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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • BACKWARD GLANCES - Vikings visit high school — to play basketball

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1963—50 years ago
    • Air Force pilot Capt. William Cheney, originally from Redwood Falls, flew his 14-day old daughter and her doctor from Okinawa, Japan to San Francisco for emergency heart surgery. The girl died shortly after the operation.
    • Piano teacher Mrs. F. R. Huffman taught students over the telephone while she was stuck at home with the flu.
    • “Around the United States” was the official Cub Scout theme of the month, so Den Eight went out and cleaned the streets in Den Mother Mrs. Lauren Beran’s neighborhood.
    • RFHS junior Barbara Larson won a two-year “Fashion Hour” college scholarship after winning a national competition sponsored by Donaldson’s department store.
    • A surprise burst of warm weather in the high 70s led to picnickers at West Side Park eating on the grass, then walking out onto the ice on the lake.
    1988—25 years ago
    • The Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America board voted to relocate its headquarters into the former Tersteeg’s grocery building.
    • The first golfers of the season were spotted out on the Redwood Falls golf course.
    • Redwood Falls-Morton High School French students prepared for the school’s first sponsored two-week visit to France.
    • After two years of planning and postponements, four Minnesota Vikings players visited the high school in Franklin — to play a basketball game.
    • RF-MHS senior Jeff Cech was featured on Pioneer Public Television’s “Sports Profile” after being named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s All-State team, and being selected as “Lineman of the Year” by the all-Southwest Conference team.
    2003—10 years ago
    • RFHS graduate Harlan Leopold was inducted into the David Barelma Wrestling Hall of Fame at Augsburg College.
    • A committee of veterans unveiled plans for a new veterans memorial to be built on the west side of Memorial Field, on the lawn before the grandstand.
    • The Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District celebrated its 50th anniversary by presenting administrator Marilyn Bernhardson a bouquet for her 30 years with the organization.
    • More than 70 people from around the region took part in the world debut of Enemy of the People, an original play about the trial of Jesus written by Brian Steinbach of Redwood Falls.
    •  The county prosecuted its first felony-level DWI conviction, leading to a year-and-a-day prison sentence.

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