The Redwood Area Education Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s inductees into the Redwood Area Schools Hall of Fame.

At Evening of the Stars May 2, 2018, the following will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in these categories: Merlin Scharfe, alumni, Jim Tersteeg, community, Gene Verdoes, faculty/staff, and Muriel Moon, faculty/staff.

Merlin Scharfe is a graduate of the Redwood Falls High School Class of 1960. After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Minnesota, he began an exemplary career with Xerox.

During his time there, he obtained 28 patents in his name. Scharfe also wrote the book, “Electrophotography, Principles and Optimization” published in 1984 and still in demand today.

Jim Tersteeg grew up in Redwood Falls graduating from Redwood Falls High School in 1964. He has been a tireless volunteer and member of numerous community and school organizations over the years.

Tersteeg was an enthusiastic advocate for the Redwood Valley Booster Club formation in 1993. His contributions to the Booster Club have included equipment use, donations, employee time and storage.

He has also employed hundreds of young people, giving them their first work experience, while still allowing them to participate in their high school activities.

Gene Verdoes began his teaching career in Redwood Falls in 1969. He was the first male elementary classroom teacher in the district. 

Verdoes served as a mentor to many teachers in the district always willing to help and advise them. He was active on the teachers negotiation team and was instrumental in helping to get the middle school program successfully off the ground.

Many will remember him as a fixture at basketball games running the scoreboard for years. He has also received the distinguished service award from the Minnesota State High School League.

Muriel Moon taught school in several small country schools in Minnesota, including Milaca, District 10 Country School, the North Redwood School, and Delhi School.

She spent 1958-81 teaching at the Belview School district. Moon taught fourth grade at Belview, and her students remember her wit, caring nature and dedication to their education. She followed her students’ progress through life, and many still come to visit her and reminisce.

Muriel turned 100 March 22, 2018.

The Evening of the Stars is held at the Redwood Area Community Center May 2, 2018. Tickets may be purchased at the district office of Redwood Valley High School/Middle School beginning April 9.

The dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. with program to follow at 7 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Tami Riley at (507) 829-6862 or