Here at the Shakopee Valley News, we’re all about local.
Someone recently suggested I write a column explaining, in essence, “how we got the story” about former Superintendent Rod Thompson’s now well-documented financial malfeasance.
This week, we published a special report examining how much Shakopee School District administrators have been traveling in recent years, as the district’s budget shortfall was quietly growing.
This week, we’ve had several ghastly stories in the paper about young men making horrible decisions that allegedly led to the deaths of babies.
Last week, the Shakopee City Council voted to censure Councilor Mike Luce by a 3-1 vote, with Councilor Matt Lehman the only dissenter.
We gave kudos to the Shakopee School Board on this page last week after the board voted to hire an outside firm to investigate the operational health of the district, but now the board’s decision is giving us pause.
Americans, Minnesotans in particular, are charitable people. When someone needs help, we are quick to open our hearts and wallets to provide relief. We are constantly amazed at the heartwarming generosity of people in the Shakopee area who do not flinch when a neighbor needs help.
Kudos to U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District for taking part in a town meeting Feb. 22, and to some 150 people who packed the Sartell City Hall to civilly engage with their congressman on issues important to them.
There was generally good news in the results of a community survey of Shakopee residents discussed by the City Council Feb. 7: 81 percent of respondents think the quality of life in the city is good or excellent (14 percent rated it excellent, and 67 percent good).
On Jan. 19, a motorist came upon a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended and red lights flashing in Otsego. As students attempted to cross the road to get on the bus, they were hit by a pickup truck. Three students were injured, two critically. Other students just missed being struck…
That Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate was honored last week with the 2016 Administrator’s Leadership Award should come as no surprise. That members of his Police Department were on hand as he was honored is not surprising either. Neither is it a surprise that the humble Tate was shocked when …
Kudos to Shakopee City Administrator Bill Reynolds for a Jan. 3 presentation to the City Council in which he outlined — as a reminder — the roles and responsibilities of city leadership and to provide guidance on the issues of personal liability, ethics, conflicts of interests and the state …
Scott and Carver counties, particularly the cities, appear to be places of some affluence. The cities are chock-full of new homes that continue to go up, with numerous franchise retailers popping up to follow the growth. To the casual observer — and, we contend, to most residents of the coun…
The Christmas and New Year’s holiday season is a time for reflection, good will and hope. For Christians and non-Christians alike, it is the dawning of a new year, bringing with it hopes and expectations for what is to come. It is during this season when the best comes out of most people, wh…
In the aftermath of last week’s announcement that the Derby Days board of directors decided to dissolve, reactions on social media sites from Shakopee residents, as expected, included extreme sorrow and disappointment. But there were also some surprising caustic jabs, castigating those who p…
Minnesota residents can feel some pride: the state on Nov. 8 was once again the nation’s leader in voter turnout. Minnesota had a voter turnout of 74.7 percent, topping second-place New Hampshire, which recorded 72.3 percent.
WCCO-TV last week had an interesting story in these divisive and still-bitter days after the presidential election. A reporter asked an expert and others how to handle things around the Thanksgiving table, given that the presidential election outcome has divided not only the nation, but fami…
Days after the election that resulted in the biggest national political upset in the history of the United States, we join Americans and people throughout the world pondering what the election of Donald Trump will mean. Trump supporters are jubilant and detractors stunned and depressed.
The candidacy of Jason Lewis, the Republican nominee for Congress in the 2nd District, is remarkable in that it mirrors that of Donald Trump. Both men were among a lengthy group of Republicans seeking office and both were considered long shots for the nomination. And both men surprised polit…
State Rep. Bob Loonan of Shakopee is well known for doing things his way, even if sometimes his words or actions are questionable if not offensive. Two years ago, he lost out on the local Republican nomination for the House District 55A seat, thought about it overnight and decided to challen…
The DARE program has served school children around the world since its founding in Los Angeles in 1983. DARE — Drug Abuse Resistance Education — has been a highly popular tool in helping kids avoid becoming involved with drugs, as well as gangs and violence.
There was a break-in at a child care center at Shakopee Town Square the night of Sept. 26. Cash, televisions and computers were stolen. But that wasn’t all. In a wanton act of despicable vileness, the criminal(s) also made a considerable effort to heavily damage the day care, pouring paint a…
The 2016 Ryder Cup party has begun, and people in the Shakopee area know it. There is some pain associated with the prestigious golf tournament being held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, but it’s well worth it for the fun and excitement, not to mention the economic boost for the area.
Congratulations to this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, who will be honored during homecoming events at Shakopee High School on Friday this week. Once again, the list of inductees is impressive and worthy of honors.
Kudos to Shakopee’s Eagle Creek Elementary School, which last week was one of six schools named a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). The honor was awarded to Eagle Creek for its commitment to 21st century teaching and learning, …
A lot of folks have come forward in the past few years to help the Shakopee area’s homeless, a segment of our society that is largely invisible in this relatively affluent area. And it’s time again for people to step up — and for even more people to join in.
We live in discouraging times — we don’t get along — in Washington, St. Paul, even locally. We are heavily partisan. It’s us versus them. You are either for us or against us. It’s our way or no way. You are either a friend or an enemy — nothing in between.
A goal of local government officials is to change the employment situation in Shakopee and Scott County so that more people from the area stay here for jobs rather than commute elsewhere. Census data show that about 75 percent of the people in the area commute to another county for their jobs.
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