Remember When

Remember When – May 22, 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 May 28, 1896 Scott County Argus

The “Bierline” foundry building is being torn down, with a view to using the material in constructing some small dwelling houses. The Ess brothers recently purchased it and removed the machinery.

100 Years Ago: From the May 26, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Shakopee Will Have Public Rest Room

Shakopee will soon have a Public Rest Room, as required by the new state law for fourth class cities and villages. The city council at its last meeting voted to take a few years lease on the M. J. Berens building next door to the Tribune office, which will be fitted up for a rest room with all the conveniences required for public comfort. This is the location formerly occupied by the Zrust jewelry store and is an ideal location in the mail business block.

75 Years Ago: From the May 23, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Vets Afforded Housing at NYA Site Near Here

Good news to house-hunting veterans in the announcement this week that Shakopee Post of the American Legion has leased from the state of Minnesota the former NYA property east of Shakopee and has made 11 housing units available to veterans of the World Wars.

Three of the units have already been rented and eight are now open. Included in those still available are four apartments and four cabins, it was learned. Veterans of World War II will be given priority.

Water and sewer facilities are in the apartments and electric service is afforded to each of the eight units…

50 Years Ago: From the May 26, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Referendum Required on NSP Franchise

Attorney General Opinion…

A long-awaited opinion from the Attorney General’s Office received this week was not exactly what the city had in mind when City Attorney Julius Coller asked for it.

The opinion from Attorney General Warren Spannaus stated that an ordinance passed by the city last July granting a franchise to Northern States Power to furnish the city and Rahr Malting electrical power is subject to a referendum by the city voters…

The matter was referred to the executive committee of the Council for study Tuesday night. The city could revoke the ordinance, put the question to the voters with a special ballot or at the next city election, it was indicated Tuesday…

25 Years Ago: From the May 23, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

School auditorium to be named in honor of longtime teacher Olson

The auditorium at Shakopee High School has been home to many a theatrical production.

So it seems most appropriate that the hall be named after someone who inspired students to get involved in drama, both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Based on the recommendations of a committee that was formed to name the auditorium, the Shakopee School Board Monday unanimously approved the naming of the auditorium in honor of Carl A. Olson. (Board member Jessica Geis was absent.)

Olson, 65, retired from the district in 1993 after 36 years of teaching. One of those years was spent as a seventh-grade teacher. In fall 1958, Olson went to the high school, where he remained for the rest of his career. He started out teaching English and American history, then taught English exclusively as of 1960. Besides being a classroom teacher, Olson was an assistant football coach, and director of 58 drama productions…

By Wes Reinke

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