First Avenue in Shakopee 1948

First Avenue in Shakopee, circa 1948.

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125 Years Ago

From the April 19, 1894 Scott County Argus

Plans have been drawn for Charles Broman’s new brick block which is to be built on the lot between his present store and that of John McMullen. The structure will be similar in design to the new part of the Argus Block and will be 20x60 feet in size. The whole will be of brick to present a uniform appearance with his present building. Contractors are now figuring on the plans and the contract will soon be let, when work will be begun at once. Tally one more for Shakopee’s steady boom.

100 Years Ago

From the April 18, 1919 Shakopee Tribune

St. Paul House Sold

J. E. Jones, who has managed the St. Paul Hotel here for the past two years, closed a deal on Tuesday of this week whereby he took over the management of a hotel at Hopkins which he has had his eye upon for some time. Mr. Jones advertised the St. Paul for sale last week, and this week John Abeln took over his lease, but will run it as a rooming house only for the present. The building is the property of Hubert Nyssen. The Joneses did a good business here, and doubtless will make a success in their new location.

100 Years Ago

From the April 18, 1919 Scott County Argus

August Scherkenbach has improved his cottage on Second Street by an addition of two rooms, and it will also be given a coat of stucco and the interior be redecorated.

75 Years Ago

From the April 13, 1944 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

C. J. Kohler Moving Back To Shakopee

C. J. Kohler and family, who moved onto his farm in Washington county a year ago, are moving back to Shakopee to live. Mr. Kohler reports that he has sold his farm and is moving into his business block to re-engage in the ice cream business. Their friends here will be pleased to learn of his intentions and will extend a hearty welcome.

50 Years Ago

From the April 17, 1969 Shakopee Valley News

Warns Boats May Be Confiscated

Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen this week issued a warning against boat owners who persist in operating them in the area flood waters, adding that they are likely to be confiscated.

Chief Thielen said this is particularly true if the craft has not been authorized to be used; that is a boat operating on the flood backwaters or on city property (such as the flooded Huber Park area), and if anyone is operating his boat in an unsafe manner.

25 Years Ago

From the April 14, 1994 Shakopee Valley News

Racing Commission hearing on track license applications will be tonight

The Minnesota Racing Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive testimony regarding license applications for Canterbury Downs racetrack ownership and racing. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at Shakopee City Hall, 129 Holmes St. S.

Testimony will be limited to the license applications. Individuals will be asked to limit remarks to five minutes, and representatives of organizations 10 minutes.

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