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1893: Scott County Argus

Oct. 5, 1893

Last night at about seven o’clock county commissioner Henry Brueggemann met with an accident at Kauth’s hotel barn that is a most serious if not a fatal one. M. T. Theis and he were about to hitch up and drive home. Mr. Theis walked down to his brother’s to get his overcoat, leaving Mr. Brueggemann to get the horse out. When Mr. Theis returned after the lapse of ten minutes he found the unconscious form of his brother-in-law lying near the door where he had evidently dragged himself after receiving a fearful kick in the side from a horse. It was found that four lower ribs of the left side are broken and internal injuries may also exist. The injured man recovered consciousness this morning but at last reports was very low. The news of the accident will be received with sorrow, as Mr. Brueggemann is a favorite with all who know him.

The J. Schank Packing Co. is now ready to buy at the highest market prices all the hogs offered them.

The Rademacher boys who shot the old man John Wojohn one evening last summer, and afterwards claimed to have mistaken him for a bear, were found guilty of manslaughter in the second degree by the Chaska court last week, and each was sentenced to a fine of $350 and one year in the penetentiary.

Wm. Beggs will remove to the Moore house on east Third street.

Oct. 12, 1893

Misses Kate and Anna Flaherty intend to engage in the dress making business in the Jacob Reis building within a few days.

C. E. Busse moved into his new and elegant place of business last Monday with a fresh stock of goods. The appearance of the store well nigh eclipses anything in that line in the valley. The building as a whole is certainly a most valuable addition to the town. The other rooms of the building have not as yet been rented.

The brick work on the Berens building is completed and some idea of how greatly it will add to the appearance of the north side of First street may now be formed. The block is made up of solid brick or stone buildings from the opera house to the bank and is faced on the other side by another block of excellent brick stores, the whole making a business street which takes the shine all off of our sister towns, and in this fact do we glory, yea, without ceasing.

The usual weighty blanket of silence that settles down upon us on the first day of the week was on last Sunday evening at about 6:30 o’clock torn all into shreds by the clanging of the firebell. The effect was similar to that of a stick thrust by the inquisitive small boy into a big sleeping hornet’s nest. All was instantly turned into motion and commotion. The fire department got out in a remarkably short space of time and made a quick run to Kohls & Berens’ store, only to find that the blaze had been already squelched. It seems that Geo. Kohls had opened the store to get some cotton batting for a farmer. He struck a parlor match to get a better light on the subject, and a spark flew into the inflammable substance. He jumped down with the two rolls which seemed afire and started for the door, but on looking up saw the whole pile in a blaze. The alarm was given, but a few who rushed in were able to carry all out before any serious damage was done. It was a narrow escape from a disastrous fire, and was attended by all the excitement which usually accompanies a serious conflagration.

The Scott County Driving Ass’n held a meeting last Tuesday night and decided to give a free matinee next Saturday the 21st. A committee of business men has agreed to conduct the races and farmers will be chosen as judges in their race for another harness. Particulars next week.

Oct. 19, 1893

B. J. Gellenbeck has rented one of the commodious new stores of the Busse Block and hopes to be ready for business by the first of next week. Beside the restaurant business he will engage in the retail grocery trade.

The Misses Flaherty have opened a dress making establishment in the Jacob Ries building on First street and would solicit a share in the public patronages. Latest styles and methods of work at satisfactory prices.

A. M. Strunk claims the distinction of having shot the first wild goose of the season. The bird tipped the scales at nine pounds.

The union depot is being treated to a coat of real fresh paint, heroically applied both externally and internally. The interior walls are light and dark drab and the ceilings are sky blue, while the outside has assumed the sombre hue of clay. The whole makes a most appreciable and acceptable improvement.

The merry-go-round left for greener pastures this morning. The outfit does not carry away with it quite so big a lump of the lawful coin of the realm as did the first one. This fact is due, however, to the inclemency of the weather, and not to any feeling of satiety of fun on the part of the infant, the schoolboy, the bashful lover, the merchant, and the old man. Each and all have given themselves up to its fascination on the pleasant evenings. But when the gaily painted horses and carriages have passed away, when the little nigger has faded from sight, and the air so lately rent by those little tunes lies all about so wounded and still, then will remorse come crowding in and one will wonder how he ever could have made such a fool of himself as to pay his nickel, straddles diminutive broncho, and go sailing around the track in his innocent glee for the space of five times sixty seconds. It does seem foolish, but we wager that when the next one comes along, and the engine begins to puff, the gaslight to flicker, the rollicking music to burst forth on the ear, and those little horses go bobbing around the circle, the very fellow who philosophizes thus will be the first one to hop on for another whirl. ‘Sic eunt fata hominum. [See Webster’s Unabridged, p. 1685.]

