Remember When

Remember When – Jan. 30, 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. 30, 1896 Scott County Argus

James Kohler is honing his way into the mysteries of the barber’s art in the Central Barber Shop.

100 Years Ago: From the Feb. 3, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

With the approach of the municipal election in Shakopee the coming spring we hear persistent rumors of a “Women’s Ticket” to be placed in the field. How much basis exists for the rumor we do not know. The story is that the ladies will have a candidate for mayor and one for alderman in each ward.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 31, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Commercial Club To Meet

County Fair, Baseball to Be Topics at Supper Session at Riviera

The possibility of reviving the traditional Scott county fair and the promoting of a municipal baseball team are on the list of topics scheduled for discussion at the supper meeting of the Shakopee Commercial club at the Riviera Wednesday evening, officers announced.

A committee appointed to consider the fair proposition is to make its report at the meeting and a general discussion is expected to follow. Men interested in amateur baseball will lead the discussion on that topic with a view to having the city represented in league play…

50 Years Ago: From the Feb. 3, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

State Approves of Truck Parking Ban

A request by the City Council asking that truck parking restrictions be imposed on First Avenue in Shakopee has been given favorable response by the State Highway Department.

In a letter to the Council, Highway Department officials indicate they were in favor of the city’s overall objective, but asked for more detailed information on types of trucks referred to, and times of restriction.

The parking ban would be applied to all semi-trailer and over-the-road-type trucks which the city contend block vision and obstruct driving lanes when parked along First Avenue.

25 Years Ago: From the Feb. 1, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

City Recreation Center opens Monday

The Shakopee Community Recreation Center opens all its doors to the public on Monday.

The facility’s ice rink opened Dec. 1, with construction – which began last spring – continuing throughout the rest of the building since that time.

The $5.5 million Recreation Center is located on 30 acres off of Fuller Street, just south of the Shakopee High School.

Besides the ice rink, the 68,000-square-foot center is home to a gymnasium, wrestling room, gymnastics room, walking track, public access cable television studio, concession stand, meeting rooms, a Family Net intake center and locker rooms. A planned fitness center will not be ready for the grand opening, but it will eventually offer aerobic and weight equipment.

The Recreation Center also has a spacious lounge near its front entry for reading or conversation. The lounge features a fireplace and abundant window lighting…

A three-day grand opening is planned for Feb. 15-17, according to Assistant City Administrator Barry Stock. Admission will be free those days… The city’s Recreation Department staff moved to the building last week, Stock said. About a dozen part-time people have been hired for the center’s various operations, he said…

By Wes Reinke

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