Backward Glances: Pool commission takes firm stand on cutoff jeans

Joshua Dixon
Sp/4 John Goelz (left) and Sgt. Jim Mertens were among the Redwood Falls National Guard company soldiers who took part in field training exercises held at Camp Ripley, as seen in this photo that first appeared in the June 23, 1970 edition of the Redwood Gazette.

50 years ago

June 1970

• The 13th annual Minnesota Inventors Congress opened with ceremonial dances and songs performed in the Dakota language by the Pajutazee (Yellow Medicine) dancers.

• Copper thieves stole 5,910 feet of underground telephone cable from a vacant farm site seven miles south of Redwood Falls, where Northwestern Bell was storing it.

• Donald Lueck of Redwood Falls won third place in the Minnesota Inventors Congress ag division with his soybean roaster.

• Two capuchin monkeys were brought to the Ramsey Park zoo from the Como Zoo in the Twin Cities.

• The first feedlot pollution control collection basin in Redwood County was being completed at the Eugene Irlbeck farm one mile south of Wanda.

• The Redwood Falls pool commission banned youngsters from swimming in “cutoffs” and said only swimmers in actual swimsuits would be admitted onto the premises.

25 years ago

June 1995

• The Church of Christ baseball team won the Monday Night Madness game, earning them a gift certificate for three gallons of root beer from the A&W Family Restaurant.

• Redwood Concrete raised the most money of the eight teams that competed in the Redwood Falls Hospital Hospice’s annual bed race fundraiser.

• As construction began on the new Redwood Falls Public Library, the library foundation still needed to raise another approximately $600,000 in order to pay for it.

• City staff recommended the old Redwood Falls Public Library be declared surplus property and put up for sale.

10 years ago

June 2010

• For his Eagle Scout project, Tom Pingel restored the abandoned Hustad/Froland cemetery near Vesta.

• Several new buildings – such as a new band shelter and a new beer garden stand made from an old silo – were being readied for the upcoming county fair.

• RVHS graduate Emily Walz, then studying in China, presented her thesis on the politics of art to the Midwest Political Science Association.

• The Redwood County Highway Department began work making repairs on the 100-plus-year-old Gold Mine bridge after it was damaged by spring flooding.