Peter Annen is erecting a commodious barn upon his residence lot.

Rev. C. H. Sweatt will move into the brick house on east Third street lately occupied by Paul Fischer.

In the list of veterinary surgeons licensed last week we note the names of Otto Dierberger and August Entrup.

Mathew Lies will remove his family from Marystown to this place within a week or two. His son Peter who is soon to be married will run the farm in the future. Mr. Lies intends to build a comfortable residence here in the spring.

The mill company is indulging in a feeling of pleasure over the recent award of a medal by the World’s Fair judges to their “Our Matchless Quality” brand of flour. It is a source of congratulation both to the company and to the town.

The three houses recently purchased of F. C. Heroux by Aug. Scherkenbach have been reshingled and repainted. Their value is much enhanced by the result.

B. A. Kohler has purchased a half interest in the carrouselle which has just removed from town. The outfit will be shipped to California direct, and the owners will depart for that sunny clime within a week or so. The outdoor life and light occupation will no doubt have a most salutary effect upon Mr. Kohler’s health.

An addition to the cooper shop is soon to be built. The increasing amount of business demands more store room as well as working room. A three story brick addition 24×24 will give the additional space needed. This will make the shop about 120 feet in length and three stories in height at the rear. Another drop in the bucket of Shakopee’s little boom.

Frank Huber met with another severe loss by fire last Tuesday. Wm. Groskopp’s steam thresher was busy at a setting on his farm when sparks from the engine set fire to the grain. Six stacks of wheat and separator were burned. It will be remembered that Mr. Huber suffered the loss of all his buildings except the residence last Fourth of July, and this makes his second loss seem doubly unfortunate.

Nic Heger is tearing down his old residence and will immediately erect a substantial brick dwelling upon the same site. The new building will be two stories high, its width 28 feet, and its length 38. About twelve feet of the rear of the old building has been left standing to serve as a kitchen, and together with the new part will make a most commodious dwelling. The old structure was one of Shakopee’s landmarks, having been erected in 1856 by Thos. H. Pitts, who used it as a general merchandise store for several years. Many will remember the old sign on the front of the building just above the door. Its ghost is still there under the paint and may yet be read thus: “CHEAP CASH STORE.” After many vicissitudes the building fell in the way of a school and played an active part as a hall of learning for some time. It was finally made over into its recent form and had been occupied as a dwelling up to this week when it was forced to succumb to the influence of Shakopee’s boom.

Oct. 26, 1893

The Misses Flaherty, located in the Jacob Ries building, are busily engaged in dressmaking, with new methods and at new prices.

The steamer G. A. Mower of St. Paul was the first one to take advantage of the high stage of water in the Minnesota. The boat passed up the river Monday afternoon, returning the next day. The effect of the dam at the foot of Pike Island is most noticeable. The water is several feet higher and there seems to be little or no current. There is water enough between the banks to float a Diamond Jo line steamer. And won’t it seem like old times, though, when the musical notes of the river steamer’s whistles are again heard every day, the dray loads of freight go rattling and creaking to and from the levee, and the deck hands trot back and forth in a steady stream across the gang plank with their loads of produce and merchandise, while the big engines chough with a mighty rythm that grows louder and louder as the smoke begins to pour in a black torrent from the smokestacks, the bell rings “all aboard,” the gang planks are hauled in, the big fellow settles slowly and gracefully away from the bank, the great wheels revolve, the boat turns, and speeds rapidly away down the green hedged banks of the river. And the old steamboating days it would seem are about to be revived. They should be. Even if there be no profit in it, someone ought to run a steamboat on the Minnesota just for the poetry there is in it. We should ourselves were we not so busy. But with the business of our mills and factories, the shipments to our merchants, and the passenger traffic that would soon fall into line, there is no reason why the owner of a boat might not pick up quite a little profit along with his poetry. All will be glad to see the thing tried next spring at any rate.

