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1893: Scott County Argus

Sept. 7, 1893

Michael Berens started in to tear down his frame building Tuesday. Work on his new brick structure will commence immediately, and under the skillful hands of Roehlfs & Woehling, will climb up to rapid completion. Tally one more for Shakopee’s little boom.

Chas. Siewert moved his family to Cologne last Monday. He has sold his property here and will open a blacksmith shop in Cologne.

J. A. Wilder is having his pleasant residence remodelled, just to help the boom along. A neat piazza and corner tower are to effect a most appreciable improvement in the dwelling.

Probably 1500 people from Shakopee, Jordan, Chaska, and Chanhassen were present at the dedication of the new parochial school building at Marystown last Sunday afternoon. The Shakopee contingent is estimated at four hundred. The members of St. John’s society to the number of fifty were in attendance and took part in the exercises. Prof. Soengerath, of St. Thomas Seminary, Merriam Park, delivered the oration.

Plans are not yet fully completed for Otto Spielman’s new building between the City Hall and Voelker & Koenig’s meat market. It is understood however that the building will be a two story brick structure as wide as the lot, leaving a narrow alley way, and running back about eighty feet. The upper part is to be used as a dwelling and the first floor will be occupied by Mr. Spielman in his saloon business. The building is to be a modern one in every way and an ornament to that part of the town.

W. W. Cornelie and family will soon vacate the rectory to occupy Joseph Buch’s new house in upper town.

O. S. Brown will make some extensive improvements in his residence this fall. The entire front of the building is to be reconstructed, a large plate glass window will be put into the front parlor, and a piazza across the front will adorn the whole.

O. J. Brown reports that the bodies of two dead horses lie just below the bridge opposite the fair sheds. One is already decomposed, he says, and the stench which arises is a menace to the public health. If this be true, action should be taken and at once by the health officer. The spot mentioned is inside the city limits.

Sept. 14, 1893

We learn that August Scherkenbach has bought the Heroux houses on Second street.

Ground was broken for both the Berens and Otto Spielman blocks this week. The brick work on both the Busse and the How blocks is now about completed and some idea of their attractiveness can be formed. Each is an ornament to the city and deserves all the praise it receives. Mr. Busse will occupy his smaller store as soon as it is ready to receive him, which will not be for at least two weeks yet. The How building will be ready for occupancy in another month.

At a meeting of the Scott Co. Driving Ass’n held in the offices of Dr. L. G. Mitchell last Monday evening it was decided to have a race meeting on Monday the 2nd day of October. $100 in purses will be hung up. There will be six events during the afternoon, the free-for-all, green trotting, farmers’, running, and professional and amateur bicycle races. The event of the day however will be the farmers’ race. This will be an event for farmers’ horses alone. It is probable that many buyers will be on the track and no better occasion could be had to make sales in horse flesh. No entrance fee will be charged for this race and a splendid harness will be hung up for the first horse under the wire so that each one has something to lose and lots of sport and a fine harness to win. The Shakopee Cornet Band will probably furnish music for the occasion. A 25 cent admission fee to the grounds will be charged, and a fine day’s sport is promised to all who attend. The stock fair will be the largest of the year and farmers would do well to bring in their families with the intention of staying all day. A day’s pleasure will not hurt anyone.

The American Express Office at the depot was entered by burglars last night but no money and no articles of value were secured. The moneys of the office are sent away every night and Mr. Cornelie’s plan is to leave the cash drawer open for inspection. This he forgot to do last night and the miscreants broke the drawer in getting it open. A burglary was attempted at the Milwaukee depot in Chaska last night but the student who sleeps there opened fire with a revolver and the fellow fled toward Shakopee. Here they broke in by breaking a pane of glass in the window and pulling out the catch. The work was undoubtedly that of our home talent.

