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1893: Scott County Argus

Nov. 2, 1893

Fresh oysters and fresh fish always on hand at Gellenbeck’s restaurant.

World’s Fair Souvenirs can be purchased at H. P. Marx’s at about half the price sold at the Fair. Call and see the beautiful sterling silver spoons and other fancy articles for Souvenirs. Some goods can only be obtained by leaving orders for duplicates as only a limited number are to be had.

Jos. Linhoff removed his family from his old home at Merriam Junction to his elegant new residence in this city last week.

Plans are being made for a pressed brick, plate glass front to be put into John Schwartz’s building on First street. The work will probably be done this fall.

A beautiful stuffed specimen of a native pelican is on exhibition at Deutsch & Zettel’s drug store. It stands over two feet high and is of the purest white except on the tips of the wing feathers, where the color is shaded to a beautiful drab. The bird was shot, together with its mate, by Otto Zaum at Pleasant Lake. It is a valuable specimen, and well worth a visit.

Little Mat Klinkhmmer met with quite a severe accident a short time ago. While cutting shinny sticks in company with Benny Kohls the latter accidentally struck Mat’s hand with an ax, as he was holding down a desirable stick for Benny to cut off. The middle finger of the left hand was cut nearly off, but hung by a small piece of skin. The finger was put back in place and stitched on, and the chances are now that the severed portion will be saved.

Nov. 9, 1893

Parties wanting wedding cakes or cakes for parties, we will be pleased to fill your orders, at Gellenbeck’s Restaurant.

A decided improvement has been made on First street in front of Pat’k Condon’s buildings, the old sidewalk having been replaced by a new and more substantial one.

A new cigar factory has been started in the Conter House by Gentgen and Simmer. They have bought out the business of C. W. Meyer who will accept the position of foreman under the new firm.

A. Greenberg intends to move into the How building in the spring.

Jacob Ries, Sr., will return from Chicago in a day or two with four awards received upon five displays which his progressive Bottling Works had maintained at the World’s Fair. Mr. Ries received the gold medal at the Paris Exposition, has a state and a county medal, and now with these new awards he may certainly feel that his goods are very much endorsed. It is a source of congratulation both to himself and to Shakopee that the products of his thriving institution meet with such marked signs of merit and approval.

Mathew Lies moved in from Marystown today. He has located for the winter in the Annen house on west Fourth street. Next spring he will build a commodious residence on the lot adjoining the west side.

Peter Yost met with quite an accident Tuesday. While leading a steer the rope got wound around the thumb of his right hand, the steer became unruly and dashed away from Mr. Yost. The rope tightened around the thumb and tore off the first joint, bone and all. It is a most painful accident and one of which his friends will regret to hear.

Val. Zoller has been revelling in a wealth of beautiful roses this week. His nephew who was recently here from Chicago sent up a big box of assorted beauties last Sunday and Mr. Zoller has been busy giving them away to his friends ever since. The greenhouse owned by his two nephews is one of the largest in Chicago, and if the contents of the box sent here are a fair sample, their flowers must be of the very best.

Mrs. M. Henschel expects to remove into her new quarters in the How Block within a week. She will occupy the third store from the Bank corner.

Nov. 16, 1893

A millinery department under the management of Miss Celia Stirn is proving quite a feature at the Shakopee Cash Store. Give it a call.

A work train on the St. Louis deposited several car loads of cinders at the scene of last week’s wreck, just before dark yesterday and this caused the report to spread that another wreck had occurred at the same place. The heavy grade and the sharp curve at this point will naturally cause the empty box cars to hop off the track, so that a wreck is not unexpected at any time. We would suggest that at the cost of a few box cars the road might pick up its track and run it across to this point without any curve. The increase in traffic from this place would pay for the work within a few years.

Mrs. M. Henschel will remove to her apartments in the How Block the first of next week.

The first skating of the season was enjoyed by the “small fry” last Monday on the little pond in the rear of the mill. And the genuine well-developed particle will be at hand within a day or two, if this north wind can maintain its grip for that length of time.

Messrs. Nicholas Berens and John Nachtsheim, who have for some years past been doing business under the firm name of The Shakopee Cash Store on Monday severed their business relationship, Mr. Nachtsheim retiring. Mr. Berens will continue the business here, while Mr. Nachtsheim will either open a general merchandise store in the How Block or accept a position with a firm in Minneapolis.

