See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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.