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Remember When – June 8, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the June 11, 1874 Shakopee Argus

During the past two weeks the farmers of this county have been marketing large quantities of wheat. Some days as much as sixteen hundred bushels have been delivered at the Elevator. During that time the price has ruled at $1.05, but to-day it is only $1.00 a bushel for No. 1.

125 Years Ago: From the June 8, 1899 Scott County Argus

Mrs. C. M. Nachtsheim is planning to move her millinery store into the Schott building, on Holmes street, about the first of next month.

125 Years Ago: From the June 9, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

The townships of Eagle Creek and Jackson are doing some very fine work with their new road grader. The town line between the above mentioned towns has been graded from the Shakopee line to the woods. There is a nice bicycle track on either side of the road. The work is a credit to its superintendents, Messrs. John O’Dowd and Dominic Majerus.

100 Years Ago: From the June 13, 1924 Shakopee Argus

Dr. A. C. Riemer, Chiropractic, will open an office in the location formerly occupied by the Southworth law firm, on June 16th. He will have an office at Chaska also, but intends to make this city his home and as soon as arrangements can be made for suitable living quarters will bring his mother here to live. Dr. Riemer is a graduate of the Midwest College of Chiropractic at Minneapolis, one of the largest schools of its kind in the northwest, and for the past three years has been connected with that school as an instructor and X-ray Laboratorian besides conducting a practice.

100 Years Ago: From the June 12, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Otto Siems and Chas. Cassellius Lease Pavilion

The Scott County Agricultural Society leased the pavilion on the fair grounds to Otto Siems and Charles Cassellius. The lease period runs from May 29, 1924 to Dec. 31, 1924, excepting the three days during which the county fair is to be held, Aug. 28, 29 and 30…

75 Years Ago: From the June 9, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Sound System in Ball Park

A new and modern public address system was made a part of the Shakopee baseball plant this week when engineers completed the installation of the amplifying unit, microphone and four speakers.

Purchase of the system, which cost approximately $400, was made possible through the contributions of public spirited business places and citizens of Shakopee, solicited by Jim Covington, Commercial club president, and Jack Lill, ardent baseball fan…

75 Years Ago: From the June 9, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

To Crack Down On Garbage Dumpers

In an attempt to halt the practice of dumping refuse, rubbage, and garbage along county highways, the Board of Commissioners, at their regular meeting Tuesday, directed the sheriff and county attorney to prosecute vigorously any persons apprehended of the act. Commissioner reported that in addition to being a health nuisance, rubbage has been interfering with the work of county road crews.

50 Years Ago: From the June 12, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

School Board accepts new bleacher bids

The Shakopee school board accepted bids for new bleachers and a new roof at their meeting Monday evening.

Portable, wooden bleachers, seating approximately 530 people were accepted by the board with the low bid coming from Hauenstein & Burmeister Inc. of Minneapolis. The bleachers will be in addition to the ones now on the football field at the senior high…

25 Years Ago: From the June 10, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Expansion of theater proposed

Sale, store relocation could bring up to 22 screens to city mall

If a host of things fall into place, Shakopee’s six-screen movie theater at the city’s lone mall could have a new owner and expand to 22 screens.

Mall owner Carlson Real Estate Co. is working on a proposal that would expand the theater and give a boost to the mall, which last year lost anchor County Market and is soon expected to lose Kmart, which plans to move to Marschall Road and Vierling Drive.

Under the proposal, theater owner GTI Theaters would sell out to Marcus Theater Corp. of Milwaukee, which last year bought several Twin Cities movie theaters. In addition to the existing theater’s 21,728 square feet, Marcus is interested in purchasing an additional 19,747 square feet of retail store space occupied by JoAnn Fabrics. That additional space would allow Marcus to expand the theater from six screens to 12. In a proposed second phase, Marcus might acquire 30,000 square feet of land used for parking behind the mall, which would eventually allow the theater to expand to as many as 22 screens. The new theaters would have stadium-style seating, and existing theaters would be retrofitted with stadium seating…

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Remember When – June 1, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the June 4, 1874 Shakopee Argus

H. H. Strunk & Son have just received a large stock of White Lime, Cement and Plastering Hair, and now offer it for sale at the lowest price.

125 Years Ago: From the June 1, 1899 Scott County Argus

Owing to the absence of City Recorder Schroeder at the commencement exercises of Gustavus Adolphus college at St. Peter, the publication of the council proceedings is deferred to next week. The most important business transacted was the appropriation of $300 to be used in fixing up the newly purchased park, which work is now being pushed. The fund will probably provide for clearing up the grounds, some grading, rip-rapping a landing for steamboats, a few settees and tables, and a dance floor. All of which will do very well for the first season’s work.

