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Remember When – Aug. 21, 2021

A look back at what happened in Shakopee history. You may also find this column in the Shakopee Valley News.

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 27, 1896 Scott County Argus

The members of the Board of Education of the Union School have been busy this week and the results of their labor will be of far-reaching benefit to the school. The southeast room of the second floor has been fitted up for a recitation room, and Prof. Walter will be given an assistant. This has been deemed necessary as the school is now doing more than two years of High School work and the prospects are favorable for admission to the State board next year. Among the graded schools of the state Shakopee and Burnsville now rank highest. The appropriation of $200 from the state has been received, and with $10 from the library fund has been expended in a valuable microscope, a new set of the International Encyclopaedia, a physical apparatus, and supplementary text books.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 25, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Jos. Ploumen has installed a new dough mixer into his up-to-date bakery.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 22, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

St. John’s Lutheran Parish Plans Construction Project

Plans for improving and enlarging St. John’s Lutheran church and the erection of a parish hall are under consideration by parishioners and their pastor the Rev. Norbert Augst, it was learned.

Members of the parish have voted to launch the project and an architect has been employed to prepare preliminary plans for submission to the parish before a final decision is reached.

A school addition to the north end of the church which will nearly double the present making capacity of 140, and a 32×40 foot parish hall attached to the east side of the church are included in the plans…

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 25, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee and Northern Eagle Creek Consolidated

City Area to Be 24 Square Miles

The City of Shakopee and the 21 northernmost sections of Eagle Creek Township will be consolidated, according to a decision by the Minnesota Municipal Commission announced early Tuesday afternoon.

Shakopee and the affected portion of the township will, following an election of Mayor and Council, comprise a municipality of approximately 24 square miles and 8,500 citizens.

The new borders of Shakopee will be Savage on the East, County Road 79 on the west, the Minnesota River to the north, and a power line running just north of County Road 76 on the south. The southerly border has two small jogs, one around the Prior Lake Indian Reservation, and the other Pike Lake area…

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 22, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

BHS buys care facility being built on city medical campus

The 51-bed long-term and transitional care facility under construction at the SouthValley Health Campus in Shakopee has been acquired by one of the owners of St. Francis Regional Medical Center.

Benedictine Health System (BHS), Duluth, announced the purchase from Health Dimensions Inc., of Cambridge, last week…

The facility will have 20 transitional-care beds designed for people who require extended recovery or rehabilitation time but not hospitalization. That would include those who have had orthopedic procedures or strokes, as well as some trauma patients. The remaining 31 beds will be for long-term care.

The long-term care portion of the facility will be divided into three small “pods,” with private and separate rooms that have large windows overlooking accessible courtyards. It will also have a private family meeting room and a large dining room…

St. Gertrude’s is scheduled to open in November.

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Remember When – Aug. 14, 2021

A look back at what happened in Shakopee history. You may also find this column in the Shakopee Valley News.

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 20, 1896 Scott County Argus

M. A. Deutsch and wife will occupy the rectory of St. Peter’s parish on or about Sept. 1st. The residence they vacate, formerly the home of Dr. J. G. Newell, will, we understand, be occupied by G. L. Nye and family.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 18, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Many Improvements at St. Mark’s Church

Improvements by St. Mark’s parish do not stop. This year the door, transoms and rear stained windows were put in place and make the window part of the church a complete artistic whole, the like of which one will hardly find in Minnesota. Sidewalk, curbing and boulevarding on north side of church block now encloses and puts the final touch in cement improvement around the church block. It is the first block in the city properly curbed and boulevarded.

Last week outside woodwork on the church received new coats of paint and this week all schoolrooms and hallways are being calsomined and thoroughly cleaned for the beginning of the new school year. The interior of the parish meeting hall has been entirely renovated. Graveling of the main road inside St. Mark’s cemetery is now finished and an addition to the cemetery is being surveyed and staked out.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 15, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

City Power System Is Club Topic

Municipal Power System Needs Major Changes, Commercial Club Told

More information on another problem facing the community was presented to the Shakopee Commercial club last Wednesday night when R. C. Condon, superintendent of the city’s electric light department, gave a detailed account of the present condition of the municipal power distributing system…

In his discussion of the city’s power system Condon explained that because of the present tremendous demand for electrical energy vital portions of the distribution equipment have become grossly inadequate.

He referred chiefly to the switchboard panel installed in the power house in 1901. Because of its inadequacy the entire distribution system is threatened with failure and rendered inefficient, he pointed out. Low capacity of circuit breakers which protect the system from over-load during electrical and wind storms also impose a very real danger of fire in the power house, he explained…

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 18, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Vote on County Building Alternatives Set for November

“Let the People Decide”…Building Committee Recommendation

Scott County voters will be asked to make the decision on what the county should do about its space crisis during the November election.

County Commissioners voted 4-1 to place the question of a new county building and revisions to the present courthouse on the ballot, including three alternative plans.

The commissioners decision Tuesday morning followed a meeting of the Scott County Citizens Building Committee Monday night at which the three alternative building proposals were developed and the recommendation made that the question be placed on the November ballot.

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 15, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

City to acquire Scott County roads

Shakopee is likely to receive jurisdiction over several portions of county roads by the end of this year.

The county intends to turn over the following to the city:

* County 16, from Highway 300 to County Road 17.

* County Road 18, from the new County Road 18 to Highway 101.

* County Road 72, from County Road 79 to County Road 17.

* County Road 77, from the Shakopee Bypass to Sixth Avenue…

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Remember When – Aug. 7, 2021

A look back at what happened in Shakopee history. You may also find this column in the Shakopee Valley News.