Sept. 21, 1893

A little steam yacht brought up from St. Paul last Sunday eight young “bloods” from that city. They arrived here at three o’clock Sunday morning and, thinking they were in the back woods, set about having a real lively little spree. Officer Ring heard the sound of revelry by night and straightway proceeded to lay the strong arm of the law upon the devotees of the god of Bacchus. They were weighed in the balance the next morning but were let off with a fatherly injunction to “go and sin no more.” They left for down river points at three in the afternoon.

A gong has been put into the mill office ad connected by wire to the telephone office. This arrangement was found necessary to accomodate the mill’s ever increasing business.

John Reis has painted his dwelling and tenement on Fifth street. The color and style of work are quite up with the times, and render a most attractive effect.

Antoine Gentgen is making some substantial improvements in his dwelling at the corner of Lewis and Third streets. The house has been raised three feet and the lot will be filled in and sodded. The interior is to be remodelled and a bay window put in on the south side. A new roof will complete the whole.

The excavation for the Berens block is completed and the walls are rising. The excavation for the Spielman block also is nearly finished. All the building sand for the structure was taken out from the cellar. At a depth of eight feet an inexhaustable bed of sand was struck. It is of excellent quality and comes in just right for Mr. Spielman.

Perhaps you are not aware of the fact that we have among us a first class mechanic, jeweler and watchmaker. We have had the opportunity to examine a C. K. of A. solid gold watch charm, made entirely by hand of Mr. H. P. Marx for Chas. Grafenstatt. We have never seen any better work of the kind, the engraving being particularly good. As an engraver Mr. Marx far excels the average. He wishes to announce that he will make gold rings and other jewelry out of old gold. Take your old gold to him and have it made into something you can use. Silver and gold engraved bangles are made the same day the order is left.

The Milwaukee switch track between Sommerville and Lewis streets is being raised some eight or ten inches.

Sept. 28, 1893

August Scherkenbach has had the house occupied by Mrs. O’Dowd in the Third ward re-shingled.

Doctors Mitchell and Sabin have been appointed members of the pension examining board of the county.

The members of the firm of Paul & Heroux have dissolved partnership.

Mrs. Tessmer last Sunday accidentally swallowed a tack and in coughing it up sent it into her nose. A specialist from St. Paul came down Sunday night but was unable to find it. However, he thinks it will work out all right of itself, and the lady is rapidly recovering.

Another merry-go-round is affording amusement for the fun loving for a week or so. It is located on the same lot which the first one occupied and looks just the same with the exception that the nigger which plays the organ is a little lighter colored. This, however, makes no appreciable difference in the tunes he grinds out. They sound just like the ones evolved by the first one. It is claimed though that this one has two brand new ones for your delectation.

B. J. Gellenbeck will open a restaurant in the building now occupied by Mrs. Henschel within a week or two. This we think is a wise move. There is probably no other one thing that Shakopee needs so badly as a good restaurant, and Mr. Gellenbeck is certainly the right man to undertake the matter. He may feel assured of success from the start.

Mr. Mertz, our new shoemaker, moved over from Chaska this morning. He has located in the building just east of John Theis’s.

There will be a meeting at the Union School Saturday evening at half past seven o’clock to organize a reading circle. All are cordially invited.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Sept. 6, 1918

The new Ford Sedan belonging to R. L. Brown was badly smashed last Friday evening, while Brown was crossing the tracks near the depot. We are informed that the Milwaukee motor, due at 5:41, with the motor shut off, was nearing the depot and was almost noiseless. The motor struck the Ford sideways, damaging it to the extent of $150. We understand the railroad company will adjust the loss.

Airplanes Visit Shakopee. Shakopee has been given a chance the past week to become quite familiar with airplanes. All day Sunday planes could be seen and heard overhead, and some were flying so low that with the aid of a small glass the occupants could be seen; indeed, those who had telescopes of the ordinary power were able to watch every movement of the flyers. All the machines belonged to the exhibition squadron of the British and American “wildcats” which has been performing at the state fair this week. The first of the machines was observed here about noon, and the hum of the engines was heard by some after dark. One machine came down on the John O’Dowd farm shortly after noon to adjust some engine trouble, but though Mr. O’Dowd hurried over to the spot, the fliers were on their way again by the time he came near. Another machine was seen to turn a series of veritable somersaults in the air as it passed over town to the south. Other machines are reported to have landed in this vicinity. It was a show well worth seeing, and to many it was something new…

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wise and daughters, Florence and Mary left for Faulkton, S. D., on Wednesday, where they will reside. Their home has been rented by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Green, who have already taken possession.


