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  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1962—50 years ago
    • Sixteen thousand people — two thirds of the population of Redwood County, plus the Morton and Franklin areas — received polio vaccines in the Redwood Falls High School gym in one day.
    • Right when dry weather was needed for harvest, the area was headed for an all-time high moisture record, with 29 inches of rain measured since the beginning of September.
    • The state department of highways approved the town setting up a stoplight at the intersection of E. Bridge and Swain Streets, and agreed to pay half the cost of installation.
    • Thirty-six Armstrong Cork Co. sales reps from Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin converged on the Redwood Falls golf club for their annual showing of new products.
    • Want to watch the world series in your garage? Quesenberry’s appliances offered a 19 inch, “daylight blue picture” portable TV “with full power transmission for more pull-in power” for only $159.95.
    1987—25 years ago
    • Forty Canadians from Winnipeg, Manitoba rode on a bus all night to Jackpot Junction to play high-stakes bingo. After 13 straight hours of playing, they hopped back on the bus to go home.
    • High winds toppled the cinderblock first-base dugout at Memorial Field.
    • Lori Jensen and Lynn Jensen of Redwood Falls, and Nikki Stoffel of Morton, took top honors at the 4-H horse show.
    • Weltsch Equipment was the first dealer in Minnesota to sell a new type of gleaner combine, one equipped with an air-cooled Deutz engine.
    • As evidence that the AIDS scare was reaching Redwood County, Judge Wayne Farnberg ordered a convicted sex offender tested for the disease as part of the sentence.
    2002—10 years ago
    • Eddie Fitzgerald, a retired Canadian bulldozer operator, spent a three-day layover in Redwood Falls as part of his effort to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for riding a bike across North American.
    Fitzgerald claimed he had biked 124,000 miles over the past 16 years, and had the records to prove it -- every day he sent a tape recording telling of his experiences that day to a friend in Texas.
    • In kinda-sorta related news, the Redwood Area Community Center started a new group, the Silver Sneakers Club, dedicated to allowing seniors to take a “virtual” walking tour across the United States.
    • “Elvis Presley’s Hollywood”, a furniture line inspired by 1950s and 60s styles, received its Minnesota premier at A&W Furniture in Redwood Falls.
    • About 60 walkers and riders took part in the first annual Walk Against Violence between the RACC and the Lower Sioux Community Hall.
    • Volunteers practiced a new skill at the RACC hockey arena: painting a logo onto the ice.
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