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Remember When – Nov. 25, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Dec. 1, 1898 Scott County Argus

Florian Vierling has engaged in the manufacture and sale of German sausages, and he was about town Tuesday for the first time with his covered rig prominently lettered with an advertisement of his wares, dispensing his goods and making glad the hearts, or stomachs, of those who have a hankering after such delicacies. He will make the rounds of Shakopee, Chaska and Jordan regularly hereafter.

100 Years Ago: From the Nov. 29, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Local Stove Co. Has New Owners

An important business deal of great interest to local people was closed Thursday of last week when H. C. Schroeder and Ed. V. Mertz purchased the controlling interest in the Shakopee Stove Company, from the former owner, William Spoerner.

Mr. Schroeder who was formerly vice-president of the company, now becomes president and Mr. Mertz becomes secretary-treasurer and general manager.

Mr. Spoerner will remain for an indefinite time as foreman of the moulding department.

The change of ownership will bring about improvements as the new owners are men possessing special business ability and it is logical to assume that the Shakopee Stove Company, under their management will become one of the leading manufacturing industries in this city.

75 Years Ago: From the Nov. 25, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

60 High School Students to Get Aptitude Tests

Sixty Shakopee high school students will receive vocational aptitude tests in a validating experiment to be given at the school Tuesday, Nov. 30, it was disclosed.

The tests, to be given by the Minnesota Employment Service in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, will be similar to those now employed in determining the aptitudes of adults.

Shakopee is one of several schools selected for the experiment through which it is hoped to learn if the test can be satisfactorily applied generally in aiding high school students to fit themselves in the proper vocations…

50 Years Ago: From the Nov. 28, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

New shopping center plans set; first phase ready by next year

The new shopping center at the west edge of Shakopee was termed “a reality in fact, no longer a proposal,” by A.C. Holmen of Watson Centers Incorporated before a Shakopee City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Watson Centers is a division of Watson Construction Company of Minneapolis, a major general contracting firm, announced plans for development and construction of the Minnesota Valley Mall Shopping Center to be located along Highway 169 near Highway 300 at the west edge of Shakopee.

The first phase of the planned development will be a 150,000 square foot community shopping center featuring an enclosed sidewalk or mall joining the stores, shops and offices. Plans call for construction to begin in the spring of 1974 with completion of the first phase in the fall of that same year…

25 Years Ago: From the Nov. 26, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Tsumura sells Shakopee plant

The parent company of Tsumura International, which earlier this year announced plans to divest itself of its U.S. and Canadian personal-care operations, announced Friday it will sell most of its operations and assets, including its Shakopee plant, to Belue Brands Inc. of Phoenix…

Interested in Shakopee history? Find even more at the Shakopee Heritage Society website.

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