Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Minnesota House voted down the bonding bill and with it goes the latest attempt to erect perimeter fencing around the Shakopee prison.
The latest proposal to erect a perimeter fence around the Shakopee prison failed Friday afternoon as the Minnesota House rejected an $800 million bonding bill by a five-vote margin. Gov. Mark Dayton had included the $5.2 million fence in the bonding package, the second time he had supported building a fence around the prison. Repeated efforts to fence the prison, which holds more than 600 female inmates, have been unsuccessful for the last decade. Before the bill was voted down a little after 2:30 p.m., mayor Brad Tabke sent an email to constituents asking them to call and email their legislators about the fence. "For the first time in a long time, we have a real chance to get the fence built around the Shakopee prison," he wrote in an …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Mayor Brad Tabke will give his annual speech around 8 p.m. tonight during a fundraiser at Turtle's Bar & Grill.
Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke will deliver the annual "State of the City" address tonight at Turtle's Bar & Grill. Tabke's speech is expected to begin at 8 p.m. It should be viewable on his website and on YouTube starting at 7:40 p.m. The restaurant is holding a $30 per plate fundraiser toward a new beautification program that will plant flower baskets around the downtown area. Shakopee Public Works is watering and maintaining the flowers ($6,000) while the Downtown businesses are purchasing the baskets for $5,000 and Shakopee Public Works is assuming the $6,000 cost of watering and maintaining the flowers.
Friday, May 3, 2013
The historical society is holding a gambling-filled opening night extravaganza for the launch of its "Outside the Law" exhibit later this month.
Current and former Shakopee elected officials will be on hand at the Scott County Historical Society on May 24 for a night featuring outlaws, gambling and scoundrels. Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke and his predecessor, John Schmitt, will be croupiers for craps, blackjack and roulette during the opening of the society's "Outside the Law" exhibit. The exhibit show photos and artifacts from Prohibition-era Scott County, including a slot machine, a grenade-style fire extinguisher and a shot glass from the Riviera Night Club. The Shakopee Historical Society has more details about the opening night festivities: There will also be Charleston dance lessons, samples of gin, a cash bar with wine & beer, and appetizers. Tickets: $5 SCHS members, $10 Non-…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke spoke with residents online for nearly an hour Sunday evening.
Mayor Brad Tabke held an hour-long video chat with Shakopee residents Sunday night about the city's role in a future metro-wide transit system. "We have currently a transit system that is not fully functional," Tabke said during introductory remarks. "In Shakopee we have a significant problem in that we only have a few ways to get across the river." Here's more from his blog: A fully functioning, metro-wide transit system is key to our future development and growth as a region and local community. Please contact our legislators today to let them know why you support sales tax for transit. A fully-funded transit system provides:
Monday, March 25, 2013
Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke is holding a video conference with constituents at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Online, Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke will try anything to connect with his constituents. He is already active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine. On Tuesday, he's using Google Plus' video 'Hangout' feature to speak face-to-face with Shakopee residents. "Before I took office, I had the great fortune of chatting with many residents on our listening tour," he wrote in an email to Shakopee residents. "Easily the most successful was an online chat and I would like to begin having monthly video chats through Google Hangout and want to hear from you." Tabke provided a guide for joining the 8 p.m. video conference on his website: To participate, you need to do the following:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke spoke about Gov. Dayton's tax proposal during a press conference Tuesday.
Updated: Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m.: Shakopee mayor Brad Tabke spoke Tuesday morning at a press conference in favor of Gov. Dayton's transit tax proposal. Tabke was joined at the press conference by Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman. (His comments begin at the 4:36 mark in the YouTube video above. The Vimeo video was posted on his blog.) Our situation is unique in the metro that we have a physical barrier—we have a river—and there're only so many lanes we can get along the river," he said. "We need to have transit options for our residents, for our commuters, so we can continue to invest in bridges and roads and those types of things but have options." Original story, Feb. 27, 6 a.m: The Shakopee Council voted 4-1 last …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Shakopee is holding its first annual Winterfest this Sunday.
The following is taken from Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke's blog. If you have kids, you’ve probably seen Tangled, Disney’s re-telling of Rapunzel. My daughter LOVES Rapunzel and the floating lanterns that come each year on her birthday. This Sunday, February 10, 2013, Shakopee is holding our first annual Winterfest from 4 to 7 at the Lion’s Park Youth Building, 1001 Adams. There will be: AND…pending favorable weather, at 6:30 we will release floating lanterns!!! Parks & Rec has done a wonderful job organizing this event (previously our Jack Frost Rockin’ New Year’s Eve) with amazing support from the Shakopee Lions Club! We have 84 biodegradable lanterns and will be giving out one per family on a first-come-first-served basis. The fire chief …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke's email to constituents included details about a planned dog park, the city's Twitter account and next weekend's Winterfest.
Mayor Brad Tabke sent an email to constituents speculating that 2013 would see more jobs come to Shakopee. "Quite a few wonderful, large projects have shown interest in Shakopee and would add to our positive momentum," he wrote. Tabke also noted the new dog park the city plans to build this summer and a new city Twitter account. Here's more from the mayor's email: Everything is looking like 2013 will be an amazing year for jobs in Shakopee! We began in 2012 to focus squarely on job creation and have landed some large job-creators that will begin hiring in earnest in 2013. Some of the employers came through incentives but most because Shakopee has a highly educated workforce, access to infrastructure and transportation and streamlined city …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
In the Star Tribune article, the Shakopee mayor talks about his accomplishments as well as the low moments of his term so far.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Movember campaign asks men to grow mustaches to spread awareness and raise funds for men's health issues.
For some men, November 1 marks the month of the mustache. Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke announced today in his blog that he is growing a mustache in support of men's health for Movember, the name of an initiative that raises funds, directs programs, and supports men's health globally. Movember partners with the Livestrong Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation. Movember describes men who grow mustaches for the campaign during the month of November as "walking, talking billboards for men’s health for 30 days." They can also raise funds and join teams, such as the ShakVember team headed by Tabke. Women can participate in several ways as well, such as by raising funds, starting a team, and recruiting male friends or family members to grow a …