See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25 and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • Engineer Gordon Volkenant of Minneapolis spoke to local groups about what houses will be like in the year 1985. Among other predictions, Volkenant said kitchens would have cupboards that, at a push of a button, would heat foods by microwave in seconds, wall-sized flat-screen televisions, and home movies shot on magnetic tape instead of film, that could be shown on televisions. He also predicted cars wouldn’t have brakes, but would be operated by joystick, like a helicopter. • The city council adopted a new rule for parking downtown: any vehicles wider than 82 inches were prohibited, and could be towed away by the police department. • Redwood’s federated womens clubs — 21 clubs with over 200 total members — held a joint meeting, the largest in the town’s history, in the high school gymnasium. • A Gazette columnist suggested the best way to improve television would be to see Perry Mason burst into tears after losing his first case. • The board of education intended to surprise teacher C.O. Halvorson with an inscribed gold plate thanking him for his 26 years of service to the district. However, they were informed he couldn’t make it to the banquet due to illness. So, at the appropriate time during the dinner, they just called him at home and told him about the award that way. 1989—25 years ago • RFHS teacher Mary Lou Rohlfing, with 37 years experience teaching business in the school, died in an automobile accident. • For the first time, the RFHS Assistance Team swung into action, not only to help students deal with Rohlfing’s death, but with four students injured in an accident shortly afterward. • The school board was rapidly losing interest in participating in a new tele-media system that would connect them with other schools when they learned the startup costs would be $55,000, with up to $15,000 per year after that in fiber optic cable leasing costs. • Several visiting teachers from Denmark visited local schools and told stories about their life back home. • Western Human Development Center held an open house to celebrate the opening of its full-time local facility in the Redwood Falls Hospital. 2004—10 years ago • The city struggled to come up with a plan for making use of its new Job Opportunities Building Zone status despite the fact state government representatives had voted on implementing the plan without deciding what its actual rules for cities to follow would be. • When high school junior Suzanne Lueck spent a week as a page in the state House of Representatives, she said the weirdest thing she had to do was get the representatives Spamburgers on Spam Day.