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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • BACKWARD GLANCES — Police chief clears up bicycle thefts

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1963—50 years ago
    • Rumors of a wave of bicycle thefts in town were cleared up when Police Chief Rupert Barnes explained most of the missing bikes had been picked up by the police department after lying in the same place for several days.
    Barnes added that children were welcome to pick up their neglected bikes at the police department at any time.
    • Sadie Morse, 97, reminisced about her childhood friends who were Renville County survivors of the U.S./Dakota War of 1862.
    • Little Leaguer John Smith pitched no-hitters for two games in a row.
    • The sheriff’s department, the highway patrol, and all area radio stations conducted a 21-hour search to find a vacationing Redwood Falls woman and notify her that husband had died while on a business trip in Farmington.
    • While the Morton fire department was testing its hoses, a roll of hose fell off the truck and broke several bones in one of the firefighter’s left foot.
    1988—25 years ago
    • County commissioners reviews a proposal to create a county recycling center, to be located at the Developmental Achievement Center.
    • With state regulations shutting down the 132-bed REM center for the developmentally disabled, the first residents were relocated to two homes on DeKalb Street.
    • The city council tentatively approved a plan to start a city-run ambulance service in 1990.
    • Caitlin Anne Dye, born June 3, won the Redwood County American Dairy Association’s First Baby contest for the month of June.
    Her parents, Tim and Angela Dye of Redwood Falls, received $10 in dairy products from the store of their choice.
    • Portions of the former Tersteegs grocery store were demolished as part of the building being reconstructed into the new headquarters of the southwestern Minnesota synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
    2003—10 years ago
    • Redwood Falls volunteers drove over to Buffalo Lake to help clean up after a tornado damaged that community.
    • As one of his last acts before retiring from St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Fr. Germain Rademacher mortared a time capsule in the cornerstone of the church’s recent addition.
    • Construction started on a new state-of-the-art bathroom facility near the fourth hole of the new nine of the Redwood Falls Golf Club.
    • With the addition of a doctor to cover the 6 p.m - 6 a.m. shift, the  Redwood Area Hospital announced it would now have 24/7 in-house physician care in the emergency room.
    • Three frat brothers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology biked through Redwood Falls as part of a cross-country bike trip to raise funds for Relay for Life.
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