See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• When school tuition and transportation costs were higher than expected, the county commissioners set the Redwood County levy at over a million dollars for the first time.
• County ag inspectors identified a potential threat to local crops — wild sunflowers, which could grow up to eight feet tall and were as tough to cut down as saplings.
Already several area fields were so clogged with wild sunflowers they weren’t profitable to harvest.
• Foreign exchange student Norma Montealegre arrived in Redwood Falls, anxious to experience cold weather. In her home of Costa Rica, the temperature usually stayed at a boring 80 degrees and sunny.
• Nearly 30,000 people attended the Redwood County fair, a new record.
• Kerm Nelson announced was seeking a team of volunteers to help him break a world record.
He figured with the help of about 30 volunteers stationed in strategic spots, he could get a single ball through a nine-hole round at the Redwood Falls golf club in 15 minutes or less.
1988—25 years ago
• The expected new baby buffalo at the Ramsey Park zoo was two weeks past its due date.
• A 67-yard play with just two seconds remaining on the clock is what gave the Cardinals football team the edge it needed to defeat Tracy/Milroy 25-18.
• Gloria Dei Lutheran Church received the first $1,000 New Business Finder award from the Redwood Area Development Corporation for helping bring the new ELCA headquarters to Redwood Falls.
• A vehicle’s four-speed transmission was stolen out of a Redwood Falls garage sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
• Fifty-seven Redwood residents held garage sales on the same weekend as part of the twice-yearly citywide sales.
2003—10 years ago
• With donations from Chamber of Commerce businesses, a new sound system was installed above Wilsons clothing store to blast Christmas carols outside during the holiday season.
• When Jacobsen’s clothing store in Northfield closed, the owners donated several tons of new clothing — 120 plastic garbage bags worth — to the Redwood Alliance Church to sell as a fundraiser during the annual citywide garage sales.
• Pat Peterson, 29-year employee of REM-South Central Services, was named the volunteer of the year at the ARC Minnesota state convention.
• With the sale of REM-South Central Services to a Boston-based company, no one from the Robert E. Miller family was associated with REM since it opened in Redwood Falls in 1967.
• When local Harley Davidson collector Dick Clements visited Sturgis, he saw a vintage 1914 model cycle on display.
Sure enough, when Clements returned home and checked, the serial number on his own 1914 Harley Davidson engine was lower.