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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • BACKWARD GLANCES — Boy attends circus, comes home with pony

  • See was was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1963—50 years ago
    • A British MG sports car with only 131 miles on it was being delivered to its owner in Nebraska when the auto dealer driver dozed off and crashed into a utility pole next to the Highway 71 bridge over the Redwood River.
    • Despite evidence that Dutch Elm Disease had not been definitely established in the city, a  home owner on E. Chestnut St. chopped down and burned an elm tree in his front yard just in case.
    • Gordon Gluth, seven, of E. 2nd St., won the pony given away when the Shrine Circus visited the Redwood Falls fairgrounds.
    • The city council and school district agreed to evenly split the costs of two basketball courts to be built next to the tennis courts at Memorial field.
    • City leaders organized a “spruce up” campaign to get Redwood Falls looking its best for the planned visit of state representatives who would decide on where to locate the planned new state college in southwestern Minnesota.
    1988—25 years ago
    • A team of geologists from the University of Wyoming visited the area to study the 3.6 billion year old granite formations between Redwood Falls and Morton.
    • Mike Sipe of Crookston won the 49th annual mens invitational at the Redwood Falls Golf Club with a 36-hole score of 146. It was Sipe’s second victory — he previously won two years earlier.
    • The Redwood County DAC recycling center added a new material it would accept — cardboard.
    • The Redwood TV Improvement Corporation added two new stations to its mix (KXLI out of St. Cloud, KITN out of the Twin Cities), bringing its total number of channels up to eight.
    • Construction was 99 percent complete on Puzzle Craft, a new factory scheduled to open in Wabasso on Aug. 1.
    2003—10 years ago
    • Redwood residents were startled when tornado warning sirens went off despite sunny, cloudless blue skies in the area.
    The next day the supervisor at the National Weather Service station in Chanhassen called the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department to apologize — someone hit a wrong button at the Twin Cities office.
    • The new Monsanto warehouse/storage facility a few miles south on Highway 71 was nearly ready to open for business.
    • The county commissioners looked into the idea of creating a regional jail to take in overflow prisoners from across the state.
    • Randy Dahms shot a 145 to win the 63rd annual Palmer Kise Invitational at the Redwood Falls Golf Club.
    • The Redwood Falls Public Library introduced a new system that would allow patrons to use their home computers and the Internet to see what books were available at the library, and to renew books from home.
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