See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • Redwood Falls Industries, Inc., paid $5,000 for 160s acres of farmland on the east edge of Redwood Falls to redevelop into an industrial park. • Two antique car collectors from the Twin Cities volunteered to dig a rusting hulk out of the Redwood River when they recognized it as a 1920 Dodge, a car they’d been seeking for years. • The Minnesota Tuberculosis Association’s mobile health unit visited area nursing homes to give free X-rays to residents. • The school board approved 10 and 15 cent per hour pay raises for cooks in the schools. • The Redwood Falls womens’ softball team lost to Wanda by a score that was unreported since it was, according to one member, “by more of a score than we like to mention.” 1989—25 years ago • Steve Walling defeated 100+ degree temperatures to win the 49th Redwood Invitational golf tournament with a 36 hole score of 150, only one shot better than the runner up. • Because of dry weather, the city council asked all residents with even numbered house numbers to only water their lawns on even days, and odd numbered houses to only water on odd numbered days. • At the same time, attendance at the public swimming pool was down by about 2,000 swimmers compared to the same time last year because of overall cooler weather. • Morgan’s Red Owl retired its trademarked mascot when the store became a Super Valu, the first time in decades there hadn’t been a Red Owl store in Redwood Falls. • As part of the county fair, organizers announced a new attraction: the Saddle Trumps Horse Show, a variety of competitions open to any locals who wanted to enter their horses. 2004—10 years ago • Gas prices in the area went back down to an average of $1.79 per gallon. • VFW baseball coach Bob Kaupang arranged a baseball lover’s dream tour: five major league baseball games in five different cities in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and back to Wisconsin. • Redwood County Volunteers / RSVP / Faith in Action moved from its old quarters at Wood Dale Nursing Home to a new location in Johnson Park Place. • Mike Smith won the Palmer Kise Invitational to join his brother, Pat, and father, Jack, as champions of the annual event. • After lightning hit a tree between two businesses on Highway 19/71, its bark was found peeled off in strips like a banana’s in all directions from the trunk.