See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago
• Redwood Falls High School launched a new school sport — cross country — when seven students ran a 2.2 mile race over a golf course at Windom.
The participants were David Barnes, Lee Berg, Jim Hasse, Gary Revier, Larry Lindgren, Mike Recknor, and Mike Warlop.
Said Coach Otto Siewert, “It’s quite a sport. You get there and about 12 minutes later you’re all done and ready to go home.”
• To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Wood Lake, 14 area history buffs formed a new group: the Wood Lake Battlefield Promotion Association.
The first meeting ended after a bus tour of the area.
• With two days left of summer, crops and gardens were slightly damaged by the first freeze of the season.
• Twelve local doctors got together and agreed to give local children an incomplete polio vaccination after the manufacturer withdrew it, saying it was better that kids get some protection from polio even if from an imperfect medication.
• The budget for the 1962 Community Chest Drive was set at $8,843.
1987—25 years ago
• Reede Gray Elementary School students gathered outside to watch a tree be planted in honor of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.
• The Public Utilities Department offered a new service with peoples’ monthly bills: including a small envelope addressed to the Public Utilities to save ratepayers the task of having to address their own envelope every month.
• RFHS seventh grader Natalie Wolf’s Arabian horse skills won her 21 first places, 17 second places, seven championships, one reserve championship, one top five, and one medal in saddleseat equitation — in just the previous year.
• End-of-season figures showed 10,447 people attended the public swimming pool in 1987, and 1,278 people took swimming lessons.
• Due in large part to unfunded mandates imposed by the federal and state governments for welfare programs, Redwood County’s tax levy topped $1 million for the first time.
2002—10 years ago
• Mule owners from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota met at Cedar Rock Ranch for the annual Minnesota Donkey and Mule Club.
• The Cardinal girls tennis team won its 14th consecutive SWC title with a 7-0 pounding of Worthington.
• Tom Ellingworth and Tami Foy were crowned RVHS homecoming king and queen.
• A new group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, began meeting at the community center every Friday morning before school started.
• New Ulm Telecom and Qwest both doubled down on telephone and high speed internet service, giving rural residents a choice of options.