See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago • The Redwood Falls Public Library had 4,185 items checked out in March, 1962, and collected $52.69 in late fines. • As part of Patriots Day, an event sponsored by the local American Legion to commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord, all the city’s bells were rung for four minutes at noon, up to and including the bell on front of the city’s 1917 fire truck. • Joan Bollum of rural Redwood Falls won out over 600 other amateur archers to win the archery national open in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bollum’s final score was 1,552 points; the runner-up’s score was 1.550. • Handel’s “The Messiah,” featureing a blend of 150 voices from 13 communities, was presented in the RFHS auditorium. • W.M. Smith was presented with his 50 year pin for his membership in the Royal Arch Masons, Redwood Falls Chapter 34. Smith joined the Masons on April 1, 1909. • Results from the 1960 census showed the average Redwood Falls home was worth $12,500. 1987—25 years ago • Ninety-five Redwood?Falls-Morton High School students attended a five-day fine arts field trip to Chicago, where they visited museums and saw plays. • The Redwood Falls hospital bought a low-dose mammography unit. By buying its own unit instead of having to bring a rented unit in on a truck, the cost of tests was reduced by 40 percent. • The Food-N-Fuel convenience store set up a vending machine to sell bags of minnows outdoors during fishing season. • To release accident victims trapped under cars and trucks, the fire department bought several air bags that could safely lift up to 16 tons. • About 2,000 people were served at the 41st annual Pancake Days held in the National Guard Armory. 2002—10 years ago • For the first time, the Redwood school district sent four students at one time — Josh Nieland, Andrea Nelson, Liz Zeise, and Brandy Crabtree — to the state speech meet. • Redwood residents wondered who hit the fast-forward button to summer when the temperature hit 91 degrees on March 15. • The city council authorized the sale of $750,000 in bonds to fund the construction of a new city liquor store to be built at the site of the old A&W restaurant. • The Redwood Rollers square dance club celebrated its 20th anniversary. • Reede Gray Elementary School fourth grader Bailey Koster was inducted into the Minnesota School Patrol Hall of Fame.