Frank Buch, our progressive lumberman and coal dealer, has erected a spacious coal shed 16×30. The walls are made of 2×6 timbers and give a very substantial look to the structure. It is located near the depot and beside the north sidetrack of the Milwaukee road.

There are on exhibition at Val. Zoller’s shoe store some fine specimens of corn and mangel wurtzel. One root of the latter tips the beam at over twelve pounds. Michael Klerrer of Marystown poses as the husbandman.

Berens and Nachtsheim have decided on a complete change of base. Hereafter goods will be sold invariably for cash and their prices have been reduced to accord with the new method of business. Try them and see if the change is not for your good as well as their own.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Oct. 4, 1918

Building Looming Up. Work on the new women’s reformatory has been progressing with satisfactory rapidity, in spite of the difficult labor and material situations, and Mr. Snell, the state’s supervising architect, was of the opinion Wednesday that the brickwork would be completed in a week or ten days, unless delayed by the non-arrival of the stone for the facing. The plumbers have been at work for a matter of weeks. Practically all of the steam pipes have been laid in the basement and the force is now working on the first floor. We saw Ted Veiht wrestling with the 8-ton boiler Wednesday and probably that’s in place by now…

Bold Auto Thieves. A representative of Hewitt, the Minneapolis contractor, who was here Tuesday to look after the painting of the foot bridge, came very close to losing his car. He and his boy went up town to eat lunch and left the car at the roadside where the ditching machine is working. When they got back the boy saw the car moving off. He told his father, who at once gave chase. As luck would have it, the thieves tried to make Teig’s hill on high and killed the engine. They must have had more than ordinary difficulty in starting the engine, for the owner was able to overtake them. As soon as they saw that they couldn’t get away with the car, the thieves jumped out and ran for it. There were two of them, and as they jumped from the car their pursuer noticed one’s hat fall, and he was quite certain that he recognized the head of a woman as the robber stooped to recover the hat. The other was a man, without doubt. Having recovered his car, it did not occur to the owner to report the attempted theft. Had he telephone the police from Teig’s there is no doubt that they would have been apprehended. From the description given of them it is believed that the thieves are a couple who spent Tuesday morning in Shakopee.

John Abeln bought the Buch home, east of St. Mark’s church this week and moved his family therein on Tuesday. The McHugh family is occupying the upper floor.

A service flag, containing eight stars was dedicated at the Presbyterian church last Sunday. Short services were held, H. D. Funk of Macalaster college officiating.

Jacob Mahowald moved his stock of tombstones to his house on First street and has given up the office in the Scherkenbach building for the present.

Mrs. W. S. Newgard and daughters, Lillian and Marion left for their new home in Devils Lake, N. D., this morning. Several farewell parties were given in their honor the past week.

Oct. 11, 1918

Capt. Geo. H. Jones to Leave. It is a matter of general regret that George H. Jones has resigned his position as agricultural instructor at the high school and will move to Minneapolis this week. Owing to the fact that Mr. Jones has taken only one year at the Minnesota U he also had two years at Ames and the state board requires two, it transpires that the school would be unable to get its full appropriation for agriculture with Mr. Jones in charge of the department. Hence his resignation…

Work was begun this week on the new depot at Merriam, to replace the one destroyed by fire some time ago. The building will be of brick and will be built by the M. & St. L. railroad company.

The Red Cross chapter shipped two large boxes of clothing for the Belgians, this week.


Road Work Progressing

The popular point of interest at present seems to be the road across the river where the big dredge is at work. Since the commencement of operations less than two weeks ago the machine has advanced about 1500 feet from its starting place just north of the park and all along that distance has piled earth 8 to 10 feet deep upon the old roadbed. The machine, which has drawn the interest of so many since it commenced its career down the road, is well worth a few minutes of one’s observation as it plunged its scoop into the earth, scoops up a yard or so of unloosened soil and with another movement swings its load over the grade and dumps it, repeating the operation at the rate of better than once a minute. Just where operations are now under way the soil is sticky and hard to work and things are going slower, but in dry soil the machine can probably throw two yards a minute.

At the present rate of progress the grading job should be completed by the end of the year…

Oct. 18, 1918

August Gelhaye has rented the Busse building on First street, and has opened a first class restaurant. He will also have a line of confectionery, ice cream and soft drinks.

Miss Rose Lenertz has accepted a position in the freight depot at the Omaha station, on Monday. Her positon at the mill has been supplied by Miss Spindler.


