See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • When Governor Karl Rolvaag reviewed National Guard soldiers during the traditional annual inspection, he quietly ignored the fact Redwood Falls soldiers had grown non-regulation beards as part of the city’s 100th anniversary celebration. • Little League pitcher Danny Wells pitched a no-hitter, striking out 11 batters in a row, for his team, the Giants, to win over the Twins. • Twenty-five discouraged Twin Cities Explorer Scouts reached North Redwood in their canoes, and were promptly cheered up by a welcoming delegation of Redwood folks who provided them with showers and warm meals. • Tom Bluestone of the Lower Sioux Community, who was set to play a Dakota chief in the Redwood Falls centennial pageant, had to be replaced after he broke three ribs falling from a ladder while painting his home. • Four additional lighted horseshoe courts were added to the Memorial Field bleachers front lawn in anticipation of 500+ pitchers expected at the tournament to be held during the centennial celebration. 1989—25 years ago • A public meeting was held to determine if a future middle school in the district would include fifth grade as well as sixth through eighth. • To kick off its summer reading program, librarians scattered 750 miniature dinosaurs on the public library’s front lawn for kids to collect. • The MNVA Railroad Redwood Falls Class C softball team played a 2 a.m. game in the Metrodome as part of an all-night fundraiser for the Special Olympics. • The city council pondered an ordinance to ban skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and roller skis from downtown sidewalks. • The Gazette issued a correction about Betty Russel’s rhubarb meringue pie recipe, noting the rhubarb should not be cooked before it is placed in the pie. 2004—10 years ago • After 15 years of running its own photo department, Tersteeg’s grocery store entered the digital age with a new $165,000 printer, sending two employees for five days of training in Chicago. • Three hours before the annual community parade was scheduled to start, the town was hit with a long-brooding thunderstorm that raged monsoon-like for just a few minutes, then left perfect sunny spring weather for the parade itself. • Twenty-five years earlier, Terry Wendler took some cactus from a granite cliffside near town and planted it beside his house. It finally blossomed, perhaps because of the heavy rains. • As part of a fundraiser, former den mother Julia Kaardal raided her attic for 47 years worth of Cub Scout and Boy Scout memorabilia to auction off, collected while getting her six sons through the scouts. • Petersen’s Car Wash introduced something new to the area — a dogwash, complete with options for de-skunking and disinfecting.