See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• A Redwood Falls resident called the fire department to report seeing a fire burning in his neighbor’s basement window. It turned out to be the resident’s own trash fire being reflected in the neighbor’s window.
• Gary Monson was Redwood Falls High School’s highest basketball scorer for the second year in a row, averaging 15.7 points per game for 20 games.
• After a Nebraska county had to back out, Redwood County 4-H students were looking for a club in a neighboring state with whom to have a one-day member exchange.
• The Redwood Falls National Guard unit sponsored the war movie The Hook, starring Kirk Douglas, at the Falls Theatre.
• The highest scorers of the RFHS Bee-squad basketball team just happened to be the two players at the height extremes: 5’5’’ Mike Peterson, and 6’4’’ Elmer Schmidt.
1988—25 years ago
• Redwood county was part of a government program to test computer-aided fertilizing of fields, using soil samples and computer analysis to best work out how to properly distribute fertilizer over individual fields.
• The Redwood Area Development Corporation offered a new incentive plan: give RADC about a tip about a new five-or-more full-time employee business that could locate in the area, and if the business die you’d get a $1,000 reward.
• On March 20, 1988, at 3:39 a.m. Central Standard Time, spring arrived at Redwood Falls for the earliest date in nearly a century, with day and night each being exactly 12 hours long.
• Eighth grader Joey Bill’s “Bill’s Dandelion Digger” won the Peoples’ Choice Award at the school district’s Invent-o-Rama.
• Japanese artist Akira Oshima showed his watercolor and acrylic portrait paintings at the Gilwood Haven Gallery.
2003—10 years ago
• Middle school teacher Jason Maurer let the fifth graders shave off his hair after they read 434 books during February — 134 books more than their goal.
• Less than two weeks after tying a record low temperature for the region, the weather hit the highest mid-March high since the 1930s.
• A&W Furniture procured a novel item to add to its furniture displays — a 10’ tall stuffed bear.
• Redwood Falls High School had three separate teams finish in the district sub-section meet.
• Former Redwood Gazette columnist Mary Doms’ 1938 LC Smith and Corona typewriter was returned to the Gazette office by Doms’ neighbor, who was given the typewriter after Doms retired from journalism.