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Remember When – Aug. 20, 2022

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. 26, 1897 Scott County Argus

The contract for putting in a new steam heating plant at the Union School was awarded to the Moore Heating company of Minneapolis, competing against five other firms. The amount of their bid was $1305. Work is progressing rapidly on the new plant, and there is every reason to believe, from the plans, that the building will at last be comfortably heated. The partition separating the library from the main room upstairs has been removed and the library removed to the spacious room on the southwest. The laboratory and recitation room remains unchanged. Upstairs there are 15 direct radiators and below are three in each room, giving 2,800 feet of radiation. In addition to this there are for ventilation 1,000 feet of indirect radiators. It will make a valuable and long-needed improvement.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 24, 1922 Shakopee Tribune

John F. Keohen, State Deputy weighmaster, who has been employed as state weigher at the local mill here for the past year and a half, has been transferred to Red Wing and left last Thursday to begin his duties at that place. Mr. Keohen made many friends during his residence in this city who greatly regret his leaving. He is succeeded by T. T. Morken of Minneapolis.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 21, 1947 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Open House at New Home

            Open house, at which interested residents of the community will be afforded the opportunity to visit and examine a two-bedroom prefabricated Gamble house manufactured by the Page and Hill company of Shakopee, is announced in an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today.

      The house, erected for Robert Ryan at Spencer and Seventh streets in the southeast section of the city, will be open for public inspection from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24.

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 23, 1972 Shakopee Valley News

Councilmen Ponder Rock Concert Proposal

Discussion of music and dancing occupied much of Shakopee City Councilmen’s time at their meeting Tuesday night, as they heard a proposal for a rock concert in Shakopee followed by complaints of citizens regarding operation of a dance studio in a residential area.

Ed Dressen, youth activities director for the Shakopee Knights of Columbus, told councilmen of a plan for a young people’s concert in Pat Theilen Rodeo Arena sometime in September, and requested council permission for use of the area.

Councilmen deferred the matter to their scheduled August 29 meeting to allow time to confer with Police Chief R. G. Pat Theilen regarding possible law enforcement problems…

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 21, 1997 Shakopee Valley News

Seven-building complex planned here

First Industrial Realty Trust has begun construction on the first phase of a seven-building business complex on 53 acres in the Valley Green Industrial Park in Shakopee.

The complex, which will be called Park 2000 Southwest, will have a total of 749,000 square feet available for tenant lease.

The first phase will include a 126,000-square-foot office warehouse, which is scheduled for completion in October. The second phase of construction, scheduled to start this fall, will make available approximately 132,000 square feet of space for lease. Arne Cook, regional development director for First Industrial Realty Trust, said that six of the seven buildings are being designed as single-level office/warehouse complexes. One of the buildings will be a two-level structure with 100 percent office finish.

By Wes Reinke

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