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1893: Scott County Argus

Dec. 7. 1893

Last Saturday Mrs. Henschel moved into her new store in the How Block, where she is very neatly and comfortably located.

Miss Hanna Flaherty is now acting as clerk in the store of Flaherty & Lies. Miss Kate will continue their dressmaking business at home.

The newly invented One Roller Disintegrator, invented by the Nameless Iron Works of Shakopee, Minn., was operated in their shop last Tuesday and gave entire satisfaction. It is estimated that it will feed enough clay to supply their machine manufacturing 100,000 brick in ten hours, preparing the clay from the bank for the brick machine to make a first class brick. The clay is not squeezed through rollers as is the case where two rollers are used, but is shaved. Brickmakers will at once see the advantage this invention has over the old process.

On Tuesday morning it was discovered that six of the twenty sheep at Lins Bros.’ slaughter house had been torn to pieces by dogs during the night. Some of the sheep had run into the water and remained there all night to keep away from the savage brutes. One of these was drowned. The injured ones had to be killed at once. Naturally the Lins Bros. are now feeling somewhat hostile toward the canine family and they propose to camp on the trail of the prowlers and deal out vengeance with a righteous hand, ably seconded by a trusty shot gun.

Deutsch & Zettel have displayed a whole lot of enterprise in the purchase of an up to date soda fountain which is certainly a beauty. The top is beautifully of carved oak and contains a large beveled plate-glass mirror while the fountain proper is of three kinds of granite and Mexican onyx, and trimmed with heavily plated silver. It has all the best appliances now out, including an apparatus from which to serve hot soda, and is a model of convenience as well as beauty. The cost of the outfit entire was $825. It is now set up and on exhibition at their store.

Dec. 14, 1893

Children’s eyes grow big when they take a look at M. Berens’ new toy store, which was thrown open Tuesday. The stock is complete in every line and includes interesting mechanical toys, dolls by the hundred, games without number, sailboats, steamboats, steam engines, musical instruments of all kinds, etc., etc., etc., in fact it’s a regular Santa Claus shop moved down from the north. If you doubt it, just give the place a visit.

L. Christian & Co. have closed the deal for the big Forest Mills engine, and it will be removed to their mill here within a few days.

The Shakopee Cash Store, Gertrude Berens Proprietress, made an assignment to Henry C. Koerner last Saturday afternoon. The liabilities foot up to about $4,000, while the assets will amount to some $2,800 or $3,000.

Dec. 21, 1893

Dr. A. A. Sabin is enlarging and remodeling his offices in the Reis Building, and when completed the result will prove a marvel of convenience and attractiveness. A reception room has been fixed up at the end of the stairway, and the old reception room turned into the private office by means of a double door. Besides these there is the electricity room and a bed room. The present reception room has been beautifully decorated with handsome wall paper, rounded ceiling and a cleverly executed dado of silver and gold color, and with elegant furnishings it will be a luxurious apartment. F. C. Heroux is the artist in charge.

The firm of Flaherty & Lies will continue business at the old stand and solicits the patronage of all as before.

A merry sleighload of Chaska youths and damsels enjoyed a moonlight drive and an oyster supper at Gellenbeck’s Restaurant last Monday evening.

Leander Schaeffer of Chicago is now a member of his brother Alex. Schaefer’s family. Mr. Schaeffer is a jeweler and watch maker by trade and will soon enter into that line of business in the Jacob Ries building.

The big engine for the mill is now on the way and will soon be here. Mr. Buchanan informs us that it is here but that they haven’t as yet taken it out of the wrapping papers. When the fact is known that the fly wheel alone weighs about ten tons this remark at once becomes humorous.

Dec. 28, 1893

A very beautiful baptismal font was dedicated at St. Peter’s church last Monday, after the morning service. The font, a costly one of solid carved oak and heavily plated silver bowl and trimmings, was bought and presented to the church by the members of the Sunday School, of which Mrs. H. B. Strait is the energetic Superintendent. It is a valuable addition to the church furniture and reflects much credit upon all concerned.

