Looking back: Boys playing pranks at Central High School25 years ago, 1983 Second-graders at Burnside School are collecting pennies for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
By The Goodhue County Historical Society
25 years ago, 1983
Second-graders at Burnside School are collecting pennies for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. President Reagan’s director of correspondence sent them a picture of the president and told them he is pleased with their efforts.
The City Council made a resolution that River City Days is an official community celebration. The council noted that Red Wing hasn’t had a complete summer fest for 30 years.
A family’s request to level a hill in upper Burnside was tabled by the Red Wing City Council, complicated by an announcement that the hill in question is an archaeological site full of Indian burial mounds.
50 years ago, 1958
Gen. Lauris Norstad, formerly of Red Wing, commander of NATO forces, had his Air Force plane circle over Red Wing several times so he could point out town sites to his wife. Norstad, who attended high school in Red Wing, is in Minnesota as grand marshal of the Minnesota Centennial Parade.
Two Kenyon dentists have appeared before their local municipal utilities commission to request that water fluoridation be considered there.
Luverne Haas holds down all of the civic offices of the town of Goodhue except mayor, clerk and council. He is the village marshal, street commissioner, waterworks superintendent and disposal plant operator.
100 years ago, 1908
Boys have been crawling in the windows of Central School the last several nights and have tolled the school bell and then hurried out the building. The boys evidently don’t realize that they are violating the law and subject to arrest and imprisonment.
Quarrying in Barn Bluff has been discontinued, orders having been received by the contractors to stop work. The people of Red Wing are now assured of the bluff’s permanent preservation.
A Russian who secured over $50 from citizens of Red Wing by begging for money so he could purchase the freedom of his family from Siberian prisons was a grifter. The man is a fraud with no relatives in Russia.
Compiled using news articles and Goodhue County History Center records.