50 years ago
• Redwood Falls’ three super markets jointly announced their new opening hour, starting Jan. 1, would be 9 a.m. instead of 8:30.
In addition, the town’s barber shops announced they would now all be closed Mondays starting Jan. 1, and open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
• The Redwood County Nursing Home acquired a special refrigerator for storing medications. Among other specialties, the refrigerator made tiny ice cubes that fit into medication cups.
• A Gazette editorial about increasing use of computers predicted that within 10 years most homes would have computer terminals (resembling teletype machines, the editors helpfully pointed out) connecting them to central computer in town.
• The RFHS Future Farmers of America picked up all the unsold Christmas trees in town and made wildlife shelters out of them.
25 years ago
• The same rural intersection about one and a half miles east of Redwood Falls was the site of two separate auto accidents within five minutes of each other.
At about 7:40 a.m. two vehicles suffered a rear-end accident. At about 7:45 a.m., another vehicle went off the road and rolled over into the ditch at the same spot.
• RVMS students formed a long line from their classrooms and down two hallways to the front outside doors to pass, hand-to-hand, about 2,000 food items collected for the Redwood food shelf.
• In his 26 years as Redwood Falls postmaster, Lyle Raddatz didn’t use one sick day. Not. One. Day.
• The Gazette published a rare staff-written movie review as Trekker and editor Lee Henschel wrote favorably about Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which was playing at the Falls Theatre.
• New mayor-elect Gary Revier prepared to be sworn in at the next city council meeting.
10 years ago
• New Mayor Gary Revier instituted a new standard procedure for starting city council meetings: reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
• With the new e-waste rules in effect across the state, the Redwood County En-vironmental Office re-ported finding a lot more old TV sets, computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment being tossed in the county’s ditches.
• The Thompson family sold the Morgan’s grocery store building to the county for possible use as a jail site.
• The Redwood County Salvation Army raised $7,750 during its annual Red Kettle campaign in November and December.
Photo: Radio operator Sp4 Robert C. Mace (right) of Morton, received a Purple Heart medal from Lt. Gen. John H. Michaelis, for serious injuries Mace received from mortar fire in Vietnam, in this photo that originally first appeared in the Jan. 3, 1967 Redwood Gazette.