Remember When

Remember When – Feb. 19, 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. 25, 1897 Scott County Argus

Aug. Woehling & Co. are making plans for enlarging the livery stable of Reis Bros. to twice its present size. Running westward a “store” front of 60 feet two stories high will add to that part of First street, and the addition will run back 62 feet. The present structure, 30×80 feet, will be raised two stories in hight to make one building of the whole. The plans include a large office, harness room, wash room, and bay window on the front. The brick is already being hauled for the improvement.

100 Years Ago: From the Feb. 23, 1922 Shakopee Tribune

Students of the commercial department of the local high school visited the First National Bank, Tuesday afternoon, for the purpose of getting some real practical knowledge of banking.

75 Years Ago: From the Feb. 20, 1947 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Rail Crossing Issue Closed by Council

Nullifying the entire proceedings originally instituted to secure automatic stop signals for the Fuller, Holmes and Lewis street crossings of the Omaha railroad here the city council at the meeting last Tuesday night adopted a resolution closing the action.

The nullification, it was explained, was agreed upon because the Railroad and Warehouse commission order calling upon the rail company to install the signals also provided for the closing of nine additional grade crossings…

50 Years Ago: From the Feb. 23, 1972 Shakopee Valley News

County Office Building Plan Being Reconsidered

On 20-Acre Site…

A self imposed “cooling off” period is over, and Scott County officials are again actively working together on a plan to provide space and facilities for offices which are scattered all over the county.

The Minneapolis architectural firm of Patch, Erickson, Madsen and Hanson has been instructed by Scott County Commissioners to revise plans for a county office building on a 20-acre site owned by the county near County Road 17 and an extension of 11th Avenue in Shakopee.

The request of the architects was made at a special meeting of Commissioners and architects Monday. It was the second of such meetings, which are the first movements of the board toward a solution of county space shortages since a bond issue was narrowly turned down by county voters November 30…

25 Years Ago: From the Feb. 20, 1997 Shakopee Valley News

HRA will seek city guarantee on project

Projections for Blocks 3, 4 financing trouble EDA members

Just as the design committee gave final approval to the entrance look of the building proposed for the joint Scott County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and Shakopee Economic Development Authority (EDA) project on Blocks 3 and 4 in downtown Shakopee, the EDA voted 4-2 to authorize bids for demolition of the buildings on the site.

This is not to say that the EDA or the HRA has given the estimated $5.2 million combined housing and retail shop development the go-ahead. In fact, financial data and size-specific studies presented by the HRA and representatives from market consultant groups at the EDA’s Feb. 12 meeting have left a number of people reeling from “sticker shock.” Part of the reason for that shock is that the county, to obtain lower interest rates on funding, will ask the city to pledge $3.2 million in general obligation bonds as a fail-safe measure for investors should the project fail…

By Wes Reinke

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