See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1961—50 years ago • Based on precedent of the last 27 years, averaging out the dates and times, the Gazette’s staff predicted the first Redwood Falls baby of 1962 would arrive on New Year’s Day at about 8 p.m. • When it raised more funds than expected, the Redwood county chapter of the National Foundation donated $1,500 to the Minnesota March of Dimes to help defray the costs of physical therapy for polio patients. • Perk’s Barber Shop moved back to its original location of 210 E. Second St. Owner L.W. “Perk” Hassinger started it there in 1928, then temporarily retired due to illness in 1936. When he reopened it in 1955, it had to be in a different location a few doors down. • The continuing attempt to get a state college based in Redwood Falls was judged the Gazette’s top story of 1961. • The Dec. 26, 1961 Gazette featured a classified ad for live squirrel monkeys, shipped at six months old, “a human-like pet to caress and play with.” 1986—25 years ago • The Redwood Falls City Council was one of 842 across the state asked to vote on a name for Minnesota’s proposed new pro basketball team. The council had until Jan. 9 to decide between Timberwolves and Polars. • A state legislature order to the Minnesota Department of Transportation meant Redwood might be declared “a significant center of population and commerce.” • Barber Don Myers, who bought Perk’s Barber Shop in 1963, commented, “Back in my early years of barbering, styles would stay the same for six or eight years. Today they may change in two to three months.” • The Redwood Falls Masons, Antiquity Lodge No. 91, served a holiday dinner to 110 senior citizens who lived alone. • The Redwood Falls-Morton High School extracurricular athletics budget for 1985-86 came to $101,608. 2001—10 years ago • A speeding semi-truck turned a corner too quickly, overturned, and spilled approximately 26 tons of loose corn across a Redwood Falls resident’s front lawn. As it happened, the resident was Gazette reporter Joshua Dixon, whose co-workers ribbed him mercilessly when he got back to the office. Gazette publisher Rick Peterson swore when the corn spilled he heard every squirrel in Dixon’s neighborhood say, “Yes!” • The city council changed the date of the next council meeting from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2 over concerns the college bowl football games wouldn’t be over in time. • The council also approved a new policy for city employees, stating cell phones were to be used for business only, and not to be used while driving. • RFHS grad Brett Schmitt, a Marine master sergeant and marathon runner, was chosen to spend 19 days providing security for the Olympic Torch as volunteer runners carried it between Atlanta and Salt Lake City. • One hundred and six babies were born at the Redwood Area Hospital between Jan. 1 and Dec. 22 2001. Of the 15 babies born in August, 12 were boys.