See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• The Rupert, Idaho Chamber of Commerce announced it would start an annual inventors congress patterned on the one held every year in Redwood Falls.
• Twenty-one World War I veterans held a reunion in the Hotel Redwood.
• RFHS grad Tom Waugh was in Sacramento, CA, as a trainer for the St. John’s University football team playing in the Camelia Bowl.
• Joey the Burro, who played the role of the donkey at the high school’s three previous Christmas programs, was retired after he hee-hawed right at the most sensitive part of the Nativity story, and the audience couldn’t stop laughing.
It didn’t help matters that when high school wrestler Kenneth Parker, portraying Joseph, used his athletic skills to silence Joey, the burro tried to kick down the onstage corral.
• Pfc. Arnold Steinhouse of Redwood Falls took part in “Operation Big Dipper”, a joint U.S./Republic of China exercise on the southern coast of Taiwan.
1988—25 years ago
• The Redwood Falls-Morton High School girls basketball team broke its 29-game losing streak with a victory over Sleepy Eye, 53-47.
• The Redwood Falls community education department was looking into the idea of becoming part of a “telemedia” system that would allow local children and adults to take classes offered across the state via a closed-circuit television system.
• Twenty RF-M school district teachers took a class on computer word processing, learning ways Apple computers could be used to reduce repetitive typing tasks and help produce better teaching materials.
• About 75 volunteers spent some time in jail as part of the first “Jail ‘n Bail” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
• April Marie Kramer, 20, was presented with a certificate from the Minnesota State Patrol for surviving an auto accident in which she could have been seriously injured if she hadn’t been wearing a seat belt.
2003—10 years ago
• Responding to new government privacy regulations, pharmacist Larry Leske said, “It’s typical government gobble-di-gook. I could go sell morphine out on the street and get less jail time than if I don’t have all the paperwork done.”
• Ray Plotz of Redwood Falls — suffering from a very rare form of cancer called Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia — was one of the first two volunteers to try a new form of chemotherapy administered through the Mayo Clinic.
• In a first, Redwood County Public Health ran out of flu vaccine after administering 1,800 doses locally.
• The city added a new computer system to keep track of the approximately 600 dogs licensed every year.
• The regional Family Readiness Group held a fundraiser to help pay for CARE packages for area soldiers serving in Kosovo and Iraq.