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Remember When – Nov. 18, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Nov. 24, 1898 Scott County Argus

Wm. Lempke has been making some substantial improvements upon the dwelling house he recently purchased from James Simmons. The main part has been built up to two stories in height and surmounted by a gabled roof quite ornate with shingled gables and fancy ridge. The house is located south of the M. E. church, in the same block, and its changed appearance adds greatly to the look of prosperity in that part of the city.

100 Years Ago: From the Nov. 22, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

The display of fancy lamps in the Scherkenbach Electric Shop is a beautiful sight at night, demonstrating correct lighting for every room. The old proverb, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” is very true in this case.

50 Years Ago: From the Nov. 21, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

Possibility of Valley Area Chamber of Commerce viewed

The possibility of a Valley Area Chamber of Commerce was brought up at the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce this week.

A meeting with representatives of several communities south of the Minnesota River was held recently to explore that possibility, and the idea was presented to the Shakopee Chamber at its regular meeting Monday.

Communities of Shakopee Savage, Prior Lake, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville and Eagan Township were represented at the first meeting, and a second is scheduled in January.

Virgil Mears reported to Shakopee Chamber members that a group representing the valley area would have more clout with such things as legislative matters, and suggested that Shakopee’s Chamber of Commerce could retain its individuality while supporting some kind of area effort.

Chamber members agreed to consider the matter further.

25 Years Ago: From the Nov. 19, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Land purchase for future school OK’d

Even as Shakopee School Board members chart the progress of three major school building projects in the district, they are looking ahead to expansion opportunities beyond the year 2000.

The board agreed Monday night to purchase 1.4 acres of land located at the intersection of County Roads 78 and 79 in Jackson Township to complete a 40-acre parcel of district-owned property in the area…

As it stands, the property is not large enough to accommodate a senior high school and is “borderline” for a junior high site, explained Superintendent Bob Ostlund.

However, the size of the lot exceeds the minimum acreage required for the construction of an elementary school. The state recommendation on area is no less than 15 acres for this type of building.

Ostlund indicated Monday that the addition of an elementary school to accommodate a growing local population is being considered, but would not be needed for several years.

By Wes Reinke

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