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Remember When – Jan. 9, 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. 9, 1896 Scott County Argus

Wm. Eschman removed last Tuesday to St. Paul, where he has secured a position as engineer in the Washburne building. Mr. Eschman has been engaged for a number of years in the Jacob Ries Bottling Works of this city, and his good qualities have become so generally known, that news of his advancement will be heard with pleasure by all.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 13, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

There is a fast growing spirit of resentment among the citizens of Shakopee against conditions in the city and the Tribune has heard some strong condemnation the past week of the way in which laws are being violated here particularly in regard to “moonshine” and it looks to us like a revolt is brewing against present conditions.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 10, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Bloss Variety Store Sold to Mrs. Jos. Bisek

In a transaction completed last Wednesday Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Bloss sold their variety store to Mrs. Joseph Bisek.

The new owner has taken possession of the business and will be assisted by Miss Mildred Lauer. Mr. and Mrs. Bloss who have operated the store the past 10 years, plan to remain in Shakopee and will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 13, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Proposed Shakopee City Charter Revision Seen As “Vital”

Dr. Bror F. Pearson, chairman of the Shakopee Charter Commission, described the adoption of the revised charter as a vital move for the city, “not only for right now, but for the future.”

But the proposed charter changes, as approved unanimously by the Shakopee Common Council at its last meeting, have a long way to go and some observers predict some stringent opposition.

Police Chief R. G. Thielen has already voiced opposition to the abolition of a Police Civil Service Commission, to be replaced by a merit board.

Dr. Pearson, however, said that he thinks that opposition will be negligible when people understand what the charter revision will accomplish. Dr. Pearson said Shakopee’s urban location is an important consideration…

He said there is undue concern over the word “manager,” the title of the man who would be charged with carrying out council policy. “He could be called an administrator as well,” Dr. Pearson said…

The proposed charter, as approved by the Council, will be sent to the Minnesota Legislature for enactment into a special law which will be voted upon by voters in Shakopee before it would become effective…

The proposed new charter provides for the election and salary of the mayor and other council members, for a city manager and establishes his duties, for certain budgetary matters, for the conduct of certain municipal affairs, and other matters.

The city would be divided into wards and the common council would have power to divide wards into precincts. Wards would have as equal number voters as possible. When one ward had 20 or more per cent more than any other ward, boundary lines could be changed to normalize the situation…

25 Years Ago: From the Jan. 11, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Canterbury proposes card clubs for track

Canterbury Park is proposing to add a card club at the Shakopee horse track that would feature … of poker, similar to card clubs that operate in conjunction with races at some tracks in California. The proposal, which track officials say will boost revenues, attendance and wagering on horse racing, will require passage of a bill in the state Legislature that the track wants to introduce this year…

By Wes Reinke

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