See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago • Sherry Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Orton of Franklin, was the first baby born at the Redwood Falls Hospital in 1962, born at 7:55 p.m. A week earlier, Gazette staff predicted the first baby would be born at 8 p.m. • The ice on Lake Redwood was 10 to 12 inches thick by the Westside Park ice house, making it safe for skating. However, the police warned the ice at the upper end of the lake was still too thin. • Paul Field, a substitute bowler from Minneapolis, broke the three game series record at Hi-Way Lanes with a 685 for the evening. • Speeding was the most common traffic violation of 1961, with the court recording 378 cases docketed against 396 charges against motorists. • The Thriftway grocery store advertised a one-pound can of Del Monte salmon for 79 cents. 1987—25 years ago • The Taiwan flu may have been responsible for causing as many as 10 cases of the illness a day for the past three weeks. • December 1986 was one of the driest in the town’s recorded history, with slightly less than half an inch of snow over the entire month. • The county commissioners voted to approve a 3.7 percent in county taxes for 1987 of $3.9 million. • Southern Minnesota Sugar Coop growers produced a record sugar beet harvest in 1986, at 1,279,935 tons. • Sixteen out of 350 students in grades 7-9 were cited for truancy 37 times since September, according to Redwood Valley High School records. 2002—10 years ago • Butch and Edna Miller, both 92, were noted for their extensive Christmas decorations. The couple didn’t start decorating for the holidays until they were in their 70s. • The Redwood?Falls Junior Gold hockey team led the MINNKOTA league as they came home from Rapid City with a pair of victories. • Renville-Sacred Heart High School Class of 1983 graduate Loren Stomberg started as the new Redwood County Coordinator. • In an effort to increase his next-year-prediction batting average, Gazette publisher Rick Peterson predicted Christmas 2002 would fall on Dec. 25. • The RVHS boys and girls basketball teams captured titles at the sixth annual Minnesota Valley Bank Holiday Tournament.