50 years ago
December 1966
• The new Redwood area phone directories were out, now including phone numbers from Fairfax, Lamberton, Morton and Sanborn.
• Micheal Frederickson became the first Redwood Falls High School graduate to win a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford Univer-sity for two years.
• The Redwood Falls High School Class of 1964 established a memorial fund in honor of Robert Jones, the first RFHS graduate to be killed in Vietnam.
• Robert Jones was buried at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens after a standing room-only ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church.
• Control Data corporation officially began electronics manufacturing in Redwood Falls when its first three employees began printing circuit logic cards for modules.

25 years ago
December 1991
• More than 3,000 hogs died in a barn fire near Vesta.
• With a new air ambulance service about to start in the area, North Memorial Medical Center sponsored a helicopter visit to the Redwood Falls Hospital, so staff could learn how to load and unload patients.
• Although the city council met with developers to subdivide a plot of land north of the new high school, the Wal-Mart corporation still would not confirm it had plans to build a 50,000 square foot store there.
• “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was the first play to be performed in the new RVMS/HS performing arts center.
• Virginia Schmidt, president of the St. Catherine Court 693, was named the 1991 fraternalist of the year by the National Catholic Society of Foresters.
• Several employees of an Austrian electronics company spent two weeks at Zytec in Redwood Falls learning new manufacturing techniques to take back to Europe.

10 years ago
December 2006
• Ground was broken for the latest addition to the Redwood Area Hospital.
• Joe and Linda Roehrl’s front yard won first place in the “All Things Bright and Beautiful” contest for their 15,000 bulbs in their Christmas decorating.
• The Redwood Area School District looked into implementing a new peanut allergy plan that would come short of a complete ban of all peanut products in the schools.

Photo: Mary McClintock, 94, received a special greeting from Santa at the Mason’s annual senior citizen holiday dinner, as seen in this photo that first appeared in the Dec. 16, 1991 Redwood Gazette.