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Remember When – Aug. 26, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Sept. 1, 1898 Scott County Argus

H. P. Marx has decided to close out his stock of Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Silverware, and the China at auction. The stock is of the highest quality and every article has his personal guarantee. See his ad. on first page.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 30, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Business Transfer to Take Place Saturday

John Czaia, who recently purchased the shoe repair shop from Fred Wessel, will take possession Saturday and continue business at the same stand.

Mr. Wessel conducted this business for seven years and has been very successful. Mr. and Mrs. Wessel and family will leave Saturday for New Ulm where they will reside in the future…

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 26, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Flees Institution for Eight Hours

An inmate whose identity was not disclosed wandered away from the state reformatory for women here about 5 a.m. Saturday but was back in the institution at 8 p.m., J. P. Wermerskirchen, sheriff, said.

The girl, it was explained, had been working in the fields near the reformatory when she made the break for freedom. She finally made her way to Holmes street bridge and was near the north end of it “thumbing” a ride when she was picked up…

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 29, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

Industrial revenue bond proposal for Certainteed examined by city

A proposal to use industrial development revenue bonds for the Certainteed plant in Shakopee was brought before the city council Tuesday night.

Certainteed asked the council to consider giving its name to the revenue bond issue for a million dollars so the company could purchase additional equipment and water and fuel storage tanks at the plant site…

The matter will be taken up again at a future council meeting.

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Remember When – Aug. 19, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 25, 1898 Scott County Argus

The offices of the Jacob Ries Bottling works have been transferred to the new building, and the office force is revelling in plenty of room and light, and an equipment of furniture and fixtures the like of which will not be met with in a day’s travel in the west. There yet remains many finishing touches to be put on, and it will probably be a month before they are really settled in the new quarters and ready for the final criticisms of the public.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 23, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

New Millinery Store to Be in Southworth Block

Mrs. A. M. Green and her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Brown, arrived here Monday from Elk River and will open a millinery store in the Southworth building as soon as the necessary changes will be completed.

The ladies have purchased the stock and fixtures from Miss J. M. Ford and have also purchased a fine line of up-to-date millinery which will be displayed at their opening. They plan to open for business today.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 19, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Start Work on New Building

Preliminary work on the construction of a 30×50 ft. addition to the William F. Marschall & Son farm implement and service station here got under way Monday morning.

The addition with a modern glass front will extend east from the present structure to the sidewalk line on Lewis street and when completed the combined building will have an overall dimension of 60×160 ft.

A new parts department, office and showroom will be the main … of the new unit, while the old structure will be devoted entirely to a shop and service department.

S. M. Hennen has the construction contract.

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 22, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee Medical Center is nearing completion, but a building materials problem has forced a changing of the opening day of business from August 11, as originally scheduled, to Monday, Aug. 22. The six Shakopee physicians who will call the new center home will conduct their last day of business in their temporary quarters adjacent to St. Francis Hospital on Friday, Aug. 24. A formal grand opening will be scheduled in September. The 11,000 square foot facility is located on 10th St. and Co. Rd. 17, and has been designed to keep pace with the growing medical needs of the community. The functional yet aesthetic design has space for up to ten physicians with the additional staff hopefully being added over the next few years. Creators of the building have been members of the American Medical Building Guild of Wisconsin. When completed next week the new facility will house complete diagnostic, x-ray and laboratory equipment and will be able to offer emergency treatment, minor surgery and some two dozen patient examination rooms.

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 20, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Dem-Con expansion approval is likely

The proposed expansion of the Dem-Con Landfill in Louisville Township is one step away from reality.

Earlier this summer, landfill owner Joe Pahl received a permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to expand the 70-acre facility to 121 acres. All that’s left to be done before Scott County grants final approval for the horizontal and vertical expansion is to take care of some minor water drainage questions, said County Environmental Health Manager Al Frechette…

If the County Board approves the expansion in September, Pahl said he plans to begin the excavation work this fall. The excavation work, to expand the landfill, will likely take about two years, he said.

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Remember When – Aug. 12, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 18, 1898 Scott County Argus

Improvement is the order of the age. A force of men under contractor M. C. Madsen, of Hutchinson, is at work laying a cement pavement around the Argus block, from the alley on Lewis street to H. J. Thiede’s blacksmith shop on First street. Cement curbing has been put in by the city, and when the ten foot walk is completed, there will be over 2,100 square feet of cement walk surrounding the buildings, and enhancing their good looks. The neatly moulded curbing will add much to the appearance of the walk and it is cheaper than the stone curbing laid along the south side of First street.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 16, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

The interior of the Scherkenbach Electric Shop is undergoing a complete renovation. Work was begun this week and will be completed as rapidly as possible. A new floor is being laid and the entire interior will be re-decorated. When completed the store will present a very neat appearance and will be a suitable place to display the numerous up-to-date electrical appliances found in the Scherkenbach Electric Shop.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 12, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

3,200 Fans See Ball Park Dedicated as Locals Win 11-6

More than 3,200 fans packed the stands and overflowed along the foul lines for the Chaska-Shakopee game that was the feature of the Riverside baseball park dedication here last Wednesday night.

