See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• A womens’ softball team from Morton was in Redwood trying to round up interest in getting a Redwood Falls team going.
It seems the Morton female softball team didn’t have anyone to play against.
• Of the 4,547 people who have visited the public swimming pool this year, only 102 were over the age of 18.
• Former RFHS athletic star Jim Cairns decided to give pro football a try, signing a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and their coach, Bud Grant.
• Mrs. James B. Flinn of Redwood Falls was named the state secretary of the Minnesota Republican Party.
• Between the two of them, Northwest Auto Electric Assn. drivers Martin Raddatz and Oscar Hillger had 77 years of accident-free driving.
1988—25 years ago
• The Minnesota Skydiving Club hosted a demonstration at the Redwood Falls airport as part of the Rotary Club’s annual Fly-In Breakfast fundraiser.
• As part of the public library’s summer reading program, local kids released balloons carrying a tag with their names and addresses attached, and a request the finder send the card back.
• As a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, local golfers Ray Schlapkohl, Joe Schunk, Ron Krushe, and Jon Pearson golfed from sunup until sundown on the longest day of the year.
• The winning invention at the 31st annual Minnesota Inventors Congress was the Kennel Castle, a folding, portable dog kennel invented by Warren Carlson of Kerkhoven.
• When three of the Redwood Falls airport’s weather station’s employees had to take extended medical leave, the station had to shut down during night hours.
The remaining three air traffic controllers had gone three weeks without any time off, and officials were concerned about public safety.
2003—10 years ago
• Minnesota Baseball Hall of Famer Shorty Young, who started the baseball program in Redwood Falls in 1945, died at the age of 95.
• The Cardinal 4x100 meter relay team of John Olson, Scott leopold, Marc Kohlhof, and Tom Ellingworth won the state championship at the class ‘A’ state track meet at Blaine.
• The Redwood Area Veterans Memorial committee began fundraising for the $40,000 needed to create a memorial near the football field.
• Former Redwood Falls man Ben Siegfried returned from a tour of Iraq on Tuesday, and found himself Grand Marshal of the Redwood Falls Community parade on Friday.
• Vesta residents held a fundraiser to support the Vesta Cafe, an event that has since grown in to the annual V-Esta Days.