125 Years Ago: From the June 2, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

The storm on Tuesday night blowed down the gable ends in the new residence of Martin Lenzmeier. The roof not having been put on they were not supported sufficiently to resist the strong gale.

100 Years Ago: From the June 6, 1924 Shakopee Argus

When loading lumber Monday at the H. Simons yard Al Rachel had his right leg fractured in two places and sustained serious bruises when he attempted to stop his team from running away. The horses turned toward him, knocking him down, and the wagon passed over his legs below the knees. He was badly hurt and will be laid up at least three months it is reported.

100 Years Ago: From the June 5, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Fred Ring informs us that he is working out a plan which will when perfected, give Shakopee a delivery service. Fred contemplates making deliveries for all of the grocery stores and stores having grocery departments, also both of the meat markets. He states that he will be ready to start this delivery service about the 15th of this month.

75 Years Ago: From the June 2, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Graves Stripped of Plantings at Valley Cemetery

Thievery, always a detestable act, sank to a new depth here the past week with the discovery that more than 20 plants and floral arrangements, set out for Memorial day, had been stolen from graves in Valley cemetery.

The thefts were discovered by Mrs. Laura Geisler, member of the cemetery board, when she was making an inspection of the grounds Thursday morning…

75 Years Ago: From the June 2, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Weather Balloon Parachute And Instruments Found Six Miles East Of Shakopee Friday

Another weather balloon was found in Scott county last week as Jack Cameron discovered a parachute and box of weather instruments about 11 a. m. last Friday.

He phoned Wold-Chamberlain field and they reported that the balloon had been released at about 9 a. m. that morning. The instruments were found on a side road about six miles east of Shakopee near the Reis brothers farm…

50 Years Ago: From the June 5, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Building started

It’s been a long time coming but ground was formally broken last week for the new Scott County Court House. The new $2.6 million structure will be built adjacent to the present courthouse in Shakopee. Addressing members of the County Board of Commissioners and other county officials before the ceremony, board chairman Bill Koniarski said he was grateful that years of work and planning for the new facility were finally going to pay off. Construction of the court house was expected to begin this week with completion about a year and half away.

25 Years Ago: From the June 3, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Local residents will soon get new area code

Shakopee residents who have only known 612 as their area code will probably have to get used to three new numbers now that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has affirmed an earlier decision to add two more area codes to the metro area next February.

The PUC revisited a decision it made in March and agreed that the west metro area was due two new area codes. According to the PUC, Richfield, Minneapolis and Fort Snelling will retain the 612 area code for the immediate future. The west metro, in a north-south split along Interstate Highway 394, will receive two new area codes.

To the north of I-394, the new area code is likely to be 952. Cities south of the interstate — like Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake and Jordan – will receive a new area code that has yet to be determined, according to the PUC.

The reason for all the numerical uncertainty is the proliferation of cellular phones, dedicated Internet lines and fax lines. But the ability of customers to take their phone numbers with them when they change providers – “number portability” has supposedly reduced the need for new local phone numbers…

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Remember When – May 25, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the May 28, 1874 Shakopee Argus

The shade trees newly set out this spring are now looking in fine condition. During the past week about two hundred young evergreens have been planted in the Valley Cemetery.

125 Years Ago: From the May 25, 1899 Scott County Argus

Joseph Fischer is busy about town laying cement stone walks, and the improvements are in keeping with the general march of progress of the city. At the residence of Atty. E. Southworth a walk has been laid from the front gate to the main entrance and around to the rear. Jos A. Ring’s residence is also connected with Second street by a long and neatly laid walk of the blocks. At Mrs. Effie Vogel’s house on First street, occupied by Prof. A. L. McBee, there is a walk leading from the gate to the front porch. A sidewalk is now going in in front oi N. Heger’s residence on Second street, the curbing having been put in by the city in accordance with its offer of last year. Theodore Weiland’s residence property is supplied with the walks. And James McHale’s will be improved by a front walk and cement step.

125 Years Ago: From the May 26, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

J. C. Marx has rented that part of the How Block now temporarily occupied by J. McMullen. He will move by July 1st and greatly increase his stock of jewelry.

100 Years Ago: From the May 30, 1924 Shakopee Argus

William Spoerner is remodeling the former grist mill on his property better known as the Durose place in East Shakopee, into a modern house. With the present scarcity of desirable homes to rent Mr. Spoerner’s action will meet with unanimous approval.

100 Years Ago: From the May 29, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Work on the St. Paul House, which Hubert Nyssen is remodeling for the new proprietors, Schmidt and Lane, is nearing completion. Mr. Schmidt informed us that while the remodeling would not be entirely completed for another week, they expect to be in a position to serve meals next Monday.

