Former SMSC Tribal Leader Glynn A. Crooks Dies at 67

It is with great sadness that the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announces the death of its Community Member and former Vice-Chairman Glynn Allyn Crooks. Crooks, age 67, passed away on October 10 at his home while surrounded by his loving family and friends. 

Glynn was born on December 2, 1950, in Fort Hood, Texas to Ros emma (Coursolle) and Amos Crooks, who serv ed as th e first Vice-Chairman of the SMSC. After graduating from Shakopee High School in 1969, Crooks enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, serving as an administrative clerk aboard five U.S. Navy ships during his six years of service.
After returning from the Navy, Glynn took an active role in the leadership and growth of the SMSC, which achieved federal recognition as a sovereign tribe in 1969. Elected to four consecutive terms as Vice-Chairman, Glynn spent 16 years serving on the SMSC Business Council, proudly representing the tribe and its culture, history and interests on both a local and a national level. A dedicated servant to his community and his Native heritage, Glynn was passionate about helping the SMSC and other tribes, never taking a single vacation during his 16 years of service.
As a longtime tribal leader, Glynn had the opportunity to meet with countless local, state and national leaders and often attended official ceremonies in Scott County and Washington, D.C., wearing traditional Dakota regalia. He also served as chairman of the SMSC Wacipi Committee for more than 25 years, helping the annual gathering grow into one of the largest Pow Wows in the Midwest. For the profound impact that he had upon the SMSC and for his devoted leadership throughout the years, he will truly be missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Friends and family are invited to join the Community in a celebration of Glynn's life at a traditional All Night Wake beginning Saturday, October 13, at 4 p.m. at the Glynn A. Crooks residence, 2395 Amos and Rose Circle NW, Prior Lake, with Prayer Services on both Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Parking and a free shuttle service will be available at nearby Mystic Lake Casino Hotel-please follow the signage on-site.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 15, at 11 a.m. at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center for immediate family, Community Members, and local dignitaries. Given the limited space at the church, friends, employees, and those outside of Glynn's immediate family are invited to view a live broadcast of the funeral services in the Minnetonka ballroom of Mystic Lake Center. 
Arrangements are with McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home, Shakopee, 952-445-2755. Condolences may be shared at

Johnson Departing from Chamber Role
It is a bittersweet day as I write this note to all of you. I am stepping down from my role here at the Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau as I have accepted a new position with the company Entrust Datacard here in town. 
If there was a way to adequately describe these past two years for each of you, I would. However, I cannot even start to unfold the gratitude and honor I will keep with me having served this business community. We've accomplished great heights as an organization, and I will eagerly watch with pride to see where Downtown Shakopee and the Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau go next.   
I want to end this note by saying thank you. Thank you all for the support, conversations, and most importantly for sharing your passion of this community with me. I will bring that spirit of community with me thanks to each of you.

Best Regards, 

Elliot Johnson
Participate in the Holiday Fest Parade

The Shakopee Chamber & Downtown Shakopee will be presenting their Annual Holiday Fest in Downtown Shakopee on Friday, November 30   & Saturday, December 1. Holiday Fest is an open streets celebration to kick-off the holiday season. Show off your business in front of over 4,000 people as a parade participant on Friday, November 30. 

Email Courtney Peterson for the application!
The Minnesota Chamber Presents the Statewide Policy Tour

October 23, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
CertainTeed - Saint Gobain

Please join the Minnesota Chamber and make your voice heard in the 2019 Legislative Session. Hear what Minnesota companies are forecasting for growth and what it means for the Chamber's legislative agenda to grow our economy together.

- Network with your peers
- Discuss policy changes to help your business succeed and grow jobs in Minnesota
- Engage their grassroots efforts
- Tour the CertainTeed SAINT-GOBAIN facility following the meeting! 
Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration - New Horizon Academy

October 25, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 AM
New Horizon Academy
1615 Windermere Way, Shakopee, MN 55379

Help us welcome New Horizon Academy to Shakopee by celebrating with fellow Chamber members at a Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration! 

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 AM with refreshments to follow. 

Candidate Forums

October 25, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 PM
River Valley Church
1350 Crossings Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379

The Public Policy Committee of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum for the following races:
  • Shakopee School Board  5:30 - 6:15
  • Shakopee City Council  6:20 - 7:00
  • Shakopee Mayor  7:05 - 7:40
  • Scott County Sheriff  7:45 - 8:05
  • Scott County Commissioner  8:10 - 8:30
  • Minnesota State Representative District 55A  8:35 - 9:00
Kids Voting Reception starts at 5:00. No campaign t-shirts, buttons or any signage will be allowed inside the debate hall.  Political yard signs or supporter organized rallies will NOT be allowed inside or outside the debate hall.

The Public Policy Committee of the Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau is soliciting questions from the public for the Candidate Forums. Please email your questions to

Watch Meet the Candidate  videos here.
Canterbury Park Groundbreaking Celebration

Canterbury Park invites you to the groundbreaking of the Canterbury Commons. This groundbreaking and open house will take place TOMORROW from 3:30 - 5:00 PM. To learn more about this development, click here.      
Minnoco Pink Out Campaign

Fuel up with Minnoco! Support Hope Chest by filling your gas tanks at participating Minnoco locations. Minnoco will be donating two cents for every gallon of Unleaded Plus/88 to Hope Chest through the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Shakopee's Minnoco locations is  Hennen's Auto Service, Inc. (807 East 1st Avenue, Shakopee, MN 55379)

Referral Collision Vehicle Show

Support Chamber member  Referral Collision LLC  by joining them for this fun autumn event on Sunday, October 21! The entry fee is $5.00 or the donation of a gently used coat. They are also accepting donations of snowpants, sweaters, and hoodies.
Bioenergy Day

Wednesday, October 24
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
975 3rd Ave. W, Shakopee, MN 55379

Koda Energy is hosting an open house and sustainability expo on Wednesday, October 24 from 9 AM - 3 PM! Stop on by for some great food and tours of both the Koda and Rahr Malting Co. facilities.

Hy-Vee's 1st Annual Trick-or-Treat Party

Check out Veteran Shredding

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Cybersecurity For Small Businesses
  The U.S. Small Business Administration has resources to help keep your sma ll  business safe. Launch SBA's free online course  for  an overview of cybersecurity tips. Topics include: d efining cybersecurity; explaining the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying types of information that should be secured; identifying the types of cyber threats; defining risk management; and listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats.

Click here to launch the course.
Executive & Business Owners Roundtable

The Shakopee Chamber Executive & Business Owner's Roundtable provides a structured, confidential and trusting environment for executives and business owners to give and receive the benefit of their experiences to help resolve business challenges.  Participation in this group allows leaders to make better strategic decisions, focus on "the right things," improve communication and build long-term relationships.

Held the second  Wednesday  of the month | Click here to find out more.