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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • TROY'S COLUMN — Stories of the sesquicentennial

  • I attended the sesquicentennial meeting this past Thursday as a group of approximately 20 people began talking about the celebration taking place in 2014 for the City of Redwood Falls; while the ball is just starting to roll, I have to admit I am pretty excited about the idea – mostly because I love being able to learn and talk about our past.
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  • I attended the sesquicentennial meeting this past Thursday as a group of approximately 20 people began talking about the celebration taking place in 2014 for the City of Redwood Falls.
    While the ball is just starting to roll, I have to admit I am pretty excited about the idea – mostly because I love being able to learn and talk about our past.
    With that in mind, I am planning to start work on a series of stories the Gazette is going to be publishing during 2014.
    The hope is to cover much of the important history of the community from its beginnings by talking about the people of the past and the significant events which happened that have helped to make Redwood Falls what it is today.
    While we are going to be focusing on those important historic stories, I am hoping to get the community involved by giving you an opportunity to share your fond memories of life in Redwood Falls.
    I am also going to be seeking out the oldest living resident now residing in Redwood Falls, as well as the oldest surviving person who was born in town. (That person does not have to be a current resident, however.)
    I am also planning to do stories on the oldest existing business, and focus on some of the other fun elements that all define who we are.
    The ultimate goal is to take all of the stories we tell and to assemble them together in some sort of book, complete with photographs and stories from the celebration itself.
    Right now I am writing out loud, so how this all comes together is still very much up in the air. If you have suggestions for stories or have a story you would like to share please feel free to contact me.
    The sooner you get the information to me the better, as I start the planning process. That way when 2014 begins we are ready to start sharing stories.
    I am excited about the chance to work with you on this project and hope you get involved.
    Let me know your ideas.
    Send me an e-mail at tkrause@redwoodfallsgazette.com, or you can call me at the office at (507) 637-2929.
    I’ve been making a trip south to Watonwan County once a week for the past couple of weeks to help with editorial content for the Plaindealer, which is a sister newspaper to the Gazette. That had led me to new parts of the state, including the small town of Odin, which I had heard of but had never visited.
    It’s nice to have the chance to just get out and drive around every once in a while to see what is different and how much is similar from one county to the next.
    Page 2 of 2 - In my travels I have discovered Redwood County has a great road system. I appreciate getting back into the county every time I leave regardless of where I am going.
    Of course, state highways are an entirely different story.

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