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Remember When – Jan. 23, 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 Jan. 23, 1896 Scott County Argus

Diphtheria is reported at the Gaulmeyer house near the old brick yard.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 27, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Wednesday, February 2nd, the State Reformatory for Women will celebrate its first anniversary. On that day, at 2:00 p.m., two one act plays will be given there by the women. All the women of Shakopee who are interested in the work of the institution are invited to attend.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 24, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

School Board Gets Detailed Report of NYA Project Fund

As part of the business at its January meeting the board of education studied the financial report of the NYA revolving fund submitted by Superintendent Al N. Wurst.

The report, based on a recently completed audit by state examiners, revealed that $127,124.87 in receipts and $122,148.84 in disbursements has been recorded in the activity since establishment of the NYA revolving fund July 1, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1945.

A breakdown of the disbursements shows that 64.95% or $79,231.25 was paid in salaries and that of that amount $39,029.59 was paid to the residents of the Shakopee community…

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 27, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Snowmobiles Are Banned at Schools

Snowmobiles were banned from operation on public school property in Shakopee by action of the Shakopee School Board Monday night.

The decision to outlaw use of the machines came after School Superintendent Dr. Robert Mayer advised the board that the schools’ insurance carrier had told him liability on the part of the schools existed if the board approved the activity and that insurance to cover snowmobile activity would cost an estimated $500 annually.

Until last week, the board had never given total approval for use of the machines on school property, but at its last meeting, adopted a list of guidelines for snowmobile operation, which in effect, amounted to such approval. Until that time, the board had simply not forbidden use of school property to snowmobilers…

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

Board rejects downsizing of Co. Rd. 18

By a 4-1 vote Tuesday Scott County commissioners formally slammed the door on Shakopee’s quest for downsizing the proposed County Road 18 reconstruction project.

Unless the city opts to abrogate its cooperative agreement with the county, the project will move forward as planned.

The Shakopee City Council has discussed the road project several times this month, initially considering recission of a 1994 cooperative agreement for road construction between the city and county.

Plans call for County Road 18 to connect to the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge, creating a direct route to County Road 42. The project, which originally was slated for completion last year, has been held up by legal …. by landowners along County Road 18… As has happened during each previous discussion of County Road 18 projected – and arguable – traffic counts loomed prominently in the debate…

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Remember When – Jan. 16, 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 Jan. 16, 1896 Scott County Argus

Anton Gentgen wishes to announce that he will continue the business of the Central Barber Shop and endeavor to settle all outstanding accounts to this and he asks for a continued generous patronage from the public.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 20, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Miss Millie Mallgren, principal of the high school, spent the week end at her home at St. Peter and following the basket ball game Friday night she entertained the team and those who accompanied them from Shakopee at a lunch and social party at the home of her parents. The young folks acclaim Miss Mallgren and her folks as splendid entertainers.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 17, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Christmas Seal Sale Here Brings $456

A total of $456 was raised by the sale of Christmas seals to Shakopee the Minnesota Public Health Association revealed this week in a report to Mrs. N. L. Regan, local seal sale chairman.

Funds raised by the sale of seals are used in combating tuberculosis and in promoting public health activities in the schools.

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 20, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Log Smokehouse Added to Complex

A log smokehouse has been added to the Berger Farm complex at the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project in Shakopee. The smokehouse was obtained from the Lee Goetz property near Waconia.

Bill Timmons, New Prague and his son, Marty Timmons, Shakopee, donated the labor required to move the building to the Scott County Historical Society’s restoration site. Equipment for the move was donated by Asheford Construction Company of Savage.

Eventually the Berger Farm complex will include about six farm buildings and will depict life in the 1850’s. Most of the buildings, all made of logs, were part of farmsteads near Blakely, all belonging to descendants of German immigrant Peter Berger.

A chicken house, granary and cow barn are yet to be added to the complex, which now contains a log home and a double hay barn besides the smokehouse.

25 Years Ago: From the Jan. 18, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Coalition formed to promote area

The Convention & Visitors Bureau in three cities – Shakopee, Burnsville and Eagan – have formed a collation to promote the communities, hospitality businesses and attractions south of the Minnesota River.

The campaign will be called BEST, which combines the first letter from each word in their slogan – “Burnsville, Eagan, Shakopee Together.” The goal is to attract travelers and tourists to sites in the area, including Valleyfair, Burnsville Shopping Center, Mystic Lake Casino, Canterbury Park, Diamond T Ranch, Historic Murphy’s Landing, Buck Hill Ski Area, Minnesota Renaissance Festival and the Minnesota Zoo.

More than 200 restaurants and 19 hotels and motels with over 2,000 rooms are located in the BEST area.

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Remember When – Jan. 9, 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 Jan. 9, 1896 Scott County Argus

Wm. Eschman removed last Tuesday to St. Paul, where he has secured a position as engineer in the Washburne building. Mr. Eschman has been engaged for a number of years in the Jacob Ries Bottling Works of this city, and his good qualities have become so generally known, that news of his advancement will be heard with pleasure by all.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 13, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

There is a fast growing spirit of resentment among the citizens of Shakopee against conditions in the city and the Tribune has heard some strong condemnation the past week of the way in which laws are being violated here particularly in regard to “moonshine” and it looks to us like a revolt is brewing against present conditions.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 10, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Bloss Variety Store Sold to Mrs. Jos. Bisek

In a transaction completed last Wednesday Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Bloss sold their variety store to Mrs. Joseph Bisek.

