Remember When

Remember When – Dec. 11, 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 Dec. 17, 1896 Scott County Argus

Last Monday E. B. Gilkey’s baby-girl almost completely severed the middle finger of her left hand in the rungs of a clothes wringer, while alone in the kitchen. Dr. Smith is making an effort to save the injured member.

100 Years Ago: From the Dec. 15, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Arthur Boppel, manager of the Swenson Drug Co., has a very artistic window which suggests Christmas to the passers-by. The little old fashioned fire place electrically installed in the window gives the store a cozy and comfortable aspect.

75 Years Ago: From the Dec. 12, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Group Hears Power Plant Study Aired

A detailed and technical report of the costs of erecting and operating an electric power generating plant of ample size to serve Shakopee, its industries and adjacent rural powerlines was presented at an informal meeting of city officials and representatives of civic organizations Friday night.

Prepared by electrical engineers the private study supplied a wealth of information on power production costs upon which the city council and interested citizens may base their discussion if and when the city undertakes any plan leading to the eventual construction of a generating plant within the city…

50 Years Ago: From the Dec. 15, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

$3.8 Million Junior High Recommended

Bond Issue May Be in Mid-February…

Following a presentation of enrollment figures depicting the surge of students through the school system during the next few years, Shakopee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Mayer formally recommended to the School Board Monday night immediate construction of a new Junior High School as the best long range solution to the district’s shortage of classrooms.

Although the board took no official action Monday night, there have been indications that this course of action has the approval of school board members, and in fact, architects are already working on site uses and locations for a junior high school to be built on a site adjacent to the present senior high school site.

It was indicated at the meeting that estimates on cost of a junior high school would be in the neighborhood of $3.8 million, but as yet there are no plans developed for the building. That cost figure comes from $27 square foot for a building of 126,000 square feet to house 900 students…

25 Years Ago: From the Dec. 12, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

TIF payments to schools are questioned

A legal hitch apparently has developed in an agreement between the city and the Shakopee School District in which the district receives tax increment financing (TIF) revenue generated by school referendums. Unless it is rectified, the district may be out of that funding, currently about $83,000 a year.

City payments to the school district from a relatively new TIF district is without legal basis, according to a city attorney, and as a result, the City Council last week voted to suspend payments to the school district, which has already received the first-half payment – around $40,000 – for 1996.

And city officials have been told that payments the district received from 1993 through 1995, as well as the first half of this year, also were made without legal basis…

By Wes Reinke

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