Redwood Falls Gazette
  • BACKWARD GLANCES— School newspaper rushes out special edition the day Kennedy assassinated

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1963—50 years ago
    • North Redwood’s only religious institution — a small chapel built out of an old blacksmith’s shop — celebrated its third anniversary with a mortgage burning ceremony.
    • Approximately 190 head of cattle broke down a fence on a farm between Redwood Falls and Olivia and stampeded, apparently frightened by a barking dog.
    • Girl Scout officials acknowledged that Redwood Falls was in the running to become the new headquarters site of the 22-county council area.
    • The county commissioners accepted a $2,139 bid from Baker Brothers Motors for a new 1964 car for the sheriff’s department.
    • Several hundred people gathered in the gymnasium of RFHS for a memorial service after President John Kennedy was assassinated.
    • Redwood area events canceled the next business day after the assassination included a high school one-act play festival, a Chamber of Commerce membership drive breakfast, and a national guard drill.
    • When news of the assassination reached RFHS, the student newspaper crew rushed a two-page special edition to be handed out as the students left school that day.
    1988—25 years ago
    • Eighteen area high school students were flown in Army helicopters to a park in Renville County to take part in a National Guard mock-battle training exercise.
    The students were matched against 18 real-life Guardsmen armed with laser-sighted M-16 rifles firing blanks.
    • Fourth graders in Wayne Junker’s class were rewarded for good behavior by getting a special Pee-Wee Herman Day.
    In addition to getting to dress as the character, all the day’s lessons somehow were related to his show.
    • The $2.8 million upgrade of the city sewage treatment plant — which processed about 700,000 gallons of waste a day — was nearly complete.
    • The Encyclopedia Britannical Education Corporation shot a series of nine educational videos about management techniques at the Redwood Falls Zytec Corp.
    • To prepare for Thanksgiving, the staff at the Food Gallery began cooking 200 lbs. of turkey, 75 lbs of ham, and baking 300 buns on Monday morning.
    2003—10 years ago
    • During the holiday season, Tersteegs candy maker Tim Davis expected to go through 100 lbs of peanuts, 300 lbs of sugar, and 100 lbs of corn syrup.
    • RFHS 1963 graduate Mary Aarness — currently in charge of health services for 6,800 Anoka County students — was named the 2003/2004 Minnesota School Nurse Administrator of the Year.
    • Fifteen Redwood Falls Girl Scouts, all in second grade, received a letter of thanks from U.S. troops serving in Kuwait for the care packages the girls sent earlier.
    • RFHS student Jeremy Soupir’s combined bench, squat, and power lift total of 1,140 pounds put him at second place in the school’s weightlifting history.
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