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Remember When – Oct. 28, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Nov. 3, 1898 Scott County Argus

Owing to failing health Mrs. C. M. Nachtsheim has decided to retire from the millinery business, and she is offering her entire new stock for sale at a bargain either at wholesale or retail. The best stock of millinery goods in the city is thus thrown upon the market at greatly reduced prices. Ladies should take note of this at once, as it will be first come, first served. Bend her advertisement in this issue.

100 Years Ago: From the Nov. 1, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Old Landmark is Razed During Week

The old building, which was originally built and used as a blacksmith shop by Nick Heger on the present Chas. Schultz property across the street from the stock fair grounds, has been torn down during the past week. The building was one of Shakopee’s old landmarks.

75 Years Ago: From the Oct. 28, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Girl Scout Troop Will Be Organized

Plans are gradually taking shape to organize a Girl Scout troop in Shakopee under sponsorship of the PTA.

Four Shakopee ladies have volunteered their services as leaders and will go to Minneapolis in the near future to take a three-day leader’s training course. They are Mrs. Norman Kue, Mrs. Jos. Kelery, Mrs. Frank Strunk and Mrs. John A. Thole.

Each leader will have an assistant who will meet weekly with the young girls at the high school. These meetings will start as soon as the leaders have completed the training…

As far as known, three divisions will take care of the girls: the Brownies from 7 to 10, and two groups of 11 to 14 year olds.

Miss Mary Sampson has also volunteered her services and will be Mrs. Kelery’s assistant.

50 Years Ago: From the Oct. 31, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

Kawasaki begins building in Valley Industrial Park

Commissioner James R. Heitser has announced that a Japanese company has advised the state department of economic development that it has begun construction on a $1.3 million research and development center for small internal combustion engines in Shakopee this fall.

Heitser said Sergi Yamada, General Manager of the Engine Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., has informed him that the plant is being constructed on a 55-acre site in the Valley Industrial Park.

The center will develop and test engines for exclusive distribution to Arctic Enterprises, Inc., a Thief River Falls snowmobile and leisure products manufacturer, as well as other Kawasaki products for the recreational field…

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Remember When – Oct. 21, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Oct. 27, 1898 Scott County Argus

The work of laying a new cement walk along the north side of Second street, from Lewis to Holmes, is progressing, and the walk will probably be thrown open to the public by the end of the present week. Smoothly laid, of uniform width, and exact as to grade, the two continuous blocks of cement stone pavement laid by Ring & Fischer present a most substantial and pleasing appearance, and appeal to the eye at once as one of the marked improvements of the season. Another year should see cement sidewalks so popular with the Shakopee populace that there will never be any question, when a new sidewalk is needed, as to the material to be used.

100 Years Ago: From the Oct. 25, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Sewing Classes Organized Here

About twenty ladies of Shakopee and vicinity were present at a meeting held at the City Hall yesterday afternoon to organize classes for the free course in sewing and making clothing, offered by the Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Minnesota, through the co-operation of the Scott County Farm Bureau…

75 Years Ago: From the Oct. 21, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Retirement of Ball Lights Stock Seen

That the Shakopee Recreational Association Inc. is in a position to retire all of the $12,680 worth of stock authorized for the lighting of Riverside baseball park was disclosed Tuesday night in reports made to the Shakopee Commercial club by J. A. Metcalf, state amateur baseball tourney chairman, and Judge F. J. Connolly, president of the Recreational association.

Exceeding the “wildest dreams” of even the most enthusiastic supporters of the lighting project, the detailed reports showed a net balance of $14,832.67 on hand at the end of the baseball season—more than enough to cover the outstanding stock certificates…

50 Years Ago: From the Oct. 24, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

Council finally sells buildings on MVRP land

The Shakopee city council met Tuesday night and finally settle the matter of the metal buildings on the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project land.

The city owned the buildings and had promised to remove them, although the Historical Society had hoped they would be gone last summer.

A single bid on the buildings was received Tuesday from James Hauer of Shakopee who offered $250 for the three buildings and agreed to remove them by March 1 of next year. The council accepted his bid.

25 Years Ago: From the Oct. 22, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Scout Barn comes down

After using it for training during the week, Shakopee firefighters Saturday morning burned the old Boy Scout Barn, which sat on land owned by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), and was next to the women’s prison. The barn, which dates back to the 1920s, formerly housed dairy cows and was used by Shakopee Boy Scout Troop 218 for meetings and storage space since 1965. When the DOC asked that the barn be moved off state property so the prison could expand, Scouts unsuccessfully tried to raise the money needed to relocate it.

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Remember When – Oct. 14, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Oct. 20, 1898 Scott County Argus

Jos. Roth, who has been employed as a cooper in the shop at this point for ten or twelve years past, has given up that line of work, for the present, at least, and will try “railroading.” He went to St. James, Tuesday, to accept a position as brakeman on a freight train. All who know Mr. Roth personally are well aware that his diligences and capacity for work merit success, and his many friends wish him well in his new field.

