50 years ago
• The RFHS band became the first band of any kind in the United States to play the military march “Allegro” from “Three Inventions” – a piece by Dutch composer Karel Van Dijck.
• Redwood Falls Industries, Inc., confirmed a metal fabrication company was considering moving into the new industrial park on the eastern edge of town. A selling point was that the new firm’s employees would all be male – which would help balance the labor market in the region, what with Control Data workforce being made up almost entirely of female employees.
• Redwood Falls residents were alarmed when the fire signal in the tower of the Farmers Elevator went off for 15 minutes, triggered by a shorted-out heat thermostat.
• After the Ramsey Park zoo was suddenly stuck three feet underwater by a rising Redwood River, everyone assumed the coyote had drowned in the flood. City workers, cleaning out the coyote’s pen a week later, discovered the coyote alive and healthy in a small space underneath the pen’s roof.
• RFHS graduate William J. Schmidt, an Army staff driver for the seventh medical brigade commander stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, was presented with an Autobahn safety award.
25 years ago
• Winter Olympics luger Greta Sebald, a native of Askov, Minn., visited Reede Gray Elementary School and was greeted as a hero despite coming in last place in the luge competition. Sebald was widely admired during the Olympics for not giving up and for going on to set a personal-best record in a later Olympic race.
• The Redwood Falls Cable Commission debated whether or not to shorten the franchise agreements with cable operators from 15 years to 10 years because of rapid changes in technology.
• After holes three, five and eight were damaged by the flooded Redwood River, the Redwood Falls golf course was opened for the season.
• Country music star Sammy Kershaw performed at Jackpot Junction, while How to Speak Minnesotan author Howard Mohr spoke at the Wabasso Community Center.
10 years ago
• Children's hearts raced all over Redwood as the new aquatic center’s 30-foot tall water slide was installed.
• The RVHS Rocket Club practiced its goal of sending a rocket up to 750 feet for 45 seconds – without breaking its payload of an egg.
• A meeting to let the public know a Level 3 sex offender would be moving to Morgan was cancelled when the offender decided to move someplace else.