Historic photo: Red Winger Brewers

Red Wing Brewers, one of the city's earliest baseball teams, poses in this undated image. Photo from the Goodhue County Historical Society collection

For the week of March 21, 2021

25 years ago, 1996

Goodhue County area Scouts, along with family members and friends, celebrated the 86th birthday of Scouting at the Blue and Gold banquets. Boy Scouting was formally incorporated in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 8, 1910. The Blue and Gold celebration began with the Scouts entering “parade” style by their dens, led by the American flag and the pack flag. They then assembled in front of the audience of family and friends and led them in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approximately 750 people attended the 59th annual meeting of the Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association. Bill, Brad & Sue and The Sisters, two musical groups from the Wanamingo area, sang a variety of songs during the lunch hour. Board President Robert Johnson commented that the past year was a good one for the cooperative and that there were no major storms.

50 years ago, 1971

Any innocent in orange who happen by the St. James Hotel Tuesday evening had better be ready to make tracks. That night the corner will be teeming with green – Red Wing’s sons and daughters of St. Patrick and a growing number of fake Irish friends who have found that March 17 is one of the town’s traditional evenings for hilarity and hijinks. The party will be a dinner-dance and formal celebration that is usually attended by well over 100 people.

The bill to change the name of the Red Wing bridge to the Eisenhower Memorial Bridge passed in the House Tuesday by a vote of 134-1. Rep. James Ulland, Conservative, Duluth, cast the lone “no” vote. Ulland said the Legislature shouldn’t be wasting time naming bridges with all the problems that have to be considered. Rep. Victor Schulz, Goodhue DFLer, told his House colleagues the bill was introduced at the request of the Red Wing City Council to pay tribute to the former president.

Red Wing’s high school basketball team, which has had the uncanny ability to meet – and beat – the best this season, added another victim Wednesday night. But this 65-61 victory over Kenyon in the Region 1 semifinals before a screaming standing-room-only crowd of 4,235, was especially sweet. Last year the unbeaten Red Wing team was upset 59-57 by the Vikings in the Region 1 finals.

100 years ago, 1921

Red Wing will have a rattling good ball club and probably a new athletic field on the outskirts of the city, just off the Main Street paved driveway near the German Lutheran Cemetery. At a meeting of fans at the Chamber of Commerce rooms the sentiment was unanimous that Red Wing should organize and support a semi-professional club the coming season.

A vigorous protest was made at the Kiwanis Club luncheon against the plan of the School Board to sell the playground property at the corner of South Park and Fifteenth streets. Members stated that this was a most popular place for the children and especially so in the winter, when it was converted into a skating rink. A resolution, asking the board to rescind its action, was unanimously passed.

Over 200 were present at the basket social held at the consolidated school at Burnside Friday evening. Adolph Carlson acted as auctioneer and the baskets, prettily trimmed and filled with all kinds of good things to eat, sold fast and at fancy prices. Seventy dollars was realized from the sale, most of which will be used for the planting of trees on the school ground. A program was carried out by the school children. The Choral orchestra of Red Wing furnished music. 

Compiled using news articles and Goodhue County History Center records.

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