50 years ago

February 1968

• Because 1968 was a Leap Year, what would normally have been called the Thursday, March 1 Redwood Gazette carried a rare Feb. 29 dateline instead.

• In related news, Lisa Toren of Redwood Falls, age six, celebrated her first official birthday Feb. 29.

• The State Bank of Redwood Falls (now Bremer Bank) held its grand opening. State-of-the-art features included a 24-hour foyer that would allow customers to make deposits during evenings and weekends, a Muzak station playing music piped in from the Twin Cities and a steel file cabinet containing micro-films of all bank records dating back to 1937.

• The new Foreman and Ebbesen Law Office building opened at 301 East 3rd Street, across from the courthouse.

• Redwood County Treasurer Jack Mahoney accepted the new Great Plains Natural Gas Company’s first property tax payment. It was for $5,691, making it the third largest tax assessment in the county.

• The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was held over for a second week at the Falls Theatre. However, because it was a three-hour movie, managers changed the start time for the second week, so the show didn’t end so late.

25 years ago

February 1993

• The city council discussed the possibility of building a new softball complex – made up of two diamonds, a concession area and playground equipment – on land near the RVHS, on land donated by Steve Inglis.

• When a citizen complained to the city council that it is unfair that dogs are required to get licenses but cats aren’t, the council explained there are far more feral cats running around than dogs, and that loose cats are far more difficult – and costly – for animal control officers to catch.

• RFHS graduate Carol Kaardal returned to the United States after spending two years teaching for the Peace Corps in the African nation of Botswana.

• The owner of the Redwood Falls Ben Franklin store, who lived in Red Wing, was given 30 days to notify the city of any plans to fix up the building and make it safe. • Retired county treasurer Jack Mahoney died.

10 years ago

February 2008

• The proposed new group called the Christian Motorcyclists Association held a first meeting to see if there would be enough interest in the community to continue.

• The county bought the East 2nd Street lots the Tiffany insurance firm and the Freemason’s Lodge stood on for possible expansion of the law enforcement center.

• The Redwood Area Hospital added Telestroke technology that allowed specialists in the Twin Cities to diagnose possible stroke patients in Redwood Falls in real time.