Remember When

Remember When – March 20, 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 26, 1896 Scott County Argus

The old Koerner home, one of the most ancient landmarks of the town, erected when the ferry near Withey’s, the steamboat levee at the foot of Holmes street and the stage route that stretched from St. Paul on into the unknown west, were points of greater interest than the drawbridge, union depot, and three railroad lines are today—the battered and weather-worn structure that has withstood the devastations of merely forty years, is at last succumbing to the axe and hammer of the carpenter. It will be torn down and removed at once to make way for a neat residence of modern design erected by H. H. Heller. The new house will be occupied by Joseph Buch, formerly removed here from Fessenden, S. D.

100 Years Ago: From the March 24, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

A friend of St. Mark’s school has donated a sum to equip to some extent the pupils’ playground. For the present a merry-go-round with a capacity for 24 children, a combination of swings, rings and trapeze, and two teeter-totters are being erected. The boys of the 7th and 8th grades are the erecting crew under their own chosen foreman, Hubert Paron.

75 Years Ago: From the March 21, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Deutsch Drug Store, Operated Since 1893, Sold in Past Week

Brothers To Retire from Business

50 Years Ago: From the March 24, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Pearson School Design Wins National Honor

One of 17 Best in Country…

An elementary school which had its basic design roughed out a meeting of the Shakopee elementary school faculty and administration has won nationwide accolades, it was announced this week.

Shakopee’s newest school, B. F. Pearson Elementary, was one of 17 elementary schools built in the nation last year to receive a special citation at the American Association of School Administrators national convention…

25 Years Ago: From the March 21, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Long-range facilities study approved by board

A long-range facilities study, with the St. Paul architectural firm Wold & Associates serving as consultants, was unanimously approved by the Shakopee School Board Monday.

Wold & Associates will receive a maximum fee of $8,000, plus reimbursables, for its part in the planning process. The district has previously worked with the firm, which most recently designed the additions to Pearson and Sweeney Elementary schools, and the athletic complex at the high school.

The district’s current and projected enrollment growth dictates the need for a comprehensive examination of future facility needs, according to district administrators.

Citizen participation, through a task force, will be a key element of the long-range facilities study, which is expected to begin in April and conclude in November…

The task force will have a number of responsibilities. Among them are to: review and validate long-term student enrollment projections and related demographic data, review the present grade structure for the schools, study various options for housing the projected school population, develop a consensus position regarding preferred direction for resolving the district’s long-term facility needs, develop a consensus position on the nature and timing of technology improvements to district buildings, and advise the School Board on the scope, content and timeline for future bond referendums. Sullivan said one of the most difficult issues the task force will deal with is Central Elementary School, which now houses grades five and six, as well as district offices. Central is the district’s oldest building. Board members and administrators are concerned about a number of maintenance issues at Central, including the condition of its roof…

By Wes Reinke

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