Remember When

Remember When – Jan. 2, 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. 2, 1896 Scott County Argus

Two more cases of diphtheria developed in W. F. Witt’s family this week, and now but one out of eight children has escaped an attack. Two have recovered, and four are now suffering with the disease.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 6, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

The Masons have moved into their new quarters in the Busse building at First street and their first meeting there will be held next Wednesday evening, January 12th. The hall will be dedicated and degree work will be done. The following evening the Eastern Star will hold their installation of officers.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 3, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Commerce Club Names Officers

J. A. Metcalf Elected President. Membership Booster Now 104

After listening to the report of its 10-man nominating committee headed by Roman J. Kopp, the Shakopee Commercial club elected its permanent officers at a meeting here Wednesday night.

J. A. Metcalf was named president, W. F. Duffy vice president and W. J. Mohrbacher, secretary-treasurer. Members of the board of directors are J. A. Coller and Ray Siebenaler for one-year terms, and J. J. Cavanaugh and Donald Ries for two-year terms.

The report of the membership committee revealed that 104 men had joined the organization and paid their membership dues.

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 6, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Pearson Elementary Design To Be Displayed Nationally

The Pearson Elementary School building will be displayed at two national conventions during the coming months, Dr. Robert Mayer, superintendent of Shakopee School District 720 informed members of the school board Monday night.

The building was chosen to be displayed at the National School Board Association Convention at Philadelphia, Pa., in April and at the National Superintendent’s Association Convention at Atlantic City, N.J., in February.

Presenting the displays are the school’s architects who had the school photographed, and entered the photos and floor plans for consideration to a panel of architects.

Pearson will be one of several hundred schools across the nation displayed and will be in competition for one of the 24 awards presented. Thousands of buildings were submitted to the judging panel…

25 Years Ago: From the Jan. 4, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Board gets highway project update

Scott County Transportation Coalition Chair Bill Koniarski last week updated the Scott County Board on the last of the coalition’s project goals, the Shakopee Bypass.

The earth-moving is primarily done for the bypass, which runs south of Shakopee and connects the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge with Highway 169 in Jackson Township, Koniarski said. Bids for surfacing the road will probably be let in April, with the road probably opening in November 1996.

The section of County Road 18 north of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to Interstate Highway 494 is expected to be completed by the end of 1996.

The Shakopee Bypass, bridge and County Road 18 in Hennepin County will be turned over to the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 1996. That stretch of road will become Highway 169.

State Highway 101 will be turned over to Scott, Carver and Hennepin counties after the Shakopee Bypass has been completed. Scott County will take ownership of the portion of Highway 101 that lies between the new Ferry Bridge and the northern city limits of Shakopee where Highway 101 enters Chanhassen. The portion of Highway 101 east of the Ferry Bridge to Highway 13 will simply become part of the bridge interchange and lose any highway nomenclature. In addition, Scott County will become owner of the portion of current Highway 169 from the Shakopee city limits to the Shakopee Bypass in Jackson Township. This portion of road will become County Road 69…

By Wes Reinke

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