Remember When

Remember When – Aug. 14, 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 Aug. 20, 1896 Scott County Argus

M. A. Deutsch and wife will occupy the rectory of St. Peter’s parish on or about Sept. 1st. The residence they vacate, formerly the home of Dr. J. G. Newell, will, we understand, be occupied by G. L. Nye and family.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 18, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Many Improvements at St. Mark’s Church

Improvements by St. Mark’s parish do not stop. This year the door, transoms and rear stained windows were put in place and make the window part of the church a complete artistic whole, the like of which one will hardly find in Minnesota. Sidewalk, curbing and boulevarding on north side of church block now encloses and puts the final touch in cement improvement around the church block. It is the first block in the city properly curbed and boulevarded.

Last week outside woodwork on the church received new coats of paint and this week all schoolrooms and hallways are being calsomined and thoroughly cleaned for the beginning of the new school year. The interior of the parish meeting hall has been entirely renovated. Graveling of the main road inside St. Mark’s cemetery is now finished and an addition to the cemetery is being surveyed and staked out.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 15, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

City Power System Is Club Topic

Municipal Power System Needs Major Changes, Commercial Club Told

More information on another problem facing the community was presented to the Shakopee Commercial club last Wednesday night when R. C. Condon, superintendent of the city’s electric light department, gave a detailed account of the present condition of the municipal power distributing system…

In his discussion of the city’s power system Condon explained that because of the present tremendous demand for electrical energy vital portions of the distribution equipment have become grossly inadequate.

He referred chiefly to the switchboard panel installed in the power house in 1901. Because of its inadequacy the entire distribution system is threatened with failure and rendered inefficient, he pointed out. Low capacity of circuit breakers which protect the system from over-load during electrical and wind storms also impose a very real danger of fire in the power house, he explained…

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 18, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Vote on County Building Alternatives Set for November

“Let the People Decide”…Building Committee Recommendation

Scott County voters will be asked to make the decision on what the county should do about its space crisis during the November election.

County Commissioners voted 4-1 to place the question of a new county building and revisions to the present courthouse on the ballot, including three alternative plans.

The commissioners decision Tuesday morning followed a meeting of the Scott County Citizens Building Committee Monday night at which the three alternative building proposals were developed and the recommendation made that the question be placed on the November ballot.

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 15, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

City to acquire Scott County roads

Shakopee is likely to receive jurisdiction over several portions of county roads by the end of this year.

The county intends to turn over the following to the city:

* County 16, from Highway 300 to County Road 17.

* County Road 18, from the new County Road 18 to Highway 101.

* County Road 72, from County Road 79 to County Road 17.

* County Road 77, from the Shakopee Bypass to Sixth Avenue…

By Wes Reinke

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