See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago
• Buffalo meat, courtesy one of the buffalo in the Ramsey Park zoo, was the main course at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual farmer/businessman banquet.
• Thirteen Redwood Falls children suspected of having heart, orthopedic, or other physical disabilities traveled to a field clinic in Marshall sponsored by the state’s Crippled Children Services.
• Senator Eugene McCarthy was the main speaker at the county DFL bean feed held in the Redwood Falls Armory.
• When asked if all the homecoming activities before the game were inspirational, RFHS football coach Dale Scholl said, “There’s probably an inspirational value for the other team to spoil your homecoming.”
(Note: RFHS had lost its last five of seven homecoming games.)
• Dr. A.N. Rogness, president of Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, collapsed during a speech at the First English Lutheran Church.
He was taken by ambulance to the Redwood Falls hospital, where he was diagnosed with exhaustion. He had already given two speeches earlier that day in the Twin Cities.
1987—25 years ago
• The annual homecoming parade through the streets of town was replaced with a “snake dance” from the corner of Fourth and Lincoln Streets to the athletic field, led by varsity cheerleaders.
• To save the city money, Gazette editor David Churchill suggested perhaps a new school could be combined with a new public library, or perhaps with a new multi-use gymnasium facility.
• A lack of funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was likely to keep the flight station at the Redwood Falls airport until 1990.
It turned out it was less expensive to keep the existing station in Redwood than to move it to Princeton.
• Genny Willer, owner and operator of Land Management, Inc., became the first female member of the Redwood Falls Rotary Club.
• The public library’s two year old collection of puppets was turning out to be one of the facility’s most popular attractions.
On any given day, up to 75 of the library’s 80 puppets was checked out.
2002—10 years ago
• The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources considered letting the city reopen the public burn pile after the city created new rules for using it.
“The DNR closed it because they had two or three complaints, and denied thousands of people a service,” said city administrator Jeff Weldon.
• In other examples of your tax dollars at work, the state released a study indicating that the more math classes a high school student takes, the more likely he or she is to be good at math.
• And yet more: the roughly 400 gazillion Asian Lady Beetles making their annual autumn invasion of Redwood Falls were first introduced to the United States by the government in 1916 as part of an effort to control aphids in California.
• The Gazette had to issue a clarification after an obituary for Mark Dressen appeared in the Willmar newspaper.
No, the Gazette reassured readers, it wasn’t the Redwood Falls Police Chief who had died — it was someone else with the same name.
• Digital television was introduced to the area when the Redwood TV Improvement Corp. installed new equipment in its Morton towers that let it receive WCCO Channel 4 as a digital signal from the Twin Cities.