See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • Navy airman David Corrow was on an around the world trip aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The 30,000 two-month journey without refueling crossed the equator four times. • An emergency nighttime plane flight ferrying a heart patient from Missoula, Montana to Minneapolis broke an oil seal at night and would have had to land in a field, except the pilot saw the city lights of Redwood off in the distance and was able to land at the airport. • Local organizers asked Dr. Ralph W. Phillips, who helped develop plastic fillings for teeth, to speak at the annual convention of the Southern Minnesota District Dental Society. • A local sports researcher with too much time on his hands calculated that RFHS football parents would have to travel 622 miles to see the Cardinals’ away games in 1964, as compared to 586 miles in 1963. • With school set to start in a week, RFHS band director L.D. Zschunke announced the marching band would be practicing on before the first day of school to be ready for football games. 1989—25 years ago • Five years after Jackpot Junction bingo hall opened, unemployment at the Lower Sioux Indian Community had dropped from 70 percent to approximately 30 percent. • Over 20 dealers appeared at the first annual Gun Show of Redwood Falls, sponsored by Valley Guns and Ammo. • Eight visiting Japanese teachers were astonished by the size of American farms, seeing Redwood area farms with hundreds of acres compared to the one-acre farms the teachers were used to in Japan. • The Redwood County landfill sponsored a demonstration on the best way to fill abandoned wells with concrete to prevent groundwater contamination. • The General Sherman tank in Westside Park was given a fresh coat of green paint by National Guardsmen Ros Dolezal and Randy Eckstein. 2004—10 years ago • It was so chilly one day that there were more lifeguards on duty at the public swimming pool — three — than there were people at open swimming — two. • The congregation of the Evangelical Free Church of Redwood Falls moved into its new quarters downtown in the old J.C. Penny catalog store. • Responding to residents’ complaints, the city council once again discussed the city’s helplessness in being able to do anything about the intersection of Highway 19/71 and CSAH 101 (the North Redwood Road). “This is an issue that goes in waves. There is not a problem we are not aware of,” said Mayor Sara Triplett. “It’s not our jurisdiction,” said City Engineer Ron Mannz. (Note: the intersection is finally set to be redesigned and modified in the coming year.)