Leander Schaefer is now located in the Jacob Ries Building opposite the Bank and is prepared to do first class repairing of watches, clocks and jewelry at reasonable prices and satisfaction guaranteed.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Dec. 6, 1918

Reformatory in New Budget. The report of the state board of control, which was presented to Governor Burnquist last Saturday, carries with it a big boost for Shakopee in the recommendation for an additional appropriation of $231,000 for the women’s reformatory…

Don’t forget to visit John Heinen’s toy shop. Elegant new stock for your inspection.

The Shane Bros. & Wilson mill is sporting a big new auto truck.

The John Kopisca family moved into the Newgard house this week.

Dec. 13, 1918

Schoolhouse Robbed. Early last Friday morning the schoolhouse was burglarized and property to the value of $75 to $100 was taken. Theodore Weiland was awakened some time between 1 and 2 a.m. by the sound of breaking glass. Thinking that his house was being entered, he got up, but found that all was well; but on looking over toward the schoolhouse he saw several figures moving, so he took a close look at them, only supposing, however, that they were up to mischief rather than robbery. On Friday when school was called it was discovered that a large part of the equipment had been taken from the various departments, including the science department and the domestic science room. Owing to the very clear view that Mr. Weiland had of the party and the character of the stolen articles, it has been fairly easy for those working on the case to reach a pretty sure conclusion as to who the offenders are. It is not the wish of the school authorities to prosecute in the courts; restitution of the stolen property and payment for other damages seems preferable, and the local papers have been asked to announce in this connection that if the property is promptly returned no further proceedings will be taken. Otherwise, the matter will be pushed through the sheriff’s office.

Ben Levi has opened a meat market in the Notermans building south of the post office.

While skating on the road ditch last Thursday evening, some of the boys built a bonfire too near the ice, with the result that the ice melted and Edward Molke went in. It happened that the ditch at that particular point is nearly six feet deep and the boy had to be helped out.


Contract Let for New Sewer

At the special meeting of the city council held last Friday evening, bids were opened for the construction of the Adams street sewer. Four companies bid for the job…

The bid of Lars Overn, of St. Peter, being the lowest, was accepted, and a contract has been entered into with him to construct the sewer. Mr. Overn is the contractor who has recently completed the job of extending the water works to the reformatory. His bid was approximately $475 lower than the next lowest bidder’s.

The Adams street sewer will run from the new state women’s state reformatory to the river, down Adams street, which is the first street west of the institution. The distance between the reformatory and the river is something over half a mile. A great deal of rock is certain to be encountered, which is liable to make the job an expensive one, but it was not possible to connect with the city sewer father east, owing to the difference in grade. But aside from this, the city sewer is too small to accommodate so large an institution as the reformatory is certain to become in future years. Therefore the council was taking the sensible course in providing now for adequate drainage.

Dec. 20, 1918

Women Convicts to Shakopee? If the 1919 legislature accepts two recommendations of the state board of control as outlined in its biennial report, no more women convicts will be sent to Stillwater, after July next, but special provision will be made for their confinement in a new building in connection with the women’s state reformatory at Shakopee…

While splitting kindling wood last Sunday morning, John Velz had the misfortune to accidentally strike the top of his left hand with the hatchet he was using. The cords were severed and as a result he is nursing a badly mangled hand which will keep him from his duties in the barbershop for some time to come. His son, Clarence, will have charge of the shop during his absence.

Dec. 27, 1918

Closed Down for Holidays. Shakopee’s two largest industrial establishments are giving their employes a holiday lay-off. The Minnesota Stove company is taking the annual inventory and may be shut down for several weeks. The Shane Bros. & Wilson Mill shut down last Saturday evening, but will start up again Monday. The mill has been running steadily at full capacity for a considerable time, and the machinery is receiving some needed attention, or as manager Buchanan puts it, they are “giving the wheels a chance to cool off.”

Theodore Jasper presented his daughters with a handsome new Darhuff piano, as a Christmas gift.

