Remember When

Remember When – March 13, 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 March 19, 1896 Scott County Argus

Dr. H. P. Fischer has purchased the How residence property and will take possession soon. The consideration was $2,500 more or less. It is understood that Mrs. Mary M. How will fit up the room in the How Block, recently vacated by the “Minnesota Post,” as living rooms for her occupancy.

100 Years Ago: From the March 17, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

The Redman Ice Cream Co. of this city is turning out about the finest ice cream ever sold here and it is being handled exclusively by our dealers, as it should be. Mr. Redman has now added other popular products, as shown in his ad, that are taking well with Shakopee housewives.

75 Years Ago: From the March 14, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Austin Men Purchase Machine Shop Here

In a transaction completed late last week Fred Wolf and Levi Mallan, formerly in the maintenance division of the Hormel company at Austin, purchased the machine shop which had been operated by William Laddusaw here.

The new owners, both highly skilled machinists, have added new machine tools to the plant and are expanding the business to include wheel metal work…

50 Years Ago: From the March 17, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Renovated Raceway Will Open April 4

A renovated Raceway Park will greet auto race fans when that track officially opens the Tri-Circuit stock are racing season on Sunday afternoon, April 4th, according to track owner and operator Phil Stewart.

Heavy equipment has been hard at work the past week removing much of the winter’s snow cover to make way for improvements. New Cyclone fencing is being installed on the north end, the backs of old race cars has been removed, the pits will be covered with a layer of crushed rock and more restrooms are being installed.

Weather conditions permitting, more seats will be also installed, although that project is not expected to be ready for the opener…

25 Years Ago: From the March 14, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

County agrees to buy hospital for $2 million

Justice center is now likely to be built near courthouse

Scott County has agreed to buy the St. Francis Regional Medical Center building in downtown Shakopee for $2 million. The purchase virtually guarantees that Scott County will construct a justice center near the courthouse in Shakopee.

The Scott County Board approved the purchase Tuesday, handing over $1.1 million as part of the terms of the purchase agreement. The final $900,000 will be paid at the final closing after the building has been demolished…

The purchase agreement stipulates that St. Francis will be responsible for all salvage and demolition operations of the structure, which is located two blocks west of the existing courthouse. Demolition costs have been estimated at $1.1. million…

According to Theresa Johnson, director of community relations for St. Francis, the hospital expects to move out of the building in July to its new site, located near the Shakopee Bypass off of Marschall Road.

The terms of the purchase agreement require removal of asbestos from the building to begin before September and demolition to begin before Nov. 15. The site is to be cleared by Dec. 1. The closing date is set for Dec. 15 or earlier if all demolition and cleanup requirements have been met by St. Francis…

By Wes Reinke

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