See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Construction on the new courthouse roof was halted when bees that annually build a hive on the east side of the building threw a fit at all the disturbances.
• Mary Jo Orth, dressed as Cinderella, won the grand prize in the Back to School Parade sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
• The directors of the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs held their annual state meeting in Alexander Ramsey Park.
• Two members of the RFHS staff attended a workshop in St. Paul to see if the use of computers in school settings might free school staff of routine clerical tasks.
• Without committing themselves one way or another, the state college board indicated they had narrowed the sites for a new college to two locations: Redwood Falls and Marshall.
1988—25 years ago
• The cinderblock walls started going up in Morton for the Renville County Historical Society’s new museum.
• Temperatures reached 100+ degrees for 14 days in a row. While the hospital reported very few visits from people struggling with heat, area livestock producers reported a much higher than normal number of animal deaths.
• Despite the hot weather, the area was drenched with sudden thunderstorms that dumped nearly three inches of rain since the heat wave started.
• Nine years after the city spent a half-million dollars on a downtown beautification project, the council examined ways to repair all of the cracks, bumps, dips, and broken bricks in downtown sidewalks.
• Someone cut a screen window in the Church of St. Mary in Seaforth and stole the church offerings from the Vesta and Seaforth churches.
2003—10 years ago
• Ernie Frederiksen of Redwood Falls and Mary Larsen of Morgan were named the Redwood County outstanding senior citizens at the county fair.
• The Redwood County Sheriff’s Department charged two Walnut Grove men for operating an underground rooster fighting ring.
• When the county highway department set up a new sign outside its quarters, rumors swept town it cost over $30,000. Department officials clarified the sign actually cost slightly less than $3,000.
• Despite temperatures in the high 90s, hockey fan Jordan Palusky was spotted running around outside in his new hockey pants to wear them in.
• The RVHS cross country team held a 24-hour run around the track as a fundraiser for the local food shelf.