Mrs. Frank Dellwo and children departed for Cloquet on Saturday, where the family will reside, Mr. Dellwo being employed as carpenter in rebuilding that city. Their home has been rented by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kahn Jr.

An entertaining Christmas program was given by the grade scholars of the public school last Friday afternoon. A number of visitors were present.

1918: Scott County Argus

Dec. 6, 1918

Towns Get Honor Flag

The chairman of the Scott county Fourth Liberty loan informs the Argus that each county unit has received as a recognition of the fact that each oversubscribed its quota.

Not a single unit failed to make its expectancy and more.

The percentage of distribution in each precinct is represented on their flag by stars. Where the distribution reached twenty per cent the flag contains one star, twenty-five per cent, two stars, and one additional star for every two and one-half per cent of added distribution, thereafter…

The flags are large and handsome, and in addition to the honor they represent, will be an ornament to any town hall or precinct voting place.

Dec. 13, 1918

Anton Hergott, formerly of Plentywood, Mont., has bought the hotel business of the late John Deller and opened it last week.

Miss Ida Scherkenbach has accepted a position as clerk in the local office of the Minnesota Stove company and began work this week.

The city council voted Tuesday evening to put lights along the ice rink across the river, which will be good news to the young folks who have been enjoying the fine skating afforded there. If the ice can be flooded and some one found to keep it in good condition a splendid rink can be maintained throughout the winter at small expense and trouble.

Dec. 20, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Brown and baby will move to Minneapolis next week where the former will have charge of the Dunwoody Naval club until spring.

St. John’s Lutheran church will have a Christmas tree and program at 7:00 o’clock on Christmas eve and services will be held on Christmas day at 10:00 o’clock a.m.

E. H. Teich’s team indulged in a runaway Wednesday evening when they became frightened and broke from a hitching rail at M. J. Berens & Sons’ store. Racing down First street and across the bridge they struck a pole, when the harness parted and freed the horses. Mr. Teich succeeded in catching one but the other disappeared down the river road and could not be found. The buggy was undamaged except for a broken tongue.

Dec. 27, 1918

The supreme court filed its decision Friday in the case of the Interior Lumber company, plaintiff, against John J. O’Dowd. The decision is in favor of the lumber company and against Mr. O’Dowd. Sen. J. A. Coller was attorney for the lumber company and F. J. Leonard for Mr. O’Dowd.

E. H. Teich’s missing horse which ran away last week Wednesday was found dead in the middle of Feldman’s lake north of town. The animal drowned in a foot and a half of water, being unable to get out of the lake, after it had run out over the ice into open water. Mr. Teich traced it the day after the runaway by its tracks and saved his harness.

Misses Elizabeth and Matilda Marschall will close their home here January first and go to St. Paul to remain.

Lawrence Schlinker, the first of Shakopee’s young soldiers to return from overseas, arrived here Monday morning, having been discharged from further service. Lawrence enlisted nine months ago as a mechanic in the aviation department and had been in England the past four months. He reached New York December 11th on the Adriatic, a 750-foot ship carrying 3,000 men. On account of rough weather the ship made the journey at slow speed to lessen the danger of accident. The trip occupied ten days, only one of which Lawrence suffered a touch of seasickness. He reports the climate of England warm with rains nearly every day at this season of the year. Like all of the boys he is overjoyed to get home and has found nothing to compare with the good old U. S. A.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Dec. 2, 1943

Meeting of Local Import Called by School Board

The Shakopee high school board is calling a meeting of all the people of the community who are or may be interested in the present status and disposal of thousands of dollars of NYA property.

This meeting to which every citizen of Shakopee, and every patron of the district are not only invited but urged to attend, is set to be held tomorrow (Friday) evening, December 3, in the high school building, at the hour of 7:30 p.m…

Dec. 9, 1943

Seal Sales Now $163.30. Mrs. M. L. Regan, local Christmas Seal Sales chairman, reported that up to Wednesday $163.30 had been received here. Additional seals, Mrs. Regan said, may be purchased in the drug stores or bank in Shakopee.


