See what was happening in Redwood Falls this week 50, 25, and 10 years ago.


1960—50 years ago

• A South Dakota family, flying to Minneapolis in their small airplane, got lost in a blizzard over Taunton. Calling for help, the family was talked down to safety by Elwood Olson at the federal aviation agency at the Redwood Falls airport.

“Were it not for Elwood Olson’s calm judgement, I fear that my family and I might not be alive,” said Marv Hogen of Kadoka, S.D.

• Seventy-five businesses or firms  were set to pay $300 or more in personal property tax. Of those, 17 were set to pay over $1,000.

• At their weekly meeting, members of the American Legion watched color home movies showing Redwood Falls kids participating in the state high school rodeo in Montevideo.

• An advertisement for Jenkins grocery store promoted chuck roast for 45 cents per pound.

• Howard H. Wolff was named by the American Radio Relay League to perfect an organization of Redwood County ham radio operators who could furnish emergency communications in case of disaster.

• Armed with shotguns, teams of hunters in airplanes killed more than 350 foxes in Redwood and Renville Counties.


1985—25 years ago

• Paul Kaardal, 13, youngest of Elmer and Julia Kaardal’s sons, earned his Boy Scout badge. Eagle Scout badge. He said he felt extra pressure, because his five older brothers all had theirs, too. 

• Ken Kammerer was reelected to his fourth consecutive one-year term as Redwood Falls Fire Chief.

• Three months after it opened, the Jackpot Junction bingo hall was averaging more than 1,000 players every weekend.

• The Minnesota State Planning Agency estimated Redwood County lost 506 people since 1980, bringing the county’s population to approximately 18,835.

• Members of the Redwood TV Improvement Corp. considered temporarily pulling the plug on the service to let deadbeats who didn’t pay for the service get a taste of what life would be like without it.


2000—10 years ago

• Declining enrollment in the Redwood Valley school district was dramatized by two numbers: the class of 2000 was one of the largest in the district’s history, while the incoming kindergarten class was one of the smallest.

• Above ground construction on the Redwood Area Community Center officially began at about 1.15 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2000, when Dave Graunke of Deming Construction of Fairfax  lay the first cinderblocks for the inner locker room walls.

• The Redwood Area Development Corporation announced it had handed out more than $5.8 million in grants and loans in 1999.

• The weekly bowling listings noted the Redwood Gazette’s team came in last place two weeks in a row in the Sportsman’s League at Hi-Way Lanes, thanks in part to the performance of star bowlers Daryl Thul (editor) and Joshua Dixon (reporter).

In response, publisher Rick Peterson not only threatened to reconsider sponsoring the team, he said he might  ask for punitive damages.