50 years ago
• The old 1925 Redwood County 4-H club dormitory, condemned for the previous two years, was burned down by Redwood Falls firemen as an exercise at the county fairgrounds.
• When the state field director for the Minnesota Cancer Society was invited to be the speaker at the society’s Redwood Falls fundraiser, local residents grumbled afterward that he kept throwing a damper on the evening by describing stomach cancer symptoms while they were trying to eat, and telling them during the traditional after-dinner smoke that every puff brought them closer to death.
• Milroy area farmer Eddie Schmidt was hit in the face with a blast of liquid nitrogen fertilizer, which instantly froze his tongue and lungs for awhile. He was treated at the Marshall hospital and released.
• The Redwood Falls Sportsman’s Club put out a call to see if anyone was interested in starting a trap shooting field.
• Art Seifert set a new record at Hi-Way Lanes in Redwood Falls, bowling a 287 made up of 10 strikes followed by a spare. Also a golfer, Seifert said he felt far more pressure lining up for the 10th strike than he’d ever felt having to get a three-foot putt.
25 years ago
• Zytec invited a number of businessmen from Venezuela to tour its manufacturing site in Redwood Falls, but the South American guests were much more thrilled to see the snow that fell during their visit. Several of them had never seen snow before.
• The school requested 8x10 photos of past graduates who went on to careers in the arts, to put in a new Fine Arts Trophy Case to be in the school across from the band and choir rooms.
• The county commissioners approved a proposed $320,000 re-modeling of the courthouse, to add among other things, new handicapped accessible bathrooms.
• Country singer Eddie Rabbit performed two special Easter shows at Jackpot Junction.
• Reede Gray Elementary School fourth graders raised $192.81 to purchase five and one half acres of the Rio Bravo Rain Forest in Belize, Central America.
• Soundproofing was added to two rooms at Reede Gray Elementary School, so students wouldn’t have to listen to basketballs bouncing around, shouting and other noises in the gymnasium next door.
10 years ago
• Makenna and Morgan Ankrum of Redwood Falls, ages eight and four, while out biking, found a weather balloon that had been launched by a third-grade class in Fayetteville, Ark., the previous December.