- 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- Inventors from across the nation, kids and adults alike, flock to Redwood Falls to display their newest gizmos, gadgets, widgets, and whatchamacallits. The Minnesota Inventors Congress has been around for over 50 years now.
- 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 Business Expo in February, and a Home Show every spring.
- The City of Redwood falls has a population of approximately 5,500 people. The Mayor is Gary Revier.
- The Ramsey Falls scenic overlook in Redwood falls got its first makeover in over 30 years in 2010. The Redwood Falls City Council approved plans for a new concrete overlook and parking area for Ramsey Falls. The work cost around $198,000, with a DNR grant covering 75% of the project and Redwood Falls covering the rest. The city received a $232,000 state Legacy grant in 2012 as well for the continued renovation of the Falls area and the nearby zoo.
- KNUJ’s Hometown Hero for February of 2012 was Stan Boushek of Redwood Falls. Stan was a mail carrier in the rural Echo area when he spotted a woman who had fallen on the ice lying on the ground near her home. He called 911 and stayed with the woman until rescue crews arrived, possibly saving her life in the process. He is also a lifetime volunteer with community events in Echo, including the annual Smelt Fry to raise funds for local firefighters.
- A Redwood Valley high school student was among the top 4 students in the state in 2012. High school senior Katie Ellingworth was honored during the Boys’ State Basketball Tournament in March with the Minnesota State High School League Academics, Arts and Athletics Award. The Triple-A Award recognizes and rewards high school seniors from across the state for their achievements in the classroom, the arts and athletics. Ellingworth was the only local student among the 4 winners.
- Redwood Valley High School student Jacob Anderson was the KNUJ Wrestler of the Year in 2012.
- Inventors from across the country traveled to Redwood Falls in June of 2012 to showcase their inventions during the 55th annual Minnesota Inventors Congress invention show. The Grand Prize F-Robert Starr Award was presented to The Skydrill, a tool invented by a Wisconsin pair that quickly, safely and ergonomically installs fasteners to concrete ceilings and screws into drywall ceilings. The 2nd Place winner was the Auto Variable Width Mower, a pull-type offset mower with a remote control variable width offset hitch invented by Melvin and Matt Schueller of Redwood Falls. The People’s Choice Award went to a 4-pound portable home gym that could be used in the potential colonization of Mars. It was invented by a St. Paul resident.
- Flags were flying at half-staff in Redwood Falls during the last week of August in 2012 following the death of the community’s former mayor, Sara Triplett. She passed away following a long battle against cancer. Triplett was first elected to the Redwood Falls City Council in the 1980s, and became mayor in 1995. She served 3 terms in that office before retiring in 2007. She also served on the Redwood Falls Library Commission, and worked at the town’s clinic for nearly 4 decades.
- The students of Redwood Valley High School crowned new Homecoming Royalty in September of 2012. Named Homecoming King was Nick VonMosch, and crowned Homecoming Queen was Darion Miller-Ahrens.
- The Redwood Falls Public Library received a $12,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society in September 2012. The money was to be used for a digital reader system.
- An American Red Cross volunteer from Redwood Falls was deployed to New York in November of 2012 to help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Diane Radel drove one of the hundreds of Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles that were deployed following the storm.
- The decision was made in 2012 to change the dates for the annual Minnesota Inventors Congress in Redwood Falls. Beginning in 2013, the annual invention expo will be held in the month of April. The 56th-annual Minnesota Inventors Congress will take place April 19th and 20th of 2013 at the Redwood Area Community Center. The event gives amateur inventors the opportunity to test market their products at the Invention and Idea Show. The organizers of the expo say that with the change in when the Inventors Congress takes place comes the opportunity for new ideas and new ways of doing business.
- A Redwood Falls resident won $20,000 playing a Minnesota Lottery scratch-game in 2012. Shannon Hennessey won playing the “Right On The Money” scratch-off.
Click on the title below to listen to the Town Days Podcasts
02 Jan 17