Nov. 23, 1893

C. Jos. Strunk received from Mr. Willson this week a big official envelope containing five cents, that amount being due him from his accounts of 1889, A. D. when postmaster here. He had remitted five cents too much on a money order, and the department has got up to ’89 in its work and hence remitted the amount as stated. Mr. Strunk was obliged to write a receipt for the amount, which was duly forwarded to Washington.

The first “heat” of the now prosperous Minnesota Stove Co. was run off just two years ago today. The benefits which the town has derived from its well deserved success are patent to all.

John Nachtsheim will not engage in the general merchandise business here as rumored last week. He has purchased a knitting machine and is now prepared to do all kinds of knitting to order at his residence. Children’s hose and men’s socks, 15 c. per pair; ladies, 20 c.

Nov. 30, 1893

Anton Koeper went to Wisconsin yesterday to get select Eastern timber for use in his wagon factory here.

Prof. J. F. Parsons principal of the Union school, treated the scholars to fruit, candy, etc., on Friday afternoon last.

Rev. Mr. Jones, Presbyterian minister, has rented the Octagon house and will move his family here the latter part of this week.

Flaherty & Lies are making an appreciable improvement in the appearance and comfort of their store by having it re-covered with siding.

P. A. Preiser has moved his family into Jacob Clemens’s house on First street.

Deutsch & Zettel have shipped their large soda fountain to a New York firm, in exchange for a new and handsomer one, from which will gush the cooling soda when robins nest again.

A skating rink has been made at the foot of Holmes street which will be owned and operated by Messrs. James Leyde, Michael Hartz, and Geo. Davis. The ice within the enclosure is in excellent shape and, if the institution can be kept running throughout the winter, it will prove a source of pleasure to the skating public and of profit to the owners.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Nov. 1, 1918

Schools Ordered Closed. The influenza epidemic seems to be far from checked so far as Shakopee is concerned. On Tuesday the board of health and the school board judged it best to close the schools. This step was not taken owing to any outbreak among the children, but largely because many parents were keeping their children home, and the classes were pretty badly broken up. St. Mark’s school closed the same day…

The H. J. Hoard family have moved to Derby, Conn., where they will be permanently settled for some time. Mr. Hoard is superintending the building of a dam. He is the resident engineer and will take several years to complete the work.

The Mathias Beckerich family have moved in from Eden Prairie and are occupying the Bieren house. They will reside in town for the winter.

A deal was closed on Thursday by which Jacob Mahowald, bought the harness shop of P. J. Mahowald, taking possession at once. He wishes to state that he will continue in the monument business and solicits your trade. P. J. Mahowald and family will move to their farm near Lakeville next week. The Mahowald family have a wide circle of friends here who regret to see them leave but wish them unbound success in their new home.

Nov. 8, 1918

Miss Helen Huth commenced a six months’ term of school in the Kopp district in Eagle Creek on Monday.

Nov. 15, 1918

All ladies of the Red Cross sewing classes are urged to come and sew every day excepting Saturdays. The chapter is anxious to get its allotment completed by December 1st.

John Kennedy was the victim of an accident which might have resulted fatally for him. Mr. Kennedy was on his way down town on Wednesday morning and while crossing the Milwaukee railroad tracks near the Simons Lumber Co., was struck by the engine and thrown across the tracks. The heavy Milwaukee freight was just coming to a stop and Mr. Kennedy failed to see or hear the train. He was struck on the right hip and suffered severe bruises. He was taken to his home and medical aid summoned. He is as well as can be expected at this writing and it will be some time before he will be able to be about again.


Shakopee Wild When Peace News Comes

Shakopee celebrated the surrender of Germany and the ending of the war as became a city which had sent more than a hundred of her young men into the service of the country. News of the surrender was first received in this city by W. N. Southworth shortly after 2 o’clock a. m. Monday morning, but he was unable to arouse anyone for a half hour. The operator at central who controls the fire bell was skeptical until Minneapolis had branded the report as official from Washington. Then the celebration broke loose. After the fire bell had sounded a few taps, the whistle at the stove works cut loose. St. Mary’s church bell was next, then one after another the other vehicles of noisy rejoicing entered the arena of pandemonium. Although one of the last to begin, the bells of St. Mark’s carried off first honors, for they can be heard for miles out into the country and it was their voices that carried the news to many a farm home hours before it would become known in the ordinary course of events. By 3:30 impromptu parades had been formed, and shouting crowds added their vociferations to the screeching of the whistles and the resounding of the bells. A bonfire was lighted at the corner of First and Lewis and the fire company turned out with the hose and ladder trucks. All day the bells and whistles kept up the fun, the whistles intermittently and the bells steadily. Trainmen added to the noise, and not a train came through that did not herald its approach with wild and prolonged “hip, hip, hoorahs” from its engine. One train on the St. Louis is credited with having tied open its whistle and maintained one long howl from Minneapolis to Albert Lea.