Home Guards Busy

Sunday afternoon Co. F, M. H. G., of Shakopee received orders to mobilize for duty in the fire area near Duluth. At 4 o’clock the company was drawn up in front of the court house, and after being instructed by Lieut. Childs to hold themselves in readiness for immediate call the men were dismissed.

Next Sunday morning at 9:10 the company will fall in at the schoolhouse and from there it will march down the St. Paul road to the place where the review will take place before Maj. F. E. Williamson. The Red Cross Girls will serve dinner for the battalion.

Oct. 25, 1918

Organize Red Cross Orchestra. Some time ago C. G. Bowdish was requested by some members of the Shakopee Red Cross chapter to organize an orchestra of home musicians to play for Red Cross dances and other functions, the idea being to turn into the treasury some of the money paid out for mere expenses of outside orchestras. Sometimes this expense amounts to as much as the wages of the players. By engaging home people this can be saved. Mr. Bowdish succeeded in getting together four people with whom will be associated a first class drummer. This will make a five-piece orchestra consisting of violin, cornet, trombone, piano and drums. The drummer, of course, will carry bells and miscellaneous traps. The first rehearsal was held Monday evening and the first dance will be given on Thanksgiving, if the Influenza epidemic has subsided by that time. So far the personnel of the orchestra includes Miss Beulah Bowdish, piano; Howard Delwo, violin; R. C. Byrde, cornet; August Lebens, trombone.

Joseph Fisher and his helpers are laying cement sidewalks on the north and east sides of the high school block.

The Poehls home in east Shakopee is being remodeled.

Miss Ida Scherkenbach is assisting in the office of the local Draft Board, temporarily.

Fire destroyed the farm residence of John Cameron, known as the Fewer farm, last Sunday afternoon. The origin of the fire is unknown and the loss is covered by insurance. The Cameron family were planning on moving into the house this week and had already moved canned fruit and vegetables, which were consumed by the flames.

1918: Scott County Argus

Oct. 4, 1918

Shakopee Merchants Comply War Order. It may be noted elsewhere in this issue that the merchants of Shakopee are going to comply with the Conservation and War Industries Boards whose orders are that all business houses must adjust their business to the end that the expenditure of every ounce of time and energy may be conserved. The nation’s business—your business and my business right now is the prosecution of the war, yes, the winning of the war in the shortest possible time. In meeting this requirement the loyal merchants of Shakopee are adjusting themselves to a situation over which they have no control, but in doing so they are contributing their bit to the sum total of the nation’s forces which at this time are being waged that freedom “shall not perish from the earth.”

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Swanson have rented the home of Mrs. Lena Spindler and will take possession as soon as it is vacated by Mrs. Spindler who will reside in Minneapolis.

Jos. M. Geis, who was one of the prize winners at the Scott county fair, this week sold four fine Shorthorn calves. The purchasers were E. J. Pond, Matt Sand, Matt Stocker of Jordan and a stockraiser of Jordan.

Miss Matilda Marschall is spending this week in Minneapolis. Miss Marschall has resigned her position at the University Farm school and will return home to remain until after the holidays when she will return to the twin cities.

Jacob Mahowald, proprietor of the Shakopee Marble and Granite Works, has moved his stock to his home and the Scherkenbach building formerly occupied by him is now vacant. Mr. Mahowald will continue in the business, with his office at his residence.

John Abeln has purchased the residence property of the late Frank Buch and moved in Tuesday.

Oct. 11, 1918

Mrs. P. M. Fischer Heads Child Welfare Work. One of the most important lines of war work prosecuted by the Woman’s committee of the Council of National Defense is that of child welfare. Mrs. P. M. Fischer has been placed in charge of this work for Scott county and will carry it on under the direction of Mrs. James Swan of Minneapolis who is state chairman. An article is published elsewhere bearing on this work.

Home Guards Mustered In. Thursday evening of last week the Home Guards recently organized by George H. Jones were mustered into service, Major F. E. Williamson, commanding the 13th Minnesota Home Guard battalion of Minneapolis, administering the oath to some 30 members. Major Williamson was accompanied by his staff officers, Capt. T. C. Snider, Capt. Carroll Crowl of A Company and Capt. J. R. Kelly…

Oct. 18, 1918

Peter Paul is busily engaged in renovating John Berens’ store with a fresh coat of paint.