Selective Service Board Membership Change Indicated

Indicating that a change had been made in its membership the Scott County Selective Service board this week issued the following brief bulletin:

“John H. Moore of Shakopee, and John P. Baltes of New Market, have been appointed to serve on the Scott County Selective Service Board.”

The release did not disclose if the numbers were additions to the present three-man board, or if they were replacements for two present members…


Santa Claus to Arrive in Shakopee, December 18

Notwithstanding the war-troubled world, good old Santa Claus appears to be on the job as usual. Evidence of that fact is made clear from a communication just recently received by Dallas F. Capesius, secretary of the Civic and Commerce association.

The latest information is to the effect that Santa Claus will arrive in Shakopee Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18, if he is not held up on account of the flu which is so prevalent all over the country — and if the present outbreak locally has been pretty well cleared up by that time…

Dec. 16, 1943

Civic & Commerce Assn. Christmas Party Postponed. Due to the fact that colds and the flu are still quite prevalent in the community the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association has decided to postpone the annual Christmas party to a later date. Santa has promised to be here as soon as he receives word that all is clear, and he says, too, that he will come with a supply of candy nuts and fruit…


Schools Reopen; Sickness Still Checks Attendance

Almost back to its normal daily student attendance the Shakopee public school had but 43 absentees listed at noon Wednesday J. A. Metcalf, superintendent disclosed.

When the grade and high school closed last Tuesday afternoon because of an epidemic of severe colds and influenza, 146 pupils were on the sick list. With the re-opening of school Monday, 60 were absent and by Wednesday noon the absentee total had been reduced to 43…

Dec. 23, 1943

Benefit Basketball Game Here Tonight

A benefit basketball game, sponsored by the Letterman’s club of the Shakopee high school, is to be played in the school gym here tonight.

Coach Sanford’s team will be opposed by the undefeated Monroe high school quint of St. Paul and that should make for another thrill-packed game.

Proceeds from the match will go toward defraying the medical and hospital expense resulting from the injury received by Norman Pink in a football game last season…


Municipal Water Supply is Hampered When 75 h.p. Pump Motor Breaks

The importance of an adequate water supply for the modern city was forcibly impressed upon Shakopee residents this week when a sharp curtailment in the use of city water was ordered when the deep well pump on the municipal water system unexpectedly broke down Sunday night…

To maintain pressure in the mains and to provide at least a partial supply of water, an emergency system was rigged up at the Rahr Malting company’s plant, where that industry’s deep-well pump was put into steady operation, keeping its storage tank filled to capacity. From that storage tank the water was syphoned to a booster pump on a city fire truck which forced the water into the city water mains.

The water shortage not only affected homes and business places but also “gave the kids a break,” because the city’s schools were forced to close when the shortage rendered the sanitary systems inadequate and the steam heating plants practically inoperative.

Normal water supply, authorities are confident, will be restored today when the repaired motor and dismantled pump have been reassembled in the pump house at the power house.


Skating Rink Hit by Mild Weather Water Shortage

Hampered by mild weather and accompanying temperatures that were not the kind for making good ice, the municipal skating rink in Recreation park is not yet in the best condition.

Skating was permitted for the past few days but renewed and continued floodings, necessary to keep the ice in shape, had to be abandoned when the pump on the city’s water system broke down Sunday night.

With needed repairs completed Wednesday the rink was expected to be in excellent condition for the Christmas vacation period, city officials said.

Dec. 30, 1943

City Establishes New Rural Electric Rates. Affording potential customers on its rural electric lines a “twenty-year plan” for paying the “hook-up” charge for electric service the Shakopee city council has adopted a resolution establishing alternative rates for rural customers…

Reformatory Head Joins Red Cross. Granted a year’s leave of absence, effective January 1, Miss Estelle Jamieson, who since May, 1934 has been the superintendent of the State Reformatory for Women here, has accepted a positon as field representative of home service of the American Red Cross…


Jap Flag on Display in Post Office Window

An honest-to-goodness banner of the “land of the rising sun” made its appearance in Shakopee this week and for several days will be on display in the post office window.

