50 years ago
• The Redwood Falls A&W Restaurant softball team lost an exhibition game to the New Ulm Merchants. Then both teams adjourned to the losers’ drive-in for lunch together.
• A meeting of drivers interested in hobby stock car racing was held at the Jolly Mill Cafe in Redwood. Cars could be no newer than 1956, with engines limited to 320 cubic inches.
• Mayor Orin Register issued an official proclamation declaring May 23-29 to be “Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up” week in Redwood Falls, and he asked all residents, churches and civic organizations to pitch in to make the town more presentable.
• Four area girls were among the 20 statewide participating in the first “Princess Soya” competition, which was sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.
• In accordance with the Minnesota attorney general’s ruling on school-connected baccalaureates, the annual prayer service for the graduating seniors was arranged by the Redwood Falls Ministerial Association instead of by the school.
• The city council accepted the baseball association’s offer of the old concession stand at Memorial Park and said it would move the building to city property to store street department equipment.
25 years ago
• The Sears corporation, which got its start in North Redwood in 1886, announced it would be closing the Sears store in Redwood Falls as of the end of the month due to a corporate restructuring.
• Country Handicrafts magazine had an article highlighting Marlene Sand of Redwood Falls for her various crafting projects.
• Myrtle Kreckow was named the grand marshal of the annual Minnesota Inventors Congress parade.
• Following a national trend, the Redwood Falls Police Department shifted several of its officers to mountain bikes instead of cars for regular patrols.
10 years ago
• Bruce Kaardal became the fourth member of his family to receive the Boy Scouts’ Silver Beaver award, for “distinguished service to young people within a Boy Scout local council.”
• The Tatanka Arts group asked the public if it had any ideas about what to do with the vacant lot in downtown Redwood Falls where the old Ben Franklin store used to be.
• More than 800 people went to the first Duckville Jamboree, which was a fundraiser held to help pay for improvements to the Ramsey Park zoo.
• Retired RFHS grad Roger Breckenridge recollected when he was a child going on the annual march to the cemetery on Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day), once led by Redwood’s last remaining Civil War veterans.
• The Redwood Falls Public Library held an ice cream social in honor of the town’s 150th anniversary.