See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago • After 43 straight days of below-zero temperatures, weathermen promised the temperatures might get a few degrees above zero in the next day or so. • Howard Leopold became the first RFHS wrestler to win back-to-back state championships when he defeated a Hastings wrestler in the title match. • The fire department held its 61st annual firemen’s dance in the armory, with Guy DeLeo and his orchestra supplying the music. • The new pipe organ at the First Methodist Church was consecrated following a potluck supper for the day’s service. • Rex Galles and Wilbur Preusse appeared before the city council with a city beautification proposal for new landscaping at six city sites: Lake Redwood, West Side park, West Side softball diamond, Memorial athletic field, the swimming pool, and the fairgrounds. 1987—25 years ago • The Redwood Falls-Morton High School gymnastics team won its ninth straight Region 3A crown by defeating Benson by just 1/20th of a point, at 125.05 to 125. • Thanks to a near-record mild winter, the average Redwood Falls homeowner spent an average of $36 less per month on heating costs, while the public schools saved nearly $15,000. • Nearly $2,000 of confiscated drug money was deposited into the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department revenue fund after a home-grown marijuana business case wound its way through the court system. • The Redwood Gazette publicized it had bought a new laser printer, which allowed it to print stories and ads in a much wider number of fonts and designs. • Out of 105 students who originally started out, 13 received certificates for completing a two-year college-level program in technology management offered by Southwest State University and Redwood Falls Community School. 2002—10 years ago • Two Redwood 15-year old girls stole a Pontiac Grand Prix from a local parking lot, abandoned it in Marshall in exchange for another stolen vehicle, then drove that one to New Ulm where they abandoned it for a third. They were apprehended in North Mankato after allegedly attempting to drive off from a gas station pump without paying. • The fairly new Harry Potter books provided inspiration for many students during Reede Gray Elementary School’s Read Across America week, when students were encouraged to come to school dressed as their favorite fictional character. • RVHS senior Matt Johnson finished off his high school wrestling career in memorable style by placing second at 145 pounds during the Class AA state individual wrestling tournament. • The Redwood Falls Pizza Hut celebrated 25 years in business. When owner Dave Bishop was a high school student in Salinas, Kansas, he worked at one of the very first Pizza Huts, and remembered the company’s founders — Dan and Frank Carney — stopping by every now and then to check up on how things were going. • The county environmental office proposed building a new household hazardous waste facility in an unused shed on the Redwood County Museum grounds.