Shakopee. He has entered into partnership with his father.

1917: Scott County Argus

Nov. 2, 1917

Eagle Creek. Frank Dellwo of Shakopee has completed the garage and chicken coop on the Duffy farm.

Stove Company’s Offices to Move. The news that the office of the Minnesota Stove Company will be removed to Minneapolis within a few days has been learned with regret, as it means the departure of the entire office force for that city and the removal of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Nye to St. Paul to reside. The move is deemed necessary for the best interests of the business and has been under consideration for some time, a branch office having been conducted there for two years past under the personal supervision of C. W. Nye, secretary of the company. The new office will be established in the First National-Soo building.

Jos. Rademacher departed yesterday for Chicago where he will spend a day or two with his brother Frank and then go to Cleveland, Ohio, to work at his trade as a printer. Good luck, Joe.

Youth Apprehended for Stealing Valuables

Clyde Stewart, a well dressed youth of nineteen years, who claims his home is in Nebraska, was arrested Saturday by Chief of Police J. B. Heller, charged with stealing a watch at the Martin Lenzmeier home, where he was given a meal.

Stewart was apprehended at the St. Paul hotel with the watch in his possession. Two suit cases belonging to him, which had been left at the depot, were found to contain a quantity of jewelry and shoes. He was arraigned in municipal court, before Judge Weiland, Monday, and held to the district court on a charge of grand larceny in the second degree, but later pled guilty and made application for sentence, which had not been imposed at this writing.

Nov. 9, 1917

Food Conservation Movement Started. St. Mary’s Catholic church and the Presbyterian church started the ball rolling in the food conservation movement locally with the distribution of food cards to their respective congregations Sunday…

Narrow Escape In Auto Accident. Jos. G. Ries had a narrow escape from death Friday morning, when his automobile was struck and demolished by the local west-bound freight on the Milwaukee road, at the crossing near the former brickyard in East Shakopee…

Barn Burned on Max Vogel Farm. Fire of unknown origin Monday afternoon destroyed the barn on the Vogel farm south of town which is occupied by Max Vogel.

Joseph Latour has purchased Mrs. H. J. Peck’s cottage south of Alois Hirscher’s residence, the consideration being $1150.

The post office building was bid in by the mortgagee, John Reagen of St. Paul, at the sheriff’s sale Saturday at the court house.

Mrs. M. Huss and son Peter visited over Sunday with Leo Huss at Camp Dodge and found the Shakopee boys now stationed there comfortably situated and enjoying the life. Leo Huss expects to return on two days’ furlough in a couple of weeks.

Nov. 16, 1917

Mrs. P. C. Schmitz is one of the most diligent knitters of the Red Cross, in three weeks having completed three mufflers, a pair of wristlets and a sweater.

Those who have yarn for several weeks and have been unable to finish knitted garments are requested to complete them speedily for shipment with the next consignment. If it is found impossible to do the work please return it unfinished and the more experienced knitters will finish the garments, as they are needed now.

Eagle Creek. While Anton Wessel’s engine and lumber sawing outfit were being piloted over the bridge near the Jasper home, the planks gave way, which necessitated the laying of a new platform. Fortunately the engineer escaped without serious injury.

Nov. 23, 1917

Shakopee Trade Rapidly Increasing. We are told that Shakopee has never enjoyed such trade as it has during the past few weeks, and every day it is increasing. The fact of the matter is, our business men have got right down to business and are selling goods cheaper than they can be bought in any town of the size in the state, and the people are fast to find it out and are coming here from adjoining counties to do their heavy trading.

The Thief Escaped. A tub of butter, one of a dozen left standing on the platform of the Omaha freight depot, was stolen Wednesday night of last week and was later recovered by Chief of Police J. B. Heller in the vicinity of the old lime-kiln in West Shakopee. About ten pounds of the butter was missing but there no clue to the thief.

Mrs. J. J. Doody sold two lots of her city property this week to John Kaup of Eagle Creek. The price paid was $500. Mr. Kaup expects to erect a building on the lots next spring and will retire from farming and move to Shakopee to reside.

Mrs. E. Dreschsler sold her residence property on Third street Tuesday to Wm. Unze, the consideration being $2600. Mrs. Dreschsler will move to St. Paul to make her home with her son Mr. H. Dreschsler.