As a result of being accommodating Will Dietrich is carrying his right arm in a sling and will lose the use of it for several weeks. While in Jordan Saturday Will offered to crank a Ford for a friend and the car back-fired, breaking his wrist in the joint and causing a very serious injury. All of the Jordan physicians happened to be away and Will was forced to return home before he could receive surgical attention. Dr. Reiter is his attending physician.

Oct. 25, 1918

Farm Home Burned. Last Sunday afternoon fire of unknown origin destroyed an unoccupied frame building on the John Cameron farm in Eagle Creek. The house was formerly the old Fewer home. The fire had gained great headway before it was discovered and the building was burned to the ground. Mr. Cameron was planning to move into the place and had the cellar stored with vegetables and a large quantity of home canned goods which had been put up for the winter. All of it was a total loss but insurance was carried on the building.

The Wm. Habeck family have moved into Wm. Sudmann’s home in East Shakopee.

Cement sidewalks are being laid on the north and east sides of the high school block, Joseph Fischer having the contract.

The home on First street formerly occupied by the late Mrs. G. W. Kinsey has been rented by George LaValle.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Oct. 7, 1943

Red Cross Group Convened Friday. Comprehensive reports of the vast amount of mercy work and gratuitous service rendered in the past few months by the Scott County Chapter of the American Red Cross were presented when the officers and committee heads of the organization met with Miss Estelle Jamieson, county chapter chairman, at the Women’s Reformatory here, Friday night…

Telephone Co. Employees Entertain at The Riviera. Employees of the local telephone office, entertained at a luncheon, Wednesday evening of last week, at The Riviera, in compliment to two of its members. The honored guests were Mrs. Milton Greta, chief operator for a number of years who has been transferred to a St. Paul office, and for Miss Evelyn Hauer, whose marriage will be an event of the near future…

Oct. 14, 1943

New Company In Operation Here. A new corporation known as Alloy Metals Co., has taken over the operation of the Kienzle & Merrick Co. here, P. W. Casey and Henry C. Klages, Minneapolis, two of the three incorporators, disclosed in an interview Monday afternoon. The third incorporator is Willard Morse, also of Minneapolis. J. A. Coller, II is the attorney for the new company…

798 Tons Scrap County’s Quota. A total of 798 tons of scrap iron and steel has been set as Scott county’s quota in the Victory Scrap Bank drive now under way, E. G. Leibold, county salvage chairman, said today…


Shakopee Girl Vies for Utah War Queen Title

The Salt Lake (Utah) Telegram of Oct. 4 carried a pleasing photograph of a Shakopee girl with this caption and copy:

“Her hopes are high—Miss Wynnie Huber, blond secretary, is the choice of the personnel placement department of service command unit 1904, at Fort Douglas for the title ‘Utah State War Queen’.”

Miss Huber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Huber, of Shakopee, was one of the first candidates announced, the paper disclosed, and “she will vie with queens from war plants and organizations all over the state and will take part in the night parade scheduled for 7:30, October 12.”

The contest winner is to be selected by Lorraine Day, Hollywood celebrity.


Local Cigarette Fund Provides 3,000 Packs

Approximately $150 was obtained from the “milk bottle” cigarette fund recently sponsored here by the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association, Dallas Capesius, secretary, disclosed Tuesday.

The fund has purchased 3000 packages of cigarettes, which have been consigned to General Eisenhower’s men with the compliments of the Shakopee civic group.


Fire Threatens Industries Here

The Kienzle and Merrick plant and the adjoining Page and Hill plant in West Shakopee, were seriously threatened by a fire of undetermined origin, on the roof of the Kienzle and Merrick plant, Tuesday afternoon.

Chaska and Jordan fire departments were summoned to assist the Shakopee department in fighting the stubborn blaze that centered at the terminus of a blower system which carries wood dust and particles from the Page and Hill plant. The blower terminates in a hopper and it was in that area that the fire fanned by a strong south wind, raged…

Oct. 21, 1943

Red Cross To Gather More Blood in County

New opportunities for Scott county residents to give their blood to save the lives of the nation’s fighting men, will be afforded in November and December, when the Red Cross mobile blood-gathering unit returns to the county, Miss Estelle Jamieson, county Red Cross chairman, announced Tuesday.

