Remember When

Remember When – April 24, 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 30, 1896 Scott County Argus

Fred Rohlfs, of the firm of Aug. Woehling & Co., has had his residence, opposite Wm. Cole’s, furnished throughout, and Dame Rumor has it that a Mr. and Mrs. Rohlfs will occupy it before the end of the week. The young lady interested is Miss Lizzie Kressen, a sister to Mrs. Woehling.

100 Years Ago: From the April 28, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Local Citizen Had a Narrow Escape

Jos N. Conter, well known citizen of Shakopee, had a very narrow escape from death last Friday noon when he was struck by a switch engine while crossing the Omaha tracks at the Dierberger corner. Mr. Conter, who is a cripple and quite hard of hearing, was just crossing the track when the engine bore down upon him. He managed to get across but not clear of danger and he was struck a glaring blow on the head by the engine and knocked down. Luckily he was not seriously injured but he did get a cut on his check and was quite badly shaken up. Dr. Buck was called and took him home and dressed his injuries. Outside of being lame and stiff he has been getting along well since. Mr. Conter is a well liked man and everybody is glad he came out so lucky.

75 Years Ago: From the April 25, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Newly Constructed Garage Opened Here Last Week

Under construction for the past few months the newly completed garage addition to the Metcalf Service station here opened last week.

The new structure includes a repair and service section, stock room and spacious display room. Modern equipment has been installed and more tools and machinery will be added as they become available, J. A. Metcalf, owner, said.

50 Years Ago: From the April 28, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Master Plan Approved, Park Work Authorized

A Master Plan for a community park on the former reformatory land south of the Shakopee Swimming Pool was accepted by the City Council Tuesday night, and approval of the second phase of planning work was given.

The council authorized expenditures of $400 for a drainage and grading plan for athletic fields, and $740 for grading and landscaping plans for the development of a park and picnic area to be developed by the Shakopee Lion’s Club…

The Master Plan, presented by landscape designer Derrick Young of the Amenity One planning firm, is now complete, and includes an indoor recreational building near the present swimming pool, a park and picnic area of 10 acres to the south, a “natural area” of ponding and sliding hills.

On the west side of County Road 15, an athletic field complex is shown…

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

Moving one downtown building would be costly, EDA learns

It would cost over $1 million to move and refurbish just one building in downtown Blocks 3 and 4 – and removing hazardous materials would likely inflate the price by thousands of additional dollars.

The Shakopee Economic Development Authority (EDA) on April 16 reviewed the results of a consultant’s study that evaluated three scenarios for the property at 213 First Ave., a building in Blocks 3 and 4 that the city owns. The building is now an antique shop but was originally built in the late 1800s. The study considered the options of complete demolition, rehabilitation at its existing site and rehabilitation after relocation…

By Wes Reinke

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