See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • Joe Lauterbach, the oldest person known to have been born in Redwood Falls, died at the age of 80. Lauterbach was born July 3, 1884, and operated a number of businesses in town, including making harnesses, homemade candies and ice creams, and operating both a cafeteria and a dance hall in what is now Hair Company on E. 2nd Street. • Redwood Industries, Inc., a corporation of local businessmen, bought the Anderson Brothers farm — 160 acres between the Redwood County fairgrounds and airport — to be developed into plots for an industrial park. • Gilbert Jacobson of Redwood Falls was awarded the contract to build the eight-unit hangers at the airport, and the restrooms at Westside Park. • The J.C. Penny’s store in Redwood Falls was chosen as one of the first in the nation to install a catalog sales desk. Penny’s first spring and summer catalog had just been introduced to compete with Sears and Roebuck. • Kenneth Warner, home for a 30 day leave after his one-year tour in Vietnam, displayed one of his souvenirs: a crossbow carried by Vietnamese natives that could shoot bamboo arrows with enough force to penetrate up to two inches of wood at 25 feet. 1989—25 years ago • A city task force recommended North Medical Transportation Service begin providing ambulance service for the city starting Jan. 1, 1990. • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially opened its new Southwestern Minnesota Synod office building in the structure that had previously been home to the Granrud Creamery, then Tersteeg’s Super Valu grocery. • The park commission tentatively approved building a new regulation-sized outdoor hockey rink that could let a new proposed city hockey association host league games. • Mae McKay Barbour, visiting from the farmlands of Scotland, made the trek to Redwood Falls to visit some distant relatives who immigrated to the United States and settled near Redwood Falls a century earlier. • The Redwood Mealsite celebrated 15 years of serving lunches in the Senior Citizens Center. In 1988, the Mealsite served 13,914 lunches. 2004—10 years ago • With most of its troops deployed overseas, the Redwood Falls National Guard Armory could undergo an extensive remodeling inside. • Kyle Knudsen became the first student in RVHS history to win first place in the State Class A speech competition. • The city council approved an ordinance that would change all references to “beer” at the municipal liquor store to “malt liquor”, as required by state statute. • Regional firefighters attended training at RVHS. One exercise involved rescuing a mannequin trapped under an overturned tractor. • Pat Powell of Redwood Falls reminisced about her favorite lunchtime memory of attending country schools as a child: pouring water down the gopher holes and watching gophers run out the other end.