See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• The city council approved a permit so that the A&W restaurant could add a $1,500 metal canopy over the drive-in area.
• The Redwood Falls hospital restricted visitors after the hospital was filled to capacity with influenza or pneumonia patients.
• Students at all area schools were immunized against smallpox, diphtheria, and tetanus.
• Junior Gary Monson became the 12th RFHS basketball player to score 500 points during his school career. He would start his senior year 327 points shy of breaking the school’s all-time record.
• The city was without water for about 10 minutes when a valve got stuck at the well pump.
1988—25 years ago
• Changes in the state’s policies about housing the mentally disabled resulted in REM-Redwood Falls — one of the town’s largest private employers — announcing it would be closing on Jan. 1, 1991.
• Even so much as one cigarette during halftime would result in spectators or students was forbidden by the Redwood Falls-Morton school district’s new no-tobacco policy.
The policy wasn’t voted on unanimously, however. School board member John Buckley, Sr., said that to ban adults from smoking at an outdoor football game “smacks of fanaticism.”
• The area’s first robins of the spring were spotted by Charles Stager in his North Redwood back yard.
• Redwood Falls teacher and coach Paul Duckstad retired from 20 years refereeing basketball games following the District 9 boys semi-final game between Tracy/Milroy and Balaton.
• Minnesota Valley Bank in Redwood Falls captured the Class D state men’s recreational basketball tournament in Little Falls.
2003—10 years ago
• When RVMS sixth grader Anthony Dunne sent a letter to a soldier serving overseas as part of Operation Mail Call, he received a response from a helicopter mechanic serving in Afghanistan — written on the back of a cardboard Army meal package.
• The Minnesota Valley chapter of Ducks Unlimited celebrated 25 years in Redwood County.
• Using instruments made of kitchen implements, the Redwood Senior Citizen’s Kitchen Band gave its debut performance at the Senior Center in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
• The RVHS track boys and girls track teams hosted their first indoor meet at the Redwood Area Community Center.
• The city council looked into ways to attract private investors into building a new assisted living facility in town.