Nov. 30, 1917

Miss Helen Huth has resigned as pianist at the Gem theatre and leaves Sunday to begin teaching in District No. 14 at Prior Lake.

W. F. Duffy has purchased of L. D. Nye his residence property located on Fourth street, and will move into the same in the very near future.

The High School Short Course

The Winter Short Course will begin on December 10th, at the Shakopee High School.

There are a great many young men and women and, also, boys and girls, who are not now attending school in this county. As winter comes on, the work on the farm lets up a little so that many of these young people can take this opportunity to spend a few hours each day in reading and study.

This short course offers work in agriculture, sewing, cooking, manual training, English and arithmetic. These classes are especially for short course students.

A great many should try to attend this course for a few weeks. It gives an excellent opportunity to not only attend classes, but to read the many god books and magazines in the library.

Superintendent Davies or Professor Smith will gladly explain more about the course to those interested.

1942: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Nov. 5, 1942

Wreckers Start Work on Bridge. Initial steps in the wrecking of the Lewis Street bridge over the Minnesota river here, were taken Tuesday when employees of the Trudeau Trucking company, Minneapolis, began removing the heavy wooden railings that stretch along both sides of the structure…

Burglars Get $23,778.20 in County Raid

Loot totaling $23,778.20 in county funds, most of which was in checks, warrants and certificates of deposit, was obtained in a burglary of the Scott county treasurer’s office here early Monday.

According to Elden Rowe, chief of the State Department of Criminal Apprehension, the job was the work of professionals. Joseph T. Langlais, state public examiner, who made an audit of the treasurer’s records following discovery of the burglary, announced the following losses:

$5450—State Warrants;
$1776—Food Stamps;$3885.20—Certificates of Deposit, all of which he said, is covered by insurance…

Nov. 12, 1942

To Be Physically Fit Important

Shakopee is fortunate to be included among thousands of other communities throughout the country in the nationwide physical fitness and recreation program…

W. H. Sanford, local director of Physical Fitness, is now getting the organization of the program under way. It is a big job and any voluntary aid and assistance will be appreciated. An outline of the program will appear in this paper next week. Watch for it. In the meantime, make up your mind that Y-O-U are going to be participating in some way in the program of “Doing Your Bit To Be Physically Fit!”

Shakopee Man Sets Record for Red Cross Knitting

A challenge to nimble-fingered women, and men, too for that matter, is the record of a 77-year-old Shakopee man who has become one of Scott county’s expert knitters.

The man is Fred Spindler, who in the past 15 months, has completed for the Red Cross 42 pairs of socks, 11 pairs of mittens, three 72-inch scarfs, and five helmets.

There, ladies and gentlemen, is something to shoot at, say Red Cross officials, who released the information regarding Mr. Spindler.

Nov. 19, 1942

Shakopee To Have Test Black Out December 14. Shakopee, like hundreds of other communities in the states comprising the Seventh Army Corps Area, will experience its first black-out December 14, according to an official announcement passed on to local air raid wardens here Monday night.

Fire Threatened Entire Kienzle-Merrick Plant

Fire of unknown origin threatened destruction of the Kienzle and Merrick plant here Saturday afternoon. According to C. D. Pruden, president and manager of the firm, it was only the prompt and efficient work of the Shakopee Fire department that saved the plant and its vast contents of tools and materials.

Workmen discovered the blaze, shooting flames fifty feet skyward, atop the plant where shavings from the adjoining Page and Hill shop, were stored for use in packing. Below the fire was a large stock of kiln dried gum wood destined for use in the construction of army beds.

Much of the lumber stock, severely damaged by water, it is believed, may be disqualified for use in the beds. Damage to the roof and storage bin, although extensive, was greatly limited by the excellent work of plant employees and fireman, Pruden said.

Nov. 26, 1942

Yule Street Trim To Be Omitted This Season

Complying with the urgent request of the War Production Board to curtail holiday street lighting and decorations, the Shakopee city council has taken the necessary action. Result—there will be no Christmas decorations in the city this season. The curtailing action is in conformity with the national war effort to conserve man power, materials and electricity, city spokesmen said.

Although the WPB has ruled out exterior street lighting it has not place a ban on store and home lumination for the holiday season, authorities said.

County Test Blackout Due December 7th

A county-wide test blackout, in preparation for the area blackout of several states ordered by military authorities for December 14, has been scheduled for Monday, December 7, Herb Strait, chief county air raid warden announced Tuesday.

