Remember When

Remember When – March 27, 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 April 2, 1896 Scott County Argus

It is stated on good authority that the “Bierline foundry” has been purchased by Joseph Ess, the well-known foundryman of Chaska, and that he will place his two sons in charge and commence operating this valuable piece of property in the immediate future. The young men are practical founders and will be able to give good amount of themselves in their undertaking. The arrangements for the transfer of the property are practically complete, but the title of the property is in Robert Hamilton of California at present, and for him James Sullivan is agent.

100 Years Ago: From the March 31, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

H. G. Swenson, of the Swenson Drug Co. of Minneapolis, is opening a store in the building formerly occupied by Christis Candy Kitchen. He will handle ice cream, confectionery and drug sundries.

75 Years Ago: From the March 28, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

$294,000 Goal of School Bond Election Scheduled To Be Held Here April 15

Directors Adopt Resolution at Special Meeting Monday Night. Proposition Lists New Site, New School, Remodelling, Repairing, Equipment, Among Possibilities

Setting $294,000 as the amount to be raised, and fixing April 15 as the date for voting, the directors of Independent School District No. 1, meeting in special session here Monday night, adopted a resolution calling for a special election on a bond issue for “purchasing a site for a new schoolhouse … building, rebuilding, remodeling, repairing, furnishing and equipping a school house.”

Although the proposition, which is made a part of the resolution, stipulates several expenditures any one of which could consume a part or all of the total amount of the bond issue, school authorities point out it is not the intention of the board to move toward the completion of any one of the included projects until a thorough study of the entire matter has been completed.

Likewise, passage of the bond issue, it was determined, does not mean that a new site will be acquired, a new school built, the old building remodelled or repaired, because there is not now available any positive estimate of the probable costs involved in any of the proposals…

Passage of the bond issue, it is understood, has the effect of authorizing the Board of Education to take the steps it deems necessary to solving the problems confronting it. What the solution will be is not now known…

50 Years Ago: From the March 31, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

A calendar of events is being established in the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce office…The calendar will coordinate clubs’ and organizations’ events and promotions to avoid conflicts. Organizations are asked to call the Chamber office at 445-1660 for further information and to give listings of events.

25 Years Ago: From the March 28, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

County seeks architect to plan justice center

With the purchase of the St. Francis Regional Medical Center site completed, now begins the search for an architect for Scott County’s proposed justice center…

Earlier this month the Scott County Board agreed to purchase the hospital for $2 million. The sellers are required to have the building razed and the site cleaned up by the end of this year.

The board on March 19 approved a recommendation by the county’s Building Committee to select an architect and, if necessary, a construction manager using a request-for-proposal process… Construction of the justice center could begin as early as next spring.

By Wes Reinke

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