75 Years Ago: From the May 26, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Installs New Switch Panel

Sometime within the next 60 days, barring unforeseen trouble, the electrical energy that flows into the homes, industrial plants and shops of Shakopee, will be passing through the new $13,000 switchboard equipment in the municipal power station.

Robert Houts, city electrician, who for the past two weeks has been painstakingly assembling the intricate units, said Tuesday that if everything goes well the switchover will be made without a break in service or the consumers being aware of the change…

75 Years Ago: From the May 26, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Field Trials To Be Held Here This Weekend

Shakopee will be host to the spring trials of the Minnesota Field Trial Association Saturday and Sunday when over 150 retriever dogs throughout the nation will be shown in the field.

Trial grounds will be along Highway 101, three miles east of Shakopee, with local headquarters at the St. Paul House. The object of the trial, which is one of a limited number held annually under license from the American Kennel Club, is to test a dog’s ability to retrieve game birds upon command of his hander under similated hunting conditions…

50 Years Ago: From the May 29, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Co. Rd. 17 project misses federal aid; some hopes remain

Shakopee’s efforts to get federal assistance on the Co. Rd 17 project appear to have failed for now according to reports given at Tuesday night’s city council Meeting.

City administrator Bill Fahey and city engineer Doug Gorieski told members of the council that Shakopee’s project was not among those designated to receive funds.

They added, however, that Co. Rd. 17 could be on a new list of federally assisted projects to be released late this summer…

25 Years Ago: From the May 27, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Ventura signs bill allowing card club at Canterbury Park

Horses won’t be the only things to bet on at Canterbury Park.

Gov. Jesse Ventura on Monday signed a bill allowing the creation of a card club at the Shakopee horse racing track. Under a bill approved by the state Legislature, Canterbury is authorized to install up to 50 tables for up to seven persons per table to play poker against one another. The opening ante is limited to $15 with raises capped at $30. The track will collect a percentage of the bets and allocate part of that toward larger purses for live racing…

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Remember When – May 18, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the May 21, 1874 Shakopee Argus

A large amount of new material arrived this week for the Shakopee Soap Factory. Prosperous business, and a good article of soap.

125 Years Ago: From the May 18, 1899 Scott County Argus

A new lawn mower is whirring away on the spacious lawn of the Court House, and as the inventors have not yet gotten lawn mowers into the automobile class it takes muscle to make it whirr, said muscle being furnished by Janitor Gentgen. The plot is large enough to make the race interesting between the mower and the growing grass, the latter getting a good start at one end before the mower has reached the other. But the improvement effected by the mower is worth the effort.

125 Years Ago: From the May 19, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

Alex Schaefer has had his barroom repapered this week. C. L. Wilcox did the work. He also put a new plate glass windows pane in the front.

100 Years Ago: From the May 23, 1924 Shakopee Argus

Shakopee Base Ball Season Opens Memorial Day

The Shakopee Base Ball ass’n will open its 1924 season at Riverside Park on Memorial Day afternoon, on the fastest diamond in the Minnesota Valley before a brand new grandstand with a seating capacity of 800 people, with the fastest lineup of semi-pros in the northwest…

100 Years Ago: From the May 22, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

E. G. Dahl has improved the appearance of his store by taking out the partition which had been a part of the front window. The removal of this frame work brightens the interior of the store considerably and gives a complete view of the interior of the store from the outside.

75 Years Ago: From the May 19, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

State Objects to New City Signs

Objection to the city’s erecting of signs within the city limits along highways leading into Shakopee has been raised by employees of the state highway department, it was learned.

In a recent action the City Council authorized the making and placing of four massive signs fixing the speed rate through Shakopee, and urging motorists to be considerate of the lives and limbs of Shakopee children.

The signs, eight feet square, are now being completed by Ed Fonnier, and the posts upon which they will be mounted have been set at the east and west city limits on First street, north of the Lewis street bridge and on South Lewis street.

According to Pat Thielen, police chief, who directed the placing of the signs, the state’s principal objection is that the city’s signs will detract from the effectiveness of those placed by the state highway department.

75 Years Ago: From the May 19, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

St. Mary’s Pupil Is World Affairs Leader

An eighth grade pupil at St. Mary’s school, Shakopee, was one of the major winners in the recent World Affairs contest sponsored by a Twin City newspaper.

The winner was Mary Pearson who made the highest score of any pupil in her grade among the 223 schools that entered the competition. She made her score in the qualifying tests on April 22.

She was awarded a set of the Columbia Encyclopedia, the school was given a copy of Webster’s New International Dictionary, and her teacher, Sister Nicolette, was presented with a copy of “Mirror For Man”.

Her high qualifying score permitted Mary to compete in the finals in Minneapolis this week.

50 Years Ago: From the May 22, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Midland glass has new bottle

Midland Glass Company, Inc. announces the first commercial use of Midland’s plaswrap concept.