Schools Open This Week

The union school opened its doors on Monday morning when all pupils assembled for enrollment. The year’s work commenced on Tuesday and through the courtesy of Prof. Clark we give the following number of pupils enrolled in the grades and high school. 1st grade, 28; 2nd & 3rd grades, 39; 4th & 5th grades, 37; 6th & 7th grades, 37; 8th grade 18; high school, 54.

Two new subjects were introduced this year, French, the class having an enrollment of 42. Unified Mathematics, a new study, also has a large class. The study of German has been dropped.

St. Mark’s parochial school began the year’s work on Tuesday morning having an enrollment of 264 on the opening day.

Sept. 13, 1918

Mile Road Quite Impassable. Owing to unavoidable obstruction of the roadway where the construction gang is working, the mile road north of town is closed to travel for the next week or so. The obstructions are due to an accumulation of materials in one place and to the assembling of the line drag, with which the dredging is to be done, at another. Notice will be given as soon as the road is clear again.

Two Fire Alarms. The Shakopee fire department has responded to two alarms the past week, and in both instances have shown praiseworthy celerity in reaching the scene. Sunday noon an alarm was sent in to the effect that Lee Gelhaye’s saloon was burning. The company was before the place with the fire apparatus in less than five minutes, but there was no fire. The building was full of smoke all right, but it was caused from a smoke barrage which Lee had put down on the flies. Nothing daunted by this false alarm, the company made an equally prompt appearance the following noon when an alarm came in from the Kirkeby residence. In this instance a chimney fire was the cause of trouble. The fire burned through the interior of one of the rooms but was put out without doing much of any damage.

Mr. and Mrs. Achille Tuyten moved into their new bungalow, near the stove foundry, this week.

Next Friday evening, the last pavilion dance of the season will be staged in the Scott county agricultural society’s pavilion in Riverside Park. Everybody come.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dellwo have taken rooms in the John H. Ring residence on Second street.

Sept. 20, 1918

Gasoline Explosion. Tuesday morning an accident happened at the home of the Misses Bieren which caused considerable damage and came narrowly ending seriously for Miss Mary Bieren. Miss Bieren, having filled the tank of her gasoline flatiron in readiness to do ironing, had stepped out into another room for a minute or two when she heard an explosion, and running back to the kitchen found the room a virtual wreck from the explosion of the gasoline tank, while a blaze had started all over the ironing board. At considerable risk to herself she put out the blaze but did not escape without severely burning her hands. The damage done to the room was considerable and plainly denoted the force of the explosion. Two windows were blown out into the yard, the window casings were torn from the wall, and plaster lay everywhere. The kitchen was as complete a wreck as if 40-centimeter shell from a Big Bertha has landed in it. Had Miss Bieren been in the room when the explosion took place there would have been a more serious tale to tell. The gasoline iron ranks well up with the unloaded gun and the over-driven car as a menace to the continuity of the human race. Theoretically it cannot explode, but somehow or other it gets in its work when there is least apprehension of danger.

Ditching Machine Erected. The road foreman and his men are busy this week setting up the line drag ditching machine with which the excavating for the filling of the mile road will be done. The machine is being set up just north of Riverside Park, where operations will be started in a few days. It consists of a wide platform set on a track, upon which is the hoisting crane, a large kerosene engine and the bucket or dredge. The crane is based upon a circular track so that it may operate in any direction desired. They tell us that the scoop is so powerful that it is capable of cutting through one or two feet of frost. The purpose of the machine, of course, is to scoop earth from the right of way onto the road bed. As the grading is done the machine is moved forward by taking to the front and placing ahead of it the sections of track over which it has already passed. Thus only a very small amount of trackage is necessary. The operators, two in number, can do all their work inside the engine house on the platform, so that operations can be carried on in any kind of weather, from a Florida zephyr to an arctic blizzard.