It came with the arrival of Robert Wampach who just returned from naval duty in the South Pacific. The Jap flag, Bob said, was taken by an Australian soldier in the initial landing on Finschaven, an engagement in which the Shakopee sailor participated.

Japanese inscriptions on the red and white banner supposedly are the names of the men composing the Jap unit to which the flag belonged.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 5, 1968

Gets Contract For Hwy. 101 Traffic Signals. Collins Electric Co. of Minneapolis was the apparent low bidder of $28,728 for furnishing and installing signal systems in Shakopee at the intersection of Trunk Highway 101 at Lewis Street and Holmes Street, according to announcement this week by the Minnesota Highway Department…

Yule decorations went up Monday of this week, December 2, in the Shakopee downtown area and along First Street and adjacent blocks with the Shakopee Utilities crew on the job. The decorations of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce will again this year include the traditional Christmas tree to be erected at the intersection of Holmes and West First. The tree this season is being donated by George A. Philipp to be taken from his residence at 626 South Holmes. The Shakopee Public Utilities crew is at work at the Scott and West First intersection early Monday morning of this week as their customary Yule assist was under way.


Teens Begin Own Center Project Tomorrow Eve

Faced with the prospect of Shakopee not having a place for teens to go, a group of enterprising Shakopee Senior High students have taken matters in their own hands and now have found their own place.

Tomorrow (Friday), December 6, at the new Shakopee Public Utilities facility at Fourth and Naumkeag, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 midnight, the teens of Shakopee will prove that they can self-operate and supervise a center of their own.

This center will offer a place for youth between the ages of 13 and 19, inclusive. The event tomorrow (Friday) night will be an experimental teen center activity, and if all goes well, this project is to continue until the City of Shakopee can provide something more adequate…


3 From Shakopee In Chorus Chosen For Record Album

Three Shakopee girls are members of the Good Counsel Academy “A” Chorus, selected this year by Delta Record Company, to cut a Christmas record album of Christmas Choral selections, according to officials of the Mankato school for girls.

They are Mary Kerber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kerber, RR 2, Shakopee; Jeanne Marschall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marschall, RR 1, Shakopee; and Victoria Pieper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pieper, RR 1, Shakopee…


Elizabeth Rockwell Chosen Shakopee Rotary Club First Exchange Student

Elizabeth K. Rockwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Rockwell, 620 East Eighth Street, has been chosen as the Shakopee Rotary Club Exchange Student and will be the first Shakopee student to be given a year’s study in a foreign country as part of the exchange program.

Miss Rockwell will be leaving for Sweden, the city to be announced at a later date, about August 1, 1969. Shakopee will in turn host an exchange student from Sweden…

Dec. 12, 1968

Joins KSMM As News Director. Lyle Johnson has joined the staff at Shakopee Radio Station KSMM as news director, according to Ray Foslid, manager…


Shakopee Medical Center Expansion Now Completed

Expansion of facilities at the Shakopee Medical Center, 323 Naumkeag, necessitated by the addition of Donald J. Abrams, M.D. to the staff in July, is now essentially complete, according to an announcement this week.

Located in the new addition to the clinic are an improved business office, lounge and new physical therapy department.

Parking lot facilities, with a heated sidewalk, have also been expanded, and other exterior improvements are to be completed in the spring of 1969…


Lucille Schwartz Of Bank Staff To Retire Dec. 31

F. A. Weiland, president of The First National Bank of Shakopee, announced this week the retirement of Lucille E. Schwartz from full-time employment with the bank.