Coca-coal USA has commenced bottling a new 64 ounce capacity plastic coated glass container at their New England bottling facility.

The bottle consists of glass with a coating of Dupont’s Clear Surlyn Ionomer resin and is pre-labeled.

25 Years Ago: From the May 20, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Pool to undergo more testing

Two weeks after the Shakopee City Council voted to close the municipal for the summer due to a consultant’s concerns about health risks, councilors voted Tuesday night to make a last-ditch attempt to open the facility.

The council voted unanimously to begin testing the water in the pool to determine the efficiency of the sand-bottom pool’s circulation and filtration systems. The city plans to fill the pool next week and then test the water quality for a week. Meanwhile, the city will obtain a second cost estimate for a chlorinator. AquaLogic, an Eden Prairie company, proposed a chlorinator system for $24,940 – just below the state-mandated threshold that would require the city to seek a competitive bid. After the first week of testing, the city will install a new chlorinator and test the water for a second week…

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Remember When – May 11, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the May 14, 1874 Shakopee Argus

The Court House is receiving new shingles. Tom Holmes laughs.

125 Years Ago: From the May 11, 1899 Scott County Argus

G. S. Lander has been improving his residence property this week, and the finished work is very pleasing. The grounds have been sodded, evergreens set out, and the whole surrounded by an ornamental fence of galvanized wire surmounted by gas piping.

125 Years Ago: From the May 12, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

The Math Mayer residence will be remodeled, putting in block casing, a double set of front doors, also rear doors. When completed the substantial structure will have a modern appearance. E. B. Schneider has the contract.

100 Years Ago: From the May 16, 1924 Shakopee Argus

New Hotel to Open

Ed Schmidt of this city and his brother-in-law, H. J. Lane of Minneapolis have rented the St. Paul hotel and John Abeln’s soft drink parlor in connection with it and will reopen the hotel for business about June 1st.

The building is being thoroughly renovated and redecorated and all new furniture will be installed, the new proprietors planning on making the hotel as attractive as possible to patrons. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt are experienced in cafe business, have a very good location in the St. Paul House, as the hotel will continue to be known, and their new venture will undoubtedly meet with success.

100 Years Ago: From the May 15, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Gem Theater Install New Gold Fibre Screen

Manager Dawson of the Gem Theater has installed one of the famous Gardiner Velvet Gold Fibre Screens which produces unusually clear pictures in graduated color tones, thus eliminating the violent black and white contrasts which are injurious to the eyes.

On the new Gardiner Screen all color tones are contrasted in their true values, for instance, an actor wearing a black felt hat and blue serge suit, does not simply appear to be wearing dark clothing—you can easily see that he has a blue suit and black hat because of the tone contrast made possible by the velvet gold fibre surface of the Gardiner Screen.

In addition to this, the new screen reproduces swiftly moving objects in clear, sharp detail, entirely doing away with the hazy, vague, outlines and jump which is the cause of so much eyestrain.

Manager Dawson invites everyone, especially the kiddies and elderly movie fans of Shakopee to visit the Gem as often as they wish and sit anywhere in the theater. The picture will not hurt their eyes, and they are promised a treat in the form of a motion picture that is seemingly a bit of actual life.

75 Years Ago: From the May 12, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

To Receive Bids on New School

New bids for the construction of Shakopee’s proposed new public school facilities are to be called for opening June 13, according to an action taken by the School Board Monday night.

Pressing need for more room and improved conditions, and the easing of the financing problem by virtue of new state legislation have encouraged the board to again seek a solution to the school problem.

The 20-man committee of the Shakopee Commercial club which has worked with the school directors in the project will again be called in to consult with the board when the bids are opened.

75 Years Ago: From the May 12, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

County Gets Big Increase In State, U.S. Road Aid Money Allotments

Scott county was assured of getting $21,750 more “outside” funds for county highway improvements during the year ahead than was received in 1948, the Minnesota Department of Highways revealed Tuesday.

From state-collected road-user revenue alone, Scott county will receive a total of $82,350 in regular state allotments. This consists of $12,100 for State Aid roads and $69,750 for County Aid roads, the latter figure compared with a $48,000 County Aid allotment in 1948.

In addition, the county will receive $500 for maintenance cost on the special state aid parkway at the Women’s State Reformatory in Shakopee…

50 Years Ago: From the May 15, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee Senior High chosen for USDA project

Shakopee Senior High School was selected by the Minnesota Department of Education to take part in a nationwide project on school lunch participation.

Conducted by the State Department of Education’s school food service office and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the effort includes 300 high schools across the country — all of them exploring and developing methods to increase student participation in the lunch program…

25 Years Ago: From the May 13, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Voters turn down city parks referendum

Shakopee voters Tuesday rejected a $6 million referendum that would have expanded the Community Center, and improved a dozen city parks and two trails.