Mrs. Fred Rohlfs was hostess to a party of Red Cross knitters at her home last Friday afternoon. The afternoon was pleasantly spent, after which a sumptuous supper was partaken of. All report a fine time.

John Strattmann sold his home and furniture to A. J. Mingo, last Wednesday, the consideration being $2200. Mr. Strattmann departed for Milwaukee on Tuesday evening where he will make his future home. Mr. Strattmann has been a resident of Shakopee for many years and has a host of friends who regret to see him leave but who wish him success in his new home.

The Hal Huth family moved here from Savage last Saturday and are occupying the Joseph Ries house, near the depot.

Sept. 27, 1918

The Schroeder Brick & Lime Manufacturing Co. has shipped the brick to be used for the new schoolhouse at Judson, this state.

Every farmer who has a silo doubles his bit for winning the war. So also think Tom Condon and Wm. Wiechman, who are two Shakopee farmers who have bought silos this week from the Interior Lumber Co.

The Irving Oltman family will move to Hopkins next Monday where Mr. Oltman will be employed in the machine shops.


An Historic Meeting

“Gug, Ga, Goo!” said Rose, Roger and Roderick in chorus on beholding Philomine, Marie and John, whose answering “Google, guggle, glug” in baby talk means kid, I love you, too.

It was a most unusual party which met at the Arnold Kopp home south of Shakopee last Sunday, this first meeting of two sets of triplets and their proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Abeln of Shakopee and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Kopp of Eagle Creek. The Abeln triplets, John, Philomine and Marie, are three months old, hale and hearty, and weigh 11 to 13 pounds apiece. The Kopp trio are one month old and are thriving apace, as healthy youngsters as one would wish to see…

1918: Scott County Argus

Sept. 6, 1918

John Heller has resigned as chief of police and Charles A. Rose was appointed to fill the vacancy by the city council.

Mrs. C. W. Daye and Mrs. S. T. Turner spent Wednesday in Minneapolis purchasing material for 100 comfort kits for the Red Cross.

As Lester Brown was driving to the depot Friday evening last he turned out to avoid a woman pedestrian and before he could turn back was struck by the approaching motor on the Milwaukee road. His Ford Sedan was upset and a wheel ripped from it but otherwise suffered little damage. Lester was pulled from the car by scared witnesses of the accident but escaped without a scratch and is considered very fortunate as he might easily have been killed.


Elsewhere in the Argus are published articles of incorporation of the Buchanan Grain company, capitalized at $50,000, with Wm. Fulton and Paul M. Marshall, millers of Minneapolis, and C. T. Buchanan of this city as directors.

The company has taken over the elevator at the depot and will engage in grain buying exclusively, principally of wheat. The business will be conducted in connection with the mill but as a separate part.

The first meeting of the directors is called for Tuesday, September 17th.

Sept. 13, 1918

Is Home Guard Possible? Whether or not Shakopee is to have a Home Guard will be determined by the number of men in attendance at a meeting called for next Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock at the court house. There are now 55 enrolled and in order to form a company 65 or 70 men must be signed up by September 20th. Regular drill nights are Monday, Wednesday and Friday and with the coming draft the advantage to be gained by the drill is incalculable. Chaska and other neighboring towns are organizing and it is hoped that Shakopee may also have a company. G. H. Jones the drill master, is deeply interested in the project and makes a special appeal to the men of Shakopee to attend the meeting Monday evening and for a Home Guard that will be a credit to the city.

Joseph Huettle has given up his position in Charles Hartmann’s meat market and left Tuesday for St. Paul to work for the McMillan company. Mrs. Huettle expects to move to that city the first of October.

Frank Boehmer moved into his new home on Third street Wednesday.

