See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1962—50 years ago
• The oldest resident of Minnesota, Malinda Roberts, celebrated her 107th birthday at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan.
Born during the presidency of Franklin Pierce, Roberts said she remembered seeing Abraham Lincoln speaking in her home state of Illinois.
• Closer to Redwood, Lydia Thompson celebrated her 100th birthday.
The oldest resident of the Redwood county home said she soon hoped to finish an embroidered quilt she started when she was 22 years old.
• One hundred and seventy-five people attended the Redwood Falls Hospital’s open house celebrating 10 years in its current facility.
• The Falls Super Market moved to its new location on Mill St., on the spot of the current Redwood County government center.
• The city council voted to pay the high school student council $75 to sponsor a party in appreciation of good behavior on Halloween.
The only vandalism reported was a car parked on E. 2nd St. getting its windows broken out by rocks.
1987—25 years ago
• A toy — the Crib Soft Playground — that led to the accidental death of a Redwood Falls infant 14 months earlier, was recalled nationally by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.
• The Redwood Falls-Morton High School girls cross country team ran off with its ninth straight Region 3A team title.
• During WCCO-TV’s coverage of the Minnesota Twins winning the 1987 World Series, former Redwood resident Dwight Neal was in charge of video production for the station.
• Redwood County’s unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent in September, to 3.7 percent.
• Several massive trees were cut down on E. Bridge St. to make room for the new Hardee’s restaurant.
No nearby houses were harmed in the toppling of the trees, to everyone’s relief.
2002—10 years ago
• Dave Okins, who recently moved to Redwood Falls from Florida, took his Florida-born and raised dogs out for a walk in the snow for the first time.
The dogs thought it was just great.
• “Even if the keys are in the ignition, stealing a vehicle is against the law. I think everybody knows that already,” said Sheriff Rick Morris after a driver in Carver County was caught speeding in a 1993 Ford Explorer stolen from the Jackpot Junction parking lot.
• Because of the death of Senator Paul Wellstone just 11 days before the election, after the ballots had been printed, supplemental ballots were given to voters.
As a result, county ballots had to be counted by hand.
• The frame for the new $1.5 million Redwood Falls airport terminal went up. The building was expected to be finished by April.
• In other city construction news, the refrigerators were officially turned on for the first time at the Liquor Lodge, which was expected to open just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.