In extremely light voting, with just over 16 percent of the eligible voters going to the polls, the question was defeated by 97 votes, 811 to 714, or by a margin of 53 to 47 percent…

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Remember When – May 4, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the May 7, 1874 Shakopee Argus

Upon the plaintiff’s application the case of Thomas A. Holmes against Scott County to recover the Court House Block, the place of trial was changed from Scott County to Carver County.

125 Years Ago: From the May 4, 1899 Scott County Argus

The City Brickyard is undergoing improvements and new machinery is being put in place, preparatory to the season’s run. A new tempering mill has been added, its use being to grind the clay to a finer consistency before it goes into the press, thus making the brick harder and better.

125 Years Ago: From the May 5, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

Dr. Fischer has grown tired waiting for a public park and has started his own. He has planted a row of white cedar on the south and west sides of his already well shaded lawn, which will in course of time make a beautiful park. It is centrally located and will in due time have an ostentatious appearance.

100 Years Ago: From the May 9, 1924 Shakopee Argus

New Grandstand Contract Awarded

At a meeting of the Riverside Athletic Ass’n last Saturday evening four separate bids for the construction of a grand-stand at Riverside Park were considered. A. F. Huth’s bid to furnish all necessary material and erect the structure in accordance with the plans and specifications for the sum of $2394 was the lowest and was accepted.

Tuesday a contract was entered into with Mr. Huth and work was begun at once. The contract to build the abutments and concrete foundation was sublet to C. J. Cassellius who is already well along with his part of the work. The contract calls for a completed job on or before May 29, so that it may be ready for occupancy on Memorial Day at which time it is planned by the Shakopee Baseball Club to play the first game of the season.

The grand-stand when fully completed, will cost substantially $2,500.

100 Years Ago: From the May 8, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Hubert J. Pass purchased a half interest in the shoe repair shop owned and operated by John Czaia. The partnership was formed and became effective on May 1.

75 Years Ago: From the May 5, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

New Owner of Huss Foundry

To be known as the Shakopee Foundry, the plant formerly operated by Leo Huss east of here, is now under management of Ben Krawiecke of Mora.

The new owner took the place over in April and workmen are now getting organized to handle custom casting work in gray iron and aluminum…

75 Years Ago: From the May 5, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Board Acts To Replace Jail, Residence With Modern Structure

That Scott county’s antique jail and sheriff’s residence will finally be replaced seemed likely this week as the County Board of Commissioners started preliminary steps toward that action.

In a resolution passed unanimously after long debate at their regular meeting Tuesday, the board voted to hire an architect to present proposals and specifications for a new structure.

The present jail, built about 73 years ago, has been roundly condemned by both the federal and state inspectors of institutions for several years. The last Scott county grand jury, convened about three years ago, condemned the building in very strong language…

50 Years Ago: From the May 8, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Tahpah Park is winning contest entry

The city’s athletic complex on Co. Rd. 15 near the swimming pool has a new name now, and Marilyn Ries is $30 richer for submitting it.

The land is now called Tahpah Park.

The Shakopee Jaycees sponsored a Name the Park contest which ended last week. There were 600 entries.

Mrs. Ries said she had called the Minneapolis Public Library to find the meaning of Sioux Indian words in coming up with her winning name.

Tahpah means “ball” in Sioux, she was told, and the judges liked that name best…

25 Years Ago: From the May 6, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Health concerns will close pool for summer

Citing concerns over the ability of pump and filtration systems to safeguard swimmers from possible health risks, the Shakopee City Council ordered the Municipal Pool in Lions Park closed for the 1999 summer season.

On Tuesday night, the council voted unanimously to close the pool and investigate the cost of repairs needed to the 30-year-old sand-bottom pool…

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Remember When – April 27, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the April 30, 1874 Shakopee Argus

Now is the time for planting shade trees. Some of our citizens are improving the opportunity. We are told that a large number of shade trees are to be set out in the court-house block.

125 Years Ago: From the April 27, 1899 Scott County Argus

At the adjourned meeting of the common council Tuesday evening a report was heard from the special committee on the park matter, but no action was taken. The council will meet as a committee of the whole in a few days to inspect the proposed site and consider the matter of its purchase. We understand that the members have already determined to buy no more than three acres of the grove at the end of the bridge for the present. The price asked for this much by the owners is $600.

125 Years Ago: From the April 28, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

After Monday next Berens & Grafenstatt will sell goods recently damaged by fire, at any price regardless of cost. As most of the goods were damaged slightly this gives an excellent opportunity to procure goods at your own price.

