First Avenue between Holmes Street and Lewis Street during the 1940s

North side of First Avenue between Holmes Street and Lewis Street during the 1940s.

125 Years Ago

From the June 14, 1894 Scott County Argus

H. Nyssen has been making extensive improvements in his brewery this week. A big new brewers kettle and a new mash tub have been put in, and the malt kiln has been entirely rebuilt. With the new equipment his patrons may look for a better, if possible, product than ever.

100 Years Ago

From the June 13, 1919 Shakopee Tribune

Jimmie Fisher is having a racing car built for him at the Walter garage. It will have the lines of a “long, low, rakish craft,” and its estimated speed is eight knots, or thereabouts. Mr. Walter is doing a nice piece of work on this. But perhaps we may be allowed to entertain some misgivings upon the matter of where this cyclone is to travel.

100 Years Ago

From the June 13, 1919 Scott County Argus

John Strattmann returned Tuesday from Milwaukee and intends to make his future home in Shakopee. Mr. Strattmann says that after spending so many years here no other place is like home to him and he is content to remain for the rest of his life.

75 Years Ago

From the June 8, 1944 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Mrs. Susan Unze, canning instructor, and M. L. Regan, engineer at the Shakopee Area Trade school, at the former N.Y.A. camp, attended a canning conference in the White Bear Lake cannery, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. Instructions in new methods of canning vegetables and meats were given, which will be used in processing and canning foods at the Trade school this season.

50 Years Ago

From the June 12, 1969 Shakopee Valley News

Area Resident Gets Inventors Show Top Award

Taking top honors, being one of the more than 100 exhibitors at the 12th annual Minnesota Inventors Congress as the three-day show closed last Sunday night, June 8, at the fairgrounds in Redwood Falls, was Donovan Streed, RR 2, Shakopee, who was presented a Blue Ribbon award, a first-place trophy for the outstanding invention on display and a cash award.

Honors were won by Streed with his invention, called appropriately, the “Humidity Hunter,” a device that will automatically adjust humidity inside a building as outside temperature varies.

25 Years Ago

From the June 9, 1994 Shakopee Valley News

Canterbury attendance, handle bring optimism

The owners of Canterbury Downs said attendance and handle figures for the first month of tele-racing at the Shakopee track have exceeded expectations and have brought optimism for the future of live racing in Minnesota…

Canterbury is conducting tele-racing from four thoroughbred horse tracks, and showing the quarter-horse meet from Remington Park and standardbreds from Balmoral and Sportsman’s Park.

Total attendance from opening day on May 6 through May 30 was 27,595, with a total handle of $5,361,156. The track has placed $351,382 in escrow for thoroughbred racing purses at Canterbury for the planned 50-day meet in 1995…

The owners have added new carpeting, 315 new television monitors, long handicapping tables and an information center. They are also planning to install a sports bar at the track.

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South regional editor

Deena is the regional editor for Shakopee, Jordan, Prior Lake and Savage and is passionate about uncovering the truth. Deena also enjoys gardening, playing tennis and up-cycling furniture.


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