Remember When

Remember When – Jan. 16, 2021

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 Jan. 16, 1896 Scott County Argus

Anton Gentgen wishes to announce that he will continue the business of the Central Barber Shop and endeavor to settle all outstanding accounts to this and he asks for a continued generous patronage from the public.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 20, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Miss Millie Mallgren, principal of the high school, spent the week end at her home at St. Peter and following the basket ball game Friday night she entertained the team and those who accompanied them from Shakopee at a lunch and social party at the home of her parents. The young folks acclaim Miss Mallgren and her folks as splendid entertainers.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 17, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Christmas Seal Sale Here Brings $456

A total of $456 was raised by the sale of Christmas seals to Shakopee the Minnesota Public Health Association revealed this week in a report to Mrs. N. L. Regan, local seal sale chairman.

Funds raised by the sale of seals are used in combating tuberculosis and in promoting public health activities in the schools.

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 20, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Log Smokehouse Added to Complex

A log smokehouse has been added to the Berger Farm complex at the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project in Shakopee. The smokehouse was obtained from the Lee Goetz property near Waconia.

Bill Timmons, New Prague and his son, Marty Timmons, Shakopee, donated the labor required to move the building to the Scott County Historical Society’s restoration site. Equipment for the move was donated by Asheford Construction Company of Savage.

Eventually the Berger Farm complex will include about six farm buildings and will depict life in the 1850’s. Most of the buildings, all made of logs, were part of farmsteads near Blakely, all belonging to descendants of German immigrant Peter Berger.

A chicken house, granary and cow barn are yet to be added to the complex, which now contains a log home and a double hay barn besides the smokehouse.

25 Years Ago: From the Jan. 18, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Coalition formed to promote area

The Convention & Visitors Bureau in three cities – Shakopee, Burnsville and Eagan – have formed a collation to promote the communities, hospitality businesses and attractions south of the Minnesota River.

The campaign will be called BEST, which combines the first letter from each word in their slogan – “Burnsville, Eagan, Shakopee Together.” The goal is to attract travelers and tourists to sites in the area, including Valleyfair, Burnsville Shopping Center, Mystic Lake Casino, Canterbury Park, Diamond T Ranch, Historic Murphy’s Landing, Buck Hill Ski Area, Minnesota Renaissance Festival and the Minnesota Zoo.

More than 200 restaurants and 19 hotels and motels with over 2,000 rooms are located in the BEST area.

By Wes Reinke

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