During the day several parades took place. Some of the girls staged one at 11 a. m. and in the afternoon the small boys turned out. The kids rode the Kaiser around in a garbage can, but the motto on their banner is better left unrecorded. In the evening a large parade was formed at the city hall. In this marched contingents from the local Red Cross, the Home Guard company, the Cadet band and other local institutions. In all probably 400 people marched. On one corner the Kaiser in his carriage of state, who had been the main feature of the parade, was surrounded by an armed guard soaked with coal oil and made to expiate his misdeeds in a blaze of fire, while J. J. Moriarty made a short address, the gist of which was a congratulatory encomium for Shakopee on her steadfastness and loyalty through the great days now past and hope that the temperature through which the Kaiser was just passing was not a fleabite to what he was going to get later on in the kingdom to which he will shortly be assigned. The individual celebrations lasted late in to the night. So much for the noise.

In every home, especially in those from which boys had gone out to do battle for civilization, there was rejoicing just as fervent of a quiet and prayerful kind. As Christian people who have prepared to make every sacrifice required for the cause of country, civilization and humanity, our people turned to their God in the hour of victory and though public worship in the churches was unadvisable owing the epidemic, many a thankful prayer was offered in the family circles that the horrors of war had been lifted from the heads of loved ones on land and sea.

Nov. 22, 1918

Shakopee Wants Cannon As Trophy. The war is over and Shakopee has given proof of her loyalty and devotion to the cause by the enthusiasm with which every war effort was supported as well as by her manhood contribution, many of whom joined the colors before the selective service act went into effect. Therefore the Tribune feels that the town should be presented with a public memorial of her activity in the cause of victory, and what could be more appropriate than that the United States government should present us with a cannon, to be placed in some public place, either the city hall yard or the court house grounds, to be a permanent memento to these memorable times. A captured German gun would, perhaps, be preferable as a war trophy, but one of the field pieces which helped to drive the Hun back to his lair would also be highly desirable…

Atty. J. J. Moriarty moved his office from the Busse building on First street to the Hinds block on Lewis st.

Mr. and Mrs. Christ Geisler and little daughter of Eden Prairie moved into the Broman house on First street, yesterday. Mr. Geisler bought the place last week, Mr. and Mrs. Broman going to Minneapolis to reside.

Nov. 29, 1918

August Casselius Badly Hurt. August Cassellius met with an unfortunate accident at the Shane Bros. & Wilson corn mill Monday morning about ten o’clock. He was sweeping and oiling machinery on the second floor, and while oiling a shaft on one of the roller mills his coat sleeve must have been caught by the drive chain. The machine carried a protecting frame, but his arm was inside the frame for the purpose of oiling, and it was probably the frame which was responsible, in part at least, for the injuries he received. The arm, caught in the moving chain and held by the wooden framework, was broken in two places. In addition, the chain, before breaking and releasing him, tore the flesh loose from the bones of the forearm, inflicting a ghastly wound. No one was near at the time, but he was able to walk to the first floor where others were working. He was hurried over to Dr. Reiter’s office where the injured arm was set and dressed, and at the time of this writing (Tuesday) it is not believed that amputation will be necessary, although the torn condition of the flesh makes it somewhat doubtful if it can be saved.

A Boon to School Children. One of the happy results of the road grading job just north of the bridge which was not mentioned in the contract specifications is the gift to the schoolchildren (and the rest of us, too) of an artificial skating pond three-quarters of a mile long and twenty to forty feet wide, reaching from Riverside Park past the new cement trestle. Heretofore parents have had to worry over their children skating on the river, or on the lakes. But here is a skating pond close at hand and perfectly safe for the smallest children, the water being nowhere deeper than a few feet. Just now the ice is as smooth as glass, and it would be hard to find a better winter pleasure ground for the youngsters.

The Thanksgiving dance given at the opera house Wednesday night was fairly well attended, about seventy couples being present. The new home orchestra made its debut and is reported to have given general satisfaction.


