50 years ago

April 1968

• WCCO Radio personality Maynard Speece, visiting Bob Starr’s Cedar Rock Ranch northwest of Redwood Falls, was kicked in the ankle by a horse and required 22 stitches. Speece did his regular Monday morning broadcast the next day from his bed at the Redwood Falls Hospital.

• Minnesota Inventors Congress organizers acknowledged they were trying to see if they could get Sen. Bobby Kennedy to come out to Minnesota to speak at the next MIC event.

• Steve Jones, an RFHS transfer student from the Philippine Islands, broke the school’s 26-year-old pole vaulting record of 11 feet, eight inches – several times, most recently with a 12 foot vault during a meet at Memorial Field. His goal was to break 13 feet before the end of the school year.

• Lt. Col. William Cook, a 1942 RFHS graduate, was declared missing in action after his reconnaissance aircraft went down in Vietnam.

• Unseasonably warm, dry weather hampered farmers anxious to get out into the fields for spring planting.

25 years ago

April 1993

• When RVMS/HS was built several years earlier, a fiberoptic telephone line was installed out to the new school, stretching, among other places, beneath the Redwood Falls Hospital’s parking lot. On this week in 1993, it was announced the hospital would be allowed to tie into that fiber optic line to allow for interactive communications with specialists at other hospitals across the state.

• Ninety-one couples marched in the RVHS prom.

• The Honorable Judge David Peterson, Dr. Dennis Nelson and RVHS band director Larry Novak were among the volunteers who read to children on a Thursday evening at the Redwood Falls Public Library.

• To learn about American law, Sue Anderson’s RVMS fifth-grade class held a trial judging the guilt or innocence of the Big Bad Wolf vs The Three Little Pigs.

• Wabasso residents Rod and Lori Jenniges got an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles when a video Rod photographed during a Wabasso Kindergarten Christmas concert was selected to appear on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

• Harvey and Dar Johnson, owners and operators at Johnson’s Beauty Lounge since 1958, retired and sold their business to stylist Sue Tholkes. The Johnsons noted they held their grand opening of their Mill Street quarters on the day President Kennedy was assassinated.

• Unseasonably cool, wet weather hampered farmers anxious to get out into the fields for spring planting.

10 years ago

April 2008

• RVHS student Morgan Milbradt spent a week as a page at the Minnesota legislature, where her duties included everything from getting senators copies of bills to getting representatives Mountain Dews and sandwiches.

• Viva Las Vegas was the theme of the RVHS 2008 prom, attended by 65 couples.

• The cast concrete Dalmatian dog in front of the Milroy fire hall was stolen during the evening of April 22-23.

• Unseasonably cool, wet weather hampered farmers anxious to get out into the fields for spring planting.