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Remember When – June 29, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the July 2, 1874 Shakopee Argus

The engine, boiler and machinery for the Shakopee Steam Flouring Mill has arrived and been delivered on the ground ready to be put in their places.

125 Years Ago: From the June 29, 1899 Scott County Argus

A. J. Withey informs us that the high water has not damaged his sugar beet acreage, in the least thus far, and that the danger seems now removed. By hard work he managed to build up the old road above this plat into a dam, raising its height as fast as the water came up and thus keeping his sugar beet land from inundation. There is every prospect of a good yield and considerable profit from his venture into the new industry. Many others farther up the river lost their entire sugar beet crop, however, and Mr. Withey states that he last lost ten acres of corn.

125 Years Ago: From the June 30, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

Mike Berens adorned his confectionery by erecting a new awning this week.

100 Years Ago: From the July 4, 1924 Shakopee Argus

Peter Miller closed a deal Monday in which he sold his hotel and soft drink parlor to John McNabb of Minneapolis. The latter took charge of the business immediately. Mr. Miller and family moved to Orchard Gardens Wednesday where he has purchased a summer resort which he will open in the near future.

100 Years Ago: From the July 3, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

The fire department was called to the Leonard Bruns home last Monday morning to extinguish a small blaze on the roof of the house. The fire had evidently been caused by sparks from the chimney and was noticed before it gained much headway by a neighboring boy who notified Mrs. Bruns. The fire department was called immediately and extinguished the flame in a very short time. The neighbors also rendered aid that was greatly appreciated by quickly removing furniture from the house. The loss was estimated at $60 and was entirely covered by insurance.

75 Years Ago: From the June 30, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

License Granting Awaiting Opinion

Granting of Shakopee’s quota of five “on sale” liquor licenses was unexpectedly delayed Thursday night when all applications, except those of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars clubs, were tabled pending receipt of the attorney general’s opinion as to whether a member of the council can hold a liquor license…

75 Years Ago: From the June 30, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

City May Be Virtually Dry Friday As Council Tables Liquor Licenses

That Shakopee will be on a virtual “dry” status for over the bar sales of hard liquor seemed quite possible this week as renewals of no on-sale licenses have been approved except two club licenses.

On-sale liquor licenses for five retail establishments in Shakopee expire at midnight tonight. Unless Mayor Clarence Czaia convenes the common council for the purpose of granting permits tonight, sales will stop in Shakopee tomorrow.

Ony two license renewals thus far were for the American Legion club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars as their licenses were granted at a stormy session of the city council last Thursday night. Ten other applications for the five existing licenses were tabled…

50 Years Ago: From the July 3, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

City gets first look at second shopping center proposals

Shopping centers took up the bulk of the Shakopee city council committee meeting Tuesday night.

Councilmen rehashed problems of annexation and jurisdiction on the west end center, Minnesota Valley Mall; and had their first formal look at preliminary plans for a second center to be built on south Co. Rd. 17…

The proposal for the second center seemed to present far less problems according to the preliminary proposals aired Tuesday night.

Scottland, a major land owner and developer in Scott County, appeared before the city planning commission last week with plans for a new 150,000 square foot community center to be located on Co. Rd. 17 and proposed 13th Ave…

25 Years Ago: From the July 1, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

In a year, district population up by 14.5%

The latest population estimate for the Shakopee School District reflects a hefty 14.5 percent increase over 1998 figures.

The Shakopee School Board on Monday certified a 1999 population estimate of 20,431 for the district, a jump of nearly 2,600 over last year’s estimate of 17,835. Annual population gains in years past have been much smaller ranging from 0.06 percent in 1993-94 to approximately 5.3 percent in 1997-98…

Interested in local history? Find even more at the Shakopee Heritage Society website.

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