Remember When

Remember When – May 8, 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 14, 1896 Scott County Argus

Street overseer Sarasen has been doing a lot of effective work of late. Over a hundred big boulders have been removed from the streets and dumped along the drive to the City Brick yard, and the road from Lallak’s to the town line has been built up with rock and gravel. The road lying in front of J. A. Wilder’s residence will next receive attention.

100 Years Ago: From the May 12, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

A business deal was made the first of the week in which H. W. Oradson and H. P. Johnson, proprietors of the Shakopee Tire Co., purchased the garage business of J. A. Kopisca. They will move the tire shop to the Kopisca location where they will combine the two enterprises and operate both a garage and tire repair shop. These boys are hustling young business men and will make a success of their enlarged undertaking. Mr. Kopisca will devote his time to looking after the oil business here.

75 Years Ago: From the May 9, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

County Has Woman Officer

Miss Barbara Meyer Is Named County Treasurer at Board Meeting

For the second time in its history Scott county has a woman officer. This time it is Miss Barbara Meyer, former deputy, who has been named county treasurer to complete the unexpired term of the late H. R. Grosser whose death he entered at his home here last Wednesday.

Preceding Miss Meyer in the distinction she now holds was Mrs. Joseph R. Witt, who in 1880 succeeded her husband as clerk of court from October to the end of December when Mr. Witt was a candidate for state office…

Previous to becoming deputy treasurer several years ago she had served as deputy registrar of deeds.

50 Years Ago: From the May 12, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee’s Charter Hurdles Senate Committee Saturday

Shakopee’s Special Act charter advanced another step Saturday, May 8, when members of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee voted to approve it and sent it to the Senate.

The charter, which has passed through the house, was introduced to the senate committee by Senator John Metcalf. Approximately 12 people from Shakopee attended the hearing Saturday. Two opponents of the charter, Martin Walsh City Assessor and secretary of the Utilities Commission, and Lee Monnens, Utilities Superintendent, were heard by the Committee Saturday. According to Dr. B. F. Pearson, president of the charter commission, the Committee felt Walsh’s and Monnen’s arguments were of a local nature and voted to approve the charter on a motion made by Senator Metcalf…

Dr. Pearson said that the bill with Shakopee’s Charter will now come before the Senate for a vote and he sees no problem in getting it passed.

After passing the Senate, the charter will be brought back to Shakopee and voted upon by the people.

Dr. Pearson indicated that no action on putting the charter up for a vote would be taken before the results of the Shakopee-Eagle Creek merger was known…

25 Years Ago: From the May 9, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

County Road 18 project apparently gets green light

Litigation halted expansion

The litigation-ridden County Road 18 project appears to be ready to move ahead this summer. County officials this week received a long-awaited interpretation of state statutes by two Minnesota agencies.

The commissioners for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) have concluded that Scott County has demonstrated that it will “employ all reasonably available noise mitigation measures to abate traffic-generated noise” in the project…

By Wes Reinke

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