The new owner has taken possession of the business and will be assisted by Miss Mildred Lauer. Mr. and Mrs. Bloss who have operated the store the past 10 years, plan to remain in Shakopee and will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 13, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Proposed Shakopee City Charter Revision Seen As “Vital”

Dr. Bror F. Pearson, chairman of the Shakopee Charter Commission, described the adoption of the revised charter as a vital move for the city, “not only for right now, but for the future.”

But the proposed charter changes, as approved unanimously by the Shakopee Common Council at its last meeting, have a long way to go and some observers predict some stringent opposition.

Police Chief R. G. Thielen has already voiced opposition to the abolition of a Police Civil Service Commission, to be replaced by a merit board.

Dr. Pearson, however, said that he thinks that opposition will be negligible when people understand what the charter revision will accomplish. Dr. Pearson said Shakopee’s urban location is an important consideration…

He said there is undue concern over the word “manager,” the title of the man who would be charged with carrying out council policy. “He could be called an administrator as well,” Dr. Pearson said…

The proposed charter, as approved by the Council, will be sent to the Minnesota Legislature for enactment into a special law which will be voted upon by voters in Shakopee before it would become effective…

The proposed new charter provides for the election and salary of the mayor and other council members, for a city manager and establishes his duties, for certain budgetary matters, for the conduct of certain municipal affairs, and other matters.

The city would be divided into wards and the common council would have power to divide wards into precincts. Wards would have as equal number voters as possible. When one ward had 20 or more per cent more than any other ward, boundary lines could be changed to normalize the situation…

25 Years Ago: From the Jan. 11, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Canterbury proposes card clubs for track

Canterbury Park is proposing to add a card club at the Shakopee horse track that would feature … of poker, similar to card clubs that operate in conjunction with races at some tracks in California. The proposal, which track officials say will boost revenues, attendance and wagering on horse racing, will require passage of a bill in the state Legislature that the track wants to introduce this year…

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Remember When – Jan. 2, 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 Jan. 2, 1896 Scott County Argus

Two more cases of diphtheria developed in W. F. Witt’s family this week, and now but one out of eight children has escaped an attack. Two have recovered, and four are now suffering with the disease.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 6, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

The Masons have moved into their new quarters in the Busse building at First street and their first meeting there will be held next Wednesday evening, January 12th. The hall will be dedicated and degree work will be done. The following evening the Eastern Star will hold their installation of officers.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 3, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Commerce Club Names Officers

J. A. Metcalf Elected President. Membership Booster Now 104

After listening to the report of its 10-man nominating committee headed by Roman J. Kopp, the Shakopee Commercial club elected its permanent officers at a meeting here Wednesday night.

J. A. Metcalf was named president, W. F. Duffy vice president and W. J. Mohrbacher, secretary-treasurer. Members of the board of directors are J. A. Coller and Ray Siebenaler for one-year terms, and J. J. Cavanaugh and Donald Ries for two-year terms.

The report of the membership committee revealed that 104 men had joined the organization and paid their membership dues.

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 6, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Pearson Elementary Design To Be Displayed Nationally

The Pearson Elementary School building will be displayed at two national conventions during the coming months, Dr. Robert Mayer, superintendent of Shakopee School District 720 informed members of the school board Monday night.

The building was chosen to be displayed at the National School Board Association Convention at Philadelphia, Pa., in April and at the National Superintendent’s Association Convention at Atlantic City, N.J., in February.

Presenting the displays are the school’s architects who had the school photographed, and entered the photos and floor plans for consideration to a panel of architects.

Pearson will be one of several hundred schools across the nation displayed and will be in competition for one of the 24 awards presented. Thousands of buildings were submitted to the judging panel…

25 Years Ago: From the Jan. 4, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Board gets highway project update

Scott County Transportation Coalition Chair Bill Koniarski last week updated the Scott County Board on the last of the coalition’s project goals, the Shakopee Bypass.

The earth-moving is primarily done for the bypass, which runs south of Shakopee and connects the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge with Highway 169 in Jackson Township, Koniarski said. Bids for surfacing the road will probably be let in April, with the road probably opening in November 1996.

The section of County Road 18 north of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to Interstate Highway 494 is expected to be completed by the end of 1996.

The Shakopee Bypass, bridge and County Road 18 in Hennepin County will be turned over to the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 1996. That stretch of road will become Highway 169.

State Highway 101 will be turned over to Scott, Carver and Hennepin counties after the Shakopee Bypass has been completed. Scott County will take ownership of the portion of Highway 101 that lies between the new Ferry Bridge and the northern city limits of Shakopee where Highway 101 enters Chanhassen. The portion of Highway 101 east of the Ferry Bridge to Highway 13 will simply become part of the bridge interchange and lose any highway nomenclature. In addition, Scott County will become owner of the portion of current Highway 169 from the Shakopee city limits to the Shakopee Bypass in Jackson Township. This portion of road will become County Road 69…