50 years ago

August 1968

• Crews hurried to finish a new addition to Redwood Falls High School that would include a new wrestling room, home economics department, expanded library and other facilities.

• Minnesota Department of Transportation officials unveiled plans for a new, expanded four-lane Highway 19/71 to be built between Redwood Falls and Morton.

• North Redwood set up a new tornado warning system which was made up of volunteers and a new siren atop the Farmers Elevator.

• Disney characters was the theme of the Redwood Falls water show being held at the public swimming pool. Various swimmers appeared as, among other things, kids from the Mickey Mouse Club and the dwarves from Snow White.

25 years ago

August 1993

• Hundreds of onlookers watched as the old Redwood Falls High School building was demolished. At times the nearby streets were lined with cars.

• After two months, Highways 19/71 between Redwood Falls and Morton were opened again after a huge mudslide was finally cleared off.

• For the fifth year in a row, the bartenders at Club 101 in North Redwood participated in the UGLY (Understanding, Generous, Loving You) fundraiser, in which they shaved their heads for multiple sclerosis research. This year, however, had a female participant as well — Club 101 co-owner Mary Lee Dallman.

• Long-time Redwood baseball supporter Sheridan “Shorty” Young was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

• State lottery ticket sales in Redwood County crossed the $1 million mark for the year.

• The Police Explorers – 14 local teenaged boys volunteering to help at the Redwood Falls Police Department – were too enthusiastic at their jobs, wanting to put in 16 hour days when The Ride Across Minnesota bicyclists passed through town.

• LeRoy Haynes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls, returned from spending a month seeing historic sites in Russia.

• Two and a half years after a Morgan man was declared missing after not returning from a goose hunting trip, his body was found in the Minnesota River near Fort Ridgely. Authorities believed he had fallen through the ice.

• The corn crop was precarious, with continued cool temperatures meaning up to half of the planted corn in the area might not reach maturity by the time of the first killing frost.

• With a new gas station in Morton increasing competition in the area, gas prices at many area stations dipped below $1 per gallon for a few days.