Redwood Falls Day – February 9, 2016 23 Jan 14



The school district in Redwood Falls is called Redwood Valley. Their mascot is the Cardinal.

Redwood Falls has a thriving manufacturing sector. Some of their businesses involved in this industry include: Daktronics, manufacturers of digital displays and scoreboards,John Day Manufacturing, Warrior Manufacturing, RVI Inc. which makes computer components, and Schult Homes, which makes manufactured homes.

The Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls is a major employer in the area, and is expanding in early 2015 to include a new kidney dialysis center and adult day center.

The agricultural nature of the Redwood Falls area is reflected in Central Bi-Products, an animal feed rendering plant.

Jackpot Junction Hotel and Casino employs numerous people from Redwood Falls. It is located only 4 miles east of Redwood Falls.


Festivals & Events

The Redwood County Fair is held in Redwood Falls every year.

The Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism organizes an arts and crafts family event every year called the Fall Festival, held the 4th Saturday in September in downtown Redwood Falls, and also celebrates “Christmas By Candlelight” on the Friday before Thanksgiving, which includes a Holiday Light Parade.

Redwood Falls holds an arts and crafts festival every year called the Old Fashioned Fall Festival. It is held the 4th Saturday in September.

Redwood falls celebrates “Christmas By Candlelight” on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

There are city-wide garage sales twice a year in Redwood Falls.

Redwood Falls holds a Home Show every spring.



The City of Redwood falls has a population of approximately 5,500 people. The Mayor is Corey Theis. He was sworn in on December 24, 2013 following the death of Mayor Gary Revier. On November 4th, 2014 Corey was re-elected as Mayor. Corey is a Marketing Development Manager for Schult Homes Corporation.

The Redwood Falls City Council approved Mike Salmon’s resignation effective on December 31st, 2015 and authorized staff to begin the appointment process. Six applications were received and the council reviewed and ranked each application. The top three were interviewed. The council approved appointing Matt Smith to fill the vacancy for the Second Ward Council Member until the next regular election in November.

A nurse at Redwood Area Hospital made a special trip to the hospital on January 3rd and left with the first baby born at the Redwood Hospital this year. Tate Engen weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length. He is the second child of Chelsi and Clint Engen of Revere.

When McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc established the restaurant chain, his philosophy was top-notch customer service. To recognize those that live up to that mission, the Ray Kroc award was established in 1999 and is given to the top one percent of general managers around the world. Theresa Kerkhoff of Redwood Falls joined the ranks of the best in the industry. Kerkhoff was named outstanding regional general manager a year ago.

The River Valley Middle School recently held their district spelling bee and a fifth grader came out the champion. The top speller was fifth grader Mason Bawden with the correct spelling of the word paragon. Seventh grader Pari Bailey placed second and sixth grader Thunder Brother of All placed third.



The City of Redwood Falls was founded in the year 1864 by Colonel Samuel McPhale and OC Martin.

Redwood Falls is the county seat of Redwood County.

Redwood Falls is located on the south side of the Minnesota River. The Redwood River runs through town, as well as Ramsey Creek.

Redwood falls began as a fort shortly after the Sioux Uprising in 1862. It was originally called “Redwood Stockade.”

The 1862 Sioux Uprising began just outside Redwood Falls in Birch Coulee.

North Redwood, which was incorporated into the City of Redwood Falls, used to be called “Riverside.” It was a big steamboat landing in the late 1800′s, and it was from there that the Sears Catalog business was started in 1888 by Richard W. Sears. The 1st things sold through Sears were watches, via the railroad.

The Carnegie Library in redwood falls was built in 1904.

The elimination of capital punishment began in Redwood Falls with the hanging of William Rose. The rope broke during Rose’s hanging, and he had to be strung up again.

The largest municipal park in the State of Minnesota is in Redwood Falls. Ramsey Park was designated as a state park in 1911, and the city purchased it for 1 dollar in 1956. It encompasses 217 acres, and includes a zoo. There are many 1930′s WPA buildings still standing and in use in the park. The falls in the park are beautiful at any time of the year.

Some famous people from Redwood Falls include: Richard W. Sears, the founder of Sears; Aubrey Durlam, the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives for 27 years; and Charles Duncan Gilfillan, who owned an entire block in Saint Paul and sold that city its water system, which is still in use to this day.