See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• After it came down to a choice between Redwood Falls and Marshall, the state awarded the new southwestern Minnesota to the latter location based on the number of regional students it could serve.
• Although the announcement about the state college was made at 8:14 a.m., due to a glitch the story was released to the Associated Press 10 minutes earlier. As a result, people listening at home on their radios could have heard the news before anyone at the press conference did.
• Arthur Johnson, new owner of the Redwood Falls Dairy Queen, set up a trailer next to the business for himself and his wife to live in as soon as the restaurant opened for the season next spring.
• When a Belview couple was seriously injured in a car crash just west of Redwood Falls, skilled help was there almost immediately. As it happened, the car following them held Dr. Jim Flinn and two Redwood Falls volunteer firemen who treated the couple on the scene.
• Playwright Lynn Root (Redwood Falls Class of 1923), whose plays “Cabin in the Sky” and “Milky Way” appeared in both Broadway and Hollywood productions, had a new play — “Love and Learn” — premiering in Phoenix, Arizona.
1988—25 years ago
• Reede Gray Elementary School began offering ala carte lunches for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Students who were still hungry after finishing their regular lunches could get additional hot dogs for 40 cents, hamburgers for 50 cents, or pizza slices for 60 cents.
• Redwood Falls’ first annual Old Fashioned Days attracted 75 vendors displaying arts and crafts in booths downtown.
• Ward Cuff, RFHS Class of 1933 graduate, was inducted into the Marquette University Hall of Fame.
• The Redwood Falls Hospital acquired a TDX Analyzer, the same equipment used for analyzing drug tests at the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea.
• Local ministers were nearly unanimous in their opposition to the idea of a new state lottery, saying it would disproportionately hurt the poor.
2003—10 years ago
• The Redwood Area Hospital and ACMC clinic floated the idea of forming a joint venture — Redwood Falls Medical Services LLC — to avoid duplication of services and provide additional services.
• Rollie Kuglin, who learned to drive around 1930, was still active as a bus driver for the Redwood Senior Center at age 85.
• Over 400 quilting fans from across the United States descended on Redwood Falls over the weekend for a three-day event sponsored by Main Street Cotton Shop.
• The dining hall at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan displayed a cloth banner created by Redwood Falls school children offering their support for the soldiers. One of the soldiers sent a photo of the banner to the Gazette as part of his thanks to the town.
• The leaves were so thick on retired engineer Don Lueck’s front lawn he got creative and removed them with a snowblower instead of a rake.