The mobile unit is scheduled to visit Shakopee, Nov. 1, and Jordan Dec. 1…

Two Pet Dogs Victims of Recent Poisoning. Two 5-month-old rat terriers, the pets of Frank Dircks and Jerry Regan, were reported to be the victims of poisoning this week. Jerry’s dog has partially recovered from the violent effects, but Frank’s dog failed to respond to treatment…

Oct. 28, 1943

Offers Reward for Dog Poisoning Information. A communication from James Nankivell, executive agent of the Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, advises that his society is investigating the recent epidemic of dog poisoning in Shakopee and is offering a reward of $150 “to anyone giving information leading to the arrest and conviction of dog poisoners.”…


National Tea Opens New Food Market in Shakopee

The National Tea Company Food Stores, purchaser of the assets of the former C. Thomas chain, opened its new store in the Dawson building, here last Thursday. A. J. Hillesheim is the store manager, and “Bud” Wendling is in charge of the meat department.

Redecorated and fitted with new fixtures and equipment, the modern food market offers the accommodation of semi-self-service, which, according to the management, is proving popular…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Oct. 3, 1968

Plan To Hire Scott County Library Director. The Scott County Board of Commissioners in session Tuesday of this week, October 1, at the Commissioners’ room in the Scott County Courthouse at Shakopee, directed Scott County Auditor Joseph Ries of Shakopee to advertise for applicants for filling the position of director of the new Scott County Library System to become effective on January 1, 1969…

GOP Headquarters. Now at the northwest corner for First and Holmes, adjacent to Shakopee Realty, is a house trailer located this past week to serve as the Nixon-Agnew headquarters for the City of Shakopee.

New manager of the Montgomery Ward and Company Catalog and Retail Store, First and Lewis Street, Shakopee, is Remo Peterson, who took over the manager ship duties this week, according to an announcement by company officials…


New 200-Bed Package Disaster Hospital On Hand To Meet Any City Emergencies

St. Francis Hospital administration announced this week that the strength of St. Francis Hospital, Shakopee has been increased many fold with the delivery of a 200-bed package disaster hospital.

The unit augments the present 117-bed capacity of St. France Hospital, and is a complete hospital unit in “every sense of the word,” hospital authorities said.

The “package” includes an X-ray unit, operating room tables, instruments, medical supplies, sterilizers and two stand-by generators for light and power.

City and Scott County officials present for the unloading of the unit, which is now stored partly in the new Shakopee Public Utilities building, Fourth and Naumkeag, and partly at St. Francis Hospital, stated they were impressed with the completeness of the “hospital.” They added that it is a boost for the area should a disaster occur.

According to hospital officials, the package hospital is so complete that “it is like having a 200-bed wing available in the event of need.”

Stored in the new utilities building are many cases and crates of unperishable items such as beds, instruments and the generators. Each package is marked and coded for delivery and set-up so that the entire “hospital” could be put into service within 24 hours…


Light Bulb Sale To Aid Day Center

The Shakopee Lion’s club will begin a house-to-house light bulb sale canvass, beginning next Monday October 7, and continuing through next Wednesday, October 9. Bulbs are to be sold in “Thank You” packs, containing two 60-watt bulbs, two 75-watt bulbs and four 100-watt bulbs at the regular retail price of two dollars.

Proceeds from the project are to be given to the Scott Day Activity Center, Inc. at Belle Plaine. According to Mrs. John Strunk, chairman of the board of directors for the Center, the money will be designated for the children’s transportation fund…

Oct. 10, 1968

Dick Hennen Plow Contest Winner. Dick Hennen of Marystown won first place in the Minnesota Horse plowing contest last Saturday, October 5, at Owatonna…

City Sunday Liquor Vote To Be On Nov. 5. Approved on a unanimous roll call vote at the regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday night of this week, October 8, was that the proposition of Sunday liquor be placed on the ballot, with voting by residents of the city to be during the General election on Tuesday, November 5…


Maurice Stans Among Nixon’s Cabinet Choices

Maurice Stans, former Shakopee resident and member of the 1925 graduating class of Shakopee High School, has been named as possible Secretary of Treasury in a Nixon-Agnew administration…

Stans was named in a recent issue of “Newsweek”, along with other prominent citizens, as GOP Presidential Candidate Nixon’s preferred choices for the nation’s Cabinet. Among others named were Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, Governor George Romney of Michigan and Governor William Scranton of Pennsylvania…

Oct. 17, 1968

The Crow’s Nest is the nickname for the press box recently erected behind the bleachers at the Shakopee High School gridiron on Tenth Avenue. Purpose of the structure is to allow faculty members to photograph movies of the football games in progress. The movies are shown the following Monday to players enabling the coach to make individual suggestions on player improvement, and to point out mistakes as well as to review successful plays. The movies are also shown to Sportsmen’s groups, including the Shakopee Sports Boosters. Reported at a Shakopee School District No. 720 Board of Education meeting Monday of this week, October 14, was that the structure is to be completed with the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club volunteering financial assistance.

