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Remember When – July 29, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Aug. 4, 1898 Scott County Argus

Fred Vierling and Nic Heger went out of business at the old Nieters place, in “upper town” last Monday, with the expiration of their license. They are planning to reengage in the saloon business at some point on First street, in the near future, but nothing definite has been decided upon to date.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 2, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

New Drinking Fountains for Down Town District

New public drinking fountains are being installed in the down town district of this city. One fountain is being placed on the corner at the John Berens store and another at Davy’s corner.

A lavatory and drinking fountain will also be installed at Riverside Park in the near future. The improvements have become a necessity and will be welcomed by local people.

75 Years Ago: From the July 29, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Park Dedication Set

Dedication of Shakopee’s improved baseball park, site of the 1948 state amateur baseball tournament, has been set for Wednesday night, Aug. 4, with the Shakopee Indians and the Chaska Cubs providing the diamond attraction.

W. H. (Rip) Schroeder, Scott county deputy sheriff and coach of the Shakopee club, will be the master of ceremonies. Schroeder, who formerly played with the Columbus Red Birds and St. Louis Cards, now occasionally plays the outfield in addition to his coaching duties on the Shakopee club.

The dedication ceremony is to get under way promptly at 8:00 o’clock preceding the ballgame which has been scheduled for 8:30. Feature of the ceremony will be a 15-minute program of music and intricate drills by the Chaska drum and bugle corps composed of members of veterans of World war II…

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 1, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

High Winds and Hail

Over 200 acres of corn on the Thomas Williams farm south of Shakopee was destroyed by high winds and hail over the weekend which also wrecked the vegetable garden and broke windows on the William home. Damage around Scott County may top the million dollar mark when all estimates are tallied. Some of the county’s farmers had insurance to cover some of their losses, but many did not have adequate protection. The storms which caused the damage blew across areas of three counties. In Scott County the heaviest damage was reported through a stirp of land about three miles wide and 18 to 20 miles long in the southwest part of the county. Some fields of corn, soybeans and oats were wiped out completely.

25 Years Ago: From the July 30, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Cleanup of shooting range to cost $24,305

Cities, county may contribute

For years, the Shakopee Police Department, area law-enforcement agencies and sportsmen have used the gun range just south of the intersection of county roads 16 and 83.

But at the July 21 Shakopee City Council meeting, the city paid the bill for 20-plus years of no-cost target practice. The council unanimously accepted a quote of $24,305 from Glenn Rehbein Cos. to remove and dispose of approximately 420 tons of soil from the embankment behind the targets.

As required by the state, the city needs to remove the lead bullets from the soil because the soil is deemed to be contaminated by the lead. The land is owned by Valley Green Business Park, which wants to sell the small parcel for development. At Valley Green’s request, the city planned to deal with the issue a year ago. But the cleanup would not be economically completed before the end of the year and Valley Green agreed to defer the project until 1998, said City Administrator Mark McNeill…

By Wes Reinke

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