The lineage of the Shakopee Valley News can be traced to the Valley Herald, the name first used in the late 1850s, and the Shakopee Argus, founded in 1861. But the paper’s modern era can be traced to 1941, when the Valley News was founded by three brothers: Cormac, Brendan and John Suel. (The newspaper serving the Shakopee area at that time was the Shakopee Argus-Tribune, and it was purchased by the Suels in 1960.) Publication of the Valley News was suspended shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when all three partners were called into World War II military service, but the paper resumed in late 1946 following their return from overseas duty. The newspaper was sold to George E. Roberts and James J. Jankiewicz, both of Colorado, in 1964 and they in turn sold to Red Wing Publishing – the parent company of Southwest Newspapers – in 1982. Today the Valley News is mailed on Thursdays to 4,400 homes and businesses, and its total-market companion piece is Southwest Saturday-Shakopee, mailed to 15,700 on Saturdays. The Valley News’ website is www.shakopeenews.com.
Pat Minelli has been editor of the Shakopee Valley News since 1987 after previously working at daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the International Falls Daily Journal and Mesabi Daily News. Pat is married with two children, and has spent much free time coaching various sports teams and volunteering at school and athletic events. Pat can be reached at (952) 345-6680 or e-mail him.