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Remember When - 1967: Osakis Area Resorts Association is established

10 years ago

April 17, 2007

As the ice begins to melt off Lake Osakis, resort owners are busy getting things ready for the opening of fishing and their busy season. At Idlewilde Resort, that preparation is both business and education for new owners, Jim and Susie Leigh. They took ownership on Nov. 1.

Lenny Boogaard of Osakis attended the USBC Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, where he put together games of 268, 185 and 220 to move into the Classified Singles lead with 673. It was the second highest series of his bowling career.

What's a sesquicentennial without fireworks? That's the question many may be asking this Fourth of July. Without the help of local people, businesses and organizations, there will not be an Osakis fireworks display. That's because groups typically funding the fireworks are no longer able to cover that expense.

25 years ago

April 14, 1992

A new police squad car will be delivered to the Osakis Police Department this week. The 1992 Ford Crown Victoria will be a marked car with a spotlight. The cost to the city is $13,200.

An unexpected snowstorm Friday morning dumped eight inches of heavy, wet snow on Central Minnesota, proving once again that Mother Nature rules. People who had stored away their snowblowers and raked their lawns were seen peering out their windows and shaking their heads.

Darrell and Karen Martin sold their business, Darrell's Septic Service, after 15 years to Dale Neitzert and Brett Finifrock, who will operate it as Darrell's AAA Sewer and Drain Service. The Martins will begin Midwest Recharge, which will service laser printer cartridges from their home.

50 years ago

April 20, 1967

"The Appaloosa," a Western in color, will be shown at Empress Theatre. Starring Marlon Brando, John Saxon and Anjanette Comer, the story is devoted to the efforts of the hero to get back the horse named Appaloosa from bandits.

A new Osakis area resort association, Osakis Area Resorts Association, was formed at a meeting of resort owners. Carroll Large was elected president of the group. Resorts belonging to the organization will include those on Lake Osakis, Smith Lake and Maple Lake.

The Rev. Hilary Thimmesh, an Osakis native, was appointed as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. John's University. He has been assistant dean since the fall of 1965.

100 years ago

April 19, 1917

D.J. Hines, who recently bought the Ideal Cafe of M.E. Berg, has been forced to sell the place owing to the ill health of Mrs. Hines. The purchaser is Rudolph Bjorstrom, who is associated with Mr. Berg in the management of the restaurant.

The first days of Herberger-Cruse Co.'s shoe sale were the most successful of any shoe sales it's ever had. There are still a very good run of sizes left, with baby soft soles for 19 cents, men's dress and work shoes starting at $2.98 and ladies' shoes starting at $2.78.

This little city already has 19 of its splendid young men serving with the colors, 10 of whom have enlisted since the call for men was issued this spring: Marines — Merlin Crowe, Herbert Earle; Navy — Phil Curtis, George Bowman; Calvary — Howard Gilkinson, Herbert Tax, Alfred Hanson, Wallace Sammons, Arthur Olson and Loyal Bryant.

Jessica Sly

Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.

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