Redwood Falls Gazette
  • BACKWARD GLANCES - Inmate overheard admitting to additional crimes

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1962—50 years ago
    • Twenty-five insurance agents, each accompanied by a Boy Scout, toured local buildings as part of the state’s first fire inspection of the city in a dozen years.
    • The Minnesota conservation department closed off Redwood County from deer hunting for the autumn 1962 season.
    • Kermit Nelson missed getting a hole-in-one at the Redwood Falls golf club — by seven inches.
    • High school students Konnie Sowder, Arnold Galstad, Julaine Bohn, and John Seifert were chosen to attend Governor Elmer Anderson’s youth traffic safety conference in St. Paul.
    • According to city clerk Paul Pryor, the upcoming 1962 midterm election would cost the city about 35 cents per ballot.
    1987—25 years ago
    • The Redwood Falls National Guard unit’s food service section, responsible for feeding the soldiers, was judged the best in the state.
    • The chamber of commerce scheduled its third annual fall color tour, a five and a half hour scenic bus ride along both sides of the Minnesota river.
    • The Wabasso city council was considering granting $170,000 to a developer who wanted to create a puzzle manufacturing facility in town.
    • Room for storing harvested corn was in such dire straits that the Redwood Falls airport’s parking lot was turned into a temporary 72 by 304 foot corn pile.
    • Over a ton of donated garden produce was donated to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church’s Harvest for the Hungry food drive.
    2002—10 years ago
    • Despite the fact a sign told inmates that their conversations with visitors might be monitored, microphones caught a Redwood County jail inmate bragging to a visitor about how the police had missed the packet of cocaine in his coat pocket when he was booked.
    Police searched the coat, which was hanging in a police department locker, and the inmate was given additional charges.
    • On Sept. 9, 2002 — nearly a century to a day after it was originally set up — the old Redwood Falls water tower on the west end of town was demolished.
    • The Department of Natural Resources informed the city administrator that the Redwood Falls burn pile was officially closed, effective immediately.
    • Minnesota mystery novelists William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart, and Carl Brookins visited the Redwood Falls Public Library to meet with fans.
    • Don Okins Sr., the only Redwood area soldier who made the landing on Normandy beach during the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944, received a medal of thanks from the French nation.
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