See what was happening in Redwood Falls25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• When Gale Woelfel graduated with the RFHS Class of 1963, he hadn’t missed a single day of school since kindergarten. When he attended a rural school, he had to walk three-quarters of a mile to classes every day.
• The RFHS Class of 1963 composed an original song, “Graduates’ Farewell”, which they sung during the commencement program.
• Tom Hennen, at 5’6’’, 140 lbs. the smallest male in the Morton High School Class of 1963, was named the school’s athlete of the year for his award-winning skills in football, basketball, baseball, and track.
• Everyone waited to see if RFHS junior Tom Huhnerkoch would become the first shot putter in the school’s history to reach 50 feet after he threw one 49 feet, 7 1/4 inches.
• An ad for the 71 Drive-In Theatre stated the first show would start at dusk, but recommended viewers be there by 10 p.m. if they wanted to see the whole movie.
1988—25 years ago
• Revealing a town deeply divided on the issue, the school district’s referendum on whether to build a new high school or not passed by five votes, 1,502 to 1,497.
• The Minnesota Department of Transportation set up signs on the edge of town designating Redwood Falls a “Minnesota Star City”.
• Since the new seat belt law went into effect on May 1, Redwood County law enforcement had given out a dozen tickets to drivers not belted up.
• The chamber of commerce put out a call for volunteers to help plan the Redwood Falls 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for the July 4, 1989 weekend.
• On May 17, 30 Redwood Falls residents of Norwegian descent gathered at Perk’s Park for the first local Syttende Mai celebration.
2003—10 years ago
• Animal control officer Ken Harmon told the city council that about 90 percent of lost dogs left at the shelter were picked up by their owners, while only about three percent of cats were.
• When the Serenity Garden at the hospital became overgrown with perennials, the Master Gardeners held a plant sale to thin them out rather than dispose of them.
• Seventy health and civil defense experts gathered at Redwood County Public Health to plan ways to react if a hypothetical new flu pandemic broke out in the county.
• For the first time, a RVHS class topped over $500,000 in potential scholarship funds at the annual Evening of the Stars ceremony.
• Rhoda Johnson, cook at the Redwood Falls Golf Course for 46 years, reminisced about getting to serve breakfasts to Fritz Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, and five previous Minnesota governors.