Road Work Progressing

The line drag grading outfit engaged in grading the mile road is on the last lap and according to the operators that part of the big job will be completed by the end of next week, well within the time calculated necessary for that part of the operation. The machine was set up late in September, so it will have taken just ten weeks to finish.

The next job will be the packing and leveling of the road bed, which looks as if it might be a stupendous job. And after that will come the surfacing. It looks as though it would be a long time before the road will be in use again. But the temporary inconvenience will be well compensated for in a thoroughfare which will be free from all the hills to which ordinary roads are heir.

1918: Scott County Argus

Nov. 1, 1918

Home Guard to Cloquet. Orders were received at 3:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from Major Williamson of the M. H. G., commanding Company F to go to Cloquet to relieve other companies who have been on duty in the fire-swept region and to assist in the distribution of clothing and money for the refugees. Company F will also have its first experience in standing guard. Twenty-six members left on the evening train for Minneapolis where they were joined by Company A of that city and proceeded at once to Cloquet.

Owing to the absence of a large number of pupils from the grades on account of the fear of influenza, and as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of disease, the public and parochial schools were closed Tuesday for an indefinite time.

Nov. 8, 1918

Airplane Visits Us. Shakopee was “bombed” about noon last Saturday when a Curtis biplane from the United States army air service mechanics school at St. Paul, manned by two aviators came wherring across country and gave an exhibition of aeronautics for the edification of the populace which was not slow in making its appearance when the presence of the machine became known. The aviators sailed low, barely missing the housetops and scattered litature broadcast, advertising the need of mechanics for air service. The driver circled the city and performed numerous stunts for about ten minutes before he headed for the twin cities and was soon lost to view. The same machine is reported by the twin city dailies as having visited other nearby towns.

John H. Moore has resigned his office as secretary of the Scott County Draft Board to accept an appointment by the U. S. Government with the Food Administration to supervise the buying and milling of gains in the northwestern states. Mr. Moore’s wide experience in the grain business has eminently qualified him for the position and his many friends recognize his ability and rejoice in his selection for the important work. Announcement of his successor has not yet been made.

Nov. 15 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bromann have moved to Minneapolis. Their home in this city was purchased by Chris Geisler who will move here in a week or two to reside permanently.

Speaking of the recent influenza epidemic Dr. P. M. Fischer says that after treating 350 cases of the disease in Scott, Carver and Hennepin counties and meeting with all its various forms and complications he is convinced beyond doubt that severe forms of this disease are not to be reached by any medicine outside of anti-toxin. Dr. Fischer introduced Dr. Rosnow’s vaccine two weeks ago and is using it most successfully.

Nov. 22, 1918

Joseph Ploumen, our popular baker, is able to be up again after wrestling with the flu for several days.

Atty. W. N. Southworth has been appointed secretary of the local draft board to succeed John H. Moore who resigned to accept a position with the Food Administration. Mr. Southworth assumed his duties Monday.


Suffragists Organize

Under the direction of Miss Grace Randall of Minneapolis an equal suffrage club was organized in Shakopee Tuesday.

Miss Randall is one of the organizers for the Minnesota Woman Suffrage association. She is appointing committees in various towns to do the final work in making Minnesota women full citizens…

The following ladies were chosen as a ratification committee in Shakopee: Mrs. H. P. Marx, chairman; Mrs. W. F. Duffy, Mrs. Eli Southworth and Mrs. Henry Schroeder.

Nov 29, 1918

A new commercial department has been introduced into the curriculum of the high school, including all subjects embracing a complete business course. Miss Lucretia Lewis of Cannon Falls is the instructor and arrived Sunday evening to begin the work.

Will and Ed Veiht have rented the Condon block on First street and will start a repair shop and garage. The work of remodeling the building to suit their needs will begin in about two weeks.

Dr. H. P. Fischer arrived home Friday from his hunting trip. The doctor met with better luck than the remainder of the Shakopee nimrods having secured a moose and a deer. Mayor Lenertz, M. A. Deutsch, Frank Huber and Peter Klausman, who comprised a hunting party at Cloverton, returned the same day empty-handed, but Will Deutsch of Lake Crystal, another of the party, brought back a fine deer.


Company F, M. H. G. Presented With Flag

Company F of Shakopee, Minnesota Home Guards, is now the proud possessor of a large, beautiful United States flag presented to it by the generous and patriotic mothers, wives, daughters and sisters of the members of the company.

