50 years ago

August 1968

• Former Redwood Falls resident David Tiffany, 20, escaped Prague, Czechoslovakia safely. Russian troops invaded the city as Tiffany passed through as part of a Carleton College geological research team.

• The 1968 RFHS yearbooks arrived, complete with a page dedicated to recently retired superintendent Reede Gray – who had died several weeks earlier – after the yearbooks had been printed.

• The end of summer and beginning of autumn was pretty obvious when the temperature dropped 53 degrees over four days, from 97 Friday to 44 Monday.

• The new Redwood Falls High School Cardinal Booster Club sold season tickets, priced at $3 to attend four home games.

• Two teenaged boys who escaped from a juvenile detention area in Red Wing and stole a car in Winona were apprehended in Redwood Falls by county deputies.

• Half-brothers John Blilie of Redwood Falls and Leo Scheie of El Paso, Texas, saw each other for the first time in 71 years when Scheie came up to Minnesota for a visit. The two were separated after their mother died in 1897. The last time the half-brothers had communicated was in a letter in 1912.

• The Don Knotts movie The Shakiest Gun in the West was the main feature at the Falls Theatre.

25 years ago

August 1993

• Three months after a tornado in Seaforth wiped out his business, Jeff Maasch reopened his metal and fabrication business in new quarters at his hometown of Vesta.

• When Central Lutheran Church of rural Franklin celebrated its 125th anniversary, so many people attended the organizers set up video cameras in the church and monitors in tents outside for everyone to witness the Sunday worship services.

• Demolition of the old Redwood Falls High School (aka “Lincoln School”) was complete, and crews began hauling away the rubble.

10 years ago

August 2008

• Ground was broken for the Highwater Ethanol plant near Lamberton.

• The children of Smila and Minnie Fluck donated to the Renville County Museum the 1927 Dodge sedan their parents bought new in 1926. Dodge only manufactured about 125 of the special four-door deluxe sedan.

• Sixty-six descendants of Nels and Dina Schjenken gathered from as far away as California and New York to attend the 80th annual family reunion to celebrate their common ancestors who immigrated to America from Norway.

• The Gazette started a new online subscription option, with subscribers able to see PDFs of every page of the printed edition.