See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Larry Lawrence, a 14 year old freshman at Minneota High School, won a bet with friends by hiking the 47 miles between Minneota and Redwood Falls in less than nine hours.
• In response, RFHS sophomores Tom Gustafson, Ben Mammen, and Jim Bestick walked the 50 miles to Willmar in 13 hours.
• Glen Scott, district manager of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the Redwood chamber about how the U.S. would be on “the road to socialism” unless elected officials got a better understanding of how America’s free enterprise system works.
• When 23 month old Tina Schweinfurter fell into a livestock watering tank, babysitter Diane Kodet, 16, used artificial respiration to save her life.
• RFHS grad Pat Schumacher, class of 1957, didn’t let being in a wheelchair because of polio stop her from starting as a third grade teacher in the Rialto, California school district.
She said, “The children accepted my being in a wheel chair very well. I might have a little trouble if I’m placed in a two story school. I’m not much for climbing stairs.”
1988—25 years ago
• The city council authorized spending $10,000 for arial photos of the city, to be the basis of newer, more accurate city maps.
• “Explore Minnesota” was chosen as the them for the third annual Minnesota Inventors Congress parade.
• American Cancer Society volunteers organized a “street fight”, going door-to-door to hand out information about ways to prevent the disease.
• A cigar-smoking columnist on the Gazette’s editorial page wrote that banning smoking in school buildings was fine, but banning cigar smoking at outdoor events like football games was going too far.
• Twenty-eight West German high school students attended a Redwood Falls city council meeting and thanked the people of Redwood Falls for being such good hosts during their three week visit.
2003—10 years ago
• After giving up on the possibility they had been awarded anything, the Redwood Falls police department was startled to find out they had won a COPS grant to permanently assign a police officer to the local school system.
• A Redwood Falls man was arrested after a Redwood Falls Public Library employee noted the man was looking at child pornography on the library’s public computers.
• One hundred and forty-eight firefighters from 47 different fire departments gathered at the Redwood Falls fairgrounds for a two-day EMS Rescue School.
• Summer-like weather in mid-April led to the Redwood Falls fire department being called out to six grass fires between Thursday and Sunday.
• Redwood Falls heard of its first injury in the Iraq war when Jason Quesenberry was hit by shrapnel near Kuwait City, and been shipped to Spain for surgery. Quesenberry was expected to make a full recovery.