See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • After a major renovation and expansion over the winter, the Ramsey Park campground was reopened, now with an acre more camping space, electricity available to each trailer, a water faucet, and a new paved loop big enough to let larger trailers pass through. • The local post office cut its Saturday morning services to just the bare essentials as part of a nationwide drive to cut costs at the Postal Service. • The RVHS seniors performed their musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, for the public. The play, set in the 1920s, made use of many authentic costumes and props borrowed from the Redwood County museum. • Redwood Falls telephone linemen were trained to measure radioactivity as part of a national civil defense program to monitor fallout in case of nuclear war. • Retired Redwood Falls farmer Vern Barnum, visiting Costa Rica as a tourist, dropped in unexpectedly at the home of the parents of Norma Montealegre, a foreign exchange student at RFHS that year. He was invited in for lunch and a sightseeing trip, and took many photos to show Norma when he returned to Redwood Falls. 1989—25 years ago • Fourth year French students at RFHS celebrated the end of the school year with a mock wedding between classmates Paul Kaardal and Lynne Jensen. The French-style wedding featured the bride in a wedding dress made of a lace tablecloth from the bride’s mom’s house. • Terry McWilliams, a 1967 RFHS grad, was named the new director of corporate business development at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee. Part of his job was hiring and training 300 employees to handle customers’ wagers. • The Minnesota Inventors Congress organizers suggested that if a new community center were built, it would be an ideal home for hosting the inventors show in the future. However, organizers pointed out that if the community center had a smoking ban because it was attached to the school, that might cause problems for hosting non-school related events. • The organizers of the fourth annual Minnesota Inventors Congress parade announced the theme of this year’s parade: “MIC Parade ‘89”. • The Redwood Falls-Morton High School tennis team defeated Pipestone for the first time in nine years. 2004—10 years ago • The Minnesota Optometric Association awarded Dr. Roger Pabst the 2004 Distinguished Optometrist of the Year award. • Local emergency crews tested their HEICS (Hospital Emergency Incident Command System) program by holding a training exercise based on the idea of terrorists releasing toxic germs at a crowded gymnasium during a track meet. The name of the fictional really bad disease: “Really Bad Disease”. • Thanks to a program offered by Rochester bridal shops, Ashley Guetter of Redwood Falls — who was engaged to a serviceman deployed to Kosovo, Bosnia — got a $1,098 wedding dress for free. • Chuck Johnson celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Ford Mustang by displaying his five fully-restored Mustangs. His favorite: a light blue 1966 model with very rare power steering. • The Hidden Treasures antiques store closed partly because of a dispute with the landlord, and partly because of competition from Internet businesses. “I feel that now, the true collectors are buying on e-Bay,” said one of the owners.