50 years ago

May 1968

• Up to 40 cars headed into a newly-planted pea field near North Redwood and ruined the crop driving in circles all over it in what the sheriff’s department said was a post-graduation prank by area high schoolers.

• To encourage interest in flying and in local airport activities, the Redwood Falls Rotary Club sponsored penny-a-pound airplane rides on a Sunday afternoon.

• A Gazette editor suggested that Redwood Falls either bill itself as “The Dandelion Capitol of The Midwest,” or that local property owners get their acts together and straighten up their lawns.

• Somebody with a set of wire cutters broke into the rabbit pen at the Ramsey Park zoo and stole a mother rabbit and her three children.

• The VFW announced the bands that would play at the VFW teen dance during the next Redwood County Fair – The Grasshoppers, The Mystics, The Del Counts and The Unbelievable Uglies.

• Carl Oja, founder of ActiveAid, donated a new folding stretcher to the Redwood Falls High School athletic department, with hopes that it would never have to be used.

25 years ago

May 1993

• The first local class of RVMS fifth graders graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.

• A new memorial was dedicated near the city power plant in honor of August Burmeister, who built the original power plant and provided electricity to the town in 1897.

• Mike Flinn and Kara Schroeppel were named the RVHS athletes of the year for 1992-93.

• RVHS Principal Lyle Turtle announced that, for the first time in the school’s history, there would be no invocation and benediction at the graduation ceremony due to a Supreme Court ruling from the previous June.

• The Redwood Falls Police Department added another officer, going to a six-officer rotation for patrols, with two officers always on the road between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

• After completing the final requirements for graduation, Marie Allex, 73, of Vesta finally got her high-school diploma at the same ceremony as her granddaughter, Michelle Allex Claeys graduated.

• Entertainer Chubby Checker performed "The Twist" and other hits during two shows at Jackpot Junction Casino.

10 years ago

May 2008

• Bessie Smith, 96, a member of the RFHS Class of 1930, became one of the first people in the area to get a Lifeline call button she could wear around her neck in case of emergency.

• “The Gluten Free Shop” opened in the Armory Square mall.

• Four members of the RVHS Academic Challenge team – Julianna Passe, Daniel Perry, Brian Anderson and Prince Ovre — qualified for the national competition in Chicago.