Sept. 20, 1918

Little Child Scalded. Rosella Powers, the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Powers of Marystown, was the victim of a shocking accident at the home of her grandmother in Chaska Saturday. The little girl fell into a pail of hot water standing on the porch and was so badly scalded that pneumonia developed and she died at two o’clock Monday morning. The funeral was held yesterday at Chaska. The sorrow-stricken parents have the sympathy of the community in their affliction. Their only surviving child is a baby boy ten days old.

Andrew Mingo this week bought the John Strattmann home and will take possession October first. Mr. Strattmann left Wednesday for Milwaukee to spend the winter with friends there.

Peter J. Mahowald was at Lakeville several days this week plowing his farm in readiness for spring. Mr. Mahowald will give up his business in his harness shop and return to farming as he prefers that occupation to indoor work. He has not yet disposed of his shop and will not move immediately.

Sept. 27, 1918

Wm. Sudmann has rented the Peter Piske residence and will move there as soon as it is vacated by Andrew Mingo.

Carl Linhoff, who has been engaged in electrical work at different points during the summer, has returned home. He expects to enter the university later.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Sept. 2, 1943

Revenue Dept. May Establish Office Here. The possibility of the collector of internal revenue establishing a full-time office in Shakopee, was hinted this week by Mayor J. J. Cavanaugh, who disclosed that a representative of the Treasury Department was in the city inquiring about space for a permanent office quarters…

There is considerable activity in the sale and purchase of city property in Shakopee. There is much demand for homes. The latest purchase to come to our attention was that of Albert Herrgott, who bought the house and lot advertised in this paper by our local citizen, John Garvey. He is advertising another house for sale in this week’s issue. Mr. Garvey says he will build more houses just as soon as he can obtain building material—after the war.


Christmas Seals May Be Obtained at Any of Shakopee’s Drug Stores

Tuberculosis Christmas Seals, a penny apiece, to be used on overseas mail for men and women in service have been placed on sale downtown for the convenience of local people, Mrs. M. L. Regan, chairman, announces.

They are available at the following places: Shakopee Drug store (bus depot), Strunk’s Pharmacy and Deutsch Drug store…

Sept. 9, 1943

Mr. and Mrs. Math Sames have moved from the house they occupied for a number of years, near the State Reformatory, into their own home at 618 Holmes St. Mr. Sames, having retired from the duties as engineer at the reformatory, will now, with Mrs. Sames, enjoy the fruits of their labors in their new home.

FOR SALE.—7-room house, priced $2,000—$100 down, balance $35 per month. Inquire at SINCLAIR OIL STATION, or Call 332-W.

Sept. 16, 1943

FOR SALE.—Shakopee kitchen range, laundry stove with water jacket, ice box, good stanchion. JOHN SAMES, Shakopee. Tel. 689-J.

FOR SALE.—To close estate; 197-acre farm, mile north of Marystown, 5 miles south Shakopee. Well improved buildings; electricity, water in house and barn; hot air furnace. Known as Mrs. Val Theis farm. Inquire HARRY V. THEIS, Adm., Tel. 486, Shakopee.


694 Pupils in Shakopee’s Three Schools

A substantial increase in the total enrollment of pupils in Shakopee’s three schools was disclosed this week in the announcement of registrations. Still greater increase is anticipated in the next few days, it was said, when students, now employed in farm work and other essential industry, return to their studies.

Registration records revealed that 694 pupils were enrolled in Shakopee schools on the opening day this year. Opening day registration last year was 678…

Sept. 23, 1943

Northrup King Co. Plant Now in Season’s Rush. Seed, many thousands of pounds of it, for next year’s sweet corn crop, is now being processed at the Northrup King and Company seed processing plant in West Shakopee…


T. B. Control in County Effective

Scott county is making encouraging progress in the march toward tuberculosis control, according to the Minnesota Public Health association, the State Christmas Seal organization.

