125 Years Ago

From the Oct. 17, 1895 Scott County Argus

The new residence of Adam Peffer is rapidly nearing completion. The walls are up, the roof was finished yesterday, and the plasters will proceed to do their part of the work at once. The house is a substantial looking structure of red brick, and its size and design betoken the fact that Mr. Peffer has not pursued a short-sighted policy in the erecting of a home. The building will be ready for occupancy before snow flies.

100 Years Ago

From the Oct. 22, 1920 Scott County Argus

C. F. Dorn and family moved to Shakopee Thursday of last week from Spring Lake. They are living in the former Chris Duede home.

75 Years Ago

From the Oct. 18, 1945 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

In the hope of curbing the practice of bringing children to visit patients the Sisters of St. Francis Hospital this week appealed to parents and others to think first of the well being and safeguarding of patients.

State law prohibits children under 12 years of age from visiting patients in a hospital caring for maternity cases.

Rules regarding this regulation are prominently posted in the hospital but visitors, it was said, fail to observe them.

Children cannot be admitted as visitors, spokesmen said, and for that reason the co-operation of the community is asked.

50 Years Ago

From the Oct. 21, 1970 Shakopee Valley News

Beren’s Market, 132 West Second Ave. in Shakopee, will be holding a Grand Opening to note the completion of their newly remodeled and expanded food store this weekend. One of the features of the grand opening, advertised within this issue of the Valley News, will be prizes to lucky customers. Berens is in its 96th year of service to citizens of Shakopee.

25 Years Ago

From the Oct. 19, 1995 Shakopee Valley News

A proposed 315,000-square-foot retail development received unanimous support from the Shakopee City Council Tuesday night.

Representatives from Centres Group from Minneapolis presented their development concept for 36 acres lying southwest of the Shakopee Town Square mall. The development would extend from Kmart to the Shakopee Bypass now under construction.

It is estimated that the project will cost $22.5 million and generate $82 million in gross revenues per year. Or $2.45 million in sales tax…

The development firm estimates that about 800 full- and part-time jobs would be created.

The developers are counting on major retailers to become tenants, according to Centres Group partner Kaare Birkeland. He declined to say who those retailers might be, but the project calls for one tenant to occupy 110,000 square feet and another to use 76,000 square feet.

The project calls for two main retail structures, which would be separated by Vierling Drive. A two-story, 80-room hotel would be located near Highway 169. It would be flanked by two restaurants, one fast-food, the other sit-down dining.

In a recent letter to Birkeland, Carlson Real Estate Co., which owns Shakopee Town Square, said it was eager to see the area surrounding the mall “remain a strong retail hub.” Centres Group’s plan “fits nicely with our view of the future,” said the letter.

Centres Group is asking for no financial assistance from the city, according to City Administrator Dennis Kraft.

Birkeland expects to reveal tenants’ names late this year, be in full ownership of the land by next summer and open sometime in 1997.

Compiled by Wes Reinke.


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