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2007: Archery team excels at state

10 years ago

May 8, 2007

People from the whole community joined together May 1 in honor of Proclamation Day — the 150th anniversary of Osakis. A photo of a balloon release in front of the Osakis Information Center showed Bruce Pederson, Newman Olson, Gregg Allen, Christine Engebretson, Mayor Gary Astleford and Laura Backes.

The Osakis High School Archery team shot for the first time in the Minnesota State National Archery in the Schools Program in Becker. Twelve Osakis students placed third as a team, qualifying for the National NASP shoot in Louisville, Kentucky on June 9.

Volunteers are needed to help build a playground at Park Osagi. The Osakis Women's Association, with donations from the community, were able to raise more than $43,000 to purchase a play structure.

25 years ago

May 5, 1992

The excitement of having the Governor's Walleye Fishing Opener in this area is changing the flavor of the usual early May event that brings fishermen and tourists back to Lake Osakis. The opener will be headquartered at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling and will include fishing on Lake Osakis and seven or eight other area lakes. Pete Harsh and Steve Winges have the honor of guiding Gov. Arne Carlson's party on Lake Darling.

The Nelson community honored a hometown hero, Freddie Lund, who was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 61 years after his death. Freddie Lund Day included memorabilia on display, a six-foot model of Lund's biplane, a flyover, souvenir postcards and letters and a skydiving exhibition.

Three new applications for permits to thin spread petroleum contaminated soil from the UPS site in Douglas County were filed by Bruce Store, director of environmental services for Rollies Sales and Service of Osakis.

50 years ago

May 11, 1967

The Jack and Jill Food Center in Osakis is under new management. Ron Moffat is the new proprietor. He has 10 years of experience in the food store business and has specialized in meat cutting.

Four members of the Osakis FFA Chapter received state farmer degrees — Herbert Anderson, Richard Walen, Kenneth Johnson and Ralph Fiskness. They received the honor at the 38th annual Minnesota FFA convention in St. Paul.

An advertisement from the Osakis City Dairy, owned by Ron Eldred, urged, "End Calcium Starvation — Drink Milk." The ad recommended drinking three glasses of milk every day.

100 years ago

May 10, 1917

The Nelson Creamery gave 25 patrons checks for more than $50 during the month of March. It received 44,141 pounds of milk and 29,370 pounds of cream. The average test of the milk was 3.8.

Twenty-year-old Bryan Gilkinson of Osakis placed first in a final oratory contest between young orators representing 12 states. He brought the victory to Carleton College for the first time in the school's history. His oration was a plea for world peace titled, "The Old Order Changeth."

A front-page advertisement was placed by the Herberger-Cruse Co. Department Store. A sale for large rugs offered savings of $5 to $10. Also, an earthen baking dish was given free with the purchase of a 25-cent can of baking powder.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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