50 years ago
• Redwood Falls City Councilor Richard Anderson conquered his fear of heights by climbing the 127-foot steel ladder and inspecting the inside of the city water tower. The most startling part of Anderson’s climb was when he saw members of an out-of-town crew the city had hired to paint the outside of the tank strolling across the 120-foot high, unguarded crossbeams as casually as if they were walking on a sidewalk.
• The City of Redwood Falls amended the curfew forbidding anyone under the age of 21 from being on city streets between 1 and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse. The new ordinance eliminated the rule that people under 21 could be outside if they carried written permission from their parents.
• The re-release of Gone With The Wind was held over for an additional two days at the Falls Theatre.
• Gordon Pugh, 34, originally of Bristol, England, passed through Redwood Falls as part of a multi-year hitchhiking tour of the world. While in town, he stayed a week with his distant relatives, the Myrtle Long Sanders family.
• The Redwood Falls hospital’s new coffee shop opened, staffed by volunteers.
• Redwood’s six downtown cafes all served coffee for free Saturday, with donations encouraged to help fund the Jaycee’s drive to send a mentally-impaired child to summer camp.
25 years ago
• Lower Sioux Tribal Chairman Jody Goodthunder met with President Bill Clinton as part of a national meeting of tribal leaders in Washington, D.C. to discuss budgeting and tribal independence issues with the federal government.
• An anonymous donor pledged to give half a million dollars toward a new Redwood Falls Public Library building if the city could find matching grant funds.
• Redwood Gazette publisher Rick Peterson noted in his column that when he opened the day’s mail, he discovered someone had mailed him ... a fax.
• The Redwood Falls Hospital Hospice program held its first bed race fundraiser, with the Floundering Fleet Foot Flyers (the Nelson’s Funeral Service team) defeating five other teams.
10 years ago
• The Redwood Falls Family Aquatic Center officially opened.
• The Dakota community officially took over operations at the Lower Sioux Agency historic site.
• Twenty-six University of Minnesota philosophy students spent a four-week “philosophy camp” around southwest Minnesota, visiting farm sites in the area to build chicken coops and get their hands dirty working in the soil.
• The Redwood Valley and Wabasso FFA programs held a donkey baseball mutual fundraiser at the Memorial Park baseball field. It is unclear which FFA chapter cleared up the field afterward.