50 years ago
• Taking Christmas break from his first year in the U.S. House of Representatives, John Zwach of Gales Township said he spent a lot of time waiting. It seems votes were taken alphabetically in the House of Representatives, so Zwach literally had to wait about a half-hour before he got to vote for every one of the 450 bills he had voted on so far.
• Hem Chandra Prasad, of a relatively tropical section of Nepal in the Himalayas, spent a week in Redwood Falls as a guest of the Scenic City Co-op, and was startled by the first blast of (a relatively mild) winter. He decreed that Redwood Falls was “a high level of place.”
• The Minnesota Department of Housing and Urban Development approved using 280 feet of Minnesota Street for a 60-unit low rent housing facility (now known as Lakeside Manor). The approval was the final piece needed before construction could start in the spring.
• The school board published the architects’ plans for the proposed new two-story addition to Sunnyside Elementary School (now Reede Gray Elementary School), which would include seven new classrooms, a teachers’ lounge and a new gymnasium.
• Sgt. Gary Prescott of Morton took part in the recent 10,000 mile airlift of 101st airborne division units of Vietnam — the longest aerial troop deployment in history.
• Gazette sportswriter John Schneider predicted the first hole-in-one by a left-hander at the Redwood Falls Golf Club in 1968 would be made July 17 at 3:38 p.m.
25 years ago
• The RVHS Cardinals basketball team beat GFW 64-62 in Winthrop with a half-second, half-court shot by junior Steve Hollatz to put the Cardinals in the finals of the Run and Shoot tourney against BOLD.
• County officials estimated that Redwood and Renville counties had each had one documented case of a patient with AIDS.
• YaVonne Marten of Redwood Falls wrote an article about her son’s struggles with cancer, and it was published in an issue of True Confessions magazine in which readers wrote about a special man in their lives.
10 years ago
• Loran Kaardal was selected as the 2007 Gazette Person of the Year, particularly for his advocacy of such causes as Waukon RIM and Tatanka Bluffs, which help put southwest Minnesota on the mental radar of many people throughout the state.
• An injured dog, which had been hit by a car at the Highway 19/71 and DeKalb Street intersection, went into hiding in a culvert on the north side of Bridge Street. After several days of trying to coax it out, Redwood Falls city staff members were able to get the dog to leave the culvert, and then they took it to the vet for care.
• The Redwood County Board approved funds for 26 more county emergency vehicles to be equipped with automatic vehicle location GPS technology.
• Andrea Ourada of Lucan, was part of an all-female Black Hawk helicopter flight crew from the 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment that spent Christmas day flying missions around Baghdad.