See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• One hundred and 30 area Boy Scouts gathered in a field at Carl Renburg’s farm near Comfrey to help the United States Air Force pick up pieces of a bomber that crashed there on Feb. 20.
One Scout found the dog tag of one of the crash victims about 75 feet from the crash crater.
• Joan Bollum of Redwood Falls, state and national archery champion, lost a tournament to Debbie Clark of Cincinnati, Ohio by two points, 1,536 to 1,534.
A year earlier their positions were reversed — Clark lost to Bollum by two points, 1,552 to 1,550.
• A study by the Redwood County Association fo the Mentally Retarded showed there were 652 people classified as mentally retarded living in the county.
• RFHS wrestling coach Virgil Sales, who turned the school into a multiple state winning powerhouse, resigned his coaching duties after 16 years.
• Approximately 500 children took part in the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Easter egg hunt at the RFHS athletic field.
1988—25 years ago
• Even a few teachers and students who didn’t smoke couldn’t resist lighting up cigarettes and cigars in Redwood Falls-Morton High School on the last day smoking was allowed on school property.
• In somewhat related news, the Redwood County Board of Commissioners ordered all ash trays be removed from all county properties.
Although the county had officially banned smoking in all county buildings as of May 1 of the previous year, the continual presence of full ash trays indicated the ban wasn’t being followed.
• The Minnesota Inventors Congress’ first annual Student Inventors Congress regional competition was held at Southwest State University in Marshall.
• Reede Gray Elementary School sixth grader Paetra Ruddy represented the southwest Minnesota at the state spelling bee.
• A task force recommended the city set up a separate Ambulance Association to operate the city’s ambulance services when the fire department stops running it as of Jan. 1, 1990.
2003—10 years ago
• About 400 area residents gathered in the community center for a prayer service honoring local soldiers fighting in Iraq.
• The Redwood Falls Assemblies of God congregation moved into its new quarters at the corner of Northwood Drive and County Road 101.
• Mary Paffrath, former co-owner of the Paffrath Hardware Store in Redwood Falls, celebrated her 106th birthday in Mesa, Arizona. She first moved to Redwood Falls in 1906, traveling with her family in a covered wagon.
• For the 10th year in a row, Reede Gray Elementary School’s fourth grade school patrol was named outstanding, scoring 97 out of a possible 100 points in their efforts to keep the students safe at traffic crossings.
• Minnesota West Community and Technical College began offering several college-level courses in Redwood Falls, partnering with the community education program in the high school.