50 years ago

July 1967

• The Jaycees celebrated the Fourth of July with a fireworks show over Lake Redwood.

• Local firefighters were amazed that vandals who broke into the high school weren’t electrocuted while destroying an electric wall panel holding many switches and fuses near the nurses’ office. While searching for the perpetrators, authorities told parents to check their kids’ clothing and shoes for white spots that would have been sprayed from a chemical fire extinguisher in the school that put out the blaze.

• Stockholders of Farmers Union Market-ing Association and Farmers Union Processing approved a merger of the two coops.

• The Travelers Club set up a rest stop at Bridge and Mill streets during the July 4 weekend for people passing through town.

• The 71 Drive-in Theatre featured a “shockorama” double feature: Billy the Kid vs. Dracula and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter.

25 years ago

July 1992

• St. Mary’s of Bechyn, which organized in 1879, held its final mass June 28. However, its parishioners vowed to try to keep the historic building from destruction as a landmark of one of the oldest existing Bohemian communities in the United States.

• Hazel Koll retired after 24 years at Zytec, the company that was originally Control Data when it moved to Redwood Falls.

• Marcy Jealous of Pine Ridge, S.D., was a “Peace and Dignity Journey 1992” runner who stopped at the Lower Sioux Community as part of a 10-month run from Alaska to Argentina.

• The town of Echo celebrated it’s centennial with a “First 100 years” event.

• Iver Christopherson retired after 19 years as principal at Redwood Falls High School.

10 years ago

July 2007

• The Lower Sioux Police Department petitioned the Redwood County Board to reduce the speed limit in front of Jackpot Junction from 55 to 45 miles per hour, if not slower.

• Harlan (Butch) Otto and Mary Jo Boots were named the 2007 Red-wood County Outstanding Senior Citizens.

• The Redwood County board traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal legislators about getting funding for proposed railway improvements in southwest Minnesota.

• Walnut Grove native, beekeeper, and retired entomologist John Harbo suggested people not panic about the honeybee apparent die-off. He said it was nothing to worry about, and happened every 10 years or so.