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Remember When – May 14, 2022

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 May 20, 1897 Scott County Argus

At a meeting of the congregation of St. Mark’s church last Sunday it was decided to tear down the old chapel and frame buildings at the rear and erect in their place a small brick boiler house to run the steam heating plant of the church, school and priest’s house. The little chapel was built in 1856 and is dear to many old residents from the sad and sweet memories that cluster around it for them; but sentiment was indeed to give way before the spirit of improvement, and the work of demolition will be begun at once. The front of the church property will be walled up entirely with Kasota stone, and the broad wooden stairway at the front entrance will be replaced by ornamental iron stairs. The work of improvement as outlined will be expensive, but the beauty of the grounds and church edifice will be correspondingly enhanced.

100 Years Ago: From the May 18, 1922 Shakopee Tribune

Julius A. Coller Receives Appointment

Julius A. Coller this week received from Governor Preus, an appointment as member of the State Crime Commission…

75 Years Ago: From the May 15, 1947 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Council Plans Utilities Board

Passage of a motion paving the way for the eventual creation of a utilities commission to take over the supervision and management of the city’s electric power distribution and water and sewer systems highlighted a long and heavy session of the Shakopee city council Tuesday night.

The utilities commission proposal, an outgrowth of many months of general discussion by council members and citizens in general, was presented by Alderman Lawrence Kreuser who has long advocated the measure. It would provide for the appointment of a three-man board to whom would be vested the authority to manage all of the city’s public utilities…

50 Years Ago: From the May 17, 1972 Shakopee Valley News

Zoning for Apartments, Shopping Center Asked

Planners Recommend Approval…

At its meeting Thursday evening, May 11, the Shakopee Planning Commission recommended approval of a request by the Shakopee Sand and Gravel Company to have 122 acres of land rezoned from its present use as mining area to use as a multiple dwelling and commercial area.

The area lies west of the Shakopee High School between County Roads 17 and 79. The Shakopee Sand and Gravel Company plans to cease mining operations in the area in the near future.

Greg Roberts, representing the company, said that 100 acres of the land would be developed as a residential area comprised of single-family homes, townhouses and apartment buildings. 60.3 acres would be used for the construction of a shopping center, and 17 acres would be donated to the City of Shakopee for use as a municipal park.

Roberts said that proposed Trunk Highway 169 would run adjacent to the new shopping center. The shopping center would block much of the noise coming from the four-lane highway into the residential area, he added…

25 Years Ago: From the May 15, 1997 Shakopee Valley News

Chaska bank opening Shakopee branch

Next spring, Shakopee will have one more bank, the First National Bank of Chaska.

Fall construction is planned for the 5,705-square-foot bank at the intersection of Marschall Road and Vierling Drive. The bank will have a drive-up window with three auto-bank lanes and two more in the future. An automated teller machine will be located along one of the drive-up lanes.

By Wes Reinke

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