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Remember When – April 10, 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 April 16, 1896 Scott County Argus

The new residence which is rising rapidly on the site of the old Koerner house under the saws and hammers of Schneider & Kreuser, has assumed its shape, and the roof is now going on. The building is a frame 16×24, a story and a half high, with an ell 16×24 feet in size. It will add much to the appearance of that part of the city.

100 Years Ago: From the April 14, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Sisters Home To Be Built At Marystown

Excavation was begun on Monday for the building of a new Sisters home at Marystown. The building is to be a frame structure of ten or eleven rooms and is to be completed by Aug. 15 about which time the sisters will arrive to take charge of the parochial school.

75 Years Ago: From the April 11, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Building Two New Prefabs

Two models of permanent prefabricated houses designed to meet the standards set by the federal government and destined to contribute to the alleviation of the nation’s housing shortage are now under development at the Page and Hill plant here it was learned last week.

To be provided chiefly for war veterans one of the houses will embody a combination kitchen and dining room, a combined bedroom and living room, and bath; the other is styled with four rooms and bath…

50 Years Ago: From the April 14, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Schools Seen Critically Short of Space by 73-74 School Year

Bond Issue Recommended for Next Year

Shakopee’s school space situation foreseen by the 1973-74 school year was described as “critical” by members of the District 720 school board’s building committee Monday night as they recommended that approval of a school bond issue should be asked of school district voters in 1972…

Overcrowding is most evident now in the two Shakopee elementary schools, which are both full. Next year Elementary classes will be held again in the Junior High building, as well as six or seven classrooms in the Senior High Building.

Alternatives placed before board members Monday night included the construction of a new Junior High School Building, with the present building becoming an elementary school, or additions to both elementary schools and the Junior High…

Other alternatives suggested for board consideration Monday night included an extended school year for the elementary classes, kindergarten through sixth grade. Even if such a system were instituted as an interim measure, it would still require an addition to Junior High facilities…

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

Handicap-accessibility to Community Center track to be studied

Prompted by inquiries from residents, the Shakopee City Council is wrestling with the question of handicap-accessibility to the walking track at the Community Center. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates accessibility in most public buildings.

The walking track, which circles above the facility’s gymnasium, is accessible only by a flight of stairs. Assistant City Administrator Barry Stock told the council in March that the decision not to provide access was “a conscious decision by the project architect and the design review team.”… At the time the Community Center was being planned, the architect and design team believed that the perimeter of the gymnasium floor, which is accessible by elevator, provided a “like activity,” Stock said. The track was built so that major alterations would not need to be done should a wheelchair lift be eventually put in, Stock said…

By Wes Reinke

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