Lauren Sorenson Assumes Duties As New Cubmaster For Pack 218. Lauren P. Sorenson, 721 South Madison, assumed duties as new Shakopee Pack No. 218 Cubmaster at Parents night, for all parents of Shakopee Cub Scouts, held on Monday of last week, October 7…


School Board Inviting Architects To Confer On Future Building Needs

Decision to invite three architects to a special meeting on Monday, October 28, of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education, set to consider future building needs of the school district, as well as to hold an adjourned meeting tonight (Thursday), October 17, to further consider this topic, was made at the regular meeting of the District No. 720 Board held Monday evening of this week, October 14, in the Board room at the Senior High School on Tenth Avenue.

At the meeting this evening, District No. 720 board members plan to further consider the alternates of construction of a new Elementary school in the southeast sector of the city, remodeling the present building at Fifth and Holmes for a Junior High facility; addition of a possible wing on the present High School; need for an auditorium, as a further stage of the present Senior High School’s building program; or a combination of these, along with the consideration of the “round school concept” and the “middle school approach” to curriculum presentation…

Oct. 24, 1968

Smash Glass In Break-In Attempt. An attempted break-in at Great North Trading Post on Highway 101, east of Shakopee, was apparently foiled when the thermo-pane window, at the front, cracked through the burglar alarm system. The incident occurred sometime during the night or early morning hours last Thursday or Friday, October 17 or 18…

Recommend Reformatory Replacement. Among recommendations made by the task force of the Minnesota Governor’s Crime Commission last Thursday, October 17, was that the obsolete Women’s Reformatory at Shakopee should be replaced with a possible institution to care for women from several states…

Razed to make way for an addition to the present warehouse of the Jacob Ries Bottling Works, at the corner of Holmes and West Third was the former J. J. Berens residence, just west of the bottling firms’ facility that includes the plant, offices, and a warehouse. The home of the former pioneer Shakopee merchant is believed to be some 85 years old…

Taking shape, with the structural steel being erected, is the extensive addition to Valley Cues, Inc., 240 South Shumway, pool cue manufacturing firm. The expansion is a 30,000 square-foot addition that will, in effect, double the floor space of the firm and is being erected to the north of the present facility and along Second Avenue.


Area Highways, South City By-Pass Included In Studies

The Minnesota Highway Department has signed contracts with two consulting engineering firms to conduct in-depth studies for two highway planning areas, including those in the immediate Shakopee area.

The agreements are the first attempts in Minnesota to utilize consulting engineering firms in what is called “the total design team concept approach” in highway planning.

The larger of the two projects involved portions of Trunk Highways 169, 212 and 41 in Hennepin, Carver and Scott Counties. The object is to determine the most favorable approach to providing updated highway facilities for the area immediately southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area…

In addition the preliminary design will include a recommendation for a Trunk Highway bypass south of Shakopee…


New Two-Mile Road For VIP; Now Negotiating With 15 Firms

Valley Industrial Park (VIP), on Highway 101, just east of Shakopee announced it has begun construction of two miles of blacktop roadway to save new industrial tenants.

Dr. John Clegg, president of North Star Research and Development Institute, developer of the park, said the new roads, 66 feet wide, will make available an additional 250 acres of land for industrial sites. He said that nearly 200 acres already have been developed and are occupied by six firms…

Oct. 31, 1968

Ordinance On Utilities Secretary Post Fails. Ordinance No. 263, dealing with the combining of certain city offices with that of the City Administrator, and particularly that of the Secretary of the Shakopee Public Utilities commission being combined with the office of the City Treasurer, after a second reading failed to pass on a roll-call vote with all four aldermen present voting “no.”…


Architect Presentations At School Board; Vote For Same Firm

Following presentations by three architectural firms, the Shakopee School District No. 720 Board of Education on a four to two roll call vote chose Armstrong, Schlichting, Torseth and Skold, Inc. of Minneapolis, architectural firm for the Sweeney Elementary School, to be consultants with the District No. 720 board on its present planning for future school facility needs…

Discussion also reflected that the District No. 720 board in planning of future school facility needs is considering possibilities of a new Elementary school building for southeast sector of the city; a possible remodeling of the present building, known as the Junior High building at Fifth and Holmes, to include more complete science, home economics and industrial arts facilities, and a possible new auditorium to serve all schools tentatively considered as another phase of the building program at the present Senior High School building on Tenth Avenue.

