See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Premature baby Daniel Ray James was born at the Redwood Falls hospital while his parents were in town selling fruit in the region.
• The “Union of Voices”, vocalists from 13 towns in the Redwood area, gathered in the RFHS auditorium to perform handel’s oratorio “The Messiah”.
• The 71 Drive-In Theatre opened for the season with “The Pirates of Blood River”, in glorious Magnascope.
• The Redwood Falls College Committee decided to continue pressing legislators to locate a branch of the University of Minnesota in this town.
• The temperatures hit 80 degrees in the area on Monday, but weather forecasters said there was a slight chance of snow on Wednesday.
1988—25 years ago
• Lowell Gryting of Belview, who normally averaged 188 per game, became the third person in Hi-Way Lanes history to bowl a 300 game.
Gryting called it the easiest game he’d ever bowled since he had to walk back up to the lane so few times.
• Two local study clubs put together the first new map of Alexander Ramsey Park in almost 30 years, to be distributed as a brochure, poster, and placemat design.
• Twenty-six West German high school students arrived in Redwood Falls as part of a three-week exchange with RFHS students, who would visit Germany in June.
• Steven Parker, of Redwood Falls-Morton High School, displayed his exhibit “Optoelectronic Communication Circuit” at the regional science fair at Mankato State University.
• A reader suggested the Gazette should be printed using the new soy-based inks instead of the standard petroleum-based inks since they were an ag product using materials produced locally. Editor David Churchill promised to look into it.
2003—10 years ago
• The congregation of the Redwood Falls Church of the Nazarene dissolved from lack of members.
“The (Redwood Falls) church was still solvent,” explained pastor Ken Harmon. “It’s not necessarily gone for good.”
• Former cancer patient Debi Meyer of Morgan started a new program, Quilts of Caring, to create quilts for chemotherapy patients at the Redwood Area Hospital to keep warm during their treatments.
• The Minnesota Historical Society signed papers allowing the demolition of the old Highway 19 concrete bridge across the Redwood River, which was on the National Registry of Historical Places.
• Redwood Falls Rotary Club member Don Tiffany, 92, estimated he had attended 2,750 weekly meetings in the previous 55 years since he was a founding member.
• An April Fools edition story reported that, acting on an anonymous tip from Steve Klabunde, Gazette reporter Joshua Dixon had been arrested for leading an international stealing-candy-from-babies syndicate.
Calls to myself were not immediately returned.