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Remember When – June 26, 2021

125 Years Ago: From the July 2, 1896 Scott County Argus

The bicycle road race will be run at 5 o’clock on the Fourth, over a ten mile course. Entries close at 12:30 p.m., July 3d. For this and for the men’s 3 heat, ½ mile race an entrance fee of 50 cents is charged. The ¾ mile dash for ladies is free. The track races will be run on the trestle road at 4 o’clock. The total value of the prizes is $48. Register with H. P. Marx if you intend to race.

100 Years Ago: From the June 30, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Work is in progress graveling the trunk line highway through town on Fourth street. This highway will be graded and graveled from the Bloomington bridge to Jordan.

75 Years Ago: From the June 27, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Nine Rail Crossings Ordered Closed Here

Railroad and Warehouse Commission’s Edict Also Calls for Installation of Automatic Safety Signals on Lewis, Holmes, and Fuller Streets

Closing of nine grade crossings of the Omaha railroad and the installation of automatic electric signals at three other crossings in Shakopee was ordered by the Railroad and Warehouse Commission in an edict issued June 18. The commission’s order, an outgrowth of the city’s Feb. 12 petition for an investigation of the crossing hazards and a subsequent hearing held here May 9, follows:

The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha railway company shall within one year from the date of this order, at railway expense, install Minnesota Standard Automatic Electric highway railroad grade crossing signals at the Fuller, Holmes and Lewis street crossings … that when such signals have been approved by this Commission, the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway company shall abandon and remove and close to vehicular traffic the crossings at Pierce, Shumway, Sommerville, Spencer, Fillmore, Main, Market, Dakota and Prairie streets…

50 Years Ago: From the June 30, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Restoration Project Will Attract 450,000 Visitors

Completion in Five Years…

Within five years, the Scott County Historical Society’s restoration project east of Shakopee will be attracting 450,000 visitors to the area, according to estimates given the Shakopee Council last week by the society’s financial consultant, William G. McFadden.

“This is no pipe dream,” he told councilmen, as he revealed that the gargantuan job of raising $3.9 million for the project is now well underway, with … grown by … metropolitan area businessmen that the project is feasible.

25 Years Ago: From the June 27, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

EDA votes to raze Blocks 3, 4 downtown

Repairing or moving buildings rejected after long debate

Block 3 and 4 in downtown Shakopee will be totally razed to make way for new development.

A split vote by the Economic Development Authority (EDA) on June 19 ended the long debate over whether some buildings should be moved or refurbished. EDA President Burl Zorn asked the commissioners to move for a vote concerning demolition…

Developing Blocks 3 and 4 is considered the key to maintaining a financially healthy downtown by most city officials and retailers. The city has been acquiring the properties through negotiation and condemnation and expect to have ownership by September or October…

Whatever enthusiasm may have at one time existed for moving or rehabilitating certain buildings faded significantly after a study in the spring concluded that it would cost over $1 million to move and refurbish just one building in Blocks 3 and 4 – and removing hazardous materials would likely inflate that price by thousands of more dollars…

By Wes Reinke

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