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Oct. 7, 1993

Downtown bypass, river bridge to open on Oct. 20. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a grand-opening ceremony for the long-awaited downtown Shakopee mini-bypass and new Highway 169 river bridge for Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m…


School expansion costs below projections

A contract for the construction of additions to Pearson and Sweeney elementary schools was awarded Monday during a special School Board meeting.

Adolfson & Peterson Inc. of Minneapolis was awarded the contract with a base bid of $6.4 million. The School Board voted an additional $462,000 to be spent on contingencies, including folding partitions for classrooms at Pearson, corridor carpeting at Sweeney, and air-conditioning at both buildings, for a total project cost of $6.86 million…

Oct. 14, 1993

New Boy Scout Troop No. 12 starts in Shakopee. With the growth of Shakopee comes the addition of a new Boy Scout Troop— Troop No. 12. Larry Underkoffler, the district executive for Minnetonka District of the Viking Council of America, which covers Shakopee, said that the council has recognized the need for an additional troop…


Names differ, but grocers strive to provide Super Valu

Workers from Lyle’s Sign Co. drove into the parking lot at Cleve’s Red Owl in Shakopee recently and removed the big red owl face which at one time represented 400 Red Owl supermarkets across Minnesota. It was a face that looked out to First Avenue since 1965.

In its place now is the name “Cleve’s Super Valu” — a name that store owner Dick Cleveland has long wanted to call his own. After remodeling the store and putting up the Super Valu name, Cleve’s held its grand opening Oct. 3…


Cop to be assigned to schools

The Shakopee School Board Monday approved a plan in which a Shakopee police officer will spend about two hours per day each in the junior and senior high schools.

Under the joint school district-city program, officer Tom Crocker would start school visits on Monday…

Oct. 21 1993

St. Francis, HealthSpan reach accord

The affiliation of St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee with HealthSpan Health Systems Corp. of Minneapolis was made official last week…

Under the agreement, HealthSpan will be responsible for day-to-day operations at St. Francis…


Schleper named baseball coach

Back in the early 1980s, Shakopee High School’s Tom Schleper was one of the stars who helped SHS earn a reputation as an area baseball power. Now, about a decade later, Schleper will be leading the Sabers as the head baseball coach.

Schleper was recently hired as the school’s head baseball coach, replacing Bob Britz. Britz has taken the year off from his teaching duties to explore a business venture. His absence from the teaching scene created the coaching vacancy…

Oct. 28, 1993

Old bridge to remain for pedestrians, bikers

The old Holmes Street Bridge is only supporting its own weight now that the new Highway 169 bridge has opened.

The old bridge will be maintained for bicyclists and walkers, but only for a time: State and local officials say it will be torn down within five to seven years to make way for a smaller, wooden bridge that will tie to a Chaska walking trail and new pedestrian tunnel under the mini-bypass…


Word circulating that track will be sold soon

Reports are circulating among the Minnesota horse racing industry, legislators, and local officials that Canterbury Downs may soon have a new owner.

Rick Reichow, vice-president and chief financial officer of Ladbroke Racing Corp., the Shakopee racetrack’s co-owner, declined comment when asked whether there were negotiations underway for the purchase of Canterbury. Reichow did say that should a buyer emerge, it would be the new owner — not Ladbroke — that would make the public announcement…


Rezoning request for housing tabled by city

A Minneapolis developer has asked the Shakopee City Council to rezone approximately 68 acres of land south of Fourth Avenue and about a half-mile west of Canterbury Downs to allow for the construction of single-family homes in an area that is now zoned for multi-family units only.

After discussing the matter for two hours at its Oct. 13 meeting, the council tabled the matter until Nov. 16.

The proposed development, called Prairie View, would include 142 single-family homes in the mid-$90,000 range, and 280 multi-family units. It would also include about eight acres of park land. The property is held in the estate of Lorraine Lenzmeier…

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