Miss Schwartz joined the staff of the Shakopee bank in 1925, and she has been an officer of the bank since 1947, when she was appointed to the position of assistant cashier…

Weiland added that Miss Schwartz would work on a part-time basis after an extended vacation, visiting her brother in Arizona, following her retirement from full-time employment. She plans to work Mondays and Fridays upon her return to work on a part-time basis…


First Action In Proposed 3-Stage School Project

As the first move in a proposed three-stage building program, with activity proposed for each of the next three years, the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 board of education at its regular meeting Monday night of this week, December 9, authorized the architectural firm of Armstrong, Schlichting, Torseth and Skold, Inc. of Minneapolis, to proceed with plans for the remodeling of the present Junior High building, Fifth and Lewis…

The proposed construction time table, as presented by Architect Ken Skold Monday night of this week includes an estimated $775,000 new Elementary building, to be located in East Shakopee in 1970 and the expansion of the present Senior High facilities on Tenth Avenue, to include a second floor for classroom, a 600 capacity auditorium, and a shop addition, to be completed in the fall of 1971. Estimated cost, as presented by the architect, for the Senior High expansion is $781,000…

Also to be considered is the installation of bleachers in the Junior High building in correlation with proposed remodeling of the present auditorium-gymnasium to provide a larger physical education facility, along with the obtaining from the architect’s possible construction costs based on more detailed research and projections.

The construction time-table as presented in the proposal by the architect:

JUNIOR HIGH REMODELING — Begin immediately with design drawings, and development of the design next month, with March through May of next year to be for completion of working drawings. It is proposed that the bids for remodeling be let in May 1969 and construction to take five months with completion expected in October of 1969.

EAST SHAKOPEE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — this school is proposed similar to that of the present Sweeney Elementary School and to be located on the Hillary Drees property at Dakota and Shakopee Avenue. Proposed is that design drawings be under way January through March of next year, with April and May to be for design development and June through October be for completion of the working drawings. It is projected that bids for construction of this new Elementary facility be let the latter part of October or first of November 1969, with construction to take nine months and completion to be in August of 1970.

EXPANSION OF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL — to include 9,800 square feet to be added as a second floor, 5,400 square feet for an industrial arts facility addition and a 600-capacity, 14,400 square-feet auditorium. Proposed is that the first five months of next year be allotted to the planning of curriculum up-dating with consideration to be given both modular and flexible scheduling, along with the building needs to accommodate curriculum innovations. The months of June through September of 1969 are allotted for the completion of design drawing; October and November are for development of the design, with December 1969 through May 1970 to be for completion of the working drawings. It is proposed that bids for construction at the present high school site be let in June of 1970 with construction to take 14 months and completion tentatively scheduled for August of 1971…

Also noted in the proposed remodeling of the Junior High building was the item of $3,000 for new carpeting for the library. It was pointed out that this could be taken out of the contract and handled independently of the other improvements.

Other proposed improvements at the Junior High building include the removing of the balcony, installation of a floor and partial ceiling, along with new lighting and a curtain divider in the auditorium-gymnasium; remodeling of room on the top floor to serve as a science teaching station; the converting of the faculty room to a dressing and storage room for home economics; the converting of the present drafting room back to a metal shop; installation of new lighting facilities in 17 classrooms and the corridor, and acoustical improvement to the hallway corridor of the gymnasium-auditorium and ventilation improvement to the audio-visual room.

Also during the discussion it was agreed that at the first meeting in January, the District No. 720 board would make a decision on what direction to take regarding the acquiring of the Hillary Drees property in East Shakopee for the site of the proposed future Elementary School. A year ago the board requested the Shakopee Planning Commission to designate this as a future Elementary school site and it is indicated on the zoning map of the City of Shakopee…


SHS Science Club Tours Rahr Malting Co.

The Shakopee Senior High Science Club took a tour of Rahr Malting in Shakopee on Tuesday, November 12. The tour was set up by William Runge of Rahr Malting and conducted by James Stillman.

