F.W. Woolworth, Red Wing

The former F.W. Woolworth store, located on Bush Street in Red Wing, had its display windows decorates for Easter in the 1940s. Photo from the Goodhue County Historical Society collection

For the week of April 4, 2021

25 years ago, 1996

Minnesotans should be accustomed to snowstorms, but when they come at the end of a particularly long winter, with spring officially underway and warmer weather already teasing the senses, the latest storm was even less welcome than usual. At least 12 inches fell in the county, giving the area one of the greatest snowfall tallies in the state. There was no school on Monday, and nearly all social, educational, and civic activities ground to a halt.

County Girl Scout Service Units celebrated the 84th year of Scouting in America. Many displays were put up in area businesses to show the different facets of Scouting to the public. Scouts served as greeters at their respective churches and wore their uniforms to school. Birthday parties for the Scouts were also celebrated.

50 years ago, 1971

A notice is now posted in the Red Wing Depot of the Milwaukee Road announcing the discontinuance of Milwaukee Road passenger trains as of May 1 – the day Railpax takes over the service. This means that the familiar Hiawathas will no longer be traveling along Lake Pepin through Red Wing to the Twin Cities.

A St. Cloud construction company hopes to break ground within 30 days for the construction of a $1.2 million Catholic-sponsored low-rent housing project next to the Athletic Field. First District Rep. Albert H. Quie announced Thursday that 537 units of low-income housing, including Red Wing’s 96 units, have received approval.

The Red Wing Art Association has brought something special to one Sunday a month with its Meet-the-Artist series of exhibits at the Friedrich City Center. This Sunday will provide yet another opportunity in the continuing series, only this time the canvasses and constructions and the conversations about them promise to be a bit unusual. Creative projects of the Rocking Horse Academy will be on public view. Meeting the young artists is alone worth a stop at the Center.

100 years ago, 1921

The annual easter ball of the local post of the American Legion, held at the Armory on Monday evening, proved a success in every way. The crowd was the largest ever in attendance at any similar event and all appeared to be having an unusually good time. Many students, home from schools and colleges, and quite a number of persons from out of the city, were among those present. Delightful dance music was furnished by Vann’s orchestra.

It is rumored in the high school circles that Coach Arthur Rolfe will not return next year. He had nothing to say today as regards his plans for the future, but it is understood that he is contemplating making a change. He is known to have received flattering offers from other schools. Under the direction of Coach Rolfe athletics have been developed to a great extent at the high school. Basketball and football teams have been winners and he has aroused much interest in athletics in general among the student body.

The Burnside Farm Bureau unit held its second meeting Friday night. County Agent O.M. Kiser was present and gave a short address. This unit of the bureau is organized with a sound purpose in view of getting the members interested in studying conditions that vitally affect agriculture. The members believe that if each would endeavor to inform himself on present day conditions that influence agriculture that they, as members, would be better prepared to help in carrying out any part of the state or national farm bureau program.

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