See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• The state legislature named Redwood Falls, Granite Falls, Marshall, Tracy, and Slayton as the final contenders for a new state junior college to be built soon.
• RFHS teacher Robert Thompson compiled the results of the previous school year’s physical education test results and concluded that in physical fitness Redwood Falls kids compared well with kids from any other part of the United States, but not as well as children from Russia or Europe.
• Miss Minnesota Judy Lerstad presented the inventors rewards at the conclusion of the sixth annual Minnesota Inventors Congress.
• When warm weather allowed the public swimming pool to open two days early, 729 children took them up on the offer the first day.
• Demolition started on the last of the county courthouse towers began as part of the courthouse renovation project.
1988—25 years ago
• The annual MIC parade’s route was shortened so that it didn’t have to cross Highway 19/71 any more.
• When asked what his favorite part of the MIC was, barber Don Myers responded, “The pork chops that they have.”
• The Redwood Falls-Morton school district was chosen as one of three in the state to participate in a nationwide effort to try out a new “global-view” curriculum.
• A new state law requiring schools to make adjustment for Native American students didn’t apply to the Redwood Falls-Morton school district since the district was already doing everything the law mandated.
• The city council discussed the problem of several downtown businesses putting so many flower displays out on the sidewalks it was blocking pedestrian traffic.
2003—10 years ago
• As conclusion to the elementary school’s “Kiss a Kid” fundraiser, four staff members — Mrs. Schnobrich, Mr. Dale, Mrs. Doll, and Mr. Junker — had to publicly kiss a small goat.
• The Cardinal boys golf team finished seventh in the Class “A” State Tournament despite junior Tim Madson getting a hole-in-one on the third hole.
• In other golf news, John Nelson, 13, became the youngest person to get a hole-in-one at the Redwood Falls Golf Club.
• The Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame was relocated from the Redwood County Museum — where people couldn’t see it for much of the year — to the Redwood Area Community Center.
• Dean Sinclair of Wabasso was finally presented with his Army service medals nearly 60 years after his honorable discharge.