50 years ago
• Two descendants of Col. Sam McPhail, founder of Redwood Falls, were in town doing research about their ancestor. McPhail’s great-grandson and great-great-granddaughter, who both lived in Arizona, were looking specifically for photographs of McPhail that could be used as inspiration for a painting of him they wanted to commission.
• Renville County Sheriff Harvey Spaulding issued a public announcement that his department would no longer make arrests for drunken driving after the county attorney failed to prosecute “a certain drunk driver.” In return, Renville County Attorney Joe Thompson issued an announcement that if the sheriff’s department would no longer arrest drunk drivers, he would ask the court to issue a writ demanding the sheriff “fulfill the duties of his office.”
• Donald Peterson prepared to open the Redwood Theatre on Mill Street for movie showings on weekends eight years after the theater had closed. Peterson said the theatre would only show movies appropriate for the whole family, with the Jerry Lewis film The Big Mouth for openers.
• Area farmer Wayne Schiller won the state tractor pull in Hutchinson, pulling 173 feet, 2 inches with an IHC 560 tractor.
• The Redwood Falls High School Booster Club announced a new policy for tickets: several rows of seating in the center section of the Memorial Field football bleachers would be set aside for season ticket holders.
• The expansion of Sunwood Nursing Home, nearly doubling its occupancy to 52 beds, was celebrated with an open house for the public.
• F.A. Ryan ran the coffee shop in the Hotel Ramsey, which was razed to create the State Bank of Redwood Falls (the current MinnWest Bank downtown). Ryan announced he would soon open The Cardinal Cafe across the street, in what is now the attorney’s building on East Washington Street.
25 years ago
• Gambles owners Ardyce and Lorimer King retired from their retail business in downtown Redwood Falls after 36 years, reminiscing about all the other businesses on East Second Street since they opened in February 1956.
• The burglary suspect of a Renville County liquor store stole a car, then ducked into a corn field to evade capture by area police, sheriff’s office and Minnesota State Patrol officers aided by a K9 units and a helicopter with heat-seeking infrared. The burglar was nabbed that evening walking alongside the road after he was spotted strolling out of the cornfield by a local farmer.
• RF-MHS Class of 1987 grad Beret Norman finished her first year teaching English in Potsdam, in the former East Germany.
• Among the Redwood residents who collected food and other useful items for Hurricane Andrew victims in Florida was Meghan Sawicki, eight, who was born in Florida in one of the areas hardest hit by the hurricane.
10 years ago
• Rex and Ellie Boots were recognized for their volunteer work turning a vacant lot on the 200 block of Mill Street into a flower garden for the public.
• The Redwood Area Hospital hosted an open house for the public to see the newly redecorated inpatient rooms and east lobby.
• After the Redwood Court Administrator’s office received what Judge David Peterson described as a credible, potential threat, the county added a metal detector to the third story of the courthouse.
• Local amateur wine-maker Michael Otterstatter put out an announcement to see if there was enough interest in the area to start a club for other local vintners.