See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Two Morton tots, ages three and four, narrowly missed a 60-foot plunge into Lake Redwood when they played with the gear shift of their mother’s car parked on the West Second Street hill.
The car crossed Minnesota Street, jumped the curb and rolled over the embankment until it was stopped by a tree.
• With the city getting into the garbage collecting business, the council approved the purchase of a $9,000 garbage truck capable of transporting 16-cubic yards.
• The chamber of commerce agreed to look into the possibility of sponsoring a YMCA health club and youth center in Redwood Falls.
• Nine North Redwood women formed the Grandmothers Glee Club, meeting for their first rehearsal at the Oscan Simondet home.
• The civil defense league acknowledged that if Redwood Falls were hit with radioactive fallout from a nuclear bomb, there was only enough safe shelter space for 629 city residents.
1988—25 years ago
• The Reede Gray Elementary School lunch lines went high-tech with the introduction of barcoded cards and light pens to increase speed and accuracy.
• The Lions Club dedicated the new playground equipment they funded and set up in Perk’s Park, just up the hill from Lake Redwood.
• The Redwood Valley Volunteers held a black powder rendezvous near North Redwood to demonstrate how antique firearms worked, and compete in contest such as target shooting while sitting atop a bucking barrel.
• Charles Stager was raising 325 purple martins in the 152 nesting places in birdhouses on his North Redwood lawn.
• The mimeograph machine at Redwood Falls High School was officially retired, while teacher Mrs. Rohlfing was offering a brand new class: Personal and Business Computer Applications.
2003—10 years ago
• Crews began tearing down the old 1913 bridge across the Redwood River west of town, taking care that the falling cement didn’t pollute the river.
• A hole opened up in the alley between Second and Third Streets near the courthouse after a the roof of a 9x23 foot underground coal bin collapsed.
Since the coal bin wasn’t marked on any antique city maps, officials wondered how many other potential street collapses were in the making.
• Bill and Christine Schwandt, who raise miniature horses, were one of six familys in the state taking part in a University of Minnesota study about the effects of West Nile Virus.
• When state funding cuts threatened the school breakfast program at Reede Gray Elementary School, the Lower Sioux Community donated enough funds to keep the program running for the year.
• There was white space running down the center of local school calendars for yet another year as the school districts quietly left those days free for area churches to schedule evening events.