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Remember When – Oct. 14, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Oct. 20, 1898 Scott County Argus

Jos. Roth, who has been employed as a cooper in the shop at this point for ten or twelve years past, has given up that line of work, for the present, at least, and will try “railroading.” He went to St. James, Tuesday, to accept a position as brakeman on a freight train. All who know Mr. Roth personally are well aware that his diligences and capacity for work merit success, and his many friends wish him well in his new field.

100 Years Ago: From the Oct. 18, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

Miss Helen Theis has been transferred from the local Telephone office to the new toll office. Miss Theis has been chief operator in the local office for a number of years, and during this time the service has been unsurpassed. The best wishes of the local public accompany Miss Theis to her new position.

75 Years Ago: From the Oct. 14, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

See Reformatory Adapted to Use of Youth Program

Conversion of the state reformatory for women here into a screening center for juveniles under the Youth Conservation commission will depend upon action that might be taken by the state legislature when it meets next January, it was learned this week.

It has been known for several months that the reformatory has been under consideration for use in connection with the youth program, but no definite action or decisions have been reached.

Carl Jackson, director of the state public institution was quoted as saying that there had been considerable talk about the reformatory being put at the disposal of the YCC and moving the woman inmates to another location. The present population of the reformatory is reported to be 43 women.

If the proposal is approved by the legislature that body will have to provide facilities for the women, it was explained.

50 Years Ago: From the Oct. 17, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

School Board plans land purchase vote

Shakopee school district voters will decide on the purchase of 20 acres of land as a potential site for a new junior high school Nov. 20.

The Board of Education plans to put a $150,000 bond issue to the voters on that date.

Final arrangements for the bond issue were decided at the board meeting Monday night.

The bond issue covers only purchase of the land and related costs, and the board has no specific details on the future plans for a school to be built on the site if the bond issue passes. School Board president Bob Mertz noted, however, that if the vote is successful the board would immediately begin planning for a bond issue for a new junior high.

25 Years Ago: From the Oct. 15, 1998 Shakopee Valley News

Monument move was ‘making amends’

Correcting a wrong that dates back nearly 45 years, the city of Shakopee moved the granite monument honoring military veterans from atop a Native American burial mound in Veterans Memorial Park last Thursday afternoon.

The ceremony was a time for the current city officials to make amends for the errant placement of a flagpole and granite memorial in Shakopee’s war dead back in 1954…

The ceremony included the Sisseton Wahpeton Color Guard from Sisseton, S.D., comments from state Archaeologist Mark Dundalk, remarks by Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community Vice Chairman Glynn Crooks and a blessing by Gary Cavender, the tribe’s spiritual leader. A large crane then lifted the granite monument and flagpole base off the cement slab, loaded it onto a truck for the short drive to a new cement base slightly west of the burial mound. Shakopee City Administrator Mark McNeill said the old concrete slab will be covered in dirt and maintained. Breaking up the slab and removing it would further disturb the burial mound, he said…

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