Remember When

Remember When – Feb. 12, 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 Feb. 18, 1897 Scott County Argus

In addition to his ministerial proclivities Head Engineer Ferguson of the mill is allowed to pose as “Engineer of the Public Waterworks of the City of Shakopee,” and frequently receives pieces of “one-cent” mail addressed thus, without a quiver.

100 Years Ago: From the Feb. 16, 1922 Shakopee Tribune

The Shakopee Stove Co. have a fine exhibit at the Hardware Dealer’s convention which is being held at the Auditorium in St. Paul this week. Art Hamilton has charge of the exhibit. E. V. Mertz and Wm. Spoerner were also in attendance at the convention.

75 Years Ago: From the Feb. 13, 1947 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Attorney Harold E. Flynn returned Saturday night from Kansas City, Mo., where he had represented the Minnesota Valley Natural Gas company at hearings before the Federal Power Commission. The hearings concerned the extension of natural gas lines to communities in Iowa and Minnesota. Because heavy snow had halted rail traffic, Mr. Flynn returned to Minnesota by plane.

50 Years Ago: From the Feb. 16, 1972 Shakopee Valley News

Memorial Park Proposed As Wildlife Refuge

Lease to County Historical Society…

Long range development plans for Shakopee parks were presented to the Shakopee City Council Tuesday night by Parks and Recreation director George Muenchow, including a recommendation for a major shift in usage of Memorial Park.

The change, as outlined by Muenchow and concurred with by representatives of the Scott County Historical Society, involves leasing the Memorial Park area from the sewage lift station on the west to the boundary of the land currently held by the Historical Society. It would include the land from Highway 101 on the south to the river on the north.

As part of the plan, the area would be designated as a wildlife refuge, in which no hunting or trapping would be allowed. If the lease is granted by the council, Margaret McFarlane, project coordinator for the Historical Society, said that monies received to develop the lands of the Minnesota Valley River Restoration project could be extended to include the Memorial Park area too…

25 Years Ago: From the Feb. 13, 1997 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee Junior High passes second cut in Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Shakopee Junior High School has made the second cut in the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

The junior high school was one of four middle schools in Minnesota which passed the first hurdle in November, on their way to becoming a Blue Ribbon School. Surviving a second review of the 42 page application by a panel of national education experts, the junior high will now receive a site visit in March or April from a panel of representatives from the program, which is based in Washington, D.C. Of the 528 public and private schools nominated for the program this year, a total of 268, or 51 percent, were chosen to receive a site visit.

The purpose of the two-day visit is to provide staff members, students, parents and the community with the opportunity to verify the information in the self-nomination form. Representatives from the Blue Ribbon Schools Program will interview administrators, teachers, specialists, parents, School Board members, and custodial, secretarial and food service staff members, and will make observations in classrooms, halls and during after-school activities.

The information gathered will be submitted to the review panel members who recommended the school for the site visit and who will then make the decision on the final award…

By Wes Reinke

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