50 years ago

January 1969

• With Redwood Falls High School students preparing to perform the musical South Pacific, the director put out a call to area World War II veterans for the loan of any old uniforms, helmets, Navy nurse uniforms, Marine fatigue pants and other items that could be used as costumes for the performance. The director said the cast would also soon be asking for any loaned World War II-era military firearms (pistols and rifles), bayonets and machetes.

• The Gazette’s society columnist made a huge point out of telling procrastinating couples that despite Kathie Young and Mike Pedersen getting married during a blizzard, they still managed to get their wedding information to the Gazette just three days after the ceremony.

• The Redwood Falls City Council agreed to look for solutions to the city’s fire alarm problem. With the city expanding, many firefighters couldn’t hear the downtown siren when it went off, and putting bells in the firefighters’ homes wasn’t effective when the firefighters and their wives were at work.

• The Jaycees announced its annual winter carnival snowmobile races would be relocated from Lake Redwood to the county fairgrounds. Because there was so much snow on the lake insulating the water from the cold, the ice wasn’t thick enough.

• The remodeling of the public library’s basement into a children's section was nearly complete, with the basement to be named the “Reede Gray Memorial Children’s Room.”

25 years ago

January 1994

• Members of Buddy Holly’s original band, The Crickets, performed at Jackpot Junction Casino.

• Thirteen of the 16 babies born at the Redwood Falls Hospital in the previous month were female. Usually the average was much closer to a 50/50 split.

• A professional gambler from Florida was sentenced to five months in prison in part for running a scheme at Jackpot Junction Casino involving cards marked with invisible ink.

10 years ago

January 2009

• Six soldiers from the Redwood Falls area were part of an announced upcoming deployment to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

• In other National Guard news, RFHS Class of 1988 graduate Mark Redmann sent back a photo of himself sitting on one of Saddam Hussein’s thrones at Al Faw Palace in Iraq.

• The Redwood Falls City Council tried to figure out how to cut $500,000 from the city’s budget over the next two years, because of threats from the state government to renege on promised local government aid funds.