Prompted by the desire that Company F should have its own flag the immediate relatives of the members of that organization got busy and, directed by Mrs. C. G. Bowdish, ways and means were found and a s a result of which their desire was realized and the company has a flag all its own.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Nov. 4, 1943

140 Donors Gave Blood Monday

Bringing to 756 pints the total volume of blood gathered in Scott county by the Red Cross mobile blood-gathering unit, 140 points were taken in Shakopee Monday Mrs. William A. Pomije, chairman, disclosed.

Monday’s collection was the largest obtained in Shakopee, Mrs. Pomije said, and was taken from 145 registrants, 15 of whom were from Prior Lake…

Nov. 11, 1943

Expresses Gratitude for Local War Fund Support. Announcing this week that Shakopee residents and business places had contributed $1130 to the War Service Fund, Mrs. Donald Ries, local chairman, expressed her gratitude to everyone who aided in the work…

FOR RENT.—6-room house; immediate possession. ANTON BOEGEMAN, Shakopee.

Nov. 18, 1943

Surgical Dressings Workers, Attention! The surgical dressings workers are asked to respond to a special call for work Friday, as the present quota of dressings can be completed on that day if any workers are present.

Short Wave Radio Employed by Telephone Company During Storm. Now that telephone communication has been restored to normal, and the damage caused by the recent snowstorm has been repaired, officials of the Northwestern Bell telephone company disclosed this week that a short wave radio transmitter had operated in Shakopee while lines were out of order…

A deal was completed Wednesday whereby Mr. and Mrs. Christ Lenzmeier have purchased the August Scherkenbach duplex, on West 5th street. Mr. and Mrs. Lenzmeier have occupied one of the apartments for the past several months.

Nov. 25, 1943

Eagle Creek Farm Sale Recently Made. Another farm sale of recent days was that of Alton L. Peterson, who sold his farm located immediately east of Shakopee in Eagle Creek township, to Lawrence Boeckman of Jordan. Mr. Boeckman is planning to take possession on or about March 1…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 7, 1968

Proposals At Council On Old Mill Building. Proposals on the old mill building, located behind Montgomery Ward on Lewis Street, being condemned by the City of Shakopee and the court action slated to be heard before a Scott County District court jury next week, were presented at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at a special meeting held Tuesday night of this week…

Sunday Liquor Gets Approval By City Voters. Shakopee voters gave approval to the proposition of sale of liquor being permitted in Shakopee, between the hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight on Sundays, in special balloting held in conjunction with the General election Tuesday of this week, November 5, the total being 1,383 “yes and 1,014 “no”…


$507 Theft At Shakopee Bowl

Discovered early yesterday (Wednesday) morning, November 6, was a break-in and theft of $507 from the Shakopee Bowl Bowling alley on East First…

Owner Norman Schesso who closed the firm on Tuesday evening, discovered the break-in and that the money was missing from a cash box, when he opened up again yesterday morning…


Valley Cues Included In Firms’ Acquisition Plan

A. C. Buehler, chairman, Victor Comptometer Corporation, Chicago, and Earl Feddick, president, Valley Manufacturing & Sales Company, Bay City Michigan, this week announced an agreement under which Victor plans to acquire Valley Cues, Inc. of Shakopee on an “exchange of stock basis.”

Gene Hullander, Manager of Valley Cues, Inc., 240 South Shumway, also announced that the personnel at the Shakopee plant would be retained and that there are to be no changes in management…


To Let Bids On Traffic Signals On November 22

Included among bids, estimated to total approximately $430,000, to be let Friday November 22, in the cafeteria of the Minnesota Highway Building, St. Paul, as announced last Friday, November 1, by Minnesota Commissioner of Highways N. T. Waldor, is the installation of one, full traffic actuated traffic signal and one semi-actuated traffic signal and an interconnect at the intersection of East First (Highway 101) and Lewis and Holmes Streets in Shakopee.

The work is scheduled to start on or before June 2, 1969, and to be completed within 35 working days.


Metro Council For County Rd. 18 Bridge Site

The Metropolitan Council Thursday, October 24, gave its approval to a proposed bridge of at least four lanes over the Minnesota River at Hennepin County Road No. 18.