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 13, 1896 Scott County Argus

C. F. Cook has sold the Globe Hotel to Chas. Wicke of St. Peter. Mr. Wicke and family took possession last night.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 11, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Public Playground Will Open Today

The playground committee announces that the public playground in Holmes Park will be formally opened today. Beginning next Monday Misses Marjorie Marx and Antoinette Fischer will give instruction in directed play at the playground on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Miss Marx took a course in playground work and the children will have the benefit of her direction on those days. On other days the playgrounds will be supervised by members of the Home Economics Club.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 8, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

4-H Fair Cancelled Because of Polio

Scott County Agricultural Society Halts Plans for Annual Shakopee Event After Consultation With Public Health Authorities

Cancellation of the annual Scott County 4-H fair at Shakopee because of the prevalence of infantile paralysis has been announced by the officers of the Scott County Agricultural society following discussions with health authorities.

In announcing the decision of the officers E. T. Schumacher, secretary-manager of the Agricultural society, … the following bulletin:

“Owing to the prevalence of ‘polio’ in this section of the state and realizing that our exhibitors, etc., come mostly from among children and in line with the prevailing idea of not congregating in large numbers, it has been decided by the Scott County Agricultural society, to postpone indefinitely the Scott County fair which was to be held at Shakopee August 19-20-21, 1946. It is with deep regret that we must disappoint such great numbers of our 4-H clubs throughout the county, as well as those children who have prepared exhibits for the school section of the fair but it is felt that this precaution is necessary to prevent spread of this dread disease.”

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 11, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

County Space Problem Unanswered, Three Alternatives Under Study

Which way the county will move to solve their space dilemma was still very much undecided following a meeting of the County Citizens Building Committee, the County Board of Commissioners, county officials and architects Tuesday night.

Three alternative plans were discussed at length, but no agreement as to which was the best solution was reached…

The alternatives discussed were:

1. To construct an office building on the 20 acres site to the south of Shakopee, renovating the first floor of the court house for county courts facilities. This plan would entail moving the offices of county assessor, auditor, register of deeds and treasurer into temporary quarters.

2. Construct a county office building on the present courthouse square site, renovating the first floor of the court house for county courts facilities.

3. Construct an addition to the present public safety building for county courts facilities, locating the county offices currently dispersed around the county in the vacated judicial facilities on the first floor of the courthouse, and plan for future county office building on the new 20 acre site. This plan, as opposed to the first two, would return the county welfare department to the courthouse facility…

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 8, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Bilotta resigns from city position

Community Development Director V. Paul Bilotta has resigned his position with the city of Shakopee. The City Council accepted his resignation on Tuesday. His last day with the city will be Aug. 16.

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Remember When – July 31, 2021

A look back at what happened in Shakopee history. You may also find this column in the Shakopee Valley News.

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 6, 1896 Scott County Argus

Work has commenced on the new brick block to be erected by John Berens & Co., but owing to lack of unemployed men during the harvest season it has not been very vigorously pushed this week. On Monday the work of excavating will be begun in earnest, and from then on the block will be pushed to rapid completion. From the plans drawn by Architect Fritz Rohlfs, it is learned that the structure will be 27×80 feet in size, two stories high. The length will be along First street, and this has been so skillfully designed by Mr. Rohlfs that it, as well as the front, will be attractive. The length is divided into five parcels, the center one of which contains three windows in the second story and is surmounted by a cornice. The others contain one window each on the second floor. There are double doors in the rear panel. The entrance will be similar to that in the How block, save that the second story will come out flush with the corner and be supported by an iron pillar and at the outer angle of a flag-stone seven feet square. The Holmes street front will be of plateglass and a plate glass show window will also grace the First street side at the front. For the present the interior of the second story will remain unfinished. Altogether the new block will be a handsome addition to the business portion of the town.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 4, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Local Flour Mill Is Ready To Run Again

After being closed down for several months on account of business conditions, Shane Bros. & Wilson’s big local flour mill is ready to resume operations at full capacity just as soon as the necessary wheat arrives at the mill…

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 1, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Snow Plow Builders To Move Plant Here

Two Corporations Lease Three Buildings at Former NYA Site East of City. To Start Moving Aug. 5 and Expect To Be in Operation Within 30 Days

That Shakopee is to have another industry which manufactures snow removal units was verified by Mather Garland, treasurer and manager of the corporations, who was here this week completing arrangements for moving the manufacturing equipment to three buildings on the former NYA site east of the city.

The products, known as “Roto Wing” and “Roto Plow” have been on the market for several years and are enjoying a heavy demand in every snow state in the union, Garland said. For the past four years the units have been manufactured at Mound but have limitations on plant expansion made it necessary to find more advantageous quarters.

Learning of the availability of the NYA buildings, now owned by the state of Minnesota, officers of the industry were successful in securing a one-year lease, with an option for a two-year extension, from the state and will move to the new location Aug. 5.

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 4, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Funds Sought for Unique Drug Education

‘Project Educate’

Federal funds are being requested through the Governor’s Crime Control Commission to initiate a unique drug educational program in the 13 school districts of Scott and Carver County according to Scott-Carver Director of Court Services Richard Mulcrone.

The request is for $19,320, which will be utilized in training a corps group of 700 people. “They will become a strike force in their individual communities for ongoing programs to combat drug and chemical abuses,” Mulcrone said.

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 1, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

EDA formally adopts joint-powers agreement with HRA for Block 3,4

Two weeks after approving negotiations between the city and county, the Shakopee Economic Development Authority (EDA) last week formally adopted a joint-powers agreement, with the Scott County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for redevelopment of Blocks 3 and 4 downtown…