Long before game time the eager crowd was fitting into the arena to be more of a spot from which to observe the historic event. A staff of firemen assigned to police duty, directed the parking and everything moved smoothly…

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 15, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

Major Park Development Considered for Shakopee

A major park development program in Shakopee received a warm reception at the city council meeting Monday night.

The council had asked George Muenchow, park and recreation director, for some plans on future development of Memorial Park and the Adams Street Park. His preliminary plans were presented Monday night.

The proposed improvements in Memorial Park included new road, parking and trail facilities as well as a new headquarters building and general beautification. Muenchow’s rough estimate of the project cost was $151,700…

In his presentation Munechow also outlined $100,000 in plans for the Adams Street Park which included development of ball parks, tennis courts, trails, parking facilities and landscaping…

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 13, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

County learns of possible plan for an amphitheater in area

Scott County officials have yet to receive a formal proposal on the matter, but preliminary discussions are expected to be held this week on a proposed amphitheater in the northwestern portion of the county.

One of the sites that may be considered is owned by Bruce Malkerson and is located near the Renaissance Festival grounds west of Highway 169 in Louisville Township. On Tuesday, Scott County Administrator David Unmacht said he was scheduled to discuss the concept of an amphitheater with Malkerson and or his representative Wednesday afternoon… Unmacht said he planned to ask Malkerson if he intended to formally begin the process during that meeting…

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Remember When – Aug. 5, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 11, 1898 Scott County Argus

John Goenen is building a new house on one of his lots on the “river bottoms.” The structure will be 12 ½x16 ½ feet in dimensions, a story and a half high.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 9, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Two Business Changes Here

P. A. Rademacher Buys Neubeiser Shop. Fred Wessel Sells His Business.

A local business deal, which has been pending for several days, was culminated last Tuesday when Peter A. Rademacher purchased the tinning and plumbing business owned and operated by Max L. Neubeiser. Mr. Rademacher will move his stock and equipment form his old location in the Philipp building to the Mergens building where Mr. Neubeiser has been located. He will conduct a heating, plumbing and tinning business in his new location. He will begin moving his equipment immediately…

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 5, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

To Propose High School District Plan

Reorganization of Scott county’s 67 school districts into four large districts along high school area lines will be the basic recommendation in a tentative report being prepared by the county school survey committee, it was learned.

Meeting in regular monthly session at the court house Tuesday night the committee reviewed the findings of the survey it had just completed and drafted the outline of the report to be completed by Sept. 1…

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 8, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

IDS Properties Moves Closer to Sale in Valley Industrial Park

IDS Properties neared the final step in gaining clear title to their land in Valley Industrial Park Tuesday before the City Council.

The investment corporation has virtually completed its legal hassles which began after IDS acquired the land several years ago…

IDS recently succeeded in getting a court order demanding the council approve a registered land survey and preliminary plat for the site which would give IDS the clear title it needs to go ahead with the sale.

The city had originally refused to take much action because of a dispute with Midland Glass, a company located in Valley Industrial Park. Although that dispute has not been finally settled, the court issued its order favoring the proposal of IDS…

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 6, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

If you build it…

The City of Shakopee was awarded a $50,000 grant to help purchase 10 acres on Tahpah’s west side.

The City of Shakopee Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a $50,000 grant to help purchase 10 acres of land adjacent to Tahpah Park’s west end. The land is currently in the form of cornfields.

The money will reimburse the City of Shakopee after the purchase of the 10-acre plot is approved. The land was appraised at $215,000, or $21,000 an acre, according to Mark McQuillan, Director of Shakopee Parks and Recreation. Upon approval of the environmental assessment by the Department of Natural Resources, the City of Shakopee will complete negotiations with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The land will be obtained for $119,604, according to McQuillan. Actual cost to the city is $69,604 for the land after application of the grant money. Once the DNR has approved and the city council has accepted the deal, transferring of the deed can begin. The process could be completed by September, according to McQuillan…

The land will be used for additional parking for up to 50 cars, according to McQuillan. It is likely that the remaining acres be used to construct a pair of soccer fields that are needed in the community…