See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago • When the fire department was called out to a shelter house fire near Ramsey Falls, they decided to let the building burn. The dilapidated shelter, with its heavy shingled roof, was considered a hazard to children playing in the area. • So many people attended the Chamber of Commerce rodeo fundraiser that the fair board had to set up temporary grandstands around the race track. • The Redwood Falls High School class of 1962 graduated with 89 members — the same number they started kindergarten with in 1950, although the number varied from 56 to 99 over the years. • Brian O’Leary, a letter winner in football, baseball, and basketball, was named the RFHS outstanding athlete of 1962. • As part of a nationwide “golden blossoms” effort, Girl Scout Troop 53 planted marigolds on the Mill St. “Y” intersection. 1987—25 years ago • Local veterans service organizations dedicated the Redwood Falls airport to the late Maj. General Richard Cook. • Fourth graders in Mrs. Okins’ reading class typed their life stories into an Apple II computer to create an official class biography. • Work began on the new Lions Club-sponsored band shell overlooking Lake Redwood. • Although the synod’s transition team ranked Redwood Falls behind Willmar and Marshall, local supporters were still hopeful the Lutheran headquarters could be brought to Redwood Falls. • When Rick Thielen began remodeling the old doctor’s office on Washington St., he uncovered a treasure trove of 50 year old — to the week — newspapers being used as insulation between the walls. 2002—10 years ago • The 10 old cottonwood trees in the center of the Redwood Speedway were chopped down to give racing fans a better view of the track. • Nancy Haapoja met President Bush while in Washington D.C. as part of a delegation to discuss the upcoming election. • The Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame moved its permanent display out from the Redwood County Museum to the community center. • At 10 a.m., May 24 2002, Orrin Estebo officially opened the new 18-hole Redwood Falls golf course with a shot from the new hole number one. • Nearly $350,000 in scholarships were given out at the 2002 Redwood Valley Evening of the Stars program.