See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Over 1,800 year-old hens smothered to death in a barn fire at the Eilers Turkey Farm plant in the southwest corner of Redwood Falls.
Only three turkeys survived the blaze.
• Unbeaten in 65 matches over three years, RFHS junior and wrestling standout Howard Leopold won his third straight title in a row.
• Twenty-six area residents took a 12-hour adult education class at the high school on how to survive a nuclear attack.
• In related news, the county extension agency announced it was making available free blueprints for a fruit-and-vegetable storage cellar that could double as an underground nuclear fallout shelter in case of atomic war.
• The city council approved paying $60 to the Green Thumb Garden Club to pay for flowers for the Mill St. “Y” intersection.
1988—25 years ago
• Redwood Falls-Morton High School wrestlers Lane Trinh and Joel Kretsch won state tournament trips after winning in the Region 3A meet.
• Martin Ehlers received the Redwood Falls Hall of Fame award during the city’s awards banquet.
• Bids for building the new post office in Morton ranged from $11,460 to $7,392 to construct a building that would be leased by the Postal Service for 20 years.
• The Redwood Falls food shelf gave over 11,000 items of food to 359 families in 1987.
• Redwood Falls police captured four runaway Wisconsin teenagers in a stolen vehicle seen loitering by Highway 19 east of town.
2003—10 years ago
• Upon hearing that Mr. Rogers (of childrens TV fame) had died, Stefanie Knudsen said she got an autographed photo from him when she was a child in Head Start.
• Spring in Minnesota: on March 1, 2003, the temperature was 41 degrees. Twenty-four hours later the temperature had dropped to -9 degrees, with wind chills of 35 below zero.
• The Redwood Area Squirts hockey team picked up easy victories over Faribault, Luverne, and Windom to win the district 4 tournament.
• Chris Belkstrom, Redwood County’s “permanent temp”, acknowledged she could type up to 150 words per minute.
• The Gazette ran a correction pointing out that in his previous week’s column, editor Daryl Thul mentioned Charlemagne was the great fourth century ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.
The correct answer, of course was Constantine. Charlemagne didn’t become emperor until the eighth century.
The Gazette regretted any inconvenience the error may have caused.