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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • BACKWARD GLANCES - “Restorative justice” looks pretty good after jail exceeds budget

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.


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  •   1962—50 years ago • City workers spent Thursday night spraying the city’s streets and alleys for mosquitoes and other insects. People who didn’t want their lawns and gardens sprayed were asked to place a stick with a white flag on it in some easily visible place. • An antique Royal Canadian Air Force bi-plane, owned by a LeSueur man, was being restored by Falls Aircraft Service based at the Redwood Falls airport. • An advertisement for a Rambler station wagon featured unbuckled children cheerfully lounging in the back compartment  and facing backwards in their seats as the car drove down the highway. • Forty-four members of Redwood Falls National Guard Company E were featured in an hour-long program on WTCN-TV, channel 11.  The show, about field training at Camp Ripley, showed the guardsmen simulating battle conditions and fighting “enemy” soldiers. • The new Sunwood Nursing Home was officially completed when the last pieces of equipment were moved in.  However, no patients could be moved in until the state inspector gave his approval.   1987—25 years ago • The Dairy Month special section included an ad for Tandy computers which featured two 5 1/4 inch disk drives capable of holding 360,000 bits of information each. • Redwood Falls-Morton High School French students spent a week-long trip in Quebec, Canada practicing their language skills. • Girl Scouts from across the state traveled to Redwood Falls to help the Peacepipe Council celebrate the Girl Scout’s 75th anniversary.  • An American Legion baseball game was delayed for about 40 minutes when a Storden-Jeffers player slid into third base — and broke it. • Lois Walling won the championship flight at the Women’s Golf Invitational at the Redwood Falls Golf Club.   2002—10 years ago • Recent college graduates Reid Foster and Matt Tjosaas passed through the Minnesota River at North Redwood as part of their 2,250 mile canoe trip between Fort Snelling and Northern Manitoba.  The trick: the two paddled upstream the entire way. • A Redwood Falls teenager had his bail set at $30,000 after he was caught breaking into four downtown businesses in one night. • The county decided to look into the “restorative justice” concept after it exceeded its entire jail budget for the year less than six months into 2002. • The RACC fieldhouse was shut down for three weeks to completely replace the rubber floors, which were deteriorating faster than expected. • St. Catherine’s Catholic Church’s new eight-sided granite baptismal font weighed over a ton and a half, and held approximately 350 gallons of water.

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