The Bloomington Ferry bridge site, just north of the Stage Coach on Highway 101, east of Shakopee, Scott County No. 25 extends from the ferry bridge, south to Highway 101…

Nov. 14, 1968

City Seeks Traffic Semaphore At Intersection On West First. A resolution memorializing the State Highway Department to conduct a traffic signal survey at Scott or Atwood on West First with the objective of the installation of a four-way semaphore was given unanimous approval at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday evening of this week, November 12, in the City Building Council Chambers…

New Auto Service Manager. Don Gish has been appointed new service manager at Brambilla Motors, according to an announcement this week by Ron Brambilla…


Fire Routs Tom Berens Family Early Sunday

The Shakopee Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Tom Berens residence, 106 East Sixth, at 5:45 a.m. last Sunday morning, November 10 when a chair in the family room caught fire, routing the couple and their nine children from their beds…

According to Mrs. Berens, the home was not extensively damaged.


Femininity In City’s Parking Lot Proposal

Presented at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee Tuesday evening of this week, November 12, was the adoption of designating the city’s recently completed five off-street parking facilities with a bit of femininity entering in.

Taking note that womanhood is often slighted in such cases, the proposal was that the five off-street parking lots be designated using the first names of women of pioneer families of the city. These included:

Louisa for Louisa Weiland, wife of Judge Theodore Weiland; Annie for Anna M. Gelhaye; Josie for Josephine Ries; Teresa for Teresa M. Lebens and Sophie for Sophia Coller.

Pointed out was that the city administration would need such designation of the lots, similar as is done in Southdale shopping center, in order to carry out maintenance duties, as well as the convenience of the public using the new facilities.

The Common Council took the matter under advisement, with it also being suggested that a system of numbers or alphabetical designation could also be used.

Settle Old Mill Jury Case Just Prior To Trial

Settled out of the court, just prior to a jury trial in Shakopee District Court yesterday (Wednesday), November 13, with Judge John Fitzgerald of New Prague, presiding, was the civil action of City of Shakopee vs. Kopp & Associates, a condemnation suit regarding the old mill building located behind Montgomery Ward on Lewis Street.

In the settlement the city acquires 12,750 square feet of property in a partial taking of the old mill site, including a right of way for the extension of Levee Drive. Settlement figure is reported to be $24,000 plus the city paying costs allowed by the District Court.

The settlement gives three and a half commercial lots to Kopp & Associates, similar to a proposal made at the special meeting of the Common Council held Tuesday evening of last week, November 5.

Kopp & Associates is to receive the payment from the city once a signed statement is received that the premises is completely vacated and ready for the city occupancy. Deadline on receipt of this statement is December 15. Included in the settlement is that the City of Shakopee is to raze the present old mill building. The city’s property acquired is equal to one and a half lots…

Nov. 21, 1968

John Ries, Jr. Fire Chief. Shakopee Volunteer firemen held their annual election to name officers to serve during the 1969 year at a meeting held Monday evening of this week, November 18, at the Shakopee Fire station, Second and Scott, with John Ries, Jr., named chief to succeed Anthony LaTour, Jr…


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Sunday — Area First

A first for the community will take place at 7 p.m. next Sunday, November 24, when an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service of Worship is held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church under the joint sponsorship of five Shakopee churches, with the public cordially invited.

Sponsoring churches are the host Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Shakopee, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Shakopee, Christ Lutheran Church of Shakopee and Shakopee First Presbyterian Church…

Nov. 28, 1968

Shakopee High School Students Host First Regional DECA Meeting. The Shakopee chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America was host of the first Regional meeting held Monday evening of this week, November 25….

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 4, 1993

Scott County to remodel jail annex to house medium-security inmates. The Scott County Board has earmarked $250,000 to turn one wing of the Scott County Jail Annex near Jordan into a medium-security facility for prisoners held by the state Department of Corrections…


Shakopee Bypass in ‘never-never land’?

Festivities surrounding the opening of the Shakopee mini-bypass and bridge Oct. 20 overshadowed the announcement that same day that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) was cutting or postponing $234 million in state road and bridge projects.

DOT Commissioner Jim Denn made the announcement at about the same time Mayor Gary Laurent was cutting the ribbon near the new Highway 169 river bridge with other local, state and federal officials in downtown Shakopee.

Although DOT officials downplayed the action — which include postponing completion of the larger Shakopee Bypass to 1997 or beyond — transportation lobbyists and some legislators are angry with both the Legislature and Gov. Arne Carlson…


Loan for Murphy’s falls through, county is told

Murphy’s Landing has yet to resolve some of its biggest money worries.

