50 years ago

August 1968

• A new state law required motorcycle riders to have a cycle endorsement on their drivers license starting Oct. 1, but Redwood County’s license bureau warned a lot of cycle riders would be going around the county illegally since hardly any of them had come in to have their licenses changed.

• After voting two weeks earlier to discontinue the daily siren signals from atop city hall at the request of the State Civil Defense Department, the Redwood Falls City Council voted to consider Fire Chief William Rebstock’s request bringing back the daily siren wail.

Rebstock said, “You’ve got an old siren on top of this building, and if you let it sit a month it might not go.”

• Pearl Fuller resigned after 31 years to the day in Redwood County’s welfare department, 20 of them as the director.

• The lagoons at the newly-built Redwood Falls sewage treatment system were being filled with water in preparation for the start of operations Sept. 15.

• The Artmobile from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts arrived to spend three days of providing creative activities at the Redwood County Fair.

• The Mr. and Mrs. Bob Nolting family held an open house for the community to welcome RFHS’s latest exchange student, Bo-Gunnar Persson, of Gothenburg, Sweden.

25 years ago

August 1993

• Nearly 100 area dignitaries gathered in an alfalfa field at the Gilfillan Estate to officially welcome the annual Farmfest event’s move to that site the following summer.

• The Wabasso school board voted to continue the football program even though only 17 players could be recruited, three short of the 20 the rules required.

• The Redwood Falls City Council approved a motion to hire a new city recreation coordinator, who would be responsible for all of the city’s adult and children recreation program as well overseeing the parks.

• Reede Gray Elementary School announced it would be including teaching assistants in most classrooms starting in the 1993-94 school year.

• St. John Lutheran School celebrated its first 10 years in Redwood Falls with a musical anniversary show.

10 years ago

August 2008

• New foreign exchange student Jonas Bauer, from Stuttgart, Germany, hoped to use his lifetime’s worth of experience playing soccer to become the official kicker on the RVHS football team since he was able to boom kicks accurately through the uprights every time.

• In what Mayor Gary Revier said was “a monumental day in the history of Redwood Falls,” the city council approved nearly $4 million in funding for three projects, including: the family aquatic center, contributions to a series of bike /pedestrian trails around town and toward the Redwood Area Learning Center.

• However, the rest of the funding for the learning center to be built in the new county government center was iffy, with the county not sure yet whether Minnesota West community College was actually committed to moving in.

• The Redwood Speedway hosted the first Dominick Bruns Memorial IMCA Stock Car Special, which was the first in a series of fundraisers for child care at the Redwood Area Hospital.