50 years ago

January 1969

• The Redwood Falls National Guard men’s two weeks of winter training in the Twin Cities had to be postponed when a blizzard made travel between Redwood Falls and Camp Ripley impossible.

• When the truck bringing blood to the Redwood Falls Hospital was disabled in an accident on its way to the hospital from the Twin Cities, Vern Marks of Redwood Falls stepped forward and donated a unit of blood right at the hospital to be used for an emergency involving patient Frances Moelter of Wabasso.

• Four volunteer snowmobilers helped county highway personnel rescue drivers from four separate accidents out in the country during a blizzard. One rescue involved getting a pregnant woman and her sick child from their car stuck in a ditch near Wabasso to the Redwood Falls Hospital.

• In other blizzard-related news, the Redwood Falls Chamber of Commerce industrial development committee spent half of its meeting with members raging about the topic of terrible telephone service during and after a snow storm and wondering how to improve it in case of emergencies.

• The Redwood County board put out a call for construction bids for a new addition to the Redwood County courthouse, which the architect estimated would cost $354,000.

• Alvin C. Jensen, manager of the Redwood Electric Cooperative, suffered a stroke and died while attending an electric coop convention in Minneapolis.

• Shareholders in the Redwood TV Improvement Corporation got a demonstration of how rain, snow, ice and even heavy leaves in trees, could all affect the community’s TV reception.

25 years ago

January 1994

• The Civil War-era movie Gettysburg opened at the Falls Theatre. The opening was notable, because Redwood Falls men – and historical re-enactors – Mike Ose and Brad Dirks were extras playing Minnesota-based soldiers in the battle scenes.

• The Redwood Falls Hospital announced its new kidney dialysis center – to be operated independently by the Regional Kidney Disease Program – could be open as soon as March.

• The Redwood Falls and Morton school boards set up meetings to discuss ways they could cooperate more, with consolidation being proposed for the first time.

• After being extradited from Texas, Roberto Flores-Morales, 21, appeared in Redwood County court and had bail set at $2 million for his alleged role in the 1992 murder of Shirley Ann Hutchinson of North Redwood.

• More than 100 riders showed up at the Minnesota Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile convention, held on Lake Redwood.

• The Redwood American Legion Post donated new reflective vests for Reede Gray Elementary School’s school patrol kids to wear, which were far more visible than the old belts they had used.

10 years ago

January 2009

• Daktronics previewed the scoreboards they were building for the new Twins stadium during a visit by the Twins Caravan.