Redwood Falls Gazette
  • BACKWARD GLANCES — Money found, but no way to return it

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1963—50 years ago
    • A woman reported losing a substantial amount of money at the post office, and postmaster J.C. Budik reported finding a substantial amount of lost money at the post office.
    The only complication: the woman didn’t leave her name or any way she could be reached.
    • A bolt of lightning hit the Frank Boots farm near Redwood Falls while Boots was in it milking cows along with sons Henry and Billy.
    Although the bolt blasted a three by eight foot hole in the roof and drove the cows inside to their knees, none of the Boots men were injured.
    • A representative of Honeywell’s aeronautical division visited Redwood Falls to demonstrate how a prototype manual control for an Apollo capsule to the moon might work.
    • Winds of up to 80 miles per hour flattened was being called one of the best crops in recent years, and blew a barn off its foundation near Sanborn.
    • The Redwood Gazette created a page devoted to showing off the town’s strengths in anticipation of a visit from state officials considering southwestern Minnesota towns for a new college.
    1988—25 years ago
    • Five Eagle Staff Runners, representing the Red Nation’s National Native American Olympic Committee, stopped in Redwood Falls as part of their cross-county run from Los Angeles to New York.
    • A Redwood / Renville county task force decided that all new county employees would not need to be tested for the AIDS virus.
    • Christine Vierling and George Wipper were named the Redwood County outstanding seniors of 1988.
    • With the drought, low water levels in the Minnesota River were exposing relics of long-suspected Native American settlements in the area.
    • The Renville County Historical Society broke ground for its new quarters in Morton.
    2003—10 years ago
    • RVHS grad Lisa Seavert spent two weeks at Ellisburg, Washington, studying at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute.
    • Mike Neubarth of Redwood Falls was elected as American Legion department commander for the state, representing 116,000 American Legionnaires in Minnesota.
    • Redwood County Relay for Life collected a record amount: $95,246.
    • Country music legend Willie Nelson performed at Jackpot Junction Casino.
    • The Redwood Area Theatre announced its 2003 summer musical: Peter Pan, complete with a wire work specialist from the Penumbra Theatre Company in the Twin Cities to supervise the flying scenes.
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