Scott county now has its tuberculosis death rate down to 23.1 having decreased it by 1.8 within a span of two years. It ranks 54 among the counties in its tuberculosis death rate…


PAGE & HILL CO. HAS NAVY AND RAIL CONTRACTS

If you have been one of the many who have pondered the “what-for” of the mountainous piles of lumber in the vicinity of the Page & Hill plant in the west end of the city, you may find a partial answer in the disclosure made by plant officials, Tuesday.

Right now the firm, employing 100 men and women, is engaged in the manufacture of 100,000 grain donors for the Omaha railroad; 70,000 loading pallets for the United States navy, and in the last 90 days completed 3000 hog feeders for use on northwest farms…

Sept. 30, 1943

Another Repair Shop to Keep Our People Shod. Our fellow-townsman, Fred Wessel, has decided to operate a shoe repair shop in the rear of his home located on the corner of Third and Lewis. Fred is not a stranger to the people of this community, as he and his good wife have ben residents of Shakopee for a number of years. He conducted a shoe repair business here with success before disposing of it to others to carry on when he accepted a position as instructor in the shoe repair department at the Shakopee N.Y.A. Center.


Cigarette Fund Here Reported Gratifying

Although officers Wednesday afternoon, were just in the midst of counting the nickles, dimes and pennies, they reported that the Civic and Commerce association’s milk bottle campaign had been a gratifying success.

Milk bottles were placed in the city’s various business places where contributors could deposit their small change in the bottles. The coin thus accumulated is to be used to purchase cigarettes for the men in service…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Putting the finishing touches on the blacktopping installation of Shakopee’s thoroughfare, Tenth Avenue was the achievement of the contracting crew this week. This project is a part of an approximate $150,000 1968 Street Improvement program for the city.

Meat Truck Blaze. Shakopee volunteer firemen were called out at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday of this week, September 3, to extinguish a blaze that originated in a Hormel meat truck at the Shakopee Red Owl supermarket in the Shakopee Shops Shopping Center on East First. The truck was unloading at the supermarket, and there was not meat in the storage area of the vehicle at the time of the blaze. It was quickly extinguished with no serious damage resulting.

Advisory Committee Meets Tues. Eve To Consider Courthouse Need. An initial meeting, to include a tour of the Scott County Courthouse and Public Safety annex building in Shakopee, was held Tuesday evening of this week, September 3, by the committee, named by the Scott County Board of Supervisors to assist the county board with the planning and determination of needs for new facilities…

Sept. 12, 1968

3,200 Tour St. Francis Hospital At Open House. Approximately 3,200 attended the Open House, dedicating the new wing at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. last Sunday, September 8…

Shakopee Council No. 1865, Knights of Columbus building committee looks over the site of the new Knights of Columbus clubrooms for which construction is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall. The building is to be located approximately one-half mile east of County Road 17 on County Road 82 or East Fourth Avenue, and will include a lounge for members and guests and a large hall with kitchen facilities, meeting room and recreation room. The hall will be 52 by 72 feet to accommodate large receptions and parties. The large kitchen and service bar will adjoin the hall. The meeting and recreation rooms will be below the lounge and kitchen area, and will be open for youth, clubs or other activities…

Milk Shed Lost In Blaze Friday. Lost in a blaze at 4:15 p.m. last Friday, September 6, at the Bernard Schmitt farm, RR 2 Shakopee, five miles south of the city in Louisville township, was a small milking shed…

Sept. 19, 1968

Art Open House Sunday

An art exhibit and Open House will be held at the Minnesota Correctional Institution For Women at Shakopee, Sixth and Adams, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, September 22.

Featured on exhibit will be the art work of Mrs. Mary Malekar of Eden Prairie, art instructor at this state institution…


Need For Courthouse Expansion To Get Further Study By Scott Board Next Tues.

The project of need for new facilities at the Scott County courthouse site in Shakopee is continuing to get active consideration, with Scott County Auditor Joseph Ries of Shakopee to make a special report at the meeting of the Scott County Board of Commissioners, at the Board’s scheduled meeting on next Tuesday, September 24.

