50 years ago

July 1967

• Ricky John Mariner, eight, broke his arm riding his bicycle at the Sunnyside Elementary School (now Reede Gray Elementary School) playground. It was the same arm he broke two years earlier to the day in another accident.

• L.W. Hardy of Redwood Falls was selected to set up an organization of county amateur radio operators prepared to furnish emergency communications in the event of a disaster, such as a nuclear war.

• A total of 22,580 people attended the Redwood County Fair during its four day run.

• The Redwood Falls VFW sponsored four teen dances during the county fair, and the vets estimated 1,700 teens took part — without a single complaint about misconduct.

• A 1,000 pound black Angus steer broke loose at the Redwood County fairgrounds while being weighed for a 4-H exhibit, and went on a one-steer stampede down the midway. The steer was eventually located in a barn at a farm north of North Redwood.

• Redwood County set up a new public defender system to provide legal aid to indigent defendants in the county.

25 years ago

July 1992

• Myrtle Kreckow, 83, placed fourth in the state senior spelling bee, her first spelling bee since her elementary school years.

• Khedr Hassan Abd El Karim, manager of the Extension Service in Aswan, Egypt, visiting Redwood Falls, admitted his lessons in the English language didn’t prepare him for “you betcha” as a response to the statement, “thank you.”

• Lyle Turtle was hired as the Redwood Valley High School principal for the 1992-93 school year. Turtle’s most recent experience was as and elementary school teacher in the American Embassy School in Lahore, Pakistan.

• More than 1,550 bicyclists spent the night camping on Memorial Field as The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) passed through Redwood Falls as a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis.

• Preparations were under way for what organizers hoped would be the first of many Czech Heritage Festivals to help pay for the upkeep of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bechyn.

10 years ago

July 2007

• The community of Wanda celebrated the return of four veterans of a 22-month deployment in Iraq.

• Wet weather and construction scheduling delays meant the new Redwood Area Hospital addition would likely be completed in August instead of May.

• The Friends of the Animal Shelter asked the county board for support for a new shelter to be built somewhere in Red-wood County.

• Paul DeBlieck retired after serving the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years.