See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• With record high rainfall in July, city officials were concerned the high river waters might damage the swayback bridge in Ramsey Park.
• A five-ton, 46-foot tall silo full of dry concrete toppled at the Wilbert Vault company at 621 E. Plum St., demolishing a nearby power line.
• Redwood Falls High School’s 1962-63 yearbook received special commendation at a midwest yearbook workshop held at South Dakota State College in Brookings.
• The Redwood Falls airport had radio contact with a record 107 aircraft on Sunday.
• Only two injuries were reported at the rodeo held at the fairgrounds.
A cowboy suffered a head cut but was able to ride again the next day, while event organizer Irene Lyslo of the Chamber of Commerce bonked her head on a parked truck in the parking lot and required three stitches.
1988—25 years ago
• After a road construction crew accidentally uncovered a 1830s Dakota burial site near Eagan, the remains of approximately 40 members of the Black Dog Band were reburied near the Bishop Whipple Mission on the Lower Sioux Indian Community.
• Redwood Falls native G. Robert Pryor was awarded a Legion of Merit by the United States Air Force for his 20 years of service as a chaplain.
• A Marshall man was found guilty of three counts of indecent exposure after walking around Ramsey Park naked on three separate days.
When police finally caught up with him, the man also had a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle.
• Sometime on Friday night, someone broke the drivers’ side windows of two cars parked on E. Second St. and stole the radar detectors.
• Over a hundred area Cub Scouts practiced their sword fighting skills when they held a medieval fair in Alexander Ramsey Park.
2003—10 years ago
• The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development noted that Redwood was officially “E-commerce ready” to do business globally.
• American Idol contestant Elizabeth Keeney performed at the Redwood County Fair.
• To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, the public library held a Hogwarts Holliday party for local children.
• Publisher Rick Peterson predicted the temperature would reach 190 degrees during one of the days of Farmfest, since it always does.
• County officials conducted a feasibility study to find out if it would be practical to build a waste-to-energy facility to burn local garbage to produce electricity.