According to Strait, the county blackout is to start at exactly 10 p.m. and continue for 20 minutes, ending at 10:20. Sirens and whistles throughout the county will signal the “alert” at which time all lights are to be extinguished simultaneously. After the lapse of 20 minutes the sirens will signal the “all clear” and lights may again be turned on.

During the blackout all air raid wardens are to patrol their respective districts, checking infractions of the blackout order; civilians are to remain inside; all motor traffic, except police and fire vehicles are to “freeze” and remain motionless for the blackout period, authorities said.

All lights in residences, public buildings, churches, schools, hospitals, advertising signs, and industrial plants, with the exception of defense industries where only the yard lights will be affected, are to be extinguished during the test. Street lights will likewise be out.

From the police department comes the advice that each business house and residence must assume responsibility for protection of their property during the blackout. The officers suggest that each business man arrange to have some responsible person in charge of the place…

Doctors’ cars and ambulances may be need in emergency and the same applies to fire fighting equipment. In case of fire use the telephone; in case of accidents telephone the police or call a physician; do not telephone unless absolutely necessary and if you do, give your name, address and telephone number.

All dogs must be kept indoors or on a leash during the period of the air raid warning.

For the Shakopee community the siren signals will eminate from the city hall fire siren, the Rahr Malting company and the Shakopee NYA center. Other communities will be similarly warned by the warning equipment available in the respective localities.

1967: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 2, 1967

Beauty Shop Offers ‘Talking Letter’ Service. Mary Louise’s Beauty Shop, First and Fuller, will sponsor “talking letters” to servicemen in Vietnam and other points overseas, according to Claude Sinnen. Use of the tape recording machine and postage will be provided free of charge by the Beauty Shop as a public service during the coming Christmas season. Tape must be furnished by the person making the “talking letter.” For further information contact Mary Louise’s Beauty Shop, 445-1426.

City To Present ‘Challenge’ Plan To Present Area Hwy Proposals

To be challenged by the City of Shakopee is the State Highway Department engineer’s report that the westerly Highway 169 bridge location to span the Minnesota river, as compared to the city’s plan for a bridge at the east edge of the city, is most feasible on a cost basis, as well as the State Highway’s plan for accommodating Highway 101 traffic from the north which would still have to travel downtown Shakopee presenting the “nuisance” of heavy truck traffic, along with the necessary inconvenience to the Highway 101 motorist.

In addition, getting strong support from the City of Shakopee, along with Midwest Planning who completed the Comprehensive Guide Plan for the City, as well as from officials of adjacent townships and Scott county commissioners is the proposal of a by-pass route to skirt the south edge of the city that would extend from the former site of the old Murphy House to possibly Highway 41 and offer access not only to Valley Industrial Park but also to other communities of the northern section of Scott county. This appears also have the support of these affected communities in northern Scott county…

Awards Bid On ‘67 Improvement Program To Include Levee Drive, Off-Street Parking Facilities

Awarded to Alexander Construction Co. which had the low bid of approximately $220,000 among six bidders, was the contract for the 1967 Improvement program of the City of Shakopee to include the construction of Levee Drive, off-street parking lots in the downtown central business district, as well as other segments of streets in the city and alley paving in the downtown area.

This was action taken at a meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held last Thursday evening, October 27, on the call of the mayor.

The bid included construction of the proposed Improvement program, with the exception of the proposed parking lot at the old mill site to the rear of the Montgomery-Ward off Lewis Street and improvement of the railroad right-of-way at the former Simons Lumber yard on Second Avenue, between Holmes and Lewis.

Work is to begin immediately on the storm sewer construction along the Levee Drive, to be from Atwood to Sommerville, alongside the South bluff of the Minnesota River. Also to be completed this fall is the grading necessary for this Levee Drive construction.

Expected to be under way early this coming spring is the construction and paving of off-street parking lots in the central business district.

Sites for these off-street parking lots include:

The former Simons Lumber yard on Second Avenue between Holmes and Lewis, with the exception of the railroad right-of-way.

The area opposite Berens Super-Fair and to Scott County Lumber at Second and Fuller.

The area adjacent to the Pelham Hotel and opposite Bill’s Toggery at Second and Lewis.

