See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago
• The city received $3,899 from cigarettes and $2,399 from liquor from the state as its share of local taxes on those items.
• After living in a room of the Redwood Falls Hospital for five years as a patient, Fred Kastner, 81, of Lamberton was moved to the newly opened Sunwood Nursing Home.
• The Redbirds game against Wanda suffered a casualty when second base umpire Jay Matthews of Pipestone twisted his leg ducking out of the way of Dick Hakes.
A call went out to the audience: “Is there a Southwest Association umpire in the stands?”
There was, and Shorty Young finished the game wearing Matthews’ much-too-large official shirt.
• Nearly 2,000 people across the county lost electricity for almost two hours after a 300-foot diameter weather research balloon descended across interstate power company lines crossing a farm near Lamberton.
• The baby boom was officially winding down as only 26 babies were born in Redwood County in July, 1962, the lowest number in a decade.
1987—25 years ago
• 1884 must have been a busy time near Redwood Falls: seven Century Farms were recognized at the county fair.
• The city council okayed the creation of a new Redwood Falls Economic Development Authority (EDA).
• New foreign exchange student Maren Foster of Germany said she was nervous about American food.
“Everybody told me they just eat sandwiches here,” she said.
• Jeff Schmidt of Redwood Falls won the fourth Marshall Triathlon, which included a half-mile swim, 20-mile bike race, and 6.2 mile foot race.
• Reede Gray Elementary School’s new principal, Judy Klukas, said she supported the idea of the district adding a middle school for kids in grades 6-8.
2002—10 years ago
• Norman Hoffbeck and Frances Mahal were named the county’s outstanding senior citizens during the county fair.
• With the closing of the public swimming pool for the season, local swimmers said good-bye to the high diving board.
Despite not a single instance of injury or accident from the high board occurring since the public swimming pool opened, the public health department deemed the board unsafe, and ordered it removed.
• A dead crow found eight miles south of Redwood Falls had west nile virus, confirming the disease — deadly to birds, horses, and humans — had reached Redwood County.
• A crew from Boone, Iowa, repaired the railroad bridge west of North Redwood, making it able to support train traffic again.
• In response to a Gazette column about bad habits, 81-year old Leah Dolezal wrote a letter to the editor telling how she had spent her whole life trying to break her nail-biting habit, and wasn’t able to break it even for her 80th birthday party.