The Science Club was shown the actual modern processing of barley into malt. The press included the steeping, kilning and germinating steps…

Dec. 19, 1968

City Conveys Land To Historical Society. Approved unanimously on a roll call vote at the special meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday evening of this week, December 17, was Ordinance No. 290, which conveys title of Memorial Park Land east edge of Shakopee, to the Scott County Historical Society for its proposed Minnesota Valley Restoration project…


East First Center Seeks To Expand

Proposed expansion of the Shakopee Shops Shopping center on East First to the west, to include the four lots in the south half of block seven, was revealed at a public hearing held by the Shakopee Planning Commission on rezoning five blocks along each side of East First from present multiple dwelling to commercial shopping district. Following the hearing, the Planning Commission approved recommending to the City Council that the five blocks involved be rezoned…

Involved in the proposed rezoning are block one, two, seven and eight of East Shakopee and block 169 of the original plat of Shakopee. On the north of East First are blocks seven and eight, and the remaining three are located south of East First…


Plans $100,000 Expansion For Area Firm

Western Concrete Products Corp. will expand its facilities at the Shakopee-Chaska location.

Western Concrete Products Corp. of Spring Parks announced plans this week to increase size of plant facilities and install automation at its Shakopee-Chaska block factory location at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 41, two miles west of Shakopee…


Dec. 26, 1968

School Board Sets Bond Issue At $2.1 Million. Approved by unanimous roll call vote at the special meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education Monday evening of this week, December 23, was the presenting a proposition of issuance of $2.1 million dollars to the voters for the financing of a proposed three-stage building program with activity proposed for each of the next three years…

Old Utilities Now Teen Center. Teen-age center plans for the youth of Shakopee now include the use of the former facility of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission located at the foot of Lewis Street, with the youth who organized the activity receiving the support of Jaycee members and city officials.

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 2, 1993

Retired firefighters. Two veterans of the Shakopee Fire Department have each retired after 30 years of service. Gene Pass joined the department in September 1973 and is past president of the Shakopee Fire Department Relief Association. He retired in October. Charlie Ries, a former chief who also held the posts of captain and training officer, and first and second assistant chief, retired in November after serving since June 1973…


Students: Peer mediation preferable to fights

Any time you put a bunch of teen-agers together under one roof, there are bound to be arguments and fights.

But those very same kids are capable of solving those problems amongst themselves, without always having to resort to violence and/or disciplinary action from adults.

That’s part of the premise of the Peer Mediation Program, offered by the Mediation Training Institute of Plymouth. Its director, Gary Moe, visited the Shakopee School District recently to work with 24 sixth- through eighth-graders, along with some instructors, to help them learn how to resolve their own conflicts…


A step into the 21st century

Walking into the nuclear medicine department at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee is like taking a step into the 21st century now that the hospital has the PRISM 1000.

The PRISM 1000 is a single-head nuclear medicine imaging system that allows radiologists and physicians to look inside the body to more accurately diagnose a patient’s condition.

Hospital staff have used the new machine since the beginning of November…

Dec. 9, 1993

Track ownership goes to court

The two sides claiming ownership of Canterbury Downs were told by a judge in Shakopee Tuesday to come to a settlement by Friday or be prepared to go to trial Jan. 4.

Twin Cities financier Irwin Jacobs and Fargo businesswoman Susan Bala squared off for the first time in Scott County District Court with their attorneys. Each contends ownership of the failed thoroughbred racetrack. Canterbury’s most recent owner, Ladbroke Racing Corp., insists it sold the track to Twin Cities businessman Jacobs. And although correspondence describing negotiations between Ladbroke and Bala exists, Rick Reichow, Ladbroke vice president and chief financial officer, vehemently denies any deal with Bala was consummated…

Dec. 16, 1993

City OKs ’94 sidewalk project. The Shakopee City Council Dec. 7 adopted a resolution ordering the installation of sidewalks along Marschall Road from Fourth to 10th avenues and along 10th Avenue from Tyler Street to Shakopee Town Square. Construction is expected next summer…


White House called and man’s angel took flight

It took nearly three days to put 8,000 ornaments on a Christmas tree.

And you think you have a lot of decorating to do.

