50 years ago
• Business halted temporarily at the First Northwestern National Bank when a crew of college-aged desperados – including Gary Revier, Wayne Krueger, Mike Nelson and Ron Johnson – took a break from hanging out at the Golden Cue pool hall to “rob” the bank’s Jack Smith for funds to throw a party.
• One of the few items stolen from a Redwood Falls home while the residents were out celebrating the holidays was a one year old’s new cowboy outfit, complete with boots and leather gloves.
• A Redwood County court case between a Bingham Lake road contractor and the village of Sanborn was dragging on so long that court personnel were afraid the jurors might have to be called back on Christmas Eve.
• The First English Lutheran Church of Redwood Falls hosted an appearance by the internationally-known choir of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
25 years ago
• The Dec. 16 “Dear Abby” advice column printed in national newspapers featured a letter from an anonymous Redwood Falls resident wondering how he/she could stop getting pornographic mailings sent to him/her.
• To celebrate the release of the new U.S. Post Office’s Elvis Presley stamp, the Franklin post office hosted an open house, so customers could buy the stamps literally the minute they were made available.
• The Cardinal gymnastics team won against Luverne despite the fact that nearly every RVHS gymnast had been to see specialists for various muscle or bone ailments in the previous few days or was scheduled to see specialists about medical issues in the next few days.
• When Kindergartener Andrew Stotesbery was named the state winner in the Farm Bur-eau’s “Buckle Up Buckeroo” coloring contest, he won a new bicycle and helmet, and Reede Gray Elementary School won a new computer.
• St. John’s Catholic Church of Morton had a new Nativity scene on its lawn, courtesy of the retired Dr. Joseph Lenz, Morton’s physician for the previous 50-plus years. The previous Nativity set, which had been used at St. John’s for decades and was made of hand-painted plywood, was scooped up by a local family for reuse.
10 years ago
• Speed zones were added to West Broadway Street, because too many drivers were zooming past St. John Lutheran School at 30-35 mph during school hours.
• Share the Spirit distributed food and gifts to 215 families.
• The Redwood Valley school board approved $246,000 for remodeling areas of Reede Gray Elementary School, such as the parent drop-off area and the creation of a new main entrance for greater safety.