Remember When

Remember When – July 31, 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 Aug. 6, 1896 Scott County Argus

Work has commenced on the new brick block to be erected by John Berens & Co., but owing to lack of unemployed men during the harvest season it has not been very vigorously pushed this week. On Monday the work of excavating will be begun in earnest, and from then on the block will be pushed to rapid completion. From the plans drawn by Architect Fritz Rohlfs, it is learned that the structure will be 27×80 feet in size, two stories high. The length will be along First street, and this has been so skillfully designed by Mr. Rohlfs that it, as well as the front, will be attractive. The length is divided into five parcels, the center one of which contains three windows in the second story and is surmounted by a cornice. The others contain one window each on the second floor. There are double doors in the rear panel. The entrance will be similar to that in the How block, save that the second story will come out flush with the corner and be supported by an iron pillar and at the outer angle of a flag-stone seven feet square. The Holmes street front will be of plateglass and a plate glass show window will also grace the First street side at the front. For the present the interior of the second story will remain unfinished. Altogether the new block will be a handsome addition to the business portion of the town.

100 Years Ago: From the Aug. 4, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Local Flour Mill Is Ready To Run Again

After being closed down for several months on account of business conditions, Shane Bros. & Wilson’s big local flour mill is ready to resume operations at full capacity just as soon as the necessary wheat arrives at the mill…

75 Years Ago: From the Aug. 1, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Snow Plow Builders To Move Plant Here

Two Corporations Lease Three Buildings at Former NYA Site East of City. To Start Moving Aug. 5 and Expect To Be in Operation Within 30 Days

That Shakopee is to have another industry which manufactures snow removal units was verified by Mather Garland, treasurer and manager of the corporations, who was here this week completing arrangements for moving the manufacturing equipment to three buildings on the former NYA site east of the city.

The products, known as “Roto Wing” and “Roto Plow” have been on the market for several years and are enjoying a heavy demand in every snow state in the union, Garland said. For the past four years the units have been manufactured at Mound but have limitations on plant expansion made it necessary to find more advantageous quarters.

Learning of the availability of the NYA buildings, now owned by the state of Minnesota, officers of the industry were successful in securing a one-year lease, with an option for a two-year extension, from the state and will move to the new location Aug. 5.

50 Years Ago: From the Aug. 4, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Funds Sought for Unique Drug Education

‘Project Educate’

Federal funds are being requested through the Governor’s Crime Control Commission to initiate a unique drug educational program in the 13 school districts of Scott and Carver County according to Scott-Carver Director of Court Services Richard Mulcrone.

The request is for $19,320, which will be utilized in training a corps group of 700 people. “They will become a strike force in their individual communities for ongoing programs to combat drug and chemical abuses,” Mulcrone said.

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

EDA formally adopts joint-powers agreement with HRA for Block 3,4

Two weeks after approving negotiations between the city and county, the Shakopee Economic Development Authority (EDA) last week formally adopted a joint-powers agreement, with the Scott County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for redevelopment of Blocks 3 and 4 downtown…

By Wes Reinke

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