50 years ago

January 1969

• Organizers of the Redwood Falls Miss Sno-Queen contest announced first runner-up Bette Jo Arnett would be crowned at the pageant Feb. 7 instead of the winner, Barbara Hoffbeck. Hoffbeck resigned, because she was planning her wedding and would be married during much of the time she would have officially been “Miss” Sno-Queen.

• Boy Scout Troop 97 Scoutmaster John D. Thrailkill was out breaking a sledding trail for scouts on a hill in Ramsey Park and ended up breaking his leg when his toboggan hit a tree.

• Dr. William Alcorn, a physician in Wabasso since 1949, left with his family to become a doctor for the Veterans Administration in Hot Springs, S.D. During his years in Wabasso, Dr. Alcorn delivered 1,246 babies.

• A six-person, two-engine aircraft from Tulsa, Okla. slid off of the runway and into a snowbank when it tried to land during heavy crosswinds at the Red-wood Falls airport. The pilot and passengers were uninjured.

• More than 170 people showed up to register for the school district’s first-ever adult education classes.

25 years ago

January 1994

• The city council gave its okay for New Colony Court to transform the old Robert E. Milton home into a 40-unit senior citizen housing facility.

• With temperatures at -20 degrees outside, fewer than half as many students as usual showed up to participate in the annual Knights of Columbus free throw contest.

• RVHS music students tried out a new computer program that turned the school’s Apple computers into 64-track recording consoles.

• Governor Arne Carlson startled area school superintendents by issuing an order closing the state’s schools one day when the wind chills were hitting down to -60 degrees. The superintendents were startled, because they didn’t know the governor had the legal authority to do that – if in fact the governor did.

• An abnormally wet and cool growing season, combined with a sooner than usual killing frost, resulted in the 1993 corn crop being one of the worst on record for southwestern Minnesota.

• Seminary student Scott Prouty preached for his home congregation at the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls.

10 years ago

January 2009

• With the Redwood Area Hospital’s new upgrade, the Cancer Care Center reopened with double the space and patient capacity.

• Redwood County commissioners were looking into the possibility of starting a drug court to lessen the load on the court’s handling of criminal cases.

• With the current managers of the Red-wood Falls golf course not allowing anyone to use the lands during winter for liability reasons, the city considered leasing the facility during the winter months so people could continue to sled and snowmobile on it.