See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • District Judge Noah Rosenbloom of Redwood Falls, “The Flying Judge” flew his Cessna 172 to St. Paul to take part in the state fair’s annual fly-in. Rosenbloom, the only flying judge in the state, often used his plane to reach the 15 counties in his district. • Bud Hanson, new owner of Hi-Way Lanes, posted a $50 bounty for the bowling alley’s first 300 game. After seven years in business, Hanson figured it was about time someone got one. • Redwood Falls girls Karen Young, Barbara Hansen, Mao Wildung, and Karen Churchill, “The Singing Detasselers”, sang for the DeKalb dealers district meeting held in the golf club. • After the Gazette accidentally switched the placings in the county fair market class hog competition results, the editors ran a correction with the once-in-a-lifetime headline “We Got Our Carcass, Love Hog Dope Mixed”. • A Hard Day’s Night, a new movie starting a British musical group, “The Beatles”, made its Redwood Falls debut for three evenings at the Falls Theatre, the second bill of a double feature also featuring Jack Lemmon in Good Neighbor Sam. 1989—25 years ago • The Shades of the Past car show brought dozens of antique cars to downtown Redwood Falls for an evening. • As architect’s plans for the new high school were presented to the public, the question of where the new school would be located was narrowed to “the Gerber site” (its current location), or the county fairgrounds. • Larry Wessels and Gene Becklund won top honors in the MNDoT Snowfighters Rodeo, snaking their trucks fully-equipped trucks with plows and sanders through a course to demonstrate how well they could miss obstacles like parked cars. • Matt Robinson, 15, of Redwood Falls was one of 20 kids from Minnesota chosen to visit the Soviet Union for two weeks as part of the first American 4-H group to visit the U.S.S.R. • The Redwood TV Improvement Corporation added an eighth channel for its subscribers. Board members estimated that only about a third of the people who used the tower’s services paid the annual $20 subscription fee. 2004—10 years ago • Temperatures dipped into the low 30s across the state, leaving farmers having to deal with a rare summer frost. • The RVHS cross-country team held its second annual 24-hour run to raise funds for the food shelf, with athletes taking shifts running a total of 426 miles around the track from noon Friday until noon Saturday. • Over a dozen pieces of farm equipment took part in a Milroy fire department combine demolition derby fundraiser. Most of the combines were dispatched by a feisty gleaner that ran around popping their tires.