The half-block at the rear of the Shakopee City Hall on East First.

The half-block behind Brambilla Motors, Inc. on west first.

The parking strips at St. Francis Hospital on Scott Street.

Also included will be the paving of alleys in the commercial district, and other street segment improvements at various locations in the City.

The council went on record last Thursday evening of including two sets of stop and go lights, one west of Holmes and the other east of Holmes at an estimated cost of $40,000…

Nov. 9, 1967

Open Auction Firm On Lewis. Rodney Hopp and Bob Vedders have announced that plans are completed for the opening of the Shakopee Discount Auction House, located at 128 Northwest, behind Montgomery-Ward.

‘Egg On Face’ – Hospital Trick Turns To Treat

The Shakopee Police department brought in some pranksters, who were “tricking and treating,” to St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee on Halloween evening.

The pranksters had in their possession several dozen eggs, which the boys indicated they wished to “donate” decoratively to the hospital.

No doubt the former owner of the eggs would be heartened to know that they were put to good use.

Also it would possibly make the former owner not so downhearted, if it is made known that an entry was made on the books of the hospital for the value of the eggs as a donation.

Another notation in order would be “someone’s trick turned out to be hospital patients’ treat!”

Nov. 16, 1967

Co-operate To Further Old Grist Mill Project. Further impetus to the project of the Scott County Historical Society’s proposed project of restoration of the Old Grist mill in Memorial Park, east edge of Shakopee including the furnishing of the interior, to make a lasting Historical museum for the area and visiting public resulted Monday night of this week, November 13, when the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 granted a week’s leave of absence to Mrs. Margaret McFarlane, high school art teacher, in order that she complete a comprehensive plan of the authenticated restoration in order to qualify for a possible $5,000 grant from the Stans Foundation…

Act On Marystown Consolidation

Approved by the Commissioner of Education of the State of Minnesota is a consolidation plat for the joining of Shakopee Public School District No. 720 and Marystown Common School District No. 1875.

This was announced by Superintendent John Feda at the regular November meeting of the Shakopee District No. 720 Board of Education which unanimously voted Monday evening of this week the approval of the plat as submitted…

The move for consolidation is in compliance with the recent State of Minnesota statute that provides a school district can no longer continue if it is not including grades one through 12, after a deadline date of July 1971.

The Marystown school district has an enrollment of 100 pupils, with the first and second grades considered a public school and the third through eighth grade operated as a parochial. In reality, the first and second grades are to be affected by the consolidation move, as the Marystown Church has plans for continuing a parochial school.

Council Approves $229,600 Public Utilities Facility Project

Location and the approval of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission entering into a $229,600 construction contract for a new facility to include offices, warehouse and a garage to be located on the Fourth Street ball diamond, Fourth and Naumkeag, was authorized by the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting Tuesday night of this week, November 14…

Entering into the proposed project is the proposal of aligning Scott County Road No. 17 with Naumkeag Street to eliminate the bend at this location.

At the meeting Tuesday night, City Engineer Don Eichers presented the proposal that moves the county road to the west across the Fourth Avenue baseball diamond park land with the proposed Utilities building to front on Fourth Avenue for 150 feet and for 200 feet on Scott County Road 17. It will be 120 feet to the south and parallel Fourth Avenue.

The west side of the Utilities’ structure will be 20 feet from the existing barn on the adjacent property permitting a driveway around the proposed Utilities facility…

Nov. 23, 1967

Gaylen Case new Community Credit manager. Appointment of Gaylen Case as manager of Community Credit’s Shakopee office was announced recently by C. A. Rollwagen, the firm’s President.

School Consolidation Petition Circulated

Being circulated in the Marystown School District No. 1875 this week was a petition that seeks a special election on the proposition of the proposed consolidation with the Shakopee Public School District No. 720…

The Marystown district needs signatures of 25 per cent of the freeholders in the district on the petition to call the special election, with the date to be determined once the petition is completed.

The move for consolidation is in compliance with the recent State of Minnesota statute that provides a school district can no longer continue if it is not including grades on through 12 after a deadline date of July 1971. The Marystown school district operates the first and second grades as a public school and the third through eighth as parochial. The Marystown St. Mary Of The Purification Catholic Church plans to continue the operation of a parochial school.

