See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago
• A Gazette columnist noted there hadn’t been a hole-in-one at the Redwood Falls golf course in 14 years, and someone really should do something about it.
• The 71 Drive-In Theatre had a double-feature of movies inspired by the dance “The Twist”: Twist Around the Clock, and Don’t Knock the Twist.
• Area sugar beet growers were concerned that if a strike of telegraphers against the Chicago and North Western Railway continued, local sugar beets might not be able to ship out when harvest began.
• North Redwood lost telephone service for several hours after several volunteer workers at the school grounds accidentally cut through a cable.
• Mrs. Ray Schwingler of Atwater was the official culinary judge at the county fair, and spent an entire day tasting jellies, cookies, cakes, and breads.
Asked what you have to do to get a job like that, she said, “You just have to know if things are good.”
1987—25 years ago
• The county commissioners set Oct. 1 as the start date for banning smoking in all county buildings except the jail and highway department shop.
• Machiko Uchima, a Japanese seminary student from Tokyo majoring in geranthology, was the special guest at an ice cream social sponsored by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
• The Church of the Living Word celebrated its 10th anniversary in Redwood Falls.
• The Yesterday’s Treasures antique shop featured a flea market selling antique golf clubs.
• Repairs on the Redwood River dam under the Bridge St. bridge were nearly complete.
2002—10 years ago
• The city council settled on a name for the new municipal liquor store rapidly being built on the site of the old A&W restaurant: The Liquor Lodge.
• Redwood County received new optical scanning equipment for counting ballots before the Nov. 5 elections.
• Bigfood, the original monster truck introduced in 1985, visited Revier Tire Center for the day.
• Sixty-eight years after Private First Class Norman Dow was killed fighting in France, his sister Carol Taylor of Prairie Island received his Bronze Star and Purple Heart awards in a ceremony at the Lower Sioux Community.
• Evidence of post-Sept. 11 jitters: the U. of M. extension service issued a column for farmers, telling ways they could protect their farms from terrorism.