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Remember When – Dec. 16, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Dec. 22, 1898 Scott County Argus

One of the prettiest of the many handsome window displays of the merchants for holiday week is that of L. Schaefer, who has constructed a grotto out of rolls of cotton of a light green color literally sprinkled with tinsel. In this are displayed many handsome pieces of jewelry, watches and silverware, and when at night it is lit up with bright gas jets, the effect is striking, and very pleasing to the eye.

100 Years Ago: From the Dec. 20, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Local Mill is Exporting Flour

The King Midas Milling Co., has temporarily converted its 1200-bbl. wheat mill into a rye mill and is now making rye flour in both of its Shakopee units.

The changing over process took about three days and necessitated recorrugating thirteen pairs of mill rolls at a big expense.

At the present time the mills are working on several large export orders, one of which is going direct to Hamburg, Germany.

For the past three weeks, the mills have been operating at full capacity every day in the week, including Sundays, and present indications are that they will continue this pace for some time to come.

75 Years Ago: From the Dec. 16, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Church Getting Major Repairs

A major repair job involving the replacement of foundations, joists and stringers in a large portion of St. Mark’s church is now under way.

Settling of the floor along the communion rail led to the discovery that much of the supporting structure was deteriorating and that immediate repairs were necessary.

While the S. M. Hennen construction crew is restoring the impaired portions of the structure services have been conducted int eh basement of the school.

The Rev. Henry Scherer, pastor said Wednesday that Sunday masses would be held in the church as usual.

50 Years Ago: From the Dec. 19, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

First phase of park plan okayed; City Council sets pay schedules

The city council took the first formal steps in implementing Shakopee’s five year park program at its meeting Tuesday night.

Park director George Muenchow offered a proposal to the council for beginning work on Memorial Park. The first phase of the park development plan will cost some $50,000, half of which will come from a grant of the Lower Minnesota River Water Shed District, and the other half from the city…

Included under top priority items were two new parking lots, connecting roads and hiking paths as well as posts and barriers to protect the park from automobile traffic as much as possible. The plans also included a new picnic shelter, well, play apparatus and a foot bridge across the creek.

25 Years Ago: From the Dec. 17, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Plan to purchase land for another school advances

Addressing the need for an additional secondary school in the future, Shakopee School Board members agreed Monday to move forward with the purchase of property located south of Highway 169 in Jackson Township.

The 85-acre parcel, owned by Norbert Theis, is situated between county roads 77 and 79. Because of its central location and access to athletic fields, the site is considered ideal for a junior or senior high school. It is also described as a “flexible” lot – its size and irregular shape could also accommodate an elementary building, Superintendent Bob Ostlund said…

Interested in Shakopee history? Find even more at the Shakopee Heritage Society website.

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