Commissioner Ray Foslid of Shakopee last week told the Scott County Board that he attended the most recent meeting of the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP), which oversees Murphy’s operations, and learned that Murphy’s would not qualify for a low-interest loan from an organization that specialized in lending money to non-profit agencies…


School Board hears proposals for future courses in industrial tech

Computer modules, robots and lasers, and home construction may all be components of the Shakopee School District’s industrial technology courses in the future.

Industrial technology instructors from the junior and senior high schools appeared before the School Board Monday to present a report on what they had witnessed in other districts and what they felt could work in Shakopee…

They said they had been most impressed with industrial technology courses at junior high schools in Minnetonka and Edina, which included such areas as research, audio broadcasting, computer-aided drafting (CAD), engineering structures, lasers, robotics and graphic communications…


City to acquire land for water tower, well

The Shakopee City Council Nov. 3 voted to direct staff to pursue the acquisitions of property that would be used as the site for a water tower and well, which would be constructed by Shakopee Public Utilities.

On Nov. 2, the utilities commission voted to acquire the property near County Road 17 and the Timber Trails subdivision…


Alumni hoops tournament slated

Former members of the Shakopee High School boys’ basketball team are invited to participate in the inaugural Shakopee Boys’ Basketball Alumni Classic.

The tourney will be held Dec. 26-27 at SHS and will serve as a fundraiser for the SHS boys’ basketball program. The tournament is open to all former SHS players, graduates from 1950 to 1993. The tournament includes a single-elimination competition with a losers’ bracket. Each team is guaranteed at least two games. Interested individuals can either form a team of alumni or enter as individuals and be grouped on a team. The cost is $20 per person. Participants will receive a T-shirt…

Nov. 18, 1993

Fire destroys home in former brewery. An out-of-control brush fire apparently was the cause of a blaze on Sunday that destroyed a former brewery in Jackson Township which was home to a woman and her dogs and cats, according to the Shakopee Fire Chief Frank Ries…

Mini-bypass ramps scheduled to be open. Construction on entrance and exit ramps on the downtown mini-bypass and bridge project was expected to be completed Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT)…

Warehouse for firm being built here. Construction has begun on a 299,600-square-foot warehouse for American Can Co. on a 16-acre site in the Valley Green Business Park in Shakopee…


Fire destroys 19th century barn at Murphy’s

An historic 19th century barn that housed four horses and a mule at Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee was destroyed by fire on the night of Nov. 10.

Although quick action by a staff member saved the animals, a number of 19th century artifacts as well as the barn itself were lost in the blaze, according to Ann Hittler-Grover, a member of Murphy’s operating board…

The barn originally was owned by a family named Ryan that farmed in 1860 near Jordan. The farm was located off Highway 169 — then a mere dirt trail heading south.

The barn was moved to Murphy’s in 1973 by Al Breimhorst, then-owner of the farm, according to Murphy’s Director Gerry Barker. At that time it joined the original Ryan log farmhouse, which was moved to Murphy’s from where it was built in Sibley County.

Also lost in the fire were 19th century harnesses and other workhorse equipment. In addition, a Pieta and a pew from a former Catholic church were lost…


Alley closed: Is onetime favorite headed for the gutter?

Back in the good-old days, bowling was counted as one of America’s favorite recreational past times. But have things changed? Is the once-beloved sport of bowling headed for the gutter?

Locally, with the closing of Shakopee Bowl and Prior Place bowling centers, the only remaining facilities for area bowlers are located in Chanhassen, Burnsville, New Prague and northwest Shakopee, near the Chaska-Shakopee border…

Nov. 25, 1993

Church with rich history celebrates 125th anniversary

A Shakopee landmark will be celebrating its 125th anniversary Sunday, Dec. 5.

The special occasion is for St. Mark’s Catholic Church, the building with the spire that is a distinctive part of the Shakopee skyline. Its congregation will have special liturgies during Masses at 9:30 and 11 a.m. A beef and sausage dinner, open to the public, will be held after that in the school cafeteria, with serving until 2:30 p.m…


City terminates ice arena lease with hockey association

The Shakopee City Council Nov. 16 ordered the termination of a lease agreement between the city and Valley Ice Arena Inc., and approved the organization’s request to store its ice-cleaning machine in the former ice arena.

Valley Ice Arena wanted to terminate the lease, in which it utilized the “bubble”-covered hockey rink at Lions Park because the arena can no longer be used due to the poor condition of the covering…

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