100 Years Ago: From the Oct. 18, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Miss Helen Theis has been transferred from the local Telephone office to the new toll office. Miss Theis has been chief operator in the local office for a number of years, and during this time the service has been unsurpassed. The best wishes of the local public accompany Miss Theis to her new position.

75 Years Ago: From the Oct. 14, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

See Reformatory Adapted to Use of Youth Program

Conversion of the state reformatory for women here into a screening center for juveniles under the Youth Conservation commission will depend upon action that might be taken by the state legislature when it meets next January, it was learned this week.

It has been known for several months that the reformatory has been under consideration for use in connection with the youth program, but no definite action or decisions have been reached.

Carl Jackson, director of the state public institution was quoted as saying that there had been considerable talk about the reformatory being put at the disposal of the YCC and moving the woman inmates to another location. The present population of the reformatory is reported to be 43 women.

If the proposal is approved by the legislature that body will have to provide facilities for the women, it was explained.

50 Years Ago: From the Oct. 17, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

School Board plans land purchase vote

Shakopee school district voters will decide on the purchase of 20 acres of land as a potential site for a new junior high school Nov. 20.

The Board of Education plans to put a $150,000 bond issue to the voters on that date.

Final arrangements for the bond issue were decided at the board meeting Monday night.

The bond issue covers only purchase of the land and related costs, and the board has no specific details on the future plans for a school to be built on the site if the bond issue passes. School Board president Bob Mertz noted, however, that if the vote is successful the board would immediately begin planning for a bond issue for a new junior high.

25 Years Ago: From the Oct. 15, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Monument move was ‘making amends’

Correcting a wrong that dates back nearly 45 years, the city of Shakopee moved the granite monument honoring military veterans from atop a Native American burial mound in Veterans Memorial Park last Thursday afternoon.

The ceremony was a time for the current city officials to make amends for the errant placement of a flagpole and granite memorial in Shakopee’s war dead back in 1954…

The ceremony included the Sisseton Wahpeton Color Guard from Sisseton, S.D., comments from state Archaeologist Mark Dundalk, remarks by Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community Vice Chairman Glynn Crooks and a blessing by Gary Cavender, the tribe’s spiritual leader. A large crane then lifted the granite monument and flagpole base off the cement slab, loaded it onto a truck for the short drive to a new cement base slightly west of the burial mound. Shakopee City Administrator Mark McNeill said the old concrete slab will be covered in dirt and maintained. Breaking up the slab and removing it would further disturb the burial mound, he said…

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Remember When – Oct. 7, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Oct. 13, 1898 Scott County Argus

The best bit of news of the week comes to us just as we go to press. Flaherty & Lies will erect a big two-story business block upon the site of their store, the work to be begun at once. The firm has rented the Condon store, next to Segelbaum’s, and will commence moving to their temporary quarters the first of next week.

100 Years Ago: From the Oct. 11, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Rademacher and Kirkeby New Business Partnership

Peter Rademacher and Victor Kirkeby, two well known young men of this city, have formed a partnership in the plumbing, heating and sheet metal business, which the former recently purchased from M. L. Neubeiser. The new firm will continue to do business at the old stand in the Henry Mergens building on First street.

Both young men are able and reliable workmen and are deserving of the support and patronage of the community. The new firm will be welcomed into the business circles of the city.

75 Years Ago: From the Oct. 7, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Drop Plans for Electric Power Plant

Terminating for the present at least, the consideration of a municipally owned electric power generating plant, the city council Thursday night entered into a new energy contract with Northern States Power company.

The new contract, abrogating the one in force for the past seven years, is to run for 10 years from date of signature and according to authorities will effect a substantial annual saving in the cost of energy purchased by the city.

Although a lower rate clause goes into operation under the new agreement, the contract imposes a higher demand charge, provides for adjustment to meet increased costs of fuel used in generating electricity and calls for a 5% penalty for late payment of monthly bills. Previously a discount was allowed for prompt payment.

50 Years Ago: From the Oct. 10, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

School Board will try to purchase county land

Negotiations for the sale of 20 acres of land owned by Scott County to the Shakopee School Board continued this week.

The school intends to build a school on the land, located south of Tenth St. near Co. Rd. 17, if bond issues are successfully passed. Formal plans for a new school first hinge on the district’s purchase of the county land, which is likely to go before local voters around the end of November…

Proceeds from the land sale have already been earmarked for use in construction of the new county courthouse.

25 Years Ago: From the Oct. 8, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Justice Center to open for court on Oct. 19

Court will be in session in the new Scott County Justice Center on Oct. 19 as the new $12.2 million facility is opened for daily activity…