Nov. 30, 1967

Yule decorations went up this week in the Shakopee downtown area and along First Street and adjacent blocks with the Shakopee Utilities crew on the job. New touches added this year to the Chamber of Commerce decorations, according to Executive Secretary Dr. W. Adair Muralt, are 18 by 30-inch plastic lines added to the former plain lamp-type pole decorations for more reflections and the post garlands are to be highlighted for the first time this Christmas season with acorn-type lights. The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce traditional Christmas party for area youth is to be on Saturday, December 16, at the Shakopee Public High School Gymnasium on Tenth Avenue, with two movie showings from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Details are to be announced in next week’s issue of The Valley News. Also again planned this season is the lighted Christmas tree at the corner of First and Holmes.

Consolidation Vote Dec. 12. Election date on approval of the consolidation plat, as approved by the State Commissioner of Education, for the proposed consolidation of the Marystown District No. 1875 with Shakopee Public School District No. 720 has been set for Tuesday, December 12. Legal notice of this election appears in this issue of The Shakopee Valley News…

Valley Industrial Park Development Plan Told. New plans for the Valley Industrial Park on Highway 101, just east of Shakopee, were presented by Jerome Bylund, general manager of the Valley Industrial Park, at the meeting of the Shakopee Rotary Club Tuesday noon of this week at the Shakopee House Theater Restaurant, east edge of Shakopee…

1992: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 5, 1992

Federal funds for Ferry Bridge get OK by Congress. The Bloomington Ferry Bridge project received an additional boost in September when a congressional conference committee approved an amendment assuring that $9.5 million will be available for the project in the fiscal year ending in September 1993. The amendment was attached to the Department of Transportation bill approved by Congress on Sept. 28…

Book Lovers’ Club is 90 years old and still going strong

Before there was the Shakopee Public Library, or for that matter, any other social clubs for women in the area, there was the Shakopee Book Lovers’ Club.

When the club first started 90 years ago, it was intended to provide not only a social opportunity for women, but also a chance for them to talk and share knowledge about topics of the times.

Since then, libraries have sprung up all over the area, as well as numerous clubs and organizations.

But the Shakopee Book Lovers’ Club is still in existence, still meeting twice a month from October through May and according to its members, is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, non-federated clubs in existence in the nation.

At an Oct. 22 meeting, the club celebrated its 90th anniversary with a dinner and meeting in the town hall at Murphy’s Landing. Members dressed in a variety of outfits dating back to the early 1900s, including hats, shawls and gloves…

Nov. 12, 1992

Area dance students perform during half-time show. Thirty-eight students of Shari’s Dance Studio in Shakopee performed at the half-time show during the University of Minnesota Gopher’s football game Saturday, Oct. 31 against the Indiana Hoosiers at the Metrodome. Five other dance studio students from Minnesota also performed…

School Board gets growth projections for next 10 years

The annual census and enrollment projection for the Shakopee School District indicates that enrollment is likely to grow by 28 percent over the next 10 years.

Leon McNellis, the district’s technology coordinator, presented a census and enrollment report to the School Board Monday night.

He indicated that the growth projection is based on a mathematical model which uses census and enrollment data from the past five years to help project future trends. This type of model, which is recommended by the state Department of Education, has been used by the district since the early 1970s.

Current enrollment for the district is 2,767 students, an increase of 190 from the 1991-92 school year. Biggest growth areas are in first grade, with 46 additional students; fourth grade, with 41 additional students, and Grade 11, with 33 more students.

According to projections, the district enrollment is expected to be 2,884 in 1993-94, with continual growth shown through the 2002-03 school year, when enrollment is projected to be 3,696.

“These projections are conservative,” said McNellis, noting that the effects of future road and bridge construction, such as the Shakopee Bypass, were not factored in. And, according to city officials’ estimates of building permits, there were 116 single-family and 11 twin-home permits issued from July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992…

Church celebrates 20th anniversary

A special day of celebration was observed at Calvary United Methodist Church of Shakopee Sunday, Oct. 11. It was 20 years ago that this congregation began its Methodist ministry at 750 E. First Ave.

Thirty-seven charter members attended the first service in October 1972. With the growth of the congregation, a fellow-ship/education wing was added to the church in 1979. Continual growth has brought about the reality of a new church building to be located at East Vierling Drive in the not-so-distant future…

Nov. 19, 1992

Battle over 1993 racing at Canterbury continues

Minnesota horsemen groups and the owners of Canterbury Downs continue to battle over the future course of horse racing at the Shakopee track.

