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

1966 — 50 years ago

• The Redwood Falls Sheriff’s Office received the latest in electronic communications gear: a “teletypewriter” that linked Minnesota’s 87 Sheriff’s Departments with other law enforcement agencies and the bureau of criminal apprehension.

• In related news, Police Chief Rupert Barnes showed the city council the latest in two-way portable radios, which would allow officers to stay in contact with the department when out in the field.

• Local National Guard soldiers held a 25 year reunion to mark the day they were sent to Kodiak, Alaska as part of their World War II service.

• When the old Chicago and North Western railroad depot in Redwood Falls was being demolished, the construction crews found a lot more material than expected — the walls were triple thick.

• The RFHS Spanish Club earned funds for their upcoming trip to Mexico by scraping the concrete walls clean at the former Mixa Hatchery building on E. Second Street.

• Redwood Falls just got grazed by “the blizzard of the century”, getting only two inches of snow from a truly horrific snowstorm that swept across the Dakotas and northern Minnesota.

• At a birthday party in honor of her aunt, Mrs. Andrew Ellingson poured tea from a 200-year old teapot that had belonged to her grandmother.

• RFHS senior Ken Kempfert became the fourth basketball player in the school’s history to hit 300 points in a season, twice. He hit 300 points as a junior, too.


1991 — 25 years ago

• With the upcoming retirement of Dr. James Flinn, the Redwood Falls Hospital was faced with trying to fill two physician openings, when there were already 250 openings for physicians willing to locate to a rural areas in “outstate” Minnesota.

• The day after local soldiers were ordered into action in the Persian Gulf, volunteers placed 131 yellow ribbons on lamp posts around Redwood Falls.

• Students at Reede Gray Elementary School cut apart catalogs to make 17,000 paper cranes to be presented to the families of Redwood Falls soldiers serving in the Middle East.

• The women of St. John’s Catholic Church Mission Group of Morton created a huge, hand-made quilt to be raffled off to benefit a medical clinic under construction in Guatemala.

•Marcie Price of Redwood Falls won a 15-minute shopping spree at Tersteeg’s, sponsored by the Redwood County Soybean Growers Association.

The catch: Price could only select products containing soy, such as soy flour, soy oil, and tofu.

• When the weather took a sudden turn for the worse, local hotels filled up so quickly that two families traveling through the area rented rooms at the Redwood Falls Hospital.

• The Redwood Falls McDonald’s was one of six test sites in the state for a new product: McDonald’s Pizza.