1962—50 years ago
• Merle Shields celebrated 20 years as a Redwood County game warden, and was grateful for the peaceful time he had had in Redwood County.
Shields lost a lung to mustard gas during World War I, and in 1937 was shot through the head by another game warden who mistook him for a bear.
• Fanny the elk, who escaped from the Ramsey Park zoo six years earlier when her pen was opened by youngsters, took up residence on the Frank Baldwin farm southwest of Redwood Falls.
“Sometimes she will stand off away from the cattle and you can tell by the way she looks at them that she is lonely,” said Baldwin.
• To celebrate its 14th anniversary, the 71 Drive-In Theatre allowed adults in free to see Tarzan’s Fight for Life if they were accompanied by their children.
• Joan Bollum of rural Redwood Falls, with less than three years experience at the sport, won the national field archery tournament at Hot Springs, Arkansas.
She broke a national record during the contest, with her score of 829 being 128 points higher than the previous record.
• Dr. W.A. Brand was honored for being the official physician for the Redwood?Falls National Guard company since 1908.
1987—25 years ago
• Four bystanders were injured when a woman lost control of her 1978 Cadillac on S. Washington Street, drove onto the sidewalk, and totaled four cars parked in front of city hall.
• In the listings of the Redwood County 4-H county fair champions, Troy Krause of the Loyal Scotties was overall grand champion in flower gardens, while Kelly Zwaschka of the Vesta Vikings won champion child development.
(Note: Troy is editor of the Redwood Gazette, while wife Kelly gave birth to their seventh child, Gideon, this week. Congrats from the Gazette staff!)
• The construction crews fixing the Lake Redwood dam under the Highway 19 bridge picked up a mascot: a wild goose who became so tame it would eat out of the crews’ hands.
• The North Redwood Civic Club added new events to this year’s Sears Day celebration: horse drawn wagon rides, a day-long volleyball tournament, and skate board demonstrations.
• “Wonderful World of Disney” was the theme for the Redwood Falls Back to School Parade.
2002—10 years ago
• Farmfest added a new innovation this year: a camera mounted next to the show office allowed people to see a live webcast of the site on the Internet anywhere around the world.
• The concrete pig decorated by the Redwood County 4-H was auctioned off at Farmfest for $125.
• Hi-Way Lanes bowling alley entered a new era with the introduction of automatic scoring.
• An assault charge let to one of the shortest trials in memory in Redwood County.
Jury selection started at 9 a.m., and everyone got to have an early lunch after the verdict was read at 11:33 a.m.
• Ted Bergstrom of New Ulm popped up to 700 pounds of popcorn during his three days at Farmfest.