Remember When

Remember When – Aug. 7, 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. 13, 1896 Scott County Argus

C. F. Cook has sold the Globe Hotel to Chas. Wicke of St. Peter. Mr. Wicke and family took possession last night.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 11, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Public Playground Will Open Today

The playground committee announces that the public playground in Holmes Park will be formally opened today. Beginning next Monday Misses Marjorie Marx and Antoinette Fischer will give instruction in directed play at the playground on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Miss Marx took a course in playground work and the children will have the benefit of her direction on those days. On other days the playgrounds will be supervised by members of the Home Economics Club.

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 8, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

4-H Fair Cancelled Because of Polio

Scott County Agricultural Society Halts Plans for Annual Shakopee Event After Consultation With Public Health Authorities

Cancellation of the annual Scott County 4-H fair at Shakopee because of the prevalence of infantile paralysis has been announced by the officers of the Scott County Agricultural society following discussions with health authorities.

In announcing the decision of the officers E. T. Schumacher, secretary-manager of the Agricultural society, … the following bulletin:

“Owing to the prevalence of ‘polio’ in this section of the state and realizing that our exhibitors, etc., come mostly from among children and in line with the prevailing idea of not congregating in large numbers, it has been decided by the Scott County Agricultural society, to postpone indefinitely the Scott County fair which was to be held at Shakopee August 19-20-21, 1946. It is with deep regret that we must disappoint such great numbers of our 4-H clubs throughout the county, as well as those children who have prepared exhibits for the school section of the fair but it is felt that this precaution is necessary to prevent spread of this dread disease.”

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 11, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

County Space Problem Unanswered, Three Alternatives Under Study

Which way the county will move to solve their space dilemma was still very much undecided following a meeting of the County Citizens Building Committee, the County Board of Commissioners, county officials and architects Tuesday night.

Three alternative plans were discussed at length, but no agreement as to which was the best solution was reached…

The alternatives discussed were:

1. To construct an office building on the 20 acres site to the south of Shakopee, renovating the first floor of the court house for county courts facilities. This plan would entail moving the offices of county assessor, auditor, register of deeds and treasurer into temporary quarters.

2. Construct a county office building on the present courthouse square site, renovating the first floor of the court house for county courts facilities.

3. Construct an addition to the present public safety building for county courts facilities, locating the county offices currently dispersed around the county in the vacated judicial facilities on the first floor of the courthouse, and plan for future county office building on the new 20 acre site. This plan, as opposed to the first two, would return the county welfare department to the courthouse facility…

25 Years Ago: From the Aug. 8, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Bilotta resigns from city position

Community Development Director V. Paul Bilotta has resigned his position with the city of Shakopee. The City Council accepted his resignation on Tuesday. His last day with the city will be Aug. 16.

By Wes Reinke

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