100 Years Ago: From the May 2, 1924 Shakopee Argus

Work on the Pelham hotel was started last week and the foundation and first floor are now well under way.

100 Years Ago: From the May 1, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

The King Midas Milling Co. of this city purchased a considerable quantity of new shrubs and flowers which will be planted on its already beautiful premises. The mill has always had the reputation of keeping its grounds in a well-kept condition and we have been told by E. G. Darsow, manager, that the grounds will be one of the most beautiful in the vicinity after the shrubs and flowers have been added.

75 Years Ago: From the April 28, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Old Landmark Torn Down Here

Razing of an old landmark that for more than half a century had served as a home for several Shakopee families was completed last week when workmen leveled the frame house east of the Metcalf garage on First street.

The land thus vacated is to be utilized as a used car lot. At the north end of the lot a 20 by 40 foot fireproof warehouse is now under construction to provide needed storage space, Mr. Metcalf said.

75 Years Ago: From the April 28, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Council Appoints Street, Park Men

Mayor Clarence Czaia recommended an augmented summer recreation program and increased efforts to attract new industries to the city in a program presented to the Shakopee city council at their adjourned meeting Friday night.

At the same meeting the council appointed Edgar H. Bolz as Superintendent of Streets and named James Rein as Superintendent of Parks…

50 Years Ago: From the May 1, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

New look at LaTour Shoe and Saddle

Willie LaTour, owner of LaTour Shoe & Saddle, has completed the “new look” at the downtown Shakopee store at the corner of First & Holmes.

LaTour called attention early this week that son Ron has joined the store in a full-time sales position that climaxes a remodeling and expansion project started last fall…

In today’s era of “doing your thing”, it isn’t often that son follows in the footsteps of father, or more so, tries to fill dad’s shoes. Ron isn’t exactly planning on filling dad’s shoes but rather take over the sales department and give Willie more time for shoe repair which despite today’s modern technology is still much in demand.

The demand for diversification at LaTour Shoe & Saddle has prompted the LaTours to expand their greeting card department, add extra lines of apparel which will compliment their western wear and generally offer area shoppers more.

25 Years Ago: From the April 29, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

$6 million question

A pool and expanded Community Center, and improvements to a dozen parks are in May 11 referendum

Supporters of $6 million in improvements to Shakopee’s Parks and Recreation Department believe a proposal worthy of community approval is on the table.

Some voters may still hold resentment over the city’s going ahead with the building of the Community Center in 1995 using tax-increment financing (TIF) revenue even after voters rejected the idea in a June 1993 referendum.

Some residents may simply feel the proposed improvements are too expensive or superfluous.

Whatever the case, voters will have their say May 11 when they are asked to decide on a $5 million bond referendum, which would pay the lion’s share of $6 million worth of improvements to 12 city parks and an addition to the Community Center.

Anchoring the proposal is $5,015,000 worth of improvements to the Community Center, including a recreation and lap pool similar to that at Chaska’s community center, a fitness center with an aerobic area/multipurpose room and racquetball courts. It would also mean $985,000 in improvement to community parks and trails…

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Remember When – April 20, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the April 23, 1874 Shakopee Argus

The Old and New Drug Stores have consolidated in Strunk & Son. E. G. Halle & Co. have passed out of existence as dealers in drugs.

125 Years Ago: From the April 20, 1899 Scott County Argus

John Mertz will remove his saloon from his present quarters in the Kohls & Berens block to the fine large store in the Busse block, two doors east, beginning business there about the first of May. Kohls & Berens are planning to remodel their place of business, taking in the room vacated for use as a clothing department. This work will be done this season, and later on they hope to have their entire block in use as one store.

125 Years Ago: From the April 21, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

Last Saturday evening about 7 o’clock fire was discovered in the large show window of Berens & Grafenstatt, and for about fifteen minutes there threatened to be a thorough gutting of the building, but the prompt action of Mr. Berens and a few of the firemen, who were promptly on hand, confined the flames to the stock that filled the windows. The damage to the stock and plate glass will probably amount to $600 or $700.

100 Years Ago: From the April 25, 1924 Shakopee Argus

E. G. Darsow, one of the members of the committee appointed to circulate among the property owners of whiteway district No. 1 which embraces the business district of Shakopee, reported that the signatures of nearly every property owner had been obtained and the committee was instructed to present the petition to the city council for final action. So that it is now almost a foregone conclusion that the whiteway socalled will be installed in the very near future.

100 Years Ago: From the April 24, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Leonard Van Sloun is contemplating building a new home, the plan for which has been furnished by the Henry Simons Lumber Co. The home when built will be 24×26 two story, stucco, with 3 rooms on the first floor and 3 rooms and bath on the second floor. It will be strictly modern including a heating plant. Simons Lumber Company is also preparing a plan for Chas. Schesso, who is contemplating building just as soon as he secures a suitable lot.

