50 years ago

August 1968

• Retired rural mail carrier Fred Neitzel of Morton was a tourist passing through Prague, Czechoslovakia by train when the Soviet Union invaded that nation. Neitzel’s train was stopped near the border of Eastern Germany, but he was able to get away on a bus for international travelers. He described counting nearly 200 Russian tanks passing by his hotel room the night before he got away.

• The local city council and school board agreed to team up to spend $26,977 building two new tennis courts next to the Memorial Field football bleachers.

• The Redwood Falls Catholic School started its new year with an enrollment of 196 students.

• Area residents marveled at the futuristic domed ceiling in the Northwestern National Bank building in downtown Redwood Falls during its open house.

• Sward-Kemp Drug in Redwood celebrated its expanded store – doubled in size by taking over the Melges Shoe Store – with an open house featuring a color TV set and a transistor radio given away in drawings.

• Scenic City Co-op Oil started a new service – a new truck set up as “a rolling tire-repair center” allowed its staff to drive out to fields and repair or replace farm equipment tires literally in the field.

25 years ago

August 1993

• Dr. Gregory McCallum began practice at the Affiliated Medical Centers clinic in Redwood Falls.

• Albertina Albertson of rural Franklin celebrated her 104th birthday, noting she didn’t feel any different than she did when she was only 103.

• Taher Food Service announced that starting with the 1993-94 school year, Redwood Falls schools would serve breakfast for $.65.

• The county board had to ponder a request for a 17 percent increase in the probation office’s budget for the coming year due to the rapidly expanding caseload for that department.

10 years ago

August 2008

• Schmidt Construction began partial demolition of the old Memorial Field football bleachers as the first step in building the new Redwood Falls Family Aquatic Center.

• The Redwood Falls Cemetery Association celebrated its 98th anniversary by having seven local women dress as historical re-enactors who gave a walking tour of the cemetery, describing lives of seven prominent women buried there.

• Various broadcasters and media companies in Redwood Falls described how the upcoming transition to fully digital TV in February 2009 would affect area customers.