50 years ago

January 1968

• Ten candidates for the Jaycees winter carnival snow queen title and their mothers were honored at a tea at the Redwood Falls Golf Club, with Miss Mankato Julie Prail demonstrating walking and talking techniques.

• RFHS Booster Club founder Bill Wetmore announced the club would be disbanded unless more than eight of the club’s more than 100 members showed up for the next meeting, as had happened at the last few. That was enough to encourage 30 members to attend the next one.

• The 280 employees of Redwood Falls’ Control Data Corporation celebrated the anniversary of the firm’s first year in town with the news their pay would be increased from $1.55 to $1.65 per hour.

• Tank gunner Sp/4 Gene M. Kosel, 20, formerly of Sanborn and Wanda, was killed in active duty in Vietnam.

• For the first time, a graduate of RFHS was asked to be the commencement speaker. Class of 1937 graduate Bob Tiffany, then vice- president of Equitable Life Insurance Company of Riverside, Conn., was slated to speak to the graduating Class of 1968.

• Robert J. O’Brian, probation officer for Redwood and Renville counties, stated at a meeting that 70 percent of area teenagers “were good, sound youths,” that 27 percent were “occasional offenders” and that only three percent “are hard-core individuals.”

• Among the approximately 6,000 visitors at the Scott-Preusse Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac dealership’s open house were three Russian men “who happened to be passing by.”

According to owner W.H. Preusse, the Russians “nearly fell on their faces when they were handed gift pens and invited to eat hot dogs and other snacks and weren’t asked to pay for them.”

• The front window of the Adams Barber Shop in Morton was broken by two boys fighting on a Friday evening.

25 years ago

January 1993

• Even though the Sears Catalog Store got its start in North Redwood, the Sears corporation announced the local store would be one of 2,000 to close across the nation as the retail chain discontinued catalog sales.

• In related news, ABC News sent a crew to Redwood Falls to do a story about Sears, during which they interviewed Redwood resident Tom Tyson, whose father was a friend of the company’s founder, Richard Sears.

• The Redwood Falls Police Department was collaborating with other southwestern Minnesota police departments on catching a trio of young men who were going around the area breaking into cash boxes from video game machines.

• The Redwood Falls Hospital started a new program, helping patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease “learn to breathe” better.

• The Redwood Valley Booster Club formed, with a goal of raising $200,000 to fund school arts, academics and athletics.

• Former RVHS girls basketball coach Mona Hjerpe surprised residents with her other talent: she sang several Big Band songs for the Jackpot Junction talent contest.

• Dave Messer was named the new fire chief, replacing Steve Gorres. Three firefighters – Ken Kammerer, Jerry Luttman and Bill Peterson – retired, carrying a total of 75 years experience on the fire department.

• The Chamber of Commerce presented the first official dollar of clear profit to the owners of the new Pizza Ranch, the new Cenex station and the new owners of the Redwood Falls Twin Theatre.

• Polly Wog and Tad Pole were the new puppets available for preschoolers at the public library.