See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• When Mrs. Paul Snyder lost her wedding ring gardening, she came into the Gazette the next day to place an ad asking for its return.
Before she could even finish saying what she wanted to write in the ad, she was handed the ring. It had been found by Clifford Aarons, four, the day before and brought in to the Gazette office in case anyone came searching for it.
• A 10-passenger airliner flying between Los Angeles and the Twin Cities made an emergency landing at the Redwood Falls airport during a thunderstorm when it used up its fuel too quickly.
After loading up with just enough fuel to get the rest of the way to Minneapolis, the 9,300 lb. plane took off despite the runway being too short for planes that large and heavy..
• In collaboration with WCCO-radio, the Minnesota Inventors Congress board announced a 16mm film crew would photograph the next congress, set for June, to create a 15-20 minute promotional movie.
• When a mother robin built her nest on top of the county highway department’s power auger, the crews worked on other projects until the eggs hatched.
• The RFHS senior social problems class started the semester when each was given a mythical $500 to invest in the stock market.
When the semester was over, the class had made a total mythical $880 in profit.
1988—25 years ago
• After 39 years teaching, RFHS teacher math and science teacher Clem Stramel decided to retire. He had been serving as the school district’s computer expert since 1974.
• Redwood County didn’t have a single acre under foreign ownership, according to a Department of Agriculture survey.
By comparison, eight percent of Renville County was owned by West Germans, while 105 acres in Lyon County were owned by foreign nationals.
• The county board and the Developmental Achievement Center talked about working together to start a recycling collection service.
• The public library announced its summer reading program for children would be the “looniest” yet, inspired by its Minnesota loons theme.
• A sudden dust storm was blamed for a six-vehicle accident at the intersection of County Roads 1 and 6 southwest of Olivia.
2003—10 years ago
• The sheriff’s department acquired a $20,000 thermal imager to help locate people in the darkest of places.
• After 33 years as a band teacher at RFHS, Gary Bestmann conducted his last school concert before retiring.
• According to a witness, the new buffalo at the Ramsey Park zoo was born at 5:15 p.m. on 5/15/03.
• A 30-foot wide strip of land within the Redwood Falls golf club’s course was legally returned to it when County Attorney Steve Theis noticed a 50-year old survey had accidentally left the land off the official map.
• Construction crews rushed to finish the interior of the Redwood Falls airport’s new terminal before the official opening in another six weeks.