Remember When

Remember When – Sept. 11, 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 Sept. 17, 1896 Scott County Argus

The new business block for John Berens & Co. at the corner of Holmes and First streets is going up rapidly of late. The walls of the first story are up and the second floor is being laid today. The building is to be a handsome one, and will be doubly valued as an addition to the town owing to the favorable site. It changes the whole appearance of that part of town.

100 Years Ago: From the Sept. 15, 1921 Shakopee Tribune

Last week’s issue of the Catholic Bulletin contained quite a writeup of Shakopee giving the history of the Catholic parishes and school here and a writeup of several local business firms. Pictures of St. Mark’s church and school accompanied the writeup.

75 Years Ago: From the Sept. 12, 1946 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Chicago Firm Leases Old Mill Building

Tool Manufacturer Picks Shakopee Site After Viewing Several Others

After looking over sites in several states and other communities, H. V. Detman, president and owner of the Riverside Machinery company of Chicago, has selected Shakopee as the future home for his thriving business and will move his plant here Oct. 1, it was authoritatively disclosed this week.

Mr. Detmann has negotiated a long-term lease of the old four-story mill building on the south bank of the Minnesota river between Lewis and Sommerville streets, and a crew of workmen have already begun renovating and repairing the large brick structure which has been vacant for many years…

The Argus-Tribune’s informant described the new industry as a manufacturer of a metal forming tool used in sheet metal work. The firm enjoys not only a thriving nation-wide trade, but is also in the foreign market filling orders for overseas delivery…

Remodelling of the mill building includes laying of a concrete floor in the lower story, a new roof over the main building, lowering of ceilings, removal of the old grain bins and the general reconditioning of the entire structure. A two-story addition to the west side of the building is being razed.

50 Years Ago: From the Sept. 15, 1971 Shakopee Valley News

Downtown Revitalization Project to Be Proposed

A proposal for the beautification and revitalization of the Shakopee Downtown area will be held Thursday evening, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shakopee Senior High School Auditorium.

The meeting, sponsored by the Shakopee Area Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee, headed by Virgil Mears, will feature a presentation of a plan down by the Wayzata architectural firm of Vosejpka and Associates…

25 Years Ago: From the Sept. 12, 1996 Shakopee Valley News

Council formally sets referendums for Nov. 5

The Shakopee City Council last week formally adopted resolutions setting Nov. 5 referendums on a new fire hall and on an increase in the number of liquor licenses available in the city.

The council on Sept. 2 approved a ballot question asking for voter permission to issue $3.4 million in general obligation bonds for the fire hall, which would be located at the southwest corner of the intersection of County Road 16 and Vierling Drive…

The council last week also adopted a resolution to increase the number of on-sale liquor licenses from 12 – the maximum number allowed by state statutes based on population – to 17. The five additional licenses are proposed to accommodate potential development, including restaurants and hotels, city officials have said.

By Wes Reinke

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