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Remember When – Feb. 17, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the Feb. 19, 1874 Shakopee Argus

A Bill has passed the Legislature legalizing the acts of the Shakopee Soap Factory. We would like to be informed what illegal acts the Shakopee Soap Factory has been guilty of?

125 Years Ago: From the Feb. 23, 1899 Scott County Argus

The new well at Paul Fischer’s is complete and fitted with a force pump of serviceable pattern. The unlimited supply of water will be of benefit in carrying on the extensive gardening operations in dry seasons.

125 Years Ago: From the Feb. 17, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

Bernard Gentrub of Westpoint, Neb., last week purchased the buildings and five lots belonging to John Stratman for $1000. Mr. and Mrs. Stratman will leave for Steinhausen, Westpahlia Germany, next Monday. They have been residents of Shakopee the past 26 years.

100 Years Ago: From the Feb. 22, 1924 Shakopee Argus

C. D. McKinnon, who has conducted a billiard hall in the Dawson block the past two years, sold his interests to Fred Stelten the first of the week and has returned to River Falls, Wis., his old home. Mr. Stelten was the former proprietor of the business and is again in possession, pleased to be back at his old stand.

100 Years Ago: From the Feb. 21, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

P. G. Miller installed in his café during the past week a complete blau-gas cooking equipment.

75 Years Ago: From the Feb. 17, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Recreation Body to Finance Ball Club This Season

The job of financing the Shakopee baseball club for the coming season was assumed by the Shakopee Recreational association according to a motion passed by the board of directors at their meeting in the city hall Monday night.

It was also agreed that the Shakopee ball park would be made available to teams in the Minnesota Valley league for the playing of “any and all scheduled night league games.”…

75 Years Ago: From the Feb. 17, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee Plans Delegation To Bid For 1949 State Baseball Meet

State Board To Pick Tournament City At Meeting Next Monday Night

Shakopee will submit a bid to sponsor the 1949 State Amateur Baseball tournament the Shakopee Commercial Club decided at their meeting Tuesday night.

The Shakopee delegation will meet with members of the state baseball board at a special meeting at the Frederic Hotel Monday evening…

50 Years Ago: From the Feb. 20, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

HRA considering consultant’s “Action Plan” for downtown revitalization

A seven point “Action Plan” for downtown revitalization was revealed to the Shakopee Housing and Redevelopment Authority last week.

The HRA will be meeting again this week to discuss their reaction to the proposal with city planner John Gravender.

The highlights of the action plan involve an interim truck by-pass, riverfront development, beautification. redevelopment and off-street parking system.

The purpose of this round of downtown revitalization planning was to provide the city with a program which would bring results rather than another set of booklets and models as collected from past attempts at improving downtown Shakopee.

After reviewing past planning attempts and discussing downtown improvement needs with local businessmen and city officials, the new city planner offered a program to deal with redevelopment…

25 Years Ago: From the Feb. 18, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

City gets federal grant for downtown

The city of Shakopee has won a federal grant that could help change the face of its downtown area. The $877,800 in funding will help enhance businesses and residential property in the downtown area.

The federal grant money will be funneled through the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development’s Small Cities Development Program. Shakopee was one of 33 applicants to win a grant. The grants ranged from $226,000 for Harris to $1.4 million for Deer River. A total of 78 small cities across the state applied for the grant…

The money is intended for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied residential housing, rental housing and commercial buildings. The city’s application said the money will be used within an area bordered by a portion of Third Avenue on the south, Bluff Street on the north, Naumkeag Street on the east and Clay Street on the west. Paul Snook, Shakopee economic development coordinator, said federal guidelines require that the funds be used to benefit low- and moderate-income residents and also eliminate “slum and blight conditions.”…

The city and its consultant – Community Partners Research – identified properties that may be eligible for the grant money and completed an application last fall.

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

By Wes Reinke

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