See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Le Thi Gon, new bride of Bill Anderson, became the first Vietnamese woman to move to the Redwood area.
They met in Saigon while Bill was a signal corpsman sent to the nation to fight guerilla fighter, and she was a clerk at a Saigon hotel.
The couple lived at the Redwood County Nursing Home (currently the Redwood County Museum) while they looked for a place to settle.
• RFHS wrestler Ray Bliss slid off the road while driving to the Southwest conference championship, and arrived at the school just as his opponent was about to be awarded a forfeit victory.
Bliss won, then went on to win two more bouts.
• The RFHS Future Homemakers of America sponsored “TSD Week” (Teenage Safe Driving Week) at the school, complete with cash prizes for the winner of a slogan contest, and a pep fest on Friday.
• The Federal Aviation Administration approved instrument-only landings and takeoffs from the Redwood Falls airport, allowing planes to use the airport in weather that would have been too dangerous before.
• Redwood County’s first member of the Peace Corps, Donald Hoffman of Delhi, was released after serving 14 months of his two-year enlistment when he contracted amoebic hepatitis in India.
Peace Corps volunteer Joyce Jensen of Redwood Falls was still serving as a teacher’s aid in the Philippines.
1988—25 years ago
• When the 1988 session of the Minnesota state legislature opened, Sen. Dave Frederickson sponsored a bill seeking a $6.2 million state loan toward building a new high school in Redwood Falls.
• In related news, the school board gave tentative approval to a 110-acre site for a new high school east of Reede Gray Elementary School (that is, on the current RVHS site, but including all the land to Highway 19/71, where Wal-Mart is today.)
• The school board also approved a policy that would allow AIDS-infected students or staff attend school as long as their condition “does not create a substantial risk of the transmission of illness to children or employees of the school district.”
• Retired RFHS principal George Ramseth was wintering in McAllen, Texas, taking in a college basketball game in Edinburg, Texas, when he saw a familiar face across the gymnasium.
It turned out to be 1974 RFHS grad Craig Thompson, then serving as director of public relations for the NBA Kansas City Kings’ basketball team.
• The Gazette’s spring 1988 bridal section included an article about the latest new way to save wedding memories — videotape.
2003—10 years ago
• Both hockey teams went on their knees on the ice when a Pee-Wee player got slammed hard during a hockey game — and didn’t get up.
The boy, from Hopkins, was shaken but walked off the rink under his own power.
• More than 100 tribal representatives from as far away as Nebraska, Montana, and Canada converged on Jackpot Junction Casino and Hotel for a three-day conference about how to deal with treaties tribes signed with the federal and state governments going back to the early 19th century.
• After several years working to make it happen, RVHS student Lana Hallberg brought 150 area teenage girls to the community center for a JUST (“Jesus Unites School Teens”) dance.