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Remember When – April 17, 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 23, 1896 Scott County Argus

The Shakopee creamery will commence operations on Tuesday, May 5th, following upon fair day. By that time it is hoped to have the plant complete and ready to turn out butter that shall make the institution and the town itself famous wherever good golden butter is appreciated. Negotiations have been entered into with John Geiser of Chanhassen to operate a skim station there, and the matter is likely to be brought to a successful issue. The management may find it possible to establish a station at Prior Lake also. However that may be, the farmer living within a few miles of Shakopee and owning as many cows as he ought to own is in luck.

100 Years Ago: From the April 21, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

The new lights at the entrance of the Jos. Ring Inn are attracting considerable attention. The large white globes on the columns at the drives present a very pleasing effect. The lights were installed by George Scherkenbach.

75 Years Ago: From the April 18, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

School Bond Issue Fails in Big Vote

Residents Ballot 161 For, 551 Against $294,000 Funding Proposition.

By a vote of 551 to 161 residents of Independent School District No. 1 turned down the proposed $294,000 bond issue in a special election here Monday. The total registered vote of 713 fell five short of the all-time high of 718 ballots recorded in 1932…

Meeting informally after the ballots had been tabulated the board reviewed the school situation and weighed the problems confronting it.

Foremost among the problems, it appeared, is need of repair in many sections of the building; the matter of accommodating increased enrollment and the question of what to do about the non-resident pupils.

Despite the failure of the bond issue, the board realizes, it has the responsibility of finding the solution as to a difficult situation. What will be the ultimate answer is not yet known…

50 Years Ago: From the April 21, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

The Shakopee American Legion Club received an estimated $30,000 damages last Thursday afternoon, April 15, when fire gutted the bar and kitchen section of the building. The blaze, which is believed to have started in the furnace room by electrical wires, was noticed by a woman in the kitchen when the lights went out. Shakopee Fire Department labored for two hours to extinguish the blaze and were assisted by the Chaska Fire Department. The bar section of the Club received extensive fire, smoke and water damage and will not be ready for use for a period of time but the rear section was scheduled to re-open this week.

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

Shakopee to be field trip subject

“The History and Archaeology of Shakopee” is the subject of a field trip planned this month in conjunction with Minnesota Archaeology Week (MAW) from April 26 to May 5.

Weather permitting, the field trip begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Memorial Park on the east side of Shakopee. The free event, led by Richard Williams from the Minnesota Historical Society and Kim Brunkey of IMA Consulting Inc., will explore the early European and Mdewakanton Dakota settlement of the Village of Shakopee. Explanation of historic documents and oral histories, as well as discussions of the numerous archaeological investigations in the area are planned…

By Wes Reinke

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