See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.


1960—50 years ago

• Dr. W.A. Brand, who started practicing in Redwood Falls in 1904, said he had no intention of retiring despite being 84 years old. Dr. Brand attended his birthday party at the hospital still wearing his white surgical uniform, having just completed a surgery.

• Ninety Redwood Falls National?Guardsmen  reported and were in readiness within an hour in a surprise emergency drill.

• A sign in the office of the Redwood-Renville county superintendent of schools read, “Redwood county spellers consistantly place among the top 25 in the four-state region bee.”

The word “consistently” is spelled with an “e”.

• The Cardinals wrestling team won the district 10 meet and advanced six wrestlers to the Region III tourney: Howard Leopold, Russ King, John Woodford, John Kretsch, Harlan Leopold, and Roger Zeug.

• Three Redwood Falls archers won in an invitational archery meet in Brookings, S.D. Floyd Ragen placed first in the instinctive category, Bert Bjornstad topped the intermediate class, and Mrs. Herbert Bollum was first in womens free style.

• Tom Atkins became the first Redwood Falls Boy Scout in 15 years to qualify for an Eagle Scout badge.


1985—25 years ago

• Morton students in grades six-eight came to Redwood Falls to register for autumn classes in the soon-to-be Redwood Falls-Morton High School.

• One hundred and ten students displayed their experiments at the annual Redwood Falls High School science fair.

• Stacy Christopherson, 16, was selected to compete in the 1985 Miss T.E.E.N. pageant in Roseville.

• Temperatures hit 55 degrees, leading everyone to expect nice weather until the official beginning of spring. See next week’s “Backward Glances” to see how that worked out for everyone.

• After conducting a contest to come up with a name for Olivia’s new liquor store and lounge, the city of Olivia finally decided upon “Olivia Liquor and Lounge.”


2000—10 years ago

• In 1940, about three-fourths of Redwood?County’s population lived in rural areas, with the rest living in towns. A report issued by the state demographic center showed that by 2000, the percentages were reversed.

• The Corey and Stacey Hansen-Reding family left for a week-long trip to Disney World after Stacey peeled back a sticker from an order of fries at the Redwood Falls McDonalds and won the trip as part of a promotion.

• Two Cardinals wrestlers—Dusty Hennen and Josh Bunting—had second place finishes at the Section AAA Individual Tournament in Montevideo, qualifying them for the state tourney.