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Remember When: 1917 -- Sixteen high school students to graduate

10 years ago

May 15, 2007

Ron Kleinschmidt began working as superintendent of Osakis' water, sewer and street maintenance. He comes to Osakis with 24 years of experience in city operations and worked in Little Falls for 18 years.

Osakis students showed their creative side at the Osakis High School Art Expo. The story highlighted the artistic work of three OHS students — Josh Tersteeg, Jenny Sorlie and Dana Tenhoff.

The Windstar Pony Club's Shooting Stars Quiz team took first place at the 2007 Northern Lakes Regional Quiz Rally in Carver. The team included two Osakis members — Angela Bowman and Sydney Larson.

25 years ago

May 12, 1992

Three candidates filed for the Osakis School Board election — Dave Ferris, Chub Hensley and Lil Ortendahl. Two will be elected to three-year terms on Tuesday, May 19.

"Moving Day" from the old Osakis School into the new building will take place May 21. The battle plan called for the move to take place in two and a half hours, using eight to 10 member student teams, adult supervisors, and three alternate routes into the new building.

Osakis High School seniors will be required to dress appropriately under their caps and gowns or they'll be excluded from marching at the graduation ceremony. Appropriate attire for girls included dresses, slacks, blouses and shoes. For boys: suits, sport coats, slacks, shirts, shoes and socks.

50 years ago

May 18, 1967

Newman Olson and Robert Ferris were elected to the Osakis School Board. They are both new members. A very fine turnout of 259 voters turned out at the polls — a big increase from the 28 voters who appeared at the last election.

A grand opening of a new ladies and teens clothing store, Lillian's, will take place this weekend. Lillian Barner opened the store in March in quarters formerly occupied by Cook's Apparel.

Local merchants will hold Moonlight Madness on Saturday night. Stores will close at their usual time of 5:30 p.m. and then re-open at 7:30 and remain open until 11:30 p.m., ready for a night of fun and big bargains. There will also be an extra Bonus Bucks drawing for $100.

100 years ago

May 17, 1917

The Osakis High School commencement exercises will take place in the big brick schoolhouse in next two weeks, which includes a class play, Baccalaureate service and commencement. Sixteen students are graduating. Their class averages ranged from 81.80 to 91.38 percent.

Thieves broke the seal on a box car on the mill spur track that was loaded with flour. Sacks of flour were taken out from a side door. The penalty for breaking a seal is a penitentiary sentence. The Osakis Milling Company has notified Great Northern of the loss.

One of the largest audiences that ever gathered at the high school auditorium enjoyed the Patriotic Program given by the Emersonians of the High School Literary Society. A nominal charge of 10-cents but every person present got a dollar's worth.

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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