Remember When

Remember When – June 5, 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 June 11, 1896 Scott County Argus

Go into one of the first-class restaurants in St. Paul to dine and the chances are that Shakopee creamery butter will be set before you. Several gentlemen have asserted the fact from personal experience. The new venture has a great advantage in Mr. Farrell’s established reputation as a maker of fancy separator butter, and there is a good and immediate market for all the creamery can manufacture.

100 Years Ago: From the June 9, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Water and sewer connections have been put into the building to be occupied by the Public Rest Room.

75 Years Ago: From the June 6, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Municipal Bond Issue Defeated Here Tuesday

Voters Express Opposition to $50,000 Bond Issue for Street Improvements and New Fire Truck. Council to Canvass Votes Tonight

In a special election that attracted less than half the estimated possible votes the proposed $50,000 municipal bond issue for street improvements and new fire fighting equipment was defeated here Tuesday.

Most decisive was the voting on the proposition for the $38,500 fund for street projects. Tabulated returns showed 342 voters opposed and 184 approving the issue. Total vote cast in the three wards was 530.

There was a difference of but five votes on the fire equipment balloting which listed 266 “yes” and 261 “no.” The proposition asked a bond issuance of $11,500…

50 Years Ago: From the June 9, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Paint Store Purchased by Lathrop Co.

A Minneapolis firm, Lathrop Paint Supply Co., Inc., has purchased the Gentz Paint and Wall Covering store at 220 E. Second Ave. in Shakopee and will operate it under the name “Lathrop Shakopee.”

The Shakopee store will be managed by Roger Kroguard.

Walter and Grayce Gentz have operated the store in Shakopee for the past 15 years.

25 Years Ago: From the June 6, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

McNeill named administrator

He previously held similar position in city of Savage

Former Savage City Administrator Mark McNeill has been chosen as the new city administrator for Shakopee.

The Shakopee City Council which had interviewed four candidates on Saturday, unanimously picked McNeill during an initial balloting at Tuesday night’s council meeting. The council then formally voted unanimously to hire McNeill. He will replace Dennis Kraft, who resigned from the position in March. McNeill is currently the city administrator for Mason City, Iowa, which has a population of about 29,000. He was city administrator in Savage from 1983 to 1994.

By Wes Reinke

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