Auditor Ries is presently preparing a report to indicate the present dimensions of office space, used by the county offices and agencies in Jordan, the Public Safety Building annex, adjacent to the Scott Courthouse as well as the courthouse itself, with these statistics to be presented to the Scott Commissioners at next Tuesday’s meeting…

Discussion of the committee at this time brought out the possible return of the Scott County Welfare department, presently located on East First in Shakopee and formerly located in the Public Safety Annex building, back to the courthouse site. Also discussed was the locating the Scott County Agent and Home Agent, now with offices in Jordan, in the proposed new facilities in Shakopee.

Also discussed at length was a possible judicial wing to the present court house facilities, and the need for remodeling the present respective offices and facilities in the present courthouse…


Reveals Plans For $1.5 Million Amusement Park Near Stage Coach

Plans for a $1.5 million amusement park in Eagle Creek township, south of the Belle Union Opera House-Stage Coach Restaurant – Frontier – City complex, just to the south of Highway 101 and east of Scott County Road 89, between Shakopee and Savage, was revealed last week at a meeting of the Scott County Board of Commissioners.

Raymond J. Colihan of Excelsior, the developer, said that the amusement park is proposed to be on 60 acres in Eagle Creek township. He said the park, tentatively called “Wildwood,” will include about 20 rides, a dance hall, restaurant, picnic area and parking for 2,600 cars. He added that he also has an option on 70 acres immediately south of the proposed amusement park site…

According to preliminary plans shown to the Scott County Board yesterday, the amusement rides will be located around a circular “mall” in the park. Colihan said the concept is similar to large amusement parks recently built in Texas.

Colihan, who declined to identify the source of financing for the park, said he hopes construction can start this fall. Because of the length of time required in building a roller coaster, that ride may not be available during the first year, Colihan said.

Sept. 26, 1968

Municipal Swimming Pool Now Nearing Completion. Shakopee’s new municipal swimming pool on County Road No. 15, just south of Sweeney Elementary School, nears completion with just the finishing touches to be added, according to Shakopee Recreation Director George Muenchow…


Teachers Expect 5 Per Cent More Increase In Salaries By 1970-71

Expected further increases in teachers’ salaries was revealed Monday night of this week, September 23, at the adjourned meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education, when a letter was read to board members.

The letter, by Gary Volding of the Shakopee High School faculty, chairman of the teachers’ salary and welfare committee, was directed to the chairman of the District No. 720 board…

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Sept. 2, 1993

Kugath named new hoops honcho. After months of meeting and debate, Bruce Kugath is Shakopee High School’s new boys’ basketball coach. Kugath was awarded the position by Shakopee’s School Board Monday evening…


Tribute to Vietnam vets starts Saturday

The Vietnam Veterans “Moving Wall” Memorial will be in Shakopee from Saturday through Sept. 10 at Canterbury Downs.

The display is part of a week-long celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords that ended combat involvement for the United States in the Vietnam War. The Minnesota Veterans Color Guard is host of the week-long events, which will feature speakers Chris Noel and Adrian Cronauer…


Two Shakopee schools receive arts grants

Two Shakopee schools are the recipients of Artists in Education School support grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Central Elementary received a $1,600 grant for the residency of artist Sean Brown, who will assist student and teachers in becoming more skillful in the art of storytelling, while increasing their knowledge of various cultures.

Pearson Elementary received a $1,300 grant for the residency of artist Susan Warner, who will work with students in creating a permanent tile artwork which will be incorporated into the school’s new addition…

Sept. 9, 1993

Funding, weather may delay bridge, bypass projects. The chairman of the Scott County Transportation Coalition (SCTC) told county commissioners Tuesday that the transportation picture looks bleak due to funding cuts, flooding and rains, and Gov. Arne Carlson’s opposition to a gas tax to help pay for transportation projects…

Hospital auxiliary’s 40th anniversary. The St. Francis Auxiliary will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 on the front lawn of St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 325 W. Fifth Ave…


Valleyfair to spend $2 million

The parent company of Valleyfair, the family amusement park in Shakopee, said that it plans to make $21 million in capital expenditures on its three amusement parks for the 1994 operating season, including about $2 million at Valleyfair.