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association (MTA) board of directors Nov. 9 voted without opposition to request that track co-owners and operator Ladbroke Racing Corp. be denied a license to simulcast horse racing from other tracks beginning Jan. 1, unless the British bookmaking firm agrees to hold a live racing meet in 1993.

However, Ladbroke contends that it cannot afford to lose another $5 million in 1993 as it did this year, and has indicated it would like to simulcast racing through 1993, and escrow funds to hold a live racing meet in 1994. Ladbroke has lost about $8.3 million at Canterbury since buying it along with two Detroit-area investors in 1990, said track General Manager Terry McWilliams at a horse player’s meeting Saturday…

Nov. 26, 1992

1993 live racing meet at track appears doubtful

Prospects for holding a live racing meet at Canterbury Downs in 1993 appear dim following a Minnesota Racing Commission meeting Nov. 18.

Ladbroke Racing Corp. officials asked commission members to approve its plan to only offer simulcast wagering in 1993. Ladbroke, the track operator and part-owner, would then escrow money for a purse fund to conduct a “high quality” live racing meet in 1994, according to Bob Decker, Ladbroke’s chief financial officer.

Under Ladbroke’s plan, a 45-day live racing meet would be held in 1994. Purses for such a meet could be as high as $85,000 a day, according to Ladbroke General Manager Terry McWilliams. Last summer purses deteriorated to $18,000 a day – an all-time low. Ladbroke said it has lost about $11 million since buying the track in 1990. Indian gaming has largely contributed to its continuing losses, according to racing industry experts.

The 1994 meet would fit into a proposed three-state racing circuit, which would include consecutive racing meets beginning in the spring at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. The summer meet would be held at Canterbury Downs, and a fall meet would be held at the Woodlands in Kansas.

Although horsemen’s groups find the Midwest racing circuit an interesting concept, they are bitterly opposed to the 1993 simulcasting-only plan, and have asked the commission to shut down the Shakopee racetrack on Jan. 1 if Ladbroke will not conduct a live race meet in 1993…

CDC asks city to not bypass improvements in the downtown area

Next year at this time, when the new downtown bypass and Highway 169 river crossing are scheduled to be completed, the bottleneck created by motor vehicles in congested downtown Shakopee is expected to decrease dramatically.

Motorists heading south on Highway 169 will be entering Shakopee one block east of the current bridge’s location. Others will be entering the downtown vicinity from the east or west. For many, those are the locations where they will get a first-impression view of Shakopee.

That’s what worries the city’s Community Development Commission (CDC).

The rear sides of buildings in the vicinity of the old and new bridges have been the subject of many a disparaging remark over the years. And the city is among the property owners whose buildings are in question.

The city is scheduled to be in the new city hall – downtown at the former Marquette Bank building – at the first of the year, and will abandon its current structure.

The new bridge will be built one block east of the existing bridge, on Lewis Street. Also included will be a four-block bypass of the downtown, which is almost constantly choked by car and grain truck traffic.

The project is expected to both increase the traffic capacity on the bridge and reduce the traffic flow in the downtown. Vehicles will have the option of bypassing the downtown.

In March, the City Council discussed the development potential for the area north of First Avenue, specifically the block on which the current City Hall sits. The CDC was asked to prepare an analysis of the various redevelopment options for the City Hall block, and last Thursday night, made a recommendation to City Council members, who were meeting as a committee of the whole.

The CDC examined possibilities ranging from demolishing the structures on the block to doing nothing, and last week recommended that the structures be left standing for the time being. It also made several recommendations for the downtown as a whole, which we part of what was called a “pre-development plan.”

Assistant City Administrator Barry Stock, who worked with the CDC on the analysis, said the CDC concluded that it would be in the city’s best interest to focus on public improvements in the downtown area, in an effort to make it enticing to both motorists and developers.

Among the CDC’s pre-development plan recommendations:

  • Work with the DOT to ensure that structures and the project area are aesthetically appealing…
  • Improve the appearance of buildings facing the mini-bypass…
  • Continue with the second phase of the downtown renovation project on First Avenue.
  • Identify additional parking south of First Avenue.
  • Make aesthetic improvements to “critical entry points” at the bypass…

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