75 Years Ago: From the April 21, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Fire Damages Shed

Believed to have started from burning rubbish, fire damaged a storage shed at the rear of the M. J. Berens store and Valley bakery Wednesday morning. Contents of the shed included old shelving and dry goods storage cabinets. The east wall of the building was extensively burned, and the contents water soaked. Firemen promptly extinguished the blaze.

75 Years Ago: From the April 21, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

2 New Doctors Coming June 1

Dr. L. J. Heinz and his wife, Dr. Ivy Heinz have acquired the practice of Dr. J. C. Klein, local physician and surgeon, it was announced this week.

Their coming will give the city the unusual combination of a man and his wife, both practicing physicians and surgeons. They also purchased the home of Dr. Klein. At present, the Heinz’ are in Wabasso, Minnesota, but expect to arrive in Shakopee about June 1. They have three children six, three and 14 months old…

50 Years Ago: From the April 24, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Courthouse bids appear to exceed project estimates

Bids that appeared to far exceed the expected cost of a new county courthouse were opened by the Scott County Board of Commissioners.

Combining the lowest base bids for general, mechanical and electrical construction produced a price tag of roughly $2.67 million. The county had planned on spending just under $2 million when it presented courthouse plans to voters.

The county asked for bids that allowed it to put together various features of a new building. By eliminating some of the features, the county could get below the base bid to about $2.31 million…

25 Years Ago: From the April 22, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Technology needs described to board

With new schools on the horizon and the next millennium just around the corner, the Shakopee School District needs to streamline its computer systems and equipment to accommodate change, consultants told School Board members last week.

Representatives from Epic USA, hired to complete an audit of the district’s technology resources, offered a series of recommendations to board members at their regular meeting April 12.

Among the firm’s suggestions were upgrades in staffing, creation of a district web page, additional technology training for staff, and a gradual transition from slower, outdated computers to faster, more powerful systems. Consultants also recommended adding support staff to assist Technology Coordinator Leon McNellis, who is stretched thin…

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150 Years Ago: From the April 16, 1874 Shakopee Argus

Mr. Woodward, the party who is to build the new steam mill in Shakopee is about to commence operations. A bonus of $3,000 has been raised. The stone building known as Reis’ Mill will be enlarged, and the new mill located at that point.

125 Years Ago: From the April 13, 1899 Scott County Argus

The work of tearing down and removing the old McMullen store was begun this morning, and from that date the contractors, Aug. Woehling & Co., will push the construction of the new brick block to rapid completion.

125 Years Ago: From the April 14, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

John Hirscher is improving his residence this week by adding to it another story in height, making it now a two-story building, which will greatly improve its appearance and double the space of its living apartments.

100 Years Ago: From the April 18, 1924 Shakopee Argus

Enlarge Pelham Hotel

John J. Cavanaugh, the enterprising proprietor of the Pelham hotel, this week let the contract to Fred Rohlfs for a three floor 24 by 29 addition to be added to the hotel on the west. The new part will contain twelve rooms, eleven of which will be sleeping rooms, and the outside walls will be of cream color brick veneer to conform to the present building.

The new part will be strictly modern, Mr. Cavanaugh informs us, with steam heat and hot and cold water in the bedrooms and a drinking fountain on the second floor.

Tho entrance to the hotel will be remodeled, with a vestibule opening into the present office and a new front door replacing the one now in use. A public telephone booth will be placed on the first floor.

Work on the building will start this week and is to be completed June 10…

100 Years Ago: From the April 17, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Stove Co. Offices to Be Moved Here

General Offices of American Range and Foundry Co. to Be Located in Shakopee

The entire management and office forces of the American Range and Foundry Co., which at present are located in Chicago and Minneapolis, will be transferred to this city. This change, which will be in effect by May 1, will make the organization local in every sense…

75 Years Ago: From the April 14, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

New Siren Under 30-Day Test Here

A new and unfamiliar note penetrated the air hereabouts Thursday noon when for the first time a modern type alarm atop the city hall was given a chance to sound its “siren call.” The unit, under test, was installed on a 30-day trial basis to determine if firemen long distances from the fire station, could better hear the pitched shriek…

The device installed last week is not directional but is so designed as to permit the sounds waves to fan out over a complete circle, and its higher pitch is believed to have greater carrying force.

75 Years Ago: From the April 14, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Kreuser Named President Of City Council At First Meeting Tuesday

Alderman Lawrence Kreuser was named president of the Shakopee City Council when that group held their organizational meeting at the city hall Tuesday night.