Cedar Fair L.P., based in Sandusky, Ohio, said it plans a family-oriented addition to Valleyfair featuring Berenstein Bear characters in Bear Country, an indoor/outdoor area.

Sept. 16, 1993

School reorganization approved

Additions and remodeling are not the only changes taking place at the Shakopee district’s elementary schools.

As of next year, its organizational structure will be different, too.

On Monday, the School Board approved a recommendation to designate two kindergarten through fourth-grade schools at Pearson and Sweeney Elementary and a fifth- and sixth-grade school at Central Elementary starting with the 1994-95 school year…


The place to be

With the changing traffic patterns that are expected once the Shakopee Bypass project is completed, the city’s two drug stores this summer made a decision to relocate along Marschall Road, which is expected to be a major retail corridor once the highway project is complete.

Roberts Drug opened June 1 in the strip mall on Marschall between Fourth Avenue and County Road 16. Owners Charlie and Dan Bartz were able to find a location that allowed them to double their floor space. Since moving from another strip mall at 814 First Ave. E, they added many new products and services, Cherie Bartz said.

The owners of Eastman Eagle Drug recently broke ground for a new drug store just west of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Marschall Road. Owners Gary and Melissa Gustafson and Greg and Sharon Wiser expect to open an independently owned Snyder Drug Store there in November. They also own the Snyder franchise in Chaska…

Sept. 23, 1993

Shakopee instructor is music teacher of year. Colette Sherman, a music teacher at Shakopee Junior High School, has been named Classroom Music Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Sherman was recognized for excellence in classroom instruction…


Fields of dreams

Aug. 20 was a field day, literally as well as figuratively, for Shakopee School Board members and high school staff.

That was when a ground-breaking ceremony was held to signify the start of work in the first phase of the development of an outdoor activities complex at the high school…

Sept. 30, 1993

Ferry Bridge completion may be delayed. Work on the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge is again in full swing, but the loss of most of the summer construction season due to the Minnesota River flooding and heavy rains may now mean the $144 million project will not be completed until July or August 1995, said Scott County Highway Engineer Brad Larson. The project was scheduled to be completed by November 1994…


Downtown project’s phase two approved

About a dozen downtown business owners told the Shakopee City Council last week that they favor a proposal to begin work on the second phase of the downtown reconstruction project — and the sooner, the better.

After hearing testimony from business owners at a public hearing Sept. 21, the council voted 3-1 to begin preparing plans for the $360,302 project. Councilor Bob Sweeney cast the lone dissenting vote, and Councilor Michael Beard was absent…


City Council approves plans for flying-disk golf course

The Shakopee Lions Club plans to install a 12-hole flying-disk golf course in Lions Park after receiving approval from the Shakopee City Council on Sept. 21.

The project is expected to cost about $8,000, and is on the park’s five-year capital improvement plan as a 1995 project. However, the Lions asked that the project be approved for this year, and the council agreed…


KKCM to celebrate 30th anniversary Wednesday

Shakopee radio station KKCM-AM will celebrate its 30th anniversary next Wednesday.

When it signed on the air in 1963 with the call letters KSMM and a 500-watt non-directional signal at 1530 on the AM dial, the station was located on Lewis Street. In 1968, the station moved to its current home at 421 First Ave. E. In 1987, after an ownership change the station changed its format to a contemporary Christian music station and its call letters became KKCM.

In 1989, the station again changed ownership and in 1991, KKCM changed its format to Christian news-talk with an 8,600-watt signal, which reaches Wisconsin to the east and Willmar on the west, and can be heard as far north as Mille Lacs Lake and in Sauk Centre to the northwest.

The station has added more local news and sports programming, and this school year, a regular schedule of live play-by-play sports programming for Shakopee and Chaska high schools was added…

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