50 years ago
• The city council approved an ordinance allowing the city to move and confiscate vehicles not removed from streets for 24 hours during snow emergencies, street cleaning or construction. Vehicles not claimed by the owner within 60 days could be sold at public auction.
• There was a good chance the 1,500,000th telephone installed in Minnesota by Bell Telephone had been set up in Redwood Falls during the previous week.
• Dutch Elm Disease moved closer to Redwood Falls, with one case found in Mankato, one in Lakefield as well as one in Luverne.
• Forty-one Redwood County residents were among the 509 students registered for the first-ever class at Southwest State College in Marshall.
• Former RFHS golf team star Les Peterson, then a salesman living in San Bernardino, Calif., was the defending champion of the Palm Springs golf tournament.
25 years ago
• Former Belview resident, and then-current Twin Cities charter airplane pilot, Joe Sampson was startled to learn the pleasant young man who sat next to him in the co-pilot’s seat on a recent flight from Chicago was wanted by federal law enforcement for the killing of a Minneapolis police officer.
• A bright yellow sign went up announcing there would soon be a Pizza Ranch opening in the old Pamida store.
• A Redwood Gazette editorial asked state legislators to reject a proposal that would allow local bars to install video slot machines and video poker machines to compete with regional casinos.
• Two Danish journalists toured the Redwood area with the goal of writing articles about midwestern American life for their readers back in Copenhagen.
• Doug Votaw, pastor at the Redwood Valley Christian Fellowship, was looking into bringing a radio translator to town to broadcast several Christian radio stations throughout southwest Minnesota.
10 years ago
• With two Redwood Falls teens committing suicide in the previous two weeks, the community began searching for ways to help the grieving and prevent further suicides.
• The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office called it a new low – during a funeral visitation, someone walked off with a number of envelopes containing donations to the grieving family.
• Local postal workers were preparing for Dec. 17 and 19 – traditionally, the Monday and Wednesday before Christmas are the busiest mailing and delivery days of the year in Redwood Falls.
• The Redwood Falls Public Library was closed for a day, so the checkout system could be updated to include far more items throughout the Plum Creek Library System.