See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25 and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Mrs. Jim Kohler bowled a womens’ league season high of 257 at Hi-Way Lanes. Not to be outdone, her husband bowled the same score in mens’ league the next day.
• Boy Scout Troop 70’s annual dinner in the American Legion featured the Scouts’ dining specialty — Bean-Hole Beans.
The recipe: pack the beans in a hole in the ground on Wednesday evening, then set a fire above them to cook until Thursday evening.
• The public school district set its highest ever budget for a “normal” school year — $757,762 for the 1963-64 school year.
The only times the budget went over a million dollars was two years when Sunnyside School (now Reede Gray Elementary School) was being built.
• When it turned out World Community Day for United Church Women and a cooking class sponsored by the Gazette had both been scheduled for the exact same time, a compromise was reached.
World Community Day was held a half hour earlier than scheduled, and the cooking class was moved back half an hour.
• The Redwood Falls Hospital had 177 patients during the month of September, three fewer than during the same month a year previous.
1988—25 years ago
• A planned disaster drill between various emergency crews in Redwood County was knocked off balance when three real patients had to be admitted to the Redwood Falls Hospital emergency room while the drill was going on.
One of the patients was a hospital physician who fell off a bike and injured his shoulder shortly before the drill was to begin.
Another minor injury happened when a mock-patient was bumped off a hospital table to make room for an actual injured person.
• With the new law requiring seat belt use, the Gazette sponsored a study of seat belt use in town (i.e. sent a couple reporters out to local intersections for a day to count).
Result: 40.6 percent of observed vehicles had a driver wearing a seat belt, slightly lower than the state average.
• Two employees of KBM, Inc. of Redwood Falls — Bob Manning and Jerry Vickerman — were sent to Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, to tie down targets for arial mapping for the Corps of Engineers.
• In a move anticipating political terms that would become fashionable a dozen or so years later, Redwood Falls-Morton High School social studies students holding mock political campaigns named their parties the Red and Blue parties.
• Almost 150 people attended a meeting to learn about efforts to have a new state veterans home open in Redwood Falls.
2003—10 years ago
• With the old bridge across the Redwood River west of town torn down, construction started on a new bridge to support sanitary sewer and phone lines.
• Full-time ultrasound service was now available at the Redwood Area Hospital and ACMC clinic.
• Wilson’s clothing store held a liquidation sale when the owners announced they were shutting the doors after 40 years in business.
• RVHS principal Don Yrjo reported no local controversy over having all the middle and high school students recite the Pledge of Allegiance as a group every Monday morning.
• The RVHS Students Against Drunk Driving group celebrated its first anniversary by broadening its focus and changing its name to Students Against Destructive Decisions.