Roy Schulz, third ward alderman, was named vice-president of the council. Kreuser, who served as vice-president during the past few years, succeeds Ray Siebenaler in the presiding officer’s chair. Voted on both president and vice-president were by split 5-3-1 ballots…

50 Years Ago: From the April 17, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Shopping Center names second major tenant; faces annexation

A second major tenant for the Minnesota Valley Mall Shopping Center has been announced by Watson Centers, developers of the project.

George A. Clark and Son, a Minneapolis based wholesale distributor, has agreed to open a Promart Home and Farm Center in the shopping center which is planned to be opened in 1975…

25 Years Ago: From the April 15, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

City argues case against increase in train speeds

The city of Shakopee is making good on its promise to fight Union Pacific Railroad’s decision to increase the speeds of its trains through town. In a hearing held in St. Paul, the city argued before an administrative law judge that state and federal laws prohibit excess speeds through downtown areas.

In December, when Union Pacific told the Shakopee City Council it planned to increase the length and the speeds of its trains from 10 to 30 mph, Mayor Jon Brekke told railroad officials that the city would fight the move for safety reasons.

The Shakopee case is believed to be the first time the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has been asked to have a ruling made on such an issue. The hearing began last week and was expected to wrap up on Wednesday of this week…

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150 Years Ago: From the April 9, 1874 Shakopee Argus

Last week the Merchants and Mechanics National Bank was defrauded out of $3,600 on a forged certified check.

125 Years Ago: From the April 6, 1899 Scott County Argus

John McMullen began the first of the week the task of removing his stock into the How block, and he is now waiting upon his customers there, pending the erection of his new brick block. The old building has been bought by Nic Annen, who will tear it down and make use of the material in building a machine shop. The passing of the old building naturally rouses old memories, but improvement is the order of the age, and improvement finds little room for sentiment. There is one quite remarkable thing in Mr. McMullen’s business career in the old building, and that is, that for thirty three years he has not failed to be at the store every single day when he was in town; and his days of absence from town have been quite inconsiderable in number.

125 Years Ago: From the April 7, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

J. J. Ring has this week taken possession of the county poor house.

100 Years Ago: From the April 11, 1924 Shakopee Argus

Work on Cottage No. 3 at the Women’s reformatory was begun this week by Contractor Jos. Pavek of New Prague. Lumber for the building is furnished by H. Simons Lumber Co. and other building material by Schroeder Brick & Lime Mfg. Co.

100 Years Ago: From the April 10, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Local Postoffice Renovated Recently

Redman and Bierbaum, owners of the postoffice building in this city, completed last week, the renovation and redecorating of the interior of the local postoffice.

According to the suggestion of P. J. Schwartz, local postmaster, the rear of the building was enlarged twelve by twenty feet. This space was added in the interest of the public as it will enable the office clerks and route men to handle the increasing business of the office more efficiently and promptly.

J. H. Stans of this city repapered and painted the walls and woodwork and the office is now one of the finest of its class in the state of Minnesota.

75 Years Ago: From the April 7, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

River Floods Farms, Parks

Swelled by local melting snows and heavy rains farther up stream, the Minnesota river this week reached its highest flood stage here since 1918, authorities disclosed.

Starting last Friday it rose at the rate of a half inch per hour and soon burst its banks to spread its waters over vast acreages of low lands on the north and south sides of the stream…

75 Years Ago: From the April 7, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Czaia, Shakopee’s New Mayor, Is One Of Youngest In State

With the election of Clarence Czaia Tuesday, the City of Shakopee now has one of the youngest municipal chief executives in Minnesota. Czaia or “Kinney” as he was universally known when a first mayor for the Shakopee Indians last year, was 28 years of age February 11…

50 Years Ago: From the April 10, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Voters okay new school by 2-1; pool passes too

Shakopee will get its badly needed new Junior High School now because voters approved a $4.45 million bond issue last Thursday by nearly a two to one margin.

The heavy voter turn-out showed 1,411 in favor of the proposal with 769 opposed.

A second question on the ballot proposing construction of a swimming pool to be built along with the school also passed. That vote was 1,230 to 938. Value of the pool was set at $245,000…

25 Years Ago: From the April 8, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee Showcased April 19

New acts to mark 25 years

Riding a wave of popularity which has drawn thousands to Canterbury Park for one evening each April, Shakopee Showcase is celebrating its silver anniversary.

The communitywide open house, sponsored by Shakopee Parks and Recreation, will begin 30 minutes earlier this year to allow area residents more time to visit the many entertaining and educational exhibits. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19.

What began as a simple registration period for youth activities 25 years ago has evolved into a spirited springtime festival, featuring food, music, dance numbers, even jugglers.

Attendance is expected to exceed 4,000 again this year, with more than 70 non-profit and service organizations signed up to demonstrate programs and present information. This marks the 10th year the event has been held at Canterbury Park…

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