50 years ago
• Morton High School Class of 1966 graduate Dean Ruhland, 19, came home for a week’s leave from fighting in Vietnam. In the one year and two days Ruhland had been in Vietnam so far, he had been wounded twice – once nearly dying of a collapsed lung – and had seen dozens of his comrades killed by North Vietnamese mortar fire.
• On a particularly cold day, Redwood Falls residents were made happy by a report from the National Weather Service that Redwood Falls was the warmest town in Minnesota.
• RFHS graduate Charles Curtis, then a freshman at the U of M, was chosen by Senator Walter F. Mondale as principal nominee for a vacancy at the U.S. military academy at West Point.
• Various schools in Redwood Falls reported an average of about 10 percent absentees with the flu going around.
• Two weather records were broken in 1967: coolest 4th of July at 44 degrees and driest May in the town’s history at .67 of an inch.
• Christine Gegner was named the RFHS 1968 “Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow” by General Mills.
• Two 13-year-old car thieves were apprehended near Belview after stealing a car in Minneapolis, switching to another stolen car near Gaylord, ditching that one near Redwood Falls and finally hitchhiking into Belview.
• Minnesota Twins player Frank Quilici spoke to RFHS juniors and seniors in the Lincoln School little theater during a visit which was arranged by the Redwood Falls Ministerial Association and Oak Grove Dairy.
• A Gazette columnist noted with amusement that far more members of the public showed up at a city council meeting to complain about garbage pick-up service than showed up at a public meeting held to discuss whether the town’s taxpayers should get hit with an $850,000 bill to pay for a new addition to the elementary school.
• RFHS students Karen Wilshire, Donald Nolting, Karen Knudson and Scott Jorgensen were chosen to represent the school choir at the 17th annual Dorian vocal festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
25 years ago
• After a big storm caused much damage throughout the county the previous June, officials in Redwood County’s 17 communities agreed the old telephone system of communicating was not adequate. As a result, Harold Read of the Redwood County emergency management system arranged for all 17 communities to receive new two-way radios to instantly communicate with each other during bad storms, tornadoes, etc.
• Brown County’s last surviving World War I veteran, Raymond Keyes, 99, died. Keyes was also half of the oldest surviving set of twins in Minnesota, along with his brother Roy.
• When asked where he would visit if he could go anyplace on Earth, Chris Green, 11, said, “I would go to Greenland because my last name is Green.”
• Twenty students from Gustavus Adolphus College, taking a psychology class in “impulsive behavior,” visited Redwood Falls to study the pros and cons of gambling in a community, meeting with a variety of local pastors, government officials and Jackpot Junction Casino officials. The students ended their day trip trying their luck at the casino games.
10 years ago
• Carson Schiller was the first baby born at the Redwood Area Hospital in 2008, on Jan. 9.