See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • The city council approved the largest streets construction project in the city’s history, tying together nine separate streets construction projects that had never quite managed to meet up anywhere before. • Falls Super Market served a free breakfast featuring Minnesota certified grade AA eggs. • RFHS Class of 1941 graduate Robert Tiffany was named the Top Citizen of Abilene, Texas for his contributions to the city. He was stationed in Abilene, Texas during World War II, and was noted for his contributions to the city as a businessman and mayor. • Paul Duckstad was named the RFHS baseball team’s new coach upon the retirement of Phil Hall from the position. • A feud erupted between the local chapters of the Easter Seals campaign and the Community Chest campaign, since there was some duplication of the organizations they donated money to, and neither could meet its goals in those categories. 1989—25 years ago • When reports came of fruit from Brazil being poisoned with cyanide, Tersteegs Holiday Market and Morgan’s Red Owl in Redwood Falls removed over half a ton of fresh grapes, plums, nectarines, pears, and peaches from their shelves. • Panamanian exchange student Juan Castroverde experienced his first snowstorm when the city was hit with 15 inches over the weekend. • Three Redwood Falls-Morton Junior High students — Aaron Lamb, Candy Davis, and Krista Ketchmark — won first place at the regional computer technology conference held at Southwest State. Their winning entry was a computer program they wrote designing a geographical scene depicting the relationship between geography and lifestyle. • The Redwood County DAC Redemption Center introduced a new mascot — Cardy Cardboard — to encourage people to bring in their recyclables to the center. • “JD’s Ketch-Up Catcher”, created by Jeff Lepper, won the people’s choice award in the second annual Reede Gray Elementary School Invent-o-rama. 2004—10 years ago • More than 200 dancers took part in the third annual Buffalo Horse Camp Pow Wow, held in the Redwood Valley High School gymnasium. • At least a dozen bald eagles were spotted on the Scenic Byway to the Northeast of Redwood Falls. • The Redwood County parole office noted that methamphetamine-related offenses amounted to about 40 percent of their caseloads. Five years earlier, meth was almost unknown. • In possibly related news, the Redwood Area Community Education program offered the class, “How to Tell If My Child is Doing Drugs”. • When the Gazette asked local children how much money someone would have to pay them to eat a cockroach, answers varied from $2,000,000 to $5.