See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago • According to a second round of results from the 1960 census, Redwood Falls was a great place to live for everyone except single women looking for a husband. Redwood was found to be among the “most married” towns in Minnesota, with one of the state’s lowest percentages of eligible men. According to census results, in 1960 Redwood Falls had only 300 bachelors, and 556 single women. • Thousands of gallons of milk spilled across the highway near Gilfillan when a Land ‘o Lakes Creameries truck plowed into the rear of a stalled semi-trailer. • The State Bank of Redwood?Falls became one of the first banks in the nation to offer Gold Bond stamps as premiums for starting new saving or checking accounts. • When third grader Jeff Christensen, eight, fell of the family’s garage at 204 W. 11th St., he believed his broken leg would keep him out of school. It did, but his Sunnyside School teacher, Wanda Sisco, spent Saturdays at his bedside, helping him catch up with his studies. • “Minnesota Twins: Pride of the Upper Midwest”, a sound and color 16mm film celebrating the team’s first year, was available for church, school, and other organizations’ programs, was available for rental from the Citizens State Bank of Redwood Falls. 1987—25 years ago • With temperatures in the mid-50s, the Redwood Falls Golf Club was packed with golfers picking their way through the snow drifts. • The city council considered lengthening the airport’s runway by as much as another 750 feet after a company considering moving to Redwood?Falls said it would help them with their corporate jets. • Sixth graders Stacy Hammerschmidt, Kari Schmidt, Jason Balko, and Sarah Zilka presented a Martin Luther King program over the intercom at Reede Gray Elementary School. • Less than a year and a half after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, Redwood Falls-Morton High School senior Kelly Schiller was named fifth in the state in gymnastics. • Diane Wood’s bowling score of 267 — the third highest female score in Hi-Way Lanes history — was remarkable for a second reason: she got it while wearing a new pair of bowling shoes for the first time. 2002—10 years ago • The city council voted to proceed with plans for a new, “rustic-style” liquor store to be built on the site of the old A&W restaurant. • Senator Paul Wellstone showed up at a meeting in the Morton City Hall to show his support for the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority. • Eighth grader Nathan Raths won the Redwood Valley Middle School geography bee. • One hundred and thirty-eight runners participated in the first annual Heart of Winter 6k/12k run between Jackpot Junction Casino and the Redwood Area Community Center. • At the age of 37, Redwood Gazette columnist Joshua Dixon was hit with an epiphany, something that had never occurred to him before — there were never actually any scary monsters on Scoobie-Doo. They were all fakes... every... single... one.