See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • RFHS junior Ben Mammen high jumped 5 feet, 10 1/4 inches to set a new school record, breaking by a quarter inch the record set by Paige Carrol 17 years earlier. • Two new cinderblock dugouts were built at the Memorial Field baseball field in anticipation of the Region III high school baseball tournament. • The temperature hit 93 degrees on May 21, 1964, the hottest May day in five years. • After 12 scoreless innings, the New Ulm Eagles baseball team defeated the RFHS Cardinals 4-0 in the 13th inning. Cardinals coach Bob Thompson called it, “the best high school baseball game I have ever seen.” • The Redwood County highway department new quality control laboratory was set up in a used school bus, and was much more convenient than the old method of hauling a small building out to construction sites. 1989—25 years ago • Francis, an 80 pound bloodhound owned by police chief Mike Gerrety, was being trained to be an official help for departments in criminal and lost person searches. • An informal survey showed that seatbelt use was up a little bit among Redwood residents after the new seatbelt law was passed — but was still significantly lower in the Redwood area than in most of the state. • At a reunion of former Northwestern Bell Telephone Company employees, Mayme Wester, 91, was honored for her 47 years as a telephone operator in Redwood Falls, from 1917 until 1964. • The Redwood Falls Eagles Club and ActiveAid Inc. teamed up to create a special desk and chair for Reede Gray Elementary Student Tommy March, who was affected by dwarfism. • A high school swing band from Augsburg, West Germany, performed the music for a dance at RFHS thanking the community for supporting the fine arts. 2004—10 years ago • The RVHS chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions dramatized the impact drunk driving has on America by having the skeletal figure of Death swoop into a classroom and take a student every 33 minutes for a school day. • The Women of Today named Ken Harmon the grand marshall of the 2004 Redwood Falls Community Parade for becoming so involved in so many facets of the community in his 15 years here. • The public library held an ice cream social to celebrate its 100th anniversary, with music provided by the RVHS jazz band. • At the end of the year pre-school picnic, more than one child was overheard talking about what he or she planned to do in school the next day. • When kindergarteners were asked which Winnie-the-Pooh characters were their favorites, the Gazette received the following responses: Tevin Neegaard voted for Eeyore, Emma Gaffney and Branden Frank voted for Piglet, Tucker Machart voted for Winnie-the-Pooh, Spenser Quast voted for Tigger, and Trevor Danielson voted for Tigger even though he had brought a Piglet stuffed animal to school every day since the school year started.