That’s because this particular tree is over 19 feet high and stands in the Blue Room of the White House…

The tree in the home of Todd Anderson of Shakopee is just a wee bit smaller, but it does have something in common with the one in the White House: a custom-designed angel ornament…


Shakopee School Board OKs bidding for new phone system

The Shakopee School District’s telephone system is being used to its maximum, according to Ron Ward, director of administrative services. And as of January, the system will no longer be supported by AT&T, which would normally provide replacement parts…

In response, the School Board Monday authorized the district to accept bids for a new system…

Dec. 23, 1993

City labors over decision on costly major sewer line

Shakopee City Council members met with representatives from the Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission (MWCC) on Dec. 14 to discuss the construction of a controversial and expensive sewer line that will affect development and city residents for the next 50 years.

At issue is whether the city will pay between $3 million to $5 million for the oversizing of a sewer line that the MWCC will build to phase out the Chaska waste-water treatment plant, which now serves Shakopee. The plant is now over capacity and will need to be replaced or phased out. Under a cost-sharing agreement, the new line would serve Shakopee up until the year 2040.

Under the complicated cost-sharing agreement, the city would need to amend its long-range land-use plan, also known as its comprehensive plan. That is because the agreement involves a number of land-use issues, including the expansion of the municipal urban service area (MUSA) line, within which development is allowed in the metropolitan area, and a land trade that would take about 180 acres of industrial land out of the MUSA area and add 360 acres of land for residential development…


Growing with the community

The congregation at Calvary United Methodist Church has been making maximum use of its building on First Avenue the past 21 years.

An adult class has been meeting in the sanctuary. After worship services, a children’s choir meets to rehearse there. And in the educational wing, folding chairs and tables are put up and taken down, along with wall dividers, depending on what activity is taking place.

The secretary and the church’s pastor, the Rev. Norman Lidke, share an office. Parking is at a premium. When the church has dinners, meals are served in shifts. And some of the larger weddings are held elsewhere…

There is hope in sight, or more specifically, at a four-acre site on Vierling Drive, east of Marschall Road.

The 150-member congregation recently sold the 102-year-old former Lutheran church it has occupied at 705 First Ave. E. to the Flood Brothers (Gary and Jeff) of Jordan, with office space being added for Mystic Motors.

The church will lease the facility until it can move to its new building, which is expected to be completed in September. A ground-breaking service is being set in April…

Dec. 30, 1993

City renews Murphy’s contract with MVRP

The Shakopee City Council on Dec. 21 agreed to a new five-year contract with the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project Inc. (MVRP) to operate Murphy’s Landing…

The City Council agreed to renew the lease on condition that the MVRP assumes policy-making decisions, attempts to obtain grants and donations, and will “delegate the management to a staff that the MVRP will assemble and engage as prudent judgment requires.”

An amendment to the contract states that the MVRP board will continue to search for and retain the services of a qualified museum professional (curator) and that another individual may be retained to assist in the operation of Murphy’s Landing as an assistant administrator…


65-room Holiday Inn Express planned along Marschall Road

A Holiday Inn Express hotel may be built next to the Super 8 Motel at 581 S. Marschall Road by one of the owners of the Super 8.

Developer Murray Williamson, a former U.S. Olympic hockey coach who resides in Edina, owns the Super 8 motels in Shakopee and Chaska as well as Bemidji. He has formed a new corporation, MinTag Limited Liability Corp., to buy the Holiday Inn Express franchise…

The new hotel will be located on 1 ½ acres of vacant land along Marschall Road. Williamson declined to say how much he paid for the property…

“Rather than expand the Super 8 we decided on this project,” he said…

If the city gives its approval, ground could be broken in February, he said. If the corporation does not receive approval in a timely manner, construction will be delayed until after the busy summer tourist season, he said.


Jail annex will accept minimum-security inmates only

The Scott County Jail Annex near Jordan will not house medium-security state prisoners as planned, but will accept minimum-security inmates.

A proposal to remodel a wing of the jail annex to hold medium-security inmates has been nixed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections because state inspectors found that the costs would be too high due to the age of the building, according to Scott County Sheriff Bill Nevin…

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