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Remember When – Feb. 10, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the Feb. 12, 1874 Shakopee Argus

We have been in receipt of valuable public documents from Hon. L. M. Brown and Hon. J. L. MacDonald, for which, gentlemen, please accept our thanks.

125 Years Ago: From the Feb. 16, 1899 Scott County Argus

John Reichel, of St. Paul, has accepted the position of head baker in the Shakopee bakery.

125 Years Ago: From the Feb. 10, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

Sewing Machines Repaired. For a short time I will do all kinds of repairing and adjusting of sewing or knitting machines. A full line of all kinds of needles, extras or attachments kept on hand. All work guaranteed to give satisfaction. Charges reasonable. New Shuttles fitted to any style machine.

Rob’t Iten, 2nd St. Shakopee.

100 Years Ago: From the Feb. 15, 1924 Shakopee Argus

New Filling Station

Rudolph P. Johnson bought from H. Simons Lumber Co. lot 5 in block 30, corner of Lewis and Third streets, and will install a large filling station. The sale was completed Wednesday and Mr. Johnson states that work on the station will begin as soon as possible.

100 Years Ago: From the Feb. 14, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Art Bopple has installed a very fine radio receiving set in the Swenson Drug Store to provide entertainment for his customers. That it is appreciated is proven by the crowd which gathers nightly to tune in on stations from coast to coast.

75 Years Ago: From the Feb. 10, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Dahl Named to Municipal Police Board

On the recommendation of Mayor J. J. Cavanaugh the city council Tuesday night renamed Elmer Dahl to a three-year term on the municipal police commission. Dahl had been appointed for a one-year term when the commission was established last September.

In addition to Dahl the commission is composed of George Burshek and Dr. Paul F. Nevin…

75 Years Ago: From the Feb. 10, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Council Studies Utility Matters

Aldermen Discuss Sewers, Water Improvements, Purchase New Truck

Public utilities details occupied the attention of the aldermen at the regular meeting of the common council in the city hall Tuesday evening.

After some discussion, the council started action that will result in the purchase of about one block of private water main by the city from the residents of Second Street between Apgar and Scott. The same residents will donate the sewer line to the city.

The city will pay the original cost of the water improvement plus half of the excavation cost of the project. The water and sewer mains are in the same trench in that locality. The water main extension is one of the few private watermains left in the city.

The aldermen discussed some proposed variations in routing of the new “Naumkeag” intercepting sewer and will probably order a hearing at the adjourned session of the council which will convene at the call of the mayor sometime later in the month…

50 Years Ago: From the Feb. 13, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Bridge bill gets approval at House panel

A bill for a toll bridge across the Minnesota River near Shakopee was revived and approved by the House committee on governmental operations this week…

The bill was passed out of committee after the removal of a controversial amendment which would have required approval of all communities affected by the bridge and its connecting roadways…

The new amendment would give the go-ahead to the project on the approval of four of the six communities and units of government involved. Those are Shakopee, Savage, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, the State Highway Department and the Metro Council…

The new amendment was added in committee session and the bill was passed out with no dissenting votes.

Next move for the bridge bill is the Senate committee on governmental operations. It has already passed transportation committees in both houses, and is not expected to meet much opposition in the next committee.

Proponents of the bill hope to have their proposal for a toll bridge authority, the first of its kind in the state, in front of the full House and Senate before this session of the legislature ends.

25 Years Ago: From the Feb. 11, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee eyed for juvenile facility

Girls will reside in correctional center near women’s prison

The land that once was the site of the women’s prison in Shakopee could once again hold a correctional facility. But this time, the inmates would be juvenile girls instead of women.

The site being considered for an Adolescent Female Resource Center is a 10-acre parcel on the north side of Sixth Avenue. When the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) left the old prison site in favor of a new building on the south side of Sixth Avenue in the northwest corner of the city in 1986, the state retained the land. Now, the DOC is proposing a joint project with Hennepin County for a secured facility which would house approximately 50 girls convicted of felonies when completed in summer 2001…

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

By Wes Reinke

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